Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 58
Gots: 171 | 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 alphagnome
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Deep, dark brown body - borderline black. An off-white head withers away in short order, leaving just a thin crown behind. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is light.

Aroma:
Cavity-inducing sweetness upfront. Plenty of banana and clove and caramel notes. Pretty basic but enjoyable.

Taste:
Everything the nose picks up, the taste buds do as well - with added spice. Fresh banana nut bread and Belgian yeast with some lightly roasted caramel. Coriander and a bit of ground pepper add some character and unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the execution.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sweet with a nice finish. Easy to drink, even if the spicing starts to wear you thin.

Overall:
Not a bad beer by any means, however, I found myself looking forward to the end of the glass as time went on. More enjoyable to smell than sip.

Photo of pgwall
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I lived in Germany for 13 years, (Army Brat) and used to drink Dunkel Hefeweizen, all the time. I don't remember the brand, but... this is the closest I've have gotten since I've been back to the US.

I'm not a beer connoisseur, but I have tried a lot. This ones top notch. If your looking for a authentic German tasting Dark wheat beer... look no further.

I don't always drink beer but when I do I drink Hefeweizen. (Dunkel where I can get it.) :P

Photo of BrandonOakes
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: A mix of the usual banana and some sweet almost caramel like tones.

Taste: Banana with some wheaty tones.

Mouthfeel: Slight over carbonation, but it eases with time in glass.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I do prefer the regular hefe over this though.

Serving type: bottle into Weizen glass.

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: used a weizen glass.

A: Copper-like colored with a 3-fingered head. No lacing at all.
S: Everyone's saying bananas but I can only get yeast and wheat.
T: Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and still no bananas.
M: Medium-bodied with a bitter end at the finish.
O: Second dunkel I've had. Erdinger's still better.

Photo of Hermanater
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

AP: much darker than the typical Hefe-Weisse as expected. About the color of mixed ice tea with a light creamy head.

AR: sweet, caramel-y notes.

M: light and smooth with some effervescence.

T: caramel malt sweetness very obvious.

I was actually slightly disappointed given how much I like the Franziskaner Weissbier.

Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Dark, hazy, amber hue. Pours a cascading, foamy head. Settles slowly, but never completely. Leaves a thick foam blanket throughout the experience. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, and what smells like a little molasses and raisin.

T: Wheat..of course... kind of a woody malt accentuated with a shallow sweetness of molasses, and a very slight bitterness of raisin.

M: Light but hearty. Has a sort of overly carbonated feel. Light and indistinct aftertaste.

D: Great drinking brew. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Hazy and amber with a giant head, but no real lacing. Nose is wheaty with some sweet and bittersweet accentuates. Woody wheat, with a little molasses and raisin. Feels a little shallow. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

Appearance: chestnut, cloudy

Aroma: spicy, malty

Taste: creamy, malty, spicy, banana; normal Bavarian Wheat smell

Remarks: This was an early review, so my tasting notes weren't as complete

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of jesseejames
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually order a hefeweizen with a meal in Germany and this dark hefe was a treat. I really enjoyed the complex taste and aroma of this beer. It has a nice balance of malts that leave a nice smooth almost chocolate aftertaste. I prefer dark hefe if they are not too bitter and this one is really nice. It is a touch sweet though.

Photo of tito42
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 pt., 9 oz. bottle to a tulip. Bottled on 10/30/2012.

A: Very cloudy siena with grapefruit hues. Nice, tan head.

S: Wheat, malt, banana, clove, brown sugar.

T: Wheat, burnt sugar, malt, banana, vanilla, slight clove.

M: Medium-bodied and crisp with a sharp drying of the tongue at the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer. Only the second dunkel I believe I've had, I feel this is a good bar to set as a guideline for the style.

Photo of oi_scout_jessie
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a cloudy, dark brown color. It has an off-white puffy head that’s about two fingers thick. It has a slight lacing but it disappears quickly.

Smell: This has a slight banana smell to it. I also get a light hint of caramel.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. I definitely taste the banana. Along with that, I’m getting a nice nutty and bready taste to it.

