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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 112 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of steinlifter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This poured a cloudy caramel color,foamy off-white head that diminished to about a 1/4 inch, and left broken lacing.
smell was mostly of yeasts maybe a whiff of chocolate..
Taste is a bit weak, nice ghostlike banana undertones, again a hint of chocolate flavor, everything very mild.
mouthfeel is bubbly crisp and slightly creamy, but overall rather watery.
The drinkability on this is very good, all in all it's a fairly tasty Dunkel-Weisse,that's very easy drinking and I could definitely have a "session" with these.

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy mahogany color with a rich, foamy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, cloves, wheat, and raisins.

Nice malty taste with wheat, cloves, and caramel. Finishes clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer and found it quite easy to drink.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass from Thrifty beverage, Chester, NY.

Pours a dark amber colored, almost syrupy. Little carbonation. One finger head, quickly dissipates, minor lacing.

A toasted wheat odor. Sharp but somewhat pleasant.

Malty to initial taste, strong finish, nice mouthfeel and no aftertaste. Filling, certainly not a session beer, but nevertheless decent drinkability, better than the regular Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse in my opinion.

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger thicker off-white head. Head is big and fluffy and mountains out of the glass. Colour is a red shade of brown, like sienna at the top and ochre at the bottom. It's cloudy and has a higher amount of carbonation in the form of very tiny bubbles. Head slowly levels out into a thick film that remains the whole time, but unfortunately doesn't leave any lacing.

SMELL: Strong wheat malt, banana and lemon dominate with a bit of clove there as well. A nice hint of caramel in the back separates it from the normal hefewizen, which is a very nice touch. Enticing.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a sweet lemon bit as well. A mild aftertaste that has more sweet malt and some nice caramel there. Nice to be sure, but doesn't quite live up to the enticing nose.

PALATE: Medium body, goes down creamy smooth with lower end carbonation. No bite at all and finishes relatively dry. Pretty good.

OVERALL: Solid, very drinkable and enjoyable. Not quite as good as I remember it when I lived in Germany, but I'd certainly line up for more. Recommended.

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

Served on-tap in a Weizen glass at the Augsburg Haus in Augusta, GA.

Murky chestnut-hued liquid with a big, frothy head of light tan foam that holds true to the end and clings to the sides of the glass as it goes down.

A bit of toasted bread appears in the nose amongst aromas of clove, banana, and a bit of chocolate.

Medium-bodied and rich on the tongue with a nice middling level of carbonation. Flavors of slight sweet, caramel and chocolate malt come in at the front, with the rest of the palate being surrounded with yeasty, spicy flavors, with more clove and banana peering through toward the back, finishing off with a slight dryness and a lingering malt flavor on the back of the tongue.

A great example of a Dunkelweizen, and for me much easier to drown in than the brewery's normal Hefe, with the dominating clove and banana flavors so inherent to the lighter version of the style being balanced nicely with the darker, maltier flavors. Very refreshing.

Photo of lamarr04
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half liter on-tap

A: dark to medium cloudy brown with inch pillowy white head

S: bready/yeasty, banana and fruity esters, spicy cloves

T: yeast and spice are the two most predominant flavor notes, a mild bitterness is also present

M: light to medium body with a crisp carbonation. wheat lends a subtle heft to the the body that keeps the beer from being watery. the finish is dry

D: It was quite easy to drink

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

A rich lighthue mahogany with a large, off white, typical Weiss beer head. Retention is good and it slowly recedes to a thin covering. Smell is raisins and apples. Light clove and a touch of banana. Yeasty fruitiness abounds.

Taste is wonderful. Banana and clove are blended to the raisins and apples from the nose. Sweet and deep malt flavors and whole grain breadiness underpin the mix. A light pepper component and popcorn like facet as well. Dry and malty. A clean and mild finish features light clove and dark fresh pumpernickel. Light banana and biscuits linger.

Mouthfeel is is medium and lively. Carbonation is lightly creamy and quenching.

An easy drinker but for me Dunkels just don't go down as easy as hefe. That being said I can easily session this beer in the winter months. As a matter of fact it is on my fall/winter session short list.

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

Pours a cloudy brown, tan head with nice retention. Smells of malts and light fruits and some nice sweetness. Nice smooth malty taste with nice complexity makes this one pretty enjoyable. Mild carbonation and smooth mouthfeel that you'd expect. Not my favorite dunkel but found everywhere in Bavaria.

Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with dark amber edges and fluffy white head. Smell: cloves, toasted grain, wheat. Taste: clove and spice (cinnamon?) on top of tangy wheat and caramel, perhaps dried banana. Toasted and nutty flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired - light to medium bodied and a bit watery and crisp. Doesn't rate with the top German versions of the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a tall, meringue-like, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Clove-scented toasted wheat aroma with notes of apple juice and, to a lesser degree, bananas.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, and tangy malted wheat. A bit of treacle and caramel sweetness present. Fruity tastes of bananas and Granny Smith apples. Pinch of clove. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A disquieting wateriness begins to the develop midway. Dull, muted spice on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Downright fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. While not bad any stretch of the imagination, it fails to show the depth, grace, and deliciousnicity of the finer examples of the style.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle pours cocoa brown with an bubbly off-white head. Good haze, like any proud hefe-weizen.

Aroma is your typical hefe, but with some extra added twang. Almost metallic. This is probably the beer's weakest attribute.

The flavor is what you've come to expect from the wheat-loving folk of Bavaria. What this one brings to the table is a mild nuttiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where you wanna be. Just the right amount of carbonation, nice medium body and a dry finish.

Drinkability is super-high. At 5%, this sucker makes for a badass session beer. And $2.55 for a 16.9'er is alright by me.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.