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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
Brewed by:
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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 gkunkle
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a transparent brown color, a little on the lighter side of the brown spectrum. Has a tall white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of wheat banana clove and other spices. Taste is very similar, very smooth, sweet and balanced. A great tasting beer with a clean finish. Lighter body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that is very sessionable.

gkunkle, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jmmy3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jmmy3, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

jaluria, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of kerry4porters
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kerry4porters, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

First time with this style. Considering some of the other European beers I've tried, this one is on par with say a... mini-macro. Nice look color, corduroy brown with a wonderful head and lacing that is dripping like wax. No apparent fumes to intoxicate me, if sunflowers had a taste this would be it. Neutral hop taste coupled with mildly spicy malts.

At 2.00 a bottle it's well worth it. Great session beer during the fall season.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

Pours a very nice ruby red auburn color with some nice cloudiness and a large 3finger head that recedes quicker than a traditional hefeweizen. Great looking body. The aroma is big time banana fosters, rub and brown sugar. Some steeped raisins and a hint of vanilla round out the body. Carbonation cleanses your palate but is not overwhelming and rather silky on the palate as it transitions between wheat malts and caramelized malts on the finish. Great beer overall and again, this is a beer I used to pass by all the time. Really worth a shot.

Augustiner719, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of AudioGilz
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

It's burnt orange, cloudy, and murky. The head is huge at first and thick. It then subsides to a confident coating of protection. The aroma seems pretty subdued. My allergies are acting up as of late, so it might be great to smell. I just get some faint hefe whiffs. The maltiness is superb in this brew. It's medium bodied and the maltiness leads with the typical hefe flavors following along for a solid background. It's definitely more filling and "mealish" that a regular hefeweizen. So it's not as easy to drink as say Franziskaner Hefe...but it's a treat.

AudioGilz, May 25, 2003
Photo of BrandonOakes
4.01/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: A mix of the usual banana and some sweet almost caramel like tones.

Taste: Banana with some wheaty tones.

Mouthfeel: Slight over carbonation, but it eases with time in glass.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I do prefer the regular hefe over this though.

Serving type: bottle into Weizen glass.

BrandonOakes, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kerne, May 17, 2014
Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephan weiss glass.

A - Poured a cloudy brown color. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam with lots of staying power. A good amount of sediment detected.

S - A nice mixture of aromas. Dark wheat bread, banana, clove and a little bit of bubble gum thrown in.

T - Yeasty and malty up front. You get a good amount of the banana and clove flavor before it finishes off rather dry. I like the fact that this beer isn't overly herba/medicinal, like others of this style tend to be.

MF&D - There may be better examples of this style out there, but I grew up on this stuff and to me its a classic. Esay drinking and delicious.

nasty15108, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of uustal
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a mid-brown, caramel color with a two-finger very off-white head. Aroma of spice, caramel malt and a bit of wheat. Flavor follows. Fairly mild. Hints of wheat, grass, spice to start. Subtle sweet caramel, bready malt with a bit of banana on the back end. Not nearly as big or sweet of a malt compared to others in the style. A bit subdued overall. No big heffe flavors either.

uustal, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of olympicgatorade
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
Photo of BeerBob
4.43/5  rDev +16%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a dark almond brown from a 1PT .9FL glass bottle. Head goes to well over three fingers and sticks to everything, the glass walls, lips, mustache... you name it and this foam will stick to it.

Nose is a spicey lite clove with whiffs of citrus. Palate is a wonderful array of banana, cloves, and citrus sour.

An absolutely delicious brew, to be had any time, any where, and for any reason.

BeerBob, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of Waveoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Waveoff, May 29, 2013
Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ronin926, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

pagesofphotographs, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A good dunkel without being mind-blowing. A rusty water kind of colour with a tight collar and good lacing. No surprises on the nose with those cloves and banana notes shining through. A nice earthy kind of yeast aroma backing up. Smooth, dry not at all cloying. A slight nutmeg presence on the palate with the slightly grainy yeastiness. Overall a pretty good beer. Not much to dislike about this.

juju7, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -21.5%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ralree
3.63/5  rDev -5%

A: Very cloudy orange, very little head. Laces quickly from about 1-finger of head.

S: Smells like banana and fruit.

T: Tastes like banana with a little alkaline aftertaste. Has a nice yeasty aftertaste as well, which makes you want more. Alcohol taste is there, but muffled. Not too bitter.

M: Too carbonated for my taste. Burns the tongue slightly. A little watery, but seems to have some sediment floating around in it. Is not too astringent, and leaves the mouth fairly dry and clean.

D: Not all that drinkable unless you can deal with lots of carbonation. Burping is a must after every gulp. It's too sweet for me to drink a lot of.

ralree, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of josefnewsong
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

A - pours a cloudy light brownish color with hints of orange and two fingers of light bubbly head
S - wheat, yeast, banana and clove
T - wheat flavors melded with light fruitiness...very sweet but not cloying at all, very thirst quenching
M - light-bodied, a little too highly carbonated in my opinion, nice wet finish
D - very drinkable as a dunkel should be, the carbonation is the only barrier to me having a few of these

josefnewsong, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pug, Apr 17, 2014
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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