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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,507 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 115 | 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 filabrazilia
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown with a full tan head. Good lace.

There is a toffeeish malt aroma that mingles with a banana note and invites you to sample it.

A great fruity banana flavor dominates the taste but is balanced by the malt slightly.

This beer is thin but very resfreshing to drink.

A very solid beer that is worth another try. Very nice.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a very good head . It took some time to die down to lace rings.

The aroma was of rich malt and dark bread. Very good for a dark beer.

It was rather more intensely carbonated than I expected, and the malt taste was strong. It had hints of yeastiness and bread. Quite nice.

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat scent with some dry crystal malt sweetness. It is a fruity with a refreshing yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry malty flavor with some wheaty notes. It is lightly fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dunkel. It has good aroma and mouthfeel.

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

This beer is an opaque hazy chestnut brown in color and pours with a off-white rocky head that settles to a quarter-inch cap for the remainder of the beer.

The nose is of banana, wheat, and citrus and gets more sweet smelling as the beer warms.

The beer tastes a bit like the nilla wafers in banana pudding my grandma used to make us when I was a kid. There is an underlying sweet note as well, but by no means is this a sweet beer. The end taste is a bit thin and a little disappointing though.

Mouthfeel is lively and cleansing and smooths out as the beer gets warmer in the glass.

Photo of rdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. The beer came in a 20 ounce Franziskaner glass that took some time to pour. You can't hurry these German Weisse beers. It had a huge off white head on top of a very dark brown beer,. There was only medium lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily wheat with undertones of the malt and some yeasty smell.

The taste is unbelievably flavorful with the overwhelming wheat that makes me understand why Germans believe that beer is food. This could get me throught the day or night. There is a hint of the yeast near the end. It is very thick in the mouth and is extremely easy to drink. It is satisfying in almost every way. I haven't had many dunkel weiss beers but this one will have me looking for others.

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

Photo of oracle
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz draft served in an tall Franziskaner glass

Delivered with a 2.5 inch creamy dense head that stuck around for a while. You could sculpt this head with a putty knife and turn it into artwork.
Mild to minimal lacing on the glass. Beer was extremely dark, almost looked like a porter.

The smell was yeasty wheat with hints of malt underneath.

The taste was heavenly, a mix of wheat malts and yeast to satisfy the palate. It's a hearty beer, good for cold winter nights. I could easily see this beer pair with fine food of almost any type.

The mouthfeel was smooth, with minimal carbonation to get in the way of the beer. Not challenging but very satisfying.

Overall, the best example of the wheat dunkel style I have come across yet.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy brown with a huge, fluffy, tan head. Smells of strident clove and smooth ripe banana.

Taste is of dark wheat malt, some banana and clove but muted and disappointing. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Light sweet maltiness. Very thin in the mouth and not creamy at all like it looked during the pour. Drinkable, yes. Fulfilling, no. Very disappointing.

Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a touch of orange, topped by a surprisingly creamy head that lingers for a while. Deep nose of lightly sweet malt and a hint of yeast. Nice creamy mouthfeel yields a malty body balanced by the yeast. Not particularly my favorite style, but this is definitely a quintessential dunkel weiss. A good one nonetheless.

Photo of yeagerbm
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Doiv
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of brewQ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of kwalters
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of necoadam
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of twilight
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of claytri
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.