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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 43
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of Fugazme


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle opens with a "pop". I expected beer to rush out... didn't happen. Pours out a great amber/deep ruby brown color. A touch hazy. Excellent thick, white head with some great retention. Swirls leave walls of foam on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is decent. Some light banana... definite malt. A weird hint of plastic, but not horrible by any means.

Smooth on the intake. A very drinkable beer. Taste is pretty good. banana, wheat, clove.

I'd purchase again.

02-04-2006 03:47:17 | More by Fugazme
Photo of walleye


3/5  rDev -21.5%

from the bottle.poured orange brown, with a big fluffy head. aroma yeast, citrus, caramel. flavor, yeasty, caramel, fruity, lighty sweet and lighty bitter.at 1st taste I didn’t think I was going to like this beer but as it warmed the flavors got better.not to bad of a beer

02-04-2006 01:39:48 | More by walleye
Photo of Optimat0r


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

came in a nice 16.9 oz bottle which i poured into a big glass. it was relatively light in color, light amberish. taste was good. not a dark, heavy type but thicker and more rich than most light beers. nothing overpowering, but nothing standout excellent either, almost a sweet taste. never got bored with the taste, never got bitter or anything, very drinkable....

not quite as exceptional as some of the others ive had recently but it is good, relatively inexpensive and extremely drinkable. if you like this type of beer its definitley worth a try.

01-29-2006 04:35:06 | More by Optimat0r
Photo of falloutsnow


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Huge, fluffy, off-white head that's slow in dissipating. A solid layer of foam lasts during the entire drinking session. Long, steady streams of bubbles rise to the top of the weizen glass, but the carbonation is not overly active. This lacking effervesence adds to the color presentation of the brew, a murky dark brown when away from light. Held up to a source of illumination, the eyes are greated by a wonderful show of a dense brown "core" with lighter amber tracings along the sides.
S: The dominant scent is of the characteristically spiced, mildly tart yeast. The dark malt sweetness gives the slightest impression of figs or molasses. There's a bit of mustiness hiding in the corner, that gives a bit more depth to the beer.
T: Sweet, spiced wheat-malt flavor. Some banana and cloves from the yeast, dominant flavor being the slightly dark/roasted malt character.
M: Medium body with a mild carbonation profile that produces some gently bubbling in the mouth. Dry, tart finish with a bit of fruitiness that concludes the tasting quite well.
D: Pleasant scent, interesting taste attributes, and a mild mouthfeel all make this dunkel wiesse quite enjoyable time and again.

01-15-2006 02:28:36 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of EvilKeith


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clouded orangish brown with a large fluffy tan head. Clumps of yeast settle to the bottom. I'm not sure if this is typical or maybe a beer past it's prime. There is no freshness date on the bottle (08853 is marked on the bottle).
Taste is similar to their regular Hefe-Weisse but with a pronounced roasted, smoky malt flavor. This plays well over the tongue.
This is a good hefe-weizen dunkel. I could drink a few of these, but there are other dunkel wiezens I would probably order first.

I will try to review again and see if the I had a bad bottle the first time.

01-12-2006 23:28:16 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Managed to fit a whole bottle including head into my 18oz Weizen glass; My first impression is that this looks exactly like a root beer float without the ice cream. Brown murky root beer colored body with a rocky just-this-side-of-tan head that burns down to a centimeter thick.

Interesting scent, in that it's just about what I expected; Fruity, distinctly Hefeweizen scent with a twinge of roasted character. Lots of marshmallowy wheat sweetness with a dab of smoke just for fun.

Mmmmm-mmm! This reaffirms why I love Franziskaner brews! Damn! I maintain that they brew the nicest tasting Hefeweizens and this beer reminds me why I like their brewery so much. A seriously complex wheat malt flavor with just the tiniest tad of hop to keep it in check, all my old friends Banana, Marshmallow, and Wheat with a little more complexity than the standard Weisse version. The dark malts are a little harder to make out on the taste than the scent, but they're there, bringing a little richer roastier malty flavor than the standard beer.

Mouthfeel hits with a slick swish of carbonation that builds fast and dies just as quickly. Clean finish, maybe just a little thin.

One of the best Hefeweizens I've had the pleasure of quaffing. I have always loved the standard style so I wasn't sure what I'd think of the Dunkel version; Turns out, I love it. There's just enough slight variation to make this a different beer in other terms than color. Delicious, easy to drink, satisfying!

01-07-2006 08:32:59 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of DogFood11


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Be careful with the pour. Go slow and adjust because it can get frothy to the point of overkill in a hurry if your aggressive. eggshell head that maintains on top of a highly carbonated brew. Sliding ring lacing.

