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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | 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 albern
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically like German dark wheat beers, but this is just a so-so example of the style. It pours a cloudy, dull brownish color, with a decent head that does stick around for awhile. The smell is yeasty, a little musty, maybe earthy if that is what you want to call it, but I wouldn't call it enticing. The taste is roughly medium bodied, there is just a tad of sweetness, I can taste a little clove maybe a little maple in there, along with the yeasty wheat flavor of a hefe. There is very little in the way of hop flavor, maybe a tinge in the middle, nothing on the end. This may be a little on the too watery side for a dark wheat beer, probably less sweet than other typical wheat beers. It's an okay beer, but that is all I can say. Recommended but you can do better. L'Chaim.

albern, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, earthy, reddish-brown color, with a nice orangish glow to the edges. Off-white head is thick and creamy, lasting for quite a while.

Smell: Has a bready aroma, with hints of brown sugar, wheats, and spices.

Taste: Lots of malts up front, followed by a what flavor, and eventually some spices are noticable too, along with a sweetness. I really don't notice any fruits in here, and the aftertaste is somewhat dull.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a crispness that seems tied to the nice carbonation (noticable, but not intense). Generally smooth as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with an appropriate ABV... no alcohol is noticable in the taste. However, the taste isn't the most enticing.

An enjoyable Dunkel Weizen, though I've had better. I prefer the taste and complexities of Franziskaner's regular Hefe-Weisse; this seems somewhat monolithic. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're curious. But I probably won't buy this unless I have curious friends with me.

mithrascruor, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pint .9 fl oz. bottle into weizen glass. Yeast poured into glass.

Deep burnt orange hue with a light tan two inch head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap.

Crispy and tangy wheat aromas with strong banana and clove notes. A smooth creamy scent is met with a light citrus zest.

Toasty malts mix with a little bit of brown sugar. The banana and clove are very subdued with the malts standing out. A bit of a bite comes in toward the end. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is sweet and quicky fades to a bit of lingering grain.

Not a bad dunkel weizen. However, I feel I have had better. The malts run the show in this one. It's definitely worth a try.

BeerSox, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as the blonde one, be careful when pouring this, or you'll have just a lot of foam. Creamy a bit brownish head, with lot of chunks that go straight to the bottom of the glass, with very long retention, but it doesn't leave lace. Cloudy dark orange colour. Aroma is similar to the blonde, banana, clove, peaches, but with a hint of chocolate, specially if you pour the sediment, and hints of dark fruits. A bit of sweet fruity flavor, taste is similar to the aroma, banana, cloves, peaches, chocolate, dark fruits... and some coriander. Not very strong body, very refreshing and drinkable.

janubio, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something about that monk on the label of the bottle always makes me want to buy this one. I have had it at Clark's ale house every winter for the last 4 years or so. So how is it out of a bottle...?

It has a wonderful thick and cloudy light reddish brown. Massive cloudy head; it's actually a cloudy hef but with the tint turned up from yellow to yellowish-brown. Soooo cloudy!

Delicious fruity/wheaty smell; nice combo of both. Slightly spicy. Sour, with the volume turned up. Wheaty with a hint of spicy orange.

Deep, dark wheat flavor, with that subtle hint of orange. No malt or hop whatsoever; it's all dark wheat. Pungent in its slight sourness. Puckery sour.

Thick like orange juice. Nice bite. Quite dry. A really full beverage. It's a wonderful, hefty drink. A thick sippin' beer. Excellent excellent.

williamherbert, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, cloudy copper with a nice frothy head that lasts a decent while.

S- Very yeasty with a pleasant banana bread aroma. A little toasty as well.

T- Light banana fruitiness starts things off. The flavor soon progresses with a much stronger malt character. Sweet bread, toasted wheat, and caramel are noticeable. Finishes off-dry with hardly any bitterness.

M- A little thin here. Carbonation is good, but overall this would benefit from a little more substance.

D- Pretty good. It's not too high in alcohol, and I could definitely have a couple in any season.

Just a good, flavorful Dunkel Weizen. I generally prefer Hefes to Dunkels, but this is a good change of pace for me. I could see myself drinking this again in the future. Recommended.

vtfan77, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Flat muted brown, almost like tea. Big fluffy cream colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Complex aroma that intermingles bubblegum and vanilla notes. Banana esters strong. Clove phenols not as prominent but come out a little more as beer warms.

T: Good balance of banana and clove flavors. Taste leans more toward spice. No hop flavor or character. Some timid vanilla flavor present. Malt is rich and sweet but not particularly strong.

