1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,466 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,466 | Reviews: 781 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, very cloudy, massively thick foam. The aroma is mild with lightly toasty malt, hint of clove and fruit. The taste has a bready wheat maltiness, a bit one-dimensionsal with barely enough bitterness to round it out. I was looking for more clove/banana character but it wasn't strong enough. The mouthfeel was good, typical, with a moderate carbonation and medium thickness.

Overall it's a decent Dunkelweizen, not complex or flavorful enough to rate high, but still gets the job done...

bennetj17, May 10, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be very dull and bland. I was expecting it to taste much different. First off, the mouthfeel was very thin and watery; and overly carbonated. The taste was just a little bready and a little sweet, not much going on here at all. I enjoy the regular Franziskaner Hefe fine, which is also why I was surprised. Obviously it would be easy to put a few of these away, but doesn't seem worth it to me.

Trappissed, May 04, 2009
Photo of chrisafari
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: plum, cranberries, cherries, molasses, sweet and subtle phenol. Crisp/smooth carmel malt.

Pour: hazy/opaque brown with a hint of red. Thin rim off-white head.

Taste: similar to the nose, molasses, plum and clovey phenols dominate. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouth: carb seems high and pops off the tongue, making the finish not very smooth. medium-light body, no lacing.

drink: medium.

Overall: flavors and aroma are great and unique. Enjoyable. The carb seems a little too much for me.

chrisafari, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a murky tan with a two finger head that settles to a nice foamy cap.

Aroma is of dusty yeast on the front. Spicey banana and clove aromas with a sweet citrus undertone. Phenolic band-aid esters come to the finish on the nose.

Phenolic flavors come in huge on the opening flavor with a nice dusty yeast flavor. The wheat comes through quite nicely, giving a dirty earthy and crusty taste to the beer. The usual suspects of bubble gum and band aids comes through. This is the hefe weiss flavor I am used to and enjoy. Slight citrus and twangy malty goodness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the only dissapointmenet from this beer.

This is a hefe weiss, and despite the non creamy mouthfeel I'm used to is impressive.

wheatyweiss, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 27/4/9. taken from notes. Best before date 08/09. Reviewed under medium low light. Poured into pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy coca cola like brown brew with 2 thinger white head. The head quickly collapses into moderate sized cap and holds thorought.

Aroma: Clovy, slight banana, nutty, toasty. Light intensity on the nose. Very hard to break apart, since the aromas kind of clash with each other.

Taste: Awkward. Clove and slight banana with nutty and chocolate flavours. Dark caramely flavour. slight black patent smokiness. Confusing, muddy and hard to break apart. It works though.

Palate: Medium to medium high carbonation. Lasting nutty sweetness. Medium high body. Low bitterness.

Drinakability: Sessionable. quality price ratio is great. Although a very awkward style, it ends up working well, but still confusing at times.

endovelico, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $2.49. Nice dark, cloudy brown color poured into a pilsener glass and had a foamy head but now its just a two centimeter blanket atop the beer. Aroma is slightly spiced but not what I would expect from a hefe, average. taste is nice and fruity and almost makes me think of chocolate bread for some reason. Not a bad beer at all considering the price.

ArrogantB, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Its body has a brownish or ice tea color with a cloudy appearance. On top sits a big creamy tan head that has good retention, lasting until the finish after slowly fading to a small cap of foam. Its lacing was slick and slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma hits you with a big overripe banana followed by some other fruity and earthy yeast notes with a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts with a lightly roasted wheat malt base with some fruity banana clove notes coming in. The wheat and yeast flavor gets dryer and brings dusty earthy notes. Hop flavor and bitterness is light and most noticeable in the finish. The finish is very dry with a smooth, thick, almost powdery texture. Carbonation feels about average and the body is a good solid medium.

Notes: For me I felt that this beer had a few ruff edges but overall was good.

generallee, Apr 24, 2009
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

PatronWizard, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Asgeirr
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (which just so happens to be the first Dunkelwiezen I've ever tried) poured into a wiezen-glass delivers a medium brown-to-amber colour along with a beautifully tall and frothy and airy crown that diminishes in a most visible of actions, just after a minute it's completely gone (the whole procedure brings to mind a stop-motion animation of a pile of popcorn where popcorn after popcorn is being reduced from the shot). No carbonation is visible at all.

