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Review of Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse

01 Jan
Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.  For today’s tasting I’m going to be trying the Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse produced by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle located in Koln, Germany.

I can’t recall ever having a beer from these guys before, so I don’t really know what to expect at this point.

I couldn’t find any info on the website, braustelle.com, so let’s just go ahead and get the beer in a glass and see how it is.

Ready for a sip?  I am.

This brew came in a 16.9 oz. bottle with an ABV of 6.0%.

It poured a cloudy, orange to yellow color with a white cap.  The size was sort of small and the texture was a bit soapy and fizzy.  The retention time was average and the lacing was only “ok” I thought.

The nose released hints of light smoke as well as a light waft of sugar cured country ham.  Not only did it smell of smoke, but it also contained fragrances of banana and orange, which I found intriguing in a smoked beer.  Underneath I discovered a smell of wheat and grain.  I thought the bouquet was nice actually…  albeit a bit uncommon.  It was somehow balanced and harmonized very well.

The taste provided some more of the smoke along with a good shot of orange citrus. The citrus seemed to create a little bit of tartness and sourness.  A spicy clove was discovered and the bready/wheat/grain aspects were once again found.  Solid.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, but crisp and dry.  It was actually a bit refreshing.  Again, somewhat unique for the style.  The carbonation was good and lively and an excellent amount of flavor was left behind after the sips.

Well, I found this beer to be very enjoyable and individualistic   I’ve never tried a beer quite like this one.  It seemed to be basically a Wheat beer with tinges of smoke.  The drinkability was good and it’s definitely worth a try.  I would have no problem drinking it again if I had the chance that’s for sure.  I would really be interested in trying a few more brews from these guys to see what else they do.  Have you guys ever tried the Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse?  If so, what was your opinion of it?  Did you like it?  Feel free to leave a comment if you wish and tell me all about it.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it and I’m grateful for the support of the blog.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+

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