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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,465 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 46
Gots: 98 | 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 CharlesRiver
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber-brown in color with a huge beautiful head. Tons of different sized bubbles everywhere. The smell is roasted malt, very sweet, toffee, wheat and plums?

Very effervesant in the mouth. More roasted malt coming through in the taste. Hint of coffee.

Not as complex as I would have liked. Just very one dimensional. Which makes it clean and refreshing, but simple.

CharlesRiver, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 16.9 oz bottle. The color was a dark copper/amber, with some good head. The smell was of roasted malt. The taste was of wheat and the same roasted malt...almost like a wheat stout. Mouthfeel was well carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a couple more.

Though I prefer the light weizen, this was an interesting treat nonetheless. I think I could probably grow to like this if I tried it a few more times.

beergeek279, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, hazy. Large head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and bananas. A nice medium bodied dunkel weiss. Malts are slightly roasted chocolate malts. Slightly sweet. Citrus, chocolate and banana flavors. Slightly spicy. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer to add to the repertoire at the Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. This brew came fairly dark in color, being somewhere between a dark amber and mahoghany, but without the reddish highlights of mahoghany. The head was off-white and the lacing was very nice. The flavor tended a bit toward the sweet side and it did not have much hop bite. The aroma was mostly of malt and a bit bready. A smooth, creamy feel added to the overall experience.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a .5L gold foil-wrapped brown bottle straight into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.

Poured a murky brown color with a big creamy off-white head. Large volumn of bubbles keep the head lasting through the duration.

Smell was a subdued spicy aroma with a musty earthy undertone. No banana or fruity odors. Vaguely nutty.

Taste was all malt. Like drinking a slice of wheat bread. Hints of spice but not much. The faintest taste of banana and kind of dusty in the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, not very tingly on the tongue given the amount of carbonation visible, and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, a decent brew but kind of lacking in taste and character. Guess I expected a little more.....

Boilermaker88, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle, capped, with gold foil over cap.

This dunkel hefeweizen beer poured a murky brown color (light coffee color) with tall, creamy, light tan foam that persisted long and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a pleasant lightly fruity (banana) malt aroma with notes of wheat and bread. The taste was malty, lightly sweet, with a gentle flavor of banana and hints of caramel and yeast. There was a mild hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but with a mild tangy touch. There was a lingering caramel malt type aftertaste. This was an enjoyable and drinkable weiss beer.

UncleJimbo, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle

Appearance: Muddy is about the best way to describe this beer. It was murky brown with some big old yeast chunks that quickly sunk to the bottom of the glass. A dense, light-tan head rose up and slowly sunk back down into the beer. A sticky layer of foam persisted for entire tasting.

Smell: The smell was all grain, yeast, and a lemon twang. Pretty much what I have come to expect from a hefe, but with a little more depth and richness to the grain. There might have even been a hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and chewy. Smoother and fuller than most hefes.

Taste: The flavor was a combination of a mild lemon zest combined with rich, chewy wheat and malt. After the lemon faded away from the finish, a roasted malt, almost chocolate, flavor emerged in the aftertaste.

I've never had a dark hefe before. I really like the combination of the wheat and lemon zest with the dark malt flavors. I think I would prefer a plain hefe on a regular basis, but would enjoy one of these on occasion.

Quaffer, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy brown color with a light head on top. The aroma was dominated by toasted malt and yeast. The taste was very tart with a strong yeastiness and light toasted malt holding up the rest of the beer. A decent beer, good for a session beer, but somewhat boring. I much preferred the plain hefe-weiss.

jlervine, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a very deep brownish-red color. The head was tremendous, lasting through the whole beer at about a quarter inch thick. A really nice looking beer. A nice aroma as well, sweet malts and a strong fruity smell. The taste was pleasant, sweet malt up front followed by a slight citrus flavor. The aftertaste was sweet but not sugar sweet, more like dark fruits. There was a slight roasted malt flavor hidden deep inside the brew. Not much hops to speak of but this beer did have a nice balance. Mouthfeel was crisp but a little thin. A very drinkable beer, especially during the summer.

Bruiser81, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a brown half-liter bottle with foil wrapping around the neck and the image of a chubby monk holding a liter mug. This leaves a good first impression.

Pours a beautiful cloudy dark brown hue under a big firm tan head that lingers long but left surprisingly little lace. The nose is very strong: lots of yeast and a bit of flowery sweetness. The mouth is prickly sweet, as it should be. Yeast dominates the taste, with just a touch of sweet flowers. Don't go looking for hops here, but this is a fine example of what an unfiltered dark wheat beer is supposed to taste like.

Globetrotter, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully. True hefeweisen in appearance. Nice high rising head with good stick around ability. Medium cloudy brown. Aroma didn't do much for me. Taste is classic hefeweisen, but a little sweeter than some others. Maltier and good bite, some lemon. But yet it is a little watery tasting. Mouthfeel is velvetty. Very enjoyable drink.

daledeee, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half a liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weizen glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown with 3 fingers of light tan head that has awesome retention. There is some lace left down the side of the glass. The smell is full of toasted malt, spices, and fruit. The taste has some raisin and malty flavors, but was lacking the flavor of other weizens. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, and the drinkability is good.

SheepNutz, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark amber color with a huge tan-colored cloud top head, which retains superbly. There is an abundant amount of carbonation, quite a bit of sediment and lots of thick and sticky lace.

