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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,507 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of srrn
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy brown. Foamy as a Hefeweisse should be. Faint clove and wheat smell. This beer really opened up as it warmed, this is another case of buying a beer too damn cold. As it warmed more taste of banana came forward. Nice bit of grass in the finish. Good beer here but there are better examples of the style to be found.

Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this quite a few times recently from the bottle and each time it's been a little different, I think because of the age of the bottle. This review is based on the freshest example, but the other bottles may have altered my thinking a little bit. The appearance is plain with an offwhite head that I would like to be a tad darker and a simple brown body. It's dark enough so that the yeast haze adds to the tone. The smell is of caramel and banana's but not nearly aromatic enough. It could use some more intensity in the aroma to really pull it off. The taste is quite nice with the caramel, molasses and chocolate of the darker malts coming out with the support of a fruity yeast background. It adds to the mouthfeel which is creamy and light thanks to the wheat. Quite drinkable, more so than many of the style, and a little lower in alcohol to make it sessionable. If I had other dunkels available I would skip this but it's not bad when the craving hits.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red stained mahogany color. 1/4 inch creamy beige head. Hazy appearance. Mild carbonation.

The malts are a blend of sweetness and yeasty esters. I smell some caramel blended with banana and clove spice. Zesty and warming. Roasted backbone. Some tart cherry characteristics.

Wheat. Tea-like malts. Very sweet and tart. I taste cherry and candied sugars. Date and plum. The holiday fruit flavors blend well with the nice bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Begins with a warming touch and then finishes with a nice crisp wateriness. Very refreshing and flavorful

This is a good interpretation of the Franziskaner-Hefe. It is a good late night version of the its daytime hefeweizen counterpart

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost cider like color with a thick four finger head which gives resides to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of spiciness and a slightly fruit bite, with hints of clove, banana, and citrus. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with some toffee and a hint of darks fruits with hints of banana and clove also there is a slight hop bite at the end.. The mouthfeel is moderate to low carbonation and is slightly thin. The drinkability is good, a very smooth flavor that is nice and well rounded.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. bottle into a Weihensrephan weisen glass.

The color is a cloudy dark brown with maroon highlights and about three fingers of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a little bit of figs and other dark fruits in the aroma. There is a slight pancake-like aroma with some a slight maple aroma too.

The taste is is a bit yeasty at first. There is a nice banana flavor that is unexpected for a beer as dark. The malts do come out and prove to be the strength of this beer, there are some good hints of figs, a little bubblegum mixed in, and a touch of clove as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth and pretty drinkable. A really great beer for a low price.

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though.

Photo of jayfarley3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark cloudy brown copper color withs a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. smells mostly of sweet bananas and spices. taste is of bananas, malt and kind of has a nutty aftertaste. mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. this is an interesting beer and worth a try.

Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty malt smell with bananas and clove

T - Follows the smell with the bananas and clove also a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - Overall a very enjoyable beer thats easy to drink with a good taste that I could session worth trying sometime

Photo of Zadok
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a pretty thick haze. A 1 finger frothy head topped off the pour with virtually no lacing.

Very sweet first smell of malts and coriander. Rounded out with cloves and a touch of cinnamon.

The taste strayed from the smell just a touch as a banana and clove spice balanced out with the mild malt.

Very smooth with a slight touch of carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing but could easily be my everyday session brew.

Photo of watchnerd
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pourned into a goblet, but really should have gone for a flute or pils glass. Visible yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and it pours a slightly cloudy tea color, with mild head and no lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bananas, and malt. Lively carbonation, fairly light mouth feel, starting with a sweet malt taste and ending a bit dry. Highly refreshing and very drinkable. Could be a decent session beer.

Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

Photo of Pepeton
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was almost warned that this one is a lesser btother from the Hefe-Weisse from the same brewery.

They were right.

Don't misunderstand me, please. This is a good beer. Just happens that is some what below of it's sibling.

Pours an amber brew, typically hazy (as a hefe-weisse has to be); tan head and and seemingly everlasting lace.

Smell is of a hefe-weisse: Nicely malty.

Ah, the taste, here I find it a bit behind. Still good, though.

Of course, I can have several of these.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Murky mahogany-brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. Nutty, earthy nose with hints of banana, brown bread, clove, and a subtle vinous character. The taste follows suit with lots of malty brown bread up front along with hints of banana, clove, toffee, apple, tobacco, molasses, and a subtle vinous finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, a solid interpretation with good drinkability.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy nut brown, nearly-white head is a quarter inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of bananas and buttered bread.

