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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,448 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 45
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 yeagerbm
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a brownish orange hazy body with a white head that lasted well through the drink. pleasant aroma and flavor, definately wheaty with some banana and tropical flavors along with some darker dried fruit and a dry finish. a good beer with tasty, but mellow flavors.not something that wowed me but its all around a good choice.

yeagerbm, May 08, 2004
Photo of Doiv
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex beer. Pours a cloudy dark woody colour, with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma is of toffee, fruity and estery hints, a little herby.

Taste is of bananas, toffee apples, malty, wheaty, very clean, slightly sour and citrussy aftertaste, but leaves a watery note that leaves it a little let down. Thats why it gets 4 and not 4.5.

Smooth and very drinkable.

Doiv, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured into a Franzis hefe glass, it creates a multi-level head with crests and valleys. The creamy tan cover laces well and is vigorously fed from bubble streamers below. While it yields its size from 2+ fingers, it holds at a third-finger or so of dense creamy foam all the way down. Quite impressive endurance (the better part of an hour). The beer is a caramel amber with some haze, though I did minimize the bottle yeast added. This bottle has been sitting upright for at least 6 months undisturbed, so the sediment did not get stirred up much.

Aroma - heavy banana/yeast nose. Simple, straight-forward with very good staying power.

Taste - good blend of malt and wheat. The taste buds pick up dunkel and hefe influences at different times on different sips. The swallow is more malt with some roastiness coming through. Finishes clean, almost diluted with no lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - a bit watery for a dunkel type, but the outstanding carbonation makes up for it. Well done for the style, but a little more body could go a long way.

Drinkability - very pleasant experience, especially in its proper container. A session beer with some class, I still like their hefeweiss a little better though.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy brown, forming an off-tan head of airy sea-foam consistency with average retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is very similar to the Hefe-Weisse....predominant cloves with a faint suggestion of bananas, perhaps less so than the former...with a very distant caramel note. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body. Tastes very similar to the Hefe-Weisse (see my review)....the darker color isn't evident in a thicker body or more robust malt profile. The tart, semi-dry finish is clean and brief...the hops are kept to a minimum. Subtle metallic taste is appreciable in the middle. Peppery alcohol approaches in the middle. Mild husk astringency seperates it from the Hefe. As it warms, the metallic tang becomes mildly grating..

This is a very good beer...don't let my review fool you...but it's a disappointment if you expect more malt, body or ripe bananas (I would have preferred it this way). This is a light-bodied traditional Bavarian Weisse, and in this case, the "Dunkel" preface only refers to color, not taste. For a Hefe-Weisse, Franziskaner is the one, but for a Dunkel-Weisse, I'll go elsewhere (Weihenstephaner or Julius Echter).

Personal note: warm 40-mph winds on the patio and this brew give me warm fuzzies.

Mitchster, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I kind of stumbled upon this beer, as it isn't as common as its relative the regular Franziskaner Hefe in my area. The Franziskaner Dunkel has all the characteristics of a regular hefe with the added addition of some darker malt flavors. Other than that, I thought this beer was pretty average but still a good quencher.

This beer pours a dark amber/light brown color that has a decent hazy/cloudiness to it. A large, slightly off-white foam forms and lasts for a few minutes but eventually thins out and leaves behind some lace. The smell had the usual spicy/clove hefe smell mixed with some caramel malt aromas. The mouthfeel was light and moderately carbonated. With the first sip, the taste was similar to a generic hefeweizen. The clove/spice flavors were there, and a very light banana note was present. Some caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness eventually show up, especially when the beer warms to room temperature. For a German wheat, this is more on the sweeter side. The finish is only moderately dry, and the spicy notes along with the dryness linger for a few moments. The beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I was expecting this beer to be much more assertive in the flavor department, but it didn't offer much more than what a regular hefeweizen would. This does happen to be my first dunkelweizen, so maybe I just need more experience with the style. I usually don't give a beer the same numbers all across the board, but this one pretty much finishes up the same in all categories for me. All in all, it just seem to be a little too similar to a hefe but it adds up to be a good all around easy to drink wheat beer.

