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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 69 | 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 champ103


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark and cloudy brown with a decent head and little lace.
S: A very faint smell. Maybe some citrus, banana, a little spicy.
T: Very malty with a big banana and citrus taste. Not complex, but I like it a lot.
D: Great, I can put many of these away. Very smooth and a good coat of the mouth, A session beer.

This is one of my go to beers at bars. Very nice malt character that I enjoy tremendously.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2007 01:35:06 | More by champ103
Photo of Pauly2X


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark orange when held to a light, brown otherwise. The three finger head faded to a thick wisp.

S- Citrus banana and a touch of caramel.

T- The banana comes through nicely right in the middle surrouned by nutty and slight citrus flavors.

M- Decent noting too special.

D- Goes down easy, despite pretty high carbonation.

I have to admit this is the first beer of this style that I've tried. I liked it and I will be trying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:51:58 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of AlexLMS


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

Appearance: cloudy with a dark copper colour. The head is light tan to beige, huge and rich with a good although not great retention. Lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, wheat, yeast and a little of cloves.
Taste: confirms the smell with the nice addition of banana flavour.
Mouthfeel: creamy, medium carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5% ABV) and a full body.
Finish: spices and bananas.

Overall: very nice dunkel weizen. Complex, rich, friendly and round. A must have.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 12:32:44 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of phisig137


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky hickory brown color, with an odd tint of gray. Two finger head has pretty good retention, but no lacing and no foam left on top of the glass.

S- A little disappointing. Very mild yeast esters, predominately a dusty clove. Faint raw wheat aroma mixes well with whiffs of sweet malt.

F- Theres the big banana flavor I was looking for! Still some clove-iness in the background. Tart wheat backbone and finish. Lingers on the palate.

M- very low carbonation, odd for the style. Silky smooth body.

D- Pretty good

Overall, not great, but not bad. There are certainly better dunkels out there, but this one is better than average. It's definitely worth a try, but don't go driving all over town to find some.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 00:48:44 | More by phisig137
Photo of animal69


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was #2 in my session ; pours a deep cloudy brown( had to update,this is a beautiful beer, just noticed halfway thru me weizen glass that it's 3 different colors under flourescent desk lamp,gold edges blending to an amber color, then the deeper brown !!! ) w/ a huge head that lasts, plenty of lacing : a wheaty,fruity aroma w/ an "applish" undertone, a faint spicy hop aroma as well ; a slighly tart bread-like flavor w/ a sweet caramely finish, a little on the thin side, though ; light bodied w/ lots of carbonation, dry finish ; a very drinkable brew, i can see why it's # 1 on the style example list...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 23:30:02 | More by animal69
Photo of rec


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

I've had this many times in Hahndorf, South Australia, and I dare say it's one of my very favourite German beers.

A cloudy, opaque, light brown body with two finger head fills the glass during pour. There is very little lacing, but the retention is relatively impressive.

The aroma, while without stand-out definition, revolves around bananna and sweet malt. Hops and spice are also evident.

Sweet light fruits, wheat and some floral flavours come through most dominant upon first sip. Toasty malt lingers before the slightly bitter run-off aftertaste.

The only thing really letting this beer down is the over-carbonation, but it far from ruins it.

Highly recommended, and overall delight.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 10:18:45 | More by rec
Photo of Chronicsurfer69

South Carolina

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

25 oz brown bottle, capped, with gold foil over cap.

This dunkel hefeweizen beer poured a murky brown color (light coffee color) with tall, creamy, light tan foam that persisted long and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a pleasant lightly fruity (banana) malt aroma with notes of wheat and bread. The taste was malty, lightly sweet, with a gentle flavor of banana and hints of caramel and yeast. There was a mild hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but with a mild tangy touch. There was a lingering caramel malt type aftertaste. This was an enjoyable and drinkable weiss beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 08:00:34 | More by Chronicsurfer69
Photo of buffettfan


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Poured reddish, brown. Lots of off white fluffy head, but disappeared pretty quickly, with a little bit of lacing. Smell was very mild, slight fruit, sweet aroma, but nothing over powering.
Taste surprised me. Very flavorful, considering the slight aroma. Malt, fruity citrus, and a hint of hops.
A very drinkable beer, I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 14:44:50 | More by buffettfan
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown with a 3/4 inch white head.

Very strong banana smell in the nose. Overpowered the malt.

