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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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1,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 1316
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%

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 changeup45


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer their standard Hefe a little more. This pours a gross looking hazy amber color. Much like that of dirty, sewer water. Nice thick white head though. Taste is sweet and fruity, that of bananas and vanilla flavor. Some mild malts in there but fruitiness is the main taste. It's alright but nothing too great. Price was pretty good though. Once the beer settled down the appearance was a little well, more appealing, but at first it wasn't something I was excited to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:19:34 | More by changeup45
Photo of DrJay


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery amber with a short beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lacing. Strong banana and clove in the aroma, bready yeast, lemons and wheat crackers. Slight brown sugar character. The flavour was bready with lemon and banana, slight tartness. Mild bitterness. I found it to be overly dry, which probably explained the thin mouthfeel. The only thing holding the texture together was the carbonation. I liked the aroma, but was ultimately disappointed with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:06:51 | More by DrJay
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:36:54 | More by tykees88
Photo of vkv822


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is a balance of banana and clove.

The taste follows the nose, though the mouthfeel is quite light and ends a bit watery, which unfortunately detracts from the taste as well.

The aroma really had me looking forward to this but unfortunately the taste was just average and the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:08:46 | More by vkv822
Photo of udubdawg


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange/brown color, with a large airy off-white head. Nice retention, and several lines of tiny bubbles persist throughout. A few spots of lacing are left here and there.

Nose isn't terrible, but seems to be missing something. There's some definite wheat, and quite a bit of clove, and some medicinal character. I detect little fruit, and specifically very little banana - the effect is un unappealing one-sided aroma that just seems like it needs to be fuller and rounded out.

Can't say I like the taste much better than the aroma. Lots of bready malt flavors, some of the aforementioned medicinal character, some sugary sweetness that seems sorely lacking in complexity, and a bit of unexpected tartness. Fruit is more prevalent in the taste than nose, but just barely. Little alcohol noted anywhere.

Pretty crisp and full of fine carbonation - overall very refreshing, but I'd have to call it a little thin in the mouth to be truly enjoyable.

Not a bad overall effort at a dunkel weizen, and glad I tried this. I could easily finish another, but it is just an average beer to me. And why have another when their regular weisse is significantly better and equally available to me?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 18:54:15 | More by udubdawg
Photo of cameraready


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice medium brown with ample head that lingers.

S: Has a slight malt smell with hints of spices, orange and yeast.

T: Was a bit on the bland side. The yeast was the dominant flavor. No real hint of spices and other flavors typical in the style.

M: Medium in body with little carbonation.

D: Despite the flavor it was drinkable.

Poured .5L bottle into hefe glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:42:20 | More by cameraready
Photo of wingman14


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge light tan head. Smells like citrus and hops, with a hint of dough. Taste is not overwhelming, a hint of citrus, not as much as the smell would suggest with a bit of hops, no sweet flavor, a small aftertaste of malt though. Again you would think heavy carbonation from the appearance but it has a nice balance which adds to the mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer, my only complaint is it has a watered down feel the more sips you take. Could have had more flavor, but worth a try. This isn't your typical beer but worth a try if you find it. This is very easy to drink, not much aftertaste, could go well with just about anything.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 01:57:27 | More by wingman14
Photo of AltBock


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle that has a gold foil over the cap and has a dark ruby red label of a happy monk drinking a mug of beer. If you look closly, you can find a bottle code in the lower left hand corner. The back label just has all the usual U.S information. Served in a Weizen glass.

What came out of the bottle was a murky mahagony brown with a small amount of orange highlights. This one had the usual 2 inch creamy head of white foam. Slow retention that left behind a small amount of white spots and a streak or two of white lace. This Weizen didn't have any bananas in the aroma, but it sure loved the lightly toasted malts and butter popcorn. It smelled so much like popcorn, I almost took this beer to the movies. The taste was light and wheaty with roasted wheat, a hint of lemon, subtle cloves, yeast, and some juicy fruits here and there. I thought there could have been more flavors in the beer, but I guess not. The mouthfeel was light like a Weizen should be, but this one had a faint aftertaste of malted wheat and yeast. It's just a standard German Dunkel Weizen. I honestly thought it could have been better than this. I might give it another whirl in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 17:20:56 | More by AltBock
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fairly dark pour with ruby edges. Huge..I mean huge head. Off white and tight. Seems highly carbonated.
Smell is malty. Seems a bit Belgian like.
Taste is of caramel malt. Taste is yeasty and a bit estery. Wheat malts picked out of the mix.
A bit of a metallic taste in the finish.
decent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 00:31:25 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Trappissed


