Freigeist Abraxxxas | Braustelle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Braustelle
Germany
braustelle.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
279
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Smells of mild smoked meat, some lightly acidic citrus notes, sweet wheat.

T: Taste brings subtle lactic acidity (more of the feel of tartness on the tongue rather than a flavor), pleasant mild smoked malt, light grainy sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with very fine carbonation giving the beer a silky feel.

O: The smoked malt is nice but they need to let the lacto do its work here...not nearly acidic enough.

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Photo of smcolw
2.22/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Small head, but it leaves a lot of lumpy lace. Hazy with a dark straw/light gold color.

Earthy and sour smell. There's a bit of soup/stew aroma as well. Not a fan of this.

Quite sour flavor. Little wheat taste. The body is a bit watery, in both body and carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of cranberry juice. Overall, I can't advise to try this. I even find the smoky flavor to be distracting.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dssipates to patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of lemon, white grapes and slight biscuit malt, faint smoke. Flavor is tart lemon, apple and grape juice up front, very tart at first, but soon ameliorated by smoky dry light fruit. Light bodied. An interesting take on the Berliner style. The flavor was almost to tart at first, but does mellow in the finish, althoug it leaves a lingering lactic tart and smoke aftertaste. Flavors are tart, but not intense. Although tart beers are not my style, I enjoyed this. I would have liked a bit more smoke presence, although the smoke does make this beer stand out. Interesting and different.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of goldenM13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap within a few minutes

S: A bit of a mash-up. Some fruity yeast, smoked malts, and a bit of tart acidity jump out and are the dominant aromas. Not too much else

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of fruity yeast mixed with the tart acidity and sour notes. Smoke starts out lightly but makes more of a presence once the fruity and tart notes die down. Smoke lingers well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky and acidic

O: I've never had a beer be both sour and smokey, so this was a nice first experience to the lichtenhainer weisse sub-style. I'm generally a fan of both sours and smoked beers, and this delivered on both ends. Worth a stab if you're into either individual styles

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Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of adamdarcy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SupremePie
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of icehawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a drab hazy gold with a thin off-white head. Pleasant, but nothing spectacular.
The nose is more interesting with scents of Meyer lemon, red licorice, and subtle apricot.
Flavors unexpectedly clash with the visuals and smells. Bright green apple and peppery spice jump forth early. There's a hint of smoke on the end that's more noticeable as it warms. This brew has a very tart taste up front that's clean and falls into a cidery end with grassy vinegar.
The body is light--too light to contain all of the flavor eccentricities. And it could use more heft to go with all the bubbles and acids. After gulps, it does warm nicely in the belly.
This is a gangly creation. A learning experience of sorts. I found myself wishing for some mild cheese to smooth out the sharp edges and make it more drinkable; lacking this, I left some in the glass.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium orange color. Minimal head but a thin lace covers the drink through its lifespan in the glass.
Smells like apricot, meyer lemon, and honeysuckle. Light smoke smell at first, but it grows significantly as the drink warms.
Wow- tart. Really get the lemon in the taste. Shocking at the first taste. Hard to hold in the mouth for too long. Predominant flavors are certainly the lemon and smoke. It is lovely overall, but mostly after the actual tasting experience- not so much during it. A bit painful on the bitterness. Jaw clenching. The lemon takes over the ability for the apricot to shine through. Honey still coats the back of the throat at the end with the smoke.
The mouthfeel is a bit painful. Tastes more like a cocktail than beer. Even though the alcohol content isn't high, it feels like it belongs in a martini glass.
Absolutely happy I had the experience. Wouldn't and couldn't drink a ton of it on one setting. But would certainly have a glass again. Must try!

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Photo of hattingc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear amber color in the Aventinus bulb glass with a big foam. It settles down to the ideal sudsy German mouthfeel. A little yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Malty and wheaty with just a touch of tartness. The balance of sweet and sharp, smokey and spicy, is outstanding. Not as sweet as the bocks or dunkels. This is one of the best German beers I've had and I hope it's part of a quiet revolution to apply some Teutonic intelligence to their wealth of traditional beer styles.

I like the argument that Lichtenhainer should be its own style, as apparently it was historically, and not any sort of Berlinerweiss. There is no hint of lactobacillus. It has just a touch of the Hefe spice, but a distinct malty, grainy flavor with some perfumey notes. This is vastly more drinkable than any Berliner I've had, in any case, and I say if you see it you ought to try it. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

Hazy gold. Good lacing. Scattered lacing.

Barnyard funk. Dank hair and horse piss. Meh

Holy shit this is so good. A weirdly smokey sour beer. Wild ale with barbecue?

I don't know that I'd get another but damn. Strange one.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Peated Abraxxxas

Cloudy orange/amber. Small lip of foam.

Funky nose with a delicate smokiness. White currant, hay, and smokestack. Graham crackery malts. Great nose.

Unctuously funky and a little sweet with apricot and wheat notes. Nice salty peat smoke is the real game changer. Slightly citrusy in the way that it's tart. Unreal good.

Soft and supple. The right kind of spritz marries the sour. Wonderful.

Blown away by this one. Amazing brew.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
3.8 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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