Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
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1,576 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,576
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 58
Gots: 171 | 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 plaid75
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy medium to dark copper hue with a four finger foamy and creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with hints of caramel and some lemon zest. The yeast esters were a bit subdued.

The taste was light and clean. Essentially a hefe with a bit more caramel element. The flavor, however, remained dry. Some astringent wheat malt flavors as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry. Slight chewiness.

Overall an exceptionally easy to drink hefe. Just as clean and refreshing as the standard hefe (perhaps it shouldn't be this way however).

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $2.50.. poured into my small weizen glass.

2" head left almost no lacing atop a slightly hazy chesnut brew.

Aroma is more bready than spicy.. sorta like fresh raisin bread without any cinnamon and fewer raisins. Only touches of any of the traditional phenolic/estery smells.

Much more banana in the flavors.. but still everything seems restrained.. mild but present clove finish. Small raisin and lite caramel flavors accentuate the more dominant flavors. Light medium body and persistant carbonation.

I've had this brew many times over the years.. alot recently because I've been trying to find time to review it and ultimately waiting until "get" to share it with a friend/coworker. Almost certainly not the best dunkelweizen out there, but still very nice for the style.. I wish more American brewers gave them a go.

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

A: Poured a dark cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 1 finger white head that was moderately lasting leaving only slight tell tale hints of lacing. There was a considerable amount of suspend particle matter.

S: The nose was wheaty with a touch of sweet caramel, and some yeasty attributes of bananas.

T: The flavor starts off really smooth and very light with a creamy wheat palate, dried bananas, and some hints of fruit. There was some slight hints of caramel sweetness as well as apples.

M: light, with a strong crisp carbonation but goes down pretty smooth. Leaves a slight sweet caramel lacing behind.

D: A pretty decent dunkel, though a little light. Goes down easy enough and certainly good to put down a few at a time.

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. A cloudy brown colored beer with a nicely sized head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is very malt forward with the standard clove/banana/spicy yeast profile of a hefeweizen, although it’s a bit restrained and overshadowed by the maltiness. Flavor is very much with the nose; the banana and clove tastes are there but not as clear as one might like; the very bready malt aspect of this beer is clearly out front in the taste. Modestly sweet with a caramel aspect. Finishes fairly dry, easy to drink and refreshing with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy.

This one is worth trying but I feel that it falls short of the top tier as far as this style goes. Everything you’d want is there and is all nice enough but it certainly isn’t anything profound or even particularly memorable. Doesn’t really stand out amongst the other Dunkels I’ve had. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying, but could be bigger in both taste and aroma.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nicely cloudy medium brown with a tall fluffy white head that had great retention and low lacing.

The aroma was the typical wheat, banana, clove and yeast. The flavors were very clean and typical for a Hefe. The body was full and rich, but remained light and refreshing. Drinkability was very good, I'll be grabbing more of these to help me through the summer.

Overall, a very good beer, a must try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy medium brown amber with a two finger light tan head and lacing. Aroma of wheat, banana and clove. A refreshing wheat beer with a good balance of wheat, yeast, malt and just the right light spiciness. Fairly dry in the middle and finish. A very nice dunkelweizen.

Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber, cloudy, with a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: light citrus aroma, perhaps even some berry.

Taste: wheat, citrus, light fruit flavors (and berry again). Quite tasty, not too sweet, a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but perhaps a little heavy body for a real session beer. I could see enjoying this beer in a lot of different settings, though.

Photo of DrJay
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery amber with a short beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lacing. Strong banana and clove in the aroma, bready yeast, lemons and wheat crackers. Slight brown sugar character. The flavour was bready with lemon and banana, slight tartness. Mild bitterness. I found it to be overly dry, which probably explained the thin mouthfeel. The only thing holding the texture together was the carbonation. I liked the aroma, but was ultimately disappointed with the beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9 oz. brown bottle.
Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is of wheat and bananas with cloves. Taste is very flavorfull and quite good. Malty with notes of clove and banana. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick milkshake-like beige head tops the dark scarlet red brew. Aroma is musty and stale. The taste is better than the smell, but not by much. Slight phenolic tinges and fruity esters. Slight chocolate. Slight roasted malt. Creamy medium body. Drinkable, but pretty average for a dunkel weizen.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the better "Franzishizers," actually, I shouldn't call it a shizer, since its not shitty, but I digress.

Pours a nice dark, thin bubbled beer. Aroma, nothing apparent, but doesn't seem alcoholic like many of this breweries stuff.

