Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

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Reviews: 800
Hads: 1,589
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 60
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Franziskaner Weizen glass

Pours brown (darker towards top, lighter towards bottom). The thick head becomes a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of toffee, dark grains, just a hint of banana/clove.

The taste is of toffee and roasted grains. Pretty basic, but decent. Doesn't change much, even as it warms. Sweet malt finish.

Body rather light. Pretty smooth in a spritzy sort of way.

Easy to drink. Refreshing. Sweeter than not, but not overly so. A basic, decent example of a dunkel weizen. (515 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange-brown with a very durable and creamy tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma: yeasty banana and more subtle clove and light malt.

Taste: la well-integrated mix of flavors. Not bold but highly drinkable and easily recommended as a dining beverage.

M: smooth but a tad too thin and watery.

O: an exceptionally good-looking beer with fine flavor but a mediocre mouthfeel. (408 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day. (1,133 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat scent with some dry crystal malt sweetness. It is a fruity with a refreshing yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry malty flavor with some wheaty notes. It is lightly fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dunkel. It has good aroma and mouthfeel. (441 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Served with a finger of off white head. Color is a dark murky brown. Head fades down to a thin layer. Some lace left.

Aroma: Smells very roasted and malty. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Taste: Same roasted malt feel which I normally don't get from a dunkel. It has some spice notes to it as well. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of spice flavors.

Overall, the pint drank pretty easy. No real problems finishing it. The only difference with this beer was the roasted malts that I picked up. (628 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 2/6/10

Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Fair amount of retension and minor spotty lacing on the glassware. Aroma of cloves, malt and slight bit of fruitiness lingers. Taste is equally clovey with malt sweetness. Thin body and lightly carbonated. There is a slight amount of breadiness and yeast that remains in the mouth. (376 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fiery copper with a thick, creamy head that leaves a few splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Bananas, clove, bread, yeast, banana bread, banana muffins

T: This is a very tasty beer. It's easy to drink, smooth and has plenty of flavor. The aroma is a great indicator of the beer's taste profile.

M: Smooth and easy with a medium or slightly less carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable, especially if you're in the mood for a good German ale. (461 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nobody get excited - this is just a couple of Franciscan monks, one on the label, the other behind the keyboard, getting together for an outing. CAN you believe it?

Bro. Francis came roaring out of his home, resulting in a big foamy finger of tan head with moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy dark reddish-brown. Nose was big with a pleasant admixture of banana and clove with the former leading the way and the latter directly underneath. Mouthfeel was big and full with banana the main attraction, followed by pink bubble gum and then clove spiciness. It is a good thing that I have been exposed to a number of hefeweizens recently or I would have HATED this. I am more mature in terms of my palate, so it is palatable, but I am still not a big fan of the banana esters being so prevalent. Finish reminded me of banana bread, simply in liquid form, which is appropriate since it was the monks who first referred to beer as "liquid bread". I just wish that the clove/spiciness had been more forward. (1,009 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber; huge, foamy, thick, off white head; great retention

S - yeast, clove, banana, straw

T - caramel, bubblegum, banana, yeast, straw, clove

M - smooth, crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very decent, easy drinking, flavorful beer. It has good flavor, good body, and great drinkability. I recommend checking this out. (345 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe. (472 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, picked up at BevMo Huntington Beach for $1.79.

A: Pours lighter than expected amber brown, cloudy, full hefe-style head, no real lacing, Average head retention for the style. The beer looks good, but for its style, just average I'd say.

S: Dark bread, bananas, clove, spicy pumpernickel, fairly robust.

T: Probably the closest to cookie batter I have tasted in a beer. Molasses, very sugary at first, which is countered by a bitter clove bite. Banana bread and some nutmeg close out the flavour profile.

M: Light-bodied, glad the carbonation is not over the top, but it does present problems with drinking the beer at times. I wish it was a little smoother, good as a whole.

D: Probably my favourite dunkelweizen I have had, though I haven't had much experience with this style, in my neck of the woods we usually just have the common German versions available. Liked this better than the Weihenstaphner, go buy it, it's cheap to boot, good beer by Spaten. (978 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation. (355 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, slightly out of date when poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass at home on 20 Oct 2013.

Huge head on top of the dark brown body with ruby hints: looked lovely.

The nose is a mixture of yeast, vanilla and banana esters: the taste follows closely but with a malt presence that didn't appear in the aroma.

