Frankenheim Alt - Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
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Reviews by MJR:
4.45/5 rDev +19%
Appearance: Pours a light brown with a touch of amber around the edges. Perfectly clear body. A thin off-white cap holds well and leaves a touch of lace.
Smell: The aroma is a bit subdued overall, but is quite malty with a touch of breadiness. Hint of fruit in there too. There's some roasted malts, as well as hops, in the background.
Taste: The flavor is very well balanced between the slighty fruity malts and a firm hop bitterness. Very bready. Portions of roasted and toasted malts and caramel help to round out the flavor. Finishes with a spicy hop bite. Extremely clean, yet rich and smooth.
Mouthfeel: Round and soft with a medium, slick mouthfeel. Somewhat dry finish.
Drinkability: Outstanding... This brew is damn good! It's rich and flavorful, yet clean and smooth enough to keep it highly drinkable
06-09-2003 22:47:08 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
poured a nice brown color with medium head,not alot of smell mainly malty.Taste was very dry and spicy,spiciest alt style I have had.Very peppery,I think goes well with alot of food.Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink.a classic for a reason very well made.
02-21-2003 16:30:15 | More by oberon
4.72/5 rDev +26.2%
Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date is on the back label.
Appearance: Pours an impressive off-white patchy, frothy, cream head (2+ fingers) with amazing stick and retention, that sits upon a deep, rich dark chestnut brown liquid.
Smell: Clean, grain notes, very soft, "malted".
Taste: A very nice mouth feel, smooth, creamy and sturdy with a medium-ish body. Malt sweetness is low, making this a dry beer. Notes of dextrin, chocolate, light fruitiness, toasted malts with biscuit/cookie edges pierce a thin flavour profile with gentle complexities. Flavours goes a bit roasted, with very faint smoke in the background ... this segues into a thin hop bitterness with light herbal character and touch of grass. Smoke continues into the finish, as the beer dries and a grainy feel and touch of oil on the palate.
Notes: My oh my! What have we here?! Perhaps one of the finest German brown ales available? I think so. A very traditional, clean and balanced beer. All the flavours in this beer are gentle, yet highly complex. Exceptional.
Find it. Buy it. Drink it. Repeat.
05-06-2002 18:44:24 | More by Todd
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Sampled on tap in something approximating an Altbier glass. Deep reddish brown color with a white head that lasts nicely.
The aroma is decoction-malty with hints of graininess. The brew starts out very grainy-dry, with a rather tingly mouthfeel. It sweetens as the sip goes along, with chocolate, caramel, and fig flavor notes joining the graininess. The bitterness is there throughout, also growing towards the finish. The finish is a mix of bitter, sweet, and grain that is very enjoyable.
07-27-2002 23:00:48 | More by sponberg
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Brightly hued brownish copper with a thick rocky head that has no problem sticking to the glass. Great clarity.
Suggestions of caramel and mild smoke with a cake like malt and ripe fig aroma.
The smoothness has some depth with a medium body and light carbonation. Maltiness is stogy with toasted and light caramel flavours. Hints of mineral (almost metallic), carob, grain husk and veggie hop burst in the middle. The hop bitterness is of the cutting kind and comes slowly but steadily to balance the brew out. More husk flavours in the finish with a trace amount of residual sweetness also.
Not too shabby, I kind-of like this one and it is a sure change up in my fridge. If you are not sure what an alt is supposed to taste like this is a good starting point.
07-22-2002 13:48:01 | More by Jason
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
It was served in Frankenheim specific glass at Waldo Pizza. Brown, and crystal clear with no head. I felt the aroma was lacking but there was some choco-caramel notes. Very good Choco-caramel flavor though. Med body. For 2 bucks a glass you cant beat it.
08-27-2005 12:46:15 | More by tjthresh
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
11.2 oz. amber bottle. Freshness date on the back of the bottle. Received as part of a beer trade with AKSMokedPorter.
Appearance: Lovely dark brown, almost like freshly-brewed iced tea. Dense, off-white head disappeared quickly to a thin layer resting atop the beer.
Smell: Malty sweetness and a roasted grain are present.
