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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught poured at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY. Deep copper brown, good head, with a very nice wheat beer aroma. I love the taste of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel. Good maltiness and the kind of subtle complexity that causes people to write they taste cocoa, bananas, etc. I understand the analogies, but I'm content to say this is the finest drink I've had this season - malty, not bitter, a great Bavarian beer I certainly enjoy. This is dark beer with a light mouthfeel. Drinking a pint doesn't feel like you just ate an entire meal. Now I'm curious about Dunkelweizen style and will have to try more examples.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:12:44 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light born with some lighter orange/reddish shade of suede along the edges. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour with a pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

Aromas begin with clove, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder. Then you get some banana and a little more toasted breadiness.

The tastes begin with mildly toasted and nutty flavors. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness coupled with a persistent amount of light cocoa powder.

The finish is short because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish.

Overall this is a decent example of the style but lacks any nice umph or rememorable flavors to make me want to revisit. Not a favorite style of mine to be honest but I have had much better and more full flavored examples. A one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 13:32:59 | More by claspada
Photo of BeerSingh


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into my Weihenstephaner hefe glass. The foamy head took up almost half the glass before settling down to let me complete the pour. Huge beige head on top of a rusty brown body - negligible lacing except for spects of yeast dotting the glass surface. The beer looked lively as the head started to recede again. the smell was a little muted - faint tartness from the wheat coupled with the esters formed the predictable hefe bouquet. Maybe the fact that I had been having so much hefes lately had made my olfactory senses immune to the hefe aroma. Nevertheless, I had been wanting to do the 'Kaner for a long time and I was excited.
The beer tasted of caramel sweetness with a dominant banana toffee backbone. Nice, sweet but not in your face. The taste panned to a tartness that was pleasant and gave the sweetness a good foil. Very refreshing and balanced on the palate. Mouthfeel was creamy, but at the same time light enough to be enjoyed in copious amounts. I would really rate the 'Kaner hefedunkel very high on the drinkability front. A nice, flavourful, sessionable beer that wont, as the say "break your bank" !

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 10:06:24 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


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

Ruby red stained mahogany color. 1/4 inch creamy beige head. Hazy appearance. Mild carbonation.

The malts are a blend of sweetness and yeasty esters. I smell some caramel blended with banana and clove spice. Zesty and warming. Roasted backbone. Some tart cherry characteristics.

Wheat. Tea-like malts. Very sweet and tart. I taste cherry and candied sugars. Date and plum. The holiday fruit flavors blend well with the nice bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Begins with a warming touch and then finishes with a nice crisp wateriness. Very refreshing and flavorful

This is a good interpretation of the Franziskaner-Hefe. It is a good late night version of the its daytime hefeweizen counterpart

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 07:23:19 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of bens0n


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a murky brownish amber color with a nice amount of foamy brown hued but mainly white head. Not much lacing happening after the initial pour subsides.

On the nose it smells just like any other vice beer to the core, but it has a slight twist. The yeast is easy to pick out but there is a sweet caramelly note mixed in there.

Flavor wise again the yeast is really easy to pick out, but instead of the banana-like backbone in the regular Franziskaner the dunkel there is a subtle sweetness that it finishes with.

Lastly, it goes down petty smooth. It has a nice low level of carbonation, starts out wet, has a nice medium body and then it finishes with a light waster crispness.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:44:15 | More by bens0n
Photo of Spider889


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

Dark mahogany color with some brighter cherrywood highlights with excellent clarity. Tall cream-white head of finer bubbles. Not much retention or lace.

Smells a little fruity, but nowhere close to the huge estery profile that many traditional weizens have, though a clean ripe banana aroma is there. The dark malts aren't assertive on the nose, they seem driven more towards color and taste.

The taste was really smooth, crisp with some mild bready/wheaty undertones. The Germanic yeast is pleasantly present without being overbearing (which I like) though I feel that this isn't exactly par for the style.

Crisp with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall very likable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:03:49 | More by Spider889
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel brown with an inch thick foamy ecru head. Smells of biscuit breads, clove, and slight hint of banana. Tastes similarly with a weary sweet clove. The banana isn't noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose. The mouthfeel is full, but not quite what I would call thick. The unfiltered proteins make for that recognizable and enjoyable texture. A very drinkable and versatile beer for food pairing. Always enjoyable having this familiars beer in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 23:25:21 | More by Jmamay22
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4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a huge off white head that fades very slowly and leaves huge walls of lace.

The aroma is of chocolate banana bread. Cloves and cinnamon subtly mix with banana esters and chocolate notes.

