Frankenheim Alt | Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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Frankenheim AltFrankenheim Alt

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 03-27-2002

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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 tugdriver7
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of stirgy
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice, frothy brown colour, with an equally frothy beige head. The aromas are of nuts, caramel, chocolate, malts, and more! The taste is a wonderful blend of patent malts, roasted malts and yeast...with a kiss of hops in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and just right and the drinkability is off the hook. This is awesome stuff!


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Photo of Naerhu
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark red body, very long lasting off-white head. Obnoxious amount of head.
Dark malt aroma with
Lively dried fruit, without being sweet. The finish is a killer. Long, darker than caramel, lovely, mildly and elegantly bitter.
Full body, full flavor, nice carbonation throughout.
Perfectly balanced lovely creation. Never had an alt that i thougt was worth even snorting at, but this is amazing.

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Photo of Philipp
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of MJR
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a light brown with a touch of amber around the edges. Perfectly clear body. A thin off-white cap holds well and leaves a touch of lace.

Smell: The aroma is a bit subdued overall, but is quite malty with a touch of breadiness. Hint of fruit in there too. There's some roasted malts, as well as hops, in the background.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced between the slighty fruity malts and a firm hop bitterness. Very bready. Portions of roasted and toasted malts and caramel help to round out the flavor. Finishes with a spicy hop bite. Extremely clean, yet rich and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Round and soft with a medium, slick mouthfeel. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Outstanding... This brew is damn good! It's rich and flavorful, yet clean and smooth enough to keep it highly drinkable

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.4/5  rDev +18%
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!!!

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Photo of JohnY
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite beer that is unfortunately not available anymore. Maybe someday Warsteiner (the company that now owns Frankenheim will decide to import to the US again). Poured into a 22 oz stein. Bright white head that gave to nice lacing. Hoppy on the nose. Brown to Amber in color. Well balanced. Rich malty undertones that finished with a clean hop bitterness. Easy to drink, this one I will miss, gotta get to Germany.

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

Appearance: Pours a very nice mahogany colored body with some reddish/orange highlights…with very good clarity. It is topped with a small rocky and creamy head the holds fairly well, and drops to a thin creamy collar. On the nose the aroma of caramel, grains, toasted malts, buttery toffee as well as some nuttiness. On the palate the flavors consist of caramel, toasted malts, a dry nuttiness, nice buttery toffee character, and some herbal hop and graininess.
There is moderate carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Overall the Frankenheim is a well balanced brew with great drinkability.

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

Light clear mahogany. Huge, very fine foamy head settles slowly to an uneven 1/4 inch cap.

Nose is rich bready malt, with a lovely earthy component, and a hint of hop spice.

Very soft in the mouth, with subtle toffee and the bready malt. Has a bit of a zing to it that I didn't expect which makes it quite refreshing. More malt and hop spice come out with time. Well-balanced. Very easy to drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like an old friend, and I mean no “old” pun. This was a primary staple of my diet while we lived in Düsseldorf. Shortly after I got back to the states, I found a few six-packs of this stuff here locally…and this is my last one. The fridge I kept this in died, so it has come time to sample it for a review. Here goes…

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish chestnut color with a ¼” head of small white bubbles that only stuck around for a few seconds to end up a small ring around the top of the beer maintained by quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Lots of toasty and clean Munich malts as well as a noticeable caramel sweetness in the background. It has a rich plum-like aroma that you can tell is a big player in the whole experience as you get deeper into the aroma. As the beer warms a bit, the sweetness is really becoming more noticeable as a molasses-like richness.

