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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-17-2012

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 52
Photo of ryan33iowa
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like this beer. Suprised the abv was just 5.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, some spice, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild burst of sourness that it quickly followed by some sweet flavors of caramel, rye spice and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is significant but not strong and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of leroybrown10
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep reddish-brown with ruby edges. Small cream colored head which doesn't stick around. Decent lacing. No noticeable haze but the color is dark enough that I can't see through it all the way.

Some piney hop aromas. Slightly earthiness and some spiciness.

Spicy flavor to start. Pepper, pine and smoke. Crisp malt. Caramel and leather.

Crisp mouth feel, somewhat thin bodied. Noticeable carbonation.

Overall, some interesting flavors but it didn't seem to blend very well. Each was a distinct piece rather than melding together into a whole.

Photo of JLSIV
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz Bomber poured a nice dark brown with a creamy two finger head. Good head retention and excellent lacing.

Smell of malt up front, with a little alcohol, not an overpowering aroma. Some of the others compare it to a brown ale, but it has a little more spice than that. Some pepper.

Taste is very mild, with an earthy overtone. I cannot go as far as some to say I taste the rye, but it is a very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied to me, with a little chewiness, good carbonation, very smooth and satisfying finish.

Overall, I like this, it has more to offer spice wise than the Hazelnut Brown, but is different in its own right. I think the use of quality ingredients is what sets this apart. I would go again on this one.

Photo of Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A- pours a hazy murky brown color with a two-finger foamy and creamy off-white head that retains nicely, long after the pour 4

S- spicy and peppery rye up front with some nutty aromas, sweet caramel malt with some floral hop bitterness on the backend 3.5

T- malty and sweet with some nutty flavors that is very similar to a brown ale. The peppery rye kicks in mid-palate, closing with some floral/herbal hop bitterness 3.5

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy finish 4.5

O- this is my first roggenbier, so I didn't know what exactly to expect. It actually drinks like a hoppy, peppery brown ale. Overall, it's not very complex, but quite drinkable 3.5

Photo of JamesMN
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

Picked up a bomber for about six or seven bucks. Not sure if Rogue dates their products but I can’t find a bottling or enjoy by date anywhere. Poured into a hefe glass. This is a new style for me but that type of glass seemed right.

Appearance: Really nice dark brown hue and translucent, similar to root beer. Poured a good three-finger off-white head, which has since dissipated a bit leaving a fair amount of lacing. (3.75)

Aroma: Bready, somewhat spicy, malt with hints of grassy hops. Also some yeasty undertones akin to Belgian style ales. On the label they mention weizen yeast, which could definitely account for my previous observation. (3.75)

Taste: Starts with a good balance of crisp hop bitterness and sweet caramel malt. The bitterness intensifies throughout while the malt bill shows its range. The flavors range from caramel sweetness to light smoke to toasty goodness. An interesting mix that feels like an amped up Dunkel. The finish is sweet and toasty malt with a moderate hop bite. Aftertaste of ebbing bitterness and a touch of smoke with caramel undertones. Not really getting any of the weizen yeast in the flavor but it isn’t missed. Really good flavor for 5.5% ABV and makes the most of its 25 IBUs. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body, an impressive feat, with smooth carbonation and a generally silky texture. Good drinkability and likely sessionable but possibly cloying due to the sweetness of the malt. (4.25)

Final thoughts: Although this may be my first roggenbier, and not even a German-made one at that, it was highly enjoyable and brought together the flavors of a few different styles. My one caveat would be that the rye, while in the name of the beer, was not entirely present in the flavor. However, it did not stop me from fully enjoying the experience. Nicely done. Would I drink it again? Yes. (4.25)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark red colour. HEad is off-white, slight brown. Nice lace but thin otherwise. Decent.

Smells pleasant. Malty, with toffee, plus a meaty, smoky note. Some spice and a touch of booze. Sweet-tinged meat, yeah it's nice.

Smoky on the palate, dry and peppery as well, almost to the point of dustiness towards the back. Some slight pie spice sweetness midway and caramelised edges. Pleasant, warming and yet subtle smoky, spicy palate.

Bit of texture, but mostly velvety and almost creamy. Cracking body.

Very sophisticated drop. Smoky, curious, but ultimately finely balanced and nuanced.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass. I tried a moderately aggressive pour and miscalculated, producing a billowing, overflowing light brown froth. The beer itself is rather a dark ruby brown, and quite effervescent. The head proves moderately sticky.

I get a good whiff of smoky malts and herbal hops as I urgently suck up the overfill. A distinct smokiness is also apparent on the palate, along with a good bit of spice and a dark cherry sourness. The flavors all smooth out, leaving some lingering herbal hops and a touch of licorice. The smoke re-asserts itself now and then, but does not overpower. Surprisingly smooth finish with pleasant burpiness.

This is a well-balanced brew (despite my misapprehensions about Rogue's smoked malts) and perhaps a good an introduction to this style, which I had not tried before.

