Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle
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4.93/5 rDev +28.7%
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.
06-06-2014 03:22:35 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
01-16-2011 21:07:26 | More by crnipeter
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
07-25-2014 01:36:47 | More by smakawhat
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
03-07-2013 15:45:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
07-12-2013 02:37:18 | More by thecheapies
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-09-2013 00:22:01 | More by Jwale73
4.34/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
06-30-2014 22:30:37 | More by larryi86
4.34/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
01-27-2013 02:26:26 | More by AdamBear
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.