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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 250
Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub as a pre-game to the event! Served from tap into a Duvel sampler. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, sour, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, toasted malt, smoke, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This brew really had quite a bit of potential. The aroma was about the only letdown here as it was rather weak. I basically had to bury my nose into the beer to pick up on anything. While this was a little bit of a buzzkill, the flavor did recover from this. The toastiness actually went decently with the sour note I picked up on. The smokiness just took it to another level on top of that. A really well done brew that I would definitely take the time to explore again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brabander
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.


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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Murky peach body.

S - An unusual combination of smoked malts, wheat, and mild lemony sourness. Well-integrated, with good balance to the various flavor components.

T - The taste has a bit more of the tartness you'd expect from a Berliner, with lactic acidity and some tart lemon citrus. A tad less overt smoke, with more unmalted wheat and lightly toasted grains instead.

M - Medium-light body, with some chaffed wheat grit to it. Lower carbonation, minimal alcohol, and low acidity. Finishes fairly clean.

D - I had multiple pours, and I found this pretty easy to quaff even at 6%. Would really like to try the original version, as I can imagine it'd be even more drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of big pillow-like white froth for a cap. The cap slowly fades back to a fingers strength that maintains throughout the entire duration. It leaves patches of lace all over the glass. Carbonation continually streams out of solution in support of the froth that is sitting atop.

The smell of this brew includes the smoked woodsy notes that were also evident in the smaller version of this brew. It is almost beefy smelling with faint notes of plastic leading into a minor medicinal quality. Some sulfur and cheese is present but the main factor to this brew's aroma is the smoke that seems a bit pete'd, earthy and grassy. As it warms up, there is this crazy contribution of something almost like juniper that comes out across the back.

The taste is tart, savory and almost salty at times. Whereas the smaller version of this brew had a sharp distinction between the smoke and lactic tartness, this brew is blended together a bit more with the flavors not being so separated. There is a bit more malt inclusion here that is toasty to lightly sweet and caramel-like. A touch of apple cidar vinegar is present mid palate before the finish of tartness and smoke. There is a bit more earthy quality present as it warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very effervescent level of carbonation. Everything about this brew is bigger than the Abraxas; the carbonation, the residual malt inclusion, the alcohol, etc. The smoke and tartness are just as evident as the other version but this one just seems to be a bit better blended. The smoke transitions to tart a bit better with the more solid grain inclusion that is here. For 6% though, the alcohol is still masked pretty well. I enjoyed both of these very much and for different reasons. If I had to pick one and only one though, I would choose the Abraxas over Abraxxxas.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Backlog review, drank at urwithdave's house, with captainredbeard and gtreid.

Drank side-by-side with regular Abraxas

A - Pours a rustic golden-apricot hue, and is capped with a persistent wisp of white froth.

S - This brew has some smoke to it, as advertised; I dig it, the tasting group is evenly divided over this. Grapefruit rind and overripe citrus notes are apparent, and are a bit different from the funky hay and lemon that is standard fare, and that is displayed in the regular version of this brew. Unconventional, yes, but pretty nice and definitely interesting.

T - The flavor carries some smoke, too. The are grainy and hay-like notes, slight hints of apple, lemon and grapefruit, and mild tartness; these are all tinged with a mellow smoky-medicinal note. Again, very interesting, and quite enjoyable. My major complaint is that the alcohol is fairly easy to discern; a bad trait for the style, 'Imperial' or not.

M - The feel is moderately light and somewhat pert. Works well, but not as good as the regular.

D - The Imperial version here is way more interesting, but perhaps less easily enjoyed than the regular, more straightforward incarnation.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2nd beer of sour night. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy copperish orange color. Nice off-white head appears and retains for much of the glass.

A: Smoke and ash right away. Not at all what I was expecting from a Berliner. I do get the underlying notes of citrus and lemon. But the smoky bacon aroma is rather off-putting.

T: Mush of the same off-putting smoke and char flavor. I do get some sourness from the lemon and other citrus flavors, but the smoke overpowers the brew. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation. Light body.

D and overall impression: Not something I would have again. Overall, the smoke does not work with this beer. Regular Abraxus blows this out of the water. Skal.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2012, into tulip. Pours cloudy, deep golden body with orangeish tint topped by medium, dense white head with good persistence. I'm surprised by the head retention inconsistent with the high acidity and the relatively low hop content.
The initial aroma is clean malty sweetness with intense fruity character of apple and pear. The sniffing session peels off the layers of complex aroma revealing faint sourness and subtle smoky character beneath.
On the contrary to the aroma where the sourness has been well masked, the flavor profile starts with sharp lactic, somewhat lemony sourness verging on acidity, being quickly followed by smoke with bacon-like aspects, something I was unable to detect in Abraxas. The beer could be described as Rauchbier with Berliener Weise used as the base-beer. The balance between underlying beer and smokiness is great and reflects the character of both. Low hoppy bitterness emerges towards the dry finish. The malty backbone is clean and nearly imperceptible. No smoke-derived harsh, burnt or charred flavors, as it should be. Medium-light bodied and effervescent yet with soft carbonation.

In short: A smoke-veil dressed Berliener Weisse and one of the the most refreshing brews you'll ever come across.

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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.