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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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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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Photo of Eastside151
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Eastside151, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of nitter
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

nitter, Oct 11, 2012
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

rolltide8425, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kunstman, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of brealbg
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

brealbg, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -7.1%

MacStinson, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Drk93TT, Jun 12, 2012
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 JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
Photo of dudecandle
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

dudecandle, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

iemailjack, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try of this old brewery by name in its new incarnation. Back in the pre-micro days of regionals, I used to grab up some Franky all the time.

12 oz. twist-off brown bottles. $8 a sixer.

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense white head and effervescent body.

S -- Bready Pils malt, light DMS.

T -- Bready Pils malt up front with light, lightly citrus/lightly spicy hops in the finish. Light hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light, dry body.

O -- While it hits most of the marks for German Pilsner, the hop character just seems too light. It could be a Helles, but is just too dry in the aftertaste, so maybe I've been led astray by too many hopped-up US takes on styles. This is a good quaffer, but I may have to reassess it against SN Summerfest when it comes out.

steveh, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 2012
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
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 EricCioe
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for sending me a box of Michigan stuff I haven't had before.

This pours pale yellow, totally clear, with a spritzy white head that leaves some lace. On the nose there is wet grain, some fruity esters, and grass. In the mouth the wet grain provides a light blanket for the grassy hops to ride on top of. The body is light and the carbonation is perfect for keeping this one going down.

Overall, there isn't a whole lot going on as far as complexity with this one, but the flavors are pleasant and it's very drinkable.

EricCioe, Feb 29, 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 jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is alright.

Smell - Sweet with lemon, bread dough, and a grassy/grain smell.

Taste - Sweet with mild bitterness.. I taste a feint hint of caramel, grass or barley, breadiness, and various spices. Maybe clove

Mouthfeel - Has a bit of a zing on the tongue. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's not a bad beer but I won't be getting this again.

jsisko01, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As noted by another review, the name/bottle of the beer makes me think the database holds a version of this beer from previous ownership. This bottle matches the picture currently on the site naming it "German Style PILSENER Premium Lager."

Bottle poured into a Pils glass.

A- A somewhat conservative pour created a 1-finger, white head. The clean, golden body shows an initial haze at its coldest and medium-heavy carbonation. The head drops to a fully covering film and leaves nice rings on the glass. It gets really clean after a few minutes.

S- As I opened the bottle, I was met with a nice combination of doughy malt and spicy hops. After the pour it really opens up with the same qualities and a lighter, grassy scent. It's really a nice, full aroma. Some versions come off a bit muted.

T- As aroma suggests, doughy/cracker-like malts mix with spicy hops to create a balance I expect from the style. Clean finish.

M- Crisp and clean. Moderate body and carbonation. Dryish finish.

O- No bells and whistles here. It's a straight interpretation of the style and a good one at that. I could drink this beer all day long. Would make an especially good pairing with summer BBQ fare.

GRPunk, Oct 16, 2011
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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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 Extrajoker00
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 8oz. pilsener glass

A : unfiltered straw color with carbonation bubbling up through it

S : A little yeasty, wheat and barley undertones

T : yeasty, with faint wheat

M : creamy start and a slightly bitter,crisp finish

D : good drinkability, lots of flavor but not too heavy

I do Miss the old smaller brewery

Extrajoker00, Jul 26, 2011
Frankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner from Frankenmuth Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.