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 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 TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a white head that dissipates into an uneven layer of foam across the top of the beer. Smells of carmel, toffee, roasted malts, coffee, bananas, and hops. Taste is distinct, to say the least. Dark roasted malts are mainly present, more banana in the flavor, with a good amount of hops bitterness to finish. For my first true Alt this is a very good one. I would recommend the beer and the style.

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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 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 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 BeerResearcher
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle. Dated.
It pours a lovely deep brown amber color with a big foamy beige head.
A doughy malt aroma dominates. Fragrant citrusy hops linger in the background.
A substantial biscuity and bready malt house flavors of toffee and brown sugar.
The hops are a combination of citrusy bitterness, metallic bite and peppery spices. A light herbal quality increases its presence as it warms.
This is a smooth and rounded beverage. It goes well with sausages and breaded veal dishes.

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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 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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Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured in my mug out of the tap, it was a medium dark brown with a little bit of tan foam. The smell had a little aroma of roasted malts, but, not much more of anything else. The flavor was of a brown ale that was just a hint above average. Not overly impressed with this tap beer, but would possibly try it again. Worth a try if you never had it.

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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 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 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 Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hey, I liked this one!

At a random bar in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Red hue translucid pour, small tan head that lasts briefly and doesnt really have much carbonation within.

Predominantly malty nose with a certain sense of acidity to it. The hops are a bit slighter but hint themselves still.

The taste, much like certain red ales or cream ales, is only moderately sweet although openly malty and is rather complimente by a slight sourness that is suddenly overcome by bitterness.

Nice Brew.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not all that familiar with Alt beers, but I think this was a nice beer for newcomers to the style. The color was a nice dark caramel and the white head was a good 1 finger thick. There was a fairly heavy malty smell. The overall taste was very comparable to a normal brown ale, but it had a little more kick to the finish. I have had one of these a few months ago and was not impressed, but this time it seemed better. Nothing great, but not too bad either.

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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 Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a cola colored brown body. Smooth creamy colored head, doesnt last for too long. The nose is caramel malts. The malt taste is kinda subdued, this beer has sort of a metallic taste to it. Hops are there, but you have to look for them. This is my first venture in the alt style so i dont have anything to compare it to.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very fine looking ale, it's a deep clear chestnut brown with a frothy biege head which begins to lapse into a a thickish ring around the glass. The aroma is of sweet pastry in the beginning, but soon picks up grassy characteristics and a hop presence. Flavour packs toasted dry malt along with astringent herbal tones and a bittering hop finish that is very dry. Mouthfeel is full and rich, but the aftertaste leaves the palate dry, nearly parched. A very curious experience, yet not really my kind of beer. Although looks are deceiving in this case, it is still a very attractive looking beer all things said and done. What lurks beneath was totally unexpected.

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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 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 Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This appeared to be a simple, brown beer until it was held up to the light. That was when the amber and red highlights really started to show themselves. An off-white head rose up to almost three fingers and dissipated very slowly. It became rather dense and fluffy as it settled down and left a lot of lace behind as I downed the pint.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was very fruity, being composed mainly of cherries, grapes, and plums. Then, after the beer settled down, some sweet malt and light caramel smells kicked in to join the fruit. As the beer really started to warm up toward the bottom of the glass, a very raw, very pleasant crystal malt aroma emerged.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and pretty smooth. The feel on the tongue was velvety, bordering on being tingling.

Taste: The taste was rather sweet, but it was balanced by a fruity, tartness that matched what was present in the aroma. That's about it. Not too complex and the flavors were consistent from start to finish. A hint of bitterness arose well into the aftertaste, but it was hardly enough to mention.

Not a bad beer, but nothing to get excited about either.

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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 byrd
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer had a nice clear, dark, copper color and poured with a health one inch head. Although the head died down moderately fast, a decent lace was formed that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma was malty with a slight bit of hops. Flavor was most noticeably about the malts which were a little roasty and picked up a little sweet fruitiness as the beer warmed. The beer was fairly light bodied with a light carbonation on the tongue. Mouthfeel was smooth and a touch creamy towards the middle. There was only a slight hop finish and malts came though again in the aftertaste. Not a very assertive brew, but okay non the less.

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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 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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Frankenheim Alt from Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
3.73 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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