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Frankenheim Alt - Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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154 Ratings

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Frankenheim visit their website

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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Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown with no head. Slight aroma of sweet maltyness. Taste is clean and crispy sweet. Taste of sweet malt and grains, yeast like notes, but very light. Light body feel, a small malty sweet tang with a slight hop presence. Everything about this beer speaks drinkable. Very clean and malty sweet. Not bad at all.

tavernjef, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just had a few of these on tap at Jacob Wirth in Boston...medium brown color, very slight head, no lace when drinking.

Very soft/sweet maltiness...not as malty as the Spaten dark (also on tap there). This brew is not a taste sensation, as in nothing is very overwhelming. I did enjoy it as it was easy to drink, and not served as cold as the Bitburger pils.

I would order this again, but this is a very plain beer. In some circumstances, that is a plus, in other drinking situations, it's not. Recommended as a session beer when you want to nurse it for an hour or so.


PatandDavid, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This alt pours very clear brown with a fair white head. The head retention is fairly good and keeps some lace on the glass. The Munich malts were all that I could smell. There were no hops. An alt should have a bitterness and an malty offset. I tasted the bitterness a little and the malt even less. This beer finishes with a little sweetness. I think it finishes better than it tastes. The mouthfeel is semi full and has little carbonation or tingle on the tongue. It is an okay beer. Alts are not big in my book and this one falls to the middle of that pack.

LarryKemp, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of FINA
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown in color. Doesn't look all that appealing for a brown ale next to some of it's English counterparts, but that is the only area this beer falls short in. This brew starts out dry and crisp with some mild hop bitterness, then quickly switches gear into a smooth malt flavor. It is clean all the way through with no detectable esters or diactyl. This Alt is highly drinkable any time of year.

FINA, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown reminiscent of Texas style Iced Tea. The head is fair and settles out quickly. The nose is malty and sweet with a middle level hop scent. The flavor is a crisp malt with a medium strength hop all across the palate. The mouthfeel is moderate silk also. This is a decent beer and I enjoy it.

AtrumAnimus, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Redrover, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

PhantomVodoo, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

marburg, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

rabidawg, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of pbrian
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

pbrian, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Pegasus, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of ipogios
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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

ipogios, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Longstaff, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

cokes, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of pezoids
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

pezoids, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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


Bierman9, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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!!!

EagleTalon, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

inebrius, Aug 15, 2002
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

sponberg, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Jason, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

frank4sail, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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"...

ADR, May 19, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Todd, May 06, 2002
Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.