Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

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Photo of TCadillac
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local BevMo. Buck 1.99 is quite a deal for a quality heffy. Drinken, or dranken? during a Rock Band Session. I think I'm actually singing better. Anyways to this awesome brew. Poured into a common red wine glass. Appears like swampy water, and slightly bubbles with a lil' foamy head. Smells like gingerbread, frozen banana, muffins, oat bread, pop tarts and a hint of grapefruit? Taste, much the same as the smell but with a hint of lemon drops and pancake syrup. Bubbly on the tip of your tongue, foams as you roll it across your mouth, tart as it filters under your tongue, overall easy drinkability! Aftertaste is clean as some new Chrome 26"'s. Lingering aftertaste is plesant. Thank you Mr. German Monk. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Good Beer...Amen.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at 'La Gueuze' in Paris, over by the Panthéon. Definitely recommend it -- huge beer selection, mainly belgian.

Brown pint bottle poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Pours a lovely bronze color, hazy. Highlights of orange. Head is pillowy, but no real lacing left down the glass as I drink.

S: Smells like a dark wheat beer, only not as strong as I want it to. Hints of banana creme come through, the wheat is clearly evident, but the hoppy smell doesn't come through too well.

T: It tastes good, but again it doesn't taste as pronounced as I want it to.

M: Lovely -- creamy, medium-light on the carbonation. Not too grainy.

D: I'm gonna give this a 5 because it has a certain X-factor that I can't really put a tangible measure on...but I think that this beer excels at being thoroughly enjoyable. I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of gus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very strong and intense clove aroma is evident, followed by a very fruity banana smell. This mixture gives it a pleasent overall first impression. The color can be described as a deep copper brown with a very thick , bubbly off white long lasting head. The clarity is slightly hazy and cloudy. Flavor of banana and clove is strong but good. High carbonation with no bitter aftertaste. Goes down very smoothly, a very filling rich beer. This will be a beer I will drink more often, and have my friends try.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a two finger off white head.

Aromas of banana, bubble gum, spicy cloves, and caramel.

Flavors are pretty much the same as the aroma.

Light body, very nice carbonation that lets the flavors drift along the tongue.

I've had many Hefeweizens but this is actually the first dunkelweizen that I've ever had. Pretty good stuff, very similar to a regular hefe but with more caramel flavors.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky amber-brown color with a huge, dense, cream colored head. The smell is primarily of cloves, a slight banana profile and a hint of bready yeast. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the toasted malt coming out ever so slightly. A decent amount (but not overly noticeable) of hops balances out the sweet weizen flavor nicely. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I had expected, the carbonation is thick and viscous. This is a very drinkable DW, the light body makes this good tasting beer even more drinkable.

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Photo of weizendoc
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into my frozen Franziskaner Weissglas. Lots of creamy head, esp. after I swirl the bottom ounce to get the Hefe involved. Noses of bread and citrus, maybe some chocolate. It looks like coffee.

First pull brings out the citrus and bread up front followed by a chocolate-malt finish. Mouthfeel is where this one really excels...nice bubbly carbs and rich texture, but finishes pretty clean for a dark bier.
4th pull now, and we're definately into a chocolate muffin taste. I am a lemoner however and citrus addition brings that quality out nicely in this dunkel.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.5L draft into wheat glass on the outdoor porch at Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC.

Nearly opaque deep copper to brown body, plenty of visible carbonation, perfect 2-3" tan, creamy head. Decent lacing throughout.

Zesty citrus peel aroma, with some ripe banana and wheat.

Banana comes thru more powerfully in the flavor, accompanied by lemon citrus, whole grain bread, and some cinnamon and clove.

Wow, creamy smooth on the MF - just the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability is huge. Went down far too smoothly on a warm Spring day. I've never been a huge Franziskaner fan, but this one won me over.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Cloudy dark brown with some tan highlights; fluffy tan 2-finger head, good retention. Once the head dissipated, there was a creamy tan surface that stuck around throughout consumption. Trace sticky lace on the glass.

S-A bit of cloves, hint of malt, some yeast, dark bread, and perhaps a slight estery smell, but ever so slight.

