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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 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 crnipeter
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2012, into tulip. Pours cloudy, deep golden body with orangeish tint topped by medium, dense white head with good persistence. I'm surprised by the head retention inconsistent with the high acidity and the relatively low hop content.
The initial aroma is clean malty sweetness with intense fruity character of apple and pear. The sniffing session peels off the layers of complex aroma revealing faint sourness and subtle smoky character beneath.
On the contrary to the aroma where the sourness has been well masked, the flavor profile starts with sharp lactic, somewhat lemony sourness verging on acidity, being quickly followed by smoke with bacon-like aspects, something I was unable to detect in Abraxas. The beer could be described as Rauchbier with Berliener Weise used as the base-beer. The balance between underlying beer and smokiness is great and reflects the character of both. Low hoppy bitterness emerges towards the dry finish. The malty backbone is clean and nearly imperceptible. No smoke-derived harsh, burnt or charred flavors, as it should be. Medium-light bodied and effervescent yet with soft carbonation.

In short: A smoke-veil dressed Berliener Weisse and one of the the most refreshing brews you'll ever come across.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freigeist Abraxxxas
16.9 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness dating.
$6.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

The Freigeist Abraxxxas (not to be confused with their Abraxas with just one X), pours a cloudy orange-gold body beneath a full head of slightly-off white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it slowly dwindles from a very thick thumb of froth down to a more condensed pillow that's finger-thick, and then eventually to a creamy pencil-thin cap - half of that - and eventually a creamy collar and whispy surface covering as you sip at it. The lacing is equally impressive, and it initially leaves solid sheets of lace around the entire inside of the glass.

Smoke is clearly apparent in the nose, and it's reminiscent of the Beechwood that's so often used in Bamberg. Some mild tart and sweet fruit also sneaks through the foam, but there's not much more.

The flavor is tart upfront but it's not overly sharp. In fact, it's somewhat mild not unlike a fuji apple. Flavor-wise, it becomes somewhat lemony in the finish, but it doesn't have that lemony acid slap at the outset. And it's also naturally fruity from the yeast, with notes of apple, pear, and some very light fig. Some phenols enter as well, and it's got some some soft clove to it. Its sweetish malt offers some balancing support against the tart note, and it's grainy and a bit wheat-like, even becoming somewhat bready in the finish. The bitterness is firm, and just a bit more than balancing. Most important perhaps, is the smokiness. It's far from overdone, and hangs more like a delicate, thin veil across the entire flavor. It seems most solid across the middle, and as you go into the finish, but it quickly fades, leaving only a hint in the gently lingering, soft and dry finish. The missing component? Hops. Hop flavor is generally kept low in weissbiers, and it's at a very low level here. You will, however, find some mild earthy and leafy hops in the finish.

Possibly the most interesting thing about this beer is that it revives, in a way, a forgotten style; and in that way it's unique because it's so different from almost all of the other beers on the market. There are hundreds of years of German brewing history behind us, and I'd love to see more of these styles revealed. Hedonistically, the beer is also a treat. It offers both tartness and smokiness, two fairly unique characteristics these days, but at moderate, very accessible levels. It's interesting and entertaining, as well as refreshing and satiating. Absolutely worth seeking out!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy gold with a sticky white head

S-smoky tartness. Very odd but awesome. Green apples. Medium strength

T-comes in with a weirdly awesome flavor of sour apples and smoke. It's a great flavor with a nice matching after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-points for uniqueness. It is drinkable, though maybe not as much as other German sours. I recommend anyone to try this.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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 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 brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

Pours cloudy gold with a one inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat with tattered lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with grass-rubbed lemons, smoked apples, and clove-studded bananas. Hints of wet hay and peach fuzz follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, lush mouthfeel.

The palate starts with a tart brightness, smoke, and bananas. Apples and clovey phenols follow through.

Finishes with lingering smoke and tartness.

What a tasty, unique, and refreshing beer. The smoke and the tartness are both in check without being overdone.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold-ish orange with a fizzy white cap that dissipates quickly. Appearance isn't exactly the strongest category for the style.

The aroma is a very interesting mix of odd flavors. There are notes of green apples, lemons, meaty smoke, lacto tang and bready wheat. Amazingly, they all join up into a tasty if unexpected combination. It sorta reminds me of the savory and sweet mix of prosciutto and melon.

The taste starts out fairly sweet with bready wheat and malt but that lemony lacto sourness kicks in quickly. The finish is meaty smoke and yogurt. Again, it all oddly works. My only complaint is that the taste doesn't quite have the depth of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with relatively low carbonation for the style. It's a bit oily in the finish. No booziness. Cleaner finish than my description might lead one to believe.

