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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
86
very good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of fdig23
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Awesome labels on these guys by the way.

Appearance: Vibrant cloudy yellow with a huge perfectly fluffy white head.

Nose: Lively white grapes and pepper, artificial smoke, plenty of banana, a tiny hint of lactic sourness.

Taste: Smoke at first, but not the artifical or rubbery smoke you find in the nose. More like smoked salmon. There's a bit of lemon juice sourness and a nice clean, refreshing wheat crust finish. It's subtle in its complexity and unique in its flavor combinations.

Mouthfeel: Good and full carbonation, persistent head, good mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: The first time I had this I hated it. I had it again more recently and actually really enjoyed it. Not sure if my palate just changed or what, but this is definitely and interesting and excellent brew. It's a great modern take on a very ancient and forgotten style.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freigeist Abraxxxas
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!

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

Pours cloudy gold with a one inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat with tattered lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with grass-rubbed lemons, smoked apples, and clove-studded bananas. Hints of wet hay and peach fuzz follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, lush mouthfeel.

The palate starts with a tart brightness, smoke, and bananas. Apples and clovey phenols follow through.

Finishes with lingering smoke and tartness.

What a tasty, unique, and refreshing beer. The smoke and the tartness are both in check without being overdone.

Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Really cloudy golden orange with 1 finger of white head.

Nose
Banana, apricot and caramel. Hints at some peach, lactic sourness and smoke.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing. This really cleanses the palate.

Overall
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. :(

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, citric/lemons, rust/vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some some smokey funky flavours. There is also a bit of lemon/citric acid something along the lines of old milk. It ends with a lemony funky aftertaste.

Overall - Holy cow.. I've never had a beer with this much funk. It's got a bit of a 'it's so bad its good' thing going on.. at times I want to drainpour but then I keep going back. Can't say I'd ever drink this again, but interesting to try once.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy medium orange color. Large white head formation with decent retention and some lacing along the glass. Noticeable smoke quality in the initial aromas along with a modest fruitiness. Initially subtle smokiness yielding to a hint of acidity in the middle and grainy malt on the back-end. This acidity picks up as the beer has a chance to warm and more sips are taken. Dry finish with a light amount of lingering smoke. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Interesting mix of smokey, tart, and fruity flavors along with a persistent grainy malt note. Certainly not brewed to style but a solid beer none the less.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy gold with a sticky white head

S-smoky tartness. Very odd but awesome. Green apples. Medium strength

T-comes in with a weirdly awesome flavor of sour apples and smoke. It's a great flavor with a nice matching after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-points for uniqueness. It is drinkable, though maybe not as much as other German sours. I recommend anyone to try this.

Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.