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Freigeist Hoppeditz - Braustelle

Freigeist HoppeditzFreigeist Hoppeditz

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BA SCORE
90
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%


Brewed by:
Braustelle visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crnipeter on 03-18-2011)
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Vonstein15

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 15:50:09 | More by Vonstein15
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:59:54 | More by artoolemomo
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:55:20 | More by Etan
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magictacosinus

California

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions. The bottle lists this, in fact, as a "doppelsticke alt," meaning a "double mistake altbier." What could be the mistake of making a "doppelalt," I wonder?

Pours a reddish plum color that I absolutely love in the doppelbock style, with definitely some key differences that make this closer to an altbier. Brownish tones, a good deal of carbonation, and a bone-white head that coats the top of the glass and leaves some decent lacing behind. Definitely on it's way to the viscous, thickened side of things, but I have a feeling this is more to the bottle conditioning at work here rather than the beer's strength. Eye candy for sure - looks juicy and delectable.

The aroma is a classic for the style - dark fruit, present spices, and hearty breadiness. Notes of plums, raisins, black cherries, and prunes start it off, only to follow clove, rosemary, and cinnamon spices afterwards. Slightly medicinal flavors come and go. The malt profile is very thick and hearty based on the aroma alone, resembling freshly baked pumpernickel bread, and finishes slightly nutty and leathery. Really good stuff - definitely a bit sweet, but as rich as these beers should be without being overwhelming.

The flavor came as a surprise to me, however. At first, there's notes of raisins, prunes, and cherries, only to be followed by an INTENSE black licorice flavor that coats the entire palate in a tannic, bittered manner. This is the equivalent of biting off a piece of black licorice and chewing it slowly. Did not expect that at all, but I must admit that it does save itself from becoming overly phenolic with the entry of leathery, nutty, and even tobacco-y flavors at the finish. Bready and chewy for sure, and while it's robust and hearty, it's definitely more on the medicinal side, especially with the entry of the excessive licorice and clove. It's drinkable, but only to an extent - this took me a good long while to finish.

I did not expect the licorice notes at all, but it's at least good to see a change of pace on the doppelbock and altbier style for once. For the sake of practicality, I'd probably not revisit this anytime soon, but it still stands as a well made and ambitious beer for what it is. A strong, monstrous doppelbock flavor-wise - one of the strongest that's readily available on the market!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 16:35:02 | More by magictacosinus
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sleazo

New York

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A_Dark rich brown with a coffee colored smallish cap. Minimal lacing

S_Caramel is strong in the nose with a bit of freshly baked pumpernickel

T_Caramel and toffee hits first followed by some sweet dark red fruit. The finish is nicely dry and a bit spicy. As it warms notes of clove and cherry come through.

M_slightly sticky but not too much so. Tight carbonation spreads the liquid well.

O_Pretty tasty overall and a nice well done Alt

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:32:33 | More by sleazo
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 18:20:01 | More by jlindros
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mactrail

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 05:14:00 | More by mactrail
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:54:22 | More by rudzud
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:47:24 | More by falloutsnow
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seand

California

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark translucent brown, with quite a bit of dense tan head. A healthy layer retains, leaving streaky lacing.

S: Malty caramel sweetness with a touch of smoke.

T: Caramel, a bit of booze, and hoppy notes to finish, again with a touch of smokiness.

M: On the full side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, and unique. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:04:39 | More by seand
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aasher

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:46:54 | More by aasher
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 22:19:40 | More by acevenom
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 12:33:07 | More by MRsojourner
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:00:36 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:56:51 | More by dbrauneis
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:20:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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popery

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and auburn, almost maroon, in color. Nice foamy head, somewhere between off-white and tan. A thin but heavy blanket of fine bubbles.

The aroma is heavy on the malt, which is mostly nuttiness and caramel. However, there's also a bit more hops than expected, and frankly, it kinda hurts things for me. The hops are grassy, spicy and earthy, and they sorta cut through the rich maltiness a bit too much. It's an interesting combination, but I wish the malt came through more clearly because it seems interesting and tasty on its own. There's some toasty breadiness, a little stone fruitiness and a touch of cocoa powder in there. The hops are just a bit too assertive against that background.

The taste is moderately sweet and clean with a spicily hop bitter finish. Again, the hop flavor is just a bit drab against the richer and more complex malt. There's more earthy depth in the taste and less fruit. Some sugary rum notes.

Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller. It's just sorta ho hum. I don't mean to harp on the hop issue, but I feel like it cuts through what could have been a richer, rounder feel.

Pretty good beer and certainly an interesting take on the style. I prefer versions from Uerige and High Water, but it's still fun to find another doppelsticke.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:57:08 | More by popery
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 13:11:23 | More by avalon07
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 05:26:35 | More by Knapp85
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:54:42 | More by Thehuntmaster
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:11:13 | More by crnipeter
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 18:01:50 | More by Rifugium
Freigeist Hoppeditz from Braustelle
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.