Frankenheim Alt | Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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Frankenheim AltFrankenheim Alt

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 127
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper body, smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a blend of bread, roasted malt, hops and wood. Very smooth taste - tons of malt. Reminds me of a bock, to be sure. Flavors get a little more roasty as the beer warms. Nice carbonation, little or no bitterness and a semi sweet finish that is most appealing. A nice example of a finely crafted Dusseldorf style Alt beer. Excellent.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was served in Frankenheim specific glass at Waldo Pizza. Brown, and crystal clear with no head. I felt the aroma was lacking but there was some choco-caramel notes. Very good Choco-caramel flavor though. Med body. For 2 bucks a glass you can’t beat it.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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"...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nice sized cream colored head sitting atop the body leaving nice uneven rings of lacing not bad at all. Aroma: Darker roasts toasted nicely with an underlying sweetness in the background not bad at all. Taste: Soft tones of malt sweetness balanced with a dose of German hops and harsher roasted malts coming to the forefront of the flavor, simple and straight forward mass produced. Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a medium to light body a nice intro to the alt style bier. Drinkability: Very good crisp refreshing and flavorful not over the top but a balanced beer that you can seperate where all the tones are coming from.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of slacker79
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, clear reddish-mahogany body reveals some golden/orange highlights when held to the light. A short but creamy white head holds fairly well, and initially leaves thin sheets of lace about the glass. It drops to a creamy collar but continues to leave some nice thin lace. The aroma is of fresh, grainy, toasted malts with a light touch of diacetyl that adds to its complexity with its buttery character adding warmth and combining with the toasted malt to give it a gentle nuttiness. The body is light but creamy and smooth; due to an impressively fine and moderate carbonation. In the case of this particular beer, it adds to the overall drinkability. The flavor is as might be expected given the aroma with a toasty malt upfront; grassy and herbal hop flavors as it crosses the palate; and some residual butteriness and caramel character in the gently lingering dry finish. The bitterness is firm against the relatively light maltiness; and it's exceptionally well-balanced! It's a bit lighter in overall character than some other Dusseldorfer Alts; but it's still quite drinkable, with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several servings. Well worth trying.

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Photo of osheamatth
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerluvr
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a superbly massive & long-lived just off-white head, like someone placed a dollop of fresh-whipped cream on top of the beer. The nose is clean maltiness with a hint of roastiness. The taste is semi-roasty and dry with a slight nod to coffeeish notes. Light and spritzy on der palate. Finshes dry and extremely clean, an excellent session beer.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mhowell
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, kind of a mahogany, with a decent tan head that looked like it was going to last forever, but dissipated after a couple of minutes. Nothing special about the smell (damn my nose, man). Thin bodied, with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Left, for lack of a better term, a 'carbonation buzz' on my tongue. All in all, not a bad beer. I would do it again.

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Photo of bditty187
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery-reddish/brown hue, off-white foamy, bubbly head, a finger’s worth at its apex, slowly fades (good retention), very minimal lace. I was surprised at how clean and hollow the nose was, light caramel and grain/husk/hay/grass hints. Mediocre. The palate is crisp and refreshing… light toastiness, caramel malts, very mild bitterness, lightly husky & grassy. Decent. Medium body, modest carbonation… good, durable mouthfeel. Clean finish. Very balanced (maybe too much so, nothing grabs your tastebuds and says “hello”). Easy to drink… enjoyable enough… nothing worth hunting down but I’d quaff it again if need be. This Alt would be a good beer to cross people over with, more lager-like that ale-like.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of OlaB
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of light roasted malts,caramel and nuts.
The flavour is malty and sweet with medium bitter finish, the flavour really is a little bland. The texture is oily but the mouthfeel is a little watery. Medium carbonation with a medium body. This altbier was a little to uninspiring, but decent enough.

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Photo of Gamemako
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown with a creamy off white head looks pretty good, haven't seen anything that looks quite that colour.

Smell is like sweet grape juice, bread, dark fruit and maybe cherries. I have to say that I like smelling this beer.

This beer is very malty. I can find nothing for hop presence in it. The taste is full of grape and raisin on top of a tea like base. Buried deep in the finish is a hint of chocolate. It is not quite like anything I can think of having tasted, but all of the flavours are familiar. Not bad in any way, but lacking in balance really.

Mouthfeel is about average. At the end of a swallow it feels almost like a stout, but up front it feels thin. Overall it is lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is also about average. This isn't a beer I could see myself drinking all night, as I'm sure the flavours would get to me.

Decent beer, nothing amazing. Fun to smell though.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great alt beer smooth and excellent balance of malt and hops. This ruby dark brown ale goes down smoothly and is highly drinkable, spicy with the nice alt body that lends itself to this style. Low ABV makes this a very drinkable ale and the smooth texture of the beer adds to a good session ale.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with fine foam.

Smell is malty with some notes of coffee and leather.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty, with notes of rye, floral hops and grass. A bit of pepper on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice altbier, balanced and a bit spicy.

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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 175 ratings