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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 44
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber, cloudy, with a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: light citrus aroma, perhaps even some berry.

Taste: wheat, citrus, light fruit flavors (and berry again). Quite tasty, not too sweet, a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but perhaps a little heavy body for a real session beer. I could see enjoying this beer in a lot of different settings, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 21:41:44 | More by flagmantho
Photo of IronLover


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin brownish-red in color with a murky haze. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Wheat malt aroma is prominent with spicy clove and hints of banana. Medium bodied with ample rich carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Wheat and toasted malt flavor with clove up front . The spiciness intensifies into the middle giving way to banana and yeast flavors and wheat malt flavors to the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:39:46 | More by IronLover
Photo of aubuc1


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a steady off white head.

Smell is clovey, banana, and yeasty. A little more yeast than I expected.

Very nice smoothe, banana, and malt.

Full feel and good flavor make a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 18:17:06 | More by aubuc1
Photo of russwbeck


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Full, large white head, shrinks into a creamy foam at the top of a cloudy amber drink.

S: Spicy and malty. Clove, wheat, bananas, maybe some toastiness.

T: Typical hefeweizen, with added bananas and other dark fruits. Much lighter taste than I expected.

MF: Creamy (from the head) with a light to medium body. Very refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink, great on a hot day. Would have to switch it up after 2 or 3 tho.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:02:47 | More by russwbeck
Photo of bagpiper2005


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Very hazy/opaque golden brown with a huge three fingers of fluffy white head that retains decently and leaves traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of toasted wheat bread, banana, currant, and yeast. No real detectable hops, and a touch of clove.

Taste: The front starts off with a delicious sweet pale and toasted wheat malt flavor which then gives way to a hint of banana bread and a small touch of yeast. A hint of clove comes through in the back, and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: A very smooth-drinking, refreshing beer.

Final Notes: Perhaps not the best Dunkel out there, but very good indeed and I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 22:18:51 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of arizcards


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice dark wheat beer that poured a very nice head. One can see the unfiltered yeast when holding it up to a light. Smell has hints of banana and clove, other than that nothing noteworthy. Taste is a medley of yeast and wheat with a slight hint of banana and cloves. This has a nice full mouthfeel. This beer nicely glides over one's palate. Near-excellent drinkability, this is a beer that has grown on me tremendously since I have started it!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:11:29 | More by arizcards
Photo of codfeast


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15oz.bottle to stein.

A: Amber/copper color, thick cream colored head.

S: malt, digestive crackers, yeast.

T: Sweet malt moves to the back with a bananna and clove finish.

M: solid carbination, creamy mouthfeel, with a pretty dry finish.

O: A refreshing beer, went down quite easy. nice change of pace from all the hops I usually consume. Next time BevMo has them on sale for $2 I'll grab some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 17:00:09 | More by codfeast
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light brown color with a massive head of white foam that just exploded on the top of the beer. Lemons and yeast are in the nose, and they combine for a pretty nice treat.

Flavor has a lot of lemon in there, and it is balanced well by yeast and bananas. It has a crisp start, and it then smoothes out to a very creamy feel leaving tingly little bubbles on your tongue. Grains come in big in the aftertaste adding to the complexity. I was searching for darker malts, but I did not find them. I expected something a bit roastier out of a dunkel - weizen. It was a great beer, but I think it lacked the dark character it needed to receive more credit from me according to style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 16:17:16 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Thrasher


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 13:42:52 | More by Thrasher
Photo of HalfFull


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass, and face to face with a Weihenstephaner. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of off white head. Head settles to a surface ring in a minute or so and yields some light lacing. Cap can be regenerated if desired, well carbonated.

Offers a nice sweet banana and yeast nose. Some deep dried fruits/raisin in the background. Teasing malts that don't overwhelm but aid the light structure of the beer.

Flavor is maltier than the nose would suggest and a bit simpler as well. Yet there is wheat, banana and a return of raisin notes. A light Dubbel in a sense and oddly different than the Weihenstephaner. Both good yet quite distinct. Feel and drink are pleasant and easy and with a nice lingering finish. Might perhaps become a bit rich on the tongue in time, keeping drinkability in check. A nice carbonation effervescence accompanies the finish.

A final pour was a bit aggressive by accident and resulted in excessive foam formation, followed by a lighter bodied brew. So pour carefully, especially if the bottle has had any time to warm up.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:26:07 | More by HalfFull
Photo of thekanna


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thin medium brown with tan head that is enormous at the outset but dissipates quickly.

S: Some toasted wheat malts, sweetness, and a bit of citrus.

T: Not as big a wheat flavor as the normal Franziskaner Hefe-weisse but it does manage to maintain a delicate balance of toasted rice sweetness and wheat malt. Slight caramel notes with overtones of cinnamon and mulling spices.

M: A bit thin and watery; smooth, but I prefer my hefes with a little more body.

D: Very smooth and easy to imbibe. Nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 07:51:20 | More by thekanna
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Interestingly it smelled like a Hefeweizen but without the citrus fruit aroma.

Appearance - Weird really. It was a brown maybe orange color. A friend suggested that is looked like muddy water more than a beer you would expect.

Taste - Surprisingly light a refreshing for a dunkel but a wheat dunkel was quite an experience.

