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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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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

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 01, 2011
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.

bens0n, Sep 29, 2011
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.

Spider889, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Jmamay22
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.

Jmamay22, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
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!

JayS2629, Sep 08, 2011
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 .

losdizzel, Sep 05, 2011
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.

garymuchow, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
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.

EricMichael, Aug 22, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
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.

Cawdog, Aug 17, 2011
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.

dansmcd, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of bskrtz
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.

bskrtz, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of nitro0292
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.

nitro0292, Aug 13, 2011
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.

tykees88, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
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.

SWMeyer4141, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Aug 10, 2011
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.

PhageLab, Aug 09, 2011
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 ....

Daredevil, Aug 02, 2011
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.

Kulrak, Aug 01, 2011
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.

oline73, Jul 30, 2011
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.

ColdPoncho, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
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.

Duhast500, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a Moaning Dove in Amherst Massachusetts. Poured into a brewery class. Served cool.

A-nice thick, beige head, murky light brown body.

S-yeast and spice

T-clove, banana, bubblegum, and some nice sweet grain flavor.


D-very smooth and highly drinkable. Would love to have this with food. I will drink this again.

jneiswender, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of mocktm
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle in Hefe glassware.

Burnt hazel brown appearance with approximately a finger's worth of cream colored head. Nowhere near as thick and chunky as the regular Franz, but still appealing. Retention leaves something to be desired, dissipating rather quickly to faint ring. However, I've also had this bottle for quite a while, so that probably contributes negatively in the carbonation department.

Rich aromas of overly-ripe banana, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove. A lot of complex malt like aromas on this one.

Succulent malt up front, making its way to a rich and sweet banana/bubblegum finish. Yeasty esters really bring this beer home, complementing and balancing the caramel, spice and light fruit that initially hits your palate. Slight wheat twang is also detectable throughout, delicious

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture. Smooth on the tongue with astounding drinkability. Not heavily carbonated, but again, my bottle might just be a bit old.

Even though the Franz brand has fallen into the hands of macro giants, this brew along with its varieties still maintain their resounding reliability. I'll continue to buy them as long as it stays that way. Cheers!

mocktm, Jul 25, 2011
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

gatornation, Jul 23, 2011
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.