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Franconia Dunkel - Franconia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008)
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Reviews by deadliest:
Photo of deadliest
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at Trinity Hall.

Look: Dark brown with a tan two-finger head.

Smell: Chocolatey and malt-heavy with a coffee background.

Taste: Forward, but pleasantly undistracting chocolate taste, supported by a roasted and malty foundation.

Mouth: Such a light and watery mouthfeel that it becomes distracting pondering the feel when you should be appreciating the tastes.

Drink: The nearly too-light mouthfeel is redeemed by the drinkability of this brew. Flavorful and complex enough to appreciate slowly, but light and refreshing enough to quench your thirst. A uniquely special beer.

deadliest, Jun 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Tiernan, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass black with a thin off white head.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The flavor is very sweet in the front of the palatte that ends in dark malted flavors including chocolate notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, perfect for the style.

whoneeds8, Sep 12, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

valkyre65, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of bdk1417
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

bdk1417, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep ruby amber approaching brown. The head is coffee froth colored that seems to last forever and laces everything it touches. A fantastic start.

The smell can best be described as malt, Malt, MALT!! It punches you in the nose with caramel, milk chocolate, fresh crushed grains and coffee. I thought the beer looked good but the nose is even better.

Sweet and heavy grains start this beer party off. Each sip yields a full range of toasted goodness. Caramelized sugars, coffee, chocolate all make up this robust malt profile. A light bitterness approaching metallic is present but never matures to anything distracting. I don't know how much kilned grains they use but it tastes like the bitterness comes from there rather then hops which are just about non-existant.

Thin carbonation adds to an already smooth and milky feeling beer. This beer is full bodied and ready to rumble. Dunkel is borderline chewy and extremely satisfying. At the pub they told me it was seasonal which made me a little misty eyed. I could drink it year round.

jbphoto88, Apr 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Jackp_43, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

hsus0225, Sep 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

BeerZack, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JDCannon, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

rwb11, Jun 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sazz9, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

gtermi, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of paigertx
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

paigertx, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of MorSlaught
3/5  rDev -18.5%

MorSlaught, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ExaltedNecrosis, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mcdsports, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Shafaegalo, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After the enjoyable brewery tour, decided to grab a pint at a pub in downtown McKinney. 14 oz pseudo-pint glass brought to my table a dark brown, bordering on black color. Modest, but very creamy and small-bubbled light tan head. Retention is ok and lacing is adequate.

Nose is very chocolaty for a dunkel. Bready yeast and a faint touch of sourness. Mild roast and very fresh smelling.

Chocolate notes carry through to the flavor along with a definite grain sweetness, more so than perhaps any dunkel I have had. Decent amount of roast and the hops are very tame to say the least. Nice and fresh tasting brew, a bit more robust than many of the style. Plenty of flavor, body is certainly not thin...this is solid. There's some good German brews coming out of Franconia, this guy knows what he's doing.

twiggamortis420, Jun 21, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jkn09, Feb 23, 2014
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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.