Freigeist Abraxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
87
very good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 68
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 03-15-2010

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 68
Reviews by mverity:
Photo of mverity
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Redlight Redlight. Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a good amount of tight, white head that held about 30 seconds before fading into a thin collar. Good lacing. A weird kind of funk to the aroma of this beer, almost like a spoiled cheese. I also get some orangey citrus and dry grass. Taste is very similar. The citrus up front, the grass in the middle, and the bleu cheese funk throughout. Nice carbonation, medium to high; and a nice medium-light body. (470 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of tednkelly
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

A seemingly odd combination of rauchbier and Berliner Weisse, but it works fairly well. Tart and smokey elements mix together well thanks to a restrained use of smoked grains. Time for other brewers to revive this old style brew. (229 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. My bottle calls it a "smoked lichtenhainer wiesse". 6%? First impression was Gose. Turns out it is?
Hazy honey out with quick dissipating white head.
Fruit, lemon, malt and yeast aroma. Sour yeast and smokey.
Complexed tastes of lemon juice, malt, yeast and smoke.
Mouth feel is sour of course and smokey. Nicely carbonated.
Don't care if this is a Wiessen or Gose, worth trying. (394 characters)

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cyrushire
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlisuk
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow, very little head and light carbonation. Unexpected smokiness on such a light beer. Smoke and wheat dominate, along with funk. Not much on the nose. I like the flavors, but I am not particularly fond of the way it coats my tongue. Mild, but long lingering aftertaste. (281 characters)

Photo of liquorpig
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of NickBeery
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark green 0.75 litre, capped sparkling wine shaped bottle, given to me by one of the brewers, Sebastian, while at the Pre-ZBF 2010.

Murky, dull orange colour, an old gold look, white collar and a wispy covering. I poured the beer into a 'Kasteel' chalice three times, my Berlinerweiss glass was at home!

Apples, sour cooking apples smell, as the beer warmed a lightly smoked ham aroma started to appear and replace the cooking apples.

Dry, semi-sour, citrus tartness, grapefruit more than lemon sour, a pleasant acidic sharpness and interesting on the tongue.

An outside sunny day beer, not a winters evening robust warmer. A very good Berlinerweiss type beer, I'd forgotten how good they could be.

The 3.8% ABV was a shock, felt a lot stronger and fuller than that, very drinkable. (788 characters)

Photo of BeccaH
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of straightlambic
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of silverking
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very intriguing. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I purchased this. It's a slightly smokey, slightly sour wheat ale. I wasn't expecting this to be a gose. Oh well, it was enjoyable. I probably won't purchase it again. It's worth trying simply because it is so unique. (291 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

light fizzy fluffy head covering, nice lacing, hazy golden orange

Nose smoke city, smoked cheese, smoldering campfire, little meat, wheat and grainy, toasty.

Taste Smokey, smoked cheese, little smoked meat, little sweet candy, toasty wheat and creamy, mild bitter, hint fruity and touch sour, grainy with little yeasty too, chewy hops. Finish is fairly bitter, creamy, smoke and fruity little tart.

Mouth mild creamy med bod, nice fluffy carb. (447 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog review, drank at urwithdave's house, with captainredbeard and gtreid.

A - Pours a rustic golden-apricot hue, and is capped with a persistent wisp of white froth.

S - The nose is lightly tart, almost sulfur-y, and has some very vague medicinal smoky notes, atop of a very wheat-y pale base. Smells interesting; at once strange, and familiar.

T - The flavor offers some tart citric and lactic notes, and has some grainy pale wheat flavor. The smoke is not percieved in flavor. Mild to moderate tartness overall.

M - The feel is very light and yet pert; it has nicer effervescence than most examples in this style.

D - I love Berliners, and this is quite a good one. Though the 'Smoked Berliner' concept sounded crazy, it has only a modicum of smoke character. (770 characters)

Photo of Shaggy9356
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of crnipeter
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with BB June 2011, into tulip.
Pours slightly hazed golden body with short lived white, bubbly head. The lack of head retention makes sense due to low hop content and the acidity therefore does not add negatively to the overall impression.
The aroma is fruity (apple, pear) and lightly sour with notes of smoked malt.
The initial lemony sourness never gets overpowering and is quickly replaced by unobtrusive smoked malt flavor. I couldn't tell whether the sourness was derived from usage of lactobacteria or simply by mixing the malt with hot water and sustaining the temperature long enough to allow the lemony sourness to develope from yeast action, but the individual flavors are clean and easily pinpointed at. The smoky character is of burnt wood without heavy, fleshy flavors of bacon or fat. Light bodied with low carbonation and refreshing with excellent drinkability. Abraxas is a a kind of hybrid between Berliener weisse and Rauchbier, successfully seeking balance between smoke and sour. (1,015 characters)

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Freigeist Abraxas from Braustelle
87 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.