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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

45 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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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 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 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 bluHatter
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (488 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 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 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
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (295 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 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 djeucalyptus
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (959 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 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 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 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 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 Another6Pack
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (787 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 Lauthaha
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
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! (1,306 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 45 ratings.