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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,518 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 51
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of Waveoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of domtronzero
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper with a creamy tan off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with a malty wheaty caramel flavor. Tastes of bananas, cloves, and the typical sweet hef flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, yet easy drinking, but not as good as their regular hef. Overall, an average beer; I would prefer the regular hef.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel, albeit on the thin side. I had this in comparison with a Weihenstephan dunkel, and it held up favorably. Nice, thick foamy head, very good retention. Spicey clove taste, with more than a hint of banana. Quite refreshing and drinkable. No complaint with this one.

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a 1/3 inch head and lace trailing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful combination of cloves and banana, and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts yeasty, then switches to banana and clove... also a bit earthy. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation; initially it was prickly, but quickly became very smooth and dry. A very soild dunkel weiss.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Flat muted brown, almost like tea. Big fluffy cream colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Complex aroma that intermingles bubblegum and vanilla notes. Banana esters strong. Clove phenols not as prominent but come out a little more as beer warms.

T: Good balance of banana and clove flavors. Taste leans more toward spice. No hop flavor or character. Some timid vanilla flavor present. Malt is rich and sweet but not particularly strong.

MF: Medium body. Creamy full mouthfeel. Quite effervescent. Finish is wet not dry.

D: Good easy drinking dunkel weizen. Falls between lighter and heavier styles. Makes for a nice filling but ultimately easily drinkable and refreshing beer.

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 ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Padron4KM
3.14/5  rDev -18%
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 Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jreitman
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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 admiral
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 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 I2uss
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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 Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.