Freigeist Hoppeditz - Braustelle

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very good

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: crnipeter on 03-18-2011

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle with label indicating "Freigeist Hoppeditz: Doppelsticke Alt". 7.5% ABV

Slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body is covered by a modest size but quite durable tan head.

Both hops and medium malts appear in the aroma, along with a hint of smoke.

Flavor: strong for a German beer or an alt, with 'extra' malt and hops in good balance. Interesting finish has a moment of sweetness then rapidly turns bitter, but only hits a nice mild bitterness that lingers on in the lightly smokey aftertaste.

Excellent medium, smooth and relatively lively body.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a bottle this alt has a nice white head that has nice tight beaded lacing sitting
atop a reddish brown alt that is hazy and earthy looking. Nose of light charred wood, dark
roasted caramel malts, dark rye bread, and more smoke. Taste is moderately bitter with
rich malts of caramel and rye flavors taking a back seat to subtle smoke and charcoal like
flavors. Very effervescent mouthfeel makes this one very quaffable for being a rather complex
brew with a somewhat coating characteristic. Very nice indeed. Smoke and hops come
through on the aftertaste. Very interesting German outside of the norm.

Photo of Vonstein15
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this 375ml bottle of Doppelsticke Alt yesterday.poured into a tulip glass with a 2 finger beige head with cleared away quickly to a thin layer of beige foam -slight lacing.love the malt smell and I picked some toasted caramel.Mouthfeel is full and refreshing.Will search more of this beautiful style.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a stange with a short beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down and left some thick lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of smoke, toasted malts and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty for the style, but this also very well balanced with and elevated amount hops, the latter of which contributes spicy flavors and a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish. A light amount of smoke is present in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an enjoyable take on an altbier given its added amounts of malts and hops and the subtle amount of smoke in the aroma and taste.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 1 pint 9oz bottle that has a different picture than the one on BA into a mug

Very light on the aroma of light toasty malts

appearance is a very clear brown mahogany color with a nice off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

initial taste is of caramel and raisins with a slight bit of acidity and finishes fairly dry with a touch of smoke and some bitterness that lingers pleasantly in your mouth

overall this is a very good unique beer that stands tall amongst other alt beers that I've had. does its job as a hangover beer right now going down at 7.5%. would definitely purchase again

Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Always like trying a new Freigeist beer.

A: Pours a thick-looking dark brown with a nice light tan head.

S: Smells of honey, oatmeal, slightly floral, sweet dark bread.

T: Taste brings mild earthy bitterness, honeycake, caramelized grain, a bit leafy, molasses, leather, raisins.

M: This beer is pretty damn thick-feeling, with low carbonation. Very chewy.

O: This beer is hearty, to say the least. I like it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed dark amber brown color. Two and a half fingers of off-white, frothy/creamy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Deep caramel, light toffee, moderate toastiness, and grainy malts. Light smokiness to add some complexity. Not too dry, not too sweet. Just right in every way.

4.0 T: Light caramel and toffee. More toastiness with a grainy backbone. Light smoke. Quite tasty, but a little dry for my tastes. In any case, I'm quite enjoying myself as I drink this.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super drinkable and smooth with a light creaminess.

4.0 D: I've been really impressed with this brewery and this beer is no different. Above average throughout.

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied dark raisin brown with a very creamy, two finger beige head. The nose features sweet and somewhat fruity dark malt with a certain creaminess. The flavors are much different. It is malty and does have some dried dark fruit to it but it then goes into a dry, leathery earthiness indicative of only a few old ales. After a few sips I can't help but think this beer drinks like a crazy Irish Dry Stout/Old Ale/Wee Heavy hybrid. It drinks very, very smoothly and is full bodied enough. It drinks somewhat stout and is pretty dry. It isn't boozy by any means but it does drink like a beer of higher alcohol content, hard to explain but it drinks big. Overall this was a spectacular beer and definitely worth a try if you're into old ales, wee heavies, or alt beers.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky dark amber to dark brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall frothy beige head that slowly reduces to 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: Moderate to strong aromas of malts - some caramel, some toasty, and some kind of nutty. There are lighter amounts of earthy and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel and toasted malts with some nuttiness. There is a light to moderate amount of spicy hop bitterness in the finish which fades somewhat quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of creaminess and some slickness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer, and interesting twist on a traditional altbier but still very good. Easy to drink though a little too high ABV to be sessionable.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off-white creamy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly with nice lacing, very dark mahogany murky brown color wtih some maroon light streaming through.

