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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Lauthaha
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a beer glass. This beer came as part of a sampler pack from Frankenmuth Brewery.

Appearance: Supreme. Pure golden color with extreme carbonation visible through the glass. Head is very frothy, and leaves a foamy lacing on the edges of the glass as it recedes. Dimples down very intriguingly. I like it!

Smell: Very heavy citrus on top of a sweet malty bottom. Some spice notes as well, with a noticeable alcohol presence. All scents work well together, and nothing is overbearing.

Taste: Flavor assault! Sweetness right up front, possibly a cinnamon/allspice/clementine combination. Hop oils are floral and going strong. Very nice. Taste turns malty very quickly, as the carbonation takes hold. During this phase, the hops come back with a bitterness that is divine. Aftertaste is all bitter hops, but not unpleasantly so. It makes you want to take another drink!

Mouthfeel: Very oily; not a bad thing, but not my thing. Still, it fits the style well and enhances the flavor, so I give it a straight 'good.'

Drinkability: I could easily drink this on the reg. Its ABV is about perfect for a three-drink night for me, and the taste is phenomenal. Definitely a good middle beer.

I don't give a lot of 5s for taste...but this tastes amazing. Very good job, Frankemuth!

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Photo of jmich24
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a variety pack bought at Wegman's in Collegeville PA.

After reading the reviews on here I wasn't sure what to expect.

I'm an IPA guy, so I had high expectations, and I can honestly say that this impressed this hop lover.

Poured into a beer mug, good off white head with nice lacing.

The pine, citrus and almost honeydew like scent permeated the nostrils as soon as I poured.
The flavor not overly dominated by the hops but dry enough to make me wanting more.
Little bit of bitterness on the tongue but that complements so well.
It's not overly unique in the world of IPA's, but with as many 'near misses' and unimpressive ones that I have run into, I'm happy with this one.
Nice ABV as well for a traditional American IPA.
I'd recommend giving it a try and don't assume that the lower rating by the brothers is the be-all-end-all.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.2/5  rDev +16%

Bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold-orange. One inch white head. Minor retention. Nice light lacing.

S - Pine and malt

T - Let stand for 5 minutes. Starts with sweet malt, with citrus and grassy hops. Ends in a bold, dry blast of pine.

O - An excellent IPA that exceeded my expectations. Well done, Frankenmuth!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N8dietz is the man. Thank you!!

Hazey and pale copper and bronzey, brass color and a light tan head that is a monster after the pour. Lots of sticky, dough like lacing, good bubbling, and a thick foam head that retains for all twelve ounces. This beer looks great, except I think its a touch over carbonated.

Resiny bittersweet aroma of biscuits, toasted white bread, caramel, orange peel marmalade, and bitter grassy citrus.

Lots of sweet and bitter orange peel flavors from the hops that combine with teh sweet toasted caramel malts for a well balanced, resiny palated AIPA.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice bronze color-as I expected.

Smell - Sweet and a strong sense of hops.

Taste - Biting and strong. Impressed it lasted throughout the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and with nice carbonation throughout.

Overall - I very legit way of carrying on the Frankenmuth tradition.

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Photo of pweis909
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After an uneventful evening of not so memorable beers, this one comes in to save the day. Nice on all ends. Full flavor profile with good hop character showing through. More earthy with salty tones and a very mild citrus edge. I can dig this. This is a new brewery for me and this is a good beer to start on. I hope that the others I have follow suit to this one.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow color with a nice creamy head that lasts forever. Starts with a huge head that goes down to about a finger. Lacing is fantastic. Really good looking.

Smell: Hard to explain. It's definitely a burst of hops. The only way I can say it is "bright hops" in the aroma. There's something I can't put my finger on. It smells nice though. Flowers and spices, I suppose? Also a trace of the alcohol as well.

