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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | 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 gatornation


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 16.9 oz bottle no date to be found

A= pours a hazy dark chestnut color with an off white head that stayed awhile

S- was clove ,banana,fruit with sweet malts

T- was sweet malts first with slight banana and clove a hint of bubblegum,some light fruit like apples/pears some spice

M-smooth and creamy with medium carbonation sweet and chewy

O- a good dunkel smooth and tasty but could use some more depth in the taste..to make it top tier

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:41:22 | More by gatornation
Photo of AdamBear


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-cloudy chestnut with a thick cream colored head

S-burnt spicy malts. some cinnamon and banana. complex but overly malty

T-comes in with a smooth taste of nutmeg and cinnamon. the after-taste is banana and cinnamon. the tastes are very smooth, not very pronounced but good nonetheless.

M-medium and slightly watery carbonation with a watery finish

O-it seemed to get more watery as i drank it. i didn't appreciate that. i had 500mL of this. the first 200 were great. the last 300 had lost a lot of quality. it just doesn't have a lot of robustness to be considered a great dunkel

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 05:17:36 | More by AdamBear
Photo of FanofHefe


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

16.9 oz. brown bottle with gold leaf wrapping; no freshness dating. Poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Deep caramel colored body with a little red hue. Three-finger light tan head that has good retention but little lacing.

Sharp aroma of lager malt, clove, and a touch of banana. Smells good.

Pretty tasty dunkel overall. The sweet malt blends well with the fruity esters from the yeast. A little clove, a little banana, and a hint of nut and cocoa.

Enjoyable and drinkable. Not the best dunkel out there but very accessible, available, and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:41:33 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of miket163


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

Poured a cloudy deep mahogany brown into a weiss glass, with a small tan head. The smell was of sweet malts, bubble gum, and clove. The taste was excellent on this one: Banana bread, clove, bubblegum, dried orange peel, and some floral hops. This is a very good beer, that I would recommend to anyone. It is very easy to drink and would not offend immature palates.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 17:21:20 | More by miket163
Photo of woodychandler


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

Nobody get excited - this is just a couple of Franciscan monks, one on the label, the other behind the keyboard, getting together for an outing. CAN you believe it?

Bro. Francis came roaring out of his home, resulting in a big foamy finger of tan head with moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy dark reddish-brown. Nose was big with a pleasant admixture of banana and clove with the former leading the way and the latter directly underneath. Mouthfeel was big and full with banana the main attraction, followed by pink bubble gum and then clove spiciness. It is a good thing that I have been exposed to a number of hefeweizens recently or I would have HATED this. I am more mature in terms of my palate, so it is palatable, but I am still not a big fan of the banana esters being so prevalent. Finish reminded me of banana bread, simply in liquid form, which is appropriate since it was the monks who first referred to beer as "liquid bread". I just wish that the clove/spiciness had been more forward.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 01:25:13 | More by woodychandler
Photo of codfeast


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15oz.bottle to stein.

A: Amber/copper color, thick cream colored head.

S: malt, digestive crackers, yeast.

T: Sweet malt moves to the back with a bananna and clove finish.

M: solid carbination, creamy mouthfeel, with a pretty dry finish.

O: A refreshing beer, went down quite easy. nice change of pace from all the hops I usually consume. Next time BevMo has them on sale for $2 I'll grab some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 17:00:09 | More by codfeast
Photo of mlazzaro


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle
I am always impressed by Franziskaner. Quality and consistency. Head is constructed by tiny bubbles with a cream color. Head retention is seemingly endless and leave thick rings on the glass. Hazy brown color. Smells of caramel malt and wheat yeast. Much less banana aroma than I remember the Hefeweizen being. Pretty appetizing looking and smelling. Full and amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Acidity is just right. Bananas come across in the flavor much more than the smell. Nicely balanced caramelized sweetness. The darker malts are just delicious. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:56:20 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of obywan59


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

500 ml bottle poured into my Schneider weisse glass. Very cloudy brownish brew somewhat resembling chocolate. Milk chocolate at the neck of the glass, and dark chocolate at the widest. It took three pours to get all 16.9 ounces in my glass. The first pour yielded a 6 finger head, the second a 4 finger, and the final s 2 1/2 finger head. The head tends to try to imitate swiss cheese as it recedes.

Dry aroma with banana, clove and a bit of twang. It reminds me of the smell of my whole wheat sour dough starter.

Lightly sweet malt upfront, followed by rising tartness, and then banana and clove wafting into the back of the mouth. Alcohol taste is a bit surprising for a 5% ABV.

Medium-bodied. Nice tingle of carbontion on the tongue and alcohol/carbonation burn in the throat. Fairly warming for such a light brew.

An easy drinker. I could have zipped through a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:57:29 | More by obywan59
Photo of damndirtyape


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

500mL bottle poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass. No date on bottle. Made sure to swirl the last third of the bottle to get all the yeast in.

Appearance: Brown with shades of copper and orange cloudy beer with a persistent 1/4" tan head all the way down the glass. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the glass to keep rebuilding the foam. Lacing in little islands kept sliding back down the glass into the foam top - not persistent at all.