Tastes of bananas and lightly buttered bread along with light caramel and mild roasty notes.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good wheat ale in the German style, good nose, okay flavor. Their hefe is one of the best, but this is just pretty good. Still worth trying though, and enjoyable enough that I would have it again.

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a great beer, it's a dark brownish/reddish color and very murky. It has a nice head on top and smells really sweet, it does have a banana scent to it. It has a some what crisp feel to it and is absolutely smooth and very tasty,it has a very mild bitter but crisp aftertaste. I really enjoy drinking this one.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark amber into a weizen glass with a nice creamy and foamy head. There's lots of active carbonation.
S: Sweet, dark malts dominate the aromas, although there are also typical hefeweizen smells of yeast, wheat and bananas.
T: Like the small, malty sweetness dominates the initial taste, followed by hints of other flavors such as caramel and toffee. Compared to a typical hefeweizen, the taste is much more complex, although the tastes of wheat and yeast are essentially masked.
M: There is a light- to medium-bodied taste that also feels smooth on the palate due to the high level of carbonation.
D: This goes down very smoothly and is a breeze to drink. I could easily drink these all day long.

Photo of guitarmage
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. From memory, the beer was a dark brown, coffee, some light passed through. Nice foamy off white head.

Smell: Smells like a hefeweizen, not especially aromatic however.

Taste: Good flavor, similar to Franziskaner Hef, light banana bread and yeast, not especially spicy or sweet.

Drinkability: This beer was great to wet the appetite for the main course. If I had the choice I'd go for the regular hef, I didn't get anything extra from this brew.

Photo of Spider889
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with some brighter cherrywood highlights with excellent clarity. Tall cream-white head of finer bubbles. Not much retention or lace.

Smells a little fruity, but nowhere close to the huge estery profile that many traditional weizens have, though a clean ripe banana aroma is there. The dark malts aren't assertive on the nose, they seem driven more towards color and taste.

The taste was really smooth, crisp with some mild bready/wheaty undertones. The Germanic yeast is pleasantly present without being overbearing (which I like) though I feel that this isn't exactly par for the style.

Crisp with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall very likable.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a new German-themed* beer hall in Fishtown, Philly, PA. Quite nice - 2L.

Reminds me of their standard Hefeweizen in that I got the same pleasant medium-banana and mild-clove flavors, but the darker malt nuances (Munich?) really, for me, take front and center on the palate. I wouldn't call the overall malt display "bready". The banana and clove highlighted on top - merely rounding out a balanced recipe featuring bold (lightly husky-bitter) toasted-grainy, dark malt in the middle and subtle dark fruit on the bottom.

Not so loud in aroma - the proper scents are there, yet weak (glassware?). Surprised the head poofed out as quickly as it did. Giving it the benefit of the doubt here, though. It's a solid beer - extremely drinkable like it's companion lighter version.

Photo of Fugazme
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a "pop". I expected beer to rush out... didn't happen. Pours out a great amber/deep ruby brown color. A touch hazy. Excellent thick, white head with some great retention. Swirls leave walls of foam on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is decent. Some light banana... definite malt. A weird hint of plastic, but not horrible by any means.

Smooth on the intake. A very drinkable beer. Taste is pretty good. banana, wheat, clove.

I'd purchase again.

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger thicker off-white head. Head is big and fluffy and mountains out of the glass. Colour is a red shade of brown, like sienna at the top and ochre at the bottom. It's cloudy and has a higher amount of carbonation in the form of very tiny bubbles. Head slowly levels out into a thick film that remains the whole time, but unfortunately doesn't leave any lacing.

SMELL: Strong wheat malt, banana and lemon dominate with a bit of clove there as well. A nice hint of caramel in the back separates it from the normal hefewizen, which is a very nice touch. Enticing.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a sweet lemon bit as well. A mild aftertaste that has more sweet malt and some nice caramel there. Nice to be sure, but doesn't quite live up to the enticing nose.

PALATE: Medium body, goes down creamy smooth with lower end carbonation. No bite at all and finishes relatively dry. Pretty good.

OVERALL: Solid, very drinkable and enjoyable. Not quite as good as I remember it when I lived in Germany, but I'd certainly line up for more. Recommended.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.