Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
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1,507 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of BeefyMee
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ctrlfreak
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of BierManVA
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of Zorro
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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

Photo of goindownsouth
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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

One of the best Dunkel Weizens I've had. Chestnut brown and cloudy from sediment. Huge rocky head looking like the Swiss Alps. Big roasted malt aroma with significant clove and a bit of caramel. Smooth and full bodied with a slight crispness. Nice big spicy wheat flavor that is good till the very end. Great brewery and probably my favorite in Deutschland.

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

This dark wheat beer was a murky brown colour with a light beige head. The aromas were of cloves, banana, other various spices and wheat/yeast. The taste was wheaty with some lovely clove on the finish. The drinkability is nice and the mouthfeel is full and satisfying. This is a good German Dunkel...for sure!

Francis

Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/amber color, hazy with an off-white rocky head that died quite quickly. The lace was decent and the head maintained a light layer for most of the time. Aroma was of cloves, bananas ? fruity with some citrus hints. The taste was sweet and citrusy with bananas and a tart finish. The feel was smooth, effervescent, and a little bite at the end: medium bodied and well balanced.

It is an enjoyable beer with interesting characteristics of a hefe and a dunkel. Finish was a little dry and tart. Not as well balanced as some hefe-weizens.

Photo of TinusTime
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown with a billowy cloudly like off white head. the smell is the typical clove, caramel banana scent. The taste was a nice malty finish with the clove undertones and w hint of the wheat. The mouthfeel was a bit grainy but pretty smooth overall. Drinkability is medium i could drink a few but not make a night of it. This would be great with a sauerbraten or german roasted pork with mushroom onion gravy with this beer as an ingredient.

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

This Dunkel hefe was a cloudy, dark, almost milk chocolate color with a pillowy, cream-colored head. There were definite banana notes in the nose, with a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel was soft and whole, and the banana really stood out in the taste as well. The wheat flavors are mild and not overpowering.

Overall, this was a well-rounded and very, very good beer--and a nice recovery for Franziskaner after the Club-Weisse I had a week ago.

Photo of kbub6f
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The off-white, big, pillowy, foamy head leaves thick, foamy lacing. The beer is cloudy/opaque, dark brown/reddish. A slightly cheesy, sweetish nose. Dark fruit and chocolate in the front. The middle is fruity, a little watery. Nice chocolatey, dry finish. This beer is downright ok.

Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.....

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.

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.

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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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