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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4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of GiantMidget
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tectactoe
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -19%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of steveh
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try of this old brewery by name in its new incarnation. Back in the pre-micro days of regionals, I used to grab up some Franky all the time.

12 oz. twist-off brown bottles. $8 a sixer.

A -- Clear, pale straw color with a dense white head and effervescent body.

S -- Bready Pils malt, light DMS.

T -- Bready Pils malt up front with light, lightly citrus/lightly spicy hops in the finish. Light hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light, dry body.

O -- While it hits most of the marks for German Pilsner, the hop character just seems too light. It could be a Helles, but is just too dry in the aftertaste, so maybe I've been led astray by too many hopped-up US takes on styles. This is a good quaffer, but I may have to reassess it against SN Summerfest when it comes out.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pale faintly-hazed yellow, only one finger of fizzy white head that dissipated in half a minute, no lacing. I was expecting a much better head on a pilsner than this...

S. Grassy herbals, some light skunkiness, pale malt sweetness.

T. Faint sweet malt, grassy herbals, light bittering. Not enough spicing character even for the lighter spicing of a German Pils.

M. Light bodied, fizzy soda-like carbonation.

Average and not really worth a revisit IMHO.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out similar to the Blonde, it's was clear yellow with a white head on top. The smell of the beer was lightly grassy with some lager yeast aromas in there as well. The taste of the beer has a moderate bitterness to it with a nice amount of grains to balance it out a little. The mouthfeel was pretty light, nothing too much going on other than some normal carbonation. Overall it's a typical pilsner. Worth trying I suppose.

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3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for sending me a box of Michigan stuff I haven't had before.

This pours pale yellow, totally clear, with a spritzy white head that leaves some lace. On the nose there is wet grain, some fruity esters, and grass. In the mouth the wet grain provides a light blanket for the grassy hops to ride on top of. The body is light and the carbonation is perfect for keeping this one going down.

Overall, there isn't a whole lot going on as far as complexity with this one, but the flavors are pleasant and it's very drinkable.

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Frankenmuth Traditional German Pilsner from Frankenmuth Brewery
3.27 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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