Note: I gave this another try in April 2015 and decided to increase the scores a bit. The uniqueness, complexity in both aroma and flavor, and silky smoothness of this beer deserves an excellent plus rating.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date

pours a cloudy hazy medium brown color with off-white colored head. thin layer of head hangs on until the bottom of the glass. some lacing. aroma is earthy, herbal, but subtle. taste is well balanced, starts a bit sweet, finishes drier, long finish. rye is definitely highlighted. medium body and carbonation.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown pour. Almost a brown ale look.
S- Malt, roasted grains
T- Mellow and smooth. All the flavor seems to be on the front end for my. Falls off on the back. Tastes of roasted grains
M- Smooth and on the mid to fuller side.
O- This is very good and smooth, but I wish there were a little more flavor.

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a fresh growler this beer is a mostly clear reddish-orange-brown, translucent due not to haze but color. The tan head reaches one finger and is sparsely bubbled at first but settles to display a good density. Webby spotting is sticky on the glass.
Not being completely new to the style but not particularly familiar either, this one takes some work to sort out. It has a bit of earthy smoke in the grainy malts that isn't woody, per se, even more interesting since a distinct woody notes comes out separately. Malts are thickly bready, and there are some dark fruits, though it's also peppery. It gets pretty herbal underneath.
The flavor doesn't deviate much, though it changes the order of things a bit. Both pepper and dark, grainy breads come out up front, dark fruits as well as a hint of banana not far behind. A touch of steely mineral runs underneath. I get some leaf attesting to a hops and a bit of tartness in the finish. The light smokiness remains a constant below it all.
It's a bit too heavily carbonated in a medium body. It gets crisp but can't fully achieve a firm bite before the carbonation gives way to a smoother undertone. It thins out some in the end after it gets a little tinny.

Photo of Kendo
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is hazy brown with a small greyish head on top. Some lace on the glass.

S: Mild brown bread, earthy hops and rye spice.

T: Brown bread, a touch of smoke and modest rye spiciness. A bit mediciney and phenolic with some cardboard as well. Finishes with some tannic bitterness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, modest carbonation. Feels a bit watery.

O: I don't know much about this style, but this version doesn't impress.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a copper brown color with a tiny brown head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a rye bread smell mixed with some sweeter aromas of caramel and a bit of toffee. Along with these aromas were some spice aromas and a bit of a bready smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rye bread flavor mixed with a little bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. The sweetness fades as the taste advances with the rye flavors getting even more potent. As the rye grows stronger some hoppy flavors of a grassy and pine nature greet the tongue. The flavors start out weaker and grow stronger toward the end, where they are joined by a light bit of earth and a resurgence of the caramel and toffee, leaving a lightly sweetened and hopped rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the rye flavors of the brew and when mixed with the lighter hop and sweeter flavors make for an easy drinking feel.

Overall – A tasty and easy drinking rye that is a little more on the mild hop side. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had one other Chatoe Rogue beer, and liked it, and I respect that Rogue grows their own ingredients for these beers, so I gave it a shot. I didn't even know what a Roggenbier was.

Lucky me, because this is a tasty brew. It is surprisingly light-drinking for such a flavorful beer, hoppy without overwhelming bitterness, with a moderate rye spiciness, and a sweet aroma that has a hint of bubblegum. But in a good way.

In the old days, we could rate a beer for "drinkability". This would be one of my top 5 beers from 2013 in "drinkability". If I could get this in 6-packs, it would be in my regular rotation.

Photo of jrsone
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a begin snifter.
Color like a porter, lacing on the glass but not much head retention.
The smell is fantastic: bubblegum and fruit from the yeast, smooth smokiness and slight roastiness. Really reminds me of a weizenbock in a lot of ways with smokiness replacing the dark caramel plum flavors. I like that. Also getting the earthy spice of rye in there.
Get more rye in the taste. The other aromas aren't as intense in the flavor. But as this is a roggenbier, I'm glad the rye comes through a little more. Oiliness. Would have liked a little more creaminess in the mouth feel but not much to complain about.
Put this up against your favorite weizenbock and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 24/11/13

A cola with a deep maroon glow when held to the light, two fingers of tight mocha foam slowly falls to a pinkies width and sit there leaving 7 distinct rings and there's still a little foam at the bottom of my glass, looks awesome

S quite earthy, mellow smoke, coco, herbal notes, rye bread, I want to say turnip, a little citric hops shining through , and I pick up some banana bread, something different and I rather like the nose

T some fruit I can't place, dark rye bread but not much of the spicy kick I normally get from rye but there's some in there, still has some mellow smoke and coco, the earthy notes are still there but I have to give the nose the edge

M silky at first and a little foamy after a second, mild bitterness and a strange spicy earthy finish

O something different, a weird mix of rye, hops, yeast and smoke, not a bad beer for this chilly evening

I think this is my first Roggenbier and I rather liked it, just Sahti and Happoshu to go and I've tried every style listed on BA

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a very deep, but also relatively clear brown colour, with a truly excellent head of beige. The head stays solid right to the bottom, and is formed of a pleasant creaminess. Body is quite light, and the carbonation is furtive. It looks decent enough, especially the clarity, the head and the colour.

