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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmich24 on 04-19-2010

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by carlborch:
Photo of carlborch
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy, golden-amber pour with a 1-inch off-white, creamy head. Early release of carbonation. Sweet malt and hops in the nose. Grainy and grassy nose. Belgian lace forms. Lingering bitterness on the palate after initial citrus, followed by some metallic notes. Medium-light body. ABV is not noticeable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Not your usual IPA here, not as clean as expect either but still a decent sip. Hops are a bit brash and come across as perhaps too much though we are hopheads so we can take a bit of punishment. Enough malt to balance it out for the most part, the lively yeast left a trail of nuances for the palate to figure out or be confused with. Worth a try.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale copper color, good clarity, sticky lacing

SMELL: Citrus, mint, earthy, caramel, herbal, evergreen, browned apples, musty yeast, estery

TASTE: Creamy, medium bodied, very bitter, semi-astringent, caramel, dried grass, yeast, herbal, minty, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mineral, semi-dry bitter finish

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden brown with three fingers of pillowy off-white. Nice rising carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - Subtle citrus hop aroma. Overall, aroma is underwhelming.

T - I don't see a freshness date, but believe this is pretty fresh. Hops are definitely the dominant component of the taste. Mostly citrus with some pine. Decent amount of malt to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness.

O - Certainly not a bad beer, but compared to other available IPAs, this is a little underwhelming and doesn't really stand out.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, hazy amber.

SMELL: Citric, spice, biscuity grain, yeast, pears.

TASTE: Hop bitterness, grainy, yeasty, dried hay, herbal, astringent, fruity, dry.

Raw comes to mind, a bit more yeast character than I was expecting. Hop bitterness is at a fine level but the hop character on a whole is blindly flailing at the palate. Decent for the style though does not come close to the benchmark for it.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant gold, 2” rocky foam cap
S: grassy, piney floral nose, some malt
T: starts with some rich malt, some spice herbal, spice almost basil, grassy, long bitter finish
F: Body medium light, carbonation medium.
O: A good but not spectacular IPA

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, undated but purchased arlier this month near the brewery.

Pour is hazy with a high level of visible carbonation. The amber body is topped by a proportionate and durable off-white head.

Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a slightly skunky element that is subtle enough to possibly be part of the hop component. In any case hops have citrus, pine and herbal aspects. Solid malt base. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste are better.

Medium body with crisp, lightly aggressive carbonation.

Photo of Brenden
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear amber-yellow, maybe even just verging on amber but not quite that dark. There's persistent bubbling activity, though the head never rises more than one finger and recedes fairly quickly. It does, however, retain a sturdy layer that drops a ring and some patches of lacing.
I like the aroma, though some might dislike that the bready malts vie for prominence with the floral and citrus notes (not so much pine, as advertised, though a whiff is there). The hops do win out, though.
The flavor profile is interesting, and after I get past the spritz on the tongue, I get an interesting sweetness in there along with a pithy sort of bitterness. It also gets very minty, too much so for the profile to work completely. It does seem a little muddled. As an IPA, this one's middle of the pack until it's fine-tuned.
As mentioned, there's a spritzy feel in this beer's light-medium body. They may have overshot refreshing, as it never fades off and, while smoothness does come in, it's a little too filling; these two contradictory things combined don't work, though it's not terrible.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to semibaked for throwing this one my way. pours a hazy apple cider hue with a nice two finger head that leaves pretty stunning lace. the color and the haze is a bit funky, but looks nice.

aroma is somewhat subdued, with notes of caramel apple, lemon zest, and touch of floral spice and a bit of doughy yeasty bread.

flavorful with doughy bread up front with herbal hops, floral hop notes, with hints of straw, tobacco, and leather. strong, with some substantial alcohol esters. reminds me flavor-wise of a strong double ipa... not necessarily a bad thing.

mouth is pretty creamy, a touch slick, but ample carbonation helps smooth everything out. body is moderate, and lingering bitterness is clean and pleasant.

all in all, very enjoyable... a touch on the strong and overbearing side for an ipa, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious - just not quite what I was expecting. If this one were local, I'm sure I'd be drinking it fairly regularly.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy amber/ copper colored with a creamy two finger off white head. Talk about hang time, this head doesn't know how to quit. After five minutes there is still a one finger head. 10 minutes reveal a decent cap that remains until the final swallow. Ironically the lacing from it is light. Huh.

S- Modest hop bitterness with lemon, pine and juicy tropical fruit notes. A sweet malt presence backing it up.

