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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 47
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 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
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This and Paulaner Dunkelweiss were about all I drank on my trip to Germany, so I feel sort of biased reviewing this cuz it just doesn't compare to the American versions that get shipped here.
I had the 16.9 half litters. Never once saw it on tap. It poured a dark cloudy body. Like a standard heffe that might have been brewed with dirty water. The head was immence, lasting for quite sometime. I don't remember it ever going away by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. It had a distinct earthy/yeasty taste, with very subtle clove and bananna flavors. Compared to the standard franziskaner heffe, this is a much mellower version despite the darker color, although it's slightly maltier than the heffe.
I grabbed a few of these before coming back to the states for about 50 cents(.50 euro) a piece. About a week or two after coming back it was still just as fresh as I'd had in Germany. 4 months later I broke open the last one and it had deffinatly gone down hill a bit. Starting to lose some of it's spice flavors, and getting some skunky flavors. Still, a great beer, but I'll deffinatly be looking for the newest imports at my local store if I plan on picking this up anytime in the future.

taez555, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

cokes, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I thought this stuff was God-awful. I could not even get through drinking what I had. Pours a cloudy brown with a decent foamy head. Could not detect very much from the nose. Some banana flavors, maybe some chocolate, and definite malt characteristics. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this stuff just did not go over well wiht me. Besides macro-swill, this may be one of the worst beers I've sampled.

Admiraldinty, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of scottum
1.48/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this didn't go down to well. Poured out brown with a nice head. Lots of sediment. Tastes of wheat, and sour fruit. I like Franziskaner's regular Hefe (was my first of the style,) but this one just doesn't hold up. Although it was cheap, it tasted cheap. No more will this enter my home!

scottum, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a thick tan colored head which settles to a dense layer after some time. Aromas are of malts, caramel, yeast. Clove taste comes through the sweet maltiness at the start. Becomes more bready midglass and finishes kind of flat with a mild bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel than other dunkels I've sampled but pretty drinkable.

cretemixer, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like liquid caramel topped by a two-finger layer of light tan whipped cream. The aroma is very bready and yeasty with hints of coriander. The taste is lively, with a nice yeastiness to the tangy wheat character. Hints of chocolate covered bananas push through the crispness and are quickly whisked away by the carbonation and cleaned up by a very faint bitterness. A full bodied mouthfeel is floated on the proliferous carbonation, which expands in the mouth and makes this beer very refreshing. This is my first dunkel-weiss, and I was expecting a bit more chewiness. It is every bit as refreshing as a standard hefe, but with a bit more malt character. A very nice brew.

aaronh, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at D's. Pours a dark tinted pale brown color with minimal head. Fragerance is that of cloves, bananas, and apples. At first I noted a taste of apples, but after that I tended only to taste the mellow hops and malts. Carbonation is light and its body is almost heavy enough to be characterized as chewy, but not quite. Extremely drinkable, i polished off two without realizing it while watching the pens game. Goes down very smooth.

allboutbierge, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Banana and cloves on the nose....muddy brown in appearance with a spritzy, white lace....taste is cloves and spicy..a bit thin in the mouth..I like dunkels a lot and this is solid, but no earth mover...

ZAP, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering. Poured a cloudy dark color. Had a "gruff" taste in my throat, a pleasant one at that. I found this very enjoyable, easy to drink and quite refreshing. It ad a great fresh taste to it, almost like the grain was still suspended in the beer. I will definitely drink this again.

bewareOFpenguin, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Winter
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark cloudy brown, with an off-white head. Banana and malt aroma. Watery mouthfeel, that teeters between smooth and crisp towards the finish. Taste consists mainly of malt, yeast and sour fruit. As beer warms flavor takes on an almost "pumpkin" taste to it. This one didn't appeal to me at all.

Winter, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly indistinct garnet color with a Herculean sized head, frothy in texture, the lace is thick clinging sheets. Aroma of fresh bread dough is upper most with nice hints of malt and coriander, fresh and clean and a pleasure to the senses in all respects. On the outset sweet with a middling top and a modest acidity that is followed by an apropos hop spiciness ending in a dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a decent drinking beer.

