Franconia Dunkel - Franconia Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Franconia Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008)
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1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of boddhitree
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
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 jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of champ103
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown color. A minimal white head forms and light lace.
S: Buttery malt up front. Some grainy cereal aroma. Not much is present.
T: Buttery and toasted malt is the most prominent flavor. Some grain and cereal similar to the nose.
M/D: A light to medium body. Watery and thin. Smooth and easy to drink. Something to session if nothing else is around.

Just an average beer. No real character. Nothing more to say.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of gnaztee
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Similar to the smell chocolate and coffee

M - This beer has a slighty thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - There were some little things going on with this beer that didn't get me excited the flavor is a little bland and the body was pretty watery

Photo of BryanCarey
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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 monnik
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
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 bdk1417
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of SaranacinTexas
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Caruvana
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ranger7
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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 WoodyHuffines
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Gsmack
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 hippogasmo
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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 jujubeast6000
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/2/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

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 Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
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