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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
86
very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010)
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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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this at a tasting last week. Smoked berliner weisse, what the.

Pour is hazy bright orange with a very nice white head. Thick with good retention and lace.

Cool and interesting scent. Light fruity notes of peach, apple and lemon, some hay, earthiness, light smokiness. Surprisingly good mix.

The taste is a little less potent but maintains the same well-done and unique balance of flavors. More wheat/breadiness coming into play, light fruits, and light tart, farmy, smoky flavors.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Easy drinking.

Definitely a strange idea but it works well here. Nice balance and the flavors don't clash.

Chico1985, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DRBiser, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mdaschaf, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of celeriac
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

celeriac, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

StaveHooks, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

macrosmatic, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

cbutova, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of pinnser
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

pinnser, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BdubleEdubleRUN, May 28, 2013
Photo of sblank
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sblank, May 28, 2013
Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

wesley14, May 22, 2013
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

strongaf, May 17, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

HuskyinPDX, May 17, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Abraxxxas is a fairly unique, easily drinkable, tart, smoked, German wheat ale. While those elements may not seem to go together well, they manage in this style, and all the elements are fairly well-balanced, none crowding another out. One to enjoy again when the mood strikes.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, the bubbles small and densely packed, creating a smooth, meringue-like mass. Retention is excellent, the head very slowly dissipating to a cap of about 0.75cm atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with a frosting of foam remaining around the entirety of the glass' inner walls. The body is a dark brown-orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow highlights amidst the still brown-orange base. The carbonation is visible, quite vigorous and numerous through, the opaque body.

Aroma is of somewhat faded campfire smoke, smoked malt (at least 70% of the base), though I'm unable to tell if it's beechwood-smoked barley, or oak-smoked wheat. There is a faint lactic-like tartness in the aroma as well, which cuts the smoke lightly.

The best way to describe the beer is straightforward: a mildly tart, mildly smoked, mild hefeweizen. Front of palate is sweet in a fairly straightforward way from the wheat malt, with modest campfire-like smokiness and a very light lactic tartness. Mid-palate first discovers the mild campfire smokiness, followed by a weizen-like wheat malt sweetness and baked apple-banana esters, which is then cut by a noticeable lactic tartness. Back of palate finds mild tartness; present, yet subdued smokiness; and even more subdued fruit esters and sweetness. Aftertaste is of smoky, acrid bitterness

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of a medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly full, slightly foamy, flowing mouthfeel. Closes very dry, as might be expected by the mild acidity of the beer, with modest stickiness remaining on the palate.

falloutsnow, May 15, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Danny1217, May 12, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed blonde colour, ring of white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is smoked with some fruity lemony citrus, fairly acidic nose though, mix of camp fire/bbq and light peat smoke consistantly. Taste is smokey with bit of acidic-tart fruit flavour, subtle bbq flavours, lemony, more smoke in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, acidity is felt in the cheeks as well. Pretty good stuff here, interesting stuff here too, would drink this again gladly.

peensteen, May 10, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Jwale73, May 09, 2013
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.

cpetrone84, May 07, 2013
Photo of seand
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. The foam dissipates quickly to a fuzzy layer and a thicker rim around the glass, which leaves thin walls of lacing.

S: Bread pudding with caramel and yeasty wheat. Kinda weird at first but it grew on me after a few sips.

T: Bready sweetness with wheat and yeast. Mild hops towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, and has some slightly weird things going on. Worth a try, but not likely to become part of the regular rotation.

seand, May 03, 2013
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.

liamt07, May 02, 2013
Photo of jgammoniv
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

jgammoniv, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of RossBell
4/5  rDev +4.7%

RossBell, Apr 14, 2013
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.