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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

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 Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gagnonsux, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Murky mahogany-brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. Nutty, earthy nose with hints of banana, brown bread, clove, and a subtle vinous character. The taste follows suit with lots of malty brown bread up front along with hints of banana, clove, toffee, apple, tobacco, molasses, and a subtle vinous finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, a solid interpretation with good drinkability.

beerdrifter, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy nut brown, nearly-white head is a quarter inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of bananas and buttered bread.

Tastes of bananas and lightly buttered bread along with light caramel and mild roasty notes.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good wheat ale in the German style, good nose, okay flavor. Their hefe is one of the best, but this is just pretty good. Still worth trying though, and enjoyable enough that I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

cokes, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a great beer, it's a dark brownish/reddish color and very murky. It has a nice head on top and smells really sweet, it does have a banana scent to it. It has a some what crisp feel to it and is absolutely smooth and very tasty,it has a very mild bitter but crisp aftertaste. I really enjoy drinking this one.

vickersspitfire, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark amber into a weizen glass with a nice creamy and foamy head. There's lots of active carbonation.
S: Sweet, dark malts dominate the aromas, although there are also typical hefeweizen smells of yeast, wheat and bananas.
T: Like the small, malty sweetness dominates the initial taste, followed by hints of other flavors such as caramel and toffee. Compared to a typical hefeweizen, the taste is much more complex, although the tastes of wheat and yeast are essentially masked.
M: There is a light- to medium-bodied taste that also feels smooth on the palate due to the high level of carbonation.
D: This goes down very smoothly and is a breeze to drink. I could easily drink these all day long.

metter98, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of guitarmage
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. From memory, the beer was a dark brown, coffee, some light passed through. Nice foamy off white head.

Smell: Smells like a hefeweizen, not especially aromatic however.

Taste: Good flavor, similar to Franziskaner Hef, light banana bread and yeast, not especially spicy or sweet.

Drinkability: This beer was great to wet the appetite for the main course. If I had the choice I'd go for the regular hef, I didn't get anything extra from this brew.

guitarmage, Feb 25, 2007
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 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.

Bouleboubier, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Fugazme
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a "pop". I expected beer to rush out... didn't happen. Pours out a great amber/deep ruby brown color. A touch hazy. Excellent thick, white head with some great retention. Swirls leave walls of foam on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is decent. Some light banana... definite malt. A weird hint of plastic, but not horrible by any means.

Smooth on the intake. A very drinkable beer. Taste is pretty good. banana, wheat, clove.

I'd purchase again.

Fugazme, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger thicker off-white head. Head is big and fluffy and mountains out of the glass. Colour is a red shade of brown, like sienna at the top and ochre at the bottom. It's cloudy and has a higher amount of carbonation in the form of very tiny bubbles. Head slowly levels out into a thick film that remains the whole time, but unfortunately doesn't leave any lacing.

SMELL: Strong wheat malt, banana and lemon dominate with a bit of clove there as well. A nice hint of caramel in the back separates it from the normal hefewizen, which is a very nice touch. Enticing.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a sweet lemon bit as well. A mild aftertaste that has more sweet malt and some nice caramel there. Nice to be sure, but doesn't quite live up to the enticing nose.

PALATE: Medium body, goes down creamy smooth with lower end carbonation. No bite at all and finishes relatively dry. Pretty good.

OVERALL: Solid, very drinkable and enjoyable. Not quite as good as I remember it when I lived in Germany, but I'd certainly line up for more. Recommended.

Jeffo, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of zerk
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

zerk, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a cloudy body that was a mix of leather brown and apple cider. Left two-finger head that receeded quickly and left no lacings. A nice roasted/dry malt smell came through, accentuated by some tart fruit such as orange, cherries and also some clove. Spices are the first thing that struck me, then a warming sensation as the malty goodness came through. A slightly dry finish as the citric fruits are tucked on the backend; this a medium-bodied beer that is smooth and a tad creamy. There is some caramel in there too, but it does not make the beer that syrupy. Not the best dunkel, but I did enjoy it.

clayrock81, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

drabmuh, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of DelMontiac
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle in to an Eskimo Joe's weissen glass. That's right, Eskimo Joe's.

A: Murky raw apple cider brown color with linen colored silky single finger head that vanishes quickly. The fine bubbles want to lace the glass, but end up sliding down as you drink.

S: Overripe bananas, apples, and crenated red grapes. Bready cracked wheat and malt add the earthiness.

T: Fits the nose well, with some sourness to the sides and back of the toungue. Pleasant banana bread and yeasty aftertaste. Let's just call it banana-nut-wheaty-cider.

M: Velvety like cocoa. The carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Too bad I took a lungfull half way through the glass. Hate it when that happens.

Overall: This is a readily available mass-procuced German beer that anyone can appreciate. A great gateway beer for noobies, and a great price to boot. When I'm at a loss in my local beer store, I can always count on this one.

