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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 53
Gots: 148 | 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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Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 -4.2%
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
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 -5.5%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown / translucent hazy / mild carbonation / nice head

Bitter creamy sweet tart

Dark roasted nut toffee sweet / creamy tart / toasty bread / powdery creamy wheat

Less than medium body / mild carbonation

Refreshing and lightly sweet. A nice Dunkel.

Photo of plaid75
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy medium to dark copper hue with a four finger foamy and creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with hints of caramel and some lemon zest. The yeast esters were a bit subdued.

The taste was light and clean. Essentially a hefe with a bit more caramel element. The flavor, however, remained dry. Some astringent wheat malt flavors as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry. Slight chewiness.

Overall an exceptionally easy to drink hefe. Just as clean and refreshing as the standard hefe (perhaps it shouldn't be this way however).

Photo of ttu94
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no experation date at Central Market in Dallas. Pours out dark brown, the color of apple cider. Good light brown head. The smell is very wheaty and has a hint of banana to it. I think it tastes very good. The wheat flavor is very strong and the banana flavor is present as well. Ends a little sour and dry. I could drink lots of these on hot Texas days.

Photo of bradybeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange red with large white pillow head. No hops or malt aroma to speak of-not really expecting any either. Taste is slightly sweet with a light mouth feel-light but chewy at the same time.

Drinkability is high for me-I can see drinking this while sitting in my beach chair reading a good book

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

into a mug. hazy brown. big off white head that lasts.

Smell is very similar to their regular Hefe-Weisse. Little banana, spice, but witha bigger clove scent.

The big clove smell becomes a big clove taste, banana still there, yeasty, I can taste the rosted malts but they taste funny to me. Too much colve imo.

The mouthfeal was good but it had too much carbonation.

very drinkable if you like the taste, but if you don't like the taste it's not too drinkable is it?

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brown-yellow with a creamy two-finger head that just sits and stares you down.

S - Overpowering banana bread, yeast, spicy finish.

T - Bananas, apple cider, hoppy bouquet aftertaste.

M - Thin but well carbonated, sticky.

D - This is a supremely well balanced Dunkel-weizen, one of my favorites. Very drinkable!

Photo of July2Nov
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 2-finger head with a very controlled lace. The look was similar to a soda drink (ie. pepsi) w/ shades of dark brown/light yellow toward the bottom.
S: Toasted-nutty aroma w/ a generous sweet maltiness.
T&M: Slight sweetness w/ a doughy flavor. Sweet malted aftertaste (reminiscient of the taste of popcorn).
D: I could go for about 2 tops on this one. Very nice.

Photo of udubdawg
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange/brown color, with a large airy off-white head. Nice retention, and several lines of tiny bubbles persist throughout. A few spots of lacing are left here and there.

Nose isn't terrible, but seems to be missing something. There's some definite wheat, and quite a bit of clove, and some medicinal character. I detect little fruit, and specifically very little banana - the effect is un unappealing one-sided aroma that just seems like it needs to be fuller and rounded out.

Can't say I like the taste much better than the aroma. Lots of bready malt flavors, some of the aforementioned medicinal character, some sugary sweetness that seems sorely lacking in complexity, and a bit of unexpected tartness. Fruit is more prevalent in the taste than nose, but just barely. Little alcohol noted anywhere.

Pretty crisp and full of fine carbonation - overall very refreshing, but I'd have to call it a little thin in the mouth to be truly enjoyable.

Not a bad overall effort at a dunkel weizen, and glad I tried this. I could easily finish another, but it is just an average beer to me. And why have another when their regular weisse is significantly better and equally available to me?

Photo of albern
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.71/5  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.

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