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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 53
Gots: 146 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Ratings: 1,542 | Reviews: 796
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of cer40
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of unionturf
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of watchnerd
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of shakercuda
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bier is just great; I would have to say it is my favorite. It looks great; I love the smell as I lift my Weizen glass to my mouth. I’ve offered it to friends and they also love it. The price is usually less than other German Weizen biers, which make it even better.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a murky, cola colored brown, with even some slight hints of a golden yellow along bottom, under a good amount of white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: First smells of a nice banana bread, some sweet malt, a hint of yeast.

T: Malty sweetness up front turns to a brown sugar/caramel sweetness in between with some banana mixed in. Finish is ultimately a sweetish banana with a very mild bitterness. Hints of a yeast thrown in as well, nice taste, but needs a little bit of help.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, maybe a little watery, carbonation is just right on the tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, really refreshing.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This beer is a muddled cloudy burnt umber color. It pours with a big fluffy white head.

s: I love the following phrase. I smell sweet banana wheat. I also smell some pepper and a bit of bubblegum.

t: Spicy pepper gives way to sweet bananas up front. There is a dry floral hop for the finish.

m: Very refreshing and effervescent.

d: Easy to find and damn tasty, a great combination.

Photo of mattster
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 16.9oz Bottle and poured into Weizen glass.

Slow pour produced large 3" head, that slowly dies down. Head is very creamy, with fine bubbles. Color is nice mahogany brown, light haze.

Smell is of malts, slight fruity with large gust of banana. Banana really comes out on palate, but also some nuttiness. This beer is a lot sweeter than what I normally expect, but very good and I think I'll add this one to the ones I normally keep around.

There is a good bit of creaminess to this brew and the bubbles make it quite a pleasant treat. This is very smooth brew and finishes really nice.

Bring on the Brats...

Photo of skeetermoses
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this was a good one, I have had this beer long agom but am currently trying it as we speak, the taste is much better since I have quit smoking, I believe this would go good with a wood smoked pork or chicken possibly a nice pecan, hell I think this would go alright with venison. Maybe a good hearty pasta dish, perhaps a goulash (sp?).

Photo of czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new weihenstephan weiss glass. Nice golden brown color, super frothy head. nice aromas of yeast, bananas,citrus, wheat(duh). Tastes wonderful, nice yeast taste, finishes with fruits. Tart mouthfeel, high drinkable. The midmorning German treat to start my day that I was looking for!

Photo of jayfarley3
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark cloudy brown copper color withs a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. smells mostly of sweet bananas and spices. taste is of bananas, malt and kind of has a nutty aftertaste. mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. this is an interesting beer and worth a try.

Photo of champ103
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of phisig137
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of animal69
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

Photo of rec
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Chronicsurfer69
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of buffettfan
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of brantadid
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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