MF: Medium body. Creamy full mouthfeel. Quite effervescent. Finish is wet not dry.

D: Good easy drinking dunkel weizen. Falls between lighter and heavier styles. Makes for a nice filling but ultimately easily drinkable and refreshing beer.

Nipitato, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky amber-brown color with a huge, dense, cream colored head. The smell is primarily of cloves, a slight banana profile and a hint of bready yeast. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the toasted malt coming out ever so slightly. A decent amount (but not overly noticeable) of hops balances out the sweet weizen flavor nicely. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I had expected, the carbonation is thick and viscous. This is a very drinkable DW, the light body makes this good tasting beer even more drinkable.

gmfessen, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured a little hard with a huge tan head on a cloudy brown body with a few dark red hues.
S- Light caramel, light hop spice, sweet, light toffee, some wheat aroma.
T- This is my first dunkel so my review may be off. Light toffee, wheat, very faint bitterness, light spice. Pretty much light flavors are all around. Maybe even a light creamy. A few hints of a dark fruits mixed with a few light ones. Can't really pick out anything else.
M- Medium to thin body (more on thin side). Low to medium carbonation.
D- Nothing to good. I am not sure if its the style or the single beer.

BlindPig, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. From memory, the beer was a dark brown, coffee, some light passed through. Nice foamy off white head.

Smell: Smells like a hefeweizen, not especially aromatic however.

Taste: Good flavor, similar to Franziskaner Hef, light banana bread and yeast, not especially spicy or sweet.

Drinkability: This beer was great to wet the appetite for the main course. If I had the choice I'd go for the regular hef, I didn't get anything extra from this brew.

guitarmage, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of jim102864
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dunkel is one of my favorite styles in all the land. This one leaves me feeling like I need to search elsewhere. Now that doesn't mean it's not worth trying. It does, however, mean that it's not the best of the style I've had during my travels. Appearance is such a bogus category of the overall review, since it speaks to essentially nothing. I suppose one could argue certain styles should have certain physical characteristics, but appearance in and of itself is meaningless to the taste which is all that matters. That being said, copper brown is what is obviously observed with this beer. There is a slight head, but no lace to speak of and the head itself simply floats on the surface in a thin line. The aroma is very discreet...not much to talk about here for a dunkel, which should blast out malty something or other. Tough to figure this one out. There is an aroma but it is tinny which is a very deragotary description, but it is what it is. The taste is slightly malty...a very clean flavor but so limited in the mouthfeel. I expect a dunkel to be bursting with maltiness and hearty on the toungue, but that ain't happening with this one, much to my chagrin. I'll give this an average drinkability rating at best, but boy, what an average to sub-average beer altogether. I hate to write that about any beer, but it is what it is. A wholly unremarkable dunkel. I expected so much more.

jim102864, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is has a happy looking monk character enjoying some brew , and some gold foil on the neck.

Appearance: murky , reddish brown , with a large and foamy offwhite head. Nice retention.

Smell: nice dark wheaty malt , banana , some earthy/funk tones , and a slight spice.

Taste: Crisp and lightly sweet toasty wheat , has some standard wheaty tang to it , banana , very nice balance , light spice and hint of clove. Very dry finish with a a bit of yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied , very dry finish.

Drinkability: A tasty , refreshing , and fairly dry Dunkel Weizen. Nice showing of dark wheat flavors , nice balance , well made. A good choice in its style , espescially if your in the mood for a dry finish.

Byeast, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of gak111
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Dark Murky brown with 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 and spices. Overall, a good beer, though not Franziskaner's best.

gak111, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with an amber color and an attractive head that rose up much higher than I expected. Strongly malty smell, with some herbals and bourbon. Yummy. I thought it tasted delicious -- the piney herbaciousness nicely complemented the malts. That said, it left the mouth with a bit of a metallic feel, and it was quite fizzy. Despite the high carbonation, I'd gladly drink a few pints of this dunkel -- I felt that it was very nicely balanced.

jbsteiny, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of SMark
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 48 degrees into a Hefe glass. Nice foamy head with quite a bit of retention. Hazy copper coloring. Bubbles not evident. Some lacing effect.

Malt very noticeable. Maybe a little caramel. Smells like the kitchen when I am brewing and I like that.

Malt comes through on the tongue but I don't really get much wheat. Full body as could be expected when comparing with standard hefeweizen.

Refreshing and short lived in the mouth. Real faint later on.

Very easy drinking.