Taste: The malts beat out the hops in the flavor department but there's other things going on in the background. A toast-like grain flavor, a wisp of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: I expected a little more body to this beer. It was on the thin side. However, it was not difficult to finish. I'd like to try this on-tap and see how it tastes.
01-30-2003 16:15:50 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
There seems to be real split opinions here and I have to come down on the more negative...
Chestnut amber color, nicely frothy 1 inch head. Sweet coconut and nutty smells, very nice. The taste is another matter -- to me...I, too, had a bottle not destined to expire for many months and still got a heavy mix of slight skunk and "wet cardboard" from the malts. There is a residual nuttiness, though. Hops on the other hand, are nice and give a good crispness. Unfortunately, the malt tastes that are in good balance with the hops are not particularly pleasant. Some German brews have a similar malt character that I usually call "nutty" rather than "cardboard", this beer falls in the latter category. Fairly light bodied and medium carbonation. OK, but not a "bomb"...
05-19-2002 11:16:34 | More by ADR
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nice sized cream colored head sitting atop the body leaving nice uneven rings of lacing not bad at all. Aroma: Darker roasts toasted nicely with an underlying sweetness in the background not bad at all. Taste: Soft tones of malt sweetness balanced with a dose of German hops and harsher roasted malts coming to the forefront of the flavor, simple and straight forward mass produced. Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a medium to light body a nice intro to the alt style bier. Drinkability: Very good crisp refreshing and flavorful not over the top but a balanced beer that you can seperate where all the tones are coming from.
09-29-2003 23:16:57 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +7%
Lovely copper-brown body with an impressive fluffy head that stays around.
Malty aroma. Lightly sweet and carmelly. Hints of chocolate and grain.
The faint chocolate and grain makes themselves known right away. Somewhat grassy and grainy. A certain buttery aspect mixing with a carmel sweetness that begins to materialize, before being pushed aside by the herbal hops.
Moderate in the mouth. None too thick, none too thin...just nice.
It could use a bit more hops, but still a nice tradtional german treat as it is.
09-16-2002 23:05:08 | More by cokes
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
A lovely, clear reddish-mahogany body reveals some golden/orange highlights when held to the light. A short but creamy white head holds fairly well, and initially leaves thin sheets of lace about the glass. It drops to a creamy collar but continues to leave some nice thin lace. The aroma is of fresh, grainy, toasted malts with a light touch of diacetyl that adds to its complexity with its buttery character adding warmth and combining with the toasted malt to give it a gentle nuttiness. The body is light but creamy and smooth; due to an impressively fine and moderate carbonation. In the case of this particular beer, it adds to the overall drinkability. The flavor is as might be expected given the aroma with a toasty malt upfront; grassy and herbal hop flavors as it crosses the palate; and some residual butteriness and caramel character in the gently lingering dry finish. The bitterness is firm against the relatively light maltiness; and it's exceptionally well-balanced! It's a bit lighter in overall character than some other Dusseldorfer Alts; but it's still quite drinkable, with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several servings. Well worth trying.
04-06-2003 13:38:19 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours with a superbly massive & long-lived just off-white head, like someone placed a dollop of fresh-whipped cream on top of the beer. The nose is clean maltiness with a hint of roastiness. The taste is semi-roasty and dry with a slight nod to coffeeish notes. Light and spritzy on der palate. Finshes dry and extremely clean, an excellent session beer.
06-21-2003 23:03:42 | More by beerluvr
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
Nice color, kind of a mahogany, with a decent tan head that looked like it was going to last forever, but dissipated after a couple of minutes. Nothing special about the smell (damn my nose, man). Thin bodied, with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Left, for lack of a better term, a 'carbonation buzz' on my tongue. All in all, not a bad beer. I would do it again.