Tastes very floral. Surprising considering how much banana was in the nose. Also tastes of toasted barley.

Moderate to high carbonation. It has a lighter mouthfeel but is very full flavored.

Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:56:47 | More by brantadid
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2002.

Appearance: The Franciscan heritage of the Spaten group was reminded by a range of wheat beers (weiss, kristal weiss, dunkel weiss ...)
Smell : bananas and cloves
Taste and mouthfeel: The Dunkel is malty, creamy, with the final notes of cinnamon and pepper.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style dunkel weiss

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 14:52:27 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of monkeybeer


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy dark red brown with large white/tan head, lacing that stuck around

S- Hoppy smell with spices and a nice sweet smell

T/M- Light Hop taste slight fruity after taste and a good wheat taste all the way through

D- Nice beer very smooth and very drinkable. Would defiantly buy again. Nice for a hefe-weisse that it is dark.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:39:11 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of srandycarter


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into the tulip.

A - Dark caramel with cotton head that leaves quickly. Lacing prevalent throughout experience.

S - Major aroma. Spice stands out, reminds me of the seasonings on a steak. Banana and wheat too.

T - Candy and bitterness at end. Too carbonated. Not a very heavy beer, a little thinner than I like.

M - Thinner and too carbonated, as mentioned. Not a bad beer, fun to try, just not a great beer.

D - I like carbonation, but the carb on this one turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 04:34:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of binkman


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice head on it but disappears almost entirely rather quickly. Very clean on the glass, no evidence of any lace remains.

S - very little smell to it at all, maybe a little fruity. maybe.

T - wonderful! citrus-like initially then finishes very mildly with a slight toffee aftertaste.

M - rather on the carbonated side but not too much to throw me off it. finishes very cleanly.

D - very drinkable and highly recommended! would work fine with some bar food or just by itself, or better yet with wurst and sauerkraut. I'll have no trouble finishing my 16.9 oz. sans any food. Hats off to Franziskaner for a very quaffable Hefe-Weisse Dunkel!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 23:43:54 | More by binkman
Photo of brewintheLou


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a Weizen glass. When poured this beer had a thick creamy head and had a slight spicey smell. Has a cloudy amber brown color. Very smooth, creamy, malty taste that is very drinkable.

This is the first dunkel weizen I have had and I must say that I am now a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 19:59:17 | More by brewintheLou
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Ok, so I had to get my German fix on last night as always. Looking through the fridge trying to decide on where to go with this, I saw this foiled top beauty sitting on the back shelf. Probably been there a couple weeks, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try. Poured a nice, very clear russet brown color with a huge billowing tan head gracing the top of it. A good amount of sediment came off the bottom of the bottle and rested atop this as it took what seemed like forever to get back down. Copious amounts of lace then followed and almost totally obscured the contents of the glass as you went down. Smell was kind of light, nice smoked and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and some slight nuttiness to it. This carried over well into the flavor as it displayed a noticeable earthy grain type back with a touch of a smoked bitterness in the finish and a nice caramel sugar accent in the middle. Very consistent feel throughout as it was very medium bodied, and had just the slightest amount of carbonation once it got to the bottom. Very easy drinker though as nothing really held you back from it at all. Overall I really thought this was pretty decent. I have had much better but I really could not say it was bad in anyway, just not the greatest brew I have had of the style. Still, a quality choice and something that should not be overlooked when sitting on a shelf. If it is there go for it, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 00:34:05 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of gunnerman


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

Poured into a wheat glass pours a brown amber color with a fluffy carmel colored head that hangs a bit but does not stay around to long. Smell is very citrus with hint of malty goodness in there as well. Taste was a bit blandn heavy carbonation and a bit of citrus flair with a small bitterness brought on by the hops, over all this was pretty good and went down very smooth and quickly but the heavy carbonation was a bit of a turn off for me. I would have this again though.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 14:00:02 | More by gunnerman
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my glass and was greeted by a two inch thick layer of cloudy creamy head, absolutely beautiful. Smell was delicious, bananas and spices, like a tasty banana cake. I did notice however the flavors were not as pronounced as the smell, but that is forgiven in the creamy and awesomely refreshing mouthfeel this beer had. And in all honesty I could drink this all day long.

Overall, good stuff. Recommended.

