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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%


Brewed by:
Braustelle visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010)
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:02:25 | More by alphagnome
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baakabak

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:14:34 | More by baakabak
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:01:25 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:16:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 09:04:27 | More by Flounder57
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:28:00 | More by Etan
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.19/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:53:13 | More by smcolw
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:27:31 | More by LiquidAmber
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap within a few minutes

S: A bit of a mash-up. Some fruity yeast, smoked malts, and a bit of tart acidity jump out and are the dominant aromas. Not too much else

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of fruity yeast mixed with the tart acidity and sour notes. Smoke starts out lightly but makes more of a presence once the fruity and tart notes die down. Smoke lingers well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky and acidic

O: I've never had a beer be both sour and smokey, so this was a nice first experience to the lichtenhainer weisse sub-style. I'm generally a fan of both sours and smoked beers, and this delivered on both ends. Worth a stab if you're into either individual styles

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:11:47 | More by BEERMILER12
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a drab hazy gold with a thin off-white head. Pleasant, but nothing spectacular.
The nose is more interesting with scents of Meyer lemon, red licorice, and subtle apricot.
Flavors unexpectedly clash with the visuals and smells. Bright green apple and peppery spice jump forth early. There's a hint of smoke on the end that's more noticeable as it warms. This brew has a very tart taste up front that's clean and falls into a cidery end with grassy vinegar.
The body is light--too light to contain all of the flavor eccentricities. And it could use more heft to go with all the bubbles and acids. After gulps, it does warm nicely in the belly.
This is a gangly creation. A learning experience of sorts. I found myself wishing for some mild cheese to smooth out the sharp edges and make it more drinkable; lacking this, I left some in the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 01:57:26 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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Birdmarg741

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium orange color. Minimal head but a thin lace covers the drink through its lifespan in the glass.
Smells like apricot, meyer lemon, and honeysuckle. Light smoke smell at first, but it grows significantly as the drink warms.
Wow- tart. Really get the lemon in the taste. Shocking at the first taste. Hard to hold in the mouth for too long. Predominant flavors are certainly the lemon and smoke. It is lovely overall, but mostly after the actual tasting experience- not so much during it. A bit painful on the bitterness. Jaw clenching. The lemon takes over the ability for the apricot to shine through. Honey still coats the back of the throat at the end with the smoke.
The mouthfeel is a bit painful. Tastes more like a cocktail than beer. Even though the alcohol content isn't high, it feels like it belongs in a martini glass.
Absolutely happy I had the experience. Wouldn't and couldn't drink a ton of it on one setting. But would certainly have a glass again. Must try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 18:20:31 | More by Birdmarg741
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mactrail

California

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear amber color in the Aventinus bulb glass with a big foam. It settles down to the ideal sudsy German mouthfeel. A little yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Malty and wheaty with just a touch of tartness. The balance of sweet and sharp, smokey and spicy, is outstanding. Not as sweet as the bocks or dunkels. This is one of the best German beers I've had and I hope it's part of a quiet revolution to apply some Teutonic intelligence to their wealth of traditional beer styles.

I like the argument that Lichtenhainer should be its own style, as apparently it was historically, and not any sort of Berlinerweiss. There is no hint of lactobacillus. It has just a touch of the Hefe spice, but a distinct malty, grainy flavor with some perfumey notes. This is vastly more drinkable than any Berliner I've had, in any case, and I say if you see it you ought to try it. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 05:17:24 | More by mactrail
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AgentMunky

California

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

Hazy gold. Good lacing. Scattered lacing.

Barnyard funk. Dank hair and horse piss. Meh

Holy shit this is so good. A weirdly smokey sour beer. Wild ale with barbecue?

I don't know that I'd get another but damn. Strange one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 04:48:20 | More by AgentMunky
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Peated Abraxxxas

Cloudy orange/amber. Small lip of foam.

