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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

804 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 804
Hads: 1,599
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 61
Gots: 184 | 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 IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin brownish-red in color with a murky haze. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Wheat malt aroma is prominent with spicy clove and hints of banana. Medium bodied with ample rich carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Wheat and toasted malt flavor with clove up front . The spiciness intensifies into the middle giving way to banana and yeast flavors and wheat malt flavors to the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry. (447 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stella Artois chalice.

A- Deep dark brown with a fat bubbly white head. Very murky.

S- Dark fruits, spice, yeast, toasted bread and malts, wheat cereal.

T- Spicy with a defined breadiness. Sweet with some dark fruit notes as well as a hint of chocolate. Has somewhat of a toasted pastry taste.

M- Well Carbonated, with a light bodied feel. Crisp and clean feeling for a dunkel.

O- A very well rounded dunkelweizen. Very refreshing. (470 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

A: Pours a ruby-amber body with a 2.5 finger white head that has hints of cream coloring. Slightly rocky and fizzles down to 1/4" in a minute or two. No lacing on the glass and lasting head until the end.

S: Initial hit of bread and banana from the yeast. Grassy wheat characteristics. Slight roasty malt and a twang of alcohol.

T: First comes on with wheat and a banana, then a hint of spice followed up by a caramely malt aftertaste and hints of bread. No extreme flavors just one hell of a drinkable beer.

M: This beer is light on the palette with ample carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. No lingering stickiness in the mouth. The best part about the beer.

A very drinkable and well priced beer. I'm more of a fan of their regular hefe-weisse but this is good when your drinking a few franzis in a row. (857 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high becuase I loved the regular hefeweizen. Paired with Sweet Potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a strange caramel-amber.

Sm: Cream, yeast, and some clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, berry ester hops, and malts (some caramelized). Amber hops. Balanced and enjoyable. I like it, but it's not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick nor too thin. Not too light nor too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: It's very drinkable, but far from unique. An enjoyable little dunkel that will satisfy fans of the style. Just don't expect too much from it.

B- (786 characters)

Photo of DM1293
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark cloudy brown, like if you mixed a brown ale with a hefeweissen.

Smell: To me, much like the regular hefeweissen.

Taste: And unsurprisingly, it tastes much like their hefeweissen...only there's something different around it. And I can't place exactly what characteristics come out. I don't get a malty or a nutty taste.

The only way I can put it is "if you took their hefeweissen and made it a little bolder and muted the flavors a little."

It doesn't make it bad, I actually think it makes it a good alternative if you don't like hefeweissens for being light. This is a good, balanced drink.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, but that might've been due to bad pouring on my part.

Overall: Its not quite as good as their regular hefeweissen, but its still stands out a solid drink. I paid two fifty for a pint-sized bottle, so I can easily say that what I paid was worth the taste. (925 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is a balance of banana and clove.

The taste follows the nose, though the mouthfeel is quite light and ends a bit watery, which unfortunately detracts from the taste as well.

The aroma really had me looking forward to this but unfortunately the taste was just average and the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. (409 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a hazy reddish brown in color with a 1” thick off white head that recedes slowly but noticeably, leaving a few legs and speckles of lacing. The ring of foam persists for the entire beer and each sip leaves small patterns of lacing.

Smell: A nice subtle set of aromas with the banana and clove all mingled in with a bit of breadiness and dark caramel. Nothing strong and it all works well together.

Taste: As expected from the nose there is a sweet breadiness and caramel that shows traces of banana and clove. However, none of the flavors is particularly strong here and that makes for a nicely balanced package that still lets you know the various flavors are present while none of them overwhelm the others.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the soft but persistent carbonation creates a nice tingle and lasts for the entire beer. The finish is relatively short and ends with a touch of clove.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was an easy drinker with each sip following easily from another and tasting as good as the last. A good solid, well made dunkel weisse that hits the mark easily. Recommended. (1,272 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy redish brown with a big ole fluffy white head.
Sweet fruity bananas and cloves on the nose.
Same as nose, cloves dominate but aren't agresssive, lights up on the finish with and everso delicate hop touch.
Medium bodied, normal carbonation.
A good one. I'll have another! (284 characters)

Photo of FriarPrickly
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into pint glass. A gift from my wife who saw this at Sendiks.
Beautiful caramel color murky with tan tinged pillowy head. Excellent retention and vivid lacing.
Smell of cloves and banana and bandaid
Tastes open with bublegum, bandaid and orange fading to lemon pepper...wow....swallows to a bitter that lasts
Creamy with mild carbonation.
This is a beer I could drink for a long time. I will buy this beer for special occasions in the future. (469 characters)

Photo of dbaker61
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle. Brew date: June 13, 2011; best by date: june 1, 2012. 5% ABV, 11.8 degrees Plato.

