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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 249
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 qrazvan
1.83/5  rDev -51.7%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy aroma that's dominated by a strong lactic funk presence. Really cheesy with subtle citrus, light fruit and pale malt notes underneath. Kind of bland and I'm not picking up on the smokiness or much of anything else.

Fuller bodied than expected but even more one dimensional than the nose suggests. Only sligtly sour with an overwhelming lactic funk presence. Very funk and cheesy with an unpleasant dairy flavor that overpowers the mustiness, light fruit and other notes. Again, I'm not picking up any smokiness, wheat or citrus. Just all lactic funk. (759 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got two of this bottles when i was at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven this year. Had them standing outside in the cold and last sunday wanted to try this beer.

Poured in my struise glass this beer looks quit ok, nothing spectacular. Smell is underwhealming. To be honest not my cup of tea. I had a few sips and then poured it in the sink. Not because the beer was bad but this somkebeer is just not my thing. I would do the same with FouFoune but that beer would go trough the toilet.

So at the end this revieuw is not for people who like rauchbeers, i just didn't! (572 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2nd beer of sour night. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy copperish orange color. Nice off-white head appears and retains for much of the glass.

A: Smoke and ash right away. Not at all what I was expecting from a Berliner. I do get the underlying notes of citrus and lemon. But the smoky bacon aroma is rather off-putting.

T: Mush of the same off-putting smoke and char flavor. I do get some sourness from the lemon and other citrus flavors, but the smoke overpowers the brew. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation. Light body.

D and overall impression: Not something I would have again. Overall, the smoke does not work with this beer. Regular Abraxus blows this out of the water. Skal. (732 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the big, smoked brother of Freigeist Abraxas. The same dark green 0.75cl capped sparkling wine type bottle being used.

Given to me by Sebastian, one of the brewers, thanks again.

Poured into Berlinerweiss bowl, a Westmalle chalice and a Grolsch 'Het Canon' cup.

Cloudy, moody and murky, a Jaffa Cake marmalade colour, no head to talk of.

The smell was of burnt peat, old ash trays and grapefruit!

The taste was of weak smoked ham, acidic, but not vinergarous, sour, bitter and fairly dry. The grapefruit from the aroma also came into the flavours.

I found the beer interesting, but 'not my cup of tea'. (616 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of gn0sis
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very interesting Berliner Weisse/sour ale hybrid.. The aroma is that of funk, fruit, and grass, very complex , reminiscent of a dewy field. There is a major shock upon taking the first sip, as the taste and smell differ vastly. The taste has a strong Berliner muskiness upfront and a thin, lactic finish. Hints of smoke and dryness in the mouthfeel..Very curious brew.. Would love another go at this. (402 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give it up for the resurrection (of sorts) of a nearly-lost style. This stuff pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mildly-tart lemon zest, light coriander, light black pepper, light cracked wheat, and a hint of beech smoke in the background. I may or may not get a hint of juniper in there as well, but it's hard to tell for sure. The taste brings in more of the same, but that smoke is a bit more intense now; not very much, frankly, it's still just a minor pall on the absolute range, but it's enough to effectively color the second half of the proceedings here. Normally, I'm all for smoke like this, often even stronger, but here it begins as a clashing partner with the lemony bits and then as a silencer, a deadener, of the same. Things just don't work all that well together on my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, for sure, but one that just doesn't quite do it for me. (1,044 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Freigeist Abraxxxass has a bright yellow color with some slight blond trimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with the mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me. The smoke is not picked up in the nose. Standard Berliner fare, not very pungent.

Lemongrass with a touch of pale malt. At some points I get a small sense of barnyard hay. Not very funky, mildly tart, a small hit of smoke in the finish on this that comes and goes and does not smoke the palate, not sour. Good, but not great.

Pretty mild on the tartness and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. If it tasted better and the ABV was lowered a bit this would make it easy for a few. Maybe the addition of peat/smoke ingredients is what upped the Alc on a session type beer. (1,085 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Really cloudy golden orange with 1 finger of white head.

Nose
Banana, apricot and caramel. Hints at some peach, lactic sourness and smoke.

Taste
Extremely light (lactic) tartness with apricot, lemon and peach. Caramel, pink lady apple, banana and tangy wheat. Finishes with some light fruits and touches of beechwood smoked malt.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing. This really cleanses the palate.

