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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

45 Reviews
THE BROS
78
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jmich24 on 04-19-2010

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 197
Photo of sweett3k
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
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! (313 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was unimpressive from the start so I didn't bother taking notes.

You get what you expect and pay for out of an IPA from a blah brewery.

Malty. Lacking hop profile. Watery. Yawnnnnnn....Zzzzz....Zzzzzz.....Oops, I'm back sorry about that.

Frankenmuth Brewery makes the AAL's of the IPA world. (305 characters)

Photo of carlborch
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of Hiker3943
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little too dry for my taste. Purchased at a local Kroger for $9.99 a six. I was going to pickup a six of Belgian White. However, showing loyalty to a Michigan brewery I decided to try
Batch 69 instead. Need to drop the price to be more competitive. (251 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Dark golden semi-hazed color with a three finger head that recedes back to a half finger cap in about two minutes, medium levels of lacing. Pretty good looking beer here!

S, T. For an IPA, the overall flavor/aroma spectrum seems correct but needs some amplification. Everything is just somewhat too faint overall. I get some caramel malt mixed with mostly grapefruit peel and a sub-component of spice, florals, and herbals. Good balance, just...needs some amplification because as it is I would consider this to be an APA, not an IPA.

M. Medium body and carbonation levels with a pleasantly crisp dry finish. (643 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates moderately.

Pine, resin, toasted bread, and caramel malt form the initial aroma. Underpinnings of citrus and soap add complexity. Floral hops emerge late.

Flavor is fairly malt dominant, sweet and caramelly throughout, with bitter hop notes drying out the finish a bit. Diacetyl butterscotch and phenolic plastic surface mid palate. There's a subtle grapefruit flavor beneath, and the finish is resiny.

Body is pretty light, with moderate carbonation, fairly harsh astringency, and substantial alcohol warmth.

The resiny hops and grain astringency are overwhelming. Malt character is far too sweet, and flavoring hops are somewhat lacking. Too astringent and hot for my liking. (778 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a flight at the brew pub. Straw color, thin head. Aroma of malt, pine, and citrus. Taste is same, with some bitterness, but not harshly so. If not for the ABV, this would be a neat little session ale. (215 characters)

Photo of david131
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (761 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an old school IPA. Served at a good temp. Head was foamy, frothy, off white, Aroma was hop, malt, resin, wet grain. Flavor is similar, hops seem to me to be Cluster and Cascade, carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor. Ok beer. (263 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice bright white head of frothy foam.
Aroma-Subtle floral hop note
Taste-Floral, piney hops, fresh flavor, lingering citrus-rind bitterness. Refreshing and pleasant, a nice interpretation of an American IPA. (297 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of Moish
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (308 characters)

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Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.