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New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Imperial Stout (2014)


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In this special beer blog, we are going to sample this years Imperial Stout from Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on the oldest craft brewery in Michigan, you know the history of it.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Frankenmuth Brewery.  Let us get into this Imperial Stout.

It has a jet black color with a constant tan head on beer.  The aroma has a strong chocolate, slight coffee, and alcohol notes.  The taste has hints of chocolate and coffee notes.  The aftertaste has hints of a dry chocolate and coffee finish but nice crisp finish.  It is a nice sipping beer after a long day.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A hybrid between a Russian Style Imperial Stout and an American Stout.  This Lager is jet black, smooth and tasty.  The bittering hops offset the smooth sweetness of the roasted malt.  A delicious after dinner beer, best enjoyed with friends.  A perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.  Na Zoorovie!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In the end, this beer is a little different from your normal Imperial Russian Stout.  I was a little lost when reading the bottle before trying the beer.  As you know, lagers and ales are two different beer styles. I love the aroma and taste profile of this Imperial Stout.  What makes this beer a little special, it has a crisp almost dry finish like a lager.  It has everything you expect from a stout and yet has a lager finish.  This is a great beer and I love the packaging.  I also love how they hand write the bottle number on the bottles.  I will be reusing this bottle here soon. I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Christmas Town Ale


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In this winter beer blog, we are going to sample the new brew, which is Christmas Town Ale, from Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you have read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of the oldest brewery in State of Michigan.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know this great Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a cloudy amber to a reddish color with a tan color head on this winter seasonal.  The smell is a sweet malty notes.  The taste is a slight carbonated sweet malty notes with a sweet malty aftertaste.  It is a warm drinkable beer for the winter season.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Toasted sweet dark malts and American hops perfectly combine with holiday flavors to create a taste and aroma that is unmistakably Christmas in every sip.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Christmas Town Ale-For many, our little town of Frankenmuth is known as Christmas Town. So, it’s no wonder we created an ale to celebrate the Merry Season. Enjoy toasted sweet dark malts and American hops which combine with holiday flavors to create a taste and aroma that is unmistakably Christmas. ABV 6% IBU 27

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing, there is nothing more to say about this brewery.  Frankenmuth Brewery makes some great beers and they did not disappoint any craft beer drinkers in Michigan and around the country with this brew.  Christmas Town Ale is new to the market and it is pretty good for the holiday.  They put some thought behind this beer.  I mean you can drink it with any kind of dish and that is including dessert.  I enjoyed the sweet malty taste and this beer is at the top of my winter seasonals.  This brew gives l hope to all winter seasonals.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Hefeweizen


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  It is their Hefeweizen.  This beer style has really started to grow on me.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their beers, you know the history of Michigan’s oldest brewery.  If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a hazel, unfiltered, and strew color without a head on it. The smell is banana. The taste is a banana with a wheat aftertaste. It is an extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Hefeweizen Ale 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.

ABV 5.2%  IBU 13 Great with lighter foods, salads and seafood. Pairs well with lighter desserts.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing, if you asked me a year ago, I would be living back in Michigan and loving Hefeweizen.  I would have said you are crazy.  Both of these facts have come true.  I am do not like whites and wheat ales just Hefeweizen.  I love how the Germans make their Hefeweizen and how they influenced the beer world.  I love the cove and banana notes.  Frankenmuth Brewery, who is a German base brewery, knows how to brew those classic German beer styles. I can drink this beer anytime of the year.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Tornado Black IPA


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In this special beer blog from Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summerfest, we are going to get into my one of my favorite craft breweries and beer from Michigan.  The brewery is Frankenmuth Brewery and the beer is Tornado Black IPA.  I have been wanting try this beer for a long time.  I could not find it whenever I was in town.  I was happy to see it being poured at this beer festival.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not read those posts, please, read those posts to get to know the beers and the brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a black color without a head on the beer.  There is a slight coffee and chocolate to pine and citrus.  The taste is a chocolate circus with a dry fruity notes. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing out, I really enjoyed this brew.  This beer did not disappoint me at all.  This is a pretty unique beer and it is hard to master on the brewery side of things.  It is hard for most craft beer drinkers to get to know and enjoy this beer style.  I believe this beer will bring some experience craft beer drinkers over to the Black IPA beer style.  I was pretty stun on how drinkable this brew is too.  The other thing that makes this beer pretty impressive is the fact it is coming from German base brewing style.  They did a great job and I am proud and honor they are making great beer in Michigan.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Twisted Helles Summer Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new summer brew from my favorite Michigan brewery which is Frankenmuth Brewery.  The new brew, which is one of my favorite German beer style, is Twisted Helles Summer Lager.  If you read my earlier beer bogs on this brewery’s brews, you know the long and rich history of Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts.  Let us get into the brew.

It has a hazel strew to light golden color with constant small bubbles.  It also has a constant white head.  The smell is of malt with a fade orange to lemon notes but to me it is the pilsner malt smell.  The taste of this light body and refreshing lager is malts with a notes of orange and lemon zest.  The aftertaste is crisp with lemon zest finish.  It is extremely drinkable beer and perfect for the hot summer day.

