Abraxxxas | Freigeist Bierkultur

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Freigeist Bierkultur

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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 UrbanCaveman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deeply cloudy straw gold, and forms virtually no head. What head does form is white bubbles, which vanish completely in short order.

Smell: Deliciously smoky, all charred wood over a base of semi-sweet wheat malt and some vague hints of light fruit.

Taste: Hardwood smoke and ash colors the entire tasting experience, overlaying the rest of the flavor profile with shades of fire and char. Beneath the smoke, a light wheat malt base forms a somewhat crackery-toasty backbone, amidst which notes of salt, white grape, pear, apple bark, and something akin to bell pepper swirl by. At the finish, the smoke recedes just enough to allow a brief burst of concentrated salt and black pepper through, ere settling into a wood smoke aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just this side of completely flat, with an almost oily creamy weight that breaks down towards watery at the very end of each sip.

Overall: A delightful smoked light wheat beer, with just a hint of mineral saltiness. I approve, and will repeat.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Church Key during their Night of the Living Ales. Served in a small snifter. $3 for a 4oz pour. 3.25

A - Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. 3.75

S – Like a fireplace. 3.75

T - Plenty smoky. 3.25

MF - Medium light, dry, effervescent. 3.75

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, salt, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready/smoked malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, salt, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and tangy wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready/smoked malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly saline mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked wheat beer style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of bready/smoked malts, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This was not lactic sour at all as I would expect for the labeled style, but it is a very enjoyable offering as a smoked weizen style.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my label also does not match the photo posted. smoked lichtenhainer weisse. bottle shows quite a bit of wear on the glass. pours golden and hazy with no head. very little carbonation. still pretty good. it has a nice smoke flavor.

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

Abraxxxas has a medium, cream-colored head, a very cloudy, unfiltered, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. When the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in, a gray cloud descends into the beer. Aroma is of mild smoke and pungent "beer aroma". Taste is of maraschino cherries, smoked malt, wheat, honey wheat bread, and no alcohol or bitterness. Some sourness is evident, but only in a sourdough way, so one would NOT think of this, I think, as a typical sour beer. Mouthfeel is medium, and Abraxxxas finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Quite the interesting beer, this.


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

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoke, pepper, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of smoke up front. Then some tart citrus flavor comes in. The malt character is thin but hearty for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is an interesting combination of tartness and smokiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty and very complex, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for something a bit different.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is deep smoke, honey, wheat and peach. Saltiness becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The beer starts with a nice and smoky sensation followed by salt and fruit. Unlike any other beer that I have had, this one stands out. I will pick this one again.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$5.99 for a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle

A Sediment noted on the bottom of the bottle. Pours a Hazy, deep amber, with minimal head that dissipates after a few seconds.

S: smokey malt, campfire, slight pine, mild fruity yeast, smoke is the most prominent flavor

T: again, definitely smoky upfront but it gives way to a delicate malty sweetness blended with a faint tartness. pleasant smokey aftertaste that lingers.

M: medium, plenty of carbonation

O: Definitely an interesting brew. The smoke is noticeable but pleasant and is reminiscent of something that might have been brewed on a farm back in the day. The slight tartness is refreshing and is not overwhelming and is balanced by just enough malty sweetness. Although smoke and tartness are not two things that I would put together it seems to work with this beer. Give it a shot if you can find it. I could have done with a little bit more of a head, but aside from that the carbonation was on point and it was a very tasty beer.

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Photo of qrazvan
1.83/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very strange beer, it has some pear juice in it, apparently. Sour taste with smoke aroma in the background. Not recommended, unless you are a big fan of sour beers.

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

Aroma is smoked malts, tart/sour fruit and a big hint of acidity. The flavor is smoked malts, tart/sour fruit and an almost milk-like acidity in the finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at State Line - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: hazy, yellow-amber liquid... 1/2 cm of white foam holds briefly after pour... no sediment in the bottle... no freshness indication on the label - suspect condition

S: yogurt, mild sweet smoke, mild whiff of proofing dough... almost a touch of dried yeast on the edges

T: bit of phenolic smoke... arguably more dominant are the other flavors: lemon zest, fresh grass (mellow), subtle acidic tang... pleasant tartness - not too much - while some bready/crackery flavors flicker as it flows back... i suppose one can taste the undercurrent of alcohol buried in the finish

F: feels almost medium-bodied up front, flooding the palate, however, drops off rather quickly, soft and quiet, with only subtle fizz and a lightly oily-sticky residue left behind... not all that filling

