Franconia Dunkel | Franconia Brewing Company

Franconia DunkelFranconia Dunkel
BA SCORE
3.63/5
152 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MrHungryMonkey on 09-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,186
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
152
pDev:
15.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
58
Trade:
1
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | 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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Franconia Dunkel from Franconia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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