The taste follows with a malty caramel backbone, chocolate, bready notes, spices like clove and cinanmon, and nutmeg. Nice fresh baked banana bread flavors with cocoa added. Delicious.

Creamy, milky, grainy, and smooth finish.

Absolutely awesome!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:19:20 | More by JayS2629
Photo of losdizzel


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Prost!! Oktoberfest is upon us enjoy

Franziskaner hefe weisse Dunkel ,poured in its own glass head stayed for some time .
smell of banana's and a quick swirl , then bubble gum .
Taste carbonation , from being bottle fermented ,smooth, watery
mellow maltyness crisp finish ,nice head retention .

Loving Dunkels . nice beer here .

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 04:20:07 | More by losdizzel
Photo of garymuchow


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful banana, bubblegum, clove aroma that surrounds a beautifully looking beer of slightly cloudy brown ale covered by a full rich frothy tan cap. Magnificent.
Ya’ know this seems reasonably fresh with complex flavors still apparent. Still holding the phenolic qualities (as described in the aroma), but also some nice munich grains and mild wheat. Light citrus. Noticeable drying.
Body is quite light and soft and that’s enhanced by the soft carbonation.
Boy what a nice drinker. Those Germans, they sure know how to make a nice wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:44:06 | More by garymuchow
Photo of EricMichael

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Murky brown with a big, smooth, frothy head. Light carbonation follows and head lingers for a few minutes and no prominent lacing.

smell - Malt goodness with banana, wheat and clove - hint of yeast that quickly fades.

taste & mouthfeel - Smooth wheat malt and a prominent banana flavor, but doesn't taste mlike you are eating a banana bread. Watered down, ripe bananas spread onto wheat toast. Left the mouth dry with no lingering flavors.

overall - A decent dunkel without much punch.

Poured from the bottle to a weizen glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:43:40 | More by EricMichael
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer is just about as enjoyable as the regular Franziskaner Hefe. This one poured out as a murky brown color with a fluffy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is a little spicier than the regular version and still holds onto the banana aromas. The taste of the beer is earthy and a little spicy, the clove and banana still shine through. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side as well. Overall this beer is really pretty good and totally worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:54:07 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Cawdog


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a good head, the beer is a mahogony colour and light around the edges of it.

S: A lot of banana and a bit of cinnamon, quite spicy too.

T: like a fried banana, this fades into the clove like spices from a regular wheat beer.

M: the carbonation is low, the body is medium and it makes for good drinking.

O: A fantastic Dunkelweizen, this is a beer I'd definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 07:04:19 | More by Cawdog
Photo of dansmcd


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

A - Poured from the bottle into my Weihenstephan weisse glass. A hazy chocolate colour that goes from mid brown at the bottom to dark brown at the top. A huge fluffy head is followed by sticky lacing.

S - The bananas, clove and coriander expected are backed by sweet corn and prune.

T - Beautiful sweet overripened banana with caramel. Yeasty.

M - Creamy thick body, chewy almost. Low carbonation.

O - A surprisingly tasty treat. Improves as it warms and gets a bit spicier. As a hefeweizen fanatic, I prefer this dunkel to their straight, light hefe, which is itself a beauty.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:53:20 | More by dansmcd
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle served cold in heffe style glass beer stein

A) Light hazy cola with ample puffy off white head. The head takes its time to settle leaving floating foamy lace. Appears dense and substantial

S) Traditional Heffe weisse stlye with banana, corriander, sweet bready malt

T) Very smooth and well balanced brew. Sweet toasted caramel, coriander, orange and mild hops. Light alcohol content is just right for these larger portion (16 ounce) bottles.

M) Very pleased here due to ample carbonation that lasts through the entire pour. Dense and filling. Beer is in fact food...

O) I really enjoyed this beer and am glad to know its well stocked here in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:16:42 | More by bskrtz
Photo of nitro0292

New York

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had the privilege of enjoying this beet often, but finally. Am reviewing.

Appearance is terrific dark brown with cappuccino colored head. Lacing is less than expected based on experience but it is Friday night at Gingerman so I will say Ok given all factors.

Taste is sweet chocolate and wheat goodness. Very tasty

Mouthfell is smooth with high carbonation.but medium body. To be expected.

Overall couldnt ask for a better dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:49:02 | More by nitro0292
Photo of tykees88


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours an almost tree branch brown color. Pop like foam head that has a little fluff. Lacing slides down the glass.

S- Smells really really sweet. The malts in this one are overowered by a sugar smell. It's got a yeasty bread nose with an overpowering overripened banana finishing touch.

