Braustelle – Freigeist Hoppeditz – 4 out of 7


Here’s part 2 of the 5 Freigeist reviews. Hoppeditz is another beer that has the word smoke printed on the label, and was therefore rightfully delivered straight to the Ministry officials at SmokeBeerMinistry for a proper smoke rating. And while Hoppeditz will get tagged and grouped with other beers in the not a smokebeer category, it still comes off as a nice German beer. Some sourish notes wafted out before any other distinct emanations, including smoke, which was virtually non-existent. And the taste came out a little bitter and hoppy, but tasty. This beer is well balanced with sweetness swirling around in the glass too. This beer is a deep brown color although my hoodoo altar lighting fails to draw out the elements of translucency. This is a good beer, but I have to take issue with the “subtly smokey” written on the back. Subtly is quite the overstatement. I’d like to drink this in the motherland. Overall score 4 out of 7.

Brewer Braustelle
Beer Name Freigeist Hoppeditz
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. Named after the traditional burning puppet at Dusseldorf’s Karneval, Hoppeditz is a subtly smoked extra hoppy version of the city’s classic “Special Old Ale.”
Food Pairings Wiener schnitzel w/ mustard
Brewery Location Brewed at Göller facility Germany
Alcohol content by volume 7.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 42
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 4.5
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 1
Sausage detection? Y or N No
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 1
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 5
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 4

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