Here’s the first installment of a 5 part series where Freigeist beers are reviewed. And this beer, Ehrenfeider, an unfiltered altbier, is oddly enough tagged in the not a smokebeer category. Why review it? Well, the description on the label states “with a hint of smokiness,” which is how these things get started, and I bought, drank, and took a picture of the damn thing, so I’m fucking doing it.
Ehrenfeider is slightly malty on the nose and palate. The words “another nice German beer” come to mind as the taste lingers, urging me to savor it in a Norm! kind of way. Maybe I’ve had too much to drink tonight. Drinking not only effects the tongue, but also the pen. End review. Final score 4 out of 7.
|Beer Name||Freigeist Ehrenfelder|
|Brewer’s Description||Freigeist is the experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Here we strive to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving and updating Germany’s unique, historical beer styles. Hoppy, rich, roasty, and with a hint of smokiness. Ehrenfelder is a unique unfiltered version of the classic “Altbier” of Düsseldorf.|
|Food Pairings||Wiener schnitzel w/ mustard|
|Brewery Location||Brewed at Göller facility Germany|
|Alcohol content by volume||4.8%|
|IBU (International Bitterness Units)||30|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||4.8|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||2|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||No|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||2|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||4|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4|
I hope you know your umlaut from a diaeresis.