Beastdog75, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of brewQ
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour begins with a gush of sound as the bubbles release! A nice beige head rises like a cresting cake. The color is that of a cloudy brown ale.

Complex aromas fight each other here- maltiness and subtle spices. Less citrus than most Helles weiss. The smell and the taste are somewhat detached in my experience. Taste says dark lager and aroma promised a tangy weiss. I find it very drinkable- perhaps deceptively good sippin'.

Maybe it just hits my personal button- I like this brew.

brewQ, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few times that I will say that this Hefe-Weisse Dunkel had a better smell and flavor while being poured into a glass from a bottle. The color was a nice medium dark brown with loads of lose foam and plenty of lace while drinking a pint glass. The flavor had a sweet wheaty flavor but not much spice in the flavor or aroma. Nice Dunkel, but not the finish I expected while poured out of the tap!

BeerManDan, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The hazy greenish-brown brew pours quite hearty, and has a fair amount of retention. The aroma is faint with yeast notes and hints of the roasted grains that dominate the flavors. Wheat malt flavors provide the foundation and the majority of the taste. There are alcoholic notes in the nose, and a very dry yeasty finish. Hints of banana and other fruit flavors are mild, but noticeable. This brew is quite hearty, and a bit heavier than I expected.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of kwalters
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Hefe Weiss Dunkel had all of the usual smell and taste characteristics...banana, bubblegum, cloves. I'd say this brew is right on target for the style. It's also a very beautiful wheat beer. It pours a nice creamy, cloudy brown with a puffy off-white head. I was particularly enticed as I let it sit in front of me in a tall hefe glass. Affordable, beautiful, and tasty. What more could you ask for?

kwalters, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A Weihenstephan yeast smell with some fresh hay and clove noted
Appearance: Hazy brown with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly settled while I enjoyed the smell.
Flavor: Same clove taste as in the smell. Some sweet malt and a light honey taste come in as well. The taste is clean and fairly crisp. Only the slightest hint of light hops at the end, nothing bitter, just a hint.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth texture and a little alcohol drying at the swallow.
Overall Impression: A nice dunkel. Refreshing, clean taste, smooth texture, pleasing appearance. The body seems a touch light, and the flavor is a bit mild, but it helps drinkability.

HardTarget, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always get a kick with the picture of the monk looking into this empty mug. Looks like he had a few too many already. Anyhow...this poured out a murky light brown color with some medium carbonation. Smell consisted of some wheat, quite a bit of cloves and some fruit distant away. Not bad. Taste was alright. Some light exotic fruits hit with some clove and malts. Taste is kinda light, but quite thick in texture actually. I gave the mouthfeel score a little higher because I liked the amount of carbonation in this brew. Overall, it's not bad. I wouldn't mind sipping this in the summer time.

necoadam, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, medium brown color. Head is big and billowing, even with a careful pour. The light tan head is big and billowing, even with a careful pour, and lasts forever. Looks like cake icing, in a way, and lacing sheets the glass. Aroma features bananas and some grapefruit, with a solid dose of allspice, and wheat/yeast earthiness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and a creamy coating is present. Taste is twangy yeast, caramel malt, banana, clove, and a peppery bite. The carbonation remains very active throughout. Hops play only a minor role. I'm not a major fan of this style, and this one seems to be middle of the road compared to the other Dunkel Weisses I've had.

merlin48, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of twilight
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've slowly come to appreciate wheat beers, though that wheat/grass taste still comes to the fore in every wheat beer I drink. This one pours cloudy brown into my nonick with a thick white head that releases a spicy aroma, with that grassy sour smell. Taste is similar. Crisp, almost lemony (this without adding a lemon, thank you very much), full of grassiness. The carbonation is subdued, but seems to stand out in every sip. Mouthfeel is typical for Weiss beers, nice carbonated light and crisp, though kind of makes me long for a thick, chewy wheat beer. Overall, a good beer, though I would probably prefer this one in the warmer months.

twilight, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy dark brown/amber. The head was off-white and moussy lasting nearly forever.

The aroma was soft wheat with a slight spice and yeasty fruity aroma.

The flavor was soft wheat with a slight caramel and fruity flavors.

