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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 46
Gots: 98 | 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 Blakaeris
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy brown with a crisp white head and generous carbonation.

Smell is caramel malt with bready yeast. Impressive bananna nut bread character.

Taste is similiar to the nose with estery spices in the finish. Very balanced malt and mild hop. Bready bananna nut quality is enhanced when compared to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation lends a very soft and airy quality.

An excellent dunkel weizen. Very smooth and harmonious flavors.

Blakaeris, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. Oh real nice. Looks like a classic German 7 minute pour. This brew serves up a very nice big foam like off white head. The liquid is a dark brown & very cloudy. Great looking carbonation

The smell is of lemons, cloves, light toasty bread and wheaty malt, or maybe a malty wheat. Could use a yeast smell but really very good indeed.

The taste is toasted bread, cloves, lemon and nuts, the finish is very good slightly bitter and nutty. Nothing better then a basket of fruit and nuts that is really BEER!

Mouthfeel is full body, great carbonation.

Drinkability is quite awesome, this beer really works well, and excellent example of a dunkel hefe. Really enjoyable, I could drink his all day. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opted to buy a bottle after an excellent serving of the hefe off tap. Pours with a rather large head, an odd brown in colour - strongly resembled tea actually. Two fingers at least (off a soft pour) and stayed constant through the course. A warming flavour, profiles cinnamin, brown sugar with a light spritzy, rotting wheat aroma. A lot of yeast in the aroma as well. Not bad. A good mouthfeel, easy on the wheat punch - fairly light and certainly more dry than most others. I like how this one is a little dulled. Flavour is also a little restrained. Nothing too rich. As it warmed I could taste more and more (until almost exclusively) raisons and prunes. The darker fruity notes (prunes, raisons) of this one make it a great compliment to the lighter (banana, etc) fruity notes of the hefe they offer. Very little, where any, aftertaste. Yeast became a little too strong near the end. I found that both this and the hefe lack tremendous complexion but are quite fair - and overall - quite nice.

biegaman, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a medium coffee brown, murky and cloudy, almost muddy, and with a finger of light tan head that lasted some time. Fingers of lacing touched the inside of the glass.

The aroma was a bit of a challenge to detect at first, but did bring through notes of dusty wheat, doughy yeast, cloves, and well-ripened bananas.

Upon sipping, the grain won out initially, with a light caramel and cocoa sensation, but soon there came some berry esters and a spice presence dominated by clove, but not exclusive to it. Also up to bat came a distant yeastiness, as well as a very mild slice of banana. The finish was mildly bitter and residual malt. While not at all bad opf flavor, it was a bit more sparse than I'd expected from a dunkel.

Light bodied, it flowed a lot more quickly than I'd want, though actually in line with the thin flavor profile.

So it has its faults, in spite of being a style classic. And yet, the small presence it gives off goes a long way toward making it a beer that goes down easily and smoothly. The thing is, though, I'm not sure this is something I'd seek out. I'd drink it gladly if it was offered, but as seldom as that's likely to happen, my exposure to this one is likely over. But one never knows, does one?

Foxman, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cloudy, off brown/copper color with a thick frothy beautiful head. Gread retention, leaves good amounts of thick lacing down the glass.

Malty, yeasy, wheaty, clove aromas. Slight overly ripened banana hints, with a bit of earthyness to it.

Somewhat of a thin mouthfeel dominated by clove, some burnt caramel malt, yeasty wheat, and an odd metalic taste. Also some woodsy, earthy flavors in there.

The watery mouthfeel really leaves something to be desired. And I will have to move on to the next brew instead of drinking these in quantitiy.

mcallister, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with orange hues with a nice white head that leaves wonderful lacing. Smell is of wheat, yeast and a hint of banana. Taste is crisp and dry malt, clove and a little banana. Overall this is a good brew from a brewer thats products are rather easy to find which is great. Pick this up and at least try it if you come across it.

cjgator3, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a thick two finger head. The head settles slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheet of lace.

Smell; this has a very strong wheat profile, with some mild banana notes. There's a sweet caramel malt presence that kind of overrides alot of the smells I usually associate with a hefe-weizen.

Taste; the caramel malts are there but not quite as dominant as they are in the aroma. The yeast and wheat flavors come out as well as the typical cloves you would expect, but it's a little lacking as far as any banana flavors go. Don't get me wrong, the bananas are there, they're just weak enough that you have to search for them a bit. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, and would be easy to put down a few of these.

RedHaze, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A: Warm deep brown, cloudy, with a thick head.

S: Clove and banana, yeasty bread (rye?)

T: Nice clove, fruit esters & some lingering spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg?), a bit nutty. Low ABV but the hop bittering and spices emulated an alcohol warming I typically find in higher gravity beers.

M: A lttle thin with a dry finish, roasted malt tastes linger a little. High carbonation.

