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Frankenheim Alt - Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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BA SCORE
84
good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Frankenheim visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-27-2002)
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Redrover

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle with best by date

Beer is a beautiful medium brown. Nice 2 inch head made-up of very small bubbles, no foaming agents here! Th smell is not bad. I get some roasted malt, but mainly an alcohol smell.

The taste is just ok. Soft malt taste, no real hops. Low carbonation. I looked at some of the other reviews and I'm wondering if I have an off batch. I could handle a couple bottles of this, but it is not an "all night" beer.
The mouthfell is a little thin, but acceptable.

Not a bad beer, but not the best alt I've ever had. I'm going to try it again in the future just to see how it will compare to this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 19:20:59 | More by Redrover
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 19:40:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
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marburg

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had this for the first time at lunch today. Quite a solid Altbier. Great, dark brown color. Obscure chocolate and malty nose. Silky smooth, easy to drink. No noticeable bitterness, but a solid, somewhat dry, somewhat roasty sweet malty presence -- more so than most ales, of course. It's not a terribly complex beer and is hard to say anything creative about it as a result. But its straightforward taste is appreciated and representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 12:44:55 | More by marburg
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful example of the style. Malty with a slight aftertaste of hops. Beautiful, rich brown color, with a head that poured to two fingers and stuck around just long enough. Left little lace, though, although this may be my glass's fault rather than the bier's. This is a bier that I could drink for hours. I bought this as a single not knowing anything about this particular brew, and I will certainly return for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 20:42:11 | More by rabidawg
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 16:15:50 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 11:12:24 | More by pbrian
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber colored with a dense off-white head and abundant carbonation, lots of thick and sticky, irregular lace. Rich aroma of dark bread, with slight earth and smoke notes. Taste begins with rich toasted malt flavors that segue into restrained hops, bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Carbonation is quite delicate, almost unnoticed. Aftertaste is largely absent, merely a hint of bitter chocolate. A truly superior Alt, as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 17:26:33 | More by Pegasus
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ipogios

Cyprus

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour and in combination with a nice thick white head the appearance of this beer is perfect. Malty aroma. Taste's sweeter than what i expected (hints of chocolate). Good mouthfeel and goes down quite easily

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2002 01:56:15 | More by ipogios
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark in appearance - almost black - with an overflowing whitish head. Very sweet tasting from the malt with just enough hops to balance. Not much in the hop flavor department. This alt is all about the malt. Very drinkable because the low level of bittering hops did not dry out the tounge nor did the malt factor become too cloying.

Serving type: cask

10-01-2002 11:18:18 | More by Longstaff
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 23:05:08 | More by cokes
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer recently on tap at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. It was my first taste of a true German Alt-style beer and I thought it was great. Very unique. Deep copper color with a creamy head. Ultra-dry yet smooth with virtually no aftertaste. Very drinkable. I did get some spicy peppery hop notes, which gave the beer some of its character. I really enjoyed this one and if it is a good example of the style then I might have a new favorite. This is one I could of drank all night and definitely one to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 14:02:35 | More by pezoids
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille.... Had a deep copper-brownish color, and a real creamy head with A-1 lacing. Nose had a mild sweetness to it, yet I found no hoppiness. Body was a bit more towards the thin side than medium, yet it was still fairly smooth on the tongue. Flavor was semi-sweet as well, with a grainy maltiness to it. Again, though, I found no hoppiness at the end, which I thought should be present in some manner.... Still, a fairly decent bier.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

316

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 09:16:09 | More by Bierman9
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 12:12:21 | More by EagleTalon
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inebrius

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality lace over deep tea. Lager-like sulfurous nose highlights the malt aroma. Nice balance. A lingering bitterness keeps the malt backbone in order. An easy drinking German Ale and for $5.50 a six I will, no doubt, be trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 21:29:35 | More by inebrius
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sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2002 23:00:48 | More by sponberg
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 13:48:01 | More by Jason
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt/smoke nose. Copper/brown color. Smooth malty feel and taste. Medium body slight bitter hop finish. I have to admit this style is not my cup of tea so.. I had to keep telling myself to judge by the style.

This is a good example of the Dusseldorf-alt bier as per style guidlines. The finish also had a slight smokey taste. Interesting beer and one that does stimulate the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 17:56:28 | More by frank4sail
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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"...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 11:16:34 | More by ADR
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Todd

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 18:44:24 | More by Todd
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John

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the most flavorful and smooth alt beers I've ever had. Had this on tap today with my lunch at a local German market. Rich amber brown color nice tan head that holds tight. That same richness translates to the sweetish toasted malt flavor and makes this brew oh so smooth. Gentle hop balance. Thoroughly enjoyable. I could quaff down a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2002 10:44:48 | More by John
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer....clear dark amber...soft small lace...I get that European slightly skunky smell on the nose...on the buds there is none of that...toasty...clean drinking...a bit of caramel...some lingering hop bite but in a subtle manner...a decent beer, just not a powerhouse of flavor and I'm not sure if it's designed to be one...the only thing I dislike a little is that slight skunky smell on the nose..

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 23:51:35 | More by ZAP
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marc77

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper in hue with excellent clarity. The initially thick head settles into a thinner, but creamy persistent layer. Toasty malt aroma w/ some grainy notes. Very slight hint of grassy Hersbrucker hops in the nose. The taste is dominated by very toasted, almost roasty malt flavors. Light in body w/ a mouthfeel that's a tad weak and thin. Hop bitterness is moderate, but residual sweetness is low, so this beer is quite dry in flavor profile. Finishes, clean, a tad grainy, and dry. Very drinkable, but not quite assertive enough hopwise for an alt, and a bit more malt backbone would've been nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 06:35:53 | More by marc77
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color. Very little aroma. I almost get the slightest hint of skunk in the aroma. There doesn't seem to be a reason for it as it is bottled in brown and doesn't expire for months. Taste is very mellow and dry. Unique hop taste that I can't nail down. Medium body. There's a bit of a roasted malt taste. As I work my way through it, it seems to become more dry. Very unique beer worth a try. I like it.

This is the first Alt I have tried from Dusseldorf. I was very excited to find it available recently as I have been enjoying alts more and more over the past year. It is unfortunate that there are not many representations of this style put out by microbreweries. And I was extremely bummed when Summit Brewing pulled their Alt this year in favor of their new and more marketable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 00:39:34 | More by Bighuge
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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
84 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.