Gusler, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well after I tried the disappointing Club-Weisse, what better way than to immediately recompense - than to try Dunkel Hefe–Weisse.
This time the bottle has a gold foil on the neck proudly pronouncing “Imported”, which still bugs me somehow. Nevertheless, that aside, it pours a brilliant deep brown sludge color, with chestnut hints and a peat earthy hue. It’s not clear, it's hazy with a muddy appearance.
Nose is mild, a sickly restrained one-dimensional sweet malt aroma. Mouthfeel is weak, sugariness sweetness is prevalent.
I don’t like this offering from Franziskaner either and I have lost interest totally by this point. Oh dear, have I picked the 2 worst beers from their portfolio. Not doing too well am I ? Hmmm..

For me this is just another average beer.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of Scoats
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Philadelphia we tend to get some unseasonably super hot days in the spring and autumn. On those nights a cold bottle of Franz Dunkelweise can't be beat. This thick stew, chock full of yeasty vitamins, definitely picks me up and cools me off.

Presentation: The 16.9oz bottle perfectly fills a 22oz hefe glass with no extra space nor room to spare. The head is wonderfully tan.

This beer travels and lays down well. Though I wouldn't purposely cellar it, the bottle I had, which was probably at least 9 months old, was perfect.

The bottle I had the other night, which was a seriously hot November night, really hit the spot. I especially enjoyed the hints of chocolate.

Scoats, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of Morris729
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep golden-brown with a thick cream-colored head. Very good head retention. Earthy and malt flavors are dominant in this medium-bodied brew. All around, an average to nice Dunkel Weiss.

Morris729, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of zerk
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a 1/3 inch head and lace trailing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful combination of cloves and banana, and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts yeasty, then switches to banana and clove... also a bit earthy. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation; initially it was prickly, but quickly became very smooth and dry. A very soild dunkel weiss.

zerk, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of jmatthew
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, earthy, yeasty, banana, clove, citrus, heady, etc., etc. Though I absolutely was not offset by anything in the beer, I also didn't gravitate towards anything it had to offer. Overall a good solid beer, but nothing remarkably unique to make it memorable.

It seems odd that I shouldn't rave about a beer for which I can offer no legitimate complaints...

jmatthew, Oct 30, 2002
Photo of pbrian
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium-brown cloudy liquid with puffy three-finger tan head looked impressive in appropiate weisse glass. Yeah, this beer had a banana, clove, bubblegum profile, but it was very subdued and any kind of chocolate and/or roasted dunkel flavors were almost undiscernable. Not a bad beer, mind you, just pretty average.

pbrian, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an average cream-colored head, over extremely murky opaque brown liquid. Nose is clove and banana aromas. Gentle carbonation. Taste is malty sweetness followed by a fruity yeast flavor. Finishes effervescent and light, a nice dunkleweizen

beerluvr, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid hefe-weisse. Its hazy amber color and off-white head are impressive. The head leaves beautiful lace in the glass. The smell is a little fruity with some notes of malt tied in as well. The malty tones are present throughout the beer, and the typical hefe-weisse yeast character is there, too. It's smooth on the tongue with some decent carbonation. It could use a bit more, however. It's quite drinkable, also, making it a very solid brew. I prefer this to the standard Franziskaner Hefe-weisse.

Jon, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, hazy light brown, big and pillowy head. Yeasty and citric aroma. Early orangey flavors, a little ester that strays toward nutmeg. Some sense of hazel nut. Cottony and very mild, mouthfeel is light and fades fast. Definite orange-rind aftertaste. Minimalist brew, doesn't strike me at all.

ADR, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of homersimpson
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthen colored and thick with a massive creamy head. Smells of cloves, spices and banana. This brew fills the mouth. Initially attacks with a wheat and orange flavor with a tinge of cloves. This soon moves to a thick flavor not unlike banana bread. Hop taste is hidden amongst the onslaught of chewy chocolate malt, but manages to sneak into the tail end of the long musty finish.

homersimpson, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefe/Dunkel pours an earthy, dark brown with a bubbly tan head that sticks around awhile, good retention. The bouquet is strong banana, chocolate (malt), the faintest of fruit, and a note of yeastiness. This brew has a good balance when it comes to taste, even though the malt steals the show. Enough of the yeasty-banana-clove taste comes through to add a superb complexity. Basically it is really enjoyable and really tasty to drink. The malt makes this a worthwhile "change up" from a regular Hefe.

I enjoy drinking this while eating some fruit or dessert.

bditty187, Aug 20, 2002
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.