Nose is pleasant: solid toasty malts with a firm richness behind them, spiked with the unusually spicy and lightly tart character of rye. There's also some sweet, slightly fruity hop notes that come through, giving a slight overtone of tropical fruits to the aroma. Yes. Certainly pleasant.

Taste is smooth and full-bodied throughout, but a little light on flavour. This helps it retain a certain pleasant drinkability, and the hop character is also similarly muted, meaning the balance stays about right. Some slight spicy characters towards the back, and even a hint of smoke. It's quite good.

Feel is great: very smooth and rich throughout, despite the relatively low ABV.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this beer. It had a lot going for it, and managed to package it into a very neat and coherent brew. Another sign of the solidity of Rogue.

Photo of jwhancher
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aromas of rye, toasted bread crust, and ever so faintest touch of sweet caramel. Hops and weizen yeast rather nonexistent. Appears dark brown with garnet highlights. Decent enough head with foam lacing that sticks around. Tastes wonderful with full rye malt character. Touch of smoke and crystal give it great complexity. Sweet upfront but finishes dry. About medium to medium-full mouthfeel. Overall, a wonderful treat. Great change of pace from your usual IPA or stout.

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into large tulip glass. Leftover from NHC 2013 grand banquet. Drinking with charcoal smoked ribs tonite. Should pair exquisitely.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown hazy root beer hue with about four fingers of tan head. Aroma does evoke weizen yeast spice and dark sweet malts with a whiff of smoke and fruit. The beer starts with some caramel and biscuit malts and a vanilla bourbon-like rounded sweetness that is really quite nice. The smoke is subdued in my view; do not be deterred by this. The weizen yeast flavors are also subtle, at least to my palate. I don't get much banana but there is some plum on the finish. Peppery spice makes an appearance but once more is mellow. The malts add coffee flavors and the rye adds a grainy spicy bite but overall the beer is smooth and balanced. Think brown porter with weizen yeast rather than a dunkelweizen.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt with slightly sour, spicy rye and light grassy hops. Flavor is a very well melded caramel and biscuit malt, rye and slight nuttiness that is somewhat subdued, but so nicely integrated that it is quite satisfying. An unexpectedly nice medium creamy body with excellent mouth feel. A nice, understated roggenbier that seems a bit bland at first, but won me over with a very satisfying balance and flavor. A nice roggenbier that I will buy again.

Photo of Libationguy
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. 2-finger tan head with very fine texture in the carbonation with a medium+ retention.

Rye bread, banana, vanilla icing, milk chocolate and a hint of bubblegum.

Strong rye flavor on the palate, banana oli, cold coffee and a little bit of charcoal.

Medium bodied with a little bit of an acidic mouthfeel. Medium length.

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ox beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white brownish head. It is an amber brown color with some clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, chocolate, smokey, bready, and caramel malts. A little sour mash aroma in there too.

Taste: Everything blended above nicely. The spiciness and Smokey notes went well with the chocolate, caramel, and bready qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, tingly, light bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This is the first rogenbier I have had before, so it makes things tough to compare with others. Still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent crimson/brown with 3 fingers tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint brown bread & woody hops

T: Brown bread, a touch of smokeyness, a bit apricot, tea-like tannins up front. Faint smokeyness, a touch of rye pepperiness, some faint cardboard notes dragging the overall flavor profile down, plus woody hops & dryness. Finishes smokey, with apricot, a bit of plum & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Alright for the style, wouldn't buy it again. Most of the "special" releases from Rogue are underwhelming me. Drinks easy but doesn't really entice you to want more

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some sticky lacing

S: Very complex. Mostly malty with some spicy rye and light smoke. Some fruity yeast in the background, along with a light hoppiness

T: Starts off with the weizen yeast and rye, which impart fruity and spicy notes. Goes into a good amount of smokiness that lingers into the finish. Finishes with the smoke and more rye spiciness

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very soft due to the weizen yeast

O: My first of the style, this is a very solid brew. I really like how the spiciness of the rye, the smoke, and weizen yeast all work together to provide a nicely complex and enjoyable beer. Comparable to Schlenkerla Weizen with a heavy rye presence. I can see how the smokiness might be a bit polarizing if smoked beers aren't your thing. If you're a fan of smoked beers, then I'd recommend this

Photo of watermelonman
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived with a nice red on deep caramel color with a small but solid head, and significant lace.

The spice and pepper are muted but present in the smell. Hopes make a secondary appearance. Malt is a much larger part of the taste, and it balances quite nicely. Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a touch too much pepper for malt and hops to stand up against. Overall, this is the sort of flavor I look for in a rye beer.

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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
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