Franconia Dunkel - Franconia Brewing Company

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 37
Photo of whoneeds8
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of frognot
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of deadliest
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
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 twiggamortis420
4.02/5  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.

Photo of Swalden28
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 ckeegan04
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 champ103
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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 armock
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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 jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light & fresh, soft fruit, soft malt.

Dark, dark brown with deep red highlights, good clarity. Mild-sized very creamy head with mild retention.

Soft, delicate malty palate centered around chocolate, dark fruit (raisin), and roasted malt (bread crust, a little dark bread). Slightly sweet at first. Light bready/toasty malt that is strong on the dark crust contribute to an increasing dryness. Light sour/tartness. More roast, particularly raisin and chocolate with hints of bitter dark roasted coffee bean. Light grainy/grassy with hints of zestiness. Increasingly more bitter with warmth - more bread crust and plenty of fruit. The only hop influence I deduce is bittering, very faint leafy/earthy/herbal tones might be hops. Moderate bitterness makes a dry finish to an otherwise lightly sweet beer. Essentially bittersweet.

Soft, creamy medium body.

Pretty good. Fairly clean, soft lager-like palate: easy on the tongue, and interesting enough to ponder. It is fairly true to the BJCP Munich Dunkel style guidelines, but more importantly I like it and would definitely try another Franconia brew. Solidly Good.

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.