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Frankenheim Alt - Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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BA SCORE
84
good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
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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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

11-26-2011 14:22:56 | More by mdillon86
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mentaltraveller

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

11-15-2011 23:11:55 | More by mentaltraveller
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foles

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some spicy grassy german hops on the nose. Some mild tasting dark/roasted malt, residual sweetness, and a medium bitterness on finish. Quite a sharp profile. Sessionable but I preferred some of the other alts on the Altstadt. Seemed to be on tap in a lot of restaurants.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 11:03:49 | More by foles
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bark

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark copper-red (30 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three-finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly while leaving lots of fine lacing on the glass.

Caramel and semi-roasted malt dominates the smell. Metallic bitter notes, some vegetables, quite a lot of dark sweet bread.

The taste is better than the smell: Sweet bread, flowery hops, distinct clean bitterness. Toffee, dry roasted hints (but not burned). The aftertaste got a clean bitterness, some salty-meaty notes, dark bread, and very vague hints of coffee and boiled vegetables. The finish is lightly roasted and a bit alcoholic.

The carbonation is quite strong, the many bubbles very small. The liquid is a bit dry and medium smooth.

An OK Altbier, no more no less than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 18:37:43 | More by bark
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stcules

Italy

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has an intense bronze color, with a beige colored, compact and creamy head.
In the smell malt and caramel, a lot of caramel.
And in the taste too. Quite sweet and caramel taste.
Anyway, some hop in the end. But less convincing than others Altbier.

Serving type: cask

02-23-2011 20:04:10 | More by stcules
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dasenebler

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, best by 9/19/11.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice and creamy off-white head. Textbook lacing, and surprisingly good retention.

Not a whole lot to the aroma, just some toasted malts, bit of fruit.

The flavor is nicely balanced and surprised me with how much it has to offer. There's hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, and a touch of caramel, but no real sweetness. Delightfully toasty, and kind of bready. The bitterness is solid and keeps everything else in check, making for a pretty dry, refreshing brown ale, as any respectable Alt should be. The mouthfeel is light, but soft, with ample carbonation. At under five percent, this is a very drinkable, smooth and satisfying beer.

Really good Alt here. Though perhaps not as fresh, snappy or bitter as some of the other Düsseldorf Alts (many of which aren't really distributed in DE), Frankenheim Alt is still a very good example of the style, and it's readily available in German supermarkets.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 18:49:32 | More by dasenebler
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average German dark alt beer. I bought this beer in a supermarket when i was in Germany some months ago.

Poured in my Struise glass, as always, the beer starts good. A decent broken white head. The head however disappears after a short while leaving a ring with some lacing. The fluid is brown and somewhat darkreddish.

You can smell the roasted malt. For the rest nothing much to say about this beer. Taste is a teeny bit sweet.

Overall not a bad beer but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 10:41:59 | More by Brabander
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a Polish restaurant in Oberhausen (30km north of Dusseldorf). It was served in a larger glass than you see at the actual brewpubs, more of a pint glass.

The beer is dark reddish-brown, clear, with a couple fingers of foam that lasted OK. The aroma is muted as per style specs, not as hoppy as Füchschen or Uerige, more like Schumacher or Schlusser (slightly malty). It tasted more roasty than the others though, I think that's it's distinguishing characteristic. Not really roasty to the point of bitterness, more a slight nut-like character.

Decently carbonated, average body (light), easy to drink but not compelling in flavor, at least for me. But for the style pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 07:19:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is deep amber in color and has a two finger off white head that slowly died down. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a little bit of crispness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2010 01:36:18 | More by metter98
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood with chunky beige head that doesn't manage to lace. Nose is cinnamon and chestnut. Cherry tobacco and walnut malts with earthy sandalwood hops. Long astringent finish - tingly but numbing, like mint or clove. Medium, some chew, lively enough.

