Franconia Dunkel
Franconia Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #95
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,207
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 14.91%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
164
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Franconia Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/2" off white head recedes quickly to a cap. Dark brown, chestnut with good clarity in the light.
Mildest coffee aroma. Dusty chocolate aroma. Gritty malt, grain feed store aroma.
Doughy malt flavor. Big grain flavor - like a feed store in a glass. Some mild, smooth chocolate flavor.
Medium body and carbonation. Tasty finish of lightly roasted grains mixed with cocoa.
Good beer, I'll have it again and keep it on the short list....brewed close to home.

Mar 31, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark like cola in a clear glass. Smell is chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread. Taste is semi sweet chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Wow, so good. I’m not a dark beer fan but this is fantastic. I wouldn’t be able to drink a lot of them but when I want a dark beer this is now my go to.

Mar 30, 2019
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nabbed a bottle at a Total Wine & More in Austin, TX for $1.79 USD.

"Dunkel beer."

Medium-bodied and supple, emphasizing subtle coffee-like flavour, caramel, malted milk balls, brown bread/bready malts, and chocolate malt. I get a scintilla of cherry towards the finish. I'm not finding any Noble hop flavours or aromatics; some subtle herbal flavour or grassiness would be quite welcome but it's absent.

True to style with plenty of nuance. It's quite filling for its low ABV and drinks more like a bock strength German beer. Rather heavy for the intended style, but still drinkable albeit something of a meal in a glass.

C+ (3.13) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Feb 25, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a chocolate brown, tan head. Aromas are all malt, toffee and caramel, and a spicy yeast note.

Taste has the toffee and caramel, and a spicy, funky yeast that is really nice. Glad I tried this.

Oct 08, 2017
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nbaker290 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. It pours a dark brown-amber color with a fairly dense tan-brown head that quickly dissipates. Pretty true to a Dunkel Lager.
Smell: smells malty and a bit nutty maybe.
Taste: tastes somewhat heavy, very rich toasty up front and a little sweetness, immediately followed by a small amount of bitterness from hops but not too much. Good balance, not bad. The taste stays in your mouth and is somewhat coffee-like, I do not care much for the after taste.
Feel: feels medium bodied for a Dunkel Lager. Good amount of carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: not the best Dunkel Lager I've ever had due to the aftertaste, but by far not the worst. It is a good representation of a Dunkel Lager, I just don't care for the funny roasted coffee aftertaste.

Jan 17, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Franconia glass purchased at the brewery during a tour. Quite thirst quenching for a hot summer day.
Look: dark brown, with a small head/lacing. Very lively, with a lot of bubbling.
Smell: chocolaty and malty.
Taste: very malty and nutty, with some chocolaty taste. Some bitterness from the roasted malt, little presence of hop.
Feel: light-medium body.

A good beer, and would surely suggest it.

Aug 09, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightful Dunkel. Very dark brown with a dense head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks decent. The nose is excellent. Rich and deep with dark wheat bread, a nice rich and malty dark grain character along with coffee and cocoa. The palate opens full yet light with dark caramel, dark wheat bread, a lovely me melanoidin malt character, a touch of hops right before a long, roasty finish with cocoa and coffee. Very clean. Lovely.

Dec 29, 2015
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AngryPenguinBrewCo from New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Jet black pour, tons of white foam which dissipates rather quickly with no retention. Great roasted malt and chocolate flavor and matching aroma. This beer would receive a much higher rating from me if it didn't have a very unpleasant aftertaste. I believe it is due to oxidation.

I received this as part of a beef of the month club and the initial shipment was undrinkable. The club promptly replaced the beers and blamed the issue on the beers being jostled during shipment, however there was still an over abundance of foam in the second batch. Great initial flavored but ruined by sloppy execution.

Sep 18, 2015
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-a very dark brown with a red tint when held up to the light
S- roast aroma
T-roast in not heavy and come in stronger in the aftertaste. Malt is there but the roasted taste just takes over
F-light body and medium carbonation
O-a good beer

Apr 07, 2015
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TasteFiend from Germany

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Also doing a glass comparison.

Visual: Foamy cream head, fades quickly in all but wheat beer glass, with a twirl the head lingers on all glasses.
-Nose: best out of pils glass, somewhat sour out of tulip glass
-Taste: All very similar. Seemingly flat out of the sheet beer glass. tinge of bitter aftertaste

Mar 22, 2015
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Joe_Howard from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a really dark brown body with reddish highlights, along with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt. Tastes almost exclusively of roasted malt and not much else. Pretty boring honestly and feels kinda watery. Overall it was fairly disappointing, kind of surprising considering I have loved every other beer I have tried from this brewery and I typically love dark beers like black lagers, stouts, and porters

Mar 08, 2015
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hippogasmo from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Jun 20, 2014
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boddhitree from Germany

2.31/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Jun 10, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Jun 06, 2014
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Dec 20, 2013
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JMad from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with thin off white head that left plenty of lacing.
It has a sweet roasted toffee aroma with some chocolate.
Tastes of roasted dark malt with a slight metallic tang and some chocolate.
It's kind of thin with low carbonation an a nice dry finish.
Solid beer, easy drinking, I'd get it again.

Nov 23, 2013
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monnik from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Nov 02, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Oct 15, 2013
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ranger7 from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Sep 16, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Aug 31, 2013
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micjah

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the Franconia dunkel on tap at the local Whole Foods. This is the first Franconia beer that I have tasted and I must admit that I was impressed. It was very smooth with lots of malty sweetness and a nice chocolate flavor that was pleasant and not overpowering. One of the better dunkels that I have had.

Aug 16, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Feb 17, 2012
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown in appearance with a thin tan head. Smells lightly of toasted grain. Taste is initially sweet coffee flavor followed by a woody mellow finish. Decent mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall an excellent dunkel, I would certainly get this again.

Feb 11, 2012
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GeneralZod from California

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE
A dark tan and brown color. It also pours out to look very creamy with great head retention.

SMELL
It has a very roasty smell of possibly coffee or caramel.

TASTE
It taste very roasty and malty. Almost a burnt taste.

MOUTHFEEL
Creamy and smooth. You dont tast too much carbonation.

OVERALL
It's my 2nd favorite beer at this Brewery.

Jan 04, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Jul 23, 2011
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