Nose brings plenty of sweet reddish candy malts, toasty candy malts, lots of toffee and nutty aromas, caramel and brown sugar galore, creamy candy like little maple creams, light syrupy sweet smell, hint of booze and touch phenols, a hint of a mocha aroma too, into big spicy chewy hops, earthy, mild nougat marshmallow like aroma too.

Taste brings more dark malts, a lot more like a big brown ale, strong ale, or porter than alt, big sweet candy flavors, reddish candy, toffee, little nutty, nice brown sugar and syrupy sugar like, little creamy malt, that brings a bit of a booze warmth and touch phenols. Then into light nougat like sweet syrupy earthy almost root based syrup, etc, and touch of mocha. Then into hops, slight earthy spicy hops, almost chewy, but not super bitter. Finish is fairly bitter, lingering earthy hop, little syrupy sweet sticky like, little candy and caramel toffee lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent fluffy carb, just a bit of warming booze, quite syrupy.

Overall not bad but not what I'm used to for altbiers. Bit too much on the candy syrupy caramel toffee like flavors, decent hops at least, bit too strong ale like.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a stem glass, a dark brown liquid, seemingly opaque, but more translucent as it got to the bottom; a creamy tan head retained well and left nice stratified layers of doily lacing. Aroma was very toasty and roasty, nutshells and malts. More of the same in the taste, toasted nuts, roasted malts, light raisins, peppery yeast, generous herbal hops, and a subtle cocoa quality that came out more as the beer warmed; bready and bitter finish. Medium body, though maybe a bit heavier than your "typical" altbier. Very nice overall.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Has an english bitter quality to it. Good malty flavor. Not bad.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive large head that settles in a frothy way, leaving plenty of webby lace. The liquid is ruby, dark amber color. Hard to tell, but it appears to be quite clear.

Plenty of caramel with a touch of sweetness. In the background there's a bit of aluminum to the aroma as well.

Not as sweet as the smell suggests, but the hop has a real presence in the swallow. The malt provides some caramel and lighter brown ale notes. Simply put, it's complex, but drinkable. The body is richer than some alts but not noticeably so. The carbonation is quite muted, making the beer quite full. The aftertaste is a good blend of black pepper (hop) and brown bread toast (malt).

Photo of crnipeter
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle with intriguing artwork on the label and freshness date March 2013, into tulip. Pours clear, coppery-brown body with slight haze to it, topped by creamy, mid-sized stable off-white head that fades to a firm cloth and gets revived with each swirl. Complex and rich aroma of malt with caramel, toasty and melanoidin-like qualities, peppery & earthy hops with slight citrusy notes and esters of dark fruits such as plum that managed to survive the lagering period.
The assertive bitterness of hops - that provide moderate peppery spiciness with a touch of citrus rind - is counterbalanced by malts attenuated enough to pave the way to a dry, everlasting bitter finish with nutty notes and slight astringency. Body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. This is a dark, reach and strong Altibier, undoubtly a Sticke. Yes, I will stick to it.

