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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,446 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

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

Hugely murky tawny or an especially orangey shade of suede. Backlighting reveals tangerine at the margins and a faint reddish hue within the depths of the beer. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour. Orangish ecru in color, it shows off big, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

This is a good dunkel weizen aroma, not a great one. For one thing, it could stand to be stronger. Clove is in the lead, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder is next, and banana brings up the rear. I'd like to see (er... smell) more banana in the nose.

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel is a decent dunkel, but like the nose, it lacks that extra little something that would make it special. The mildly toasted/nutty character is still present, although cocoa has taken a powder. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness that is a few bananas short of a clump (or a herd, or whatever a group of bananas is called).

Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish. The finish is short, in part, because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. If anyone wants an example of an incredible hefe weizen or dunkel weizen mouthfeel, check out the Ayinger line.

FH-WD is far from bad beer, but neither is it a slam dunkel. My less than enthusiastic review probably has something to do with the fact that my first two beers in this style were the excellent versions from Brauereien Aying and Weihenstephaner. Given the fact that I rarely drink dunkels, and the fact that I have better dunkels available locally, I doubt that I'll be drinking this one again.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, with a large tan head. Aroma was full of banana, clove and spice. I expected more twang in the flavour, but what I got was a bit bland. Very crisp and clean. Lots of carbonation. Goes down real smooth. Thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

baiser, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, lighter than I remember other dunkels being. Big foamy, uneven, pillowy head forms and dissipates somewhat slowly. Not much in the way of lace.

Fruity smell, typical of dunkels. Hints of grape, bananas, and some medicinal notes are found. There is also the smell of wheat and grain, which isn't too surprising.

Taste is pretty good. Grape notes with some banana and a crisp tartness near the end. A bit watery and light on the mouthfeel, but overall a good beer with many refreshing qualities.

Litterbean, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of Romulus141
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice, dark, and hazy color with a long-lasting head. It is difficult to see through the glass, but it is not impossible. The color is a healtly looking brown.

The smell is wheaty and is representive of what the taste will be like.

The taste is short, and has a sweet side to it. There is a slight hint of honey. There is nothing bitter about this beer. The beer is not particularly thick, and goes down easy.

The beer's taste can sometimes be obscured by being too cold. It is best to allow this one to warm up slightly before consumption for maximum enjoyment.

This is a quality "anytime" beer. I can drink it with food, without food, and while participating in a variety of activities. One of my personal favorites.

Romulus141, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was almost warned that this one is a lesser btother from the Hefe-Weisse from the same brewery.

They were right.

Don't misunderstand me, please. This is a good beer. Just happens that is some what below of it's sibling.

Pours an amber brew, typically hazy (as a hefe-weisse has to be); tan head and and seemingly everlasting lace.

Smell is of a hefe-weisse: Nicely malty.

Ah, the taste, here I find it a bit behind. Still good, though.

Of course, I can have several of these.

Pepeton, May 29, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Franzy dunkle pours out the color of brewed ice tea with a slight chill haze. 3 fingers of wheat hued head puffs up to a high peak before quickly fizzling down to a ring. Head retention is dissapointing and lace is nil.

Mild aromas of carmelized wheat malts, spice, lemon, and a slight metallic astringency. Smelles more like a hefe than a dunkel.

The flavor is mild as foretold by the nose. Roasted wheat, lemony citrus, grass, and delicate spicey yeast make up the profile. It finishes with a clean, lemony zest with almost no aftertaste.

Body is thin and the mouthfeel is very light with large bubbles of carbonation. Very refreshing, but a bit too subdued for a dunkel. Perfect for summertime refreshment in mass quantities. Good price too-$1.75 for 16.9 oz bottle.

AlexJ, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had bottles of this beer in both Germany and the United States. I must say the fresher bottles I have had in Germany taste better than the bottles in the states that are two to three weeks older. This review is for a bottle I enjoyed in Germany.

Appearance: Pours into a hefe-glass a dark hazy brown with a off white three inch head. The head recedes after a couple of minutes into an lace that covers the entire glass. The lace is the most interesting part of this beer, with tiny bubbles of carbination surfacing through. When you tip the glass back to take a sip the lace clings to the side for a seconds than decays and slides back into the beer. It is truely beautiful.

Smell: Smell hints of bananas and cloves. It is very pleasant and to style.

Taste: Matly flavor with a hint of banana and clove is initially intense, but fades into dry wheat flavors. The flavor become more complex as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is thick yet well carbinated.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly not a session beer, as it trends to sit in your stomach. However, it is great to sip down one or two, and relax.

KarlHungus, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of TheLastEngineer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unseasonably warm weather has given me reason to dip into my Dunkel Weizen reserves. Franziskaner is the brand of choice today.

