Franconia Dunkel | Franconia Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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158 Ratings
Franconia DunkelFranconia Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Franconia Brewing Company
Texas, United States
franconiabrewing.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,210
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
158
pDev:
15.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of MaddoJay
1.26/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of BeerZack
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of Tsuacad
2.02/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of RobertTJ
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I felt this beer was oddly harsh

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Photo of boddhitree
2.31/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of thebee
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Bigdood33
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Northtexan
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just wanted to update my rating.

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Photo of champ103
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MorSlaught
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of gnaztee
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of twb0392
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dicers
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of armock
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of LifeByTheDrop
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 158 ratings