In short: a rich and complex, bitter yet sweet, spicy Altbier on pair with the best of its kind.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A surprisingly hoppy aroma, with a lot of malt in it as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot more than you would expect from the style or a German beer in general, sweet malt, and caramel. Almost tasted like an American barleywine, but this isn't a bad thing. An interesting, robust flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical Altbier, but definitely a drinkable brew.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(had this at Devil's Den, Philly - tender poured about half into a tulip, I poured the rest)

A: leathery, dark copper liquid, quite cloudy (no indication of bottle re-fermentation)... little-to-no head on the initial pour, subsequent attentive refills revealed a tall, gummy-sticky pad of foam that take a notably good while to drop down... moderate lacing

S: like a sweetish-ginger snap without the spices... toasty-nutty, oatmeal-y... mild sort of golden raisin esters in the background... more than a hint of the rich maltiness to come... faint whisper of alcohol... dried grassy hop aromas

T: rich, toasty, biscuit/cookie-like malt flavors, firm thread of dry-crusted caramel... finishes on the cleaner side, pushed on by an attenuated raisin-fig fruitiness... moderate amount of grassy hop flavors peek out from behind the nutty malts, fair but not assertive bitterness

M: medium-bodied, at the least - leans toward full-bodied... bit of a viscous roll midway, though it fades softly in the finish... fairly weighty altogether, tempered only slightly by a delicate glow of booze

O: pretty solid Sticke... would certainly buy another bottle

Photo of cujocon
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

04212015
Freigeist Hoppeditz Doppelsticke Alt
7.5% ABV
1Pint o.9oz brown glass bottle with crown $7.00 at Provisions Northampton MA
Appearance: very dark almost black color with brown head 1 finger to start settling to islands and rings of lacing
Smell: offputting funky maybe a little mushroomy
Flavor: creamy and full bodied, but tastes old and stale, the little bit of malt doesn't come through in the flavor
Overall: 2.5/5 I like how rich it is, but I can't get past the flavor...it's like a fruity beer that's been left out
for a number of days. I don't get any smokiness or fresh malt flavor. Not for me.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Color is a ruby red amber with a persistent foam. Smell of vegetables soup. Tangy and quite carbonated in the mouth.

Flavor is butterscotch with dank herbs. I am not convinced that more hops is the answer to making a better Old Ale. Quite bitter aftertaste after sipping for awhile. It's something like a candy-apple artichoke. Mineral taste at the finish with something tarry.

An interesting experiment, but not so pleasant to drink. Overall it's sweet and bitter. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is a very light and creamy beige which hints at eggshell and malted milk balls while the body is a chestnut brown which shows huge tones of maroon and burgundy when held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with mild and warm banana. Doesn't show much more than that from the glass but the bottle does show a very strong caramel presence, perhaps even a little bit of honey. Some grain and cereal in the background. Swirling shows a slight whiff of bubblegum.

Taste- Starts with a very malty front that blends brown bread, some toast, banana, and caramel. Some grain and cereal. The prominent malt moves quickly into woody bitterness that builds but does not seer and seems to round out a bit on the finish as a slight sweetness from the malt front returns in the form of a slight maple syrup back. Some pine and resin that blends in with the slightly bitter maple syrup finish. Some spice (think cinnamon and nutmeg, a touch of pepper) that works well with the small amount of heat also on the finish. Lots of cloves start to come out and add to the little bit of burn that this beer has. Some fruitiness in the background as well that ranges from citrus to raisins. Fairly complex with good presence and balance. Definitely an interesting take on the style and pushes it to a different level. Almost an imperial alt? It would say that it's just shy of being a really good beer and that ratings for this beer are pretty close to the mark.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with light carbonation that also has some rich creaminess to the texture. Definitely anchors this as a solid beer.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going but the cloves and hops on the finish can be a little annoying. The alcohol does have presence but is not a distraction. 6 bucks a bottle is fine for a taste but I don't think I would get this again. Maybe if I saw it on tap.

