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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Germany

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

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

Photo of PeatReek
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body pours nice, medium brown, hazy as hell, with an eggshell-white extremely fine head. Aroma is quite sweet-fruity, very much towards tangerine and strawberry-type flavors with a hint of clove spiciness. Carbonation is extremely prominent, so much that the initial flavor is overwhelmed by the CO2 buzz. At the end of each sip is a slightly deeper fruit flavor, with just a slight touch of a slightly toasted, bready aspect. As the carbonation gets mellower, a pronounced estery sweetness is increasingly evident. Although each sip is delicious, the dirty, slightly sour aftertaste is somewhat taxing.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ol' half-liter German bottle, served in a weizen glass. It pours like dark, murky iced-tea with almost 3 inches of meringue-like head that I managed to tease above the rim of the glass. The head has nice retention and slowly recedes to a quarter inch, leaving decent lace behind. The aroma is spicy, with banana, molasses, light clove, and some yeast, with green/perfumy hops hiding in the back. The flavor is quite similar with mild wheat and clean malts, light at first, but becoming more fully-flavored as it warms. Additional notes of chocolate, caramel, faint smoke and an increasing clove presence round out the flavor profile. The body is light and tingly, smooth, with a medium finish, which is just right for a wheat beer. Overall this is a nice dunkelweizen that is light yet full of flavor.

Photo of micro108
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like most good hefe-weisse beers, it's got a crisp, clean flavor. Because it is a dunkel, the dark malts add a roasted toffee flavor to the traditional wheaty, spicy, slightly citrusy flavors. It straddles the line between a pure hefe and a pure dunkel. The interplay of flavors is very satisfying. Fairly light in your mouth, the flavor does not linger. This is good or bad, depending on what you are looking for from this beer. I like the lightness and clean finish, because you still get that burst of lots of malty flavor. Someone who expects a thicker, darker beer might want that mouth coating flavor. I think this beer is excellent the way it is. People who are turned off by the light lemony flavor of traditional hefe-weisse beers will love the depth of flavor added here with the malts. This is great beer.

Photo of umfskibum
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown without any real light coming through. Huge head. Head stuck around for a nice long time.

S: If you've ever had banana-nut bread, you know just the smell this beer has. Some hints of caramel malt, but mostly banana, nuts and bread.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Bready with hints of nut, clove and banana. Alcohol flavors come through a bit stronger as the brew warms.

M: Medium, chewy body. Crisp with a lot of carbonation.

D: A pretty decent example of a Dunkel Weisse. Nicely complex, and something I will probably get again.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first dunkel weizen I have had in a long time. I expected it taste a lot more different than just a regular hefe weizen, it didn't.

The beer pours the classic huge amount of head you would expect in a wheat beer. Its color is a murky, cloudy reddish brown. The first sniff reveals a very pleasant bready taste with some fruity scents mixed in as well. As stated above, the taste is similar to the hefe weizen, with just a little more bready flavor. The mouthfeel was the only thing I thought lacked just a little, as it seemed a tad bit thin.

Overall, this is a very drinkable German brew. During my recent trip to Germany, I was surprised to see that most Bavarians prefer the classic hefe weizen style. While I like that style a lot, this is a really good wheat beer to change things up.

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

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a long lasting sudzy head. Smells floral an d delicious. The taste is an interesting mix between hops yeast and alcohol. This seems strange to me because I haven't noticed the flavor of alcohol in beer in quite some time. I could be just me.Flavors or roated bananas are apparent! This is a pretty damned good beer, but then again I haven't had a bad dunkleweizen yet, this style is really a gem. Somewhat light of a mouthfeel which isn't a bad thing as it can really improve the drinkability.Good beer, not quite as good as ayinger's version of Dunkles-hefeweizen, but still worth a try as you may like it better.

Photo of nekronos
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

VEyr nice to have, it was my first dunkel Weizen. VEry cloudy and dark, with nice foam. But it was a little incipit considering the other hefe. Not bad, but somehitng wa smissing, VEry creamy. SOme wheat spots but in general is more like something else, maybe the process of roasting the grains has something to do.

Photo of Magpie14
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: I opened this Dunkel with much excitement! and I was not dissapointed. A wonderful cloudy, hazy brown body, almost looks like a deep, dark cider. Well over a two finger head and it graced my glass for a long time....good lacing as well!

Smell: the smell was not what I was thinking...but still good. Good Malty smell with a hit of wheat and caramel. It does have a slight clean, bready sort of yeast smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A overall excellent taste! Has a very balanced malty caramel taste....it's very close to the way it smells. Has a sutle spice taste to it, can't quite put my finger on it. Somewhat of a watery finish to it, a bit of a dissapointment. I let it float around in my mouth for a bit and found myself loving it more and more though! Smooth and very soft or creamy as other have said.

Overall one of the better Dunkels I have had. I recommend it!

Photo of InDreams
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml body into a weizen glass.

A: Huge, frothy off-white, tanish head, maybe three-fingers deep with a good deal of lacing. Stuck around for awhile although it slimmed down to a finger's thickness. Deep mahogany brown and cloudy, but with a bit of carbonated bubbling evident. Really cool looking overall and definitely a dunkel weizen.

S: Banana! I love dunkelweizen's for the banana and clove smell and I get that here for sure. Sweet and malty, with a good amount of yeastiness. Maybe a bit of breadiness and a hints of hops.