Smell: Malty notes, clove, a tad of sourness and a profound sweetness - in short rye-banana bread!

Taste: Ya'll remeber Smacks (the puffed rice coated with honey and sugar)? Well bingo that's the main characteristic in this sensory category. Nothing more, you say? Well before there is a dry sourness (think a lambic light) and after there is a slightly bitter ending - but they don't stand a chance to Smacks!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round and full like no other, like a caress of silk towards the palate. The carbonation is, as expected, low but it shouldn't be in any other way considering the smoooth outcome!

Drinkability: Pretty nice and unique , I'd like to have one more please!

Asgeirr, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a murky brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipates over a few minutes but leaves decent lacing behind. Smell is of banana and subtle clove with malty sweetness and a slight chocolate aroma. Taste is a good balance of dark sweet malt with chocolate highlights and the fruitiness of banana with slight clove hint. Mouth feel was excellent, full and a bit chewy.

One of the better Dunkelweizens out there, one of my favorites this time of year as the weather is warming but it hasn't gotten too hot.

rugerj, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weisen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice, dark roasted, caramel brown color, with a hint of dark ruby highlights. Almost three fingers of creamy, off-white colored foam sit on top. Retention is good. Lacing is good, but slippery.

Pretty subdued nose, actually.
Light notes of sweet malts and dark fruits. Mild yeasty hints. Traces of apples and bananas. Mild clove and caramel notes.

Apples and bananas mingle with dark wheat notes. Nice hints of bread and toast. Slight yeasty presence. Mild caramel malt notes mix with mild spice presence.

Light and smooth. Super easy to drink. A little too much carbonation, I think. Could stand to be creamier.

Goes down smooth and easy. No hint of alcohol, at all. Major session brew, here.

coldmeat23, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a murky amber. It had a four finger white head. No carbonation was present.

It had a nice scent of hops and cloves.

It had a spicy flavor. Cloves, and hops were present. It was medium bodied. It had a nice dry finish.

It was pretty drinkable. I liked it.

Rennpferd, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of PhilfromPA
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark brown, very little transparency, moderate head diminishing to leave nice lacing

S - A little muted but banana, yeast/bread, cloves

T - Comes on a little bland at first but evolves to a nice banana, bread, a little wheat & caramel. Finishes fairly crisp

M - Slight carbonation, but remains smooth, very slightly oily

D - Drinkability is good, a very clean refreshing beer overall. Pleasant taste and smooth mouthfeel allow this to be an easy session brew.

PhilfromPA, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500ml bottle into my trusty nonic (the new official tasting glass).

Appearance: Pours a toffee color with a HUGE, thick, tan-ish head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lace as it goes- a beauty.

Smell: Sweet, candy-like aroma. Slight fruitiness (apple, banana). Hints of wheat and yeast, as expected. Very inviting and appetizing.

Taste: Sweet maltiness and slight alcohol flavor. Finishes with an apple-like sweetness and tartness. Hints of toastiness and a very slight bitterness. As it sits, the roastiness comes out more with lots of banana-type flavor. I drank it at room temperature, it would probably tasted even better if it were a bit chilled.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lighter bodied with a very natural feeling carbonation.

Drinkability: This is probably my favorite weißier and maybe the most "interesting" beer I have ever tasted. It has some very interesting and complex flavors, and I'm sure if mine were colder it would be extremely refreshing as other beers of the style are.

Mosstrooper, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with fluffy thick head. There was a huge CO2 release when I opened the beer. Yeasty sweet banana clove scent. At first there is a roasted malt flavor followed by the banana clove spiciness. This particular batch was very carbonated and it was noticable with a tingle on the tongue. small bitterness in the aftertaste, but no apparent hop flavors. I'm not sure if this batch was overcarbonated but it I like how the carbonation tingle, which appeared spicy, segued with the clove spiciness. It was very unique. Very easy drinking. I would really enjoy on a hot summer day while grilling some brats.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of cameraready
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice medium brown with ample head that lingers.