Overall- Almost a really good beer. I think the slight burn from spices and woodiness makes this beer come up short but otherwise, it was very enjoyable. I would definitely give this a try. One of the more enjoyable Sticke alts I've had.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoke, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, smoke, caramel, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of toast, smoke, and hop qualities that work slightly better in the smell in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour produced a brownish red body with a thin yet persistent off-white, creamy head; lacing along the glass. Nutty aroma with hints of musk melon and toasted grains; a smidgen of toffee. Toffee and charred brown sugar flavors; hop bitterness showing up midway through the taste and lingering through the finish. Medium bodied; somewhat bubbly on the tongue.

A nice malt-forward beer featuring a toasted, slightly burnt sugar flavor character. A tad weak in the mouthfeel, a little too fizzy, but nothing major in the grand scheme of things. Well-rounded and relatively light, so knocking back a bottle or two would make for a nice session episode. A very nice German ale.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 7,5% abv
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
BB: 06/2012

Appearance: Opaque, medium brown body that shows orange edges when held to the light. A rough pour yields a large, creamy beige head that lasts really well and leaves some good lace.

Smell: Mmmm, stunning nose - I did not expect this to smell so delicious! The initial note is a mixture of citric (distinct marmalade) and spicy (peppery), earthy hops. A light swirl allows the base notes of the beer to be appreciated - dark fruits (plums), sweet caramel and brown sugar. As the beer approaches room temperature a hint of vanilla is also noted

Taste: The flavour is just as delicious as the nose lead me to believe! Again it is quite hoppy with marmalade, orange pith, a herbal character and dank, leafy undergrowth. Peppery spicing, caramel malt and old wood are also noted. Solid, lasting bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of smooth carbonation. This beer is surprisingly drinkable, I found my self wanting to gulp it down.

Overall: This is a stunning beer and my all time favorite German brew. I really wish it had been a 750ml bottle!
Highly recommended.

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a light hazy deep amber hue with a big, fluffy one finger head that fades nicely. Quite good.

S - Nice caramel/toffee, subtle grains/malts. Just a touch of smoke too. Nice.

T - Taste is like the nose with very good caramel notes, nice toasted malts, faint smoke too. Touch on the dry side.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice carbonation, slightly smooth. Pretty solid

O - Overall, not a bad beer. A touch too smokey for my likes when it comes to this style.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Date: 08/30/14
Vintage: 2012
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Glass: East End Tulip

* Finally found this long-time want at a bottle shop in Waterbury, VT while on vacation w/ the family. Sampled next to Long Trail Double Bag which made me appreciate how perfectly refined this true German Doppelsticke Alt was even more.

Pours a crystal clear brown mahogany in color w/ ruby highlights w/ a 1/4 finger off white head that quickly leaves medium lacing on the glass and dissipates to a ring. Aromas of deep raisin, caramel, plum, and toffee over top bread, basement must, and German yeast. The taste was of the aroma which translated to rich raisin, plum, caramel and toffee up front leading into a touch of tobacco and mustiness, and closed w/ herbal hop bite and some smoke. Medium bodied and lush, but finished dry and clean like it should. You could literally drink this all day as the alcohol was not even detectable and like a true Alt it does not sit heavy. Might I say this is sessionable despite the higher end ABV.

Well..., the Nazi Panzer tank just rolled over Double Bag like it was a modest pothole! Hail to the authentic German Doppelsticke! This is the second best Doppelsticke Alt I have ever had next to only the mighty Uerige Doppelsticke, the brewery and beer that created the style. Uerige Doppelsticke and this beer are the reason I practice brewing Alts, if I could ever brew one that tasted all the lines of these I would consider myself blessed.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an amber color, a creamy looking white head on top. Has a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a surprising smoked aroma to it. The taste of the beer is also quite smokey. The malts add some depth to this beer with the mixture of bitter hops in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little on the heavier side I thought. The carbonation is pretty good too. Overall this beer is pretty good if you enjoy smoked malts, I'm not a huge fan of them but it was still a pretty decent brew.

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Freigeist Hoppeditz from Braustelle
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.