Freigeist Hoppeditz | Braustelle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Braustelle
Germany
braustelle.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by crnipeter on 03-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Seems too aggressively hoppy for this beer.

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Photo of cujocon
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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Freigeist Hoppeditz Doppelsticke Alt
7.5% ABV
1Pint o.9oz brown glass bottle with crown $7.00 at Provisions Northampton MA
Appearance: very dark almost black color with brown head 1 finger to start settling to islands and rings of lacing
Smell: offputting funky maybe a little mushroomy
Flavor: creamy and full bodied, but tastes old and stale, the little bit of malt doesn't come through in the flavor
Overall: 2.5/5 I like how rich it is, but I can't get past the flavor...it's like a fruity beer that's been left out
for a number of days. I don't get any smokiness or fresh malt flavor. Not for me.

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Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with a moderate haze and a finger of creamy tan foam that leaves a nice lace on the glass. It's quite attractive!

Smell: sweetly malty with plenty of caramel and a light and soothing smoky aroma. I like the smoke, but this is one sticky sticke.

Taste: sweetly malty but with an earthy hop character and plenty of bitterness. The smoke is there, but is subdued. An interesting combination; it's not bad but I think the hoppiness doesn't work well here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: at first I thought this beer just didn't suit my palate, but the more I drink the more it starts to grate on me. Some may like it but the harshness of the hops combined with the sticky sweetness is just too much for me.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Front labels this as a "doppelsticke alt", back describes it as a subtly-smoked/extra-hoppy version of an old ale. Sounds like a good fall-ish ale for this not so fall-ish Sunday afternoon.

A - 500ml into a big ol Duvel glass. Color is something like murky bog brown with dark reddish highlights. A beige head retains as a mostly full cap and bubbly thick ring. A few lace bits left here and there.

S - Smoked caramel, nut bread, biggish earthy and herbal hop, toasted malt, cola. Reminiscent of a scotch ale or a doppelbock. Big malts with apparent smoke and hoppage that don't overpower and are decently integrated.

T - Earthy/herbal/resinous hops deliver more of a bitter wallop here, perhaps some spicy hop there as well. Caramel, molasses and nutty malts making up most of the rest. Smoke helps balance out the sweetness but really fades into the background here. Light fruity tones throughout.

M - Big malts with a heavy and almost syrupy feel, decent+ample carbonation, biggish hop bitterness feels kind of clashing. A touch of alcohol. Definitely a bit of a sipper.

O - A decent amount of complexity and will hit the spot if you're looking for a big sweetish malty sipper, but the big hops don't make for the best combo. The bitterness and hop flavors just seem out of place here. Kinda wish the hops were toned down and the smoke was emphasized a bit more.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeccaH
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color of dark prune juice with a faint tan blanket on top.

I smell fig, grape, oak, leather, and light smoke.

Taste has woody smoke presenting first, with prune and leather following up.

Feel is surprisingly light and not boozy in spite of the flavors, and very dry.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown color with beige head that goes away completely. Aroma seems kind of yeasty with some dark malts, like a belgian dark ale. Taste is on the bitter side but also a bit sour. Aftertaste is hoppy bitter. Medium body with light carbonation. Not really my style of beer.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has an english bitter quality to it. Good malty flavor. Not bad.......................................................................................

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Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of WhiteLight68
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Freigeist Hoppeditz from Braustelle
3.85 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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