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Frankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth Traditional German PilsnerFrankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner

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75
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU 26

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-26-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out similar to the Blonde, it's was clear yellow with a white head on top. The smell of the beer was lightly grassy with some lager yeast aromas in there as well. The taste of the beer has a moderate bitterness to it with a nice amount of grains to balance it out a little. The mouthfeel was pretty light, nothing too much going on other than some normal carbonation. Overall it's a typical pilsner. Worth trying I suppose.

Knapp85, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for sharing with everyone!

Bright gold with a compact head of soapy foam that sticks around for awhile, depositing spotty lace all around the edges. Visible carb trails feeding into the foam around the edges.

Mild bready aromas, white bread and herbal traces of noble hops.

Soft feel, supple and medium bodied as if unfiltered, with apple esters and plenty of bready malt flavors. Crisp with a dry bitter finish. A very seamless Pilsner, if it was available to me I could drink this anytime anywhere. This bottle came straight from the brewery, so it's noticeably fresh.

Simplicity is underrated, and often misunderstood here on BA.
This is no double IPA, it's a clean and seamless session lager that is extremely versatile.

emerge077, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

It's a pilsner. Not really my thing. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that didn't stick around too long. Bubbly carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass. Basic aroma of pale/pils malts, and light grassy hops. Similar taste, grains, pils malts, corn, light grassy hoppage...it's a pilsner. Light body, decently drinkable for the style, but nothing I'd ever consider getting, unless in the rare case I had to sample it for a tasting panel.

Rifugium, May 31, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 9/4/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, cracker, bread, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and yeast esters with a fair amount of hops; and solid strength. Taste of cracker, bread, floral, pear, apple, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cracker, bread, light fruits, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; with light ester fruitiness and a slight astringent tang on the finish, but it isn’t too bad. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid pilsener style. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 30, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Frankenmuth Brewery: Pilsner

LOOK: Pale yellow with a fizzy head that leaves quickly. Looks like a cheaply made lager.

SMELL: Lager yeast dominates the nose with bready notes, maybe a touch herbal.

TASTE: Straightforward clean malts, possibly some adjuncts, and mild herbal hopping. Finishes almost clean with a small mineral taste. Lacks enough hop flavor or bitterness to make it stand out. Still, inoffensive and easy drinking.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated.

OVERALL: This is a nice lighter option, but still doesn't stack up with the truly great pilsners. Just about average.

Stinkypuss, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Zaphog, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

rolltide8425, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer has the typical look, a bright gold color with some effervescent sort of activity. Its white head isn't too short-lived, leaving a bit of itself behind after falling from about 3/4 finger. It does deposit some patching, but sparsely.
There's not much to the aroma, though it's fairly clean. There's a little grass and some cracker, grains and a touch of honey.
The flavor offers the same but with a little more strength to it. Dry malts do provide a bit of backbone, and there's a touch of grass and leafy hop while honey-like sweetness and a note of sweet fruits from alcohol come over a graininess that lingers.
It does have a typical feel for a pils, though it is on the thinner side and is somewhat too spritzy. Like many from this brewery, it lacks depth but is better than average.

Brenden, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from, believe it or not, Frankenmuth, MI. Pours a translucent, golden-yellow color with a bright, white, bubbly head that mellowed down to a tiny, tiny layer on top of the beer very quickly and didn't leave much lacing at all. Smell was weak, included faint scents of wheat, grains, corn, and a touch of lemon and hops, but not much. The taste was on par for a pilsner, but nothing special or "standout-ish" about it. Light malts and corn. Wheaty and bready, very low bitterness (hardly any hop or floral flavor) with high carbonation to bite the tongue. Thin bodied, somewhat dry finish.

Overall, very "meh". It's a decent pilsner, but I would fathom that wherever this is sold, there are certain to be better pilsners available.

tectactoe, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Pencible
2.13/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This poured a clear pale straw color with some white head.
S: It smelled like skunks and sour lager yeast, with a little herbal hops.
T: It tasted like a little lemon zest and sour lager yeast, with some skunky bready malt and herbal hops. It had a sour aftertaste that wasn't very clean.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light and bubbly body.
D: This was about on par with Heineken, with a bit more scent and taste than BMC, but not necessarily in a good way. The body was weak and the finish sucked, so it wasn't easy to drink. Not even worth a tick.

Pencible, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear straw yellow in color. Forms a small brilliantly white head. Leaves some light lacing. 3.5

S: pale malt. Grassy noble hops. Slight plastic residue. 3.5-4

T: starts off with a light grainy sweetness. Then grassy hops, corn, grain. Mild bitterness. 3.5

M: on the lighter side. Good carbonation. Lightbitterness. 4

O: a respectable Pilsener. Maybe a little too sweet, but drinkable with a nice hoppy nose. 3.5

Florida9, Oct 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

StoutHunter, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I didn't much care for this beer. It really does need some work I feel.
The color with like yellow straw hazy and with really no head.
The aroma was almost nonexistent.
The taste was flat and malty. Nothing in the flavor that would say to me that this is a pilsner.
Taste is barebones and boring.

micromaniac129, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

ssimpson89, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bacher468, Jul 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

MacStinson, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kunstman, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTICE: I'm not entirely sure that the beer I am about to review is the same one as this. I am reviewing Frankenmuth Pilsener, recently released in 12oz bottles.

12oz bottle poured into a footed Pilsner glass. You don't see too many twist-off caps in the craft beer world anymore.

A: Clear pale yellow, high level of carbonation helps to form a big rocky white head. Great retention. Clumpy lacing. Spot-on for the style.

S: Herbal hops, sulfur, pilsner malt. Dried grass, subtle lemongrass.

T: Herbal hops kick things off. Modest bitterness. Pilsner malt and grainy tastes follow. The hop tastes turn grassy about halfway through. Has that sharp sulfur taste that pilsners sometimes exhibit. Grape leaves? Dry finish showcases a touch of grain and bitter herbal hop tastes.

M: Light bodied, a little buttery. High level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

O: A very well made pilsner. Enjoyable to drink and highly quaffable.

Notes: I hadn't heard of Frankenmuth until very recently, and didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a gem of a beer, and very true to style. It tastes very authentic, like it came straight from Germany.

ryan1788a5, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pale faintly-hazed yellow, only one finger of fizzy white head that dissipated in half a minute, no lacing. I was expecting a much better head on a pilsner than this...

S. Grassy herbals, some light skunkiness, pale malt sweetness.

T. Faint sweet malt, grassy herbals, light bittering. Not enough spicing character even for the lighter spicing of a German Pils.

M. Light bodied, fizzy soda-like carbonation.

Average and not really worth a revisit IMHO.

WastingFreetime, Mar 12, 2012
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Frankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner from Frankenmuth Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.