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Frankenheim Alt | Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Frankenheim
Germany
frankenheim.de

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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pDev:
14.21%
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Photo of dasenebler
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, best by 9/19/11.

Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice and creamy off-white head. Textbook lacing, and surprisingly good retention.

Not a whole lot to the aroma, just some toasted malts, bit of fruit.

The flavor is nicely balanced and surprised me with how much it has to offer. There's hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, and a touch of caramel, but no real sweetness. Delightfully toasty, and kind of bready. The bitterness is solid and keeps everything else in check, making for a pretty dry, refreshing brown ale, as any respectable Alt should be. The mouthfeel is light, but soft, with ample carbonation. At under five percent, this is a very drinkable, smooth and satisfying beer.

Really good Alt here. Though perhaps not as fresh, snappy or bitter as some of the other Düsseldorf Alts (many of which aren't really distributed in DE), Frankenheim Alt is still a very good example of the style, and it's readily available in German supermarkets.

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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 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 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 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 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 Murphious
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has body. I liked it a lot without really knowing why...? Nice brown with white foamy head. Very full flavored and malty. A hint of hops at the finish and other pleasant flavors I can't pin-point made this a delight. Somewhat syrupy, but not too much.

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Photo of DukeofAle
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to buy this from a small liquor store in Lawrence, Kansas, but haven't been able to find it for perhaps five years? My wife discovered it. She knows I like to try different types of brew and brought some home to try. Generally, I tend toward hoppier, stronger ales but I found this one to be exceptional. Being an alt there is not a lot of hops here, just a very clean, crisp ale that is very well done. It was my favorite beer to drink when I was planning to have more than one or two. Great while watching football.

Now a-days I can't find any alt except for a few micros or unless I want to spend $4.00/bottle for some fancy import from Germany - this stuff was affordable. If anyone knows where to get some in Iowa or adjacent states please let me know!

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Photo of tconboy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a small bar in Werne, Germany

A- dark brown, moderate foamy head, decent lacing

S- malty, nutty

T- I like the taste. Its pretty malty, a little nutty, and bready

M- moderate carbonation, light feel

D- very drinkable, tastes pretty good. not the most complex beer in the world but I enjoy it.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the Dusseldorf airport during a layover.

Appearance: Enormous, thick head atop a brown, leather-coloured body.

Smell: Clean, almost lagery aroma. Not particularly malty, but with a hint of brown bread and Saaz hops.

Taste: Solid bitterness, caramel and bready malts, continental spicy hops, with a roasty/slightly burnt middle and a very crisp and clean finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Round, medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavourful yet crisp and refreshing as well. Quite well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

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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 Gamemako
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the Düsseldorf altstadt. The way it was brewed to be consumed. .5L glass. Medium amber colour, not too dark but still darker than the abysmal Uerige. Head holds fairly well, lacing the glass as you go. As it goes in, it has a very short-lived head, but what's left just does not disappate.

Has a medium-body flavour with quite a bit of maltiness and flavour. The nose doesn't get much, but the hops flavour is actually quite noticable. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but is by far the least offensive of the three Altbiers I have tasted this day.

Pretty carbonated, but not such that it disrupts the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit soft and watery, again not bad but also not too impressive. Not quite a beast of a beer, but no slouch either. A worthy drink, but not something I'd run to Germany to try.

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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 seanyfo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.4l tap serving in irish pub in Duesseldorf Altstadt.

A- Darp mahogany brown, moderate lacing and head retention

S- Roasted malts, fresh breads

T- A little abrasive in the roasted malts, but does lead to a nice nutty finish.

M- High carbonation and a bit watery

D- An ok alt, but not enough complexity compared to other and the watery mouthfeel lets the drinkability down

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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 Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clear, dark copper beer with a creamy head that clings to the glass and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with some wonderful German yeast notes of roses and cherries. Not much hop aroma.

Taste leans heavy on the munich malts, a medium deep earthy maltiness. Bitterness is not as high as other German counterparts and this happens to be the nicest thing about an Alt for me. A pretty ininspiring Alt, not bad, but lacks in character.

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

12 oz bottle, purchased from Williamsburg Pottery in VA, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, dark brown with thin one-finger head that fades quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Mild caramelized malt?, kinda sweet.

T: Initally a nice sweet caramel taste, followed by a slight metallic taste, perhaps it is an old bottle. After checking the freshness date...yep it's pretty old. Still, even with age, it's a really good beer. Well balanced.

M: Thinner, carbonated, ends nice and dry.

D: Good flavor, not too heavy, easy to drink multiple bottles.

This was an old bottle, yet it still had a good flavor. I will look for a fresh bottle in the future. I don't think the pottery in Williamsburg rotates its stock on a regular basis.

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

Thin brown 33cl bottle, best before date stamp, "Original Alt Beer". Pours a bright and clear brown with some copper hilights. Thick rocky, slightly off white head, lots of lace sticking to the glass creating a nice sheeet of tiny bubbles. Rich smell of caramel and toasty malts. More caramel in the taste. Well balanced flavor, strong but not overpowering. Sweet malts perfectly balanced with a touch of hop bitterness. Sweet, full mouthfull leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Smooth, medium body and light carbonation that keeps a half inch of head right to the bottom. Very impressive.

Note to Self: Ranked #34 of top 50 Altbiers when I tried it

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Photo of davidchollar
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

looks like dark tea, very brown, not much head.
smells ok, not much there, malty. pretty average
taste reminds me of something but i can't quite place it... wheat crackers? triscuits? whatever it is, it's not exactly tasty but not bad, definitely tastes light and dry. bitter finish. ah, i just got it. there's a smokiness here, definitely, i like it better now that i've figured out what i taste.
i think this beer would be great with meat and veggies, but i don't really like it by itself. i'm not familiar with the style, i'm sure it's a good altbier, maybe i'm not a big fan of this style. i will try it again some time

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Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the German ales...this alt is very authentic and tastey for a high volume brewer. Poured a lovely deep chestnut color with red highlights. Nice frothy tan cap stacks out of the stein and lasted...great lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts and herbal hops, slight mustiness. Starts sharp/dry then mellows on the palate as the sweet malts and alt yeast produces a sweet-nutty-bready taste... then the finish becomes drying with the herbal German hops providing a medicinal bittering in the finish...all in all a very nice commercial Alt from the home of Altbeir... Dusseldorf

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