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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | 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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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 01:46:09 | More by metter98
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 20:38:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2012 03:22:46 | More by jrohrbacher
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 04:45:24 | More by BARFLYB
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-23-2012 15:24:03 | More by andylipp
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:40:46 | More by OtherShoe2
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-13-2012 18:36:02 | More by thebouch01
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-13-2012 17:51:37 | More by dtx00
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 02:41:20 | More by corby112
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-08-2012 05:57:44 | More by kbuzz
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Jared2287


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-07-2012 19:19:19 | More by Jared2287
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mjtiernan

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:30:24 | More by mjtiernan
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-04-2012 20:25:15 | More by THECPJ
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popery

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:59:08 | More by popery
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2012 18:38:02 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2012 00:53:45 | More by claytong
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kdown

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-26-2012 01:12:36 | More by kdown
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-25-2012 20:52:48 | More by Thomas_Picton
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 03:09:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body is a murky, hazy light orange color with a one finger paper white cap. Some small lines of lace strewn about.

Lemons, smoked malt, damp wheat, and lactic sourness. The smoke is prominent, but doesn't overwhelm the softer points of the nose.

Upfront, lemons and wheat before a rush of smoke and a sharp finish of lactic sourness. A little too well-integrated on the palate. The smoke adds a nice layer of complexity, but the lactic sourness isn't there in the finish to give it that extra push over the edge.

Light body, with a gritty mouthfeel that I can only attribute to the smoke. Carbonation is low for the style. Finish is lightly tart with some smoke.

A unique take on the style for sure. I'd a like a bigger sour kick, but this is still a pretty good beer and a bit of a surprise to come across.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 13:33:26 | More by ColForbinBC
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-20-2012 03:59:50 | More by CoryR
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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-

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:24:45 | More by kojevergas
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notchucknorris

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Fades down to about a 1/2 inch and leaves trails of lace.

S: Really interesting smell. I get a lot of green apple and lemon curd with some faint baked bread in the outskirts. And then right as the smell dies, I pick up Ruffles BBQ chips. Crazy!

T: Opens with a nice tartness of lemon and Granny Smith apples. Leaves a touch of sweetness in the middle. Maybe a hint of white nectarine and grapefruit. Finishes tart with just a hint of smokiness on the way out. Feels a bit heavy for the style, but a really good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 19:16:38 | More by notchucknorris
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:05:38 | More by BEERchitect
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 01:55:44 | More by emerge077
Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.