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Franconia Dunkel - Franconia Brewing Company

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83
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
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:
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(Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

zelig, Wednesday at 03:55 PM
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
Photo of frognot
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thick foamy off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is a strong chocolate with faint coffee.

Taste: Very malty chocolate with just a wee whiff of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Looks and smells like should be heavier but is surprisingly light.

Tried this and a lager after the Franconia Brewery tour.

frognot, Jun 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Michaeldmanley, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

BJasny, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

rwb11, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

gtermi, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

J_Dub, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

ParlayHard8, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

ohyayitstrey, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

JRotund, May 06, 2014
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.

allengarvin, Jun 06, 2014
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 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
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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 10, 2010
Photo of Swalden28
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Very interesting dunkel. Pours a nice looking dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted notes with hints of cocoa. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew!

Swalden28, Jun 15, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brewery gets not enough respect out here. a wonderful german... for being in texas... and for well. most of america to boot. pour is dark coca cola color with a thin viscosity. nice head of off white tan. predominant nougat. nice apple crisp and even some mild grape english porter qualities. palate is very well balanced. grape, apple, maltose, chocolate and earthy but very light. a must if you're in the dallas area because this town runs a bit dry for the beer dweebs.

rtepiak, Nov 08, 2009
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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 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ExaltedNecrosis, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

cdwil, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

MouthfulOfchris, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

kew, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 11, 2012
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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.