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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 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.

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.

Photo of BBM
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.

Photo of KodyBrannon
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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

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...

Photo of OKCNittany
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of BigTone
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of jackorain
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wedge
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of biggmike
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A murky tea colored body. The topping almond colored head was over two inches to start and took a few minutes to settle. Lots of miniature carbonation bubbles rising slowly. Lacing in a few spots.

Aromas of cloves and yeast dominate a initial nose full that is very sweet. At the end of the first whiff there is a slowly developing bitter aroma. A very faint banana touch is buried deep in the scent and takes a strong inhalation to detect.

A gritty taste had an almost exclusive clove taste up front. Pureed banana taste comes in at the side if this is left on the tongue for a few seconds, but fades away rather quickly.

Slightly watery body in the mouth. A decent carbonation effervescence tingles against the roof of the mouth.

An above average offering. This one is great to go with a plate of smoked kielbasa. A nice solid beer. This one is worth checking out, but there are others that bring a stronger flavor presence.

Photo of apresskibrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served out of a 1pt bottle w/ gold foil wrap. No freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

appearance -
fast rising, active, large bubbled head. dark murky brown - some ocher hues coming through.
aroma -
citrus fruit, even though I expected a bit more banana (the banana started coming through once the head had dissipated). Fun yeast profile esters and malt play here.
The powerful carbonation on this one brings through the slightest of dry hoppy ness... but the malt is strong, and really the player in this profile. As the beer warms up, the banana comes through, soft, and balanced with the earthy malt.
mouthfeel/drinkabliity -
carbonation on this brew is uniform and strong, and maintains as it sits out. It provides a nice mouth feel, and allows for the palette to reach the subtleties of the beer. I Like this one, drinkability is high.

Photo of beeragent
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In my quest to try more German beer, I decided to try this one. Poured from a bottle, into a weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy brown, forming a creamy 1 inch head, and leaving light spots of lacing. The smell is a great mix of fruit aromas and light sweet malt. The taste is just as good as the smell. Thick malt followed by a light fruity sweetness. Very smooth medium mouthfeel. Full flavor and good abv. makes this a delicious session ale. I have to say that this beer far surpassed my expectations. I havent been impressed by the majority of German beers that I've had up to this point, but this brew is not only a great German beer, but its also introduced me to a new style that I was not familiar with. Highly recommended!!!

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

A: Dark, amber brew makes a huge, cream colored head. Obviously very cloudy, color of molasses. Good retention.

S: Sweet aromas, with yeast in the front. Don't forget the bananas...like banana bread. Raisin-y notes and light caramel.

M: Smooth feel, and a pretty light body make it easy on the tongue. Good, ample carbanation. Easy and smooth.

T: Rich, chewy malts and a heavy/bready yeast flavor that's delicious. Nice banana layer give this a warm but easy drinking snack brew for a spring night. Faint alcaholic presense, but very faint. Mainly moist banana bread, some spice and yeast.

D: Uh, yes. A very good, but not great, hefe. Easy drinking, but it doesn't have enough excitement for me. Weihenstephaner dunkel-weisse is my choice. More complex, and well, better.

Photo of Ungespundet
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the big brewing family Spaten-Löwenbräu-Franziskaner(owned by Interbrew), which is easy to visit since it is located close to the Hauptbahnhof in München( no tours I believe but a huge facility to walk around, two city blocks!), this Bier(and the normal Weißbier) is one of the most common Weißbiers to find on tap in München. In the US I was never able to buy a bottle where the yeast hadn’t become one solid mass in the bottom of the bottle. Probably not a good sign ;)… I have noticed here that when I drink a Franziskaner the beer is so fresh that the yeast hasn’t even settled very well on the bottom of the bottle. Huge difference in flavor and overall quality as you can imagine. On to the Bier…

This Bier fills the glass with a soft brown color with hints of a deep cherry hue.Cloudy but not milky with yeast. A very nice head builds quickly and leaves lace throughout the session. The first aroma impression is spicy and of cloves. This is very well balanced by fruity aromas and the dark malts in combination with the yeast provide subtle raisin and dried fruit aromas. Caramel malt and a slight malt sweetness are detectable. Somewhere in there, although in the background, were small whiffs of buttery diacetyl. The flavor begins with a mild upfront bitterness followed by a light malt sweetness. Yeast flavor was crisp and fresh but not overly bread-like. The dark malts are subdued. The mouth is between medium and light. This Bier is very well carbonated to style. This is definitely a great drinking Bier and understandably popular in the Biergartens of München. Definitely a mild Dunkles Weißbier, by Dunkles Weißbier standards, but a very solid offering. I would highly recommend this Bier as an introduction for someone who isn’t familiar with the style. Noch eins bitte! Zum Wohl!

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

A very enjoyable wheat beer. Pours a very cloudy/muddy light brown with a great 3 finger head. Lots of flavor - the requisite wheat, of course. Decent malt backbone, with a nice touch of sweetness. Some spices seem to be present.

Drinkability is great and mouthfeel is good. Reminds me of being in Germany. Quite enjoyable.

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

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel was red-brown in color and very murky. It had a huge off-white head with very good retention. The aroma was malt, banana, clove, and a little yeast. The taste was wheat, malt, and a fruity yeast twang with dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkabity was good. It's a decent dunkel weizen.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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