T- Right away there is a battle for supremacy of my glass. The subtle bitterness in the nose is re-enforced with a powerful flavor bomb that brings out the citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Not to be outdone however the sweet bready malts step it up as well. Somewhere in the middle the malt flavor gains ground and takes the lead. But in the end the bitterness pushes back and in a bittersweet stalemate, Peace resumes. There are no losers here.

M- Medium bodied brew leaving a buttery/waxy feel.

O- This brew is a perfect example of a Midwest IPA. Bold hop presence with a strong malt backbone. I've had this beer before and I don't think I cared for it as much as this go around. Maybe they tweaked the recipe, maybe my pallet. Good overall and I will enjoy this one again.

Photo of buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It has an amber color with gold highlights. It has yeast suspended in it. Two inches of off white head weakly cling to the glass.

S - It is not very aromatic. I get some caramel malt and citrus hops.

T - I get a blend of caramel malt and citrus hops. It tastes more like an APA

M - Moderate

O - It's a decent beer. It's not one for hopheads though. It's kind of a weak IPA.

Photo of Another6Pack
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label indicates this is an American IPA; style listed on Ba at the time of this review is APA.

A: Great start - golden copper pour, nice 2-3 finger head that resembles billowy white clouds.

S: Modest hop nose that hints at an IPA.

T: Nice bitterness throughout that is accenuated by the carbonation. Hops zing across the back of the tongue rapidly at the start and finish.

M: Pretty well carbonated, yet still manages to coat the mouth and keep your taste buds entertained for several seconds after each sip.

D: High marks here also - down to about 2 ozs left in the glass by the time I finished this review.

Relative review: if Flower Power tastes like a milder version of Two Hearted, then Batch 69 is a milder version of Flower Power.

Fine effort from the folks in Frankenmuth.

Photo of sweett3k
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think the bottle I received is a skunked one. The one I sampled feels and smells more like a wheat beer. Looks unfiltered and cloudy. Smells wheaty and an aroma of bananas. Taste like a homebrew gone bad. Not impressed at all. I am a big fan of Michigan beer but Frankenmuth, Please do not sell this brew again!

Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow gold with a slight haze, little carbonation, 4 fingers of slight yellow head with great retention. Lots of yeast particles, some carbonation.

S: Spicy, lime peel, some pine, some dankness, some must, slight sweetness. Green curry, onion.

T: Sweet maltiness, some candied orange, some pine, some pineapple, a deep hit of bitterness. White grapefruit pith.

M: Thick heavy syrupy body, with some resinous quality, medium low carbonation.

O: This brew is quite well done. I went to the brewery today, in Frankenmuth . Well done. Its my first by this brewery, not a perfect brew, but worth a try.

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy yellow gold color with a tremendous 3 finger foamy off white head that faded extremely slowly, had tons of huge bubbles in the head, as well as lots of bubbles racing up the brew like a 7-Up, and it left good foamy lacing clinging to the sides, leaving rings as it went down.

Smells of malt and grains, followed by herbs, tea leaf and light floral hops; reeks of an English IPA with a hint of citrus in the nose. Weak aroma for an American IPA.

Tastes like an American IPA with grapefruit, lemon, orange, citrus hops, pear, caramel, malt, roasted grains, piney hops, tea leaf, herbs, floral hops, and biscuit, which had bready notes and some sweetness. Well balanced, smooth and easy to drink with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost buttery slick and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that’s almost chewy and slightly bitter finish that’s a nice mix of grains and some sweet citrus. Hats off to my brother for bringing this beer back from Pennsylvania, this was a nice above average IPA that was very easy to enjoy.

Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again on draft while visiting their brew pub in downtown Frankenmuth. Very nice 1 finger head with a light brown to yellow color, somewhat hazy. Good floral nose with plenty of scents of hops to go along. Plenty of sweet to go along with good not overpowering but ever persistent bitterness. Mouthfeel was good to above average had plenty of body and as much as people seem to beat this beer up I felt it could stand up to a lot of the smaller to mid sized breweries year round IPA's that I've had. Overall a nice beer that I will probably seek out from time to time and definitely have when I return.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly average ipa, not much to it

Photo of jmich24
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to the "new" Frankenmuth Brewery. They were all out of their English IPA and the waitress offered me this Pale Ale instead. Batch number 69... 6.9% alcohol and 69 IBU's. Seemed more like an IPA to me.

A: Nice amber color with orange hues. One finger head excellent lacing.
S: Some malt, super hoppy, piney, floral, citrus (orange and grapefruit).
T: Great balance and super hoppy. Piney, floral, citrus again.
M: Medium body, nice carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I drink two pints for dinner. tried to buy a growler Togo but they only offer fancy growlers at $48 a pop. (No Thanks).

