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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
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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 ZachRusk
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I kind of stumbled upon this beer, as it isn't as common as its relative the regular Franziskaner Hefe in my area. The Franziskaner Dunkel has all the characteristics of a regular hefe with the added addition of some darker malt flavors. Other than that, I thought this beer was pretty average but still a good quencher.

This beer pours a dark amber/light brown color that has a decent hazy/cloudiness to it. A large, slightly off-white foam forms and lasts for a few minutes but eventually thins out and leaves behind some lace. The smell had the usual spicy/clove hefe smell mixed with some caramel malt aromas. The mouthfeel was light and moderately carbonated. With the first sip, the taste was similar to a generic hefeweizen. The clove/spice flavors were there, and a very light banana note was present. Some caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness eventually show up, especially when the beer warms to room temperature. For a German wheat, this is more on the sweeter side. The finish is only moderately dry, and the spicy notes along with the dryness linger for a few moments. The beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I was expecting this beer to be much more assertive in the flavor department, but it didn't offer much more than what a regular hefeweizen would. This does happen to be my first dunkelweizen, so maybe I just need more experience with the style. I usually don't give a beer the same numbers all across the board, but this one pretty much finishes up the same in all categories for me. All in all, it just seem to be a little too similar to a hefe but it adds up to be a good all around easy to drink wheat beer.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

Thick, dense foamy head that is white. The brew is a brown color with faint deep orange hues.

Smells of sweet mildly toasted wheat malts, bananas and cloves.

Tastes of toasted malt sweetness, dark wheat bread, some spiciness, banana and mild cloves and other light friutiness.

Smooth, creamy and mildly carbonated.

Very sessionable dark wheat brew. This would be easy going on a nice summer day.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, muddy water brown, with a fluffy tan head.
Thin sheet of lacing.

Aroma is dusty, clove, cooked bannana, toasted wheat.

mouthfeel is creamy

Flavor is clove, roasted grain, bannana bread.

Finish is crisp, with a dusting of grain.

Nice refreshing beer.

Photo of Mikus
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my tulip glass... mahogany tones with a full finger of white head. Didn't last long. The aroma had some banana, spice (nutmeg?), and a bit if a bready/yeasty note. The tastes were in line with the aroma, and I mentioned at least once or twice that it had some of the same taste profiles as a banana-nut bread... and again, a hint of spice. Good carbonation and a smooth overall mouthfeel to this brew. Overall, I thought that this was a nice beer, nice change of pace from my go-to IPAs and stouts, and well-crafted. Quite a good deal for the big bottle at around 3 bucks. Glad to be expanding my beer horizons a bit, and this was a nice stop along the road. Try it!

Photo of Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jreitman
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with lots of head (had to wait a minute for the head to settle before I could finish pouring the glass). There was a slightly off smell that made me think twice about drinking it. Mouthfeel was pretty poor to the point where it felt like I was drinking water. However, the flavor profile was spot on, albeit subdued.

Photo of Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Duvel
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vtfan77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, cloudy copper with a nice frothy head that lasts a decent while.

S- Very yeasty with a pleasant banana bread aroma. A little toasty as well.

T- Light banana fruitiness starts things off. The flavor soon progresses with a much stronger malt character. Sweet bread, toasted wheat, and caramel are noticeable. Finishes off-dry with hardly any bitterness.

M- A little thin here. Carbonation is good, but overall this would benefit from a little more substance.

D- Pretty good. It's not too high in alcohol, and I could definitely have a couple in any season.

Just a good, flavorful Dunkel Weizen. I generally prefer Hefes to Dunkels, but this is a good change of pace for me. I could see myself drinking this again in the future. Recommended.

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Waveoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pweis909
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 oz bottle.
Fully carbonated, big white head resting on a murky tea-colored brew. Effervesences persists throughout the experience/

Smell has a yeasty breadiness and phenolic bubblegum smell, both of which are carried through in the tasting. Didn't pick up on banana esters.

Taste is lacking in malt complexity. It finishes dry and wheaty, with no hop character.

Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

Poured in a weissen glass, with a deep amber color and cloudy look. The head is very large, three inches high, that is beige color. A yeasty and bread fragrance at the start, then blending to a strong and lasting scent of cloves. The taste starts with a hearty bread flavor, then to slightly tart citrus flavor, moving to a spicy clove taste. It all finishes with a yeasty twang flavor, that lingers on the palate for some time. A light watery feel at the front and stays that way all the way till the finish, that is when it gains a slight bit of weight. The palate is left with a clean dry finish. A classic, nothing more to say. The aroma is spicy and intoxicating. The look is dark, cloudy and inviting. The taste is yeasty and bready, with a feel that makes you wanting more.

Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my Schneider weisse glass. Very cloudy brownish brew somewhat resembling chocolate. Milk chocolate at the neck of the glass, and dark chocolate at the widest. It took three pours to get all 16.9 ounces in my glass. The first pour yielded a 6 finger head, the second a 4 finger, and the final s 2 1/2 finger head. The head tends to try to imitate swiss cheese as it recedes.

Dry aroma with banana, clove and a bit of twang. It reminds me of the smell of my whole wheat sour dough starter.

Lightly sweet malt upfront, followed by rising tartness, and then banana and clove wafting into the back of the mouth. Alcohol taste is a bit surprising for a 5% ABV.

Medium-bodied. Nice tingle of carbontion on the tongue and alcohol/carbonation burn in the throat. Fairly warming for such a light brew.

An easy drinker. I could have zipped through a few more of these.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at D's. Pours a dark tinted pale brown color with minimal head. Fragerance is that of cloves, bananas, and apples. At first I noted a taste of apples, but after that I tended only to taste the mellow hops and malts. Carbonation is light and its body is almost heavy enough to be characterized as chewy, but not quite. Extremely drinkable, i polished off two without realizing it while watching the pens game. Goes down very smooth.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single into a Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown, hazy, with a nice uneven foamy head. No real lacing to note.

S: Wheaty malt with a sort of intricate fruity smell.

T&M: Dark looking and light bodied with a complex malty, but clean, flavor profile. The wheat is prominent with an interesting yeasty fruitiness that assists with the impression of light tastes. The carbonation is fine and abundant. The finish is relatively malty but dry going just a touch watery as the linger begins.

D: Refreshing and light and easy to drink. The interesting yeast flavors had me curious for more which let this one do down pretty quickly as well. Interesting and cool. I liked it.

Photo of drizzam
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the hefe-weiss version of Franziskaner in the past (and I'm a huge fan) but never the Dunkel (until now).

On pouring, I noticed the head was absolutely huge! It didn't really seem to stick to the glass and leave a lace but it was a huge tan head nonetheless. It had the same kind of smell of the regular hefe...some spice and clove but it seemed muted compared to the hefe for some reason. The taste was a bit maltier and maybe a little more muted also. It did finish clean and had a bit of a thicker mouthfeel to me.

Overall not a bad brew...I think in the future I'll just do the Franzikaner hefe-weiss (non dunkel) but I wasn't disappointed with this journey.

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

Pretty solid in color, orangish brown with some yellow at the edges, giant fluffy yellowish tan head. Rich, dark, wheaty bread aroma, plenty of banana and cloves, and hints of lemon zest. The taste was a lot like banana bread, a fair amount of spicy cloves too. Maybe toned back on lemon zest to make room for the banana bread. Medium bodied, but wont get in the way of drinking a lot of it.

Verdict: one of the best examples of the style that is widely available. Very good, but not quite my favorite of them.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Color looks like Mr. Hanky took a swim. Opaque, cloudy, guess it wasn't the color I was expecting. Nice head though. Aroma of very light clove and .... maybe not much more. Citrus? I don't think it's very flavorful either. Smooth at least.

Overall: not impressed

Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Pours a cloudy brown, with a large tan head. Aroma was full of banana, clove and spice. I expected more twang in the flavour, but what I got was a bit bland. Very crisp and clean. Lots of carbonation. Goes down real smooth. Thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.