Abraxxxas | Freigeist Bierkultur

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freigeist Bierkultur
Germany
bierkompass.de

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
Ranking:
#17,656
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
283
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Abraxxxas is as interesting as interesting gets.
While this beer appears to have been stocked in late 2016 and shows some deterioration, I am still very impressed.
While it doesn't Look appetizing, its Smells bring me in...especially the smoke.
It Tastes like no other Beliner Weiss I've ever had, particularly how the tart seems to need no balance, but probably gets some sweet from the wheat. However they make it work, it just is.
Abraxxxas takes a few sips for me to get used to. But eventually sits in my mouth pleasantly without the too tart after-taste that I expected.

While I usually give extra points for going well with food, Abraxxas gets extra for creativity for reinventing forgotten styles.
Thanks to Shelton Brothers for its insight and persistence in getting this to Illinois.

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Photo of Suds
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a half liter bottle, this brew is a light brownish orange color with a beautiful white, rocky head. A lot of floaties. The aroma is incredible...campfire smoke . Just smelling it makes you hungry for barbecue. The taste is lightly tart, with smoke and distant grain. I get a little malt underneath. Medium-full in body, satisfying, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of psmith161
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrfrancis
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHvK
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nearly three fingers of dense white head gives hint to the portion of wheat in this recipe. It retains itself well, leaving thick sheets of lace behind. There's some haze to its light amber body but its high level of carbonation is still visible.

The nose is largely defined by a unique combination of meaty, woody smoke and sweet esters and pear skins. Only a touch of lemony tartness and acidity pulls through.

The rolls of smokey and sweet are reversed with its ripe pear quality fleshing out and becoming more assertive. The smoked malt is now more woody than meaty. It's clean and subdued in comparison to the aroma. A pinch of lemony tartness helps to dry out the finish. Sweet pear is met with phenol driven banana bread to close things out.

Its medium body has an enjoyable fluffy, well carbonated texture. It remains clean throughout and finishes dry.

I've only come across the "lichtenhainer" style in reading so I was happy to finally be able to pick one up. I found its sweet and smokey combination to be intriguing and the pairing worked well throughout. I would have loved a more pronounced and aggressive version of this but that's my personal taste.

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Photo of moysauce
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle, no date, served in a Weihenstephaner glass.

Appearance: Bright dark gold. Thin persistent white head. Some occasional strands of lacing. Sediment stayed behind in bottle.

Smell: Smoky, phenol, just a hint of smoky bacon.

Smell: Smoky again, but not overpowering. Wheat malt, bacon/cured meat, and just a hint of sour. Tasty, but unusual.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a bit thin.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting beer. The smokiness is not overpowering, but is a notable accent and theme of the beer that really works. Paired well with food (balsamic chicken and rice) and I wonder how this would have been with some of the sediment along with the pour. Still very tasty and I'll have to revisit sometime I'm in the mood for a more savory beer.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright, glowing orange with an everlasting rocky head. Fruit, caramel and smokiness in the nose, unusual. Pear and crisp wheat spars with peaty, smoke and some caramel malts. Hops are very light throughout. Low carbonation and a creamy medium to full mouthfeel. Leafy, herbal hops, pear and smoke in the long, off dry finish.

An Excellent take on a really old German style. Very balanced between the fruityness and rauchbier characteristics. A must try.

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Photo of jpro
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow! An interesting beer... Pours a hazy, golden-orange, with a puffy, white head. Aroma is dominated by peaty, smoked malt. Initial taste = slightly tart, wheat, crisp... Followed by intense smoked malt. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is low. Kind of an odd mix of flavors here - a bit much at first, but is not odd after a few sips.

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Photo of TerryW
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh. Not what I expected. Looking for pear-y fruit goodness and I stead come up against a lightweight rauchbier. Looks like rough made app!e cider, hazy soft gold, so a good start. Moderate head settles to a film, just a bit of lacing. A little juiciness in the nose, but not the fruit I was expecting. Comes across as medicinal until you recognize the smoke. Eventuated by the wheat in the brew. Full and juicy mouthfeel upfront before drying out. Pears? No. Smokey malt, yeah, but not overwhelming. Drinkable, but not my fav style (rauch).

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Photo of JavierGC
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of professorchow
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsucks
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tkrane
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deg
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 283 ratings