Smell: On initial pouring, nothing but yeast and banana. As it warmed up, the yeast becomes muted - part musty and part grainy. Baked whole-wheat bread comes out nicely as the beer warms up.

Taste: Wheat grain nicely blended with yeast, baked bread, and a hint of clove. Much better when it warms up - grainy flavors strongest when cold.

Mouthfeel: Good quick carbonation on tongue, followed by slick and chewy mouthfeel. A little bit of clinging to the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: A solid good beer, but one that needs to warm up to 65F or more to really be good. Good with a meal (salmon cakes, new potatoes) and by itself after the meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:38:34 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of SickGnar


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

A: Chestnut brown and quite hazy. Some reddish highlights when held to light. Large, very light khaki head that falls fast. Minamal lacing thsat keeps sliding down the glass to drown.

S: Steely caramel malt with wheat firm yet in the background. Faint lemony twang. Hint of burnt sugar sweetness. Hint of dark fruits. Cloves & banana are present but rather shy. Pleasant and reasonably complex, but rather muted.

T: Nice malts. Solid wheat base, followed by clean, steely caramel, doughy / bready / toasty grain with hints of crust, hints of toffee, and even light, muted chocolate. Malts also lend to a soft dark fruit impression which goes well with the banana, lighter apple / lychee, and restrained background lemon with the slightest bit of twang. Middle to end cloves come in firmly, but nicely rounded out by everything else going on. Gets slightly more spicy as it warms and yeast notes start of come out a bit.

M: Just on the light side of medium body with ample carbonation to slightly more than match. Lightens and livens it up a bit. Starts just sweet, moves a bit tart, and ends ultimately drying (but not dry). Quite nice.

D: I generally like dunkelweizens more than the lighter versions. This one is not an exception, and a really fine drinker. Only the best traits from Dunkels and Weizens ( and then some) all rolled into one.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:28:01 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

Enjoyed this at a new German-themed* beer hall in Fishtown, Philly, PA. Quite nice - 2L.

Reminds me of their standard Hefeweizen in that I got the same pleasant medium-banana and mild-clove flavors, but the darker malt nuances (Munich?) really, for me, take front and center on the palate. I wouldn't call the overall malt display "bready". The banana and clove highlighted on top - merely rounding out a balanced recipe featuring bold (lightly husky-bitter) toasted-grainy, dark malt in the middle and subtle dark fruit on the bottom.

Not so loud in aroma - the proper scents are there, yet weak (glassware?). Surprised the head poofed out as quickly as it did. Giving it the benefit of the doubt here, though. It's a solid beer - extremely drinkable like it's companion lighter version.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 03:16:19 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of ChadQuest


2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nutty dirty looking brown, off white ring around the cap.
Aroma is alot more muted compared to what i was expecting from a beer with weizen in the name. Not a strong yeasty note at all. there is some nutty earthy notes, and hint of spices.
The flavors pop a bit more, but follow the same notes of earthy nutty flavors. The clove flavors come out a bit but not like i envisioned. I am not finding intrest in much here.
Slightly creamy but thinner.

I'll skip this one in the future. to many outstanding ones from others.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 22:20:43 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of confer


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

A-Beautiful caramel brown. Tan head that fade much to quickly. Very cloudy with big yeast chunks laying on the bottom.
S- Perfect. Mild banana with just o touch of the clove. The is how a wheat beer should smell.
T- The banana and clove don't follow though as much on the taste but they are still there. The banana is stronger and this leads to a nice sweet finish.
M- On the thick side and a bit creamy, not heavily carbonated.
O-A fantastic summer beer. I like keeping a few around and hitting them up every once in while. It's not something I would want to drink every day, but a great once a week summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:57:41 | More by confer
Photo of bobhits


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Dark murky yeast filled and protein dense body, an explosion of carbonation visible even through the cloud. Lightly dark cream white head, good density (not great), 3-4 inches tall, rather nice.

Sugary clove and bananas opens this one up. This one takes on some cloying caramel malt notes and some vanilla.

Sour feeling to start here seems a bit out of place. Soon turning to a mellow caramel, clove, and a touch of hops.

Much like their other beer, the dunkel just comes off as thin and watery. All these bubbles and foam….and it still feels so thin. This one does have a touch of a bite from perhaps hops or alcohol (not sure what causes it) but there’s a nice bit of bite.

I suppose I like dark colors more than light colors, but between that and a few light darker malt notes this beer comes off as bit better than their other beer. Still I’ve had far better Dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:56:11 | More by bobhits
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Sampled this one whilst in Munich. It's a dark reddish brown colour with a light brownish head that has good retention, leaving good lacing.

Smells of clove and mild spice flavours upfront along with the faintest of coriander in the blend. A rich dark fruit and a pleasant banana aroma.

A large banana and wheat presence in the taste along with a little clove & spice. In addition to this there is a good combination of toffee and chocolate.

Light to medium bodied and silky smooth. It was creamy and quite refreshing, truely excellent.

A beautiful beer with great drinability. This one smells & tastes great along with looking & feeling outstanding.