Interesting first try of the style. Shares qualities with kellers. For so many dark flavors, stays light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 20:25:38 | More by StJamesGate
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Philipp

Germany

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap - poured into a Altbier-Stange.

Nice brown/red body with a foamy white head.
You can definetely smell the malts, very appealing overall.
Very clean flavor, malty, with a nice aftertaste.
High drinkability, I just had a couple of these in bar; never had it in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 22:40:17 | More by Philipp
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Murphious

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has body. I liked it a lot without really knowing why...? Nice brown with white foamy head. Very full flavored and malty. A hint of hops at the finish and other pleasant flavors I can't pin-point made this a delight. Somewhat syrupy, but not too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 22:32:09 | More by Murphious
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DukeofAle

Iowa

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

I used to buy this from a small liquor store in Lawrence, Kansas, but haven't been able to find it for perhaps five years? My wife discovered it. She knows I like to try different types of brew and brought some home to try. Generally, I tend toward hoppier, stronger ales but I found this one to be exceptional. Being an alt there is not a lot of hops here, just a very clean, crisp ale that is very well done. It was my favorite beer to drink when I was planning to have more than one or two. Great while watching football.

Now a-days I can't find any alt except for a few micros or unless I want to spend $4.00/bottle for some fancy import from Germany - this stuff was affordable. If anyone knows where to get some in Iowa or adjacent states please let me know!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 16:56:20 | More by DukeofAle
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tconboy

Minnesota

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

On tap at a small bar in Werne, Germany

A- dark brown, moderate foamy head, decent lacing

S- malty, nutty

T- I like the taste. Its pretty malty, a little nutty, and bready

M- moderate carbonation, light feel

D- very drinkable, tastes pretty good. not the most complex beer in the world but I enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2009 19:04:46 | More by tconboy
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hunteraw

China

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the Dusseldorf airport during a layover.

Appearance: Enormous, thick head atop a brown, leather-coloured body.

Smell: Clean, almost lagery aroma. Not particularly malty, but with a hint of brown bread and Saaz hops.

Taste: Solid bitterness, caramel and bready malts, continental spicy hops, with a roasty/slightly burnt middle and a very crisp and clean finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Round, medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavourful yet crisp and refreshing as well. Quite well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:25:11 | More by hunteraw
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 09/08, served lightly chilled in Gaffel's Kölsch Stange.

A: pours a dark amber to chestnut brown colour; the light beige head comes puffy and quite tight, on top of very lively but fine fizziness.
S: the clean, mild tartness of autumn fruits and a touch of dust come on top of a mildly sweet caramel-malty & toasted-nutty Munich malt background... Neat and well-crafted.
T: the sour-sweet fruity malts with an edge of bread dough upfront quickly leads towards a pretty dry and bitter aftertaste, where a lingering nutty aroma intertwines with chewy palate of earthy hops and bitterness. A little syrupy mouthfeel sustains in the very end of tasting.
M&D: the overall flavour is more fruity with an assertive sour-sweet edge than both Hannen and Niederrhein Alt tasted yesterday, but the sourness seems to balance with the lingering bitterness in quite a harmony. A well-hopped and -bittered Brown Ale, but still suffering a little from the thin-ish body overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:18:25 | More by wl0307
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Gamemako

France

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 20:35:45 | More by Gamemako
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botham

Illinois

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

half liter bottle poured into a stange. pours a crystal clear caramel brown with a few fingers of off white loose head. no lacings.

aroma is mainly of sweet caramel malts and a lightly floral character. an earthy base rounds out the profile.

taste is similar to the aroma, with a very smooth finish of residual caramel malt and a touch of roasted malt, which is more pronounced in the taste than the aroma would suggest.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfel and a solid finish of residual slickness.

drinkability is great. the concentration and profile are solid, coming together to form a wonderful alt with rich flavors and a medium body. prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 01:29:55 | More by botham
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.4l tap serving in irish pub in Duesseldorf Altstadt.

