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Franconia Dunkel - Franconia Brewing Company

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Franconia Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008

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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 37
Photo of ryverrain
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a good beer. ...

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really liked the beer and would get it again.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-a very dark brown with a red tint when held up to the light
S- roast aroma
T-roast in not heavy and come in stronger in the aftertaste. Malt is there but the roasted taste just takes over
F-light body and medium carbonation
O-a good beer

Photo of Northtexan
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just wanted to update my rating.

Photo of TasteFiend
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Also doing a glass comparison.

Visual: Foamy cream head, fades quickly in all but wheat beer glass, with a twirl the head lingers on all glasses.
-Nose: best out of pils glass, somewhat sour out of tulip glass
-Taste: All very similar. Seemingly flat out of the sheet beer glass. tinge of bitter aftertaste

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a really dark brown body with reddish highlights, along with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt. Tastes almost exclusively of roasted malt and not much else. Pretty boring honestly and feels kinda watery. Overall it was fairly disappointing, kind of surprising considering I have loved every other beer I have tried from this brewery and I typically love dark beers like black lagers, stouts, and porters

Photo of christogolfer
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It was ok...just ok....had a little chocolate taste to it but a strange overall flavor.....overall just meh

Photo of Jasonboerner
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer. Seems like it's not as aggressive as it looks. I'd have another

Photo of RobertTJ
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I felt this beer was oddly harsh

Photo of hippogasmo
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little above your average brew, but as previously stated: not a true dunkel. There isn't much to say in terms of the normal rating system.

A: Pours a dark chocolatey color, with little to no head.
S: Smells like coffee/toffee.
T: Tastes like coffee/toffee.
M: Feels a little like a light stout, a little heavier than a Guinness.
O: It's alright. Franconia started in a town about 15 miles from where I grew up, and now they brew full-time about 20 miles from my current home. Considering that it's available at just about any establishment with a decent selection near me, it's well above the average fare, but not quite good enough that I'd seek it out in particular.

Photo of boddhitree
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Aroma: Unusual... first thing that pops out is some chocolate, but lots of coffee and roast malt hiding under there. Is this a Coffee Dunkel? I love the aroma, but not in a Dunkel. It's an amazing aroma, and I love it, but it's not "authentic."

Flavor:
Front: Roasted coffee bitterness, and my it's a lot. Not much else here. Good for a coffee stout, but not "Authenitic" Dunkel. Nevertheless, I like it, a lot.

Mid: Bitter, roasted flavors here, coffee and a little toffee, but ditto the "Authentic" comment.

Back: Roasted bitterness, astringency and a lot of it, again. Coffee again, too, crisp, dryness, not bad, but like dull knife, it just ain't cuttin' it as "Authentic."

Aftertaste: Not much but dark, roasted, black malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crispness in the back, thick mouthfeel in the mid & front parts. Nice, the best of both worlds.

Overall: I'm not sure how to rate this. Is this a German coffee stout or what? Call it that, and I say I love it. It's not as thick and creamy as say a Mikkeler Black or their other's Coffee Stouts, so it'd be missing that for a great coffee stout. So, it's not a stout, but a coffee-dunkel lager? That would be a great beer. That I'd pay for and in fact, rate it a 4.3 of 5. But an "Authenitic" Dunkel, a 2 of 5. Again, I like this beer; it's just shitty marketing to gullible Texans, I don't like. Strange, eh? I'm really torn here. I need y'all's opinion here.

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times over the years on draft, but this is my first bottle. The appearance is a bit disappointing... dark brew with a head that quickly fades to almost nothing--not nearly as good as a typical draft pour. The nose, though, is excellent and dead-on for the style, which a rich dark bready scent, a tad toasty, with some lurking caramel. The flavor continues that note, with a great soft complexity of malt taste components, pleasantly nutty and lightly toasty, but never too sweet, though hop bitterness is just enough to balance out the malt.

This isn't a beer I buy in bottle form, for home drinking, but it's definitely one that, if it's available, makes a great companion to a variety of lunch and dinner meals, not just trad german. It goes great with highly spicy thai or indian.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Franconia Dunkel pours from the bottle to a brown, cloudy body. A good pour produces very little foam and there is little or no lacing. The nose on the beer is one of light roasted coffee with a dab of toffee.

With the taste, this beer offers flavors of light roasted malt, a touch of chocolate/cocoa and some toffee and light caramel. Further tasting reveals a slight flavor of licorice. There is less of a fruity component to the flavor than expected and the body of the beer leans toward the thin side.

This dunkel brew is an acceptable example of the style, but notice how many times I used the word “light” in my descriptions? That is probably the main problem I have with this beer. The thin body and light character make it seem like a beer with potential that hasn’t been met. I did notice that the character is better if you pour two- thirds of the bottle into a glass, swirl the remainder, and then quickly dump it into the same glass. But the lightness still remains, and that may be enough to ruin the tasting for some. It certainly isn’t a bad beer, but it may not have enough body and flavor to satisfy the harshest critics among us.

