Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Traditional Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Traditional Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5% ABV, 1 pint .9 fl.oz., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an 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.

A quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig, Geisterzug (‘Ghost Train’) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied”

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  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tips) Gose
  • Taste: crisp bite subtle sour-tangy bready barley malt grainy sweet wheat
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.30 CAD (5% off) – 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours clear light copper orange with a smallish 1cm head, 1mm fine retention, loose clusters of singular active streams.

Nose: sweet-farty medium-heavy barley malt,  (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, malty impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), very short trace spruce, subtle background short tangy-sour, bready barley malt

Finish: slight grainy wheat malt, stealth lingering soft bitter hops

Summary: I’m not getting a whole lot of spruce, just a trace amount in the at the start of the mids. A good crisp mouthfeel and with a decent body, just not enough overall depth.

Freigeist Abraxxxas – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse – Freigeist Bierkultur, 6% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an 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.

Inspired by the eastern German tart wheat beer style once known as ‘Lichtenahiner,’ Abraxxxas is sour and complex, with a balance smoky maltiness.”


  • Style: Lichtenhainer
  • Taste: Sweet medium sour-tangy-tart lemony barley-wheat malt balanced smoky rubber
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $9 CAD (10% off) – 0.5L., January 2015
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, a unique style done well

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a lasting 1mm micro head, fast steady singular streams.

Nose: soft smoky burnt rubber (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright sour-light smoky impression

Mid-palate: light tingly-fizzy-burpy, (lvl-4-sweetness), tangy-sour lemony, barley-wheat malt

Finish: tart wheat malt palate roughish, light smoky rubber exhale, residual grainy barley malt

Summary: A very interesting revived beer style with loads of texture and an appetizing flavour profile. I like that the smokiness is clean and doesn’t dominate the entire palate.

Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5.2% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an 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.

Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince features all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the original, but goes one step further by adding tart & flavorful real rhubarb during fermentation.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – rhubarb) Gose
  • Taste: “chilled lemon tea” – tangy tart soft sour lemon rhubarb berry tea-like barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.65 CAD (5% off) – 0.5L., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: quite peculiar

Visual: Pours pale reddish-brown with no head, very thin ringed retention, several slow steady streams.

Nose: iced lemon tea (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, low CO2, immediate tartness

Mid-palate: more tartness, lemon, rhubarb-red berries, medium sour-tangy subtle pukey, (lvl-4-sweetness), biscuity malt backbone

Finish: a touch salty, dry palate rough, somewhat thin

Summary: Interesting in that the more drink it, the more you want to drink it – the tangy sour fruitiness is satisfying while tart finish yearns for another sip. Strange as it may seem, it tastes like a fruity lemon tea, but barley subbed in for the tea.

Freigeist Geisterzug Quince Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Quince Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5.2% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an 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.

Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince features all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the original, but goes one step further by adding tart & flavorful real quince during fermentation.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – quince) Gose
  • Taste: Crisp lemon curd milky wheat malt grainy barley balanced sourness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $10.20 CAD (5% off) – 0.5L., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s a quality beer

Visual: Pours deep golden yellow with a large dissipating frothy head, 2mm layer of fine foamy retention, loose clusters of fast active streams.

Nose: apricot-peachy wheat malt, acidic sourness, background farty barnyard(lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-tart-sour

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy full CO2 mouthfeel, (lvl-4-sweetness), lemon curd, milky wheat malt, grainy barley malt, controlled sourness, a touch of saltiness

Finish: lemony quince/pear exhale, super subtle low bitter hops

Summary: It’s a sour citrusy wheat ale yes, but they did something special; They expertly controlled the sourness and funk and boosted the flavour with quince to give it a clean and balanced fruity-sour-tart-fizzy drinking experience.