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Frankenheim Alt | Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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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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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is deep amber in color and has a two finger off white head that slowly died down. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a little bit of crispness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color with a modest head that declines quickly and fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Vague hint of caramel malt

Taste: Starts with a somewhat sweet caramel flavor that is quickly joined by some bitter and oxidized (this is an old bottle) elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Sure would like to have tasted a fresher bottle as this is nearing the end of its life; nonetheless, the essence of the beer comes through and it was clearly well made

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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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent with a toasty breadlike aroma that is a bit bitter and dry. The taste is good also. It has a smooth malty core with a dry and slightly bitter finish. It goes down easy with a creamy ending. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has fantastic flavor and aroma; an excellent sessions brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Zum Schiffchen, on to the beer:

This is amber brown with orange hues in the body. A good head sticks on top of the beer and leaves good lace. The nose brings vague citrus, modest bread crust, and some toffee. However, the aroma's intensity is a little softer than other alts. Not so much with the taste, which brings a note of citrus from the hops, followed by the standard good old bread crust and toffee. It's a lighter-medium bodied beer, which is both refreshing and nicely flavored.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 09/08, served lightly chilled in Gaffel's Kölsch Stange.

A: pours a dark amber to chestnut brown colour; the light beige head comes puffy and quite tight, on top of very lively but fine fizziness.
S: the clean, mild tartness of autumn fruits and a touch of dust come on top of a mildly sweet caramel-malty & toasted-nutty Munich malt background... Neat and well-crafted.
T: the sour-sweet fruity malts with an edge of bread dough upfront quickly leads towards a pretty dry and bitter aftertaste, where a lingering nutty aroma intertwines with chewy palate of earthy hops and bitterness. A little syrupy mouthfeel sustains in the very end of tasting.
M&D: the overall flavour is more fruity with an assertive sour-sweet edge than both Hannen and Niederrhein Alt tasted yesterday, but the sourness seems to balance with the lingering bitterness in quite a harmony. A well-hopped and -bittered Brown Ale, but still suffering a little from the thin-ish body overall.

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Photo of bark
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark copper-red (30 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three-finger head is compact and beige. It sinks slowly while leaving lots of fine lacing on the glass.

Caramel and semi-roasted malt dominates the smell. Metallic bitter notes, some vegetables, quite a lot of dark sweet bread.

The taste is better than the smell: Sweet bread, flowery hops, distinct clean bitterness. Toffee, dry roasted hints (but not burned). The aftertaste got a clean bitterness, some salty-meaty notes, dark bread, and very vague hints of coffee and boiled vegetables. The finish is lightly roasted and a bit alcoholic.

The carbonation is quite strong, the many bubbles very small. The liquid is a bit dry and medium smooth.

An OK Altbier, no more no less than that.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood with chunky beige head that doesn't manage to lace. Nose is cinnamon and chestnut. Cherry tobacco and walnut malts with earthy sandalwood hops. Long astringent finish - tingly but numbing, like mint or clove. Medium, some chew, lively enough.

Interesting first try of the style. Shares qualities with kellers. For so many dark flavors, stays light and drinkable.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Bighuge
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color. Very little aroma. I almost get the slightest hint of skunk in the aroma. There doesn't seem to be a reason for it as it is bottled in brown and doesn't expire for months. Taste is very mellow and dry. Unique hop taste that I can't nail down. Medium body. There's a bit of a roasted malt taste. As I work my way through it, it seems to become more dry. Very unique beer worth a try. I like it.

This is the first Alt I have tried from Dusseldorf. I was very excited to find it available recently as I have been enjoying alts more and more over the past year. It is unfortunate that there are not many representations of this style put out by microbreweries. And I was extremely bummed when Summit Brewing pulled their Alt this year in favor of their new and more marketable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer....clear dark amber...soft small lace...I get that European slightly skunky smell on the nose...on the buds there is none of that...toasty...clean drinking...a bit of caramel...some lingering hop bite but in a subtle manner...a decent beer, just not a powerhouse of flavor and I'm not sure if it's designed to be one...the only thing I dislike a little is that slight skunky smell on the nose..

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny, I always thought that Alts were yellow. This is a very pretty dark amber, with a nice head.

Smells like multi grain and flowers and toffee malts. Nice.

Light flavor, surprisngly. Malt and fruit and zip are all there, but they all just kind of die near the middle, leaving a very dry aftertaste. Strange.

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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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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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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
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