Taste/feel: Much like the smell. Hoppy, floral tastes with a dash of spice. I actually really like it. It has a sort of "off" taste I suppose that I can't pinpoint, but there's definitely something about it that keeps it from being a stellar beer. I still like this one. The feel of it is very appropriate for an IPA -- medium, mildly carbonated.

I was sort of surprised. The reviews had me thinking this would be a very average beer ... but it's really not. It's an above average IPA, with an interesting amount of floral character. Would very gladly have this one again. Nice job, Frankenmuth. More proof that Michigan beer is some of the best out there.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Hazy, dark yellow body with a bit of orange tint. 2+ finger head that dissipates to a solid foam cap with lots of lacing. Looks very good.

The aroma is a little understated overall, but presents definite hop notes of citrus and pine. Solid caramel malt aroma in the background.

The flavor continues in the manner of the aroma with the citrus and pine hop flavors. Not terribly complex as the sweet malt balances the hops in a similar fashion to many East Coast IPAs.

A bit of astringency in the mouthfeel that detracts a little overall. A good effort. Seems fresh but dating on the bottle would help me determine if anything that is detracting from higher scores is due to age.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 41 degrees into SA “perfect pint”
$ 1.69/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma light pine
Head average (four cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and creamy atrial layer
Lacing good – irregular vertical retention of portions of the ring with small to medium bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy, effervescent
Flavor – starts and remains moderately bitter throughout, a hint of malt backbone; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a light clear golden color with a fluffy white one finger head. Aroma of light pale malts, nice floral hops, and a bit of lemon peel and other citrus. Flavor follows the taste closely, with light sweet citrus and lemon peel, nice pale malt sweetness in the background. Super easy drinking, light bodied, slightly dry and plenty of carbonation. A very nice IPA that is pretty easy drinking and a good style representation. Nothing super special just nicely made.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Giant big foamy head that lasts and lasts. It'll take a while to pour this stuff. In fact, it's a gusher. The brew is a thick cloudy orange.

S: Orange meringue, lemon, some hops. Very pleasant.

T: Strong crisp hops, a little burnt citrus, very bitter on the end.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium bodied.

O: So far this is my favorite from Frankenmuth brewery. This is a serious IPA with a bite, but it's got some real pleasant qualities that definitely make it worth another try.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/24/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Moish
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Capone's. This is my first experience with this IPA (and brewery) and, judging by its other reviews, is under appreciated. It is a solid, session type IPA with a fresh, crisp taste that I enjoyed and would have again without hesitation. It may be lacking in complexity but is tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my second beer from Frankenmuth. Not disappointing but not exciting either.

Bad thing: the appearance. I guess i am drinking it a lot late or something, it has some hazy yeasty thing floating around. Makes it look bad. Otherwise the color is pretty standard, a little on the lighter side for an IPA. Little head. Not enough lacing.

Smells good. Hops are very prominent, more citrus and floral types. Standard stuff here.

Taste is comparatively much better, looking at other things. A lot bitter than expected. Citrus hop flavors. The taste stays, lingering on your tongues for..ever. A goody thingy. Bitter upfront, a bit relief later. But not for hop haters.

Feel is very medium bodied. Decent enough carbonation. Doesn't hurt.

Good drinkable beer. Could have scored more if had appeared a little better. Try it. IPAs - a single bottle is never enough.

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Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
An incredibly bright and vibrant orange color. One to two fingers of head. Moderately hazy, with particles visible throughout the beer. Visible rising carbonation is sparse-ish.

Smell - 4/5
Thick, sweet, slightly alcoholic malts. Hop presence is minimal, maybe some mellow citrus notes. Not what a typical IPA smells like, but I prefer malts over hops any day.

Taste - 3.5/5
Dark sugary slightly alcoholic, slightly fruity malts. Some light pine hops. Overal flavor is okay.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crispy and smooth and different points during the sip. Slight bitterness. Carbonation is moderate-light.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was not a bad beer, but nothing special. Was not very IPA-like.

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