T: Man I love beer. I probably seem overly enthusiastic here, but I like weizens, I like dunkels, and this does not disappoint. Again, banana and clove, with a creamy wheatiness (from the full head, for sure). I'd say there's some sour apple-like taste in there as well, but with some nice rich malts and almost no bitterness from the hops. Quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a pretty smooth feel although like most weizens there's a good amount of carbonation that's pretty well balanaced I think. Definitely a pleasant feeling.

D: Oh-so-drinkable. I was just looking at some other reviews and noticed some negative comments that I just feel didn't apply to mine, BUT, my local haunt just yesterday had this come in, so I know mine's very fresh, and perhaps that's why others have spoken ill of this beer. I for one thoroughly enjoyed it, despite never having had it before, and think it's pretty damn drinkable. The body's not too heavy, but it's certain fuller than your average lagers, so I can't say this is the kind of beer you'd want to throw back a six-pack of, but it's too good to turn down without a good excuse.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

A- Tons of foamy, fluffy, tan head. 3 fingers from a good pour. Sort of a hazy nut-brown color. Head relaxes but still just sits there in gobs like a guinness.

S- Definite wheaty smell. Sweet/sour caramel. Hops.

T- Bitter on the lips. Smooth start with notes of nut and wheat. Finishes with a slightly dry taste but not a dry feel at all. Bready taste left in the mouth.

M- Very smooth and thick. No carbonation whatsoever so it doesn't have much action on the tongue.

D- Not a bad beer. Not totally a fan of the really wheaty stuff but this has just enough color to keep me satisfied.

Photo of pweis909
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 oz bottle.
Fully carbonated, big white head resting on a murky tea-colored brew. Effervesences persists throughout the experience/

Smell has a yeasty breadiness and phenolic bubblegum smell, both of which are carried through in the tasting. Didn't pick up on banana esters.

Taste is lacking in malt complexity. It finishes dry and wheaty, with no hop character.

Photo of burnstar
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a huge offwhite head that remains the whole way down the glass. Nose is tangy wheat with a bit of a roasted flavor and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is sweet malt, wheat tanginess and hints of chocolate, not a lot of hop impact. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable stuff. Good overall and interesting as this is my first dunkel.

Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy caramel brown, off white head that sinks, touch of lace.
Like it's Hell counterpart, a bit restrained on the nose, probably due to serving temperature. As it warms, notice malt, and some gamey phenolics like washed rind cheese or similar. Not unattractive.
Crystal/cara malty flavours, with the ubiquitous banana/clove. More bitter than the Hell, although the beer menu states they both have 12 IBUs. Maybe just a little less tart.

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

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big biege foamy head with good retention.Body was a cloudy apple-cidery brown.

Smell - cloves, bananas, apples and plums. Faint hint of creamy wheat.

Taste - similiar to the smell - slightly sour apples blended with almost overrpie plums washed through with cloves and bananas, and creamy wheat. Aftertaste of slightly sour apples.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, sometimes watery, and creamy.

Drinkability - pretty good, rather sessionable.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a hazy light-brown appearance with thick off-white head, that lingered through most of the glass. Good lacing. Aroma of malt, and a sweetness of candy. Flavor was mostly wheat, with clove and corriander spices becoming more evident at mi-glass. Palate was dry, and the only drawback to this beer was that it was also a little watery. All and all, a good beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big Franziskaner bottle (1pt 0.9oz). Nice hazy copper color with immense off-white foam.

The smell was nowhere near as good as I'd hoped, there was more malt in the aroma than the bananas which I expected. The flavor was kind of dominated by sweet malts too, with a little bit of a lacto-flavor which was odd.

Nice thick and chewy body but it didn't compensate for the strange flavors. Not the best in my opinion.

Photo of soultrain
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Ruddy opaque reddish amber beer. 3" head of dirty blonde, awsome in it's persistant staying power, the gift that keeps on giving...Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.
S-Caramel malts, but BREADY, way BREADY.
T-Caramel malts, much, much bread. It's soooo mild. Very, very nice. Bit of a sourish finish: inspired a desire for more dunkel!
M-Stellar mouthfeel. Great body, and I was impressed with the carbonation.
D-Infinite drinkability. Sessionable, even!

CRUX: TOP NOTCH DUNKEL HERE! As good as the hefe; maybe better. I can't believe I've passed these over for so long in favor of their hefe, which I love...I'm goin' to the beer store to stock up on these! Prost!

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a nice one chilled down and then poured into my tall wheat glass. It was a faintly darker copper tinged looking dunkel hefe weizen, with a generous head. As the head dissapated, there were little pools of yeast .

I was not really surprised by the taste here. there was a terrific smokey twang mixed with vanilla /clove which imho adds some depth to the hefe weizen category- it gives body and helps the carbonation fill out. There is a nice finish that is surprisingly not any less refreshing than the its non-dunkel brother. This is an outstanding product from Fransiskaner/Spaten. It may be to pedestrian for some of the more unflinching snobs, but I can't imagine an instance of needing more that a tall glass of this stuff with a bunch more- Euro-pints chilling in the ice box.

Photo of haz77
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with 3 fingers of light tan head. Tons of streamers keep this sitting in place for quite a while.

S - Huge hit of ripe banana, bread, cloves, some phenols, nutty.

T - Quite disappointing. The huge smells feel quite muted when it come to tasting. All the noted smells are in there, just subdued.

M - Watery, but also creamy. Medium-high carbonation.

D - Not bad, and certainly very drinkable, but the taste is a let down.

Photo of bashiba
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a long lasting tan head.

Smell was a very heavy banana nut bread odor.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells, like drinking banana nut bread with a nice earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body to it.

An easy to drink pleasant offering.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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