Against the Grain – Lichtenhainer (A traditional German style smoked sour beer) – 3.9 smokestacks out of 7

The brewery that seems financially sound, but has to reel in countless other brewers to produce a decent beer (and then make crude diarrhea jokes about it), has produced two canned smoked beers that have been marginally approved by The Ministry Celebrants at SmokeBeerMinistry. Against The Grain Brewery has convinced the team at Freigeist Brewery (Braustelle) to pool their resources, and produce this traditional Lichtenhainer beer. And while the final score is a 3.9 out of 7 smokestacks, we still think you should try it if you’re interested in overly carbonated, under smoked, but a still drinkable example of a lichtenhainer beer. On the lighter end of the smokebeer spectrum, lichtenhainers are smoked sour wheat beers, traditionally from Germany. This one in particular produces a bunch of burps. This beer strikes me as just another swing for the fence, in the hopes that it’ll go viral in the beer world somehow, but it didn’t, and as it turns out, they discontinued this beer before I put the review online, but what can I say, I gave them my money.

BrewerFreigeist Brewery & AGT
Beer NameLichtenhainer
Brewer’s DescriptionSmoke stepped out of his estate in the Lichtenhain hills of Thuringia to see the carnage the people had left. He’s always been accused of doing things people don’t like. The townspeople hate it when he makes something different. Armed with disdain for such a melding of styles they launched their unrest at Smoke’s spirit. This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last, but he’s not mad. He stands proudly with his monocle showing the future for taste buds among the people, including this smoked sour.
Food PairingsWiener schnitzel
Brewer LocationBrewed at Göller facility Germany
Alcohol content by volume4.7%
IBU (International Bitterness Units)I wonder
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)1.95
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)1.25
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks1.75
Sausage detection? Y or NN
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)2
Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high)3.9
Spreadsheets don’t translate well in beer blogs.

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