T- No hops of course. The malts are there but the flavor to me is all about the yeasty banana bread flavor. To best describe it, take some brown bananas mush them up and put the paste on a piece of whole wheat bread. The taste to me is exactly what I think that would taste like.

M- The mouthfeel goes along with that. Think of a consistency of mushed up bananas watered down. And there you go. Nicely carbonated however.

O- Average, maybe it isn't my style of beer. However, the rotted banana flavor probably isn't going to make anyone happy.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:36:54 | More by tykees88
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Pint Glass

Appearance-Light brown body with a 2 finger vanilla head. Dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice film atop the beer.

Smell-Banana, Clove, Biscuits.

Taste-Biscuity upfront, a little bland. Finish is Banana, Clove, and Pepper.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, kind of watery. Carbonation really is bothering me. Light bodied. Drinkable if you don't mind that carbonation, I do.

Overall-If you like Dunkels, I would buy this. If you dont, then I wouldn't. Plain Jane.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:35:29 | More by SWMeyer4141
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into weizen glass.

A: Pours a fairly clear woody brown with a big, dense, thick, dark tan head that slowly faded into a dense film leaving a few streaks of lacing.
S: Big notes of apple cider, clove, pepper, wheat, and dark fruits. Inviting smelling.
T: Follows the nose with notes of cider, clove, overripe banana, and a few notes of roasted malt and wheat. I get a bit of caramel in the aftertaste along with some pepper. Pretty straight forward but good.
M: Medium body with light carbonation and a decent mouthfeel that falls a bit thin in the finish.
O: Straightforward but really good tasting. It’s sweet and easy to drink. Definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:13:25 | More by scottfrie
Photo of PhageLab


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy cherry oak colored brew which produced a massive sticky head of froth. Retention was great, and there was some visible lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of fresh banana bread. Strong hints of clove are also present and blend nicely.

T - Yeasty body with a sweet toffee backing. Nutmeg and banana comprise the majority of the flavor department, with spices arriving near the end.

M - Light bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is clean but a little peppery.

D - Outstanding. Delicious and quaffable, this is a Dunkelweizen done right. Definite reco here.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:18:53 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Daredevil


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nose: banana, light havanna cigar (Upmans) paired with some notes of mahagony and coal

palate: tar, quite nutty (macadamia and hazelnut), in the sour aftertaste hints of quince and asian persimmon

a very malty and dry (in the palate, the nose is quite fruity) Weissbier, could be mistaken for a light bodied stout in a blind tasting .... lacks a bit of freshness and fruityness (in the palate) of a typical Weizen ....

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 20:33:26 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Kulrak


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

Pours a dark ruby brown with about 1cm of lumpy and creamy head that sticks around forever. Smells spicy, yeasty and of noble hops. The taste is of caramel, yeast and and very sweet. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Not much in the way of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and heavy, slightly fizzy. Overall, it's very drinkable, especially if you like hefes, and I do.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 12:13:40 | More by Kulrak
Photo of oline73


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown, not a very attractive color. There is a finger of off white head that fades to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Smells kind of like spiced banana bread. Strong hints of banana and some cloves as well. A bit bready and caramel like as well. Quite nice.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell, but not quite as strong as I would have liked. Less sweetness and the fruit nots aren't as strong. I'm definitely picking up the bready flavor from the malt. The finish just kind of disappears.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong carbonation, the finish is kind of dry.

Overall: The smell was the best part. A good beer, but I would have liked the flavor to pop a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:30:00 | More by oline73
Photo of ColdPoncho


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

A - Very cloudy brown with red edges. Some very minimal whiteish head.

S - dark fruits, almost belgian, a slight hint of tartness, some nice dark roasted notes.

T - Nutty, lightly sweet, the slightest touch dry. Simple and tasty.

M - meidum, smooth body.

O (D) - this is pretty good. Not spectacular. Solid, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:33:39 | More by ColdPoncho
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 1 pt. bottle into a Weihensrephan weisen glass.

The color is a cloudy dark brown with maroon highlights and about three fingers of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a little bit of figs and other dark fruits in the aroma. There is a slight pancake-like aroma with some a slight maple aroma too.

The taste is is a bit yeasty at first. There is a nice banana flavor that is unexpected for a beer as dark. The malts do come out and prove to be the strength of this beer, there are some good hints of figs, a little bubblegum mixed in, and a touch of clove as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth and pretty drinkable. A really great beer for a low price.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:01:01 | More by Duhast500
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