Mouthfeel: It feels good. Smooth taste with a light to medium body and sharp carbonation. Maybe a little too much; But it’s still good.

Overall: Overall, this was a good beer. Definitely what I expected from a wheat beer.
But with more of a banana feel to it. And it leaves a nice smooth wheat aftertaste.

Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-really beautiful looking in the glass, a chestnut brown with light golden highlights and three fingers worth of rocky white head that leaves a nice lace covering

S-the smell is a little light, but there is some wheat bread, light banana, and light caramel

T-taste is similar to the smell in being a bit on the light side. Nutty bread, banana, and light spices

M-very creamy, light to medium body, good crisp carbonation

Overall as this is the beer that started it all for me I am partial to it, but think the taste could have a bit more oomph to make it really great.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy nut brown, nearly-white head is a quarter inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of bananas and buttered bread.

Tastes of bananas and lightly buttered bread along with light caramel and mild roasty notes.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good wheat ale in the German style, good nose, okay flavor. Their hefe is one of the best, but this is just pretty good. Still worth trying though, and enjoyable enough that I would have it again.

Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown hazy color with a good off-white head with good retention.
Aroma of yeast and toasted malts, notes of wheat, cloves, vanilla and banana.
Flavorful beer, toasted malts and earthy and piney hops giving a zesty feeling. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
This is one of my favorites Dunkelweizen, solid flavor with a good price and drinkability.

Photo of SmashPants
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: looks as decent as most Franziskaner wheat beers. Dark brown in colour with a traditional fluffy head that settles from two-fingers to one. Looks good.

Aroma: a very muted aroma - some traditional wheat beer banana and cloves, with some stunted and indistinguishable malts in the background. A bit funky too.

Taste: again quite muted. It doesn't seem so much like a dunkel as a standard wheat beer that has had some heavy dark lager poured onto it. Not awful, but certainly not amazing.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger reasonably well, but they are again quite stunted. Certainly not Frenziskaner's greatest works.

Mouth feel: I think this is the culprit. This beer really needs a higher carbonation. It is medium in body with a lower carbonation which struggles to carry the flavour through.

Overall: not a very good wheat beer neither a very good dunkel, particularly for what would be approx. AU$75 a case of 24 x 330mL. Get something else.

Photo of jucifer1818
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the beer has a clearly dark brown color, that is hard to see through, and really puts the "dunkel" in this beer, with a rich head and ample carbiantion
I liked it
4.25/5

s: not much smell here really, with some very very, very weak banna and a bit of clove buried in their somewhere, but sadly, most of it cannot be detected
it isn't good, but it isn't bad
its just average
3/5

taste: to be fair, this one doesn't have much flavor too, for a dunkel. it tastes like a hefe, just with a less defined flavor and less highlights.
really their isn't much to say here
Its not bad, but lord, is it not good
3/5

mouthfeel: this one is quite good, with a rich carbianted body, that really makes up the BULK of the flavor of the beer, s you swallow the beer and it goes down smoothly.
to be honest, it is the highlight of the beer

Overall. This beer is sadly very, very average, with the exception of its mouthfeel and appearance, which come off as being quite nice.
sadly, the most important features, are sourly lacking

I recommend their other beers. they are far, far better
3.5/5

Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cicer color with a creamy light brown head that has decent retention.

Aroma is musty malts and cloves.

Taste is malts, nuts, cloves, apples and dark fruits. Some wheat in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cleansing.

Overall, it is an OK beer. Nothing spectacular. One is probably enough.

Photo of Huffs
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY. Have always enjoyed this beer and the style so pardon my enthisiasm as this is the first Dunkelweizen I have had on tap.
Head was creamy and light with aroma being a light malt. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a hint of Guinness, though not as robust as that. Malty, slight floral aftertaste.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a weizen glass. Finger of head with a cloudy dark brown body.
Barnyard smell with a little ripe dark fruit. A bit muted though.
A little sweetness, mild bitterness and a chalkiness. Disappointing and weak taste. None of the style's characteristic richness.
Too fizzy, medium body.
Not impressed or interested by this.

Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ruby pour, awesome head, hazy throughout.
smell- yes, definitely cloves, banana, spice.
taste- one of my all time favorites(for, like, 30 years) although after so many i have come to be quite sensitive to the richness of these weisse brews.
mouthfeel is carbonation, spice; full feeling inside....
overall, this is, like i said, one of my favorite beers for so many years, before i tried so many others from belgium and before Total Wine and BEVMO came to town. OLD WORLD was the greatest place in the world and the best place to drink them. this isthe last one of the case i bought a few months ago and i'm srprised to find i hadnt reviewed it yet. i rated it, but didnt review it. i still love this stuff...

Photo of rodney45
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brownish red, auburn, with a cream colored head that lingers around the glass after a solid 3 finger head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Munich and caramel malts, with notes of dark whole wheat bread.

T:First notes of cinnamon, candied sugars and coriander. Secondary flavors of Munich malts, bittersweet chocolate, and plum. Dry finish with no discernible hop flavoring.

M: For a dunkel, it's light and airy with moderate carbonation, little bitterness, and a semi sweet bite. No alcohol ethers present.

O: A solid example of a dunkle. Very representative of German beer in general. It seems like a great Oktoberfest beer, to be drunk in the outskirts of a 18th century German brew town, overlooking a field of two row barley, in some September afternoon, with friends.

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

A- Pours a hazy, medium brown. Traditional cloudiness of a hefeweizen. Sizeable, off-white head, about 3 fingers. Ok retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Lots of spice with coriander and banana notes prominent. No malts or hops detectable through the spice.

T- Just like the smell. Lots of spices, and frankly tastes just like a regular hefeweizen. Hints of a small amount of caramel malt sneak in on the end. Banana clove and coriander are present and dominant throughout.

M- Light and refreshing. Could drink at a variety of temperatures. Easy to drink and not quite as filling as some other wheat beers.

Overall, a good beer, but a little lighter in the malt department than I expected. I had more of a dunkel lager with heavier flavors in mind, but this was also an enjoyable, cheap beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

Photo of dougbassett
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a mixed six from the bottle store beside "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

Dunkel Weiss is a favorite beer style of mine, and I've never really tasted one that expressed itself badly. This seems to me to be a decent, slightly above average version of the style. Pours the normal reddish-brown, most notable for a very resilent head. Nose of some very ripe, maybe even overripe bananas, some clove, and maybe a hint of banana-bready grain. Mouthfeel is a little thin for this style, but eventually will give you banana nut bread flavors and a nice, lingering, banana finish.

Not the best I've had, mainly because it's nowhere near aggressive enough in it's attack, but pleasant and enjoyable. Maybe a good gateway for newcomers to the style, due to its restraint. You can see if you at least like the idea before you start getting ambitious.

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy caramel brown with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. I pick up those aromas of banana and clove, but they're light. I detect some of those darker malts in the aroma. This is a more malt forward dunkelweizen, which permits the barley and wheat malt character to shine. The banana and clove flavors are mild, but they do come together to give this a light banana bread type of character. The body is on the lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.

Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light copper beer. The creamy light tan head has an goo retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Light notes of clove with a light fruitiness and a slight tartness. There is a light melanoidin and crusty bread grain aroma with German malt character along with some wheat malt sweetness. No hops and no diacetyl.

T: Nice, a malty hefe-weissen showing the rich and darker German malt character. There is the melanoidin, crusty bread and wheat malt flavors over a moderately-low hops bitterness. There maybe a moderately-strong spicy hops flavor mixing with the clove phenols from the yeast. The yeast also provides a moderately-low fruit flavors mostly banana. The balance is slightly malty with a slightly sweet finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderately-high carbonation. There is a crisp quality and no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a Hefe with moderate dark malt characteristics and a little less clove and banana then a straight Hefe. Spice and fruit still dominate most aspect of the beer.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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