S: Has a slight malt smell with hints of spices, orange and yeast.

T: Was a bit on the bland side. The yeast was the dominant flavor. No real hint of spices and other flavors typical in the style.

M: Medium in body with little carbonation.

D: Despite the flavor it was drinkable.

Poured .5L bottle into hefe glass.

cameraready, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

went for 2 pints of this at hyvee. one of my favorites, pours a hazy brown color with a very thick head that sticks for awhile and leaves some good chunks of lacing.

this dunkelweiss is more about the malt characters its sweet and very drinkable. the banana cloves are very present in this which add to the sweetness. i could probably down 3 of these in no time its so drinkable and so smooth on the palate. this has become my favorite style.

all in all this is probably the dunkelweizen id get more often than the rest. but its not the best. but i love it none the less.

IowaHawkeyesFan, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown and cloudy. Big head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace.

Smell: A nice mix of citrus and roasted malts. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Nice hefeweizen-type citrus taste upfront with a roasted caramel malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability: A good dunkelweizen, but nothing too special.

wahhmaster, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tall glass.

A - poured a chocolate brown with a thin, 1 finger head. A decent looking brew but nothing special.

S - Malty sweet, honey. A faint touch of spice.

T - Underwhelming, the taste picks up on the malty, sweet notes from the aroma. Some banana comes through as well as some of the spice but it seems watery.

M - Thin, watery, very high carbonation. Not particularly pleasant and simply too thin.

D - Easy enough to drink but that's because there isn't much to it. Sure it is is drinkable and has something to it but it is uninspiring and there are much better examples of the style.

dgilks, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty malt smell with bananas and clove

T - Follows the smell with the bananas and clove also a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - Overall a very enjoyable beer thats easy to drink with a good taste that I could session worth trying sometime

armock, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap Pours a cloudy and murky pale brown with a foamy three finger head that holds on.

Sm Not so much, some faint chocolate and banana.

Ta An odd spice, a little citrus, and maybe some candy? flavor in there.

Mf Light, thin and fizzy.

Dr It's a very peculiar tasting beer to me. I could drink a couple, but one will do for now.

deaconoflove, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/23/2007 (bottle):

Pours a medium brown colored body, cloudy, with a big foamy creamy head, cream colored, and very lasting. Has a malty sweet aroma, light, with some roasted scents. A light fresh taste, malty, sweet. Somewhat a floral taste & aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a big foamy head and tons of cascading bubbles. Some lacing.

Smells lightly of yeast, some banana-clove spice, and sweet wheat.

A little on the light side, but nice wheat, yeast, and a little musty in the finish. Fairly dry beer.

Clean and carbonated in the mouth. Refreshing.

Overall, a decent drinker. Not the best, but pretty good.

OtherShoe2, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz Euro-style brown bottle, classic monk label

Appearance: Nice dark amber hazy beer with thick ivory whipped-cream cap

Smell: Fresh banana, light clove, and mild hints of tart citrus

Taste: Fresh, raw banana and clove spiciness, with just a touch of caramel sweetness from the malt as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp fruity finish

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice, classic Dunkelweizen...refreshing, tasty, awesome

BedetheVenerable, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, let's see how well I can remember it. Just got back from the pub and it was the last pint that I had, so it should be at the top of my mind. It was a lot different than I expected, with a dunkel, I thought I would be getting sort of a burnt wheat brew but that's not what I tasted. It pours a solid cloudy brown that's in motion, if you know what I mean.

When it was set down in front of me, there was literally no head, so I've no judge on that. I could hardly get smell of it either, it smelled like a typical hefe.

However, the taste started as a stout but ended as a very citrus hefe. Very odd, the citrus was hiding behind a coffee flavor, stark contrast from beginning to end.

It felt alright, better than your average brew, which was nice. But wasn't the most drinkable. I definitely had to take my time to get through it. Not easy going, but I was glad I got through it as it was unique.

pants678, Feb 14, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.