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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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 JCBears


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good hearty earthy brown color. Frothy head dissipates quickly. Traditional German style half liter bottle with a foil over the cap.

Smell: Stronger yet not over powering banana smell with a slight hint of vanilla. An undertone of hops to the end.

Taste: Slightly clovy with a hearty bananas flavoring. Nothing too strong and all balanced with a bit of cloves. Hinting just slightly at the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor without and overbearing back bone of good rolling richness. I nice blend of after taste and yet does not remain to interfere with the next gulp.

Drinkability: A good and decent beer. Nice example of a decent dunkle weis beir. An enjoyable drink with a good character yet not so much to dominate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:48:43 | More by JCBears
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brownwith biscuit large colored head. Very malty aroma, mainly a roasted nutty scent. Medium body and smooth going down. Strong flavor of malt - very complex, with banana, wheat some citrus and spices. A good brew but not an everyday drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 15:45:56 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of birchstick


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark hazy brown with a one-finger head that does not hang around too long. It smelled very sweet, with huge tones of banana. It tasted sweet, with banana hanging around the end and with down creamy and soft. It was a little more bland than I was expecting, however this isn't supposed to be overpowering in taste. I prefer their hefe wiess over this, however it was still good. Even better when sitting out back playing horse shoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:56:11 | More by birchstick
Photo of orangemoustache


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy rust color with a thick almond head that dissapates quickly leaving behind no lacing.It smells of sweetness,caramels and dark fruit mostly.Banana bread and rasins are the first to hit the tounge followed by clove and maple syrup.The mouthfeel is a little thin but it makes up for it with good carbonation and a very soft silky finish.This is a really enjoyable Hefe-Weisse Dunkle,I would like to find it on tap at some point and have a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 05:18:01 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of brewgetter


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

Into a tall pilsner pours a dark amber beer with a 2 inch heads that's gonna stick around for awhile. Pours right to the top of the glass with a nice dome, looks great! Smells sweet and yeasty(the good kind), that banana/clove/orange smell that comes with the German Hefes. It tastes of oranges, bananas, dark malt, and spice. A fruity, simple beer, but one that still has a complexity to it. A creamy mouthfeel, and definitely the right kind of carbonation for the style. Very drinkable, and very agreeable, A great beer for sittin out on the deck. I was part of a tasting group that had this beer as the group's perennial favorite. I don't think because it was so fantastic, but it got consistently high ratings from just about everyone. A great, classic brew that I thoroughly enjoy every time.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 23:05:24 | More by brewgetter
Photo of happygnome


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

a: pours a light brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving very little lacing. the top of the beer looks very carmely like possibly a full bodied beer i dont know the label says "malt liqour" probably some legal thing
s: sweet caramel malts strong aroma of bannana and bready yeasty aroma smells very inviting
t: strong yeast bannana flavors very nice, the flavor is very good
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this is really good and i know ill get it again

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:08:20 | More by happygnome
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty leather brown with the expected large rocky head. Plenty of hazy hefe (yeast) clouding things up in my wiess glass. The aroma is what you'd expect: strong bananas, bubble gum, as well as a malty choclate and a bit of cloves in the background.

A nice firm banana taste in the front end accompanied with an assortment of malt, chocolate and clove that evolved into a smooth yet very dry middle. A surprising bit of acidity could be detected in the finish that was again surprisingly dry. The body was somewhat thin, but this weizen was still satisfying.

This isn't the best hefedunkles weizen, but still I wouldn't turn this away. Goes very well with wiesswurst mit kartoffelsalat.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:34:32 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of baos


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes found in bottom of buchertasche

A: Looks like tea with a bit of head in there.

