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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my label also does not match the photo posted. smoked lichtenhainer weisse. bottle shows quite a bit of wear on the glass. pours golden and hazy with no head. very little carbonation. still pretty good. it has a nice smoke flavor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abraxxxas has a medium, cream-colored head, a very cloudy, unfiltered, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. When the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in, a gray cloud descends into the beer. Aroma is of mild smoke and pungent "beer aroma". Taste is of maraschino cherries, smoked malt, wheat, honey wheat bread, and no alcohol or bitterness. Some sourness is evident, but only in a sourdough way, so one would NOT think of this, I think, as a typical sour beer. Mouthfeel is medium, and Abraxxxas finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Quite the interesting beer, this.


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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is deep smoke, honey, wheat and peach. Saltiness becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The beer starts with a nice and smoky sensation followed by salt and fruit. Unlike any other beer that I have had, this one stands out. I will pick this one again.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$5.99 for a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle

A Sediment noted on the bottom of the bottle. Pours a Hazy, deep amber, with minimal head that dissipates after a few seconds.

S: smokey malt, campfire, slight pine, mild fruity yeast, smoke is the most prominent flavor

T: again, definitely smoky upfront but it gives way to a delicate malty sweetness blended with a faint tartness. pleasant smokey aftertaste that lingers.

M: medium, plenty of carbonation

O: Definitely an interesting brew. The smoke is noticeable but pleasant and is reminiscent of something that might have been brewed on a farm back in the day. The slight tartness is refreshing and is not overwhelming and is balanced by just enough malty sweetness. Although smoke and tartness are not two things that I would put together it seems to work with this beer. Give it a shot if you can find it. I could have done with a little bit more of a head, but aside from that the carbonation was on point and it was a very tasty beer.

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Photo of qrazvan
1.83/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very strange beer, it has some pear juice in it, apparently. Sour taste with smoke aroma in the background. Not recommended, unless you are a big fan of sour beers.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is smoked malts, tart/sour fruit and a big hint of acidity. The flavor is smoked malts, tart/sour fruit and an almost milk-like acidity in the finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at State Line - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: hazy, yellow-amber liquid... 1/2 cm of white foam holds briefly after pour... no sediment in the bottle... no freshness indication on the label - suspect condition

S: yogurt, mild sweet smoke, mild whiff of proofing dough... almost a touch of dried yeast on the edges

T: bit of phenolic smoke... arguably more dominant are the other flavors: lemon zest, fresh grass (mellow), subtle acidic tang... pleasant tartness - not too much - while some bready/crackery flavors flicker as it flows back... i suppose one can taste the undercurrent of alcohol buried in the finish

F: feels almost medium-bodied up front, flooding the palate, however, drops off rather quickly, soft and quiet, with only subtle fizz and a lightly oily-sticky residue left behind... not all that filling

O: not all that bad - pretty tasty, actually - although I wonder how much the smoke and bitterness may have fallen off since bottling... based on what I had here, I'd certainly grab a bottle of this again... I can see this going well with raw shellfish

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 7.49/500mL bottle from Craft Shack
Bottle at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma initially sour upon opening the bottle but doesn’t last
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – wide rings of open lace
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor – smoke subtle, slightly tart, no distinct hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

16.9oz bottle at fridge temp poured (mostly) into a big snifter. some left in the bottle to keep the sediment there, because I felt like it today. No bottle code or date that I can find, but the bottle shows sign of wear (banging against other bottles). I'm not entirely sure the beer I'm reviewing under is the beer I'm drinking. My bottle's label doesn't look like the picture. It has the following words:
Freigeist Bierkultur on the neck
Freigeist ABRAxXxAs Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse on the main label.
If you care, I'll send you a picture of my label.

Pours clear (sediment left in bottle) golden with a genuinely beautiful cream-colored head, soft, silken, wavy surface. Retention is impressive -- seems only to have become denser while typing all of these words. Smell is an odd mixture of sour and bready and slightly smokey.

Taste is lemon tart with odd light smoke character. Slight bitterness. It's interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Overall...not sure what to say. I have little experience with the combination of sour and smokey. It's definitely interesting, and I would say it's well made, but it may not be my style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A nice big fluffy and creamy off white head, almost tan to vanilla colored, three fingers tall with even pinhead lacing and a creamed flat top. Body color is a murky yellow to brown, with some dirty peach orange and red in the middle. Very interesting looking brew.

Oh what's that aroma! Oh smoked malts!! nom nom! Beechwood, and light toasted quality. Minimal sense of fruit lemon with the smoke dominating. Controlled and inviting, classic and simple like a good rauchbier.

