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Frankenmuth 150th Anniversary Dark Lager

Frankenmuth 150th Anniversary Dark Lager
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Special 150th Anniversary Dark Lager blended with a portion of a Frankenmuth Dark batch from 50 years ago. Only 1862 1 liter bottles produced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium toasted malty and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of average duration. This beer met my expectations, but needs more go and less show.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9110) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
1L swing-top bottle shared by Tmoney99 bottle 372/1862. Pours a hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma had sweeter malts, fruit, bread, vanilla with a hint of wood. The flavor has an overall sweetness, caramel, vanilla and wood, but has a strange tart fruit component that seems very out of place. Weird and although I didn’t purchase this, the cost is not worth the tick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
1L swing-top bottle shared by Tmoney99- thanks again, Tom! Bottle 372/1862. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma of butterscotch, dried fruits, toasted sugar, vanilla, and super sweet malts. Really, really sweet on the nose. The flavor starts with tart fruits, then slides into vanilla, caramel, and eventually oak. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. A dunkel? I don’t know what this was trying to be. Very strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (8179) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
1L swing top to snifter (thanks money99). Looks good for the style; a semi-opaque brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells malty and boozy. Tastes tart! Strange, but not bad. Average (albeit odd) on the palate. Alright, but way overpriced, and very different than any lager I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Bottle from Champagne Cellars. I felt pushed by the 1950s lager claim, others including my party shaking their heads at the style chosen for such an event. Pours mahogany medium brow, a generous retained head, with no smell to speak of.The minority of the beer is a decent brown ale German dunkel, with a little body from the black malt, and a tad roasty. The main part of the beer is an off sourish taste, with unintentional lactose,a bit funky. Both intriguing and repelling, with the latter winning out. A very expensive lager for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2013
1 liter swing top bottle into lager glass; Bottle 881/1862, bottled in October 2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, light pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, caramel, toast, brown sugar, floral, light roast, brown bread, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown bread, floral, pepper, light roast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid balance of bready and toasted malt with fruity notes; with solid complexity and minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. It was overly fruity at first, but it balanced out a bit as it warmed to room temperature. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Dunkel lager style. Pretty good balance of malt, fruit, and earthy flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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