Very ciderish i wrote over and over. Then I wrote Opaque dark amber then I wrote orangey-cidery

I remember that it leaves the mouth dry and the head virtually disappears to nothing but the tiniest of collars.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:08:17 | More by baos
Photo of youngleo


2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Poured to a good head that had some lacing, but not much. Head was off white in color. Beer was cloudy and murky at the same time. Also tannish brown in color.
S- Smelled of bananas and yeasted malt.
T- Tasted of bananas and yeasted malt. With a slightly bitter aftertaste. Also bananas as a aftertaste.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. But a little bit on the watery side.
D- I wanted to try this Hefe Weisse and did. I wouldnt make a session out of this. I think the banana flavor was a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 19:27:32 | More by youngleo
Photo of TCadillac


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local BevMo. Buck 1.99 is quite a deal for a quality heffy. Drinken, or dranken? during a Rock Band Session. I think I'm actually singing better. Anyways to this awesome brew. Poured into a common red wine glass. Appears like swampy water, and slightly bubbles with a lil' foamy head. Smells like gingerbread, frozen banana, muffins, oat bread, pop tarts and a hint of grapefruit? Taste, much the same as the smell but with a hint of lemon drops and pancake syrup. Bubbly on the tip of your tongue, foams as you roll it across your mouth, tart as it filters under your tongue, overall easy drinkability! Aftertaste is clean as some new Chrome 26"'s. Lingering aftertaste is plesant. Thank you Mr. German Monk. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Good Beer...Amen.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 05:51:11 | More by TCadillac
Photo of JEdmund


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep murky brown, sediment-laden, color seems to lighten from top to bottom; easy to pour quarter inch white head that dissipates quickly; not the most appetizing color, but I like how cloudy it is

Smells strongly of banana, some toast and spices

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes a lot like it smells (banana), making it challenging for me to look forward to as this particular characteristic is hard for me to appreciate; tastes like a dark wheat with banana flavor and a bit sugary with a spicy finish; light in body but good level of carbonation

Overall, I'm really ignorant to the style and my palate still doesn't appreciate it, so I really didn't enjoy it, though I suspect it's a good beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 20:32:19 | More by JEdmund
Photo of trackstar1043


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper-brown with a lite tan head and good lacing.

S - Cloves, that is the dominating aroma, has a banana and beard sent also.

T - Heaty bread and bananas with a slight sweet wheat taste.

M - Heavy brew, makes me thing of bread in a bottle.

D - Surprised on how much cloves flavoring there was a bit much, but nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 17:02:39 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of slyke


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

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a hazy mahogany color with an ample off-white head. The smell of the beer is spicy with a note of smoke.

The taste continues with that note of smoke, and a flavor of cloves.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a slight aftertaste.

Drinkability is good with this beer. Not a bad dunkelweizen at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 17:33:34 | More by slyke
Photo of enfield249


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown in color, with little head and quite cloudy.

S - Bannana and some cloves, but less then the non-dunkel.

T - Bannana flavor, but some slight maltyness.

M - Medium with some decent carbonation.

D - Meh. Not that much different then the non-dunkel, not worth the extra cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 00:28:45 | More by enfield249
Photo of Drew966


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a murky dark orange with a thick white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is bready and a bit sour. Clove dominates the front and the back, but there is some mushy banana flavor in the middle. A pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:58:09 | More by Drew966
Photo of ScottUCF84


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint .9 fl oz bottle into a pint glass (or what would fit in there)

A- Dark remix of the classic weisse. Thick, creamy head that is a trademark of a good german wheat. Dark brown with an orange hue. At the bottom of the bottle, you could see a thick layer of sediment, which resulted in scattered floaties in the glass. I love to see that.

S-Bananas, wheat bread, and a touch of cloves. After another sniff, I would say straight up banana bread. Very nice.

T- Doughy banana goodness with a touch of bitter malts. Maybe a little citrus thrown in the mix... This is a great beer, right up my alley.

M- Like any other weisse. Creamy, with some medium carbonation.

D- After a full meal, this feels pretty heavy after finishing the pint... it's going to be a struggle to finish what's left in the bottle... but it'll be worth it.

I definitely plan to try this again alongside a reuben or some Jagersnitzel the next time I am at Mr. Dunderbaks in Tampa. (great place btw, German cuisine and beer, I'm pretty sure they have this on tap or at least in stock.)

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 03:47:14 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of Overlord


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy Franziskaner's Hefe-weiss as a "session" beer, but this just didn't quite work for me.

Pours a crazily cloudy brown. Not much head. Smells of wheat and ... wheat. The flavor is more complex, with banana, wheat and grass, some raisins, and some roasted caramel malt that isn't as predominant as I expected.

