Thursday, October 31, 2013

Freigeist Pimock

"Freigeist" is apparently German for "free thinker" (I believe literally "free ghost" or "free spirit"). This beer is a 5.3% ABV Rhineland Weizen from Freigeist, the experimental offshoot of Cologne’s small brewery Braustelle, a part of the Brauerei Goller of Zeil Am Main, Germany. According to the bottle, they "break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving and updating Germany's unique, historical beer styles." This beer is a weizen with less fruity esters and more hops, different than the Bavarian Weizen, making this a "pimock" or "outsider."

The beer pours an orange honey golden and copper-amber in color. There is an inch of thick and creamy white to just off-white head. The aroma is malty, caramel, with straw, and a light barnyard funk. The taste follows the aromas, lots of malt, light fruitiness, straw, it drinks like a malted up German lager. It has a refreshing, but not overwhelming carbonation, medium bodied, with a lightly dry finish, not very bitter. This is a unique beer and very tasty.

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