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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of Fugazme
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Fugazme, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Jeffo, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of zerk
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Cloudy brown with a 1/3 inch head and lace trailing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful combination of cloves and banana, and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts yeasty, then switches to banana and clove... also a bit earthy. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation; initially it was prickly, but quickly became very smooth and dry. A very soild dunkel weiss.

zerk, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a cloudy body that was a mix of leather brown and apple cider. Left two-finger head that receeded quickly and left no lacings. A nice roasted/dry malt smell came through, accentuated by some tart fruit such as orange, cherries and also some clove. Spices are the first thing that struck me, then a warming sensation as the malty goodness came through. A slightly dry finish as the citric fruits are tucked on the backend; this a medium-bodied beer that is smooth and a tad creamy. There is some caramel in there too, but it does not make the beer that syrupy. Not the best dunkel, but I did enjoy it.

clayrock81, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

drabmuh, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of DelMontiac
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from 500 mL bottle in to an Eskimo Joe's weissen glass. That's right, Eskimo Joe's.

A: Murky raw apple cider brown color with linen colored silky single finger head that vanishes quickly. The fine bubbles want to lace the glass, but end up sliding down as you drink.

S: Overripe bananas, apples, and crenated red grapes. Bready cracked wheat and malt add the earthiness.

T: Fits the nose well, with some sourness to the sides and back of the toungue. Pleasant banana bread and yeasty aftertaste. Let's just call it banana-nut-wheaty-cider.

M: Velvety like cocoa. The carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Too bad I took a lungfull half way through the glass. Hate it when that happens.

Overall: This is a readily available mass-procuced German beer that anyone can appreciate. A great gateway beer for noobies, and a great price to boot. When I'm at a loss in my local beer store, I can always count on this one.

DelMontiac, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

From a bottle with no experation date at Central Market in Dallas. Pours out dark brown, the color of apple cider. Good light brown head. The smell is very wheaty and has a hint of banana to it. I think it tastes very good. The wheat flavor is very strong and the banana flavor is present as well. Ends a little sour and dry. I could drink lots of these on hot Texas days.

ttu94, May 24, 2007
Photo of BikingDutchman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

BikingDutchman, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Another great one from Spaten. Poured a dark cloudy red / brown colour. Looked like cloudy tea. VERY fluffy slightly off-white head with super sticky lacing. Lots of clove spiciness and a healthy dose of banana in this one!!! A tiny bit of the dank basement lambic farmhouse ale smell. The taste was full of clove spice and very "wet". I know that must sound funny, but it seems thirst quenching and doesn't leave a dry after taste at all. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and easy to drink. I enjoied this hefeweizen tremendously, although my favourite is still Ayinger (yes I know this is Dunkel-Weisse). Not a bad one at all!!!

SilentSabre, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of batty
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

pours a beautiful orange-golden hazy, fast rising thick head, which drops to a quarter inch and sticks around. smell is a bit of alcohol and some fruity notes lightly mixed with malt. taste follows suit - a fruity light plum-raisin and strong banana, balanced pretty well with medium malt,can deifnitely taste the alcohol on the back. As warms up a little getting more of the bitter at the end, nice touch. relatively dry finish. medium-high carbonation, very smooth, pretty refreshing.

batty, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer comes in a brown 50 cl long-necked bottle.
The red label got a picture of a Franziskaner-monk with a ceramic beer-mug in his hand - Hardcore!

A: This beer pours cloudy dark brown with hint of red. The head is pretty large, off-white but dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacings.

S: Wheat and faint malt, nice balanced. Ripe bananas. Citric notes as well. Faint notes of dark dried fruits.

T: Ripe bananas in great harmony with wheat/malt - a bit bready. Some faint chocolate.

M: Thin body, richly carbonated with small bubbles. Aftertaste is medium long and holds some sweet- and bitterness.

D: A little bit to thin in body for beeing a great beer. Now it's just a nice beer.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of AlexLMS
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: cloudy with a dark copper colour. The head is light tan to beige, huge and rich with a good although not great retention. Lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, wheat, yeast and a little of cloves.
Taste: confirms the smell with the nice addition of banana flavour.
Mouthfeel: creamy, medium carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5% ABV) and a full body.
Finish: spices and bananas.