Palate is real nice. Very mellow sense, and not much going on in the mid palate. Aftertaste loads and build and builds, with smokey flavors. Tangy fruits of lemon and tart apricot come out with hints of tobacco on the finish. Chewy lemon a bit, after the smoke washes away, with a light chewy malt palate.

This beer is ripe, unique, and full of incredible flavor. What a winner.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I screwed up and poured this into a weizen glass, at least according to BA, but really, I think it's a good glass for this style.

The weizen glass does a good job of accommodating the big, foamy white head and considerable lace. The cloudy, orange-hued liquid seems well-suited to the glass too.

Aroma-wise, this beer is smoky, ham-like, and even a bit either lactic or buttery. I'm no expert so I can't tell which I'm smelling. There's a sweet quality on the nose and almost nothing to suggest tartness.

Smokiness dominates the flavor as well, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There's again some ham present, some wheat, and a slightly tart flavor.

This beer is light and refreshing, heavy on the smoke, and wheaty on the finish. I'd say the tartness of a berliner weisse is absent here, so that's a bit of a strike against it. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable beer for summer months.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- A clear light copper color with a dense two finger white head.

S- Slightly smoky wood, tart citrus, sour apples, some wheat.

T- Tart green apples, tart lemons/citrus, smoky finish, some wheat, sour and smoky actually work very well together.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A tasty unique beer, definitely will try this again!

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Photo of Bonis
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange in color, slightly hazy. Small head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma is wheat, grass, a slight sour citrus note. Flavor is tart yeast and smoke at first. Grains intertwine with the sourness... very appealing. A slight smoky saltiness sits on the tongue on the aftertaste. This beer is a treat to the taste buds. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and unlike anything I've ever had up to this point. Recommended to fans of Berliners and rauchbiers.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent straw color with a small short lived white tight knit head.
Little if any nose.
This beer surprised me a little-- in that I wouldn't have called it a Weissbier.
My example provided a tart green apples like flavor temped with hops bitterness.
There's a hair of smoke flavor in the mix-- nothing like the Shenkrala Rauchbiers-- in this case it's just a small teensy weensy hint of smoke.
The beer has a very light and thin flavor profile. It's satisfying on a nice summer's day-- but not what you'd want to quaff when the snow flies and the fire's crackling. I think it might be quite refreshing served chilled a little.

Finish is short lived yet ends by dissipating into a thin or perhaps water like demeanor leaving behind the echoes of the tart flavor that the beer began with.

Overall this is a light bodied, tangy weissbier. I'm not rooting around for my bullhorn to let the neighborhood know about my great find. If you stumble across it at the packie and you feel like trying something new-- grab a bottle. I just wouldn't seek it out over another favorite Weiss or Lager.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury Vermont, poured chilled from the 500ml bottle into a tulip stemmed glass.

The color is deep amber and clear like honey with 2 fingers of frothy white head with stringy lace pattern and small bead. The smell is great with lots of smokey aroma and earthy odor with light sweetness in the malt aromatics with subtle yeast ester and w/ mild bready element.The feel is tangy with moderately full smoke texture and dry malt effect with medium high carbonation and gentle nutty woody feel with dry and tangy finish.

The flavor is very interesting and has lots of malt complexity yet only light sweetness more earhty and high smoke presence with aromatics of wood in the taste and not charred or overly heavy like a briquette -or campfire smokiness, a very well integrated smoke in the malt which has a nice caramel accent which adds to the yeast flavor with tangy taste yet there is a mild herbal quality with dry toasty layers of wood in the finish. Overall I loved this -I think it is great since it combineds some of the elements of a sour wheat with a smoked beer in a way that enhances the blend with sour-dough bread with smoked grain kind of complexity and it is just excellent with lots of interesting and complex elements that work well together. I recommend this .

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.91/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought the dopplesticke and shared it with a friend some months ago and was pretty impressed. Couldn't pass this up when I saw it because I believe the first beer I reviewed was in a very close style... a smoked sour wheat. I'm hoping this meets more expectations than the other one I've had.

Pours a rich honey orange colour, a bit hazy. The head is fluffy and slightly off white, it dissipates relatively quickly but hangs around as a thin sheet. Looks nice, the colour gives me some hopes of a bit of richer maltiness with this sour wheat.

The smell is rather unusual. It is a bit soapy smelling, but not off-putting. I can catch hints of smoke, definitely the beechwood smoke common in those lovely German rauchbiers. There is this oddly citrusy, lemon and orange, cookie dough smell going on... with vanilla. The smell is a whirl of interest, at first it was hard to tell if it was good or what was going on. I think it is just that I've never smelled all these things combined. But a few more smells and it actually becomes rather appealing.