O: not all that bad - pretty tasty, actually - although I wonder how much the smoke and bitterness may have fallen off since bottling... based on what I had here, I'd certainly grab a bottle of this again... I can see this going well with raw shellfish

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 7.49/500mL bottle from Craft Shack
Bottle at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma initially sour upon opening the bottle but doesn’t last
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – wide rings of open lace
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor – smoke subtle, slightly tart, no distinct hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

16.9oz bottle at fridge temp poured (mostly) into a big snifter. some left in the bottle to keep the sediment there, because I felt like it today. No bottle code or date that I can find, but the bottle shows sign of wear (banging against other bottles). I'm not entirely sure the beer I'm reviewing under is the beer I'm drinking. My bottle's label doesn't look like the picture. It has the following words:
Freigeist Bierkultur on the neck
Freigeist ABRAxXxAs Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse on the main label.
If you care, I'll send you a picture of my label.

Pours clear (sediment left in bottle) golden with a genuinely beautiful cream-colored head, soft, silken, wavy surface. Retention is impressive -- seems only to have become denser while typing all of these words. Smell is an odd mixture of sour and bready and slightly smokey.

Taste is lemon tart with odd light smoke character. Slight bitterness. It's interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Overall...not sure what to say. I have little experience with the combination of sour and smokey. It's definitely interesting, and I would say it's well made, but it may not be my style.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A nice big fluffy and creamy off white head, almost tan to vanilla colored, three fingers tall with even pinhead lacing and a creamed flat top. Body color is a murky yellow to brown, with some dirty peach orange and red in the middle. Very interesting looking brew.

Oh what's that aroma! Oh smoked malts!! nom nom! Beechwood, and light toasted quality. Minimal sense of fruit lemon with the smoke dominating. Controlled and inviting, classic and simple like a good rauchbier.

Palate is real nice. Very mellow sense, and not much going on in the mid palate. Aftertaste loads and build and builds, with smokey flavors. Tangy fruits of lemon and tart apricot come out with hints of tobacco on the finish. Chewy lemon a bit, after the smoke washes away, with a light chewy malt palate.

This beer is ripe, unique, and full of incredible flavor. What a winner.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I screwed up and poured this into a weizen glass, at least according to BA, but really, I think it's a good glass for this style.

The weizen glass does a good job of accommodating the big, foamy white head and considerable lace. The cloudy, orange-hued liquid seems well-suited to the glass too.

Aroma-wise, this beer is smoky, ham-like, and even a bit either lactic or buttery. I'm no expert so I can't tell which I'm smelling. There's a sweet quality on the nose and almost nothing to suggest tartness.

Smokiness dominates the flavor as well, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There's again some ham present, some wheat, and a slightly tart flavor.

This beer is light and refreshing, heavy on the smoke, and wheaty on the finish. I'd say the tartness of a berliner weisse is absent here, so that's a bit of a strike against it. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable beer for summer months.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A- A clear light copper color with a dense two finger white head.

S- Slightly smoky wood, tart citrus, sour apples, some wheat.

T- Tart green apples, tart lemons/citrus, smoky finish, some wheat, sour and smoky actually work very well together.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A tasty unique beer, definitely will try this again!

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Photo of Bonis
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange in color, slightly hazy. Small head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma is wheat, grass, a slight sour citrus note. Flavor is tart yeast and smoke at first. Grains intertwine with the sourness... very appealing. A slight smoky saltiness sits on the tongue on the aftertaste. This beer is a treat to the taste buds. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and unlike anything I've ever had up to this point. Recommended to fans of Berliners and rauchbiers.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent straw color with a small short lived white tight knit head.
Little if any nose.
This beer surprised me a little-- in that I wouldn't have called it a Weissbier.
My example provided a tart green apples like flavor temped with hops bitterness.
There's a hair of smoke flavor in the mix-- nothing like the Shenkrala Rauchbiers-- in this case it's just a small teensy weensy hint of smoke.
The beer has a very light and thin flavor profile. It's satisfying on a nice summer's day-- but not what you'd want to quaff when the snow flies and the fire's crackling. I think it might be quite refreshing served chilled a little.

Finish is short lived yet ends by dissipating into a thin or perhaps water like demeanor leaving behind the echoes of the tart flavor that the beer began with.

Overall this is a light bodied, tangy weissbier. I'm not rooting around for my bullhorn to let the neighborhood know about my great find. If you stumble across it at the packie and you feel like trying something new-- grab a bottle. I just wouldn't seek it out over another favorite Weiss or Lager.

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Abraxxxas from Freigeist Bierkultur
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 285 ratings