Taste, here comes the strange nuances for this American boy's palate. Apple, banana, fig, raisin, all that kind of stuff I don't prefer to mix with my beer. If you're the standard guy who drinks hoppy ipas and fortified stouts, I don't think this complex batch is for you (or at least not me). But with that said, there is something respectable about the interplay between all these styles, and the malt bill here, that doesn't taste like the typical chocolate and coffee you might get for something this dark.

Can't give it good reviews on mouthfeel and drinkability. Its value to me is that of something different to sip, but I don't see myself going back to these.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with orange hues with a nice white head that leaves wonderful lacing. Smell is of wheat, yeast and a hint of banana. Taste is crisp and dry malt, clove and a little banana. Overall this is a good brew from a brewer thats products are rather easy to find which is great. Pick this up and at least try it if you come across it.

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish, amber color with a minimal one-finger head. Aroma is one of banana and clove. Taste is much of the same except that the clove is more prominent in this brew. Much like the regular Franziskaner beer except that it's darker. Smooth and tasty though. Very drinkable.

Photo of bark
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark chocolate-brown; the liquid is very hazy. The large head sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell got notes of bakers yeast, sour wheat-flavours and some roasted flavours of cocoa/nuts. I also noted a scent of meat/beef stock and a bitter hint. Maybe there is a touch of perfume/soap somewhere in there?

The taste is mild and not as sour as the pale wheat beers usually are. Roasted, rounded, sweet flavours of dark bread, beef stock, hazelnuts and some sweet fruits. The short aftertaste is light with some perfumed notes: Fruits, roasted vegetables and nuts. There is a fragile bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to light, the liquid smooth.

A rather standard Dunkel Weizen. IT is probably better paired with some German cuisine or BBQ than on its own.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big Franziskaner bottle (1pt 0.9oz). Nice hazy copper color with immense off-white foam.

The smell was nowhere near as good as I'd hoped, there was more malt in the aroma than the bananas which I expected. The flavor was kind of dominated by sweet malts too, with a little bit of a lacto-flavor which was odd.

Nice thick and chewy body but it didn't compensate for the strange flavors. Not the best in my opinion.

Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly indistinct garnet color with a Herculean sized head, frothy in texture, the lace is thick clinging sheets. Aroma of fresh bread dough is upper most with nice hints of malt and coriander, fresh and clean and a pleasure to the senses in all respects. On the outset sweet with a middling top and a modest acidity that is followed by an apropos hop spiciness ending in a dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a decent drinking beer.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped L-152136-20:54. Sampled on February 8, 2012. The pour is olive brown coming out of the bottle but it becomes a dark amber tone with a generous head in the tall glass. The aromas are modest with dark malts, wheat, yeast, banana, and clove. The body is on the light to medium side. The flavor is scrumptious with its sweet dark malts and wheat up front and a slightly dry finale. It is a beer that is easy to drink quickly while at the same time savoring it.

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

Pours a murky light born with some lighter orange/reddish shade of suede along the edges. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour with a pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

Aromas begin with clove, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder. Then you get some banana and a little more toasted breadiness.

The tastes begin with mildly toasted and nutty flavors. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness coupled with a persistent amount of light cocoa powder.

The finish is short because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish.

Overall this is a decent example of the style but lacks any nice umph or rememorable flavors to make me want to revisit. Not a favorite style of mine to be honest but I have had much better and more full flavored examples. A one and done for me.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy brown colour with a very large frothy and fluffy beige coloured head. I can't make out how much carbonation there is and there is some very fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, cloves, bananas, raisins, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels light and creamy but a little watery as well. The taste is made up of malts, dark fruits and bananas. There is also a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another solid beer from this brewer. I did however prefer their regular Hefeweizen to this beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's weird but for me the regular Dunkel was always available to me but I only seen the Hefe-Dunkel twice and got them both times. Thankfully Giant Eagle now stocks this all the time!

A - Hazy brown with an inch of white fluffy head. Again Awesome in my Spaten Mug

S - Dark fruits, lemon, and banana peel, with slight bread. Smells like a great mix.

T - Just as the smell described and just as great tasting as I remembered. It's makes me wonder how bitter some would like their beer for this to seem to sweet. It seems like a perfect balance of sweet flavors of the raisin, lemon and bitter banana with the complexity of bitter bready malts that make it perfect. IMO.

M - Refreshing as always. Could easily finish a couple of 500ml in a sitting.

D - At 2.99 a big bottle at my local Giant E it's easily going to something I would pick up from time to time. Man I could drink it all the time.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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