SMark, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Cadyfatcat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish red with cloudy yeast throughout and a huge frothy head with great retention.
Smells of sour wheat cherries and blackberries.
Subtle earthy malt tones, sour kick of wheat flavoring. Black cherry notes with that characteristic cherry tartness. Hint of cinnamon. A little sour apple. Smooth and inviting in the mouth. A hint of sage.
A well done dunkel, subtle but good and extremely drinkable.

Cadyfatcat, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of velo343
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an attractive medium-brown with a touch of red coming through. Moderately cloudy. A huge, billowing white head.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Bubblegum, cloves.

Taste - A wheaty sweetness, some toasted malts. The cloves can also be felt underneath the malt.

Mouthfeel - Decently thick, the sweetness really lingers in the mouth and fills it up.

Drinkability - A good dunkel-weisse, although some of the the flavors seem to be a little subdued. Quite refreshing, however.

velo343, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 1 pint .9 ounce bottle

This one was a surprise with a huge billowing fluffy off-white head, much more than I expected even with a careful pour. Several veins of fine carbonation meander through this ruddy brown brew sustaining a one finger thick head.

Sour lemon, dry bananas, piquant wheat and sweet malt aromas mingle with a bit of spice and a touch of buttery phenols.

All bark and little bite! Malts are the star from start to finish, hints of sour lemon, buttery phenols and dry banana are layered atop the malts with a slight spicy wheat kick on the finish. I was hoping this beer had more to offer, concentrating the non-malt flavors and kicking the wheat shot up a notch would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a touch of cream on the finish. Grip is mediocre, flavor lingers on the palate for about 20 seconds. Drinkability is great, off flavors are kept in check and a slick mouthfeel keep me going back to the glass for more.

Overall, an "average" dunkel weizen that can be classified as a well-made, refreshing quaffing beer.


Jwaks, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of RevDru
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium brown, with red tones and a thick half-inch of foam. Mild carbonation.

S - Orange, lemon, roasted wheat, even light coffee notes.

T - Bitter orange flower notes, sweet grain, toasted malt, coriander and cinnamon or alspice.

M - Smooth, almost creamy, just a light carbonated burst.

D - Goes down easy without being bland and boring. Great balance of hops and malt.

RevDru, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours out a long lasting fluffy head
over a cloudy dark brown brew. The nose is malt and yeast. The flavor
is thin malt with a wheatyness. Citrus-y aftertaste. Just like a regular
wheat beer, but dark. Very refreshing, but if you like your beer with hops,
this is not for you. There's very little or no hops in this style of beer. Just
the thing, though, for those lazy summer days on the porch watching the
'world go by...

shadow1961, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Franziskaner Weizen glass

Pours brown (darker towards top, lighter towards bottom). The thick head becomes a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of toffee, dark grains, just a hint of banana/clove.

The taste is of toffee and roasted grains. Pretty basic, but decent. Doesn't change much, even as it warms. Sweet malt finish.

Body rather light. Pretty smooth in a spritzy sort of way.

Easy to drink. Refreshing. Sweeter than not, but not overly so. A basic, decent example of a dunkel weizen.

jwc215, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark red-brown with a creamy, thick and everlasting taupe head. Big aromas of bananas first off; those morph into cloves and phenols as the beer warms. Promising. On the palate, quite complex and evolving; I can pick out each flavor element in succession as it rises to the forefront and then falls away to be replaced: sourness, carbonated acidity, bananas, barley malt, and a phenolic finish. Wow. Very well done. This beer walks the line between giving each flavor its turn and being disjointed. It's mouth-filling, eye-catching, tasty and aromatic. It's not poetry in a bottle, but it's hard to find fault with any one characteristic. Well done.

geexploitation, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a great beer, it's a dark brownish/reddish color and very murky. It has a nice head on top and smells really sweet, it does have a banana scent to it. It has a some what crisp feel to it and is absolutely smooth and very tasty,it has a very mild bitter but crisp aftertaste. I really enjoy drinking this one.

vickersspitfire, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dirty brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated unevenly, not much lacing but retains a nice cap. The smell is of cloves, spice, banana, light bubblegum. The taste is not as strong as the smell. Clove, banana but has a sweet malty backbone that I didn't pick up in the smell. Has a twang to it. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit fizzy yet smooth. A very enjoyable dunkel hefe and very drinkable

Gmann, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of srrn
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy brown. Foamy as a Hefeweisse should be. Faint clove and wheat smell. This beer really opened up as it warmed, this is another case of buying a beer too damn cold. As it warmed more taste of banana came forward. Nice bit of grass in the finish. Good beer here but there are better examples of the style to be found.

srrn, Jan 03, 2007
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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