Brewed by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle
Style: Altbier
Cologne-Ehrenfeld, Germany


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (48) - - APR 12, 2015
Rating refers to Freigeist Ehrenfelder Alt. Pours deep copper from bottle with thin tan head. Caramel malt aroma. Sweet malty flavor with roasted complexities of semisweet chocolate, coffee. Dry finish with nicely balanced hoppy aftertaste, though somewhat smoky. Medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. Unique and unusual beer. A very clean, bitter, dark amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5996) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 10, 2015
Bottle, Göller. Light fruity licorice roast. Dark ruby red. low head. Medium full sparkly body. Solid fruit base, salt licorice, roast, herbal and grassy hop bitter backstop. A hint oxidation retronasal, otherwise pleasant licorice beer :)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
King_Alex_II (330) - SWITZERLAND - APR 10, 2015
Muddy blackish brown color. The smell is mainly roasted. The taste is dominated by malt aromas that are a little bit too roasted for my taste. The aftertaste is a lot milder. Solid beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2015
Strong flavors of cocoa, dried fruit and caramel malt. Bitterness and body are light and overall this Altbier is quite drinkable. Half liter very worn returnable bottle labelled Freigeist Ehrenfelder. Picked up an a whim at State Line Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (606) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Brown color with reddish highlight and small tan head. Aroma of malt, but not the sweet irritating malzbier smell. Dry bitter chocolate. Taste is cocoa powder, malts, but not sweet. Medium body, bitter. Wow, I like this very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
donvino (5) - - MAR 11, 2015 does not count
Light on the tongue, but nice and more complex in the aftertaste. Smells and looks really appealing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5651) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
31/I/15 - 33cl bottle @ Nieuwjaarsreceptie Gentse Biervereniging - BB: 13/VI/15 (2015-122) Thanks to Bartlebier for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, irregular beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: quite some chocolate, caramel, malty, bit sweet, grains. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: roasted malts, some coffee even, pretty bitter, metallic touch, caramel, cocoa powder, some overripe banana. Aftertaste: bitter, caramel, chocolate, little fruity, bit grassy. The Düsseldorfers will not like me saying this, but one of the best alt beers I’ve had. Ok, ok, it’s totally out of style, I realize that. ;-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4499) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours garnet brown with a small beige head. The aroma has murky caramel and bread, some toffee and a bit of mushy dirtiness. It has a light crisp body with a light amount of carbonation. The taste is medicinal, metallic, astringent and comes across like drinking pennies. The finish quite offputting. Very strange it would be this way, I’ve like everything else I’ve had from the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3415) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pour is a very dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel and some cocoa. Flavor is more of black bread with some char malt. Not much of a hop presence but the malt carries this one. I don’t have too many alt beers but I guess this fits the category. Plenty malty. Bottled as Freigeist Alt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3276) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
33cl bottle from Systembolaget, Strömstad (as ’Freigeist Ehrenfelder Alt’). Pours slightly hazy dark brown to copper coloured with an off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel and hints of herbs and wood. Sweet and malty with a balanced bitterness. Easy to drink and quite nice.

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