Appearance: A careful pour yielded about two fingers of light tan, dense foam. Great head retention. Cloudy, very dark amber in color.

Smell: Not a huge amount of banana and cloves, but what there is is balanced against a bready sweetness, with a bit of caramel.

Taste: More of the aroma notes. Just a touch of bitterness, well-balanced with an understated sweetness. Banana and cloves are not as forward as in helles weissbiers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. The initial mild bitterness fades and is replaced with a balanced, smooth, medium dry finish.

Overall: Very good example of a dunkel weissbier. I could session this beer with no trouble. Refreshing and satisfying. (797 characters)

Photo of McD0uche
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass:

A: A dark brown, reddish color, which is very attractive overall. A decent two-finger head bubbles forth, and subsides after a couple minutes. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like your typical Belgian weissbier. Peppery, vinegar-like aromas pervade. Earthy malt notes. Not a smell I care for all that much.

T: Tart, sweet, earthy. Boozy. I'm not the biggest fan of this Belgian flavor, but it isn't enough to keep me from drinking it.

M: Light carbonation and light body. Crisp, refreshing, drinkable, and enjoyable on the palate overall.

O: This was an alright beer, but not anything I'd look for in the future. (657 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my roommate's kegerator into my Franziskaner Weisse Glass.

Hazy amber color. Not totally sure how to describe the smell, plums and banana? Whatever it is, it's good.

It tastes a little tingly sour with some sweet biscuit and banana, but the good kind of banana... I hate artificial banana and don't really like banana bread but this is hinting at good real banana. This is a very flavorful, but still easily drinkable beer. I could have a lot of this in one sitting.

The mouthfeel is very soft with a light sensation of tingliness. the head is creamy and dense due to the tiny nature of the bubbles, it's like a pillow in your mouth. (648 characters)

Photo of Acho
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I first tried at the Matrix club in Berlin, and since then it changed my views on this liquid element.
Poured it to the Franziskaner Weizen 0.5 L glass, opaque copperish brown with a nice tan head and yeast that sinks to the bottom of the glas. The smell is quite bred-ish and you can get the fruity hints, very pleasant.
In the taste is where you get the banana and citrus notes, as well as carbonation in your face; crisp and not thick is what makes this brew quite refrshing for the Andalousian summers. (519 characters)

Photo of BryanRex
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy translucent chestnut, color with temporary lacing and good retention. A nice nose of roasted malt, yeast, banana, chocolate and clove is similar to that of most Belgian Ales. The initial flavor isn’t bold, but hints of wheat with some sweetness and spice are present. The flavor quickly subsists to a very thin, watery mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall, the ale is great right up to the finish. It’s a nice session ale if no other good options are available. (485 characters)

Photo of J23hc
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass. Darker side of mahogony body and three finger head. Nice wheaty smell, cherry, a little spice, not too strong, average. Crisp bite on palate, up front spicy wheat, and sweet cherry finish. Quite good, I like their hefeweizen also. (256 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served unto a weizen glass.

Appearance: A cloudy dark amber, orange-white head is roughly 2 fingers thick. Not overly bubbly.

Smell: Tastes of fresh yeast and strong hops.

Taste: Comes off heavy...incredibly smooth but I wouldn't use the term of incredible beer. Easily a go to beer which some would rate higher but not the tastiest. Light Yeast and heavier hops with a backwash of a lighter carbonation.

Mouth: Light carbonation and but super-bubbly; hence the incredibly head.