D: Very nice beer overall. Taste is clean and interesting. Will enjoy this one again.

msubulldog25, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's wierd how all the beers from this company have a sweetness too them no matter how light or dark they are. It's somewhat dark with a sort of bitterness, but it comes out sweet. Don't be afraid to add a lemon it doesn't hurt the beer, but it is good with out it.

jasonjlewis, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of blodgetm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thought I would go and try this beer, since I've been looking at it for the past couple weeks at the store. This beer is definately not a disappointment. I would hold it comparable to some of the dunkels I had over in Germany at the local brew pubs.

Appearance: Dark copper brown, slighly cloudy with a rather large head.

Smell: Light cloves to the nose, followed by a slight banana scent.

Taste: Light clove presence, a bit of fruity esthers, nice malt body underneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high carbonation level, alittle dry in the end a slightly watery.

Overall: Definately a nice dunkel, I would drink this on a regular basis.

blodgetm, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of gus
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very strong and intense clove aroma is evident, followed by a very fruity banana smell. This mixture gives it a pleasent overall first impression. The color can be described as a deep copper brown with a very thick , bubbly off white long lasting head. The clarity is slightly hazy and cloudy. Flavor of banana and clove is strong but good. High carbonation with no bitter aftertaste. Goes down very smoothly, a very filling rich beer. This will be a beer I will drink more often, and have my friends try.

gus, May 31, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge light tan head. Smells like citrus and hops, with a hint of dough. Taste is not overwhelming, a hint of citrus, not as much as the smell would suggest with a bit of hops, no sweet flavor, a small aftertaste of malt though. Again you would think heavy carbonation from the appearance but it has a nice balance which adds to the mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer, my only complaint is it has a watered down feel the more sips you take. Could have had more flavor, but worth a try. This isn't your typical beer but worth a try if you find it. This is very easy to drink, not much aftertaste, could go well with just about anything.

wingman14, May 28, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Franziskaner- Dunkel Weisse

On tap at Havana's, New Hope PA.

Appearance- cloudy acorn brown with a light frothy head.
Smell- Light citrus with a smooth malt aroma.
Taste- orange citus blended with a, ever so slight, hefe flavor. Malt is equal represented here.
Mouthfeel- Smooth. The malt makes it creamy yet no sugary sweetness. Maybe a slight watery.

Overall- A nice, chock full of flavor, Hefe. A pretty good beer to drink on a warm afternoon.

NJpadreFan, May 21, 2006
Photo of dgallina
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a very cloudy dull light brown with enormous off-white head. The head takes quite a while to recede to a thick blanket of film. Smells a bit bland; metallic hops and hard water over slightly sweet malts. Flavor is thin and dull; carbonated water, tinny hops, and a touch of malt that flashes by leaving no finish. Weak and uninspiring body, enlivened slightly by a trace of wheat creaminess. Not a particularly good dunkel weizen.

dgallina, May 20, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a massive tan head greeted me upon the pour. A hazy, lazy amber orange brown – by the end of the bottle, after swirling, became almost ruddy brown. Nice.

Sweet wheaty malts with subtle hints of clove and banana in both the aroma and quaff. A tad disappointed in the weakness of the spices – I thought they would be more pronounced. The weakness carried over to the mouth, weak, and thin, with low carbonation. However, this did not distract from the overall drink ability – this one is smooth and enjoyable. It works for a cross-over and a steady session brew!

Vancer, May 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The estery and toasty flavors you like in a Dunkel Weiss and the balance and cleanliness you expect from Franziskaner. A terrific blend of wheat malts, yeasty esters, and bready / roasted barley equally evident in the nose and flavor. A dense tan foamstand lurks over a muddy / hazy brown. Though less exciting to the sight as it is to the palate, the beer is quite ideal per style. It has a very creamy, yet mellow bread-toast-yeast flavor, decorated with cloves, bananas, and citrus. The beer remains full until the finish, where it thins nicely for easy drinking. A good summer beer when you need a break from the yellow stuff.

BEERchitect, May 10, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm tasting this tonight as part of a comparison tasting of 3 Dunkel Heffeweisens.

Massive white fluffy head on top of dark brown brew that is the color of dark German whole wheat bread.

I picked up bannans, cloves, cinnamin and just a tiny bit of ctirus in the flavor, with lots of wheaty malt. The after taste has a nice bit of hops and the carbonation feels good in my mouth.

An excellent value at $1.75 for a pint bottle at Byron's Liquor store in OKC.

jmbranum, May 08, 2006
Photo of gnoff
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle at Bishops Arms Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg Sweden.

Shady brown color, huge white head.
Fresh scent, big difference from the "original light" one.
Fruity bit a bit stale flavor.
Much less fruitiness than the light version.
Low bitterness.

