“The Frankenmuth Brewery, founded in 1862, is one of the oldest breweries in the country. In 1996 a tornado destroyed the Frankenmuth Brewery. It re-opened to the public under new owners July 1, 2009. Soon after the Frankenmuth Brewing Co. began distributing keg beer throughout Michigan. Today it consists of a micro-brewery as well as two American-style indoor restaurants with three patios overlooking the Bavarian Belle Riverboat steaming up the Cass River. The 28,000 square foot historic German brewery features seating for 432 indoor diners and 250 patio diners with plentiful free adjacent parking on Main Street in downtown Frankenmuth. The Frankenmuth Brewing Company is proud to provide high value, classic meals, hand-crafted old-world beer, select and aged wines, original Root Bier and exceptional customer service.”
- Batch 69 (79 Points)
- Brown Hound (86 Points)
- Christmas Town (81 Points)
- Little Bavaria Pilsener (85 Points)
- The Hef (81 Points)
BATCH 69: 79 Points
This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A medium light bodied India Pale Ale with an intense hop aroma and flavor. This IPA will wake up your senses to fine American hops to discover tastes of citrus, flowers and pine.”
My Description: I understand they were going for a “Midwest” IPA but they damn near left the West Coast completely out of it. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with an excellent retention that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is rather weak with subdued floral hop notes, there is also a bready malt note. The bottle says American IPA, not English IPA, so I was expecting big hop notes. Batch 69 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the direction of the nose by being subdued. Notes of citrus hops and pine hops can be detected along with a noticeable malt backbone. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the aftertaste is moderately bitter. There is absolutely nothing special about this beer and overall it is rather bland by AIPA standards. Still, it is easy drinking and there are no major flaws. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, spicy Thai noodles, or a deep dish pizza.
ABV: 6.9% Color: Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
BROWN HOUND: 86 Points
This Munich Dunkel Lager is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Named for the city it calls home, this German style lager has a distinguished dark appearance and a notably smooth sweet balanced flavor. The result gives our Dunkel a flavor of toasted bread and a malty finish.”
My Description: This beer is a great choice for drinking a session lager that is more on the sweeter side. It begins with a very large, beige colored head that fades slowly to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with an overall sweet and nutty presence along with notes of caramel and chocolate. Brown Hound is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely except the nutty notes are more subdued in the taste. A somewhat sweet caramel note takes center stage along with notes of cola and toasted bread. The aftertaste shows very little bitterness making this lager more on the malty side. Overall, this beer is smooth, easy drinking, with just enough flavors to make it interesting for a lighter lager. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, roasted duck, or chocolate desserts.
ABV: 5.1% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
CHRISTMAS TOWN: 82 Points
This Christmas Beer is released seasonally in late Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Sweet toasted dark malts and American hops are brewed with just the right amount of holiday flavors to create a medium-bodied brown ale whose taste and aroma is unmistakably Christmas.”
My Description: This ale won’t exactly warm you up but it does provide the usual Winter spices. It begins with a weak, light beige colored head that fades quick leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is interesting with sweet notes taking center stage along with notes of caramel, allspice, citrus hops, light fruits, and other spices. Christmas Town is light/medium bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose with notes of citrus, toasted malt, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The aftertaste is minimally bitter allowing the sweet notes to linger. The flavor profile blends cleanly but the beer feels off, there should be maybe more carbonation or a dryer finish. Either way it makes for a good spiced ale that you could drink 2 or 3 of. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked duck, honey baked ham, or pumpkin pie.
ABV: 6% Color: Amber/Red Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
LITTLE BAVARIA PILSENER: 85 Points
This German Pilsener is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A time-honored German style pilsener, this definitive golden lager is made following the traditional German purity law: using only malted barley, water, German hops and German lager yeast. A great beer with a floral aroma, a hint of spices & a dry finish.”
My Description: This beer grows on you. Initially it didn’t impress but by the end of the glass I felt satisfied. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and inviting with notes of toasted bread and biscuits, real nice. Little Bavaria Pilsener is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is fairly mellow with mainly malt notes dominating. A touch of floral hops can be detected along side the notes of toasted malt and bread. The aftertaste shows very little bitterness but luckily this beer is not overly sweet despite is the malt presence. Overall, this beer is easy drinking, crisp, and a solid representation. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with bratwurst, baked salmon, or grilled jerk chicken.
ABV: 5.25% Color: Straw/Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10
THE HEF: 81 Points
The Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A sweet mixture of spices & fruit with hints of clove and banana, this refreshingly pale German wheat is top fermented, unfiltered and lightly hopped to achieve its smooth, pleasant flavor and unmistakable cloudy appearance.”
My Description: This is a great introductory beer for those who aren’t familiar with Wheat Ales because it is low-key and simple. It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with wheat malt being the main note along with some bananas, clove spice, and a hint of bubblegum. The Hef is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean but lacks depth and yeast notes. Wheat malt dominates the taste with only the slightest hint of clove. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a lingering banana note that is welcoming. Overall, this Hefeweizen is refreshing and sessionable but it tastes more like an American Wheat Ale than its German counterpart. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sautéed Sea Scallops, a fried chicken salad, or grilled asparagus.
ABV: 5.2% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10