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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

804 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 804
Hads: 1,599
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 61
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Scoats
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of jmatthew
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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... (363 characters)

Photo of pbrian
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  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 (249 characters)

Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of homersimpson
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick milkshake-like beige head tops the dark scarlet red brew. Aroma is musty and stale. The taste is better than the smell, but not by much. Slight phenolic tinges and fruity esters. Slight chocolate. Slight roasted malt. Creamy medium body. Drinkable, but pretty average for a dunkel weizen. (301 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice head that lasted all the way through to the end. The permanent part was even a bit large for beers who do keep permanent heads. Full brown cloudy body was nice but not spectacular. Nose is slight esters with good wheaty aroma. Reminded me vaguely of brownies, but less chocolatey. Ester taste is present but a bit subdued. Nice maltiness. Would probably have rated this higher if I had tried it before having Schneider Aventinus in bottle and on tap. (455 characters)

Photo of ryanocerus
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In this style of beers, I like the Erdinger or the Tucher better, but this is a refreshing beer. The light brown color and good carbonation upped the appearance and mouthfeel. The aroma was a wheat sweetness, with hints of malt. The flavor was more of the same, although the maltiness was more subdued, while the wheat came to the forefront. I think the wheat is too overpowering, but it is a good beer all-around. (418 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a little amber coloring and has a LARGE cream colored head like none other. The smell is that of strong wheat. The taste has a mild almost no sign of hop bitterness with the wheat taste prevailing as it should in this style. However, even with the wheat taste protruding through, it is a rather mild flavored beer. Not bad, but a very simple brew. Prosit! (384 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a big beautiful head that develops almost immediately upon the beer hitting the glass. The color is a nice brown with hints of red. It has the unmistakeable smell of a wheat beer, with hints of clove. The flavor, however, is a bit of a disappointment. It's a very mild flavor, to say the least. In fact, the taste is really almost completely lacking. It does have a decent mouthfeel and goes down like water on a warm day. (435 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle review from 01APR04...
The Bier pours a clean, clear dark brown, with a prodigious, creamy, light tan head. The topping lasts quite some time, and sticks well, too. A final addition of the yeasties clouds things up somewhat. There is an endless procession of bubbles rising up through the tawny, amber liquid. Nose suggests dryness, with some mild chocolate notes and clove. The body is about medium, and the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth, being considerably easier on the palate than the seemingly endless amount of bubbles rising through the bier would suggest. Taste is also chocolatety, with drying characteristics. Subtle hints of clove are present, but all-in-all it's a mild Nestles bar in a glass. A pleasant, easy-drinking Dunkelweißen from the good people at Spaten!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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On-tap review from 06JUL02...
Enjoyed at Ludwig's Garten in Philly recently, with old pal Artied2, and WilliamPhilaPa, who was gracious enough to show us this little gold-mine! Poured in a tall Hefe glass, it had a tawny, brown color, and was quite cloudy. Had a big, creamy tan head, dissipating down to a fine ring, with some thin lace. Aromas emanating from the glass were mild, banana-clove notes. Medium body, and fairly medium smoothness (with the typical Hefe suggestion of roughness). Lots a flavors co-mingling: Some toasty, grainy malt, along with a banana/clove combo, combined with a bit of yeasty spiciness. Great in helping me wash down my platter of Rostbraten, Wurst und Kraut! Thanks, Bill!! (4.0/3.5/4.5/4.0/4.5 - 4.15)

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Photo of jreitman
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with lots of head (had to wait a minute for the head to settle before I could finish pouring the glass). There was a slightly off smell that made me think twice about drinking it. Mouthfeel was pretty poor to the point where it felt like I was drinking water. However, the flavor profile was spot on, albeit subdued. (335 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramely, earth browny with a short-lived tan head. Aromas are smooth but nondescript and short-lived as well. Taste is smooth but somewhat dull. Starts rather like toffee before finishing with more traditional weissbier flavors. The highlight of this beer is its pleasant mouthfeel. (295 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Tall 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Fastidious foaming, nearly uniform bubbled head with a good retention. Hazed leather brown, a few bubbles race to the top here and there.

Smell: Dry malt aroma with a wheat twang. Dried bananas, powdery clove, mild esters, touch medicinal with an earthy yeast is only a quick brushing in the nose.

Taste: Flexed medium body with a mild crispness that draws on a full and smooth mouth feel. The dry malt character is complexly layered with a toasted malt then a pale huskiness and finally and wheat malt twang. Very soft clove, light banana fruitiness and a subdued alcoholic ester barely brake things up. After that dull excitement it is back to the dry malt character but in a really dry way. Even the yeast flavour is placid with a chalky earth flavour.

Notes: A decent dunkel weiss, not as expressive as others but just as nurturing as the rest. The malt is the show it seems, all of the other flavours are meek in comparison but this does not take away from the brew too much because it still has the lovely wheat twang. (1,112 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 oz. bottle, brown with gold foil wrap. Cloudy amber to brown color, with floating yeasties. Big fizzy, not fluffy head, overly carbonated? Nice off-white color, though. Sweet smell of maltness, tartness, some bananas. Slightly carmel sweetness on the taste, some faint yeast flavors, despite the floating particles. Thinner body than expected, and overly carbonated, made it taste maybe thinner than intended. Overall, good, but lacked the doughy wheat flavor I expected, combined with the carbonation, made it less than I expected. It looked better than it was. (565 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chocolately borwn with tan head. Smells slightly roasted with hint of yeasty bread. Taste is slightly more rich than one would expect from a hefe-dunkle. Slightly sweet with lemony clove flavor. A little less body than I'd like. A decent hefe. (252 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant musty aroma, blossoming head, handsome cloudy leathery look. Ended up with a big blatch of yeast on the bottom of my glass. The malts and wheat contrasting with the yeast is what makes this brew. It's a healthy struggle, going between one and the other: first toffeeish, then fruity, then grainy, then crisp and refreshing. It ends up balanced just so, and relaxes in the belly, so it would probably be a suitable after-dinner beer, although that's not how I used it in this case. Like a fresh red apple, it's gently tart, appetizing and fulfilling at the same time. (575 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the creamy head that forms on this beer. Had an interesting smell to it. Interesting taste, almost a bit tangy. Might be because I usually drink heavier beers. A good beer. (183 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolutely massively thick and creamy head tops a dark bronze hued brew. The copious bubble production slows the settling of the impressive head to a crawl. The classic German Hefeweizen banana esters are followed by a rich, mellow chocolate note. After what seems like an eternity (if you're thirsty) the head settles and the liquid becomes accessible. It's about time. Moderate body w/ a proteinaceous viscous mouthfeel. Along w/ the typically musty, German hefeweizen yeast esters the complex flavor profile includes rich Dark Munich malt flavors along with very mellow and refined (dehusked?) German chocolate malt. Hops bitterness is almost lost amongst the malt flavors and esters, but manages to eek itself into the finish. This is definitely a complex brew. It's quite rich, and thus isn't quite as drinkable as other brews. A beer to treat yourself to if you're into German wheats. (902 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.