Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle
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2.19/5 rDev -42.8%
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.
10-19-2013 01:53:13 | More by smcolw
2.63/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
09-10-2012 02:41:20 | More by corby112
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
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!
12-07-2012 21:14:41 | More by Brabander
3.03/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
03-16-2011 14:57:09 | More by Gtreid
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev -19.1%
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'.
04-08-2010 19:27:24 | More by BlackHaddock
3.14/5 rDev -18%
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.
06-20-2014 00:25:15 | More by gueuzeonhigh
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
06-09-2010 18:18:33 | More by gn0sis
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
03-31-2013 21:16:05 | More by TMoney2591
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
06-12-2013 03:47:56 | More by macrosmatic
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
10-04-2012 04:45:24 | More by BARFLYB
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
16.9oz bottle poured into a stange glass.
Really cloudy golden orange with 1 finger of white head.
Banana, apricot and caramel. Hints at some peach, lactic sourness and smoke.
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.
Light-medium bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing. This really cleanses the palate.
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. :(
02-27-2013 01:25:24 | More by justintcoons
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.