Funky nose with a delicate smokiness. White currant, hay, and smokestack. Graham crackery malts. Great nose.

Unctuously funky and a little sweet with apricot and wheat notes. Nice salty peat smoke is the real game changer. Slightly citrusy in the way that it's tart. Unreal good.

Soft and supple. The right kind of spritz marries the sour. Wonderful.

Blown away by this one. Amazing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 02:37:18 | More by thecheapies
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep apricot body with a thick snow white head that boils down a bit. It sticks in thick rings to the glass with each sip. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The mellow alder wood aroma with some gentle smoke qualities has a nice tart hint with a faint hop note and some nice yeasty qualities in the finish. There is a nice bread crust malt note that comes through as it opens.

T- Nice bread dough note leads to an alder smoke hint that is mellow but lingers nicely through the flavor with a crisp green hint in the finish. There is a soft funky tartness that comes through in the finish as it warms a bit.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight little fizz on the tongue.

O- The nice wheat flavor with good smoke flavor is complimented by some funk tart hints. Every thing is balanced and mellow making this interesting and very tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:11:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this at a tasting last week. Smoked berliner weisse, what the.

Pour is hazy bright orange with a very nice white head. Thick with good retention and lace.

Cool and interesting scent. Light fruity notes of peach, apple and lemon, some hay, earthiness, light smokiness. Surprisingly good mix.

The taste is a little less potent but maintains the same well-done and unique balance of flavors. More wheat/breadiness coming into play, light fruits, and light tart, farmy, smoky flavors.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Easy drinking.

Definitely a strange idea but it works well here. Nice balance and the flavors don't clash.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:28:02 | More by Chico1985
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one.

1pint 9fl oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Pours a light burnt orange with a small cream colored head.

S - Smoked wheat grain, earthy, old lemons.

T - Lactic tartness upfront, lemon acidity, salty, all wrapped in smoke, dried fermented fruit, apricots and pear skin come to mind, grainy wheat runs right down the middle, smoke comes out more as it warms, Finishes tart and dry with an acidic bite at the end.

M - Effervescent carbonation lifts this off the palate creating fine fizzy bubbles. Light side of medium weight, dry tart finish.

Nice and refreshing. The smoke really didn't get in the way of the tartness like I thought it would. The nose was muted and didn't amaze me. Clean flavors with a solid finish. Good beer for food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 23:57:58 | More by StaveHooks
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.

A: Hazy gold in color with a thin white head and just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy, a bit funky, light lemony sourness and light smokiness.

T: Some sourness up front, then tart and then the smoke shows up! Cracker malt underneath as well. The smoke starts to fade into some sourness but never entirely disappears, lingering on the back of the tongue for awhile.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Well, I didn't realize this this was a smoked Berliner when I ordered it. And I probably wouldn't have tried it if I did. The smoke was a surprise, and diminished what was otherwise a tasty beer. But I can't ding the beer too much for tasting like what it's supposed to. I finished it without a problem....but won't be having another.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 03:47:56 | More by macrosmatic
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have heard things on and off about this for some time now. Finally getting around to trying it.

A- 500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Beer comes out somewhat murky with a golden-light amber color. A creamy texture white head forms to about a finger tall and retains pretty nicely. The creamy cap leaves a very silky robe of lace around most of the glass opposite of my sips. Very nice lacing.

S- Really not a very strong aroma to me, have to stress a bit to pick things up. Smoked malt, tart fruits and wheat bread are all I really get. Interesting but needs some more aromatics.

T- A combination of flavors I can't say I have really experienced. Tart grapes, apple fruit and smokiness are the primary flavors going on here. Banana, spicy raisin, wheat bread and some light malt sweetness in the background.

MF- Light to moderately thick body with a very silky carbonated feel. A bit of tartness and a tiny bitterness on the palate.