T-Upon the first sip there was dark bread, banana nut bread, chunky yeast, slight spice, caramel malt, and a hint of dark fruit. The aftertaste had a balance of light hops, sweet malt, light wheat, and a trace of caramel. The flavor blends were so nice and balanced.

M-Quite refreshing for this style. The body is on the moderate side. Carbonation was present, but just enough to give this fine brew some balance.

Overall, I was amazed. It really fit the context I was in at the time of drinking it. I really would drink this again, and again, and again. Perhaps this beer tasted so good because I had just finished cross-country skiing in -15 (Celsius) weather in Northeast China with a group of German and Swedish diehard ski bums. We went to one of the few German pub/restaurants in N.E. China right when we finished skiing. This brew really complemented my borsch, warm pretzel bread, sour cucumber cabbage salad, potatoes, and marinated beef. Quite a hearty meal on a frigid day. Give this beer a try if you haven't yet.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle picked up at Wegmans Mechanicsburg; poured into a weizen glass.

A: The dunkelweizen is a caramel brown, opaque albeit with a bright orange glow at the base of the glass. The pour generated three fingers of head, although no lacing followed.

S: This one makes up for the hefe I just reviewd. Thick banana and bubblegum aromas mix with caramel malts, a fuller scent that is intoxicatingly sweet.

T: More fragrant sweetness in every sip, damn a good dunkelweizen really hits the spot! Banana and bubblegum, along with a bit of clove, gets things started right. They are sweet but not too sweet, covering up most of the wheat tartness. Caramel malts, darker with a more pronounced graininess, crowds out the rest of the wheat, at least until the finish. After the rest of the flavors have sailed off into the sunset, the wheat's tartness lingers with a citric tingle.

M: The esters are pleasingly sweet; paired with the darker malts it is a goldmine. The vigorous pour has tamped down the carbonation, a welcome feature for a weizen.

D: The lower alcohol and rich flavor are big plusses. I'm struggling to come up with any minuses...

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Photo of jneiswender
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich chocolate brown with a light sliver at the bottom and a mighty raft of long lasting, foamy head. Thick and obvious sediment throughout body of the beer. Next we encounter a malt accented nose with pleasant hints of banana and clove.
Very strong malt characteristic to the taste with less balance from hops or wheat than the lighter version from the same brewer. Still, this is very enjoyable with a peppery aftertaste and a silky smooth Hefe texture that tickles the throat just right. Quite drinkable.
This is a pretty good beer, very original but still in a traditional, recognized style. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had bottles of this beer in both Germany and the United States. I must say the fresher bottles I have had in Germany taste better than the bottles in the states that are two to three weeks older. This review is for a bottle I enjoyed in Germany.

Appearance: Pours into a hefe-glass a dark hazy brown with a off white three inch head. The head recedes after a couple of minutes into an lace that covers the entire glass. The lace is the most interesting part of this beer, with tiny bubbles of carbination surfacing through. When you tip the glass back to take a sip the lace clings to the side for a seconds than decays and slides back into the beer. It is truely beautiful.

Smell: Smell hints of bananas and cloves. It is very pleasant and to style.

Taste: Matly flavor with a hint of banana and clove is initially intense, but fades into dry wheat flavors. The flavor become more complex as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is thick yet well carbinated.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly not a session beer, as it trends to sit in your stomach. However, it is great to sip down one or two, and relax.

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Photo of BeerTator
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting dunkel hefe-weisse beer. I always prefer dunkel over the light tasting hefe-weisee beers. Franziskaner makes a great tasting, smooth tasting beer here. I've been drinking this beer for about 2 years now and I always go back to it when I try different dunkel hefe-weise beers. Give it a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a Weizen glass. When poured this beer had a thick creamy head and had a slight spicey smell. Has a cloudy amber brown color. Very smooth, creamy, malty taste that is very drinkable.

This is the first dunkel weizen I have had and I must say that I am now a fan.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get this one every couple of weeks at a bar in my city in China. I switch back and forth between the dunkel and the regular. It is rich, very flavorful, and is a truly good wheat beer. It's darker, so it may be almost too dark for some (if that's the case, the regular is also amazing!).

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Photo of elliot23
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured into my Haufbrau .5L hefe glass. Massive creamy head. My most careful pour was rendered useless to this thick head of bubbles. Classic cloudy golden honey hefe color. Brings me back to my days living in Deutschland. Nice yeast sediment on the bottom to top off the beer.