A- Darp mahogany brown, moderate lacing and head retention

S- Roasted malts, fresh breads

T- A little abrasive in the roasted malts, but does lead to a nice nutty finish.

M- High carbonation and a bit watery

D- An ok alt, but not enough complexity compared to other and the watery mouthfeel lets the drinkability down

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 17:57:31 | More by seanyfo
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JBogan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a restaurant in Essen Germany. It was a darkish brown with a white to light tan one finger head. The lacing was a bit above average.

Smell of malts with a slight bit of that "wet cardboard" scent thrown in.

Tasted of malts and coffee. Slightly watery as well. Not all that impressive.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side, with very little carbonation.

This beer was fair but nothing especially memorable. I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again, but for something different it was worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 20:23:23 | More by JBogan
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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

A very clear, dark copper beer with a creamy head that clings to the glass and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with some wonderful German yeast notes of roses and cherries. Not much hop aroma.

Taste leans heavy on the munich malts, a medium deep earthy maltiness. Bitterness is not as high as other German counterparts and this happens to be the nicest thing about an Alt for me. A pretty ininspiring Alt, not bad, but lacks in character.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 16:19:06 | More by Absumaster
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased from Williamsburg Pottery in VA, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, dark brown with thin one-finger head that fades quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Mild caramelized malt?, kinda sweet.

T: Initally a nice sweet caramel taste, followed by a slight metallic taste, perhaps it is an old bottle. After checking the freshness date...yep it's pretty old. Still, even with age, it's a really good beer. Well balanced.

M: Thinner, carbonated, ends nice and dry.

D: Good flavor, not too heavy, easy to drink multiple bottles.

This was an old bottle, yet it still had a good flavor. I will look for a fresh bottle in the future. I don't think the pottery in Williamsburg rotates its stock on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 13:33:19 | More by guinnessfan
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color with a modest head that declines quickly and fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Vague hint of caramel malt

Taste: Starts with a somewhat sweet caramel flavor that is quickly joined by some bitter and oxidized (this is an old bottle) elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Sure would like to have tasted a fresher bottle as this is nearing the end of its life; nonetheless, the essence of the beer comes through and it was clearly well made

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 02:40:31 | More by brentk56
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tugdriver7

Maryland

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

Warsteiner doesn't import Frankenheim Alt anymore. I contacted their national distributor to check. The importer was apologetic, but could suggest nothing more than a trip to Dusseldorf. A new fan of the Altbier style, I regretted never having tried the distinctive blue & gold labeled bottles; and I settled for the other (though very good) German imports and craft brews I could find (like Long Trail Ale). So when I found a lone case on the import rack at a Hanover (PA) store over the weekend, I was ecstatic.

Absolutely beautiful brown in the glass, with a nice hefty foam top that lasted through the first few sips, then laced the glass all the way down. Subtle but definite malt in the nose, with a hint of carmel sweetness. It was undoubtedly an older batch, but age didn't seem to have affected the taste other than a hint of (metallic?) aftertaste. Extremely well balanced flavor, with just a hint of hops tartness to balance the malt. No fruitiness to speak of, with a nice (again, subtle) bitterness to keep you drinking it. If this shelf-aged sample is this good, I can't wait to take that trip to Germany to try it fresh from the brewery. In the meantime, I'll have to savor the few bottles I could find left in the US. And hope Warsteiner will consider bringing it back.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 02:34:50 | More by tugdriver7
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer used to be a great example of an Alt Beer. Sadly something has happened (has Warstiener messed with the ingrediants?).

I used to buy 5 litre mini barrels of it when I lived in Germany. So when on holiday on the Mosel, I saw it on tap in a bar I happened to be in, I revisited it.

It is lighter, appeared weaker and almost tasteless, not the beer I remembered at all, very dissappointed!

Of course it may well have been only poor in the bar I was in, so please try it if you see it, and let me know if it was a one off on my part.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 13:23:15 | More by BlackHaddock
Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
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