1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,544 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 53
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,544 | Reviews: 797
Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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
4.48/5  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 -6.8%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -8.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -5.5%
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 -9.4%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Awesome rocky, beige head that is so important in a wheat beer. Thick as mocha froth and sticks around the entire glass. The body is hazy and burnt, dark orange. I would have liked it to be a little more on the black side (note; my love for NG Black Wheat!)

S-Nice spicy, peppery, clovey, and coriander(y)! The smell is a great refreshing way to start out. You can start to detect the taste before even taking a sip.

T&M-Extremely smooth and very refreshing. This dunkel wheat is nicely balanced with a presence of wheat and spices. This one rolls all over the mouth a leaves trails of different tastes. Orange, spice, clove, coriander, wheat...they all make an appearance.
A little light-bodied, but still great tasting.

D-ULtimate session beer and could be enjoyed all night. I love this beer!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of Germany's gems. Poured carefully into a tall hefe-weizen glass, you get a nice foamy head, dabs of lace and dark reddish brown color. This is one beer that you want the sediment from the bottom--I absolutely love seeing those yeast floaters swimming around in and finally settling. With all that, you're going to get some decent carbonation, not too strong but not too light. Already perfect.

Smells yeasty and nutty, neither characteristic overwhelming the the other. Yeast is like fresh baked rolls, nuttiness is mild and mellow. Yeast and malts up front when you finally take a taste, also somewhat grassy, nutty, with a slightly sweet background. Seriously thirst-quenching, slightly dry.

Totally satisfying mouthfeel, quite velvety...if it weren't so tasty I'd keep it in the mouth and on the tongue a lot longer.

It's on the heavier scale, though for a German dark it's not imposing. Still, you wouldn't want to have more than 2 unless you were looking to be weighted down and well-buzzed (not a high ABV, but I always get the large bottle). So maybe it's not perfect, but darn close.

Photo of Fugazme
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a "pop". I expected beer to rush out... didn't happen. Pours out a great amber/deep ruby brown color. A touch hazy. Excellent thick, white head with some great retention. Swirls leave walls of foam on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is decent. Some light banana... definite malt. A weird hint of plastic, but not horrible by any means.

Smooth on the intake. A very drinkable beer. Taste is pretty good. banana, wheat, clove.

I'd purchase again.

Photo of walleye
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle.poured orange brown, with a big fluffy head. aroma yeast, citrus, caramel. flavor, yeasty, caramel, fruity, lighty sweet and lighty bitter.at 1st taste I didn’t think I was going to like this beer but as it warmed the flavors got better.not to bad of a beer

Photo of Optimat0r
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

came in a nice 16.9 oz bottle which i poured into a big glass. it was relatively light in color, light amberish. taste was good. not a dark, heavy type but thicker and more rich than most light beers. nothing overpowering, but nothing standout excellent either, almost a sweet taste. never got bored with the taste, never got bitter or anything, very drinkable....

not quite as exceptional as some of the others ive had recently but it is good, relatively inexpensive and extremely drinkable. if you like this type of beer its definitley worth a try.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge, fluffy, off-white head that's slow in dissipating. A solid layer of foam lasts during the entire drinking session. Long, steady streams of bubbles rise to the top of the weizen glass, but the carbonation is not overly active. This lacking effervesence adds to the color presentation of the brew, a murky dark brown when away from light. Held up to a source of illumination, the eyes are greated by a wonderful show of a dense brown "core" with lighter amber tracings along the sides.
S: The dominant scent is of the characteristically spiced, mildly tart yeast. The dark malt sweetness gives the slightest impression of figs or molasses. There's a bit of mustiness hiding in the corner, that gives a bit more depth to the beer.
T: Sweet, spiced wheat-malt flavor. Some banana and cloves from the yeast, dominant flavor being the slightly dark/roasted malt character.
M: Medium body with a mild carbonation profile that produces some gently bubbling in the mouth. Dry, tart finish with a bit of fruitiness that concludes the tasting quite well.
D: Pleasant scent, interesting taste attributes, and a mild mouthfeel all make this dunkel wiesse quite enjoyable time and again.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orangish brown with a large fluffy tan head. Clumps of yeast settle to the bottom. I'm not sure if this is typical or maybe a beer past it's prime. There is no freshness date on the bottle (08853 is marked on the bottle).
Taste is similar to their regular Hefe-Weisse but with a pronounced roasted, smoky malt flavor. This plays well over the tongue.
This is a good hefe-weizen dunkel. I could drink a few of these, but there are other dunkel wiezens I would probably order first.

I will try to review again and see if the I had a bad bottle the first time.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Managed to fit a whole bottle including head into my 18oz Weizen glass; My first impression is that this looks exactly like a root beer float without the ice cream. Brown murky root beer colored body with a rocky just-this-side-of-tan head that burns down to a centimeter thick.

Interesting scent, in that it's just about what I expected; Fruity, distinctly Hefeweizen scent with a twinge of roasted character. Lots of marshmallowy wheat sweetness with a dab of smoke just for fun.

Mmmmm-mmm! This reaffirms why I love Franziskaner brews! Damn! I maintain that they brew the nicest tasting Hefeweizens and this beer reminds me why I like their brewery so much. A seriously complex wheat malt flavor with just the tiniest tad of hop to keep it in check, all my old friends Banana, Marshmallow, and Wheat with a little more complexity than the standard Weisse version. The dark malts are a little harder to make out on the taste than the scent, but they're there, bringing a little richer roastier malty flavor than the standard beer.

Mouthfeel hits with a slick swish of carbonation that builds fast and dies just as quickly. Clean finish, maybe just a little thin.

One of the best Hefeweizens I've had the pleasure of quaffing. I have always loved the standard style so I wasn't sure what I'd think of the Dunkel version; Turns out, I love it. There's just enough slight variation to make this a different beer in other terms than color. Delicious, easy to drink, satisfying!

Photo of DogFood11
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful with the pour. Go slow and adjust because it can get frothy to the point of overkill in a hurry if your aggressive. eggshell head that maintains on top of a highly carbonated brew. Sliding ring lacing.

The usual toasted/bready malt, bananna, clove and wheat smell.

Floral touch that snaps in the middle makes this an interesting version. Mostly a malted brew but its quite light and the fruits really developed as it warmed and nicely washed away by a lemony citrus finish. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is zippy up front and finishes mellow. Toasty malts make for a solid body.

Notes: Interesting brew for sure. Malt profile could use a bit more power. The wheat/floral/fruity middle is what I really enjoyed. Highly reccomended.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours and very good, frothy head. It looks dark and amber brown and very inviting. Smells like a good hefeweizen with hints of orange mixed with the roasted dark barely malts. Mouthfeel was very good. It's drinkability wasn't quite as good as it's counterpart-the regular hefeweizen. Still very nice.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.