Batch 69 was a great beer.

Overall good experience in a area lacking good craft beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

Poured a hazy amber color with a small cap of white head that left a bit of lacing on the glass. Didn't get much from the aroma, basic scents of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Taste of toasted grains, light citrusy hops, somewhat bitter and a bit metallic. Not really bad, but nothing really great in the world of AIPAs. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.

Photo of pweis909
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Golden with a drop of orange, brilliant clarity, and persistently lovely foam with lucious lacing.

S - Initial aroma was citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral nectar. I was reminded of many things... Nice complexity, but not intense as my perceptions of American IPA style. If you handed it to me and called it a pale ale, I'd consider 5.0 here.

T - Here's where I was a bit let down. This beer, while not technically flawed, is too sweet for an an American IPA.

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep amber color pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very nice veil of lace that coats all across the top and clings all the way down.

S: Very nice floral hops up front with some citrus tones and very mild dark fruit aromas.

T: Very bitter from the get go. Hops bitterness just pops ya in the mouth. Alot of bitter citrus rind at the end with some spice and pine flavors coming thru as well. Aftertaste is hops bitterness and rind.

M: Medium carbonation works well with the bitterness and lets the flavors stick around for awhile.

O: Very hoppy and bitter beer. Moreso then I normally like but its not unenjoyable. Would like to try it on tap.

Photo of EricCioe
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for sending a box of Michigan beers I've not had before.

This pours a clear but particulate-laden medium gold with a steady stream of bubbles rising up and keeping a thin, tight white head afloat, along with some lace. On the nose there is a big note of grapefruit and maybe pineapple, with evidence of a dry, doughy malt base underneath. In the mouth the doughy base expands too much for my tastes, riding over the nice citric note that the nose indicated. The body is medium but sits too heavily without a payoff in the finish.

Overall, this is a nice IPA that could be better if the big citric presence on the nose carried over better.

Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hehehe. Batch 69. Insert joke here.

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- This is one sexy looking beer. A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, foamy, khaki head. The body is a golden-copper that sports light carbonation. Initally clean, but rich, it clouds nicely after dumping the yeast about half-way through the glass. The head sustains at about 1/2-finger and leaves some quality, sticky rings.

S- Solid hops up front, creates an earthy/citrus aroma. There's a definite sweet, malt backbone. Some warmth brings out more of a nice, grainy quality and more grassy/piney hopping. It has some great components, just a little muted.

T- This beer is quite flavorful and fresh. My first sip left me with the impression of a lot of herbal and grapefruit hops mixed with sweet, bready malts. A more carful sip presents those hops up front with toasty malts through the middle. It's almost like toasted Hawaiian bread. Hops become tobacco-like toward the end. The hopping creates a, nearly, bone-dry finish.

M- Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Significant hopping creates a pleasant bite. I'd like to call it "lively."

O- I was very, pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've enjoyed the German styles from Frankenmuth (including their Munich Dunkel last night). I didn't know how they'd do with "hoppy." Full flavors make this more of a sip and enjoy sorta' beer than a session. I would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

Photo of david131
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy medium-orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Citrus, pine, mint, and caramel. Smells a bit old school and generic, but not bad.

T- Citrus, mint, a touch of fruitiness, pine, and caramel. Tasty.

M- Nice body and amount of carbonation. The lasting bitterness is pretty nice.

D- The bitterness is kept in check, but overall this just seems a tad uninspired. Solid, but I must say that I am spoiled if this is just okay.

Photo of Lemke10
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of an M&M 6pk from Woodman’s East in Madison, WI in fall 2012.

Pours cloudy amber, orange color with a slight white head. The scent is light with citrus, wheat, and hops. Flavor is fairly bold when it hints the taste buds; however the after taste is what really gets you. You go from a really wet, wheat taste into a dry, crisp, hoppy finish. The bitterness is a little too much in my opinion and might turn off some drinkers. However, I will give kudos to anyone daring enough to throw that many hops in a brew. Definitely an above average beer.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a tawny copper gold color with good carbonation and a thick foamy head. Color is on the lighter side for an IPA and bright.

S - Lemons, a little grainy, earthy, and light citrus/pine.

T - A distinct doughy caramel and grainy malt base underneath that comes to the forefront between midway and the end before getting beat down very quickly with a bitter zing of citrus grapefruit and some pine. Bitter pine and citrus up front, doughy malt in the middle, and then the hops come back to finish it out.

M - Body is on the thin side of medium.

O - The best aspect of this beer is the bitter bite at the end and a lingering dry finish, things are a little messy on the palette.

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Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.