The finish was dry. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the hotel bar where I was staying at in Nurnburg. First, this is not my favorite style of beer at all, but David asked me to have a wheat beer for him, so I ordered it, and sat down to review like I always do. I was pleasantly surprised! Unfiltered light root beer color when served, it have a very thick cream colored head riding on top. I detected the banana/clove notes when taking big whiffs of it, but also found a nice, dark brown bread undertone as well. I found the taste well rounded, with a light malt, slightly sweet flavor. There was also a bit of dryness in the finish. I am starting to appreciate this style of beer slowly but surely.

PatandDavid, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of claytri
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy medium brown with a thin head. It smelled of fruit and spice over a light maltieness. It had a light malt taste with hints of fruit. Just a tinge of hops in the finish. It was well bodied and oily. This is a real grainy beer, almost a grain soup. A very soft flavored beer that is extremely filling with a bite. A nice change of pace.

claytri, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A great creamy head dissipated quickly. Cloudy, dark caramel colored body.

Smell: Wheaty and spicey. Everything I expect and more.

Taste: I'm a little disappointed here. There's a blandness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for a wheat beer.

Drinkability: Heavy in the stomach but drinkable nonetheless.

Beef Notes: It's kind of like their regular hefe mixed with an Aventinus. I'd like to try it again.

BeefyMee, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of ctrlfreak
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour: nice head, creamy with great lacing.
The color: a fabulous red copper
The smell: a refreshing hefe-weisse
The taste: so good all the way down. Smooth and light with some spices on the back of the tongue.
Drinkability: this is a little lower because it is just so full and potent in its pint bottle that you can’t get very many down before bedtime.

ctrlfreak, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Those numbers are right. This beer looked, smelled and felt like it should taste good. But somehow, it didn't. This beer was incredibly bland, nearly flavorless. Amazing. It's worth buying just to experience it. Very strange. Other than the weird taste thing, the beer was good. I will not buy it again though.

benmiliron, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good weisse with good aroma and flavor. Very crisp and smooth. More so than you would think a dunkel would have. Similar to a lighter hefe weizen.

Nice aroma of clove and spice. The pour is classic with good head and retention.

A good stand by

John

BierManVA, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, looks like dirty sewage though.

VERY pleasant smell, kind of a malty bakery in the morning smell. There is a bit of spice in it too allspice I think? That or cinnamon and orange peel.

Taste is quite pleasant and has that dunkel taste. Malty and some raisins and tart lemon if you hold it on your tongue and let it warm up. Malty yet manages not to be sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium carbonation and a neutral dryness. Medium heaviness.


Drinkability is very good! I like the Erdinger version better, but this is certainly acceptable!

Zorro, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this dunkel weizen right after the standard Franziskaner Weizen and it was only a slightly better than good. The beer poured a rust color with a really thick fluffy head. The smells were yeasty, lemon - grapefruit with a hint of caramel malt. The flavors folowed suit with the breadlike yeast flavors dominating over some caramel malt and dry lemon-like hop bitterness. Finished nice and dry. A good example, easy to drink one after another and rather enjoyable, especially at $1.99 per bomber.

counselor, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: baby diarrhea or bilge water (take your pick)- either is unappealing to drink; but big beautiful beige head compensates a little
Smell: yeasty, bready, faint hops, very pleasant, possibly the strong point of the brew
Flavor: The clean, crisp apple-like quality of the flavor of a typical Hefewiezen is masked by molasses in this dunkel. I missed it.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, foamy, remaining crispness were all appealing
Overall: boring, somewhat one dimensional in taste, absolutely could not stand the murky shade of brown, I was turned off as soon as I poured the beer

surfmeister, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a treat, indeed, overall. The 16.9 ounces poured into the glass a deep and rich brown. The aroma offered hints of malt that was slightly dry, combined with a good wheat tint. The flavor followed suit, however it did not have the depth and complexity I had hoped. In the grand scheme, this is a decent Hefeweiss Dunkel, however I would drink the Weihenstephaner version first.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel, albeit on the thin side. I had this in comparison with a Weihenstephan dunkel, and it held up favorably. Nice, thick foamy head, very good retention. Spicey clove taste, with more than a hint of banana. Quite refreshing and drinkable. No complaint with this one.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 24, 2003
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.