Notes - Good moutfeel and carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 23:36:28 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of biggred1


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy russet brown with a fine whipped head of sand colored foam. The nose is clove heavy with soft banana and cocoa. Nutty and spicy flavors of cocoa, clove, banana and lemon zest. Some fresh bready yeastiness. Medium bodied with a lot of good carbonation. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 23:23:46 | More by biggred1
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serious head on this one about four fingers of light brown frothy bubbles. The amber color rates a 9 on the SRM beer color scale. This brew is not as clear as most because of the amount of little bubble action happening. Deep aroma of malt, berries, yeast, and wheat. Wonderful flavor of grains and fruit, but the best is the aftertaste, yeast roll with jam. Feels good in my mouth as it rolls over my tongue and around my teeth, good zing, but not over baring with carbonation. Being a little pricey it would not be one of my regulars, but for a treat and guests I would spring for this fine Dunkelweizen (dark wheat).

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:28:46 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of tconboy


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, tan head with nice retention. Smells of malts and light fruits and some nice sweetness. Nice smooth malty taste with nice complexity makes this one pretty enjoyable. Mild carbonation and smooth mouthfeel that you'd expect. Not my favorite dunkel but found everywhere in Bavaria.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 19:20:26 | More by tconboy
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 12:53:24 | More by Gavage
Photo of cer40


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my imperial pint with a nice foamy two finger head that dissapates to a nice covering froth with some sudsy lacing. Cloudy with the sediment from the bottom.

Smells like green bananas with sour notes. Taste is of bananas with a slight bitterness on the end. Very smooth and nutty.

Medium bodied with little carbonation this beer is very smooth and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 20:59:01 | More by cer40
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle consumed in a Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: full, firm head, dark chestnut

Smell: brown sugar, graham cracker, spicy

Taste/Mouthfeel: graham cracher, sugary, wheat, biscuty, banana, refreshing

This was a great beer with awesome drinkability. I did not like it as much as the Franziskaner Hells but overall it was a great dunkel. Plus, the price was right (it was a gift).

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 04:45:34 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of Bernoulli

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades quickly with no lacing. Hazy deep brown.

Nice odor but hard to place (alcohol).

Smooth malty-fullness, definitely heavier than a hefe.

Nice flavor with hint of banana. No hint at all of a metallic aftertaste. Noticeably heavier than a hefe, but clearly related.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:59:40 | More by Bernoulli
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first bought this beer because I was amused by the goofy hammered monk on the label.
Pours a murky brown like the color and clarity of apple cider. Decent head to start but faded quickly. Very light spot lacing.
Smells of spiced fruit and wheat. Tastes wheaty, malty and fruity with banana and apple, clove and a light medicinal quality, as well as a very faint smokiness.
Feels average; medium body with biting carbonation.
Definitely worth the money, but Schneider Weiss and Weihenstephaner are still the reigning champs of German Hefes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 22:06:43 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of Blakaeris


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy brown with a crisp white head and generous carbonation.

Smell is caramel malt with bready yeast. Impressive bananna nut bread character.

Taste is similiar to the nose with estery spices in the finish. Very balanced malt and mild hop. Bready bananna nut quality is enhanced when compared to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation lends a very soft and airy quality.

An excellent dunkel weizen. Very smooth and harmonious flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:17:07 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of JoshuaCain


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy medium brown with a thick frothy soda-type head. smells somewhat like a yeasty caramel sticky bun, a little nutty and spicy as well.
taste is more subtle than the aroma. banana nut bread, a little malt in the back. very dry and clean finish.
very fizzy and refreshing to drink. decent flavor and lowish ABV make this a great session beer if you find it on sale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 08:03:25 | More by JoshuaCain
Photo of rapidsequence


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a 16.9 oz bottle. $3.29 at Magnolia in Lynchburg.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a very impressive fizzy and foamy head that unfortunately completely fizzles out in about 30 seconds. Very little lacing.

Smell: Pretty good. Sweet malt, clove and banana, wheaty, and yeasty.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Lots of clove here. Banana and some slightly tangy citrus. Big time clove in the finish. All the parts are here, but it seems a little watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, a little watery. Aggressively carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer. I like whats there, but it needs a little more body.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:49:53 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of macpapi


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having been pleasantly surprised by my introduction to Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, I decided to give the Dunkel a try. The beer poured a copper-brown color, with hints of red. It had a nice half-inch tannish colored head, and was almost opaque. Overall the appearance is somewhat dank and murky. Smells fruity, with banana being most dominant but other sweet aromas definitely present. Hop and wheat come out at the end. The taste is full and malty. Initial bready flavor is followed by a kick of banana. This is a very flavorful sip. In the mouth, however, this beer feels somewhat thin. It is not very bold and the initial good taste does not linger long enough. Overall, I would define this as another drinkable Hefe by Franziskaner for an unbelieveably low price. It is flavorful, but light on the tongue. All in all a good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 00:18:09 | More by macpapi
Photo of far333


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass. Slightly hazed ruddy amber color with a thick off-white head that rises up two inches high and slowly drops down to a fine cap.

Aroma of sweetish malt and lemon, some clove and wheat bread dough.

Flavor of firm doughey malt, lots of caramel, some toffee and cinnamon, a hint of lemon and peppery spice. Faint metallic note, hints of yeast and clove.

Medium mouthfeel, not too full, finishes tingly and bubbly. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:01:13 | More by far333
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