Freigeist Hoppeditz - Braustelle
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4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
03-18-2011 23:11:13 | More by crnipeter
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
375ml bottle 7,5% abv
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
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!
01-09-2012 19:54:42 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-25-2014 15:50:09 | More by Vonstein15
4.21/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours hazy toffee brown with some visible ruby red light on the bottom of the glass. There's a creamy, thick white head that retreats slowly. Some nice lacing is left down the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells of brown bread, caramel, and some woody and earthy hops. There's maybe just a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is about what you would expect from the nose. I get that nice brown bread and caramel maltiness with nutty flavors and those woody and earthy hops providing some balance. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high for a beer beyond 7% ABV. There's a nice mild lingering aftertaste. This is an excellent beer, but only just so.
03-03-2013 22:19:40 | More by acevenom
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-23-2012 13:11:23 | More by avalon07
4.11/5 rDev +2.8%
From: West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass
This is a very good doppelsticke alt, with the addition of smoked malt making a unique twist on the style. The 7.5% ethanol never becomes apparent through the rich and complex mixture of caramel, roasted, and smoked malts. While I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting, this is one to enjoy again, if encountered.
Pours a 1cm tall head of grayish-tan foam, the bubbles medium to small in size, looking like, simply, a mass of medium and small-sized bubbles. Retention is about a minute, average for the style, but leads to interesting balustrade-like foam foam pattern clinging around the entire perimeter of the glass. The head settles to a ring around the glass composed of large-sized bubbles, and some wispy foam islands floating atop the liquid. The body is an interesting, dark reddish-brown hue, with light bringing out very dark brownish-red garnet colors, highlights in orange. Carbonation is not visible in the nearly opaque (90% or so) beer.
Aroma is of caramelized sugars, raisin, prune, modest roasted and smoked malt, hints of spicy and mulch-like hops.
The flavor overall is one of roasted malts giving a burnt toast character, mixed with raisin, prune, and dried fig esters, caramelized sugars, a mild smokiness, and woodsy, slightly bitter hops. Front of palate picks up very rich caramelized malts, raisin, dried black mission fig, and prune-like esters, with slight roastiness that reminds one of burnt toast. Mid-palate is of very rich caramelized and roasted malt sweetness with mild acridity, slight bitter chocolate, campfire-like smokiness, and woodsy, slightly bitter hops. Back of palate notes spicy, slightly bitter Continental hops, modest smoked malt (more campfire than bacon), roasted malt that interacts with the caramel malt to produce a sweet, caramel-chocolate flavor. There's also significant raisin, prune, and dried fig going on here.
The beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate after a sip.
05-23-2013 02:47:24 | More by falloutsnow
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-10-2013 00:55:20 | More by Etan
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-09-2013 02:46:54 | More by aasher
Freigeist Hoppeditz from Braustelle
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.