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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
86
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Brabander
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%

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!

Brabander, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of gunclubchris
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gunclubchris, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DaveHack, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a super cool beer geek beer. Really enjoyable smoked berliner that does a lovely job of balancing itself squarely between the complimentary flavors of smoked malt and lemony lacto acidity. Pours lightly hazy pale gold with a smallish head and not much in the way of lacing. Body is medium light and carbonation is medium; overall feel is crisp and refreshing.

Aroma and flavor go hand in hand; there's a lot going on here, with the lemony tartness and smoke, which is certainly present but not overbearing, wheat, spice, pepper, funk all play a lesser, subtler role. A sour rauchbier that stops short of the full smoked sausage effect but should appeal to fans of both styles. Really unique and fun, I quite enjoyed this. Definitely memorable.

tobelerone, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Hazy, cloudy wheat beer. Nice tall head.

S - A bouquet of smokey, tangy wheat. Cured meat, salty ham, tangy yeast and grainy wheat. A nice start.

T - This beer is acidic and tangy up front with yeasty wheat twang and a smokey side. Tart and bitter with some hop dryness, and a hearty dose of yeast flavor. Berliner-rauch hybrid on the flavor.

M - Medium Bodied, effervescent, clean. A dry smokiness and finish.

O - German craft beer, thats right German craft beer. Certainly not in line with tradition but this one escaped that rule for a pretty good reason.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

dbrauneis, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rolltide8425, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

metter98, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Murky dark yellow brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Good balance between the base and the smoke. The smoke offers a nice complementary campfire vibe. Mild lemony tartness from the base along with neutral wheat and a light peppery spiciness. Unique to me and quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Again there is great interplay between the base and the smoke. Tart lemon with campfire smoke straight up works. Hay, wheat, peppery spice, ligh barn funk.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good here, but I like a bit more creaminess in the style.

4.0 D: Well rounded tasty brew. This is an instance in which combining two things I like if a huge success.

DavoleBomb, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jrohrbacher, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

BARFLYB, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of andylipp
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

andylipp, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours hazy honey gold with a decent head that reduces to a skim ring. No lace.

Sour malt and smoke up front. Interesting nose for sure.

This one really changes in the glass. WAAAYYY tart and over sour at first. As this opens up in the glass, the palate adjusts, as does the beer. Good sour at first, then some slight bitterness and grassiness in the malt. Smoke comes in, and it is pure (no bacon) and helps to balance the brew. A bit of soda water at the end rounds this sourness out. As the palate clears, you get a little toasty wheat. That is some nice complexity.

Medium to medium light body.

Very enjoyable, if you are adventurous. Different, complex and balanced. Love that after all of the pieces, you get wheat at the end. Worth trying.

OtherShoe2, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

thebouch01, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dtx00, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

corby112, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

kbuzz, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Jared2287
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jared2287, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Cloudy golden body sits below a white head that slowly worked its way to about one finger. Head dissipated and left a thin cap of bubbles. Carbonation looks lively.

S: Smoked malt, lemon, orange peel, wheat and some clove.

T: Solid dose of smoke followed by a nice amount of lemony tartness.

M: Body is medium but the texture is on the thin/water side due to the fizzy carbonation. That’s pretty typical for a Berliner Weisse and enhances the refreshment value.

O: I like this beer quite a bit. Including the smoke element in a wheat beer just adds to the autumn appeal. I’ll have this again.

mjtiernan, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

THECPJ, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a medium gold-ish orange with a fizzy white cap that dissipates quickly. Appearance isn't exactly the strongest category for the style.

The aroma is a very interesting mix of odd flavors. There are notes of green apples, lemons, meaty smoke, lacto tang and bready wheat. Amazingly, they all join up into a tasty if unexpected combination. It sorta reminds me of the savory and sweet mix of prosciutto and melon.

The taste starts out fairly sweet with bready wheat and malt but that lemony lacto sourness kicks in quickly. The finish is meaty smoke and yogurt. Again, it all oddly works. My only complaint is that the taste doesn't quite have the depth of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with relatively low carbonation for the style. It's a bit oily in the finish. No booziness. Cleaner finish than my description might lead one to believe.

It's always nice to come across a beer that is interesting, unique and good. Plus, for the odd flavor combination, it's actually quite easy to drink.

popery, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +4.7%

claytong, Aug 30, 2012
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.