Here is a description from the beer can:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Inspired by Michigan summers, Twisted Helles stands as a monument to everything we love about the season: beaches and BBQs, patios and porch swings, friends and fireworks.  Tinged with mild, yet memorable notes of citrus, this crisp, full-flavored lager is indigenous to happy hours, tailgates and block parties.

Crafted by a brewery that’s lived and loved over 150 summers, Twisted Helles doesn’t just tastee like summer…  It feelslike it.

Here is a description from the beer packaging:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers – and so, by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement.  The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness, reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager.

Full-bodied, yet pleasantly quenching… and then there’s the “twist.”  The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home.  Because this one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is a description from their website (www.twistedhelles.com and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers–and so by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement. The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager. Full-bodied yet pleasantly quenching…and then there’s the “twist.”
The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home. Because this in one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.twistedhelles.com (it is a fun site)  and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @FB1862

In the end, when I heard Frankenmuth Brewery was coming out with a summer beer, I was like another summer beer that I will not be drinking.  I will have to just keep drinking my IPAs and Pales Ales.  I am not a fan of most spring and summer seasonals.  However, I heard  it was a classic German beer style, I was pretty excited and upset because I could not get it here in Chicago.  When I made it back to Michigan, I made it a point to find this brew to try it and write a review on it.  Helles is one of my favorite German beer style.  I have to say if any craft brewery in the states can do German beer styles.  It is Frankenmuth Brewery.  This Twisted Helles Summer Lager is well made and it is one of the few summer seasonals I will go out of my way to pick up.  The other two summer brews are Sierra Nevada Summer Lager and Two Brothers Dog Days Lager.  I have to say I am not too impressed with those brews but that is what I was force to drink if I wanted a summer brew.  This is a perfect brew for the hot Michigan Summer Days.  Trust me I know all about those days and extremely hot Chicago Summer Days.  Thank you Frankenmuth Brewery for giving this Hophead hope and something to drink in the summer time!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Red Sky Irish Style Ale


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While in Michigan, This beer is from the Frankenmuth Brewery Company.  I did not have enough time to try it at the brewery so I pick up this bottle in the Downtown area of Frankenmuth at the Lager Mill Beer Store.  I am really looking forward to their Winter Lager.  If you have not read the first part of my earlier blog, please, read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a nice red color with a constant white head.  There is small bubbles that flow to the top of the beer. The smell is caramel to malty.  The taste is a sweet malty with a little caramel with a dry aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This malt focused Irish style red ale uses roasted barley to give it its robust red color and subtle caramel notes.  Red Sky is a full flavored ale with a smooth malty finish.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Dry Irish Stout Ale-A traditional Dry Irish Stout is light in body with a hint of chocolate and coffee. This rich flavor comes from a combination of roasted barley & a generous helping of hops. We low-carbonate our stout using a nitrogen system which  aids in masking the natural bitterness of the brew.
ABV 4.1% IBU 41

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Bottom of beer bottle, I am not a fan of Irish Red Ales.  This one for what it is was pretty good.  It has a ton of flavor and everything that a Red Ale fan is looking for in this beer style.  I enjoyed it but I would not put it in my everyday line up of beers.  Just because I said that, it does not mean you will not enjoy this beer.  This is a really good beer and I did enjoy it.  Just like Pilsners, I am not into Red Ales right now.  Please, go try it and let me know what you think of the beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery J.B. McGinnis Dry Irish Stout


While in Michigan, I received a chance to try another brew from the Frankenmuth Brewery.  This is one of their many seasonals  that this brewery has and it is called J.B. McGinnies Dry Irish Stout.  If you read my earlier blog post on this brewery, you know a little something about this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It is black in color with a kind of head. It has a nice chocolate to toffee smell.  The taste is dry with some chocolate to roast malts and taste with a dry aftertaste.  It is drinkable and is my favorite Irish Dry Stout.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Dry Irish Stout Ale-A traditional Dry Irish Stout is light in body with a hint of chocolate and coffee. This rich flavor comes from a combination of roasted barley & a generous helping of hops. We low-carbonate our stout using a nitrogen system which  aids in masking the natural bitterness of the brew.
ABV 4.1% IBU 41

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In closing, I was stun to see this on draft.  I was not expecting to see this in their line up and I had to order one.  This Dry Stout is the best one I have ever had.  I had a ton of Dry Stout and most are from the big mass-produced.  Frankenmuth Brewery made this Dry Stout with an attitude problem, which is a good thing, and I believe that what makes this one better than the others on the market.  It has a rich flavor from chocolate to toffee and coffee notes.  It has enough hops to give it a nice balance.  I could drink this beer all day.  This is a limited time only beer and I would recommend you taking a trip up to Frankenmuth Brewery.  I wish this was in bottles.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Octoberfest


While in Michigan, we are going to take a look at another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  This beer is one of their Fall Seasonal called Octoberfest.  If you read my earlier blog post on their beers, you know a little something about this brewery.  If you did not, please, go back and read the first part of that blog.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a nice copper color without a head.  It has a sweet malty smell.  The taste is about the same with a little carbonation.  Just like the classic style, it has taste, smell, and aftertaste.  It is extremely drinkable.

