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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
279
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
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22
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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical mini-pint glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I don't much care for the style - but that's usually only when Berliners insist on putting candy syrup in the beer.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of decent cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Lacing is fair. Colour is a nontransparent hazy dark yellow-gold. Looks a bit like a typical hefeweizen. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean bright malts, light floral hops, and rauch smoke notes. The smoke is a highlight; otherwise it's a boring pilsnery type aroma. Not horribly appealing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean malts with some light (dare I say subtle) smokey character. Floral hops and a touch of biscuit malt helps round out the flavour profile. Hints of lemongrass and crisp corn. A smacky sour bite on the back end adds some zing to the finish. There's even a touch of tart in there. Sweet notes, maybe even touches of honey are primarily on the open and in the first act. Some underlying zest. It's nicely balanced all around but there's little in it that's unique or special.

Mf: Nicely smooth, with some plain rolling cream. Wet and refreshing. Suits the flavour quite well. Neither too thick nor too thin. Not heavy or overbearing, but far from light or delicate.

Dr: A drinkable beer in the style that is among the best I've had. The smoke adds a nice unexpected dimension to the flavour - as well as some needed complexity. I'd get this on draught. In spite of its smokey quality, it makes a great summer beer. I'd recommend this within the style, but most will find it underwhelming. I look forward to trying more beers from the brewery.

B-

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Fades down to about a 1/2 inch and leaves trails of lace.

S: Really interesting smell. I get a lot of green apple and lemon curd with some faint baked bread in the outskirts. And then right as the smell dies, I pick up Ruffles BBQ chips. Crazy!

T: Opens with a nice tartness of lemon and Granny Smith apples. Leaves a touch of sweetness in the middle. Maybe a hint of white nectarine and grapefruit. Finishes tart with just a hint of smokiness on the way out. Feels a bit heavy for the style, but a really good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet and savory notes exude from the glass in ways that seem much more of an influence from Bavaria and Bamburg than Koln. Wheat and smoke do double duty on the palate to ensure satisfaction of the taste buds without sacrificing refreshment.

Like many weizens, the beer pours a honey-gold color and carries the signature wheaty haze that makes them so popular. The beer builds a sturdy cap of cotton-white foam that retains with persistence and fallen lace along the way.

Sweet with notions of bubblegum, but savory with not-so-delicate overtones of mesquite, the beer takes the palate on quite a trip. Faint bread, banana, and clove are represented well but hardly makes a mark about the stronger smokier character.

But the sweeter, tarter, and finesse elements of the beer fare much more balanced in taste than in aroma. Still, the taste of bubblegum, clove, apples, and pepper round out the sweetness and progress toward a clean lactic tartness that reminds me of lemons and salt water taffy. But make no mistake about it- the meaty tones of barbecue skirt the peripheries of taste and dictate the theme of the beer beyond any others.

The beer seems medium bodied to start because of the creaminess of carbonation, the residual textures from wheat proteins and bready sweetness, and the psychological aspect that associates rich textures with smoke flavors. But the beer's mid palate shares a cutting sourness that invites grape seed astringencies and peppery bite. While finishing with acidic dryness and alcohol warmth, the beer's smoke elements still evokes mouth watering even when attempting to dry the palate.

It's all there: the smoke, banana, clove, sourness, bubblegum, apple.... all creating a ton of complexities for such a refreshing beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a footed tulip glass, review from written notes.
A unique combination of smoked malt and light lactic tartness, not unlike the obscure Grätzer bier style.

Color is a hazy dark orange, a thin ring of white lace around the edges, and a thin skim across the surface. Aromas of light wood smoke, lactic tartness, clean yeastiness. Tastes sharply tart, light subtle smokiness, traces of fruit. Dry clean finish, pretty quenching overall.

2nd glass, different keg: Seemed a bit less funky and the tartness was in the background compared to the mild smoked grain character.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Murky peach body.

S - An unusual combination of smoked malts, wheat, and mild lemony sourness. Well-integrated, with good balance to the various flavor components.

T - The taste has a bit more of the tartness you'd expect from a Berliner, with lactic acidity and some tart lemon citrus. A tad less overt smoke, with more unmalted wheat and lightly toasted grains instead.

M - Medium-light body, with some chaffed wheat grit to it. Lower carbonation, minimal alcohol, and low acidity. Finishes fairly clean.

D - I had multiple pours, and I found this pretty easy to quaff even at 6%. Would really like to try the original version, as I can imagine it'd be even more drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of big pillow-like white froth for a cap. The cap slowly fades back to a fingers strength that maintains throughout the entire duration. It leaves patches of lace all over the glass. Carbonation continually streams out of solution in support of the froth that is sitting atop.