Taste: Super rich toasty malt profile that comes across as being so assertive that it tastes almost like it is a burnt flavor. This toastiness melds with the fruity flavors well in the beginning of the taste, but then the hops set in to show you how it is done. There is a pronounced bitterness that comes out mid-way and this stays in control well into the finish. There is enough malt to challenge the hops in the end, but the hops win the right to linger on the back of the throat. There is a refreshingly dry mouthfeel in the end that lets you know that you drank a well balanced beer, but one that isn’t too huge not to have a few of in an evening. As the beer warms, there is a lot more sweetness becoming more apparent; as well, the hops are taking a bit more of a passive role.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer, and this is one that I would get on a regular basis if it was available here in Texas still. I haven’t seen it around in quite some time. To keep myself fresh with this style, I make homebrewed versions pretty regularly. Trying mine along side of this commercial example tells me that I still have quite a ways to go to get this style right. My version is quite a bit darker, and has more of a roasty sharpness, where as the Frankenheim gets warmer, it is getting much fuller. I’ll have to keep tweaking my version.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a brilliantly clear dark-amber with garnet highlights, forming an average-sized frothy light-beige head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is similar to a typical Euro-Pils with notes of green hay, touched with caramel, honey, toffee, and an interesting mouth-wetting funk when swirled. I detect refined ferment skunk, different than the light-struck type. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a medium body and delicate carbonation. Taste is very interesting with an initial touch of mown hay, sod, and dark forest moss, followed by a brief watery middle, and then lingering notes of earthy/vegetable hops with a delicate bitterness and slight, nutty astringency. Toast, subtle grain husks, and tea notes mingle throughout. The finish is both watery and lightly dry...a great thirst-quencher.

Pleasantly suprised, this is an interesting, unique, and very easy to drink Alt. This is coming from a guy who has hated every Alt he's tried so far. The great drinkability, unique woodsy characteristics, and soft mouthfeel contribute to a drink that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of John
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the most flavorful and smooth alt beers I've ever had. Had this on tap today with my lunch at a local German market. Rich amber brown color nice tan head that holds tight. That same richness translates to the sweetish toasted malt flavor and makes this brew oh so smooth. Gentle hop balance. Thoroughly enjoyable. I could quaff down a few of these.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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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 jlervine
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off-white two-finger head sits atop a clear brown beer. Plenty of head retention, little bubbles lazily float upwards in the glass. The aroma is thick with caramel malts, maybe some figs and plums in there as well. Taste starts with a nice earthy hop bitterness quickly followed by smooth caramel malt flavors. Maybe some roasted malt characteristics in there towards the finish. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is very prickly with carbonation and a drying sensation on the tip of the tongue. There is an overall smoothness that fills the mouth. Very drinkable, I very much enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thick foamy pale brown colored head leaves large patches of lace. Transparent hazel colored beer with a copper hue. Floral hop aroma with a bit of malt underneath. Lightly sweet malt upfront is balanced by a barely bitter hop tea flavor that kicks in midway. The malt fades away in the finish leaving a tasty mild bitterness. The body is light, but not thin; it's just right. I could put these down all night, and combined with the fairly low ABV and price ($6.99 6-pack) I had to give it a 5.0 for drinkability. Now I just need to find a local source.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark coppery colour with a nice foamy white head that stays around for a bit and continues to lace nicely. Smell is a bit of buttery grains with a bit of breadiness. Taste, the malt is a bit subdued and the beer is dryer than one would think. Very nicely balanced. Not as sweet as the nose might indicate. The mouthfeel is good with an nice carbonation level. This beer goes down easily. Could easily be a session beer. The only real German Alt available in my area. I would love to try more of them if this is indicative of the style.

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Photo of horndecker
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear bronze color - a tobacco tinge, perhaps.
A great head, rocky and off-white, sticky and persistant.
The aromas are of malt and biscuits and grassy hops. A whiff of spice and caramel as well.
The taste is roasted malt, chewy and subtly fruity. A slight metallic flavor is hinted at once in a while.
This alt has a straightforward malt intensity with a beautifully balanced hoppy kick for a great, palate cleansing bitter finish.
It's a great session beer and fabulous with grilled foods. I had it with some BBQ spare ribs - nice.

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Photo of marburg
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a beautiful deep copper, and the head forms up big, bold, and creamy with a fantastic lace and amazing retention.Aromas and flavors, while malt oriented are balanced nicely with bitter. Clean and very crisp in the mouth, this medium bodied alt is all that, and a bag of chips. Loads of toasty malt, a biscuity malt at that, a bit of steel/mineral and a long luxurious, and faintly hoppy finish make this a damn well balanced and awesome session brew that I will visit again real soon.

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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
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