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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
86
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.91/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought the dopplesticke and shared it with a friend some months ago and was pretty impressed. Couldn't pass this up when I saw it because I believe the first beer I reviewed was in a very close style... a smoked sour wheat. I'm hoping this meets more expectations than the other one I've had.

Pours a rich honey orange colour, a bit hazy. The head is fluffy and slightly off white, it dissipates relatively quickly but hangs around as a thin sheet. Looks nice, the colour gives me some hopes of a bit of richer maltiness with this sour wheat.

The smell is rather unusual. It is a bit soapy smelling, but not off-putting. I can catch hints of smoke, definitely the beechwood smoke common in those lovely German rauchbiers. There is this oddly citrusy, lemon and orange, cookie dough smell going on... with vanilla. The smell is a whirl of interest, at first it was hard to tell if it was good or what was going on. I think it is just that I've never smelled all these things combined. But a few more smells and it actually becomes rather appealing.

The taste! Glory! Success! This is what I was hoping for years ago when I saw that smoked sour wheat. But this nails it with my hopes and dreams. It comes in light and crisp, you get that gentle wheat beer in the beginning. The sweet orange and lemon gradually come on and then this delicate vanilla as it lingers toward some char and smoke that is reminiscent of smoked meats and then it sours up. Really pinching at the back of the tongue and cheeks nicely. It ends with a residual smoke and sour citrus note with a hint of piney/herbal hoppyness.

Mouthfeel is really great. It hits several cords really well for me in this order: crisp, smooth maltiness, sour, dry. The malt is not to heavy nor is it to light. More robust than most sour wheat beers from Germany. But it adds great intrigue and gives the beer the perfect character among the sour tones and the light beginning.

Overall I am really impressed! This is a great beer. It is not hugely smokey, or aggressively sour. Just very even and refined and full of delicate notes that are plentiful and tasty. I'm buying more of this beer, no questions asked.

Photo of MrDave
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of SteeleWright
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of MarcWP
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most original beers I have tasted in awhile. The base of a good hefe , soured and then smoked. The sour notes balance the banana flavours of the Hefe and then the smoke comes through in the finish and the nose. It all works as the balance is there and such the drinkability is maintained. I have never tasted a combination such as this and I applaud German brewers who step outside the tried and true styles that dominate the country.

Photo of MastaShonuf
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of alphagnome
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Medium orange colored body, very hazy, with a thin white head. Light carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma:
Slight tang of tart fruits and and a light sweetness. All malt, no hop notes to speak of. Overall, this is pretty dull as everything is too muted - requiring a fair amount of effort to pick up the subtle aromas.

Taste:
Tart fruit right off the bat. A bit of orange and peach provides a bit of sweetness, though, not much else to report on, sadly... A bit of peat character on the finish and in the aftertaste, otherwise the smoked character is way too muted.

Mouthfeel:
Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down easy with a semi-dry finish.

Overall:
Worth adding to your palate but there is not enough smokey character though.

Photo of gtermi
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of baakabak
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with the thinnest of heads.

Scent is hay,citrus, and damp earth.

Tart citrus and sourdough bread followed by grain and grass. Mineral and faint smoke finish.

Thin mouth with low carbonation.

Really great all around. Not nearly as much smoke presence as I'd expected, but far more complex. Well balanced and very easy drinking.

Photo of m0unds
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.