Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle
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3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a murky honey orange with 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, wheat, and smoke aromas. Taste is actually pretty sour with a nice balance between wheat/grain flavors and smoke flavors up front. There are some flavors of banana and spices on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and really easy to drink. Definitely a very interesting beer to try.
08-24-2012 03:09:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of smoke in the nose—it's like the smell from a rauchbier but much more subdued.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and sourness like you would expect from the style but is also accompanied by interesting subtle flavors of smokiness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and even though it's an "imperial" Berliner Weissbier coming in at 6% abv, no traces of alcohol are present in the taste. I think that the smoke was very well incorporated into this beer because it's not overpowering and you can still taste the sourness and other flavors in this beer.
10-14-2012 01:46:09 | More by metter98
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-10-2012 05:05:38 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-19-2012 18:40:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
Draft served in a footed tulip glass, review from written notes.
A unique combination of smoked malt and light lactic tartness, not unlike the obscure Grätzer bier style.
Color is a hazy dark orange, a thin ring of white lace around the edges, and a thin skim across the surface. Aromas of light wood smoke, lactic tartness, clean yeastiness. Tastes sharply tart, light subtle smokiness, traces of fruit. Dry clean finish, pretty quenching overall.
2nd glass, different keg: Seemed a bit less funky and the tartness was in the background compared to the mild smoked grain character.
07-30-2012 01:55:44 | More by emerge077
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
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-30-2012 00:37:56 | More by MasterSki
4.16/5 rDev +8.6%
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 .
06-06-2014 14:01:25 | More by Slatetank
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-16-2012 00:14:16 | More by StonedTrippin
4.09/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-26-2013 05:17:24 | More by mactrail
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
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
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
08-19-2012 05:24:45 | More by kojevergas
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-23-2012 03:34:10 | More by stakem
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of larger bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: The beer starts out with a fairly smokey aroma, kind of like what you get when you are outside of a BBQ joint in the South or Texas - lighter than what you would normally get in a rauchbier. There are lighter notes of tartness towards the finish of the smell.
T: The taste of the smokiness is even less than the aroma would indicate but is well integrated into the overall flavor. There is a moderate amount of tartness as I would expect for the style and the notes of wheat as well.
M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.
O: I really enjoyed this beer - the combination of the smokey flavors and smells with the tartness of the Berliner Weissbeir is quite complementary (the smokey flavors do not overpower as I had feared they might). Easy to drink even though this is an "Imperial Berliner Weissbier" and the alcohol is still well hidden. I would definitely try another of these.
10-21-2012 22:12:30 | More by dbrauneis
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
(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.
07-04-2013 04:11:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.