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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 46
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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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.

obywan59, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of TommyW
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy, dark gold almost brown body with a two finger white head that quickly fades to film leaving little lacing.

S- Lots of banana and wheat and a little yeasty. Smells more like a regular weizen.

T- Pretty malty overall. Wheat flavors are still there. The banana that was very prominent in the nose is very subdued behind some slightly-roasted, sweet malt flavors. The finish is dry with some yeasty and minerally aspects to it.

M- Pretty weak carbonation. It's slightly creamy upfront but manages to still have a fairly crisp finish due to the dryness.

D- Towards the end of this beer, it began to leave a rather unpleasant chalky and yeasty flavor on the tongue. Didn't really want another after the first.

Overall, an average dunkelweizen, but nothing spectacular.

TommyW, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

j0hnc2468, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid hefe-weisse. Its hazy amber color and off-white head are impressive. The head leaves beautiful lace in the glass. The smell is a little fruity with some notes of malt tied in as well. The malty tones are present throughout the beer, and the typical hefe-weisse yeast character is there, too. It's smooth on the tongue with some decent carbonation. It could use a bit more, however. It's quite drinkable, also, making it a very solid brew. I prefer this to the standard Franziskaner Hefe-weisse.

Jon, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pug, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of jmmy3
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jmmy3, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +4.4%

vhmf1978, Feb 28, 2014
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.

SIRIUS2, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of gkunkle
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kerne, May 17, 2014
Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -8.6%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Leftofthedial, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Waveoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Waveoff, May 29, 2013
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ronin926, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 uustal
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -8.6%

olympicgatorade, May 04, 2012
Photo of Svendozen
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Svendozen, May 06, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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