wchesser (1514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy brown. Massive sweet smoke nose. Taste is sweet wood smoke, sour mash malts, tart finish with lingering smoke. Good but can only take so much.
sound67 (512) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maker: Freigeist Bierkultur, Stolberg, Germany. ***
Beer: Freigeist Abraxas (bottled, unfitlered, 500ml) ***
Style: Gose/Lichtenhainer ***
ALC.VOL.: 3.9% ***
"Inspired by an old German style called Lichtenhainer, so it’s a low-alcohol(3,8%), top-fermented smoked beer with lactic sourness." [brewery note] ***
Colour: Hazy orange, small creamy head. ***
Nose: Smoke (or smoked ham), oranges, yeast. ***
Texture: Medium body, quite watery. Mild carbonation. ***
Taste: Sour lemon mixed with smoked malts, yeast, lactose. The typically pervasive citrus sourness of the gose style is somewhat moderated by the light smoke (nowhere near as smoky as a Bamberg smoked beer!). Still the overall impression towards the middle is smoky, dry and sour. Lemony finish and aftertaste of medium length. ***
Impressions: A mix of smoked malts with the super-citric gose style. Needs some time to adjust to. Those who dislike either of the two styles (or both) need not bother. But it’s an interesting, altogether different brew. The name of the beer, "Abraxas", refers to a Faust ballet scenario devised by poet Heinrich Heine for German composer Werner Egk (Heine’s profile is on the label)
SG111 (606) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Three’s brewing, BK. Pours honey golden color. Aroma is smoky, sour and citrus. Flavor is surprisingly smoky, and the citrus and coriander come out nicely. Cool beer.
Tmoney99 (12036) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange amber color with an average white head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Good aroma of yeast, smoke and cheese. Medium to abundant body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good smoke flavor with a complex sweet finish of medium to long duration. Interesting complex brew.
Aniela (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Clear golden beer with a small white head. Hoppy and rubber aroma with smoked notes. Hoppy a bit fruity and smoked flavour. A bit sourish.
VastActiv (3992) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, smoke, lactose, some sourness and sweetness.
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Newbie to Lichtenhainer style Weisse. Freigeist finds harmony with sour and smoke in this light bodied golden brew. Picked up on a whim at State Line Liquors.
Beerman6686 (5381) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a hazy golden color with a white head. Aroma was of.sourdough bread, wheat and smoke. Flavor similar, lightly tart, grainy wheat and nice hovering smoke.
Ferris (8012) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Nice smoke and sour grains. Cloudy yellow orange with a frothy light white head. Light sour, very refreshing and the smoke is big in the finish. Weird but really good.
Erzengel (5638) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
* * Old rating, best before 06.12. Malzig-rauchiges Bier. Leicht säuerlich frisch, mild-weich, sehr süffig mit rauchig-säuerlichem Nachgeschmack. Lecker!