The usual toasted/bready malt, bananna, clove and wheat smell.

Floral touch that snaps in the middle makes this an interesting version. Mostly a malted brew but its quite light and the fruits really developed as it warmed and nicely washed away by a lemony citrus finish. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is zippy up front and finishes mellow. Toasty malts make for a solid body.

Notes: Interesting brew for sure. Malt profile could use a bit more power. The wheat/floral/fruity middle is what I really enjoyed. Highly reccomended.

12-24-2005 18:17:23 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

It pours and very good, frothy head. It looks dark and amber brown and very inviting. Smells like a good hefeweizen with hints of orange mixed with the roasted dark barely malts. Mouthfeel was very good. It's drinkability wasn't quite as good as it's counterpart-the regular hefeweizen. Still very nice.

12-15-2005 17:49:20 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

~Bottle, pint, poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a dark amber, with a beautiful fluffy, frothy head, an inch thick. Looks like a cloud. Ok lacing.
~Dry malts, wheat and banana, dark, another spice maybe, something earthy.
~Beautiful and complex beer, starts with toasted malts, bucks up in the middle as the malts develop, with hints of bananas and clove, kind of pulls a little disappearing act for a second as the middle drops out, then evens out with an earthy, dry malt aftertaste.
~Smooth, a bit agressive in the middle, a little chalky at the end.
~A great dunkel, complex in character yet a little chalky and perhaps too earthy at times, now that I think about it, partifularly in mouthfeel.

12-15-2005 03:47:36 | More by objectivemonkey

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

I poured this beer into a pilsner glass. It came out a dark mud-like brown color with a creamy long lasting head. I tasted caramel and fruit. I also tasted bananas.
It has an earthy spicy taste to it. It is carbonated pretty well, right for the taste.
The mouthfeel is nice, not heavy. Can't really taste the alcohol but its there. nice beer overall, reasonably priced, I would definitely buy more.

12-07-2005 20:03:00 | More by KALIKGOLD
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Thick, murky brown, with a pea-soup greenish tint. Creamy, uniform head with good retention.

Smell: Fruity, like apples and pears, with a hint of tobacco. Malts are well-developed, chocolaty with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Very much like apple cider, or applesauce. Yum! Toasted malts are the base flavor, with a bit of clove and alcohol. Reminds me of bread pudding. Finish is sweet and refreshing, not sugary in the least.

Mouthfeel: Glorious! Incredibly creamy, with little sharp bursts of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is quite yummy, but I can imagine it might get somewhat cloying after a while. Still, very drinkable.

11-28-2005 01:56:44 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of whynot44


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Medium bodied, hazy orangish brown color with a nice off-white head.

Aroma is mild with a bit of caramelly malt along with banana and cloves.

Taste also starts with a bit of caramel and toast, followed by some fruity tones - banana, a little tart citrus, and finishes more malt, cloves and just a touch of hops.

Smooth and easy to drink.

11-27-2005 04:24:34 | More by whynot44
Photo of tommy78

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Purchased this beer in bottle form from the local store. Originally had this in Los Angeles, in tap form, so I wanted to try this in bottled form. The appearence resembles apple cider, but with a kick! The aroma, just like the other reviewers had mentioned, had a banana odor to it. This beer poured out some significant head, in the Bavarian style that it is, which settled down pretty quickly. The taste is malty. In terms of its mouthfeel, it feels very jumpy but good. Drinkability is good, especially when enjoying hot dogs or German sausage with it.

11-21-2005 01:20:51 | More by tommy78
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

Mmmm, so amazing on tap. This came to me ina tall weizen glass all murkey and brown with a nice creamy head. The smell is awesome w/hints of banana, caramel, and wheat. Clove and banana simply dominate the flavor portion of the beer. Malty and earthy taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth, thick and creamy. Amazingly drinkable.

11-12-2005 16:25:46 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a deep, rich chocolate brown with a light sliver at the bottom and a mighty raft of long lasting, foamy head. Thick and obvious sediment throughout body of the beer. Next we encounter a malt accented nose with pleasant hints of banana and clove.
Very strong malt characteristic to the taste with less balance from hops or wheat than the lighter version from the same brewer. Still, this is very enjoyable with a peppery aftertaste and a silky smooth Hefe texture that tickles the throat just right. Quite drinkable.
This is a pretty good beer, very original but still in a traditional, recognized style. Two thumbs up.