The taste! Glory! Success! This is what I was hoping for years ago when I saw that smoked sour wheat. But this nails it with my hopes and dreams. It comes in light and crisp, you get that gentle wheat beer in the beginning. The sweet orange and lemon gradually come on and then this delicate vanilla as it lingers toward some char and smoke that is reminiscent of smoked meats and then it sours up. Really pinching at the back of the tongue and cheeks nicely. It ends with a residual smoke and sour citrus note with a hint of piney/herbal hoppyness.

Mouthfeel is really great. It hits several cords really well for me in this order: crisp, smooth maltiness, sour, dry. The malt is not to heavy nor is it to light. More robust than most sour wheat beers from Germany. But it adds great intrigue and gives the beer the perfect character among the sour tones and the light beginning.

Overall I am really impressed! This is a great beer. It is not hugely smokey, or aggressively sour. Just very even and refined and full of delicate notes that are plentiful and tasty. I'm buying more of this beer, no questions asked.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most original beers I have tasted in awhile. The base of a good hefe , soured and then smoked. The sour notes balance the banana flavours of the Hefe and then the smoke comes through in the finish and the nose. It all works as the balance is there and such the drinkability is maintained. I have never tasted a combination such as this and I applaud German brewers who step outside the tried and true styles that dominate the country.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange colored body, very hazy, with a thin white head. Light carbonation and light lacing.

Slight tang of tart fruits and and a light sweetness. All malt, no hop notes to speak of. Overall, this is pretty dull as everything is too muted - requiring a fair amount of effort to pick up the subtle aromas.

Tart fruit right off the bat. A bit of orange and peach provides a bit of sweetness, though, not much else to report on, sadly... A bit of peat character on the finish and in the aftertaste, otherwise the smoked character is way too muted.

Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down easy with a semi-dry finish.

Worth adding to your palate but there is not enough smokey character though.

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Photo of baakabak
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with the thinnest of heads.

Scent is hay,citrus, and damp earth.

Tart citrus and sourdough bread followed by grain and grass. Mineral and faint smoke finish.

Thin mouth with low carbonation.

Really great all around. Not nearly as much smoke presence as I'd expected, but far more complex. Well balanced and very easy drinking.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Footed Flute glass. Pale brass, foggy appearance. White froth, close crown. Fairly good retention. Lasting thin layer on top. Gentle acidic at first -wine like- followed by slight sugar & bready notes. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation but funny palate. Oily texture. Citric astringency in the middle rounded by sour fruity notes - green pears & apples. Low bitterness. Long acidic finish & subtle hops on the aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dim, hazy orange. Even an aggressive, downward pour brings forth only a light, white head that has almost no core, only a crown of outer bubbles.

S-I may have served this initially too cold. Aroma is muted. I do get smoke. Not tart, smells like a smoky Hefe. Belgian spice.

T-The flavor is also tame in tartness but it's there. The smokiness really complicates the flavor. It works during some sips but falls apart during others. Like a smoky, tart apple juice with spices. Finishes with a dried wheat flavor.

M-Bigger and fuller than most Berliners. Finishes surprisingly clean. Carbonation is pretty mellow.

O/D-Interesting. Never had a "Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse". I dare say, I would take another stab at this interesting brew.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with somewhat good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Smokey, ham, wheat, and a little funkiness.

Taste: Smokey wheat, tart, ham, salty, a little sour, and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Tart, Puckett, acidic, chewy, light bodied, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A style I am a little familiar with and this beer is like a rauchbier and Berliner Weiss mixed in him. Delicious and interesting. Might not be for some people, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Smells of mild smoked meat, some lightly acidic citrus notes, sweet wheat.

T: Taste brings subtle lactic acidity (more of the feel of tartness on the tongue rather than a flavor), pleasant mild smoked malt, light grainy sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with very fine carbonation giving the beer a silky feel.

O: The smoked malt is nice but they need to let the lacto do its work here...not nearly acidic enough.

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Photo of smcolw
2.22/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Small head, but it leaves a lot of lumpy lace. Hazy with a dark straw/light gold color.

Earthy and sour smell. There's a bit of soup/stew aroma as well. Not a fan of this.

Quite sour flavor. Little wheat taste. The body is a bit watery, in both body and carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of cranberry juice. Overall, I can't advise to try this. I even find the smoky flavor to be distracting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dssipates to patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of lemon, white grapes and slight biscuit malt, faint smoke. Flavor is tart lemon, apple and grape juice up front, very tart at first, but soon ameliorated by smoky dry light fruit. Light bodied. An interesting take on the Berliner style. The flavor was almost to tart at first, but does mellow in the finish, althoug it leaves a lingering lactic tart and smoke aftertaste. Flavors are tart, but not intense. Although tart beers are not my style, I enjoyed this. I would have liked a bit more smoke presence, although the smoke does make this beer stand out. Interesting and different.

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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
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