The smell of this brew includes the smoked woodsy notes that were also evident in the smaller version of this brew. It is almost beefy smelling with faint notes of plastic leading into a minor medicinal quality. Some sulfur and cheese is present but the main factor to this brew's aroma is the smoke that seems a bit pete'd, earthy and grassy. As it warms up, there is this crazy contribution of something almost like juniper that comes out across the back.

The taste is tart, savory and almost salty at times. Whereas the smaller version of this brew had a sharp distinction between the smoke and lactic tartness, this brew is blended together a bit more with the flavors not being so separated. There is a bit more malt inclusion here that is toasty to lightly sweet and caramel-like. A touch of apple cidar vinegar is present mid palate before the finish of tartness and smoke. There is a bit more earthy quality present as it warms up.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very effervescent level of carbonation. Everything about this brew is bigger than the Abraxas; the carbonation, the residual malt inclusion, the alcohol, etc. The smoke and tartness are just as evident as the other version but this one just seems to be a bit better blended. The smoke transitions to tart a bit better with the more solid grain inclusion that is here. For 6% though, the alcohol is still masked pretty well. I enjoyed both of these very much and for different reasons. If I had to pick one and only one though, I would choose the Abraxas over Abraxxxas.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Backlog review, drank at urwithdave's house, with captainredbeard and gtreid.

Drank side-by-side with regular Abraxas

A - Pours a rustic golden-apricot hue, and is capped with a persistent wisp of white froth.

S - This brew has some smoke to it, as advertised; I dig it, the tasting group is evenly divided over this. Grapefruit rind and overripe citrus notes are apparent, and are a bit different from the funky hay and lemon that is standard fare, and that is displayed in the regular version of this brew. Unconventional, yes, but pretty nice and definitely interesting.

T - The flavor carries some smoke, too. The are grainy and hay-like notes, slight hints of apple, lemon and grapefruit, and mild tartness; these are all tinged with a mellow smoky-medicinal note. Again, very interesting, and quite enjoyable. My major complaint is that the alcohol is fairly easy to discern; a bad trait for the style, 'Imperial' or not.

M - The feel is moderately light and somewhat pert. Works well, but not as good as the regular.

D - The Imperial version here is way more interesting, but perhaps less easily enjoyed than the regular, more straightforward incarnation.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2nd beer of sour night. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy copperish orange color. Nice off-white head appears and retains for much of the glass.

A: Smoke and ash right away. Not at all what I was expecting from a Berliner. I do get the underlying notes of citrus and lemon. But the smoky bacon aroma is rather off-putting.

T: Mush of the same off-putting smoke and char flavor. I do get some sourness from the lemon and other citrus flavors, but the smoke overpowers the brew. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Pretty nice mouthfeel, good levels of carbonation. Light body.

D and overall impression: Not something I would have again. Overall, the smoke does not work with this beer. Regular Abraxus blows this out of the water. Skal.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2012, into tulip. Pours cloudy, deep golden body with orangeish tint topped by medium, dense white head with good persistence. I'm surprised by the head retention inconsistent with the high acidity and the relatively low hop content.
The initial aroma is clean malty sweetness with intense fruity character of apple and pear. The sniffing session peels off the layers of complex aroma revealing faint sourness and subtle smoky character beneath.
On the contrary to the aroma where the sourness has been well masked, the flavor profile starts with sharp lactic, somewhat lemony sourness verging on acidity, being quickly followed by smoke with bacon-like aspects, something I was unable to detect in Abraxas. The beer could be described as Rauchbier with Berliener Weise used as the base-beer. The balance between underlying beer and smokiness is great and reflects the character of both. Low hoppy bitterness emerges towards the dry finish. The malty backbone is clean and nearly imperceptible. No smoke-derived harsh, burnt or charred flavors, as it should be. Medium-light bodied and effervescent yet with soft carbonation.

In short: A smoke-veil dressed Berliener Weisse and one of the the most refreshing brews you'll ever come across.

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Photo of gn0sis
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very interesting Berliner Weisse/sour ale hybrid.. The aroma is that of funk, fruit, and grass, very complex , reminiscent of a dewy field. There is a major shock upon taking the first sip, as the taste and smell differ vastly. The taste has a strong Berliner muskiness upfront and a thin, lactic finish. Hints of smoke and dryness in the mouthfeel..Very curious brew.. Would love another go at this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the big, smoked brother of Freigeist Abraxas. The same dark green 0.75cl capped sparkling wine type bottle being used.

Given to me by Sebastian, one of the brewers, thanks again.

Poured into Berlinerweiss bowl, a Westmalle chalice and a Grolsch 'Het Canon' cup.

Cloudy, moody and murky, a Jaffa Cake marmalade colour, no head to talk of.

The smell was of burnt peat, old ash trays and grapefruit!

The taste was of weak smoked ham, acidic, but not vinergarous, sour, bitter and fairly dry. The grapefruit from the aroma also came into the flavours.

I found the beer interesting, but 'not my cup of tea'.

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