11-05-2005 07:24:46 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Domingo


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Solid Dunkelweiss.
Had the distinct Banana/Clove scent a lot more than most I've had.
Appearance was less cloudy than I expected. Just a light brown. Carbonation was heavy at first...but dissipated VERY quickly.
Flavor was much more malty than the scent. The smell was typical weissbier, but the flavors bring out the darker malt flavor. Imagine a hefe with a sweet twist or caramel.
The moutfeel was solid, but like I mentioned, the carbonation dissipated a little too quickly.
The beer is very drinkable. I only had one, but I could've certainly ordered more without a second thought!

10-27-2005 17:54:08 | More by Domingo
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

First time with this style. Considering some of the other European beers I've tried, this one is on par with say a... mini-macro. Nice look color, corduroy brown with a wonderful head and lacing that is dripping like wax. No apparent fumes to intoxicate me, if sunflowers had a taste this would be it. Neutral hop taste coupled with mildly spicy malts.

At 2.00 a bottle it's well worth it. Great session beer during the fall season.

10-20-2005 01:51:45 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of tesguino


2.08/5  rDev -45.5%

In appearance a little more dark than its sister Heffeweizen; i cinfirm its fruitty taste, smell like a malt liquor; mouthfeel and drinkability are low in the average, i try this beer with salad and cheese, not try with mexican or american food; i always serve on a glass mug; 45% recommended.

10-13-2005 16:42:42 | More by tesguino
Photo of revdrjbob


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Another beer had at Lowenbrau Keller with Teaser. Did I mention I love Hefe?

Poured a dark muddy brown into a tall Franziskaner glass, from the bottle, not the tap variety, which you can also get at the Lowenbrau. Had a huge rocky slightly off white head, that sunk to a thickness of about 1cm after a few moments.

Aromas of banana, fruit, clove, fresh wheat and graininess. An awesome aroma, that had hints of caramel and chocolate, that turned to a spiced fruitcake after a bit of warming.

Tasted just as good as it smelled, even better. Grainy, caramel, banana and cloves. Finished dry and grainy, with a hint of fruityness... Awesome.

10-13-2005 07:50:53 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of Reidrover


2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

Pint bottle bought in Lincoln City Oregon. Nice enough looking beer, murky dark chesnut coloured with a frothy/chunky light tan head. The aroma was not as strong as I expected from a "real" German Dunkleweizen, all the regular components were there but very muted. fruity and peppery aromas. I was really quite dissapointed with the taste weak overall..yes all the usual "bananas and clove" was there but extremelly weakened. Palate was very thin and almost watery. Overall i felt let down by this one, below average for a German weiss beer

10-11-2005 17:59:20 | More by Reidrover
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.

Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.

Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.

A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.

10-10-2005 02:43:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

A dark amber brown beer that pours a huge foamy head with good retention. After the head finally recedes, it looks like fresh apple cider, but with carbonation. Smells and tastes like a hefe weizen. I would have guessed a hefe weizen if blindfolded. The malts may be more complex than with a hefe weizen, but the typical sharp wheat flavor. Clove taste is abundant and also a little bit of floral hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very good if you like your beer on the dry side. This would be a great beer with a German or pork meal.

10-07-2005 23:25:51 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev +4.7%

On draft at Ludwig's...
Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove.
Taste is equally as good as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it's nice, nonetheless.

10-02-2005 15:21:12 | More by weeare138
Photo of BeerBeing


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass euro-generic bottle, black and white on cherry red label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: cloudy brown color, big beige head, very good lacing

Smell: malt, clove, banana and yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, malt, nuts, clove, banana, yeast

Notes: very good

09-25-2005 13:13:51 | More by BeerBeing
Photo of Px2GrafX


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

presentation: 1pint .9oz. bottle with a gold foiled cap and a red, black and white label. there's the typical monk-like figure inside the black oval on the front, enjoying a stein of beer. fairly simple label, and there's no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a murky brown russian tea-color with light brown highlights into a stein mug. nice fluffy 2 inch head. head is tight sparkling and an off-white color. lacing is minimal.

smell: smells a lot like a traditional heffe. a little sweeter, though. cloves and banana. clean and a touch medicinal. bready aromas as the beer warms.

taste: spicy cloves and banana bread. tastes sweeter than your typical heffe as well. clean and finishes a tad dry, slightly yeasty bitter and acidic. there is also a bubble gum flavor that i noticed as the brew warmed.

mouthfeel: crisp and lightly creamy around the head with a moderate carbonation. light body that rolls around in your mouth comfortably. swallows just a tad harsh.

drinkability: very drinkable as this style goes. alcohol is non-existant and flavor keeps you drinking. definitely a session brew.

overall: good dunkel weisen. i prefer similar versions by weihenstephaner and schneider, but very good just the same. as stated before, this would make an excellent sessional as it's a little milder than those listed. great try, though.

09-14-2005 03:51:06 | More by Px2GrafX
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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