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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008)
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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 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 vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 kew
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MorSlaught
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Hayden_Rhea
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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