DelMontiac, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no experation date at Central Market in Dallas. Pours out dark brown, the color of apple cider. Good light brown head. The smell is very wheaty and has a hint of banana to it. I think it tastes very good. The wheat flavor is very strong and the banana flavor is present as well. Ends a little sour and dry. I could drink lots of these on hot Texas days.

ttu94, May 24, 2007
Photo of BikingDutchman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

BikingDutchman, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one from Spaten. Poured a dark cloudy red / brown colour. Looked like cloudy tea. VERY fluffy slightly off-white head with super sticky lacing. Lots of clove spiciness and a healthy dose of banana in this one!!! A tiny bit of the dank basement lambic farmhouse ale smell. The taste was full of clove spice and very "wet". I know that must sound funny, but it seems thirst quenching and doesn't leave a dry after taste at all. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and easy to drink. I enjoied this hefeweizen tremendously, although my favourite is still Ayinger (yes I know this is Dunkel-Weisse). Not a bad one at all!!!

SilentSabre, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of batty
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful orange-golden hazy, fast rising thick head, which drops to a quarter inch and sticks around. smell is a bit of alcohol and some fruity notes lightly mixed with malt. taste follows suit - a fruity light plum-raisin and strong banana, balanced pretty well with medium malt,can deifnitely taste the alcohol on the back. As warms up a little getting more of the bitter at the end, nice touch. relatively dry finish. medium-high carbonation, very smooth, pretty refreshing.

batty, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a brown 50 cl long-necked bottle.
The red label got a picture of a Franziskaner-monk with a ceramic beer-mug in his hand - Hardcore!

A: This beer pours cloudy dark brown with hint of red. The head is pretty large, off-white but dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacings.

S: Wheat and faint malt, nice balanced. Ripe bananas. Citric notes as well. Faint notes of dark dried fruits.

T: Ripe bananas in great harmony with wheat/malt - a bit bready. Some faint chocolate.

M: Thin body, richly carbonated with small bubbles. Aftertaste is medium long and holds some sweet- and bitterness.

D: A little bit to thin in body for beeing a great beer. Now it's just a nice beer.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of AlexLMS
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy with a dark copper colour. The head is light tan to beige, huge and rich with a good although not great retention. Lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, wheat, yeast and a little of cloves.
Taste: confirms the smell with the nice addition of banana flavour.
Mouthfeel: creamy, medium carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5% ABV) and a full body.
Finish: spices and bananas.

Overall: very nice dunkel weizen. Complex, rich, friendly and round. A must have.

AlexLMS, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick, murky brown, with a pea-soup greenish tint. Creamy, uniform head with good retention.

Smell: Fruity, like apples and pears, with a hint of tobacco. Malts are well-developed, chocolaty with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Very much like apple cider, or applesauce. Yum! Toasted malts are the base flavor, with a bit of clove and alcohol. Reminds me of bread pudding. Finish is sweet and refreshing, not sugary in the least.

Mouthfeel: Glorious! Incredibly creamy, with little sharp bursts of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is quite yummy, but I can imagine it might get somewhat cloying after a while. Still, very drinkable.

soulgrowl, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of dragonglen
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Holy head Batman! I had probably about 2 inches of beer and around 7 inches of foamy head. It took a while to get the whole bottle in the glass. It eventually settled down to about half a finger thick. A dark, rusty color with some cloudiness.

S - It actually smelled a little musty. Not in a bad or unappealing way, but I was a little surprised.

T - This was nice. A little bit of banana and a nice balance of malt and hops. It was smoother than I expected, but it's been a while since I've had a dunkel weisse.

M - A nice full feel that swallowed lighter than it looks.

D - I could drink a couple of these. A nice beer for when you want something summery but a little darker.

dragonglen, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Mryup
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A toasted brown/caramel with lots of haze. A very gentle pour into my Weihenstephan glass produces two inches of toasted coarse foamy head that fades to a 1/2 inch hilly layer. Nice unique look.

S: Hmmm..not much here. Mellow, straightforward, creamy wheat with whispers of earthy spices...probably cloves and something else. Subtly nice.

T: An anemic wheat with dark malt...a little banana with maybe a smidge of sneaky pear..interesting...mellow earthy, balanced spice comes in at the very end...you have to look for it. Slightly watery at the end. If your looking for a very calm mellow dunkle weisse this is it. The shyness gives the illusion of impeccable balance. And it is very well balanced.

M: A light/medium mouthfeel that goes wet at the end. CO2 is accurate.

D: A lighter beer that makes it more drinkable than most.

A lot of people don't seem to like the fact that this beer doesn't jump out and grab your throat. I actually kind of like that about it. Of course its probably because they are cheaper bastards but oh well...it makes for something a little different. I would drink it again.

Mryup, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy plum-brown color with an almost light-cinnamon color to the head. 4.0

Rich banana, wheat grain, taffy, and clove aroma. Sweet and nutty. Dark wheat bread glory. 4.5

Nice malty dunkel. Slight roast, powdery yeast, sugar-spotted banana, spicy clove, cherry juice, and dark bread. Nice. 3.5

Medium body that's a little thinner than expected. Subtle carbonation adds to the velvety feel. 4.0

Classic dunkel. Worth buying and re-buying and re-buying. Get the point? 4.0

thecheapies, May 16, 2012
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.