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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 125
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 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 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 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 Jarod
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed according to German purity law stated on the label.

This beer poured into the glass amber/chestnut/mahogany brown in color. It was clear and well carbonated. It produced a head that was tan in color and the consistency was dense, foamy and seemingly sticky. The lace that it produced had much of the same characteristics as the head, sticky and stretchy. The aromas that were pouring out of the glass were of roasted malt, nuts, floral hops, and hints of brown sugar, fruit and yeast as well. The tastes were of a good percentage of hops, mostly floral, but I also noticed some burnt malt, roasted nuts and malts, yeast and fruit. It was slightly watery in the beginning-middle but over all it was dry. The aftertastes were mostly of floral hops. This beer was clean and crisp IMO, it quenched my thirst with its dry nature. States that it follows the strictest German purity law, Reinheitsgebot, and I would have to agree. Not stellar, but really good, especially if you want to experience Reinheitsgebot.

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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 BeerBuilder
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown in color with a tan head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is rich, malty, with a bit of grain and toastiness. The flavor is sweet, and malty, with a bit of toasted malt in the flavor. It is somewhat light in body, smooth and easy drinking. Not a bad Alt, I would sample this one again.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly uncomplicated beer. Aroma was malt, with a slight roast and caramel notes and a hint of hops. Medium sized but steady and somewhat thick head with good stamina. Amber color with more brown than orange or red hues. Taste is restrained. A blending of a smooth malt with some bitterness, but lacking in a bite or bitterness. Surprisingly thin with lower carbonation, but a clean presence and softer feel. This is a fine and drinkable beer, but lacks strength of character.

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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 ElGuapo
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden brown pour with a small white head that dies pretty quickly to a thin lace. Lots of sweet malts in the nose accompanied by a nice rich fruity flavor.

A good solid malt base with a good deal of sweetness to it. A little bit of fruits come through just before the dry and somewhat roasty aftertaste. It is very smooth with extremely light carbonation. I can't say anything fantastic about it, but it is certainly a good beer.

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Photo of scottum
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sunset.

Copper brown amber with a nice head. Nice malts. A touch sweet. Smooth. Light fruity and toasty. Hops are well balanced. Quite complex and quite good. One of the better Alts available. Nice dry finish. Certainly worth a sample if you can find it.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just came into B.C. and it is the first Altbier I can remember
being available.

The beer is dark opaque brown with a thick white head. The nose
is malty and fragrant with some hops. The taste is full of malts
and an almost fruity topnote. There is a dryness to the finish
which enhances its drinkability. This tastes more like a brown ale
than any other beer from Germany which probably has to do
with its top fermentation. I would love to have this with BBQ pork,

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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 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 tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown with no head. Slight aroma of sweet maltyness. Taste is clean and crispy sweet. Taste of sweet malt and grains, yeast like notes, but very light. Light body feel, a small malty sweet tang with a slight hop presence. Everything about this beer speaks drinkable. Very clean and malty sweet. Not bad at all.

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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 LarryKemp
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This alt pours very clear brown with a fair white head. The head retention is fairly good and keeps some lace on the glass. The Munich malts were all that I could smell. There were no hops. An alt should have a bitterness and an malty offset. I tasted the bitterness a little and the malt even less. This beer finishes with a little sweetness. I think it finishes better than it tastes. The mouthfeel is semi full and has little carbonation or tingle on the tongue. It is an okay beer. Alts are not big in my book and this one falls to the middle of that pack.

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Photo of FINA
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown in color. Doesn't look all that appealing for a brown ale next to some of it's English counterparts, but that is the only area this beer falls short in. This brew starts out dry and crisp with some mild hop bitterness, then quickly switches gear into a smooth malt flavor. It is clean all the way through with no detectable esters or diactyl. This Alt is highly drinkable any time of year.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown reminiscent of Texas style Iced Tea. The head is fair and settles out quickly. The nose is malty and sweet with a middle level hop scent. The flavor is a crisp malt with a medium strength hop all across the palate. The mouthfeel is moderate silk also. This is a decent beer and I enjoy it.

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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 Redrover
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle with best by date

Beer is a beautiful medium brown. Nice 2 inch head made-up of very small bubbles, no foaming agents here! Th smell is not bad. I get some roasted malt, but mainly an alcohol smell.

The taste is just ok. Soft malt taste, no real hops. Low carbonation. I looked at some of the other reviews and I'm wondering if I have an off batch. I could handle a couple bottles of this, but it is not an "all night" beer.
The mouthfell is a little thin, but acceptable.

Not a bad beer, but not the best alt I've ever had. I'm going to try it again in the future just to see how it will compare to this bottle.

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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 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 rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful example of the style. Malty with a slight aftertaste of hops. Beautiful, rich brown color, with a head that poured to two fingers and stuck around just long enough. Left little lace, though, although this may be my glass's fault rather than the bier's. This is a bier that I could drink for hours. I bought this as a single not knowing anything about this particular brew, and I will certainly return for more.

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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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