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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of gunnerman


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -1%

$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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

09-07-2007 20:09:14 | More by BBM
Photo of KodyBrannon


2.6/5  rDev -31.9%

Poured a dark color with a thick head that laced the glass well. The overall smell was kind of fruity with hint of nut. The taste of this beer was kind of standard, kind of bland in my opinion. I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. It was good, just nothing I would preferably drink. I personally was expecting more from this beer than what I got.

09-04-2007 13:18:50 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of Lothore


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

A- Dark hazlenut in color this brew has a nice 2 1/2 finger pillowy head that is off white in color.

S- Smell is of indistinct dark fruits and sweetness. Not too pungent, but not necessarily bad smelling so i'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

T- Tastes very brown ale-esque with a hint of banana.

M- Mouthfeel is thick with just enough carbonation to make this an easy drinker.

D- Fairly drinkable. Leaves a sticky sweet coating in my mouth that I don't like so much but other than that I could drink a few on a hot summer day.

09-04-2007 01:58:15 | More by Lothore
Photo of woemad


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

16.9oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.19. No freshness date on the label. Been too long since I've had this one, so I thought I'd get one and while I was at it, re-appraise it.

Poured this into one of my SA Boston Lager glasses (thanks again, Bros. & BBC). Thad a russet color, and got progressively lighter towards the bottom of the glass. There was a big, fluffy white head. Not much lace, but things stayed foamy throughout it's tenure in my glass.

Smell was earthy and grainlike, with a pleasing bananna-clove scent. I get a little bit of caramel sweetness as well.

Taste was of earthy graininess, balanced with clove-bananna flavor.Sweet without being cloying, with a dry finish. This is very tasty.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a relatively low amount of carbonation, but enough to keep things lively.

Very drinkable. While no substitute for a fresh example in Deutschland, this is the best I can do for the style around here, and whenever I have it, it seems to not be too worse for wear after it's voyage across the Atlantic (and most of North America). Now, if only I could regularly get beers of this style from local brewers...

08-22-2007 21:38:11 | More by woemad
Photo of OKCNittany


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

16.9 oz bottle into a Victory Prima pilsner glass

A: Ridiculously large off-white head w/ great retention & lacing. Hazy brown body.

S: Caramel malt and some things I don't like very much: clove, banana, yeast, wheat maybe.

T: Like the smell, but with the clove and yeast overpowering the sweet malt.

M: Light to medium body. Carbonation seems to fit the style very well. Clove and malt in the finish.

D: Goes down easy, but the clove, yeast, & banana are too much for me to want to drink a bunch of these (which is pretty much how I feel about a lot of weissbiers).

08-19-2007 04:36:04 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of BigTone


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance - Poured cloudy with a nice thick head.

Smell - Hints of yeast and subtle fruitiness.

Taste- Very good, banana comes through as well as a good yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and perfect body for the style, very smooth.

Drinkability - Great summertime brew, was perfect on a hot day after a bowl of ice cream...

08-12-2007 04:24:55 | More by BigTone
Photo of jackorain


3.4/5  rDev -11%

1 pint .9 oz bottle poured in hardrock key west hefe glass.

nice brown color, unform big bubble head with a rocky top. Very good retention. Interesting thick sheets of lace tha fall down the glass after each swallow.

smells of wheat, yeasy banana and clove. sweet carmel is apparent.

Tastes excatly as it smells. I must say this is one of the better Hefe i'v had. The carmel malt set off the wheat nicely and adds to the banana. Little vanilla ice cream and we'd have bananas foster

Mouthfell is medium body and smooth almost creamy. Nice complimenting carbonation with small prickly bubbles.

I could drink one at a time and then I'd move to something else. But I would come back to it.

08-04-2007 22:39:25 | More by jackorain
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

Dark caramel color, properly cloudy, with a tall, fluffy head that settles to a soft cap. Clove and peanuts dominate the aroma. Flavor is more clove and a dry, sweet nuttiness finishing a little tart. Medium body, tingly carbonation, and some lingering slickness.

Not bad, but kind of uninspiring.

07-30-2007 02:36:13 | More by wedge
Photo of TheSarge


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

I've always been a long time fan of the Franziskaner lable, since I first came to Germany 8 years ago. The lable is famous for the monk rubbing his belly, while drinking a liter of his brand.

This brew is a classic hefe, but with darker roasted malts, which in turn sweeten the brew a little more, vice its lighter colored brother. The leathery tan head initially produced from a half liter bottle can range between 2 to 4 inches thich with a moderate to light pour. The body is of course hazy, but has a rich dark chocolaty brown appearance. The head lasts forever with all that carbonation, it's no surprise.

The aromas and taste are easily detectable: bannana and bubblegum.

Overall, this beer is a pleasure to consume, and is just as good, if not better than regular Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen.

07-27-2007 17:18:57 | More by TheSarge
Photo of dragonglen


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Holy head Batman! I had probably about 2 inches of beer and around 7 inches of foamy head. It took a while to get the whole bottle in the glass. It eventually settled down to about half a finger thick. A dark, rusty color with some cloudiness.

S - It actually smelled a little musty. Not in a bad or unappealing way, but I was a little surprised.

T - This was nice. A little bit of banana and a nice balance of malt and hops. It was smoother than I expected, but it's been a while since I've had a dunkel weisse.

M - A nice full feel that swallowed lighter than it looks.

D - I could drink a couple of these. A nice beer for when you want something summery but a little darker.

07-27-2007 00:01:02 | More by dragonglen
Photo of biggmike


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Big Bottle. Brownish-orange pour with fantastic creamy head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, clove and banana. Had only had one dunkelweizen before this one and expectations were low, but this is one fine tasting beer. I would definitely recommend this one.

07-19-2007 11:13:03 | More by biggmike
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

16.9 oz bottle, served in a Weisse glass.

A - cloudy, brown color with a foamy, light beige head that eventually thinned to a layer.

S - I smell mostly yeast and some fruitiness as well.

T - light yeasty flavor upfront, banana flavor speeds by, light malt flavor.

M - medium/light bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D - good drinkability, nice summer beer for bock/dark beer lovers.

07-13-2007 03:30:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

a: thick brown/amber color with good head that settles to thin ring
s: smells of banana bread, sweet malts and yeast
t: malts with banana overtones that linger a bit
m: very creamy balanced with a crisp, carbonated finish, smooth
d: this dunkel started off very promising but didn't quite finish what it started -- finished off too light. not a bad beer though.

07-05-2007 09:44:06 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of willjschmidt


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from a .5L bottle (marked "best by 04/2008") into the appropriate Franziskaner weizen glass. My wife brought it back from Germany just 3 days before so it should be rather fresh.

A: Pours a murky caramel color with a thick light tan head.

S: Earthy yeast, malt, and wheat.

T: Dry roasted malt with a tangy wheat flavor. An interesting mix of flavors but not exactly my cup of tea. The mix of flavors doesn't really work very well together.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability. It is refreshing and an interesting twist of the hefe-weizen but I didn't really care for it.

06-30-2007 18:31:08 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Aroma is nice and strong and malty, some hints of yeast. Pours an interesting orangy-brown amber with a fairly thick and persistent head. Flavor is well-rounded, malty and wheaty with a strong undertone of lemon. Very smooth and refreshing, one of the best hefe-weisses I have ever tried.

06-30-2007 02:50:37 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

06-29-2007 15:48:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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