Overall: very nice dunkel weizen. Complex, rich, friendly and round. A must have.

AlexLMS, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Thick, murky brown, with a pea-soup greenish tint. Creamy, uniform head with good retention.

Smell: Fruity, like apples and pears, with a hint of tobacco. Malts are well-developed, chocolaty with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Very much like apple cider, or applesauce. Yum! Toasted malts are the base flavor, with a bit of clove and alcohol. Reminds me of bread pudding. Finish is sweet and refreshing, not sugary in the least.

Mouthfeel: Glorious! Incredibly creamy, with little sharp bursts of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is quite yummy, but I can imagine it might get somewhat cloying after a while. Still, very drinkable.

soulgrowl, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of dragonglen
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Holy head Batman! I had probably about 2 inches of beer and around 7 inches of foamy head. It took a while to get the whole bottle in the glass. It eventually settled down to about half a finger thick. A dark, rusty color with some cloudiness.

S - It actually smelled a little musty. Not in a bad or unappealing way, but I was a little surprised.

T - This was nice. A little bit of banana and a nice balance of malt and hops. It was smoother than I expected, but it's been a while since I've had a dunkel weisse.

M - A nice full feel that swallowed lighter than it looks.

D - I could drink a couple of these. A nice beer for when you want something summery but a little darker.

dragonglen, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Mryup
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

A: A toasted brown/caramel with lots of haze. A very gentle pour into my Weihenstephan glass produces two inches of toasted coarse foamy head that fades to a 1/2 inch hilly layer. Nice unique look.

S: Hmmm..not much here. Mellow, straightforward, creamy wheat with whispers of earthy spices...probably cloves and something else. Subtly nice.

T: An anemic wheat with dark malt...a little banana with maybe a smidge of sneaky pear..interesting...mellow earthy, balanced spice comes in at the very end...you have to look for it. Slightly watery at the end. If your looking for a very calm mellow dunkle weisse this is it. The shyness gives the illusion of impeccable balance. And it is very well balanced.

M: A light/medium mouthfeel that goes wet at the end. CO2 is accurate.

D: A lighter beer that makes it more drinkable than most.

A lot of people don't seem to like the fact that this beer doesn't jump out and grab your throat. I actually kind of like that about it. Of course its probably because they are cheaper bastards but oh well...it makes for something a little different. I would drink it again.

Mryup, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Cloudy plum-brown color with an almost light-cinnamon color to the head. 4.0

Rich banana, wheat grain, taffy, and clove aroma. Sweet and nutty. Dark wheat bread glory. 4.5

Nice malty dunkel. Slight roast, powdery yeast, sugar-spotted banana, spicy clove, cherry juice, and dark bread. Nice. 3.5

Medium body that's a little thinner than expected. Subtle carbonation adds to the velvety feel. 4.0

Classic dunkel. Worth buying and re-buying and re-buying. Get the point? 4.0

thecheapies, May 16, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

The label is pretty cool. Can't fault a man who is enjoying the last of his stein.

Murky brown appearance with a consistent brown foam throughout the consumption and nicley carbonated.

Aroma consists of fig, brown sugar, maple, pear and apple. Very nice.

For having such a nice aroma, the taste is kind of bland. It's smooth but lacks any punch to the tastebuds worth noting.

While it may not pack what I was looking for, it's a very drinkable Dunkel and quite refreshing. Not bad just hoping for more.

kaseydad, May 24, 2009
Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a dark brown/caramel color. Has a nice fluffy off white head. Lacing slowly fades along the glass - no sticky lace. Nice small head remains for a while then also fades away.

Smells of Yeasts, some banana along with malts.

Tastes creamy and you get the sweetness of the banana along with the yeast flavors. The creamy head and mouthfeel really work well here. The nice balance of the malts shines through. A peppery mouthfeel is left.

