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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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very good

1,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 1317
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2007 15:48:30 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of tempest


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Danzer's near the Syracuse U. campus.

Just got a little 12 oz. stein as an appetizer before my red cabbage reuben. Looks a hazy dark amber, with out much head retention. Smells and flavor is mopre muted than some of the other times I've had the lighter Franz on-tap. Yes this a different beer, but you'd figure a darker version of a beer would match up. Still pretty good though with creamy citrus spice.

Mmmmm... German beer...

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2006 03:05:12 | More by tempest
Photo of vancurly


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy caramel brown, off white head that sinks, touch of lace.
Like it's Hell counterpart, a bit restrained on the nose, probably due to serving temperature. As it warms, notice malt, and some gamey phenolics like washed rind cheese or similar. Not unattractive.
Crystal/cara malty flavours, with the ubiquitous banana/clove. More bitter than the Hell, although the beer menu states they both have 12 IBUs. Maybe just a little less tart.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 21:41:19 | More by vancurly
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a medium coffee brown, murky and cloudy, almost muddy, and with a finger of light tan head that lasted some time. Fingers of lacing touched the inside of the glass.

The aroma was a bit of a challenge to detect at first, but did bring through notes of dusty wheat, doughy yeast, cloves, and well-ripened bananas.

Upon sipping, the grain won out initially, with a light caramel and cocoa sensation, but soon there came some berry esters and a spice presence dominated by clove, but not exclusive to it. Also up to bat came a distant yeastiness, as well as a very mild slice of banana. The finish was mildly bitter and residual malt. While not at all bad opf flavor, it was a bit more sparse than I'd expected from a dunkel.

Light bodied, it flowed a lot more quickly than I'd want, though actually in line with the thin flavor profile.

So it has its faults, in spite of being a style classic. And yet, the small presence it gives off goes a long way toward making it a beer that goes down easily and smoothly. The thing is, though, I'm not sure this is something I'd seek out. I'd drink it gladly if it was offered, but as seldom as that's likely to happen, my exposure to this one is likely over. But one never knows, does one?

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2006 16:44:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of jasonjlewis


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's wierd how all the beers from this company have a sweetness too them no matter how light or dark they are. It's somewhat dark with a sort of bitterness, but it comes out sweet. Don't be afraid to add a lemon it doesn't hurt the beer, but it is good with out it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2006 04:09:02 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Franziskaner- Dunkel Weisse

On tap at Havana's, New Hope PA.

Appearance- cloudy acorn brown with a light frothy head.
Smell- Light citrus with a smooth malt aroma.
Taste- orange citus blended with a, ever so slight, hefe flavor. Malt is equal represented here.
Mouthfeel- Smooth. The malt makes it creamy yet no sugary sweetness. Maybe a slight watery.

Overall- A nice, chock full of flavor, Hefe. A pretty good beer to drink on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 12:10:40 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jaluria


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of three Spaten beers on-tap The Saloon on U-Street. It was served in a 0.5L weiss glass.
Appeared a semi-translucent orange-brown color with a hefty pale head that dissipated quickly and left behind small amount of lacing. Medium level of carbonation with thick bubbles gracing the surface. Aromas of bananas, toasted bread, and oranges; fruit aromas seemed to mix with toasted malt aromas. The taste was spritzy and refreshing with the perfect level of carbonation. Fruit flavors (bananas & oranges) seemed to provide a nice balance to the malt and subtle hops giving the beer an overall sweet feel, but not overdone at all. A bit thin in the mouth, but still flavorful and refreshing. I could have had another one, if it weren't for the fact that I wanted to try another beer on the draft list.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 16:51:23 | More by jaluria
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap in a standard pint glass at the Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A - Murky brownish-tan brew with a 1" head that gives impressive lacing.

S - Wheat malt with some spices like nutmeg and cloves. This nose is a bit lighter than hoped for.

T - A nice wheat maltiness with banana flavors and a very mild bitter aftertaste (not a bad one).

M - Medium with a bit of zestyness

D - This is a very good dunkel weizen. It is easy to drink and I plan on having more in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 15:00:58 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy caramel, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Banana bread, with a little bubble gum.

T: Banana bread! Really.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 00:31:07 | More by Derek
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice muddy brown, lots of lace.neutral aroma, creamy sourish moutheel, not too tasty or interesting . Fresh at Brick pub store in Atlanta with Dano213, blitz134, smchnsg. Tingling carbonation, medium-to-light mouthfeel. i like their regular weisse for straightforward session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2006 18:46:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap with my lunch at Jacob Wirth's. Poured a shocking murky brown in color that seemed to glow. Thick slightly tan head that took its time receding. Nose was full of sweet wheat and just a bit fruity.