Additional Note: After it warmed a bit, the flavors started to come out. Pretty much tastes as it smells, Banana and spice, very tasty. Get this one, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 20:56:05 | More by funkengruven
Photo of DoubleJ


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

I've had its lighter sibling, and now it's time to go on the dark side of Franziskaner:

Cloudy orange to brown in color with a gigantic foamy head. The head looks like a scoop of ice cream in a root beer float! Phenolic smell with spice and a touch of apple. More phenolic flavor in the taste. Coated plastic on the palate, some nutmeg, a little sizzle of wheat malt, with the aftertaste leaving spiced apples and cinnamon. The beer has a firm and creamy feel, not crisp like other wheat beers. Not quite the same as their hefe, but definately worth a few samples. At $1.59 a half-liter, I'm not bitching and moaning.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:09:58 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of gwood


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, slightly dark amber. Back light brings out dark yellow accents showing the carbonation at the sides of the glass. The center of the brew held quite a bit of light but wasn't opaque.

Balanced nose of grains and fruit. Wheat, malt, and light fruits. Just a tiny hint of spice. Taste is very much the same, malts up front with wheat in the middle followed by tinge of spice mix with bready fruit. Not as complex as my description LOL, well rounded though. This beer has a sturdy mouthfeel but is quite drinkable.

Overall a good offering for the style that is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 22:34:51 | More by gwood
Photo of emerge077


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a curvy Weizen glass at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Arrives with a creamy, irregular head of tan foam. Deep chestnut tone, streams of carbonation are barely visible in the opaque liquid.

Malty aroma, a little sweet. nothing necessarily stands out.

Bready flavors take over, a little apple from the yeast esters. Creamy mouthfeel due to the yeast addition. Very smooth and drinkable. Not my favorite Dunkelweizen by far, but a worthy offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 00:47:31 | More by emerge077
Photo of domtronzero


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper with a creamy tan off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with a malty wheaty caramel flavor. Tastes of bananas, cloves, and the typical sweet hef flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, yet easy drinking, but not as good as their regular hef. Overall, an average beer; I would prefer the regular hef.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 02:32:50 | More by domtronzero
Photo of cdkrenz


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3.85 / 1pt 9oz Bottle
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - A deep hazy brown body with 2 inches, or more, of thick light-tan (almost white) head with staying power. Good lacing too.

Smell - Firm malty scent with that often found soapy aroma associated with a Hefe-weisse.

Taste - It has a good malt flavor that's very easy to drink. There is a little sweet kick to it also, I can't pinpoint it though. Not very complex in flavor but good none the less.

Mouthfeel - Smooth texture, it has a water feel to it. Which is very interesting considering the laciness of the head.

~ I certainly enjoy this German Dunkel. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and will surely have one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:58:29 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a brownish, amber color with a minimal one-finger head. Aroma is one of banana and clove. Taste is much of the same except that the clove is more prominent in this brew. Much like the regular Franziskaner beer except that it's darker. Smooth and tasty though. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:14:23 | More by Brad007
Photo of ralree


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orange, very little head. Laces quickly from about 1-finger of head.

S: Smells like banana and fruit.

T: Tastes like banana with a little alkaline aftertaste. Has a nice yeasty aftertaste as well, which makes you want more. Alcohol taste is there, but muffled. Not too bitter.

M: Too carbonated for my taste. Burns the tongue slightly. A little watery, but seems to have some sediment floating around in it. Is not too astringent, and leaves the mouth fairly dry and clean.

D: Not all that drinkable unless you can deal with lots of carbonation. Burping is a must after every gulp. It's too sweet for me to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 23:37:53 | More by ralree
Photo of BBM

New York

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

I should start this out by saying Franziskaner's hefe weizen is by far my favorite beer in that genre. So I was pretty excited to try the dunkel version. It poured a medium cloudy brown with a big, tight beige head. Aroma was faint, with hints of Belgian spices and must.

The flavor is also subtle at first, accentuated by a sturdy malt profile. However, the coriander and banana flavors are fairly muted here; much more so than their regular hefe. There is not much hop bitterness, but the wheat does give slight edge to the brew, keeping it somewhat interesting and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium (maybe slightly thin) and the beer is reasonably carbonated. This is certainly a drinkable brew, that can get quite heavy. Overall this is certainly a pleasant tasting beer, but it doesn't quite have the bursting of flavor that its lighter brother has.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 20:09:14 | More by BBM
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