It's always nice to come across a beer that is interesting, unique and good. Plus, for the odd flavor combination, it's actually quite easy to drink.

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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 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 rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Fades down to about a 1/2 inch and leaves trails of lace.

S: Really interesting smell. I get a lot of green apple and lemon curd with some faint baked bread in the outskirts. And then right as the smell dies, I pick up Ruffles BBQ chips. Crazy!

T: Opens with a nice tartness of lemon and Granny Smith apples. Leaves a touch of sweetness in the middle. Maybe a hint of white nectarine and grapefruit. Finishes tart with just a hint of smokiness on the way out. Feels a bit heavy for the style, but a really good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy honey gold with a decent head that reduces to a skim ring. No lace.

Sour malt and smoke up front. Interesting nose for sure.

This one really changes in the glass. WAAAYYY tart and over sour at first. As this opens up in the glass, the palate adjusts, as does the beer. Good sour at first, then some slight bitterness and grassiness in the malt. Smoke comes in, and it is pure (no bacon) and helps to balance the brew. A bit of soda water at the end rounds this sourness out. As the palate clears, you get a little toasty wheat. That is some nice complexity.

Medium to medium light body.

Very enjoyable, if you are adventurous. Different, complex and balanced. Love that after all of the pieces, you get wheat at the end. Worth trying.

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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 mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of big pillow-like white froth for a cap. The cap slowly fades back to a fingers strength that maintains throughout the entire duration. It leaves patches of lace all over the glass. Carbonation continually streams out of solution in support of the froth that is sitting atop.

The smell of this brew includes the smoked woodsy notes that were also evident in the smaller version of this brew. It is almost beefy smelling with faint notes of plastic leading into a minor medicinal quality. Some sulfur and cheese is present but the main factor to this brew's aroma is the smoke that seems a bit pete'd, earthy and grassy. As it warms up, there is this crazy contribution of something almost like juniper that comes out across the back.

The taste is tart, savory and almost salty at times. Whereas the smaller version of this brew had a sharp distinction between the smoke and lactic tartness, this brew is blended together a bit more with the flavors not being so separated. There is a bit more malt inclusion here that is toasty to lightly sweet and caramel-like. A touch of apple cidar vinegar is present mid palate before the finish of tartness and smoke. There is a bit more earthy quality present as it warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very effervescent level of carbonation. Everything about this brew is bigger than the Abraxas; the carbonation, the residual malt inclusion, the alcohol, etc. The smoke and tartness are just as evident as the other version but this one just seems to be a bit better blended. The smoke transitions to tart a bit better with the more solid grain inclusion that is here. For 6% though, the alcohol is still masked pretty well. I enjoyed both of these very much and for different reasons. If I had to pick one and only one though, I would choose the Abraxas over Abraxxxas.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.03/5  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!

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Photo of fdig23
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Awesome labels on these guys by the way.

Appearance: Vibrant cloudy yellow with a huge perfectly fluffy white head.

Nose: Lively white grapes and pepper, artificial smoke, plenty of banana, a tiny hint of lactic sourness.

Taste: Smoke at first, but not the artifical or rubbery smoke you find in the nose. More like smoked salmon. There's a bit of lemon juice sourness and a nice clean, refreshing wheat crust finish. It's subtle in its complexity and unique in its flavor combinations.

Mouthfeel: Good and full carbonation, persistent head, good mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: The first time I had this I hated it. I had it again more recently and actually really enjoyed it. Not sure if my palate just changed or what, but this is definitely and interesting and excellent brew. It's a great modern take on a very ancient and forgotten style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy pale yellow color weisse with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lactic sour notes with light subtle smoky flavour are quite interesting. Taste is a good mix between some lactic sour notes with some subtle smoky notes which are really not overpowering. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with nice light touch of wheat notes.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Murky peach body.

S - An unusual combination of smoked malts, wheat, and mild lemony sourness. Well-integrated, with good balance to the various flavor components.

T - The taste has a bit more of the tartness you'd expect from a Berliner, with lactic acidity and some tart lemon citrus. A tad less overt smoke, with more unmalted wheat and lightly toasted grains instead.

M - Medium-light body, with some chaffed wheat grit to it. Lower carbonation, minimal alcohol, and low acidity. Finishes fairly clean.

D - I had multiple pours, and I found this pretty easy to quaff even at 6%. Would really like to try the original version, as I can imagine it'd be even more drinkable.

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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.