Flavor was full of fresh whole wheat bread. Reminded me of a wheat version of that bread they serve at Outback. Hints of banana and canteloupe too. Slight hints of clove and spice but had to look for them. Thick and heavy mouthfeel that almost had a texture that made me think of a cotton t-shirt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 01:49:15 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, so amazing on tap. This came to me ina tall weizen glass all murkey and brown with a nice creamy head. The smell is awesome w/hints of banana, caramel, and wheat. Clove and banana simply dominate the flavor portion of the beer. Malty and earthy taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and creamy. Amazingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2005 16:25:46 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.

Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.

Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.

A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 02:43:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's...
Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove.
Taste is equally as good as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it's nice, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 15:21:12 | More by weeare138
Photo of longarm


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked for a pour without lemon.

Its appearance is dingy brown, but it also has a nice fluffy head that lingers for the whole liter. Aroma has a sour component and not much else. Flavor is quite refreshing with a mildly tart finish that wisps away rather quickly. Light chocolate and caramel malts give it some subtle complexity. It coats well with a clean finish, leaving just enough aftertaste (good) to keep me wanting more. Not as strongly wheat-ish as I remember the light Franziskaner Weiss, but still an excellent tasting and refreshing beer that tastes lighter than its name suggests.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2005 21:51:56 | More by longarm
Photo of kmpitz2


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled along side the regular Franz last night. The beer pours a hazy brown color wtih a huge billowing head that sticks around nicely. The nose is caramel coverd bananas and cream. Wow. I like it, but its a little weaker than I want it to be. The flavor has the banana and clove layerred over a creamy caramel background. Nice. The feel is thick and creamy. Maybe a hint more on the feel for me. Another great offering

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2004 19:44:12 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. The beer came in a 20 ounce Franziskaner glass that took some time to pour. You can't hurry these German Weisse beers. It had a huge off white head on top of a very dark brown beer,. There was only medium lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily wheat with undertones of the malt and some yeasty smell.

The taste is unbelievably flavorful with the overwhelming wheat that makes me understand why Germans believe that beer is food. This could get me throught the day or night. There is a hint of the yeast near the end. It is very thick in the mouth and is extremely easy to drink. It is satisfying in almost every way. I haven't had many dunkel weiss beers but this one will have me looking for others.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 22:54:00 | More by rdrummer
Photo of oracle


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz draft served in an tall Franziskaner glass

Delivered with a 2.5 inch creamy dense head that stuck around for a while. You could sculpt this head with a putty knife and turn it into artwork.
Mild to minimal lacing on the glass. Beer was extremely dark, almost looked like a porter.

The smell was yeasty wheat with hints of malt underneath.

The taste was heavenly, a mix of wheat malts and yeast to satisfy the palate. It's a hearty beer, good for cold winter nights. I could easily see this beer pair with fine food of almost any type.

The mouthfeel was smooth, with minimal carbonation to get in the way of the beer. Not challenging but very satisfying.

Overall, the best example of the wheat dunkel style I have come across yet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2004 03:33:00 | More by oracle
Photo of BeerManDan


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few times that I will say that this Hefe-Weisse Dunkel had a better smell and flavor while being poured into a glass from a bottle. The color was a nice medium dark brown with loads of lose foam and plenty of lace while drinking a pint glass. The flavor had a sweet wheaty flavor but not much spice in the flavor or aroma. Nice Dunkel, but not the finish I expected while poured out of the tap!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2004 01:29:04 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of PatandDavid


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the hotel bar where I was staying at in Nurnburg. First, this is not my favorite style of beer at all, but David asked me to have a wheat beer for him, so I ordered it, and sat down to review like I always do. I was pleasantly surprised! Unfiltered light root beer color when served, it have a very thick cream colored head riding on top. I detected the banana/clove notes when taking big whiffs of it, but also found a nice, dark brown bread undertone as well. I found the taste well rounded, with a light malt, slightly sweet flavor. There was also a bit of dryness in the finish. I am starting to appreciate this style of beer slowly but surely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2004 13:01:49 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2003 01:37:08 | More by jcalabre
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer to add to the repertoire at the Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. This brew came fairly dark in color, being somewhere between a dark amber and mahoghany, but without the reddish highlights of mahoghany. The head was off-white and the lacing was very nice. The flavor tended a bit toward the sweet side and it did not have much hop bite. The aroma was mostly of malt and a bit bready. A smooth, creamy feel added to the overall experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2003 20:42:19 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of jlervine


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy brown color with a light head on top. The aroma was dominated by toasted malt and yeast. The taste was very tart with a strong yeastiness and light toasted malt holding up the rest of the beer. A decent beer, good for a session beer, but somewhat boring. I much preferred the plain hefe-weiss.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2003 01:33:29 | More by jlervine
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 12:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2003 22:06:43 | More by cokes
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.