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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 112 | 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 BeerBeing
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BigRedN
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 500 ml bottle into my weizen glass a hazy, light brown. The beer appears to be a brownish yellow when held to the light, a few bubbles stream by the edge of the glass. Good head, near 2-inches. Settled down to a thick covering that stayed as I consumed the beer. Clumps of clinging lace to the finish. I really like the look of this beer.

Smell: Typical hefe to me. Banana, clove, and yeasty bready malt. No hops apparent.

Taste: Much like the smell, its, well, banana bread like and a touch sweet. There are no lingering flavors on the tongue. Once it is swallowed down, that is all she wrote. All yeasty, bready malt, as mentioned a touch sweet, no hop presence. Its tastey enough, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, just enough carbonation. Smooth easy drinking. If this is bottled conditioned, I didn't notice any "floaters" when I dumped out the bottle.

Drinkability: Initially, I found the name (Dunkel) and appearance of this type of beer somewhat intimidating. But this is an easily approachable, drinkable beer. I purchased this for $2.49, at this price I'd pick another up again. I'd recommend it as a good lead in to the style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy warm brown with very strong carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. I'm not sure if the haze is from the wheat or the carbonation.

S- The first aroma is a bold phenol clove smell with a nice soft faint banana following. Vary faint there are some vanilla and bubblegum notes. A little bit of a bready note is also in there. Very complex aroma.

T- Very mellow wheat flavor with some nice clove and banana notes. Hints of bubblegum blend in with the sweetness of this beer. A little fresh bread flavor is in the finish but no hops are present. It does have some faint notes of caramel or toasted malt as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but no real fizziness is noted. It does have a softness from the wheat.

D- There are some real complex flavors in this soft beer. The toasted malt adds another dimension that is really nice. Very nice smooth soft yet complex beer.

Photo of macpapi
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having been pleasantly surprised by my introduction to Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, I decided to give the Dunkel a try. The beer poured a copper-brown color, with hints of red. It had a nice half-inch tannish colored head, and was almost opaque. Overall the appearance is somewhat dank and murky. Smells fruity, with banana being most dominant but other sweet aromas definitely present. Hop and wheat come out at the end. The taste is full and malty. Initial bready flavor is followed by a kick of banana. This is a very flavorful sip. In the mouth, however, this beer feels somewhat thin. It is not very bold and the initial good taste does not linger long enough. Overall, I would define this as another drinkable Hefe by Franziskaner for an unbelieveably low price. It is flavorful, but light on the tongue. All in all a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown/orange color. Thick tan foamy head. Great retention, the head lasted almost the enitre beer. Typical banana and clove aroma. Hint of caramel and almost chocolate, followed by the tart wheat flavor. Banana flavors at the end. Light body, high carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Solid beer here.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. A brave journey into beers with names I can barely pronounce.

Pours a reddish brown, cloudy, apple-cidery color with a nice tannish head with decent retention. Smells and tastes like a hefe-weisse - floral, dark fruits, with a hint of banana and hops at the end. Reminded my of Ommegang's Hennepin quite frankly. The roasted malts are a little more pronounced in this dunkel than in a traditional hefe. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, making drinkability quite nice. Didn't knock my socks off, I don't know if this style is exactly my cup of...uh, tea - but it was a solid brew no less.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to session beers that I never got around to reviewing. Pours to a dark and hazed coppery color with a massive fluffy white head. Looks quite good, and is the benchmark for which I rate the appearance of a dunkel (with a 5.0 if the foam is a little less abundant).

The smell is good. Has a strong banana and clove aroma, along with a sharp wheat graininess.

The flavors are well blended. The wheat malt provides a bit of a sweet bready bite up front with a banana and clove flavor in the finish. Also in the finish is a light herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, aside from the nice body. This is good beer for shamelessly throwing down the gullet on a hot summer's day, but contemplating the subtle flavors of the mouthfeel is seemingly diffucult with such a highly drinkable beer on such a thirsty night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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