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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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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 Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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 jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 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 Danobold
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Gingerman in Dallas

A - Dark brown color with dull ruby highlights when held up to light. Solid two finger foamy head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

S - Big roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and burnt bread. Hints of coffee as well. An earthy spiciness provides some balance.

T - Somewhat sweet initially with some chocolate mixed in. Toasted bread comes through quickly mixed with some dark fruits, mainly raisins. A light spiciness mid-drink balances the maltiness well.

M/D - A touch on the thin side but still a good feel. Well carbonated and easy drinking.

I am not very familiar with the style, but this is a nice little beer.

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of deadliest
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.