I compared it to the light one when drinking, and for me the light is way better.

gnoff, May 06, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this one sets itself apart in a very good way. pours a beautiful ruby-brown with a huge wheat beer head.

smell is wheat malt and cloves.

taste is a delicious malt character with hints of raisin, toffee, and vanilla, very nice, very complex.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity with light carbonation, drinkability is very high on this one.

overall, absolutely delicious and beautiful, the finest dunkle-weizen i've tasted to date. highly recommended!

evanackerman, May 04, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml.brown glass bottle pours a hazy, copper-brown with an inch of frothy egg-shell head. Good carbonation which keeps the head alive, but not much lace.

Smells of malt and banana bread with a trace of green hops. Doesn't really smell all that sweet, however.

Bready maltness with banana coming through, then fades with hops bittering the finish. No real aftertaste, when the bitter subsides, it leaves your mouth feeling clean.

Medium bodied, alcohol hardly detectable, the mouthfeel is rather uneventful. Easy enough to drink, worth a try for this style.

scottoale, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of three Spaten beers on-tap The Saloon on U-Street. It was served in a 0.5L weiss glass.
Appeared a semi-translucent orange-brown color with a hefty pale head that dissipated quickly and left behind small amount of lacing. Medium level of carbonation with thick bubbles gracing the surface. Aromas of bananas, toasted bread, and oranges; fruit aromas seemed to mix with toasted malt aromas. The taste was spritzy and refreshing with the perfect level of carbonation. Fruit flavors (bananas & oranges) seemed to provide a nice balance to the malt and subtle hops giving the beer an overall sweet feel, but not overdone at all. A bit thin in the mouth, but still flavorful and refreshing. I could have had another one, if it weren't for the fact that I wanted to try another beer on the draft list.

jaluria, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very murky burnt orange color with an aggressive almost inch of tan foam. When you tilt the glass to the side, you can tell that there are a whole bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head. Well over a minute, there was still over 1/4" of active foam. There is some serious lacing left on the glass after drinking. Even after drinking over half the beer, there is still a persistent 1/8" of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: Signature Weizen aromas with cloves and dry wheat being the most notable. There is also a pretty aggressive banana component here as well, but not as much as some beers. This beer is really fruity, and has a whole basket of fruit noticeable deep within the beer.

Taste: The flavor is also super fruity, but has a bit of sweetness there to give it balance. The clove and wheat still run the show, but the banana is not far behind. I get a bit of a caramel-like sweetness that is noticeable in the middle of the flavor profile. The flavor is very grainy, and it reminds me of biscuits with the amount of wheat present. The finish is very carbonated and gives the impression that it is dry. There is a tad of sweetness left on the back of the throat when the beer gets done. There is no lingering alcohol noticeable.

Opinion: I am not a huge fan of Weizen beers, but I still keep trying them. I am partial to the Dunkels more so than the light lemony traditional Weizen beers as I like the added depth of malt. I am just a malt head. This is one of the better representations of this style that I have tried, so I am sure that I will be drinking it again in the future.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown colour with some very consistent lacing and a steady stream of carbonation.
Smell was yeasty, phenolic and fresh, the typical yeast profile of a Weizen.
Taste was wheat and off course yeasty. The yeast gives citric, almost lemon like flavours. There is a nice balance between the wheat and caramel flavours, some chocolate is coming through when the beer warms. Body is quite thin and there is little bitterness.
This is a good beer for the summer, of which I can drink a couple.

Absumaster, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured into flare glass, numerous bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it difficult to see the murky brown color. phat head turns into phat lacing. kind of thin looking though

smell: a nice hefe blast of clove and banana. but in there is something a bit metalic smelling...hmmm. over all nice still

taste: sadly, the first thing i noticed is that this beer is diluted down from strengh, clear from the first sip. still, some typical dunkleweizen flavors are here, but very very watered down. that would be clove and banana.

mouthfeel: watery, but just an un-beer like wateriness

drinkability: high. i easy drinking beer no doubt but this is a disapointment. next time i will pay the extra 40 cents per bottle more for an aiyner.

pjwilson, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the proper glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a deep amber/light raisin color, slightly hazy, with one of the most fabulous heads I've ever seen. The sheer staying power is incredible. Four-plus fingers of off-white foam that settles to the likeness of half-melted marshmallows.

Smell- The classic aromas of banana, clove, and a touch of caramel waft quietly from my glass. Subtle and rich, very nice.

Taste- A zesty, slightly lemony entrance in the mouth that flows over the tongue with a luscious malty, bready flavor that carries the banana and clove notes. Balanced and mellow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light, but very alive in the mouth... the effervescence supports the beer like a zephyr, fleeting but active. Super-drinkable beer, a terrific example of a summertime brew to go along with some sausages off the grill.

yelterdow, Apr 06, 2006
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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