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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
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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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Germany

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap in a standard pint glass at the Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A - Murky brownish-tan brew with a 1" head that gives impressive lacing.

S - Wheat malt with some spices like nutmeg and cloves. This nose is a bit lighter than hoped for.

T - A nice wheat maltiness with banana flavors and a very mild bitter aftertaste (not a bad one).

M - Medium with a bit of zestyness

D - This is a very good dunkel weizen. It is easy to drink and I plan on having more in the future.

Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy caramel, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Banana bread, with a little bubble gum.

T: Banana bread! Really.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Very good.

Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour yielded a huge 4 finger creamy head with great retention. The color was dark copper, like an old penny. Very hazy and barely translucent.

Smell: Some dark toasted malts mixed with light citrus and wheat attribute make up the confusing and interesting aroma that comes from Dunkels in general and this one specifically.

Taste: Buttery, Phenolic, and slightly banana bread -- typical Hefe-Weizen flavors with the added benefit of the dark malts and sweet smoothness that the Dunkel brings to the table. It has orange peels and cloves and a bit of multi-grain bread to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full. This is a mouthful. It almost feels like you could chew it. More like a Wee-Heavy than a Heffe.

Drinkability: This is a heavy beer (for a wheat especially). I would not consider it sessionable but it is tasty. It would make a good desert or nightcap beer (end with this).

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a cloudy, murky cola color with an enormous, rocky, almond colored head. Head maintains its fluffiness. Banana is up front with bubblegum in there as well. Clove kind of takes the backseat. Some caramel notes are present. The spicy yeast is very apparent in the flavor, but the malt just isn't as complex as some other dunkelweizens I've had. A little bit of alcohol in the finish, which I wasn't too fond of. Mouthfeel is light yet lively and creamy, in a way. Very drinkable, but just lacking a little something.

Photo of fightingwords
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.

A--Very opaque brown like a crayola crayon brown. Super foggy towards the edges of the glass to a solid appearance in the center. Very earthy look. Will certainly draw some looks at the bar if there are some less experienced drinkers around.

S--Way sweet. More clove and less bananna than the standard Franziskaner hefe. I could also get some carmel and earthy wheaty notes. In one word--SWEET.

T--For as monotomous as the smell was I actually found this to be a rather complex hefe. Obviously a sweet wheaty taste as the smell suggests and the standard clove taste. What I liked most was what I can only describe as an organic sugar--unrefined and a little bitter.

M--Kinda thick with low carbonation, but I liked the creamy feel in my mouth. Doesnt finish too quickly and not very clean either. I dont know why but I really liked this beers feel.

D--1 of these bigger bottle or a tumbler at the pub is more than enough. This is a dessert beer for me, but I've done it and have seen others go all night on this stuff.

O--Give it a shot if youre a hefe fan and want something kinda sweet.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one from Spaten. Poured a dark cloudy red / brown colour. Looked like cloudy tea. VERY fluffy slightly off-white head with super sticky lacing. Lots of clove spiciness and a healthy dose of banana in this one!!! A tiny bit of the dank basement lambic farmhouse ale smell. The taste was full of clove spice and very "wet". I know that must sound funny, but it seems thirst quenching and doesn't leave a dry after taste at all. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and easy to drink. I enjoied this hefeweizen tremendously, although my favourite is still Ayinger (yes I know this is Dunkel-Weisse). Not a bad one at all!!!

Photo of weizendoc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into my frozen Franziskaner Weissglas. Lots of creamy head, esp. after I swirl the bottom ounce to get the Hefe involved. Noses of bread and citrus, maybe some chocolate. It looks like coffee.

First pull brings out the citrus and bread up front followed by a chocolate-malt finish. Mouthfeel is where this one really excels...nice bubbly carbs and rich texture, but finishes pretty clean for a dark bier.
4th pull now, and we're definately into a chocolate muffin taste. I am a lemoner however and citrus addition brings that quality out nicely in this dunkel.

Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clean dark orangish amber with a big tan head, very much like other hefes. Nice lacing.

Smell. Similar, but a bit more potent than its brother. Lots of cloves, heavy sweetness, sweet apples, holiday spices(cinnamon and the likes). Similar to its brother again, but more of the holiday spices.

Taste. A little peppery. Still has a lot of cloves. But i think the yeast really takes off in this beer. Very yeasty. More of the holiday spices. a little bit of the apples, but not really much to say. aftertaste is a little warming and alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is good. nice balance. Medium body.

Overall, i like it, but would pick the normal hefe over this anyday.

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

Nice muddy brown, lots of lace.neutral aroma, creamy sourish moutheel, not too tasty or interesting . Fresh at Brick pub store in Atlanta with Dano213, blitz134, smchnsg. Tingling carbonation, medium-to-light mouthfeel. i like their regular weisse for straightforward session ale.

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

Served on-tap with my lunch at Jacob Wirth's. Poured a shocking murky brown in color that seemed to glow. Thick slightly tan head that took its time receding. Nose was full of sweet wheat and just a bit fruity.

Flavor was full of fresh whole wheat bread. Reminded me of a wheat version of that bread they serve at Outback. Hints of banana and canteloupe too. Slight hints of clove and spice but had to look for them. Thick and heavy mouthfeel that almost had a texture that made me think of a cotton t-shirt.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, $2.49.

Lovely off-white head over a cloudy, light mahogany body. Decent enough looking.

Smell of sweet malt and yeast, with a note of fruity citrus, maybe pineapple. Clove is there a well. Nice smell.

Taste is nice spicey Hefe-weizen. Fruitiness is much reduced, and spiciness is emphasized. A bit more one-dimensional than their regular H-W.

Mouthfeel is good enough. Somehow a bit thinner than the regular H-W.

Drinkability -- this would be an excellent session beer. Not too much carbonation or alcohol. Not too much going on -- just nice and spicey. Very drinkable.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque sienna brew with a hearty two finger head that has impressive retention. The lacing is comprised of a bit of sparse spots and a single ring.

S - Banana bread and a bit of wheat malt. There are fainter spice odors, nutmeg and cloves predominantly. Smells nice. I wish it were a stronger odor.

T - A strong wheat maltiness with an backing of mild banana flavors with a tiny bit of pineapple (but not the sour aspects, only the the other flavors), nutmeg and allspice. The aftertaste is a very mild bitterness over a lingering wheat character. There is a slight copper flavor, but it is hardly noticable.

M - Thin, pretty smooth and only slightly refreshing.

D - This is a great dunkel weizen. It is easy to drink, very pleasant and easily sessionable. I will not hesistate to enjoy again.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.