Frankenheim Alt | Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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Frankenheim AltFrankenheim Alt

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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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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of gnikola
1.25/5  rDev -66.5%

Photo of Scooter77
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There’s not much that I can say about this beer, except that I hated it. It pours a dark brown color with a 1/2-inch head that faded away quickly leaving no lace. The aroma was very skunky with some mild malt undertones. The taste was just as skunky as the aroma. I noticed a slight bit of nuttiness and malt. There was a wretched, bitter aftertaste left. It took all I had to finish this one off.

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Photo of F_riedrich
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of YvesB
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CRJMellor
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear bright light brown color with minimal white head that evaporates quickly.
Aroma of sweet caramel and some grain, very generic aroma.
Flavor is highly acidic, very vapid taste and aggressive bitterness.
Mouthfeel starts with a tinge of swettness then a hard water hit with some major bitterness. Somewhat unpleasant.
Drinkability is poor, first beer in long time that I did not finish.

After reading other reviews not sure if this bottle was bad or I missed the boat.

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Photo of Shaw
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a pint of this beer at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. I had this beer several years ago, expecting it to be like Diebels Alt and was disappointed. Since I joined BeerAdvocate, I got a pint tonight to see if my memory was bad. Sadly, it wasn't.

This beer's appearance is its best attribute. A lovely amber color with a short head. It smells lightly of malt.

There is a weird quality to the taste that I can't remember having in a beer before. This sounds crazy, but I would say it has a glue-like flavor. It's a sour character unlike any other I've had, including lambics. Not pleasant. This flavor overpowers the good malt taste. I don't notice any hop bitterness, which is to be expected.

The only other altbier I've had is Diebels. And Diebels is much better than Frankenheim Alt.

I do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of DPMomutant
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours a nice medium brown with about a one-inch head. It's sticking around for a while.

Smell is a faint toasty malt. Very hard to detect.

I wish I could describe this taste different, but the most evident taste is, well, paper in the front with some toasty bitterness in the back. Not particularly good. A second check of the back reveals a freshness date of 12-13-04 so that isn't the problem. A few chocolate hints muffles the paper taste some as the temperature goes up a little.

This beer does have a nice smooth, dry mouthfeel.

Except for the disappointing taste, this beer is generally drinkable but that taste makes me want to go elsewhere.

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Photo of BierReise
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber and almost brown looking with no head at all. Earthy aroma to it with a slight malt fragrance. Very thin and reminded me of a Pils only darker. Beer was served so cold I really couldn't seek out its flavors all that well but nothing really stuck out as to flavor with the exception of some malt presence.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a nice copper with a good three quarter inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a light white ring around the top of the glass.

The was the standard alt, strong hops with a hint of sweet malt. This one had a light fruit undertone, apricots maybe.

The taste was where this alt's problems happened. The drink started with an off taste, not the standard alt hop kick. The middle was where the alt overtones began to happen. In the middle a good hop kick was present, the finish was a lingering hop aftertaste.

To me the best alts' will begin with a hop bite, have more hops in the middle along with a light malt overtone, and finish with a quick hit of hops followed by a clean finsh that doesn't linger. This beer failed to deliver that.

It was however a drinkable and refreshing beer, just a mislabled one. I think it should have labled a brown ale.

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Photo of Douberd
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, at home. Bought in Germany, at a gas station if I remember well. Poured into an alt glass. ABV is 4,8%.
Colour is light amber, with a little bit of activity in the glass, and an off-white, froathy head, which starts tall and after a couple seconds becomes just a thin line.
Very subtle aromas of caramel and roasted malts.
Roasted malts on the taste too, they give this beer a nice bitter finish, with some dark chocolate notes there too.
Medium to thick body and quite carbonated.
Nothing special.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Transparent amberish brown topped with a small, pale beige head. There was an abundant amount of carbonation that, nevertheless, didn't result in much hang time for the cap of foam. Very little lace. [To be fair to the appearance, I drank this in a bar, was given a small, dishwasher-spotted glass and wasn't able to give it my usual pour].

The nose was reminiscent of sweet apple cider with a faint toasted maltiness. Frankenheim Alt can only be described as a letdown due to the disturbing lack of both flavor and body (what's left?). What I could appreciate on the palate was similar to the description provided for the nose, but was much less vivid.

The worst part for me was that this beer was one of the driest, most acidic and most quinine-like bitter that I've had yet. I've had beer that was more of each of those characteristics individually, but never one that possessed them in combination. A faint metallic flavor didn't help matters. Nor did a thin, overly harsh mouthfeel.

I've had a few altbiers prior to this one and I remember them much more fondly than Frankenheim Alt. The unfortunate thing is that it seems as if there's a good beer in there struggling to get out. More malt would seem to be the ideal solution. Thumbs down.

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Photo of kbub6f
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

There's a big, off-white head, some (but not much) lacing. The color is dark brown, showing some nice copper red against the light.

The smell is sweetish, some toffee-like malt, a touch sour. Nice. The front is toffee and dust. The middle is a little watery leading to a dry finish. To me, this is pretty much indistinguishable from a good amber NA.

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Photo of slacker79
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DTown
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Brabander
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just had a few of these on tap at Jacob Wirth in Boston...medium brown color, very slight head, no lace when drinking.

Very soft/sweet maltiness...not as malty as the Spaten dark (also on tap there). This brew is not a taste sensation, as in nothing is very overwhelming. I did enjoy it as it was easy to drink, and not served as cold as the Bitburger pils.

I would order this again, but this is a very plain beer. In some circumstances, that is a plus, in other drinking situations, it's not. Recommended as a session beer when you want to nurse it for an hour or so.


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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Malts, malts, and more dry malts. The color is dark and full of brownish hues and offers a light and short lasting off white head. Not the most attractive appearance but nothing to put ur nose up at. Smell is bready and presents notes of ginger (?) and hickory (?). Flavor is much the same and has no discernable hop properties. Mouthfeel is full and leaves a satisfied feeling in the belly. I didnt feel that this brew was particularly drinkable though. Kinda boring and it left an unwelcomed sour aftertaste.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/09/05- Purchased at Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle dated on the lower back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-brown pour with a average foamy head which disappears quickly. Medium to fair lacing.

Smell- Mostly of malt, maybe a bit burnt and smoky.

Taste- Fairly heavy dark malty taste with some burnt flavors. Maybe a touch of hops, but not much.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. A bit dry.

Drinkability- Not really my style of beer. Not flavorful enough for me.

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Photo of cbl2
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with no born on dating.


Crystal clear brown with an inch thick white head.


Candied malts are present.


Almost like a macro. Only way to describe it is beer-like. Nothing distinguishes this from any other run of the mill brown.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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