Lively and flavoursome, very pleasant and one of the best Dunkelweizen I've had so far. (417 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had its lighter sibling, and now it's time to go on the dark side of Franziskaner:

Cloudy orange to brown in color with a gigantic foamy head. The head looks like a scoop of ice cream in a root beer float! Phenolic smell with spice and a touch of apple. More phenolic flavor in the taste. Coated plastic on the palate, some nutmeg, a little sizzle of wheat malt, with the aftertaste leaving spiced apples and cinnamon. The beer has a firm and creamy feel, not crisp like other wheat beers. Not quite the same as their hefe, but definately worth a few samples. At $1.59 a half-liter, I'm not bitching and moaning. (618 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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... (445 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pale apple cider like appearance. Decent head retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat notes.

Taste: Initial taste of fruity wheat. Big banana flavors. A bit of spice in there as well. I love this dark wheat style. One of my favorites of this style so far.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, fullbodied dunkel.

Drinkability" Rather drinkable. Would have again. Franzi is always fancy. (379 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Overall:
A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable. (755 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, looks like dirty sewage though.

VERY pleasant smell, kind of a malty bakery in the morning smell. There is a bit of spice in it too allspice I think? That or cinnamon and orange peel.

Taste is quite pleasant and has that dunkel taste. Malty and some raisins and tart lemon if you hold it on your tongue and let it warm up. Malty yet manages not to be sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium carbonation and a neutral dryness. Medium heaviness.


Drinkability is very good! I like the Erdinger version better, but this is certainly acceptable! (564 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brownwith biscuit large colored head. Very malty aroma, mainly a roasted nutty scent. Medium body and smooth going down. Strong flavor of malt - very complex, with banana, wheat some citrus and spices. A good brew but not an everyday drinker. (257 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 01/2009, served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a dirty chestnut brown hue, coming with a tight frothy beige head with good retention, while the carbonation is lively without being OTT.
S: the dusty edge comes big and nice, buttressing a banana-ish fruit estery main theme with sweet bready wheat-malts and faint touches of caramel-fudge on the side. Not complex, just like all other dunkel weizen I've had, but a certain integrity in aroma is demonstrated.
T: a sour-sweet banana-ish flavour as well as caramelised mango-slices dominate the foretaste, then the thin, sour-sweet wheat flavour and yeastiness turn up, bringing aboard plenty of caramely sweetness and a rusty touch a bit like over-cooked Chinese red beans. Semi-chewy in the end with more lingering rusty fruits...
M&D: quite soft in carbonation, this dunkel weizen drinks not bad, albeit not so impressive in terms of the flavour profile and in lack of the necessary spicy edge that is indispensable for a weizen. (1,037 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a dark, muddled, golden brown coloring with a frothy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of nut sweetness, smoked caramel, and subtle toffee. Sweet and balanced. The flavors are nutty and tangy caramel sweet, with hints of date and fig, and subtle roast notes. Smooth and full bodied, with a short lived fruit bread aftertaste cut by the crisp, clean finish. Solid beer. (420 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opted to buy a bottle after an excellent serving of the hefe off tap. Pours with a rather large head, an odd brown in colour - strongly resembled tea actually. Two fingers at least (off a soft pour) and stayed constant through the course. A warming flavour, profiles cinnamin, brown sugar with a light spritzy, rotting wheat aroma. A lot of yeast in the aroma as well. Not bad. A good mouthfeel, easy on the wheat punch - fairly light and certainly more dry than most others. I like how this one is a little dulled. Flavour is also a little restrained. Nothing too rich. As it warmed I could taste more and more (until almost exclusively) raisons and prunes. The darker fruity notes (prunes, raisons) of this one make it a great compliment to the lighter (banana, etc) fruity notes of the hefe they offer. Very little, where any, aftertaste. Yeast became a little too strong near the end. I found that both this and the hefe lack tremendous complexion but are quite fair - and overall - quite nice. (998 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy warm brown with very strong carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. I'm not sure if the haze is from the wheat or the carbonation.

S- The first aroma is a bold phenol clove smell with a nice soft faint banana following. Vary faint there are some vanilla and bubblegum notes. A little bit of a bready note is also in there. Very complex aroma.

T- Very mellow wheat flavor with some nice clove and banana notes. Hints of bubblegum blend in with the sweetness of this beer. A little fresh bread flavor is in the finish but no hops are present. It does have some faint notes of caramel or toasted malt as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but no real fizziness is noted. It does have a softness from the wheat.

D- There are some real complex flavors in this soft beer. The toasted malt adds another dimension that is really nice. Very nice smooth soft yet complex beer. (968 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.