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Frankenmuth Christmas Town Ale - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth Christmas Town AleFrankenmuth Christmas Town Ale

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 29.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Drk93TT on 11-12-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 72
Reviews by andrewjraab:
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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours an opaque cinnamon reddish brown. Nice fluffy milky white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Malt forward in the nose, caramel, dough. Not a huge aroma.

T - Follows the nose - malts up front, big bread and biscuity chewy mouth feel. A touch of nutmeg / spices in the back end.

O -This drinks more like a winter warmer than an american red ale to me. Solid and worth a second look.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tan-colored head on this beer rises to a creamy and foamy 2 fingers tall and extremely tight-bubbled. Retention isn't as good as I would expect given that it wasn't loose at all, but even after receding a full thick layer of foam continues. Lacing is left in thick spotting preceded by a ring where the head's settled after dropping.
There's some good spicing in that it's very much present without being overbearing. It's more of a kitchen spices effect with a steely/bready malt, a little herbal on the end and, with coaxing, sort of a cocoa note underneath.
The flavor is about the spicing, but there's a bit of malt backbone to keep it together. It sort of phases in and out between tasting a bit thin and offering more than spices. Ultimately it's a little bit of allspice and something like ginger, maybe some nutmeg too, over top of heavy breads and a little leaf to balance while some cocoa and caramel, maybe orange peel too, linger underneath. Something keeps it from coming all together, though.
The feel is the best aspect although that, too, is inconsistent. At times it seems thick, then thins out only to feel thick again in the same sip. The firm crispness does last the entirety, though, and it's smooth to boot.

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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Frankenmuth Brewery's Christmas Town Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm not a big fan of this brewery but I needed another beer to fill my mixed six pack and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but It just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that great looking and it reminds me of a cheesy old Christmas card. It poured a fairly clear bright amber and slight brown color that took on more of red/ruby color when held to the light with a finger and a half of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This beer looks ok, the color was really, nice, but the head and lacing weren't that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by some spices which impart a nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon like aromas that's on the lighter side of medium. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, brown bread, sweet malts, and caramel malt like aroma that seems to show up just as much as the spices. The aroma is decent and it reminds me of a fairly balanced Winter Warmer.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some spices showing up first imparting a lighter spicy flavor with no single spice seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which seems to stick out the most and impart a grainy, sweet malt, bready, and caramel malt like flavor with hardly any bitterness with a grainy and bready malt aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I think the malt base could have held up a little more spices.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, the spices didn't really help or hurt this beer and I would say it's just a lightly spiced Amber Ale. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and I think one or two is enough for me since the flavor doesn't keep me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that nothing about it really stuck out, it was pretty average in most aspects and I don't think it's memorable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's more than a few winter seasonal beers that I would much rather have. I wouldn't really recommend this beer, it's just doesn't stand out. All in all I thought this beer was pretty mediocre, there was nothing off or really wrong with it, but there also nothing that set this beer apart. This is one of the better beers I've had from this brewery, but it's still a pretty average beer.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Sparty55
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drk93TT
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap ironwood... Plymouth,MI.

A: dark brown/light red hue with almost no lacing. Small ring of head throughout
S: not much going on here. Malty...almost smells like a marzen octoberfest beer
T: suprisingly malty with a strong backbone of flavor.. Crisp and refreshing for a "christmas beer" sweet malt and carmel profile with slight hints of cinnamon and clove
M: solid malty all around.. Very drinkable for sure. Slight alcohol burn on the tongue.. This stuff is very good.
O: not a christmas beer to me, a very sessionable cooler weather malty profiled brew. Unique indeed. I think ill have another !

Had to buy a sixer at meijer today since I saw it there, it is definitely not nearly as tasty as it was on draft at a couple places I had it. Maybe a 3/5 rating.. still a good beer though! Just not much depth/flavor.. malty backbone with a very very slight cinnamon/spice vibe. Just much better on the ol tap imo!

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3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Copper Vine($1.59) poured into a mug

A- A normal pour creates 1-finger of tan head. The body is a hazy copper with lots of carbonation. The head sustains pretty well and leaves light sticky spots on the glass.

S- A nice blend of orange, baking spices, and brown sugar.

T- As the aroma suggests, brown sugar and juicy orange flavor. The spices are much lighter than in the aroma.

M- Medium body with heavy carbonation.

O- It's really drinkable for a winter warmer. Good mix of sweet malts, orange, and lighter/soft spices. I could actually see myself drinking a second one in a sitting. That said, the mellow flavors means it doesn't necessarily do anything to set itself apart from the others.

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Photo of sscheiderer
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle in 6-pack from Detroit-area Meijer. Poured into shaker pint glass.

L: Opaque reddish-amber, little head or lacing.

S: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus.

T: Follows smell, but weaker. Pleasant malt, little hops bitterness. Astringent finish.

F: Crisp but flat. Might be better as draft.

O: Definitely worth a try, not the best Christmas Ale around, but a decent brew for any wintry occasion.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Frankenmuth Christmas Town Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery
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