This brew is very drinkable. A very solid brew. This would be a nice alternate to the Franziskaner Hefe brew to try from this brewery from time to time. I dont have much expierence with the dunkleweisse brews, but this is very good. This brew is not exceptional - but I am not sure this style brew is intended to do that, at least fot me anyway.

magine, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: garnett brown in color, huge one inch plus head, cloudy, lots of carbonation

Smell: toasted malt--almost to the point of toasted marshmellow, Belgian spices, coriander, cumin, and a touch of rye.

Taste: Belgian spices, wheat, pumpernickel bread

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, chewy, with a dry finish

Drinkability: I really like how the wheat and malt come together here. A good example of the style, I could have one more, but not two. I think the taste is nice and multi-layered.

tigg924, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy medium-brown color with a big three-finger tan head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer of foam on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a bit but rolls back down into the beer pretty quickly.

Smells good. The most pungent is the smell of bananas, but even that is subtle. There's also a malt aroma, both bready and sweet.

Tastes just like it smells. There's a big hit of bananas up front followed by the malt flavors, again they're both bready and sweet, but both mildly so. Every now and then a light wheat flavor pokes through.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness that's substantial but also light. The carbonation is very fine and it gently bursts, releasing the flavor. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. It goes down very easily, and none of the flavors are overwhelming.

Overall I thought this was a solid Dunkel. Nothing is done exceptionally well, but it's very solid. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Caramel-brown in tone with a huge frothy head, this German dunkel is thick and tasty, with a well-balanced sweetness and a hint of spice. A delicious and deep brew with hints of banana, clove, and caramel, this one's well-worth seeking out. Thoroughly satisfying.

secondtooth, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

This Hefe/Dunkel pours an earthy, dark brown with a bubbly tan head that sticks around awhile, good retention. The bouquet is strong banana, chocolate (malt), the faintest of fruit, and a note of yeastiness. This brew has a good balance when it comes to taste, even though the malt steals the show. Enough of the yeasty-banana-clove taste comes through to add a superb complexity. Basically it is really enjoyable and really tasty to drink. The malt makes this a worthwhile "change up" from a regular Hefe.

I enjoy drinking this while eating some fruit or dessert.

bditty187, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

This beer is served up a cloudy reddish-brown tinged golden. It is hard to describe the color of this beer, which is both golden and amber. It is sort of like a sunset, with a mix of the two colors. The head is slightly beige and absolutely gorgeous. It is the whipped and frothy weizen head that you always hope to find on a beer like this.

The aroma starts off heavy on the clove and banana. It also has a very wheaty, slightly grainy malt base with just a touch of some toasted darker malts. For the most part this just smells like your average German wheat beer.

Taste is wheaty and malty with plenty of sweetness. Clove, banana and some bubblegum flavors are also present. There is a slight buttered toast and Carmel like quality to the wheat malt base that is quite nice. I have not had many DunkelWiezen's, but compared to the other examples I have enjoyed, this one seems a bit more restrained in its darker malt character.

The Mouthfeel is perfect with a medium body and a rich, smooth texture. This beer practically slides right down my esophagus into my tummy. It has a very clean finish with pleasant wheat and clove notes.

This beer is extremely quaffable and very refreshing. It would be nice if it had a bit more of a contribution from the Dunkel side of it, but this was still a well made and heartily enjoyed beer.

zoso1967, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of realmpel
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a dirty, light brown with a nice foamy hefe head. Has a light bready aroma. Flavor is strong banana with a very light tartness. It's a richer hefe with less citrus and clove than the regular Franziskaner hefe.

Very drinkable and refreshing, I would buy it again.

realmpel, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Nick3
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into my Paulaner Weisbeer glass. Gorgeous maple syrup color, with a 3 inch head which holds for several minutes. Nose is banana, clove, malt and some caramel. Taste is bit more subtle than I hoped, carbonation is abundant and seems to constrain the flavor. With effort, you get some banana and light malt with very mild bitterness. A little sweet mid-way but very mild again. Easy to drink, really easy to drink and refreshing but was hoping for a little more flavor. Still a very, very good beer just a little less than what I had hoped for from this brewery.

Nick3, Jul 27, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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