Frankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner | Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth Traditional German PilsnerFrankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner

Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU 26

Added by Todd on 07-26-2004

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1/5  rDev -69%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasteless but overall mostly inoffensive

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This poured a clear pale straw color with some white head.
S: It smelled like skunks and sour lager yeast, with a little herbal hops.
T: It tasted like a little lemon zest and sour lager yeast, with some skunky bready malt and herbal hops. It had a sour aftertaste that wasn't very clean.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light and bubbly body.
D: This was about on par with Heineken, with a bit more scent and taste than BMC, but not necessarily in a good way. The body was weak and the finish sucked, so it wasn't easy to drink. Not even worth a tick.

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Photo of Mgrad92
2.1/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was a terrible example of a plisner. Too cloudy and not nearly enough hop profile. At first I wondered if the waitress had given me the wrong beer.
I would have characterized it as a weak summer wheat beer had they not told me it was a plisner.
There was nothing objectionable about the beer itself. I drank it all. It just wasn't what a pilsner should be.

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2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was an ok beer. Not a lot of flavor and kinda tasted watered down. Other than that it was a nice refreshing beer

The color was a bit too dark and cloudy for a typical plisse

I would have liked a more hoppy aroma and flavor, but I liked that it was not too sweet.

The beer was the first off a new keg so it's possible another pour would taste a bit different.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another in a variety pack bought at Wegman's in Collegeville PA.

Served in pint glass.

2-3 inch head that disappeared very quickly with very subtle lacing. Yellowish color, nice appearance.

Scent of yeast and lemon/citrus.

It had an average taste as a pilsner but nothing unique or special that would make me choose it over many other German style pilsners.
I feel like they were trying to do too much with it.
Especially when it comes to the mouthfeel and carbonation. WAY too much, causing quite a zing in the mouth like I"m drinking club soda.

Overall it's not terrible but nothing to brag about.

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2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | 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.

It's a pilsner. Not really my thing. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a thin fizzy head that didn't stick around too long. Bubbly carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass. Basic aroma of pale/pils malts, and light grassy hops. Similar taste, grains, pils malts, corn, light grassy's a pilsner. Light body, decently drinkable for the style, but nothing I'd ever consider getting, unless in the rare case I had to sample it for a tasting panel.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from, believe it or not, Frankenmuth, MI. Pours a translucent, golden-yellow color with a bright, white, bubbly head that mellowed down to a tiny, tiny layer on top of the beer very quickly and didn't leave much lacing at all. Smell was weak, included faint scents of wheat, grains, corn, and a touch of lemon and hops, but not much. The taste was on par for a pilsner, but nothing special or "standout-ish" about it. Light malts and corn. Wheaty and bready, very low bitterness (hardly any hop or floral flavor) with high carbonation to bite the tongue. Thin bodied, somewhat dry finish.

Overall, very "meh". It's a decent pilsner, but I would fathom that wherever this is sold, there are certain to be better pilsners available.

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2.89/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good crisp beer, slightly hopped, "good summer beer"

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2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Frankenmuth Brewery: Pilsner

LOOK: Pale yellow with a fizzy head that leaves quickly. Looks like a cheaply made lager.

SMELL: Lager yeast dominates the nose with bready notes, maybe a touch herbal.

TASTE: Straightforward clean malts, possibly some adjuncts, and mild herbal hopping. Finishes almost clean with a small mineral taste. Lacks enough hop flavor or bitterness to make it stand out. Still, inoffensive and easy drinking.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated.

OVERALL: This is a nice lighter option, but still doesn't stack up with the truly great pilsners. Just about average.

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2.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a sampler at the brewery. Clear pale straw color with a decent head that left some lacing. Very little aroma what so ever, maybe some yeast, but certainly not the hops the menu promised. The flavor is okay and clean, some malt flavor, some bitterness, some yeast. There is a good mouthfeel, some body. Overall this is drinkable for most people walking through the door looking for something similar to their usual can of beer, but there are better more flavorful choices on the menu, (Geyer Cream).

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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