Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
My review is based on the draft version. Although first introduced to this beer in the bottle, I highly prefer draft beer and have owned a keg cooler for over 25 years. Anyone who owns a keg cooler system understands that selection is very limited compared to what is available in the bottle. The two dunkel wheat beers available where I live in the US are Franziskaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Both are very good, but the Franziskaner is more readily available year round and is therefore my favorite. The great thing about this beer is that there has never been a guest in my home who has not been pleased when served with a glass of this brew, including people who generally do not like beer and only drink light beers. It is truly exsceptional to find a beer that virtually everone from craft IPA drinkers to light beer drinkers enjoy. I can only hope that this dunkel and more of this style become available in the keg.
11-13-2011 19:27:01 | More by wattoclone
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
(16.9 oz pint bottle)
Reddish-brown in appearance with a beautiful semi-sticky white head up top. The usual wheat nose w/ cloves, yeast, spiciness & fruitiness. Warm, with a bit of alcohol. Lemons, cinnamon & buttered brown bread.
Prickly up front with a wash-away finish (fairly clean). Bready notes linger with spicy yeast joining in. Peppery; acidic at times.
A fantastic beer to imbibe!
11-06-2011 18:34:53 | More by DerekP
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – solid amber color with about two fingers’ worth of frothy light tan-colore dfoam that dissipates somewhat slowly.
Smell – fairly malty in aroma with lots of herbal hints to it. Very earthy smelling for a weissbier.
Taste – muskier than I would have thought given the aroma, but not overwhelming, but the muskiness continues solidly throughout the entire tasting. The earthy/herbal quality stays there too though.
Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, leaning not too heavily toward the watery or creamier sides.
Overall – not a bad brew at all, and a nice German beer, but not very interesting or thought-provoking.
11-05-2011 18:19:26 | More by Nerudamann
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Served in Hefeweizen tapered glass (Julius Echter).
A: Typically generous head leaves some but not a lot of lacing.
S: Doughy banana.
T: Once you get the banana, it won't go away. It really is that tenacious.
M: High viscosity and medium carbonation (low for the style) --- makes for a slow sipper.
Overall, I feel the flavor profile tips a bit too far into banana and the beer is not quite fresh enough, i.e. too malty and syrupy with not enough fresh elements to balance.
11-02-2011 04:02:30 | More by atlason
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Had this one on tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. A cloudy brown colored beer with a nicely sized head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is very malt forward with the standard clove/banana/spicy yeast profile of a hefeweizen, although it’s a bit restrained and overshadowed by the maltiness. Flavor is very much with the nose; the banana and clove tastes are there but not as clear as one might like; the very bready malt aspect of this beer is clearly out front in the taste. Modestly sweet with a caramel aspect. Finishes fairly dry, easy to drink and refreshing with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy.
This one is worth trying but I feel that it falls short of the top tier as far as this style goes. Everything you’d want is there and is all nice enough but it certainly isn’t anything profound or even particularly memorable. Doesn’t really stand out amongst the other Dunkels I’ve had. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying, but could be bigger in both taste and aroma.
11-01-2011 12:50:23 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly hazy auburn amber reddish brown colored beer.
Nose has plenty of dark wheats, nice wheat aromas, a slight estery aroma from the yeast, a bit of banana that adds to a slight brown sugar like sweetness almost bananas foster aroma, the slight fruity esters almost make it want to see like there will be booze but there isn't.
Taste starts with fruit actually, a bit of apple, banana, sweet brown sugar like bananas foster again, a slight raisiny flavor, and fruity esters. The malts are soft and subtle, with some wheat flavors and darker like wheats, a creamy soft caramel malt and reddish malt that seems like it was probably decocted. It also brings nice soft crisp lager flavor with the fruits. A bit of caramel and slight toffee. Finishes dry with a bit of the lingering caramel and wheat flavors, and more of the fruits, with just a slight hint of bitter grassy hops.
Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, soft and a bit creamy, with decent carb, but I probably would have liked a bit more carb for the style.
Overall nice, drinkable, nice flavors all blended well between the wheats, fruits, bananas foster, slight sweetness, soft malts, and dry slightly bitter finish. There are plenty of dunkels that are better, but this is a nice drinking one, esp one that I can buy regularly.
10-24-2011 02:58:48 | More by jlindros
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-22-2011 18:12:44 | More by angusdegraosta
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
10-10-2011 13:32:59 | More by claspada
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
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" !
10-01-2011 10:06:24 | More by BeerSingh
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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
10-01-2011 07:23:19 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
09-29-2011 22:44:15 | More by bens0n
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-26-2011 02:03:49 | More by Spider889
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-10-2011 23:25:21 | More by Jmamay22
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
09-08-2011 01:19:20 | More by JayS2629
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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 .
09-05-2011 04:20:07 | More by losdizzel
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
08-28-2011 19:44:06 | More by garymuchow
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
08-22-2011 19:43:40 | More by EricMichael
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-18-2011 00:54:07 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-17-2011 07:04:19 | More by Cawdog
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
08-15-2011 01:53:20 | More by dansmcd
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-14-2011 23:16:42 | More by bskrtz
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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