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be very dull and bland. I was expecting it to taste much different. First off, the mouthfeel was very thin and watery; and overly carbonated. The taste was just a little bready and a little sweet, not much going on here at all. I enjoy the regular Franziskaner Hefe fine, which is also why I was surprised. Obviously it would be easy to put a few of these away, but doesn't seem worth it to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:17:16 | More by Trappissed
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2003 01:37:08 | More by jcalabre
Photo of surfmeister


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: baby diarrhea or bilge water (take your pick)- either is unappealing to drink; but big beautiful beige head compensates a little
Smell: yeasty, bready, faint hops, very pleasant, possibly the strong point of the brew
Flavor: The clean, crisp apple-like quality of the flavor of a typical Hefewiezen is masked by molasses in this dunkel. I missed it.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, foamy, remaining crispness were all appealing
Overall: boring, somewhat one dimensional in taste, absolutely could not stand the murky shade of brown, I was turned off as soon as I poured the beer

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 04:02:45 | More by surfmeister
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy caramel color, with a quick bubbly head, that went from large to small after a couple sips. Smells malty, and possibly like chocolate flavored bananas. Tastes slighty sour. Has a malty flavor, and is dry. More carbonation than some of the other hefes I've had. I don't enjoy the aftertaste at all. This is only drinkable to me for 1. But well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 00:49:20 | More by finepaws
Photo of walleye


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle.poured orange brown, with a big fluffy head. aroma yeast, citrus, caramel. flavor, yeasty, caramel, fruity, lighty sweet and lighty bitter.at 1st taste I didn’t think I was going to like this beer but as it warmed the flavors got better.not to bad of a beer

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 01:39:48 | More by walleye
Photo of albern


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically like German dark wheat beers, but this is just a so-so example of the style. It pours a cloudy, dull brownish color, with a decent head that does stick around for awhile. The smell is yeasty, a little musty, maybe earthy if that is what you want to call it, but I wouldn't call it enticing. The taste is roughly medium bodied, there is just a tad of sweetness, I can taste a little clove maybe a little maple in there, along with the yeasty wheat flavor of a hefe. There is very little in the way of hop flavor, maybe a tinge in the middle, nothing on the end. This may be a little on the too watery side for a dark wheat beer, probably less sweet than other typical wheat beers. It's an okay beer, but that is all I can say. Recommended but you can do better. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:37:20 | More by albern
Photo of deaconoflove


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap Pours a cloudy and murky pale brown with a foamy three finger head that holds on.

Sm Not so much, some faint chocolate and banana.

Ta An odd spice, a little citrus, and maybe some candy? flavor in there.

Mf Light, thin and fizzy.

Dr It's a very peculiar tasting beer to me. I could drink a couple, but one will do for now.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:14:37 | More by deaconoflove


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Hoepfner Weizen glass. Deep amber color. Foggy appearance. Beige foam remains as a close & thin crown. Intense aromas of banana, toasted malt & bread, hints of clove & floral notes rounded by caramel on the back. Toasted upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Gentle malts, bread notes & brown sugar touch balanced by low bitterness. Fruity finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 13:11:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Jwaks


2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 1 pint .9 ounce bottle

This one was a surprise with a huge billowing fluffy off-white head, much more than I expected even with a careful pour. Several veins of fine carbonation meander through this ruddy brown brew sustaining a one finger thick head.

Sour lemon, dry bananas, piquant wheat and sweet malt aromas mingle with a bit of spice and a touch of buttery phenols.