Here is description from website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Oktoberfest Lager-An authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Its trademarked copper color is achieved by 4 different malts thus giving it its barley flavor. Adding German noble hops brews the perfect balance and tops with a nice finish. This once a year lager is a reason to celebrate all by itself.
ABV 5.27% IBU 27

Here is their website and addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

In closing, as many of you know I am huge fan of this brewery.  I love how easy the beer drinker can drink this beer.  It has a nice malty flavor and gives the true malt drinker something to remember.  As a huge Fall Seasonal Beer fan, this beer makes me die happy if it was today. It is a malt drinkers heaven in this beer.  This is a very good beer and I wish I could drink it all the time.  I cannot wait for them to get to Chicago or I might just have to move back to Michigan.  I would hunt this beer down.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Frankenmuth Brewery German Style Pilsner Lager


In this blog, we are going to get into the last beer from Frankenmuth Brewery Sampler Pack.  The beer that will be featured is called Frankenmuth Brewery German Style Pilsener Lager.  You read my earlier on Frankenmuth Brewery Blonde then you are pretty up to speed on this great brewery.  Let us get into one of Michigan’s Oldest Brewery beer called Frankenmuth Brewery Pilsener.

This beer in the glass has a clear and bright yellow tone with to head. It has a sweet and slight candy corn smell to it.  As far as the taste of this pilsner, it is clean crisp with a sweet dry carbonation going on in it. Frankenmuth Pilsner is very drinkable and sessional beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

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.

ABV 5.25%  IBU 26 Pairs well with lighter foods: chicken, salads, salmon & bratwurst

Here is a their twitter and website addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter: @FB1862

In the end, this beer style is not one of favorite out there, however, trying beer styles I have not like in the past to write these blogs.  I have found a new aspect towards some of these beer styles.  Just what I said in my Redhook Longhammer IPA, if I did not try other beers I would not have found beer styles that I love to death.  It goes with this beer from Frankenmuth Brewery and the beer is Pilsner Lager.  I really enjoyed this beer and has turn me on to check out other Pilsners at least craft beer world wise.  It is not to light but not too heavy while drinking it.  It is an awesome beer to drink in very hot weather to the nice cold winter.  This beer fits into the classic pilsner beer style for its drinkable.  Being a German base American Craft Brewery, they did an awesome job on this classic beer style.  I would say they did a better job with it then the German Breweries that have been brewing this style for hundreds of years.  I might get some hate mail but I am fine with that.  I am just an idiot with many thoughts on everything in the world.  This is my idea and you can agree or disagree with it.  To finish this blog up, I really highly recommend trying this beer at least once in your lifetime.  I love this beer and this brewery and I wish I could get in Chicagoland.  I just want to say thank you to my parents for bring out these beers when they were here visiting me.  I will be stocking up when I go back to Michigan.  Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Blog Frankenmuth American Batch 69 IPA


In this blog, we are going to sample out my favorite brew from Frankenmuth Brewery and the third of four beers that will be featured this blog.  Please go back to my earlier blog on Frankenmuth Brewery Blonde to get to know this brewery, if already read it then you already know this brewery.  The beer that we will be experience is Frankenmuth Brewery American Batch 69 IPA.  If you look at the beers that we have done from this brewery between the Dunkel to Blonde and then Pilsner, they are all German base beer style.  This brewery went outside of their comfort zone and did American beer style.  This speaks out open minded a brewery can be to bring beers to their fan base.  It does not go just for Frankenmuth Brewery.  There is another brewery down in Texas that just put out their first pale ale.  Frankenmuth Brewery have been brewing this beer for a while but with a huge growth of pale ales and IPAs.  Breweries are doing IPAs and pale ales or doing different things with them.  Let us see where this brew ranks to me in the world of the India Pale Ales.

This beer in the glass is not your normal India Pale Ale color. It has a clear yellow color to beer with a light white head to the beer. Smell is of light piney to earthy. This India Pale Ale has a sight citrus carbonation taste with a dry hoppy aftertaste.  To me, the hoppy aftertaste is just right. It is not overpowering like other IPAs aftertaste.  This beer for hoppy IPA is really drinkable.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

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.

ABV 6.9%  IBU 69 Best with strong, spicy food and bold appetizers.

Here is their twitter and website addresses:

Website: www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter: @FB1862

In closing,  I really love this drinkable India Pale Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery.  This is a very well balance beer and just like most India Pale Ales it is perfect with spicy foods.  If I could get this beer all the time, it would be in my refrigerator on day-to-day basis.  I know I said this before in other Michigan beer blogs but I will say it again.  I am not a fan of any Michigan breweries but Frankenmuth Brewery has won me over to like at least one brewery.  Do not just get go out and hunt this beer down but go find the rest of their beers.  Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser