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Freigeist Abraxas - Braustelle

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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: 22 | Hads: 72
Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured lemon yellow with head reduced to ring

Smell the pear and some funk

was expecting sour notes with faint pair, but got the reverse, good pear sweetness(not too much)

carbonation medium with pear finishclean and smooth

I liked it and will buy again

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong smoke, alcohol, strong wheat, yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of strong smoke, alcohol, strong wheat, yeast, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight bacterial funk. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend; the smoke is a great addition.

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Photo of silverking
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Brauerei Goeller, Zeil am Main. The lack of a big weisse style head surprised me - perhaps the bottle was old? Overall, I found it an intriguing combination. Interesting to try, not sure I would drink it regularly.

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoked lichtenhainer weisse, sour and tart wheat based smoked beer. $6 at CBX in Charleston.
A: pours a deep and rich honey yellow, thick one finger bright white foam head, some spotty lacing, some carbonation, and some sediment.
S: sour Oak wood, musty grass or hay, grass pollen, lemon, medicinal herbs, light smokiness but I'm not sure how the smokiness is introduced
M: medium and thin towards the finish, creamy carbonation on the tongue.
T: tart and wheat like the label says, lemon, citrus, sour Oak, hay, pepper, light golden grain
O:interesting smoked weisse beer, okay and I would drink more but seek out as must have, complex flavor and aroma brings enjoyment when rating this beer.

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Photo of mverity
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hefe glass. Looks like a normal wheat beer. Aroma is light and not as smoky as expected. The flavor though is very unique. The sourness hits your first, then the smokiness lingers on your palate after you swallow. Very smooth and clean beer. Really enjoyed this one. I love the intermingling of smoke and sour. One of my new favorite styles.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle cloudy grainy hazy golden with a one finger white head. Aroma is weird! Smokey wheat and spice, yeast funk. Flavor is fruited smoked bacon, apple, hint of yeast and spice. A smoked brew for sure. Light medium body with plenty of carbonation. Lingering smoke. This is weird. Not bad, but a strange combo of light weisse and dark smoke.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions. While it's listed as a Berliner Weiss on the website, the bottle states that this is a "smoked Liechtensteiner weiss." Wouldn't this then technically be more like a Grodziskie in that case? I anticipated smoke over sourness, and by golly, did I get it.

Pours a slightly hazy, dull amber could with light brownish tones. Considering the yeastiness and wheat malts present in the beer, I expected better head retention, which is nearly inexistent. Loses its carbonation rapidly over the course of a half hour, and by the end it appeared rather still and syrupy. Definitely not a good looking beer by any means, but I can't dock it completely as the glassware is perhaps not the most appropriate for this type of beer to begin with.

The aroma is filled with smoky and caramelized notes overall, leading to the same kinds of flavors that I often have found in top quality Rauchbiers. Smoked ham, turkey bacon, and notes of raisins and bruised red apples. The slightly toasted or burnt caramel notes are pervasive, and make this sweetened at the end. This, in turn, cuts down the strength of the overwhelming notes of smoked meat. Slightly yeasty and funky, with barnyard notes of wet straw. (This also seems to be the brewery's trademark aroma.) Really intense stuff at times, but quite a pleasure to whiff on for fans of Virginia honey-glazed ham.

One sip of this and the entire palate becomes completely coated with huge notes of smoky ham and turkey, as well as an increased sweetness from the caramelized sugars. Combined with pervasive notes of pears, raisins, and toffee, this actually resembles a fabulous meal of sorts. Every time I'd close my eyes after each sip I'd imagine I was eating a ham or duck dish paired with a brandy-pear raisin sauce of sorts, alongside freshly baked wheat bread. Somehow, however, the smoke becomes increasingly oppressive, and as this warms up, notes of extreme cheese rinds and damp straw start to take over the fruity notes, leaving nothing but smoke, meat, and funk behind. The syrupy and under-carbonated feel actually makes this pretty decadent to drink, but it's not refreshing or drinkable in the most practical sense imaginable. Intense stuff!

I think my love affair with smoked beers is increasing, but it's definitely not the most practical option if it's something I want to sip on for a good long while. On the other hand, I'm so glad to finally try a much better take on a Grodziskie, and this would pair marvelously with food. Really good stuff, but not as drinkable as I'd like it to be. Fans of smoked beers must try this one.

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Photo of jlisuk
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Freigeist Abraxas was a curiosity pick in the rauchbier section (such as it is). A smoked wheat? Intriguing, to say the least.

No date stamp but the bottle looks old. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this one has been sitting around as there are two separate clumps of yeast visible in the bottle but cracking it open it’s clear it still has a lot of life. A vigorous pour gave a cloudy hazy golden straw colored beer with a tremendous cloud of foam atop.

There’s a gentle dusting of smoke on the aroma. It’s light and nuanced, and it delicately compliments the weissbier notes. It’s a welcoming aroma! It’s kinda cool to smell it because it’s unlike anything I could have expected

The flavor is lightly smoked, with a wheaty smoothness. The tartness is dialed down--not a Berliner weiss sort of tartness, with a sweetness on the finish. Light, refreshing, with that great whisper of smoke keeping it interesting.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice - and slightly unusual aroma of wheat, malt, and a smoky quality.

T: Tasted of malt (a decent amount), a bubble gum quality, wheat, salt, and the aforementioned smokiness (this is not an overly powerful element). A well balanced, easy to drink flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, easy to like, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle 3,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass
No bottle date, but I'm pretty sure it is fresh as it was sent to me directly from the brewery.

This is the 7th beer in my series of sours and is also my first Berliner Weiss!

Appearance: Moderately clouded, light golden-yellow body topped by a small, creamy white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some good lace.

Smell: Hmmmm, I think I served this one a little too cold as the smell was very muted to start. A little warming does the trick and increases the power substantially. The initial aroma is that of cooked green apples and pale malt, this quickly follows into tart (uncooked) green apples, lemon and some other citrus. Everything seems quite normal until right at the end of each sniff, where the tart fruit suddenly disappear behind salty, smokey cured meat! I have never smelled anything quite like this!

Taste: As with he nose, the majority of the flavour is made up of tart apples, lemon juice and pale malt. The smoke again makes an appearance in the finish with salty Black Forest ham and a little camp fire. The combination of of savory smoke and tart fruit works surprisingly well and is perfectly balanced so that neither hinders the other.

Mouthfeel: Just fuller than a light body with mild, fine bubbled carbonation. Moderate acidity, refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall: This is a really interesting beer, I never expected a sour rauchbier to work, but oddly this one does. One I will certainly have again.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew pours a golden copper color that displays a faint amount of haze. A finger of white head appears that slowly dissolves to a thin film across the top. A light swirl revives the cap to a half finger and places spots of lacing all over the wall of the glass.

The smell of this brew includes smokey notes of grain that are reminiscent of pete. It carries a light almost camp fire aspect about it that conjures up thoughts of cured meats. The smokey quality is ever-present, but it is not dominating by any means. This is quite an enjoyable aroma. As the brew warms up and it is swirled, it hardly gives up other characteristics to the aroma. However, what it does display includes some minor cheesy aspects, funk and lacto lemony quality.

The taste is tart with some hints of fruity lemon pulp. However, the tartness is immediately contrasted by a flavor of smoke that is quite pete-like. It clings inside the mouth with almost an oily feel that lasts long after each sip. The smoke runs throughout the entire profile but lets the tartness of the brew shine as well from start to finish. While the idea of smoke and tartness might seem like a really strange combination, it really works here.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to light level of carbonation. The smoke verse tart lemony quality certainly makes for an interesting experience, however I thoroughly enjoyed it. The alcohol is seemingly nonexistent and it is an easy drinking brew. For someone who likes both smoked brews and berliner weisse, this really was enjoyable with a pleasant balance. I wouldn't change anything about this brew except for maybe it's availability. I would love to be able to have this again without having to bother someone from Germany to send me some!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3rd brew of sour night. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden orangish color. Pour drops a nice fluffy head that retains well.

A: Sour citurs and grains. Lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of biscuit.

T: Just right for a berliner. Slightly tart, but not too overpowering. Great citrus, lemon, grapefruit flavor. Finishes tart and dry.

M: Light body, aggressive carbonation. Very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is through the roof on this one. Overall, a great berliner, and one that I could crush on a hot summer day. Skal.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brian over at Ratebeer for sending me this rare treat. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Corsedonk tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky mango color with a dull gold hue towards the outsides of the glass. Produced a fingers width of white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S- Pure and aromatic. The moment the aroma hits my olfactory senses I pick up notes of fresh baked apples. Notes of pears are also detectable. Interestingly enough, the more I became desensitized to the baked apple aromatics, the more the beer started to smell like a fresh bowl of lilacs.

T- Upfront a tart, sourness sits on the palate ever so briefly. It then subsides, providing a lighter, dry apple / graprefruit flavor. Finishes with slight lactic, wheat acidity. As the beer warms an undertone of smoke is noticeable.

M- Light bodied. Leaves the palate semi-dry. Could have used more carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, especially at 3.8% Great spring / summer beer.

Overall, reminded me of a cross between a berliner weisse (25%) and an apple cider beer (75%). Definitely hits the spot on this warm, spring evening. My only gripe is that it could have used a lot more carbonation. Definitely a solid session beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Freigeist Abraxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.