Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales
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4.21/5 rDev +21%
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.
12-28-2013 03:45:54 | More by DaveAnderson
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)
08-17-2014 19:42:24 | More by JamesMN
4.1/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
08-06-2014 02:07:13 | More by laituegonflable
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
22oz bottle, drank from an imperial pint glass
A: Pours dark brown, fairly cloudy. Has an off white head with good lacing.
S: Smell is unique. Can't compare to anything I've ever tried. Smokey, sour, spicy rye malt, with definite notes of NW US hops. Slight banana odor
T: Overpowering rye malt at first, followed with bitterness from independent hops. Not so balanced as it could be, but the raw flavor makes up for it, IMO.
M: Medium body, low carbonation, very dry mouthfeel.
O: Definitely worth a try, as it's so unique. Probably wouldn't drink this again in the near future, but still very good.
01-04-2013 02:46:48 | More by Dubious13
4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
12-29-2012 23:56:07 | More by hreb
4/5 rDev +14.9%
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
07-18-2013 21:37:02 | More by BEERMILER12
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
10-06-2013 23:25:40 | More by jwhancher
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
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