12-31-2004 16:33:59 | More by mhowell
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Clear, coppery-reddish/brown hue, off-white foamy, bubbly head, a fingers worth at its apex, slowly fades (good retention), very minimal lace. I was surprised at how clean and hollow the nose was, light caramel and grain/husk/hay/grass hints. Mediocre. The palate is crisp and refreshing light toastiness, caramel malts, very mild bitterness, lightly husky & grassy. Decent. Medium body, modest carbonation good, durable mouthfeel. Clean finish. Very balanced (maybe too much so, nothing grabs your tastebuds and says hello). Easy to drink enjoyable enough nothing worth hunting down but Id quaff it again if need be. This Alt would be a good beer to cross people over with, more lager-like that ale-like.
09-05-2003 19:57:02 | More by bditty187
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Brown in color with an off-white head.
Aroma: Pilsner type hops and lightly roasted malt.
Crisp, slightly pungent hops in balance with lightly roasted malt. Taste to me like a European pilsner except with roasted instead of pale malts. Not sweet at all. Crisp and dry.
Malt body and mouthfeel are a little thin.
Good drinkability except that the hops are a little pungent.
Overall, a solid brown ale.
02-13-2003 19:40:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap in the Düsseldorf altstadt. The way it was brewed to be consumed. .5L glass. Medium amber colour, not too dark but still darker than the abysmal Uerige. Head holds fairly well, lacing the glass as you go. As it goes in, it has a very short-lived head, but what's left just does not disappate.
Has a medium-body flavour with quite a bit of maltiness and flavour. The nose doesn't get much, but the hops flavour is actually quite noticable. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but is by far the least offensive of the three Altbiers I have tasted this day.
Pretty carbonated, but not such that it disrupts the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit soft and watery, again not bad but also not too impressive. Not quite a beast of a beer, but no slouch either. A worthy drink, but not something I'd run to Germany to try.
06-21-2008 20:35:45 | More by Gamemako
3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours clear brown with a creamy off white head looks pretty good, haven't seen anything that looks quite that colour.
Smell is like sweet grape juice, bread, dark fruit and maybe cherries. I have to say that I like smelling this beer.
This beer is very malty. I can find nothing for hop presence in it. The taste is full of grape and raisin on top of a tea like base. Buried deep in the finish is a hint of chocolate. It is not quite like anything I can think of having tasted, but all of the flavours are familiar. Not bad in any way, but lacking in balance really.
Mouthfeel is about average. At the end of a swallow it feels almost like a stout, but up front it feels thin. Overall it is lightly carbonated.
Drinkability is also about average. This isn't a beer I could see myself drinking all night, as I'm sure the flavours would get to me.
Decent beer, nothing amazing. Fun to smell though.
04-16-2005 02:27:11 | More by elricorico
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
A great alt beer smooth and excellent balance of malt and hops. This ruby dark brown ale goes down smoothly and is highly drinkable, spicy with the nice alt body that lends itself to this style. Low ABV makes this a very drinkable ale and the smooth texture of the beer adds to a good session ale.
06-21-2003 15:56:19 | More by bierman2000
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
MMMM! Very good! Amber-brown color with low, tight permanent head. German import "lager-like" smell but man, it has a pleasant thirst-quenchiung bitterness and malt background. The German brewing methods are evident. Yum. I like it and it is reasonably priced, too.
You can be assured that this was not a biased review: only AFTER tasting and rating it, I noticed the EAGLE on the label!!!
08-23-2002 12:12:21 | More by EagleTalon
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Clear brown, nice lasting tan head. Sweet bready aroma, slightly metallic. The beer is clean, dry, grainy and nutty. A certain "offness" (cardboard) kept this beer from being exceptional. It was still quite tasty and I could imagine myself drinking dozens of little glasses of this in Dusseldorf.
12-18-2002 11:12:24 | More by pbrian
2.65/5 rDev -29.1%
Pours a clear bright light brown color with minimal white head that evaporates quickly.
Aroma of sweet caramel and some grain, very generic aroma.
Flavor is highly acidic, very vapid taste and aggressive bitterness.
Mouthfeel starts with a tinge of swettness then a hard water hit with some major bitterness. Somewhat unpleasant.
Drinkability is poor, first beer in long time that I did not finish.
After reading other reviews not sure if this bottle was bad or I missed the boat.
03-25-2004 03:49:28 | More by CRJMellor
Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.