Freigeist Abraxxxas | Braustelle

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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

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3.81
pDev:
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Photo of seand
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a fair amount of fizzy white head. The foam dissipates quickly to a fuzzy layer and a thicker rim around the glass, which leaves thin walls of lacing.

S: Bread pudding with caramel and yeasty wheat. Kinda weird at first but it grew on me after a few sips.

T: Bready sweetness with wheat and yeast. Mild hops towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, and has some slightly weird things going on. Worth a try, but not likely to become part of the regular rotation.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Pino, 330ml into a tulip.

Filtered straw yellow, light head with almost no retention. Nose has light lemon and lactic notes, with a hint of a campfire. Tastes of lemon, wheat, smoked grains/an extinguished fire. Light feel, light carbonation. Tastey as is, and is more of a subtler Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta give it up for the resurrection (of sorts) of a nearly-lost style. This stuff pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mildly-tart lemon zest, light coriander, light black pepper, light cracked wheat, and a hint of beech smoke in the background. I may or may not get a hint of juniper in there as well, but it's hard to tell for sure. The taste brings in more of the same, but that smoke is a bit more intense now; not very much, frankly, it's still just a minor pall on the absolute range, but it's enough to effectively color the second half of the proceedings here. Normally, I'm all for smoke like this, often even stronger, but here it begins as a clashing partner with the lemony bits and then as a silencer, a deadener, of the same. Things just don't work all that well together on my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, for sure, but one that just doesn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of fdig23
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Awesome labels on these guys by the way.

Appearance: Vibrant cloudy yellow with a huge perfectly fluffy white head.

Nose: Lively white grapes and pepper, artificial smoke, plenty of banana, a tiny hint of lactic sourness.

Taste: Smoke at first, but not the artifical or rubbery smoke you find in the nose. More like smoked salmon. There's a bit of lemon juice sourness and a nice clean, refreshing wheat crust finish. It's subtle in its complexity and unique in its flavor combinations.

Mouthfeel: Good and full carbonation, persistent head, good mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: The first time I had this I hated it. I had it again more recently and actually really enjoyed it. Not sure if my palate just changed or what, but this is definitely and interesting and excellent brew. It's a great modern take on a very ancient and forgotten style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freigeist Abraxxxas
16.9 oz. bottle with no apparent freshness dating.
$6.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

The Freigeist Abraxxxas (not to be confused with their Abraxas with just one X), pours a cloudy orange-gold body beneath a full head of slightly-off white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it slowly dwindles from a very thick thumb of froth down to a more condensed pillow that's finger-thick, and then eventually to a creamy pencil-thin cap - half of that - and eventually a creamy collar and whispy surface covering as you sip at it. The lacing is equally impressive, and it initially leaves solid sheets of lace around the entire inside of the glass.

Smoke is clearly apparent in the nose, and it's reminiscent of the Beechwood that's so often used in Bamberg. Some mild tart and sweet fruit also sneaks through the foam, but there's not much more.

The flavor is tart upfront but it's not overly sharp. In fact, it's somewhat mild not unlike a fuji apple. Flavor-wise, it becomes somewhat lemony in the finish, but it doesn't have that lemony acid slap at the outset. And it's also naturally fruity from the yeast, with notes of apple, pear, and some very light fig. Some phenols enter as well, and it's got some some soft clove to it. Its sweetish malt offers some balancing support against the tart note, and it's grainy and a bit wheat-like, even becoming somewhat bready in the finish. The bitterness is firm, and just a bit more than balancing. Most important perhaps, is the smokiness. It's far from overdone, and hangs more like a delicate, thin veil across the entire flavor. It seems most solid across the middle, and as you go into the finish, but it quickly fades, leaving only a hint in the gently lingering, soft and dry finish. The missing component? Hops. Hop flavor is generally kept low in weissbiers, and it's at a very low level here. You will, however, find some mild earthy and leafy hops in the finish.

Possibly the most interesting thing about this beer is that it revives, in a way, a forgotten style; and in that way it's unique because it's so different from almost all of the other beers on the market. There are hundreds of years of German brewing history behind us, and I'd love to see more of these styles revealed. Hedonistically, the beer is also a treat. It offers both tartness and smokiness, two fairly unique characteristics these days, but at moderate, very accessible levels. It's interesting and entertaining, as well as refreshing and satiating. Absolutely worth seeking out!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

Pours cloudy gold with a one inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat with tattered lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with grass-rubbed lemons, smoked apples, and clove-studded bananas. Hints of wet hay and peach fuzz follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, lush mouthfeel.

The palate starts with a tart brightness, smoke, and bananas. Apples and clovey phenols follow through.

Finishes with lingering smoke and tartness.

What a tasty, unique, and refreshing beer. The smoke and the tartness are both in check without being overdone.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Really cloudy golden orange with 1 finger of white head.

Nose
Banana, apricot and caramel. Hints at some peach, lactic sourness and smoke.

Taste
Extremely light (lactic) tartness with apricot, lemon and peach. Caramel, pink lady apple, banana and tangy wheat. Finishes with some light fruits and touches of beechwood smoked malt.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, clean, crisp and refreshing. This really cleanses the palate.

Overall
I really expected this to be more sour, so it was a little bit of a let down. It's still a really tasty, nicely balanced and refreshing beer, just not very sour. :(

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, citric/lemons, rust/vinegar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some some smokey funky flavours. There is also a bit of lemon/citric acid something along the lines of old milk. It ends with a lemony funky aftertaste.

Overall - Holy cow.. I've never had a beer with this much funk. It's got a bit of a 'it's so bad its good' thing going on.. at times I want to drainpour but then I keep going back. Can't say I'd ever drink this again, but interesting to try once.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy medium orange color. Large white head formation with decent retention and some lacing along the glass. Noticeable smoke quality in the initial aromas along with a modest fruitiness. Initially subtle smokiness yielding to a hint of acidity in the middle and grainy malt on the back-end. This acidity picks up as the beer has a chance to warm and more sips are taken. Dry finish with a light amount of lingering smoke. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Interesting mix of smokey, tart, and fruity flavors along with a persistent grainy malt note. Certainly not brewed to style but a solid beer none the less.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy gold with a sticky white head

S-smoky tartness. Very odd but awesome. Green apples. Medium strength

T-comes in with a weirdly awesome flavor of sour apples and smoke. It's a great flavor with a nice matching after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-points for uniqueness. It is drinkable, though maybe not as much as other German sours. I recommend anyone to try this.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +5%
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 -24.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +3.7%
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 -9.4%
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 +7.1%
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 -30.4%
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 +1%
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 +10%
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 +0.5%
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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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
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