1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Rogue Farms Roguenbier RyeRogue Farms Roguenbier Rye

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

166 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-17-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sam_bliss:
Photo of sam_bliss
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tap to pitcher to pint glass.

Clear iced-coffee colored ale with no cloudiness fills the glass and an off-white creamy head forms slowly and dissipates rather quickly. Speckled foam lacing stays behind on the glassware. Roguenbier smells like a brown. Only a bit of nutty sweetness accompanies the scent of rye.

There is no redness in the color, but the flavors suggest more complexity than straightforward black bitter malts. This may be a result of large amount of dark rye in the mash. Tastes of blackened rye toast with just enough herbal hops to add flavor without undue bitterness. The American hops distinguish this from what I might expect in a German Roggenbier, but this is much different than the typical American Rye Ale, which tends to be some form of hoppy pale.

The color is darker and not completely suggestive of the taste. There is not a ton going on in this beer, but the mellow tastes are good enough to accompany my pizza tonight. Easy drinking, fairly light-bodied, and smooth, this is a fine beer but makes me crave a Roggenbier that does not stray so far from the style.

NOTE: There is a duplicate of this one, called "Roguenbier Rye" and categorized simply as a Rye Ale. These should be combined. They have stopped calling this one Rogue Farms, now they use the title "Rogue Chatoe" for the series.

sam_bliss, Apr 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
2/5  rDev -42.5%

woodchipper, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

innominat, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Moo5152
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Libationguy, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Schlafly33, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Brenden, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

watermelonman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of lcdawg
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

lcdawg, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. What the hell is with the weak-ass blurry current picture here? I've had much less egregious submissions unduly rejected. Fuuuuck. Anyways, this is miles and miles beyond when you had to somehow include Germany in your quest for this particular style.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish amber hue, with two flabby fingers of somewhat densely foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some admirably pocked concrete wall lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of sharply metallic rye grain, yeasty, somewhat banana-esque weizen essences, some overripe apple mush, a touch of singed caramel, and mild, indeterminate savoury spiciness. The taste is somewhat more than lightly spiced rye grain, some lingering banana/clove zinginess, a hearty dry yeastiness, some middling sour smoky notes, a lingering tart apple fruitiness, and some understated leafy, herbal notes.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth, as the pithy, clammy nature comes full circle for the here and now. It finishes mostly dry, the metallic, earthy, spicy nature pretty much the only game in town.

An ok-ish rye beer, how this is a German Rogenbier, vs. an American Rye Ale, I don't know. More rye than most beers and whiskies alike, so points abounding there, I suppose, but there's not much more worthy here beyond that pithy foreign reference.

biboergosum, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

joeseppy, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark burnt orange color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is thin and spotty with good stick.

Smell - The weizen yeast sticks out like a sore thumb, imparting a slightly sour, somewhat banana-like aroma, while lesser notes of earth, black pepper, smokiness and hints of caramel come into play.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong yeast character up front and throughout. Strong sourness matched by a grassy bitterness. Rye character is moderate, and comes across as more grainy than spicy. Fair smokiness. Finishes with a waning, grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - It's hard for me to gauge how true to the style this beer is, because it's the first and only roggenbier I've ever seen available. Based on what I've read though, it does sound like it stays true to the style. That said, I doubt I'd buy this beer again. It's fair, but this isn't a style I can see myself getting into and, based on the lack breweries producing it, I think a lot of people feel the same way.

TheSixthRing, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

PBRmeasap1980, May 25, 2014
Photo of hreb
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served cold in pint glass. Beer pours a rich chestnut brown with a similarly creamy tan head. Beer transmits very little light but appears not at all turbid. Lagery fresh hop aroma.

Beer fills the mouth with a creamy texture and loaded with rye grain flavor. There's also a substantial NW US hop contribution to bitterness (from the Rogue Hopyard, according to the label). Rye contributes a sour/bitter note to beer which gives the impression of higher IBUs than are actually there -- 25, again, according to the label.

The carbonation here is moderate which works well with the really creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol (not listed) appears to be quite reasonable, I'd guess under 6% by volume. Really the only thing limiting the drinkability of this beer is how much rye you can take.

This beer really showcases the rye's grain profile. By itself that quality will probably make this beer a cult favorite and despised by others. But this beer is also the CDA of rye beers, judging from color and aromatic profile. And a good CDA at that.

hreb, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jkroese
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jkroese, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of SidewinderX
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

SidewinderX, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured one finger of head on a hazy brown colored body.
The aroma was a dull barnyard smell. Not bad, but not really great either.
The taste had a solid rye spice to it with moderate bitterness. Pretty good.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable drink.

Fatehunter, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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

russpowell, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear but very dark cedar, tower or tan head in tulip glass retained endlessly
S - big hints of fruity & spicy yeast esters, rye spiciness is there but less pronounced that I was anticipating, pleasant crisp leafy hoops
T - fairly significant kick of rye grain spiciness is matched by yeasty esters, crisp leafy green hop support, with rye continuing through the finish
M - fairly crisp with a nice spicy tingle throughout, finishes with a touch of clean hop dryness that cleans the spiciness away
O - definitely a tasty brew and a style which I don't recall having tried, although I was surprised on the amount of yeasty esters it did seem to work well to compliment the spicy grain, not a mind blower but another solid offering from Rogue

joemcgrath27, May 15, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -21%

ohiobeer29, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -13.8%

timjim1327, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nage37, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

dexterk1, Mar 09, 2014
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

Treyliff, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -13.8%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
79 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.