Photo of JMad
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with thin off white head that left plenty of lacing.
It has a sweet roasted toffee aroma with some chocolate.
Tastes of roasted dark malt with a slight metallic tang and some chocolate.
It's kind of thin with low carbonation an a nice dry finish.
Solid beer, easy drinking, I'd get it again.

Photo of monnik
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice dark color. It poured a nice 3 finger head and laced a bit.

Smell: Chocolatey. Roasted malts. Definitely what I was expecting.

Taste: The taste was a bit more like a dry Irish stout to me more than of a dunkelweizen. I'm ok with that except I mark it down a bit for not meeting their expected style. The most pronounced flavor is the roasted malt which was nice. There is a hint of hop and frankly I'm glad they didn't over hop which I find typical of American produced versions of Old World styles.

Mouthfeel: It was a bit thin but it didn't take away from the beer.

Overall: I'd have another. For a fairly new brewery, not a bad beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color, opaque to light, with a fairly large tan head, which retains well, and scattered broken lacing.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa, caramel, and toffee dominate the aroma, with the cocoa being most prominent.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa, soon followed by roasted malt, verging on burnt, with a bit of toffee as well. As the taste progresses, the burnt flavors dominate. Finishes with lingering roasted flavors, and a bit of noble hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft, but a bit thin, with little carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The roasted malt seems a bit overdone, and the body a bit thin. A decent example, which could be world-class, if the recipe were tweaked a bit.

Presentation: Packaged in a plain twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of ranger7
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought in a pick 6 from Central Market.
Poured from the bottle into a mug.
(Review from notes)

A - Dark brown, almost black. Thick and dark - holding it up to the light, I can just barely see through. Thin head.

S - Roasty smell, some chocolate.

T - Typical Dunkel; dark and roasty - hint of chocolate.

M - Thin and light, little carbonation. A roasted chocolate aftertaste. Easy to drink.

Summary - Was looking forward to this brew, since the brewery is in TX and I'm always looking for good local stuff. Unfortunately, this one's not real memorable. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just average. I wouldn't turn one down if someone offered. Warsteiner and Spaten make better Dunkels.

Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Oak chips, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee.

T: Very oaky. A little bit of licorice, hay, and peat.

M: Light, but hearty. Bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Enough character for a savoring experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, tight foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is oaky, chocolaty, and roasty. Oaky malt with some licorice and grass components. Bitter and earthy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of micjah
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the Franconia dunkel on tap at the local Whole Foods. This is the first Franconia beer that I have tasted and I must admit that I was impressed. It was very smooth with lots of malty sweetness and a nice chocolate flavor that was pleasant and not overpowering. One of the better dunkels that I have had.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a lovely clear dark brown with a thin light tan head. There is little head retention but moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Moderate amounts of burnt and roasted malts with hints of caramel. Very light in flavor overall.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate with hints of caramel. There is a slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, not as heavy as some beers in this style. Nice flavors and a wonderful appearance. Would pair very nicely with Texas BBQ brisket.

Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown in appearance with a thin tan head. Smells lightly of toasted grain. Taste is initially sweet coffee flavor followed by a woody mellow finish. Decent mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall an excellent dunkel, I would certainly get this again.

Photo of GeneralZod
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE
A dark tan and brown color. It also pours out to look very creamy with great head retention.

SMELL
It has a very roasty smell of possibly coffee or caramel.

TASTE
It taste very roasty and malty. Almost a burnt taste.

MOUTHFEEL
Creamy and smooth. You dont tast too much carbonation.

OVERALL
It's my 2nd favorite beer at this Brewery.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel malts with a little bit of chocolate malt mixed in. The flavor is full of chocolate and darker malts with a little bit of smoke character also coming through. The beer is pretty sweet due to all of the malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of KrautAficionado
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/2/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TeXas): Pours a very dark brown colored body, small tan-white head, diminishing. Somewhat coffee effervescent aroma. But very weak. Somehat watery taste, Strong ground coffee taste. Tastes like a coffee - beer. Somewhat carbonated. Some mlk chocolate notes. Nice chocolately aflertaste as it warms up.

Photo of paigertx
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this rare find in the highland park area of dallas. Ordered a pint immediately and was very pleased with all aspects of this local brew. Half inch foamy head and dark brown almost a stout in color. Smell was of fresh roasted coffee and molasses which was perfect on a cold day. Taste was great but reminded me of a coffee porter which was fine with me but forces my score down as it is not accurate to the style. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent which is why I ordered a second pint with excitement. Highly recommend my first sample from this brewery.

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.