1001 Beers to try before you die:

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 21:04:41 | More by flyingpig
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

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

Appearance: Very cloudy brown, with good white head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing

Smell: Bananas up front, some clove, wheat and malt

Taste: Starts with banana and cloves, then you get wheat and toasted malts. Not an explosion of flavor, but there still is plenty there and is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good smooth carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable. Not as good as Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, but is easier to find. I'm enjoying the dunkelweizen style quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:46:29 | More by MadCat
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- wonderful deep red/brown colour, hazy and bright at the same time. Dense light brown head, not as big as in other Weizens; great retention and nice lacing though

S- Weak, much weaker than i would have ever expected. All i'm getting is pretty standard for the style: Bready sweetness with some banana notes and maybe a faint spiciness

T- Bready malts sweetness, with a faint toasted note to them. Then banana and spicy notes. Spiciness is more pronounced than the average for the style, with clove, pepper and maybe even some plain alcohol notes showing up

M- Medium body, average carbonation, decent smoothness. Solid mouthfeel for the style

O- High drinkability, a simple and yet fullfilling taste. A perfect beer for the summer

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 14:16:27 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of dmbsteve


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

Pours brown with a thin white head. Head dissipated to a ring around the edges and left just a little lacing.

Smells much like a normal hefe, but the banana is subdued and a little more clove/spice. Also some sweet candy-like aroma can be detected.

Taste is more banana up-front than the nose indicated. The clove/spice shows up more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall a good session brew for a warmer spring day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 04:12:24 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of Rifugium


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

First had this on tap in a 22 oz. glass. It was kind of disappointing. I'm a big fan of dunkels, and in my early drinking days, I saw "dunkel" on this tap handle, so I ordered it up without a second thought. When I saw the "light," golden brown tea color come out of the tap, I was disappointed right away. When I think "dunkel" I think something darker nearing schwarzbier territory. Then I noticed it's also a hefeweizen. So it's a blend? It was then that I discovered that there are such things as dunkelweizens. :) Anyway, it was okay, but just not what I was expecting. Smell of dried fruits and malts. Bready taste, with some light fruits coming through, dried bananas, and a bit acidic and harsh. Medium body, and average drinkability...22oz. was alot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:56:29 | More by Rifugium
Photo of kevinv


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

.5L bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Best-by date of 01/2012 on the bottle.

A - Pours a deep, murky, chestnut color with a tall tan head. Head retention is moderate, lacing is minimal.

S - Deep aromas of banana bread. Dark, rich, toasty, caramel malts.

T - Your usual Hefe suspects - banana and clove among other spices. There's a very nice deep toasty flavor that comes through. Slightly sweet, dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of tingling carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. I felt the most "full" after finishing this one. During the summer, I'd probably turn to their Hefeweizen or the Kristalweizen before this, but the Dunkel would be my first choice on those cool crisp nights.

All great brews, but this was my favorite of the Franziskaner -weizen's.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 17:07:53 | More by kevinv
Photo of lawlerj


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

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass.

A - pours deep brown, almost a dark ruby with a two finger head that disipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it's being drunk.

S - bananas and dark fruit, some raisins. Yeast and wheat.

T - strong fruit and wheat dominate. A bit of banana.

M - medium bodied, little carbonation.

O - fairly drinkable - a nice balanced beer, but left me wanting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:57:59 | More by lawlerj
Photo of gopens44


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

A - Murky reddish brown with a decent "slightly darker than creme" creme colored fizzy head that goes away as quick as it appeared.

S - A little banana with clove. Didn't catch much else

T - Clove, some toffee and an interesting green apple taste towards the end.

M - A touch creamy but mainly sorta flat. Didn't seem to have carbonation issues on the pour, so I'm guessing it was just the nature of this beer to come across flat.

O - Tasted very nice but lacked a little everywhere else. Overall though, I'd enjoyed this because of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 11:56:12 | More by gopens44
Photo of jsh420


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

pours semi hazy dark caramel amber brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left no lacing

smell - lots of dark tangy fruit

taste - banana nutty dark caramel and fruit - good amount of bitter hops? good amount of spice

mouthfeel is a medium body with good carboantion very smooth and creamy but with some life

overall - this is a very solid dunkel that i have had many times but never reviewed - this was a great buy @ 1.99 a bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 02:26:20 | More by jsh420
Photo of VMWhelan


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Leaves good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Banana is very prominent in the nose, with some clove, wheat, and slight chocolate: it's a little toastier than a regular Hefe. Really smells good.

Taste is banana bread and chocolate with a little spice in the end. The chocolate flavor is not too rich but more akin to that of a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Very drinkable. This one goes down smooth and really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 19:02:02 | More by VMWhelan
Photo of BretSikkink


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of a clouded brown color with a murky head. Served on tap at the Yard House, not sure how long it was behind the bar but the foam wasn't very tall or tight. Just okay in the looks.

Nose is overripe banana with some clove, decent potency but a little overdone to me. The flavor is fairly bland, actually, with only the mushy-banana leading the charge. Down notes of pepper and clove, with a metallic finish.

Almost didn't want to finish this tapped beer. The fruit flavor is past expiration and nothing else grabs onto me. Not my cup of tea...er...

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 02:48:41 | More by BretSikkink
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.