All bark and little bite! Malts are the star from start to finish, hints of sour lemon, buttery phenols and dry banana are layered atop the malts with a slight spicy wheat kick on the finish. I was hoping this beer had more to offer, concentrating the non-malt flavors and kicking the wheat shot up a notch would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a touch of cream on the finish. Grip is mediocre, flavor lingers on the palate for about 20 seconds. Drinkability is great, off flavors are kept in check and a slick mouthfeel keep me going back to the glass for more.

Overall, an "average" dunkel weizen that can be classified as a well-made, refreshing quaffing beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:03:43 | More by Jwaks
Photo of Bighuge


2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 19:34:00 | More by Bighuge
Photo of SmashPants


2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: looks as decent as most Franziskaner wheat beers. Dark brown in colour with a traditional fluffy head that settles from two-fingers to one. Looks good.

Aroma: a very muted aroma - some traditional wheat beer banana and cloves, with some stunted and indistinguishable malts in the background. A bit funky too.

Taste: again quite muted. It doesn't seem so much like a dunkel as a standard wheat beer that has had some heavy dark lager poured onto it. Not awful, but certainly not amazing.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger reasonably well, but they are again quite stunted. Certainly not Frenziskaner's greatest works.

Mouth feel: I think this is the culprit. This beer really needs a higher carbonation. It is medium in body with a lower carbonation which struggles to carry the flavour through.

Overall: not a very good wheat beer neither a very good dunkel, particularly for what would be approx. AU$75 a case of 24 x 330mL. Get something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:19:29 | More by SmashPants
Photo of jim102864


2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dunkel is one of my favorite styles in all the land. This one leaves me feeling like I need to search elsewhere. Now that doesn't mean it's not worth trying. It does, however, mean that it's not the best of the style I've had during my travels. Appearance is such a bogus category of the overall review, since it speaks to essentially nothing. I suppose one could argue certain styles should have certain physical characteristics, but appearance in and of itself is meaningless to the taste which is all that matters. That being said, copper brown is what is obviously observed with this beer. There is a slight head, but no lace to speak of and the head itself simply floats on the surface in a thin line. The aroma is very discreet...not much to talk about here for a dunkel, which should blast out malty something or other. Tough to figure this one out. There is an aroma but it is tinny which is a very deragotary description, but it is what it is. The taste is slightly malty...a very clean flavor but so limited in the mouthfeel. I expect a dunkel to be bursting with maltiness and hearty on the toungue, but that ain't happening with this one, much to my chagrin. I'll give this an average drinkability rating at best, but boy, what an average to sub-average beer altogether. I hate to write that about any beer, but it is what it is. A wholly unremarkable dunkel. I expected so much more.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:45:42 | More by jim102864
Photo of SleepyMonk


2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle chilled slightly below room temp into a Franziskaner tall glass.

Generates a pale brown head that stands at approx. 3 fingers however no where near explosive as others in its class which hints to a low carbonation.

Color is creamy translucent coffee brown.

Smell is very thin and only minor amounts of yeast wafts to the nose along with the almost obligatory banana and clove-ish aroma one associates not just with Hefe-Weiss but that unique Franziskaner tone.

The taste and the mouthfeel only add to the anaemic nose. Mild dried yeast and malts over power the fruit element of which banana is the strongest. The low carbonation suggested at pouring is not as bad on the mouth yet the level of carbonation is medium at best. The mouth does experience quick burst of smooth malt however it quickly runs off.

Not as bad as these tasting notes make it sound, however if I was to recommend a sample of the style - this wouldn't be it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:08:51 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of dgallina


2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a very cloudy dull light brown with enormous off-white head. The head takes quite a while to recede to a thick blanket of film. Smells a bit bland; metallic hops and hard water over slightly sweet malts. Flavor is thin and dull; carbonated water, tinny hops, and a touch of malt that flashes by leaving no finish. Weak and uninspiring body, enlivened slightly by a trace of wheat creaminess. Not a particularly good dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:33:40 | More by dgallina
Photo of tr4nc3d


2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a murky light orange color with a two finger tan head.

Smells of cloves, spices, semi-sweet citrusy

As it warms the banana flavor comes out, cloves, yeast

Very light bodied, a little watery, smooth

Very low ABV but to watery for me makes this not to drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:19:06 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of ADR


2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 07:37:53 | More by ADR
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