A smoked German beer with some tartness to it. This combination of flavors isn't going to cause a revolution but they work out better than I imagined. A decent beer that is worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:26:12 | More by cbutova
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Abraxxxas is a fairly unique, easily drinkable, tart, smoked, German wheat ale. While those elements may not seem to go together well, they manage in this style, and all the elements are fairly well-balanced, none crowding another out. One to enjoy again when the mood strikes.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, the bubbles small and densely packed, creating a smooth, meringue-like mass. Retention is excellent, the head very slowly dissipating to a cap of about 0.75cm atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with a frosting of foam remaining around the entirety of the glass' inner walls. The body is a dark brown-orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow highlights amidst the still brown-orange base. The carbonation is visible, quite vigorous and numerous through, the opaque body.

Aroma is of somewhat faded campfire smoke, smoked malt (at least 70% of the base), though I'm unable to tell if it's beechwood-smoked barley, or oak-smoked wheat. There is a faint lactic-like tartness in the aroma as well, which cuts the smoke lightly.

The best way to describe the beer is straightforward: a mildly tart, mildly smoked, mild hefeweizen. Front of palate is sweet in a fairly straightforward way from the wheat malt, with modest campfire-like smokiness and a very light lactic tartness. Mid-palate first discovers the mild campfire smokiness, followed by a weizen-like wheat malt sweetness and baked apple-banana esters, which is then cut by a noticeable lactic tartness. Back of palate finds mild tartness; present, yet subdued smokiness; and even more subdued fruit esters and sweetness. Aftertaste is of smoky, acrid bitterness

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of a medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly full, slightly foamy, flowing mouthfeel. Closes very dry, as might be expected by the mild acidity of the beer, with modest stickiness remaining on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 06:37:00 | More by falloutsnow
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed blonde colour, ring of white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is smoked with some fruity lemony citrus, fairly acidic nose though, mix of camp fire/bbq and light peat smoke consistantly. Taste is smokey with bit of acidic-tart fruit flavour, subtle bbq flavours, lemony, more smoke in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, acidity is felt in the cheeks as well. Pretty good stuff here, interesting stuff here too, would drink this again gladly.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 11:53:41 | More by peensteen
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebastian for breaking this out. Sampled on 4/10/2013 at Braustelle and described as a smoked Berliner Weisse. Pours a burnt orange hue with a 1/8th inch, loose, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus notes, primarily tangerines, yeast and candied fruit. Taste reveals slightly soured tangerines, the merest suggestion of smoked malt, apricot and a hint of lactose towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation and a slightly milk texture. Not really spot on for the style, but amazingly drinkable; just a touch of sour and goes down extremely easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:22:01 | More by Jwale73
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark golden orange with heavy haze and a tight white head. Nose has a lot of lemon and golden fruits and golden raisins. Notes of lacto, cream, pear with a fair bit of smoke especially as it warms. Taste has a fair bit of lacto, there are bright golden fruits, pear, mango, lemon. Body is creamy with a cream flavor and light sourness in the finish with moderate carbonation. Body is a bit full and carb a touch low. The smoke comes in towards the back, nicely balanced and more present as the beer warms. Very interesting take on a Berliner, the lacto and smoke dominate the front and back with a nice bright fruit flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 12:57:57 | More by cpetrone84
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seand

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. The foam dissipates quickly to a fuzzy layer and a thicker rim around the glass, which leaves thin walls of lacing.

S: Bread pudding with caramel and yeasty wheat. Kinda weird at first but it grew on me after a few sips.

T: Bready sweetness with wheat and yeast. Mild hops towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, and has some slightly weird things going on. Worth a try, but not likely to become part of the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 05:13:24 | More by seand
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 330ml into a tulip.

Filtered straw yellow, light head with almost no retention. Nose has light lemon and lactic notes, with a hint of a campfire. Tastes of lemon, wheat, smoked grains/an extinguished fire. Light feel, light carbonation. Tastey as is, and is more of a subtler Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 20:39:50 | More by liamt07
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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.