Nice dark amber color, but not as turbid as I would have expected. Despite a careful pour, I was unable to get any appreciable sediment out of the bottle. Large, resilient head. Smell a bit heavy towards banana, not much wheat. Outstanding taste with great balance of banana, clove, and malt. Lots of carbonation in this one... refreshing and not too syrupy at all. Starts with a little tart, ends nice and crisp. As MASH's Colonel Potter once said, "There aren't enough O's in 'smoooth' to describe that."

This was even better than I remembered it. Perhaps the lack of sediment actually helped? Regardless, a very drinkable and highly enjoyable beer.

TheLastEngineer, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Roderick
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured amber with a HUGE tan colored head,this really is a fine looking brew. Has a very crisp smell with a hint of banana.
For once I actually taste banana in a beer ! mostly I read that some beers have a banana taste but have never actual tasted it myself but the banana is prevalent in this beer like a good piece of holiday banana bread....with a bit of citrus.
This was a very good beer and I see myself buying it on a regular basis.
Paid 2.99 for a bottle

Roderick, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slighlty cloudy dark amber color with a large, foamy head that stays with the beer all the way down the glass. Minimal lacing. Smells of cloves and yeast with a hint of citrus. The taste is very refreshing and pleasing to the palate. Somewhat dry but very crisp and clean. This is a great summer beer and I think would go great with Brats and french fries.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle, no freshness date seen.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow / brown, with white, sticky lace running down the glass and a bubbly, thin, white head around the glass.

Smell: Spice, citrus, cloves, yeast and bread, banana, malt sweetness up front. Very refreshing.

Taste: Also extremely refreshing. Some light sweetness up front, brown sugar, a bit of citrus, banana, but it's balanced pretty well. Nice aftertaste with hints of sweetness, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, some sugars and malts coming through.

Drinkability: I could drink this all the time, I think, summer or winter. It's a crisp beer, one to be savored or one to have as a session.

asabreed, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer of this style I've had; didn't know what to expect. 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a chalice.
Pours a clear, dark brown (think brown ale). Dominant in the smell and taste is banana bread. If you're in the mood for that kind of thing this is really delicious. The mouthfeel is a little watery but that increases the drinkability. High on carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing; almost a banana bread soda.
Paid a little over $2 for the bottle, so for the money this is one of the better beers I've had the pleasure to try.
I'd recommend this and would definately get it again.

ommegangpbr, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a dark almond brown from a 1PT .9FL glass bottle. Head goes to well over three fingers and sticks to everything, the glass walls, lips, mustache... you name it and this foam will stick to it.

Nose is a spicey lite clove with whiffs of citrus. Palate is a wonderful array of banana, cloves, and citrus sour.

An absolutely delicious brew, to be had any time, any where, and for any reason.

BeerBob, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beatifully clouded dark leather brown color with a miraculously tall cap of finely whipped tannish cream that creeps and murks its way down to a hefty skim. Laces in one big drippy sheet.

Aroma is a very nice array of banana mush and banana bread laced with tangy mango, slight caramel, spritzed with lemon, and the perfect amount of typical clove hefe yeast spice.

Taste is a lightly softened tangy and smoothly clean delight of lemony bananas mixed over a pretty solid caramel malt backing. All the while maintains a more dryish malt character and softer clove spice underneath the sweet tang and fruits which floats through consistently right on to the finish where it stays dry and kinda dullish with a pale tang undertow of lemon meringue and a ghostly chocolate roast.

Feel is quite clean with a boastful little shot of carbonation within a semi-soft, steardy, smoothened, creamy medium body. Softly tangy and fruity while dryish over the top and not overly spiced with too much clove; which I like. Mends into an earthy dryish tang in the finish.
This grew on me by leaps and bounds as I continued to enjoy it more and more after each sip. The softer smooth body is more to my liking compared to most weizen type brews. Quite smooth and nealry chewy with the perfect tang and spice. A solid dunkel.

tavernjef, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

Gagnonsux, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best spaten/franziskaner offering I have had to date. Pours a murky brown with a thick white head that laces very well. Small flecks of yeast are evident in the head and drifting down through the ale from the final pour.

Aroma is strong, and is heavy on the wheat and the yeast. A tiny bit of caramalized sugar is evident in the nose.

Taste is strong wheat and yeast, with a hint of banana and pear. The "hefeweizen" taste of this ale is stout and peppery. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is peppery and substantial with a nice amount of carbonation. The tang of the yeast puts it over the top. This ale is extraordinarily drinkable, and very enjoyable.

kosmoraios, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice dark amber and brown color with a large head that lasted well. There's a ton of lace, too.