Aroma: Rich aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, wheat, fruits, and brown sugar.

Taste: The taste opens with substantial notes of wheat malt that linger throughout, soon followed by subdued notes of banana, cloves and faint alcohol. The finish is very dry with some husk notes and an earthy character.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth with soft carbonation and a touch of slickness, a bit less substantial than I had anticipated.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, although somewhat undistinguished wheat. Although it may not overwhelm, neither does it disappoint.

Pegasus, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a premium beer. Pours a dark tone with a thick and lasting (and lacing) head between white and tan. As poured, the smell is let off immediately, and in such a memmorable fashion. Strong wheat and yeast aromas in a somewhat skunky fashion, very appealing. The taste, quite similar to the regular Weissbier has perhaps more body and a bit stronger perception on the hops, which enhances this feel but slightly opaques some other flavours. The mouthfeel is, still, soft and comfortable but the beer may come a bit heavy (at least when drinking a few too many). An excellent beer from this brewery.

Andreji, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of tar
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy, brown with a very thick, frothy, almost creamy white head. The head persists, both as a thin (a few millimeters thick) layer, and as lacing on the glass for most of consumption. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. As it warms a bit of a spicy (cinnamon and others?) aroma can also be detected. The taste is also of malt, there is some sweetness, and as with the aroma, cinnamon and other spices come out in the taste as the beer warms. Both the aroma and taste make this a very inviting and enjoyable beer. Very smooth drinking, with a fullish body.

tar, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, murky, reddish brown color, with a huge, puffy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, spicy, yeasty, breadish, hints of raisins, cocoa, figs, vanilla, caramel...really complex stuff! Heady, potent, rich, sweet, sour, spectacular!
Lush, smooth mouthfeel. Big fruit and malt in the flavor. Soft, smooth, hoppy.
A delicious sweet fruitiness runs through the length of the brew, and rewards one in each and every sip. Yeast is a strong flavor component, giving an overall feel of sweet, fruity bread, all blended up and beery of course!
Dunkel weizen is an incredible style done right, and this is one of those!

feloniousmonk, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light brown color with big pillowey head,aroma a little spicey and somewhat sweet.taste is a litle tart balanced with some toffee sweetness,a little light in the body but overall pretty drinkable.Not a real big fan of this style but a pretty decent brew.

oberon, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep brown color. Very nice aroma and has a smooth, yet full bodied taste. Excellent combination of malts and wheat. Slightly bitter, but no where near overbearing. A good hefe-weisse when you are looking for one with some extra maltyness and just a touch of extra hop flavor.
Thick and lasting head.
Served with lemon.

BobLuvBeer, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's burnt orange, cloudy, and murky. The head is huge at first and thick. It then subsides to a confident coating of protection. The aroma seems pretty subdued. My allergies are acting up as of late, so it might be great to smell. I just get some faint hefe whiffs. The maltiness is superb in this brew. It's medium bodied and the maltiness leads with the typical hefe flavors following along for a solid background. It's definitely more filling and "mealish" that a regular hefeweizen. So it's not as easy to drink as say Franziskaner Hefe...but it's a treat.

AudioGilz, May 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light brown color with a massive head of white foam that just exploded on the top of the beer. Lemons and yeast are in the nose, and they combine for a pretty nice treat.

Flavor has a lot of lemon in there, and it is balanced well by yeast and bananas. It has a crisp start, and it then smoothes out to a very creamy feel leaving tingly little bubbles on your tongue. Grains come in big in the aftertaste adding to the complexity. I was searching for darker malts, but I did not find them. I expected something a bit roastier out of a dunkel - weizen. It was a great beer, but I think it lacked the dark character it needed to receive more credit from me according to style.

ElGuapo, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Sixpack595, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the classic dunkel-weisse color, an opaque browned ruby color. Had tons of miniscule carbonation flying up (gotta love what those purity laws and brewer's yeast do for ya). Also a very frothy rolling head (milkshake-like... yummm) that took forever to calm down. Lace fell fast, though. In all, a very attractive beer.

Nose was of cinnamon and all-spice, and was a bit smoky. The classic German banana phenol was faint and not too sweet. Its flavors were dominated by a little bit of apple and a slightly chewy, lightly roasted wheat. Beyond this, the beer was lacking in much anything else - its caramel flavor was not very good and the finish was fairly drying. Mouthfeel was tingly from the carbonation. Overall, it was fairly easy to drink, but fairly unimpressive. Next to the Ramstein Classic Wheat, it was definitely the lesser by a bit.

nomad, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of drizzam
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the hefe-weiss version of Franziskaner in the past (and I'm a huge fan) but never the Dunkel (until now).

On pouring, I noticed the head was absolutely huge! It didn't really seem to stick to the glass and leave a lace but it was a huge tan head nonetheless. It had the same kind of smell of the regular hefe...some spice and clove but it seemed muted compared to the hefe for some reason. The taste was a bit maltier and maybe a little more muted also. It did finish clean and had a bit of a thicker mouthfeel to me.

Overall not a bad brew...I think in the future I'll just do the Franzikaner hefe-weiss (non dunkel) but I wasn't disappointed with this journey.

drizzam, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of WMBierguy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Dunkelweiss. Good flavor, but not as good as some others (most notably Weihenstephaner) Very easy to drink, very smooth taste. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Weiss beer or is willing to try it. For around $2 a bottle, its affordable and enjoyable.

WMBierguy, Mar 10, 2003
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.