Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 192
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (363 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 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 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 scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (581 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 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 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 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (255 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 BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (509 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 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 patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (605 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 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 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 Lemke10
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,093 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 GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,426 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of jmich24
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (677 characters)

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Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.