Overall
I really expected this to be more sour, so it was a little bit of a let down. It's still a really tasty, nicely balanced and refreshing beer, just not very sour. :( (653 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical mini-pint glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I don't much care for the style - but that's usually only when Berliners insist on putting candy syrup in the beer.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of decent cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Lacing is fair. Colour is a nontransparent hazy dark yellow-gold. Looks a bit like a typical hefeweizen. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean bright malts, light floral hops, and rauch smoke notes. The smoke is a highlight; otherwise it's a boring pilsnery type aroma. Not horribly appealing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean malts with some light (dare I say subtle) smokey character. Floral hops and a touch of biscuit malt helps round out the flavour profile. Hints of lemongrass and crisp corn. A smacky sour bite on the back end adds some zing to the finish. There's even a touch of tart in there. Sweet notes, maybe even touches of honey are primarily on the open and in the first act. Some underlying zest. It's nicely balanced all around but there's little in it that's unique or special.

Mf: Nicely smooth, with some plain rolling cream. Wet and refreshing. Suits the flavour quite well. Neither too thick nor too thin. Not heavy or overbearing, but far from light or delicate.

Dr: A drinkable beer in the style that is among the best I've had. The smoke adds a nice unexpected dimension to the flavour - as well as some needed complexity. I'd get this on draught. In spite of its smokey quality, it makes a great summer beer. I'd recommend this within the style, but most will find it underwhelming. I look forward to trying more beers from the brewery.

B- (1,996 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, citric/lemons, rust/vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some some smokey funky flavours. There is also a bit of lemon/citric acid something along the lines of old milk. It ends with a lemony funky aftertaste.

Overall - Holy cow.. I've never had a beer with this much funk. It's got a bit of a 'it's so bad its good' thing going on.. at times I want to drainpour but then I keep going back. Can't say I'd ever drink this again, but interesting to try once. (806 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet and savory notes exude from the glass in ways that seem much more of an influence from Bavaria and Bamburg than Koln. Wheat and smoke do double duty on the palate to ensure satisfaction of the taste buds without sacrificing refreshment.

Like many weizens, the beer pours a honey-gold color and carries the signature wheaty haze that makes them so popular. The beer builds a sturdy cap of cotton-white foam that retains with persistence and fallen lace along the way.

Sweet with notions of bubblegum, but savory with not-so-delicate overtones of mesquite, the beer takes the palate on quite a trip. Faint bread, banana, and clove are represented well but hardly makes a mark about the stronger smokier character.

But the sweeter, tarter, and finesse elements of the beer fare much more balanced in taste than in aroma. Still, the taste of bubblegum, clove, apples, and pepper round out the sweetness and progress toward a clean lactic tartness that reminds me of lemons and salt water taffy. But make no mistake about it- the meaty tones of barbecue skirt the peripheries of taste and dictate the theme of the beer beyond any others.

The beer seems medium bodied to start because of the creaminess of carbonation, the residual textures from wheat proteins and bready sweetness, and the psychological aspect that associates rich textures with smoke flavors. But the beer's mid palate shares a cutting sourness that invites grape seed astringencies and peppery bite. While finishing with acidic dryness and alcohol warmth, the beer's smoke elements still evokes mouth watering even when attempting to dry the palate.

It's all there: the smoke, banana, clove, sourness, bubblegum, apple.... all creating a ton of complexities for such a refreshing beer. (1,761 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is unique like no other, so bonus points there. it is a smoked berliner weiss, which as far as i know, hasnt been done too commonly. it pours hazy light brown without much head. a little watery and kind of yellow to. weird. the nose is rauchbier smokey, intense in that way, over the lemon peel acidic bitterness of a normal berliner weiss. an odd fusion of styles for certain. the flavor is overly smoked, dominates the subtle fruit notes. acid and smoke are also strange bedfellows, and im not sure it works. feel works though, maybe a little thin on body, even for the style, and the carbonation isnt as bright as id like it to be. i appreciate the attempt here, but it didnt exactly click in my opinion. the smokey citrus tart beer is an odd blend. worth a try though i suppose, because there is nothing else like it out there. (836 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (1,089 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  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. (757 characters)

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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.