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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 xuehua


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Bought a bottle from CitySuper in Lujiazui. Production date seems to be 2010/05/01 with an expiry of 2011/08/01. Went into my glass on 2011/02/24.

With a deep amber colour, and about half an inch of head that quickly dissipated this beer smelled of bananas. But not the yellow ones. Those red ones that are more expensive, and harder to find. A little bit of wheat, mixed with a stronger flavour of cocoa and bananas on the palette. Slightly carbonated feeling, but not too heavy.

A generally good or above average beer. I will consider keeping a few of these on hand for when I need them.

02-24-2011 14:25:58 | More by xuehua
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

09-29-2012 17:09:23 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a cloudy brown. Foamy as a Hefeweisse should be. Faint clove and wheat smell. This beer really opened up as it warmed, this is another case of buying a beer too damn cold. As it warmed more taste of banana came forward. Nice bit of grass in the finish. Good beer here but there are better examples of the style to be found.

01-03-2007 15:09:36 | More by srrn
Photo of dbalsock


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I've had this quite a few times recently from the bottle and each time it's been a little different, I think because of the age of the bottle. This review is based on the freshest example, but the other bottles may have altered my thinking a little bit. The appearance is plain with an offwhite head that I would like to be a tad darker and a simple brown body. It's dark enough so that the yeast haze adds to the tone. The smell is of caramel and banana's but not nearly aromatic enough. It could use some more intensity in the aroma to really pull it off. The taste is quite nice with the caramel, molasses and chocolate of the darker malts coming out with the support of a fruity yeast background. It adds to the mouthfeel which is creamy and light thanks to the wheat. Quite drinkable, more so than many of the style, and a little lower in alcohol to make it sessionable. If I had other dunkels available I would skip this but it's not bad when the craving hits.

07-26-2009 12:38:48 | More by dbalsock
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a dark brown almost cider like color with a thick four finger head which gives resides to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of spiciness and a slightly fruit bite, with hints of clove, banana, and citrus. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with some toffee and a hint of darks fruits with hints of banana and clove also there is a slight hop bite at the end.. The mouthfeel is moderate to low carbonation and is slightly thin. The drinkability is good, a very smooth flavor that is nice and well rounded.

10-03-2010 21:39:55 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-27-2011 03:01:01 | More by Duhast500
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though.

07-09-2014 22:46:38 | More by TheVenerableMead
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark cloudy brown copper color withs a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. smells mostly of sweet bananas and spices. taste is of bananas, malt and kind of has a nutty aftertaste. mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. this is an interesting beer and worth a try.

12-10-2007 11:32:00 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty malt smell with bananas and clove

T - Follows the smell with the bananas and clove also a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - Overall a very enjoyable beer thats easy to drink with a good taste that I could session worth trying sometime

03-06-2009 15:30:40 | More by armock
Photo of Zadok


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a deep amber with a pretty thick haze. A 1 finger frothy head topped off the pour with virtually no lacing.

Very sweet first smell of malts and coriander. Rounded out with cloves and a touch of cinnamon.

The taste strayed from the smell just a touch as a banana and clove spice balanced out with the mild malt.

Very smooth with a slight touch of carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing but could easily be my everyday session brew.

08-05-2008 15:11:21 | More by Zadok
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pourned into a goblet, but really should have gone for a flute or pils glass. Visible yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and it pours a slightly cloudy tea color, with mild head and no lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bananas, and malt. Lively carbonation, fairly light mouth feel, starting with a sweet malt taste and ending a bit dry. Highly refreshing and very drinkable. Could be a decent session beer.

01-20-2008 07:32:34 | More by watchnerd
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

11-23-2006 22:58:48 | More by RJLarse
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!

10-01-2003 04:52:29 | More by Kwak
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

08-20-2006 20:46:56 | More by Bitterbill
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I was almost warned that this one is a lesser btother from the Hefe-Weisse from the same brewery.

They were right.

Don't misunderstand me, please. This is a good beer. Just happens that is some what below of it's sibling.

Pours an amber brew, typically hazy (as a hefe-weisse has to be); tan head and and seemingly everlasting lace.

Smell is of a hefe-weisse: Nicely malty.

Ah, the taste, here I find it a bit behind. Still good, though.

Of course, I can have several of these.

05-29-2005 05:47:38 | More by Pepeton
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

03-13-2005 03:55:05 | More by Gagnonsux
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West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

04-16-2003 12:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

A- huge chewy and frothy head... forms into a plateau... cloudy, muddy brown with billowing carbonation... Hues of golden wheat...

S- toffee, apple caramel, sweet malt, thick, pungent, buttery aroma...

T- A bit metallic initially, sweet malt, wheat, caramel apple, fresh bread, earthy spiciness, yeasty...

M- highly carbonated mouthfeel, effervescent, a bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue...

Overall, good but featuring a few offtastes and an intense mouthfeel... I'd need to try it in Germany to compare.

02-03-2014 16:44:35 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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

09-22-2002 17:13:03 | More by beerluvr
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a dirty brown with a long lasting tan head.

Smell was a very heavy banana nut bread odor.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells, like drinking banana nut bread with a nice earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body to it.

An easy to drink pleasant offering.

07-10-2006 02:30:47 | More by bashiba
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a hazy dirty brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated unevenly, not much lacing but retains a nice cap. The smell is of cloves, spice, banana, light bubblegum. The taste is not as strong as the smell. Clove, banana but has a sweet malty backbone that I didn't pick up in the smell. Has a twang to it. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit fizzy yet smooth. A very enjoyable dunkel hefe and very drinkable

01-13-2007 03:02:45 | More by Gmann
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

08-01-2011 12:13:40 | More by Kulrak
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours into a weizen glass an opaque chocolate-brown with golden highlights as well as a thick, off-white head which quickly dissipates into a thin wispy cap. Just a bit of lacing.

Smells of bananas, lemons and citrus peels, and of course yeast. A bit of biscuit and malt note as well.

Initially, I get a dose of roasted malts and banana breads. A little more watery than I'd hoped, but still really tasty. The smallest ethanol vapor tinge right before the swallow.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I'd like, as well as with the aggressive carbonation just take away from a decent dunkel, IMO.

The drinkability is still pretty high, though.

01-24-2010 21:46:28 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from the bottle a hazy mahogany color with a rich, foamy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, cloves, wheat, and raisins.

Nice malty taste with wheat, cloves, and caramel. Finishes clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer and found it quite easy to drink.

02-09-2009 01:29:24 | More by Monkeyknife
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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