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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | 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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a slightly murky brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat toast, spices, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, brown sugar, and subtle banana on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen but nothing really stands out to me.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

djrn2, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

metter98, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Pours a murky russet color with a big, foamy head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Banana spice cake; cloves and whole wheat

Taste: After a whole wheat bread opening, the banana spice cake flavor asserts itself and remains prominent through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice dunkelweizen, with plenty of banana and spice flavors; perhaps a bit too sweet, but spicy through and through

brentk56, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -5%

Hugely murky tawny or an especially orangey shade of suede. Backlighting reveals tangerine at the margins and a faint reddish hue within the depths of the beer. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour. Orangish ecru in color, it shows off big, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

This is a good dunkel weizen aroma, not a great one. For one thing, it could stand to be stronger. Clove is in the lead, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder is next, and banana brings up the rear. I'd like to see (er... smell) more banana in the nose.

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel is a decent dunkel, but like the nose, it lacks that extra little something that would make it special. The mildly toasted/nutty character is still present, although cocoa has taken a powder. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness that is a few bananas short of a clump (or a herd, or whatever a group of bananas is called).

Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish. The finish is short, in part, because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. If anyone wants an example of an incredible hefe weizen or dunkel weizen mouthfeel, check out the Ayinger line.

FH-WD is far from bad beer, but neither is it a slam dunkel. My less than enthusiastic review probably has something to do with the fact that my first two beers in this style were the excellent versions from Brauereien Aying and Weihenstephaner. Given the fact that I rarely drink dunkels, and the fact that I have better dunkels available locally, I doubt that I'll be drinking this one again.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

The estery and toasty flavors you like in a Dunkel Weiss and the balance and cleanliness you expect from Franziskaner. A terrific blend of wheat malts, yeasty esters, and bready / roasted barley equally evident in the nose and flavor. A dense tan foamstand lurks over a muddy / hazy brown. Though less exciting to the sight as it is to the palate, the beer is quite ideal per style. It has a very creamy, yet mellow bread-toast-yeast flavor, decorated with cloves, bananas, and citrus. The beer remains full until the finish, where it thins nicely for easy drinking. A good summer beer when you need a break from the yellow stuff.

BEERchitect, May 10, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Ok, so I had to get my German fix on last night as always. Looking through the fridge trying to decide on where to go with this, I saw this foiled top beauty sitting on the back shelf. Probably been there a couple weeks, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try. Poured a nice, very clear russet brown color with a huge billowing tan head gracing the top of it. A good amount of sediment came off the bottom of the bottle and rested atop this as it took what seemed like forever to get back down. Copious amounts of lace then followed and almost totally obscured the contents of the glass as you went down. Smell was kind of light, nice smoked and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and some slight nuttiness to it. This carried over well into the flavor as it displayed a noticeable earthy grain type back with a touch of a smoked bitterness in the finish and a nice caramel sugar accent in the middle. Very consistent feel throughout as it was very medium bodied, and had just the slightest amount of carbonation once it got to the bottom. Very easy drinker though as nothing really held you back from it at all. Overall I really thought this was pretty decent. I have had much better but I really could not say it was bad in anyway, just not the greatest brew I have had of the style. Still, a quality choice and something that should not be overlooked when sitting on a shelf. If it is there go for it, you could do a lot worse.

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Texasfan549, May 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

On-tap at Yardhouse Chino Hills

A: The beer pours an opaque brown color with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

S: A nice sweet aroma of banana and wheat bread. There's a touch of toast and a mild roasted malt note to it as well. A moderate level of clove/spice, and some nice toffee and caramel.

T: Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and banana notes and the hearty spice flavors. A touch of dark fruits, and a little bit of nuttiness. Toasted bread and some nice toffee flavor. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

D: For the price of this beer it's really tough to beat. A solid dunkelweizen.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

spycow, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a tall, meringue-like, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Clove-scented toasted wheat aroma with notes of apple juice and, to a lesser degree, bananas.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, and tangy malted wheat. A bit of treacle and caramel sweetness present. Fruity tastes of bananas and Granny Smith apples. Pinch of clove. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A disquieting wateriness begins to the develop midway. Dull, muted spice on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Downright fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. While not bad any stretch of the imagination, it fails to show the depth, grace, and deliciousnicity of the finer examples of the style.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer is just about as enjoyable as the regular Franziskaner Hefe. This one poured out as a murky brown color with a fluffy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is a little spicier than the regular version and still holds onto the banana aromas. The taste of the beer is earthy and a little spicy, the clove and banana still shine through. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side as well. Overall this beer is really pretty good and totally worth trying.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured a hazy light brown color with big pillowey head,aroma a little spicey and somewhat sweet.taste is a litle tart balanced with some toffee sweetness,a little light in the body but overall pretty drinkable.Not a real big fan of this style but a pretty decent brew.

oberon, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Served in a curvy Weizen glass at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Arrives with a creamy, irregular head of tan foam. Deep chestnut tone, streams of carbonation are barely visible in the opaque liquid.

Malty aroma, a little sweet. nothing necessarily stands out.

Bready flavors take over, a little apple from the yeast esters. Creamy mouthfeel due to the yeast addition. Very smooth and drinkable. Not my favorite Dunkelweizen by far, but a worthy offering.

emerge077, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours out a somewhat cloudy, light brown with a three-finger, tan head. Leaves behind some soapy lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and even a little nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat and biscuity malt. There was a little clove and spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied dunkel.

D - It is a very good tasting beer. The malt and wheat combo is quite nice.

zeff80, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Presentation: Tall 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Fastidious foaming, nearly uniform bubbled head with a good retention. Hazed leather brown, a few bubbles race to the top here and there.

Smell: Dry malt aroma with a wheat twang. Dried bananas, powdery clove, mild esters, touch medicinal with an earthy yeast is only a quick brushing in the nose.

Taste: Flexed medium body with a mild crispness that draws on a full and smooth mouth feel. The dry malt character is complexly layered with a toasted malt then a pale huskiness and finally and wheat malt twang. Very soft clove, light banana fruitiness and a subdued alcoholic ester barely brake things up. After that dull excitement it is back to the dry malt character but in a really dry way. Even the yeast flavour is placid with a chalky earth flavour.

Notes: A decent dunkel weiss, not as expressive as others but just as nurturing as the rest. The malt is the show it seems, all of the other flavours are meek in comparison but this does not take away from the brew too much because it still has the lovely wheat twang.

Jason, Jun 28, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malt, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of caramel, wheat and some spice up front, but not a lot of sweetness, which is good. There's a hearty malt character and a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, even though I prefer the regular Hefeweizen to this style, this beer is a very good one to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

A - An inverted pour produces three fingers of fluffy, off-white foam. The body is a hazy, amber-brown color, the head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty with notes of toasted grain and some toffee. A bit of banana and clove, but not a lot of aroma from the yeast.

T - Much more prominent yeast character than the aroma, with notes of clove, bubblegum, and mostly, banana. The yeast fades and sweet malt comes in toward the middle, lots of caramel and toffee. The finish is mostly yeasty clove with some malt.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, good yeast character with an undeniable malt richness. I had not had one of these in several years and after drinking this one, I think I will be making it a more regular option.

nickfl, Aug 02, 2009
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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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