S. Huge yeast up front with some nice citrus, banana, clove, spice and all sorts of other good stuff. Second go around I get more unpeeled bananas... love it. I could just smell this one all day. What a treat.

T. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. One of my all time favorite beer styles in the summer. When I close my eyes I'm on a boat cruise on the Rhine River, it's that pleasant. A lot of what is in the nose comes back into the taste in many ways. I love this creamy head. I could eat it up like with a cappuccino.

M. Nice carbonation and prickles to the mouth. Very satisfying all around and not a whole lot else to say.

D. Very drinkable. I could put this one away by the case. Not too heavy just ultra smooth and creamy. What more could you ask from when drinking a German hefeweizen.

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolutely massively thick and creamy head tops a dark bronze hued brew. The copious bubble production slows the settling of the impressive head to a crawl. The classic German Hefeweizen banana esters are followed by a rich, mellow chocolate note. After what seems like an eternity (if you're thirsty) the head settles and the liquid becomes accessible. It's about time. Moderate body w/ a proteinaceous viscous mouthfeel. Along w/ the typically musty, German hefeweizen yeast esters the complex flavor profile includes rich Dark Munich malt flavors along with very mellow and refined (dehusked?) German chocolate malt. Hops bitterness is almost lost amongst the malt flavors and esters, but manages to eek itself into the finish. This is definitely a complex brew. It's quite rich, and thus isn't quite as drinkable as other brews. A beer to treat yourself to if you're into German wheats.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick head. Cloudy hazy. Head dies slowly and maintains a ring of lace. Aroma is yeasty. Taste is very airy in the mouth. Nice malt flavors with only a mild hint of bananas and spice (cloves). Wonderful beer for the price. The better Dunkel Weiss that's readily available in a supermarket. Pick one up, no lemon necessary.


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Photo of apresskibrewer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served out of a 1pt bottle w/ gold foil wrap. No freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

appearance -
fast rising, active, large bubbled head. dark murky brown - some ocher hues coming through.
aroma -
citrus fruit, even though I expected a bit more banana (the banana started coming through once the head had dissipated). Fun yeast profile esters and malt play here.
The powerful carbonation on this one brings through the slightest of dry hoppy ness... but the malt is strong, and really the player in this profile. As the beer warms up, the banana comes through, soft, and balanced with the earthy malt.
mouthfeel/drinkabliity -
carbonation on this brew is uniform and strong, and maintains as it sits out. It provides a nice mouth feel, and allows for the palette to reach the subtleties of the beer. I Like this one, drinkability is high.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Hazy, light chestnut color with a substantial light tan head.

S -- Big bread yeast nose with some vague vanilla and citric fruit esters back.

T -- Chocolate characters up front, some of that mild vanilla. In the middle is lightly bready/yeasty character and finishes with a rather tart fruitiness -- but nothing overpowering or out-of-place.

M -- Smooth, creamy and soft mouthfeel with a light medium to medium body.

D -- Outstanding. I've had this on tap before and I almost like the bottle better -- maybe better handling.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured in a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, touch a red near the thin base. Nice creamy head that stays in place, about a centimeter thick.

Aroma: Bread-like malt aroma, with spicy, tangy yeast notes.

Flavor/Body: Initial flavor of cloves and spices, plenty of wheat flavor. A touch less phenolic than Spaten's weiss. Finishes out smooth and malty. A lot of carbonation and body.

I don't remember whether this beer or Paulaner's dunkelweizen was my first dark German wheat, but it's certainly been a constant favorite of mine for more than a decade (moreso since the Paulaner no longer seems to be imported; I haven't seen one of their dunkels in the US in about 5 years).

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Photo of almychristopher
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do like a good dunkel, and this one looks like it might fit the bill. pours a nice cloudy deep amber, with a nice off white head that wants to fade to lace but can't quite make it. the smell isn't bad either, it's got the requisite banana and clove yeast esters, and a bit of wheat malt, not as full as some but notably there. the taste is nice, the same as the smell, but a little light and the spiciness isn't there either. good mouthfeel, nice carbonation, and if it were on tap, I'd drink a lot of it.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,670 ratings.
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