The flavors are fairly good, both in the smell and the taste. Banana and wheat are present, along with some caramel that comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasing while the beer is easy to drink.

watermelonman, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of longarm
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked for a pour without lemon.

Its appearance is dingy brown, but it also has a nice fluffy head that lingers for the whole liter. Aroma has a sour component and not much else. Flavor is quite refreshing with a mildly tart finish that wisps away rather quickly. Light chocolate and caramel malts give it some subtle complexity. It coats well with a clean finish, leaving just enough aftertaste (good) to keep me wanting more. Not as strongly wheat-ish as I remember the light Franziskaner Weiss, but still an excellent tasting and refreshing beer that tastes lighter than its name suggests.

longarm, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled along side the regular Franz last night. The beer pours a hazy brown color wtih a huge billowing head that sticks around nicely. The nose is caramel coverd bananas and cream. Wow. I like it, but its a little weaker than I want it to be. The flavor has the banana and clove layerred over a creamy caramel background. Nice. The feel is thick and creamy. Maybe a hint more on the feel for me. Another great offering

kmpitz2, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red color. Has a monster head like a good German Wheat beer should. The head never seems to go away. I can smell roasted malts, banana, and cloves. The taste is clean. Notes of banana, yeast, and alcohol come out from behind the malts. Over all this a great beer for the price. Spaten keeps their Hefe-Weisse Dunkel very true to the style.

Luigi, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice dark wheat beer that poured a very nice head. One can see the unfiltered yeast when holding it up to a light. Smell has hints of banana and clove, other than that nothing noteworthy. Taste is a medley of yeast and wheat with a slight hint of banana and cloves. This has a nice full mouthfeel. This beer nicely glides over one's palate. Near-excellent drinkability, this is a beer that has grown on me tremendously since I have started it!

arizcards, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool 16.9 ounce bottle. Pours really pretty, foamy, very tight, retentive head and great lacing. The brown is so rich and savory. A light tan near the bottom and a dark, almost red brown on top. This is a nice looking beer.

Doesn't smell all that impressive, though. Yeast and Banana smells. Faint, and not that great.

Yeast upfront. Yeast in the back. Yeast yeast yeast yeast yeast yeast yeast. There's some more banana in the back, and though the flavor is kind of complex it just doesn't have that "zing" that I like in a weisen, that explosion of wheat malt and fruit that I look for in a wheat beer, especially a dunkel. It's not a bad flavor; it's just not very good.

mynie, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a hazy, dirty brown in color and sported a fluffy, lacing head. The foam had brown streaks in it from the yeast I managed to whip up at the end of the pour.

Smell – The toasted, doughy yeast here was right on the mark and was laden with some good, browned, overripe banana. There was also a strong, dark cherry aroma that I enjoyed.

Taste – Bingo! After two lacking weizens from this brewery, the yeast here roars to life at the taste. It is strong and direct, complimented well with banana and clove. The dark Bing cherries are thick and sugary. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Nice job here as well. This Dunkel Weizen is medium-bodied and spritzy with some good carbonation and tangy yeast.

Drinkability – Superb! This is a rare, lovely import. The strong yeast and darkish fruits make this one a standout and clearing the gem of the Spaten weizens.

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate color, with a glowing carmel base. The head was huge and creamy. Smells very similar to it's hefe-weiss brother, of banana and clove. This beer does have a biscuity maltiness in the nose that seperates it from it's brother. Taste is sweet with malt and highlighted by strong banana and faint clove flavors. Mouthfeel isbn't as thick and creamy as it should be, left me wanting a little. Not a bad beer, above average, and very drinkable.

TastyTaste, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: From the 16.9 ounce foiled wrapped bottle, this beer pours a hazy shade of burnt sienna. Atop rises an off white head of an inch or so which clumps like a pancake and settles to a thin lace. Not as well retained as the regular hefe weiss.

Smell: This has the Franziskaner yeast smell like the regular, only not as sharp or spicy. Banana esters, and some sweetness of carmel.

Taste: This is just average. I prefer the hefe weisse to this. It has the same spicy zing of corriander and clove as the original, only it seems muted and less flavorful here. The malts seem to temper the nice yeasty flavors by pulling them back and adding the slightest sweetness to the body. I can't see getting this instead of the original, which is a great beer. This is just a pretty looking o.k. beer.

Mouthfeel: This turned me off. It is so carbonated, it begins to really detract from the beer. I'd like to see it a bit softer, and smoother to emphasize the dunkle aspect.

Drinkability: It's ok. It's pretty refreshing for a dunkle, and I could have more than one, although it really starts to get boring after 16.9 ounces. I'll just call if average and leave it at that.

99bottles, Nov 02, 2004
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.