Overall: This is definitely a beer you would use to introduce to someone who is somewhat close-minded when it comes to beer. It is very easy to drink but super smooth. To other this might be your "diet-coke" for beer connoisseurs but then again we all need a light drink every now and then. If this beer had a season it would be late summer to fall, why??? because something this filling works best in warm drier climates. Hope you all enjoy and cheers! (940 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, muddy coffee brown colored pour into 0.5L Franziskaner Weizen glass.
S: Aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, yeast, chocolate and ripe banana.
T: Flavors include vanilla, banana, caramel, bread, roasted malt with a hint of coffee.
M: Medium bodied with food carbonation.
O: Absolutely delicious beer that was very enjoyable and one that I would definitely have again. Great drinkability and flavors with a beautiful nose all contribute to this experience. (463 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, but translucent, with a muddy-brown color. Thick, tenacious head of fluffy cream, but not much lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity. Some mild clove and other spices. A hint of citrus.

T: Sweet, malted wheat dominates, start to finish, but there are some complex flavors mixed in as well: yeast, of course; over-ripe banana is definitely there, as is a hint of cloves; there's a dry bitterness in the finish, but I have to wait a minute before the sweet, fruity malt is completely off my tongue.

M: Moist, but with good carbonation.

O: Good, but I've had equally-good dunkel weissbeir for less money, and better ones for not much more. It's a solid contender in its class, but not a standout. (698 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldnt say no to a liter of this thing.

It poured a slightly translucent brown color. white head capped off the stein.

Smell is mostly made of hefeweizen yeast. A slight yeast twang as well.

Taste is very light, almost watery. The yeast feels chewy and crusty. Like the curst of yeast bread. The hefeweizen yeast is taken over by the bready crusty malt. (359 characters)

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mississippi river brown and cloudy with an off white head. Head formation consists of tiny uniform bubbles and good retention. No lacing. Effervescent bubbler in the center of the glass a la Belgium triple. Very nice nose of yeasty banana / fruity esters. Taste banana right away, sort of clove and hair tonic / dry at the end. Thin, watery feel but the good amount of carbonation offsets the thinness. Flavors and feel are definitely subdued in this one. The banana smell and flavor makes this a unique offering of the style, and one that I always enjoy. Thanks to Dan and Mary Ann for the Holiday gift bottle. (611 characters)

Photo of deapokid
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 11/10. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is a soft red, almost chestnut, color with bubbly carbonation and an iced-tea coloration when held to light. A thin ring of foam sits on top, surrounded by sticky, but temporary, lacing. Definitely looks sweet and refreshing.

Aroma is milky, accompanied by notes of banana, cherry and lemon. It's very subtle, but appealing.

Black cherry, dried apricot, banana and a dash of pepper are coupled with a heavy, creamy wheatiness at the conclusion. The touch of fruity acidity helps stop it from being overpoweringly wheaty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and never complicated enough to stop you from sipping all day long. The mild dryness left on the tongue keeps the heavy wheat notes at bay.

Overall, this is a solid and extremely drinkable session ale. It's readily available and can definitely be your saving grace at a bar with less than desirable tap selections. (905 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy amber red. A very fluffy creamy white head. Little or no lacing. The beer smells amazing! Banana bread, nuts, raisins ... Tastes a bit malty with a bready overtone. Hints of bananas, nuts, and caramel. The mouthfeel is very solid, not watery at all, nor chewy. Overall, this beer is delicious. It reminds me of Orval with its complexity. I bought a single 16.9 oz bottle of this, and won't mind doing so again. (464 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle

muddy brown in color, foamy white head. earthy herbal aroma. bready taste, with just a bit of that weizen yeast flavor. medium bodied - full mouthfeel, but easy to drink. (189 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My review is based on the draft version. Although first introduced to this beer in the bottle, I highly prefer draft beer and have owned a keg cooler for over 25 years. Anyone who owns a keg cooler system understands that selection is very limited compared to what is available in the bottle. The two dunkel wheat beers available where I live in the US are Franziskaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Both are very good, but the Franziskaner is more readily available year round and is therefore my favorite. The great thing about this beer is that there has never been a guest in my home who has not been pleased when served with a glass of this brew, including people who generally do not like beer and only drink light beers. It is truly exsceptional to find a beer that virtually everone from craft IPA drinkers to light beer drinkers enjoy. I can only hope that this dunkel and more of this style become available in the keg. (919 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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