I don't know if I've had a dunkelweizen before this, and I'm not sure how often I'm going to want one in the future. While I'm a fan of new blends and divergent styles, these two just didn't mesh real well on my palette.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 18:18:31 | More by Overlord
Photo of Strix


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brownish orange with a huge head.

Smell of wheat, banana and citrus. A little weak for me, but pleasant.

Taste has grown on me throughout the beer. A nice carmely background with prominent banana flavor which fades to citrus and clove.

Nice smooth mouthfeel really helps.

Very drinkable. I haven't been too impressed with some wheat beers I've had, but the taste of this is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 04:36:51 | More by Strix
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, .09 fl oz bottle purchased for $1.99 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton, presented with an elegant gold foil around the neck... Absolutely loved Franziskaneer Original Hefeweizen, so had high hopes for their Dunkel...
Pours a dark, brown, ruby-red, mahogany hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that soon receded, leaving lots of lacing...
Subtle, soft smell with noticeable grapes, prunes, and malts...
Taste complemented the aroma, with apparent bursts of dates, figs, plums, prunes, and figs, along with a slight suggestion of clean, well-balanced malts, and an uncloying, crisp flavor that went down clean and smooth with no hints of any ABV and without any interfering, cloying factors at all...
One thing I really liked about this beer was its clean, clear, thick, rich, taste that went down really easily and was effortlessly drinkable...
Very good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:51:23 | More by dsa7783
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

16oz picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $2.50.. poured into my small weizen glass.

2" head left almost no lacing atop a slightly hazy chesnut brew.

Aroma is more bready than spicy.. sorta like fresh raisin bread without any cinnamon and fewer raisins. Only touches of any of the traditional phenolic/estery smells.

Much more banana in the flavors.. but still everything seems restrained.. mild but present clove finish. Small raisin and lite caramel flavors accentuate the more dominant flavors. Light medium body and persistant carbonation.

I've had this brew many times over the years.. alot recently because I've been trying to find time to review it and ultimately waiting until "get" to share it with a friend/coworker. Almost certainly not the best dunkelweizen out there, but still very nice for the style.. I wish more American brewers gave them a go.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 09:00:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of botham


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a light caramel color with amber mixed in. large light tan head that dissipates in a couple minutes.

aroma contains a notable amount of wheat, with notes of dark fruit, apple, and caramel malt. decent mix of aroma here.

taste is sweet, with a notable amount of wheat malt here as well. the same dark fruit and caramel notes are here as well. this is basically a hefe-weizen with some caramel malts thrown in.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture. finishes clean with a bit of residual wheat malt.

drinkability is decent. this is not an overpowering brew, but it does lack a bit in profile character. the caramel malt tries to hold the profile together, but in the end it remains a bit flabby.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 03:16:50 | More by botham
Photo of cer40


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my imperial pint with a nice foamy two finger head that dissapates to a nice covering froth with some sudsy lacing. Cloudy with the sediment from the bottom.

Smells like green bananas with sour notes. Taste is of bananas with a slight bitterness on the end. Very smooth and nutty.

Medium bodied with little carbonation this beer is very smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 20:59:01 | More by cer40
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying it. Poured dark brown and cloudy, looked like tea. On tasting it appeared to be a few flavors I couldn't figure out at first but after reading a few reviews it was bananas that stood out the most and a little cake...

Not bad but not a beer I could drink more than 2 at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 22:47:08 | More by unionturf
Photo of watchnerd


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pourned into a goblet, but really should have gone for a flute or pils glass. Visible yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and it pours a slightly cloudy tea color, with mild head and no lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bananas, and malt. Lively carbonation, fairly light mouth feel, starting with a sweet malt taste and ending a bit dry. Highly refreshing and very drinkable. Could be a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 07:32:34 | More by watchnerd
Photo of Biscuit033


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy homemade iced tea brown-orange, with an abundance of head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S: Clove and banana bread. Sweet and malty.

T: Lots of clove upfront, some lemon peel, sweet banana bread, and some butter.

M: Champagne-like bubbles with a slightly slick mouthfeel and a crisp finish except for the yeast flavor hang out a bit longer.

D: This is great winter sesion. Iwill be drinking more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 02:42:08 | More by Biscuit033
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