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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 210
Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark hazy brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rye malts are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops and earthy hops. .
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of spices from the rye, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer was really drinkable compared to the other beers I've had in this style. (704 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.32/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

11 ounce goblet - $6.50 at Taco Mac (Prado) in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a muddled, opaque brown body with a fourth of an inch of fine, dusty white suds.

Smell: This isn't exactly what I had anticipated. Burning rubber, molten plastic notes. All in all, it's highly displeasing and begs the question: "they really let this monstrosity leave the brewery?"

Taste: Roasted cigarette butts, a heavily phenolic smoke character giving a flavor of burnt rubber doorstops, lacquered bandaids, and a growing hint of six bucks and fifty cents absolutely wasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Appallingly bad. (653 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Well, that's one way to get pronunciation right... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset topaz topped by over a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises rye bread, light black pepper, and a vague sense of some sort of orange character. The taste keeps some of the spiciness and breadiness and adds a decent helping of soap. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy-ish feel. Overall, this beer just didn't sit right with me. There's no real sense of weizen-yeast character, the rye doesn't meld well with anything else, and the flavors just fall flat. (642 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle date, but a late 2012 release. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big spicy rye, caramel, toast, brown bread, smoke, light roast, pepper, clove, light citrus, floral, and roasted earthiness. Nice, pleasant, and unique aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate hops; with solid strength. Taste of spicy rye, toast, brown bread, caramel, smoke, light roast, light clove, pepper, floral, pine, light citrus, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of rye, caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, pepper, floral, pine, light citrus, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good malt complexity and robustness; nice hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Roggenbier! Nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and very smooth to drink. Never had this style before, but this was very enjoyable. (1,379 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a couple of medium patches of thin film, a very thin film covering about 75% of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light notes of rye spiciness with some stronger aromas of herbal hops and an earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of spicy rye with some earthy yeast. There is a lighter amount of herbal hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with some dryness in the finish.

O: Probably one of the more drinkable beers in the style - not that I have had the opportunity to have many of these. I think this beer is easy to drink and one I could enjoy several of during a session. Definitely worth grabbing (and I am not always the biggest fan of Rogue's offerings). (1,121 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Curious to see how my first Roggenbier goes.

A big four finger light tan head is made, with lots of soapy retention and swiss cheese like bubbles. Head stays for quite some time. Body is a very dark reddish brown with some clear character, but very dark to see through. Light clumpy lacing and soapy retention. Pretty solid.

Interesting nose. A mild sense of chocolate, some dry spicy character with a hint of smoke slightly. A little muted though but interesting.

Palate hits with an interesting mix and balance. First sip is a bit of dry husky grain and spiced rye, almost rauchbier like smokey finish. Sweet hints of mellow chocolate and caramel mix in the back. Finish is quite dry and spicy but also with a nice smoke like character. Mouthfeel is a hint of wet but there is a malt depth to this slightly.

Overall i am not sure if other Roggenbiers are like this, but I like the diversity and balance in this beer regardless and the smokey touch is a real treat to me also. I could have this again. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium off-white to light tan head, beige really with quite good retention and some good lace.

S: Spicy bread, malt, but nothing too striking.

T: Dark rye or pumpernickel bread. A turbid character with a hint of vegetal, but really gets carried over by the spice.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, flabby but has a good finish.

O: Roggenbier is a super rare style, so I had to pick a bomber of this up. Finishes a lot better than it starts. Go for it for a unique experience, though it still has that Rogue house character. (572 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP for $6 and change.. poured into my slim tulip.. 1" tan head.. good retention.. only decent lacing... the brew is slightly hazed chestnut brown..

Nose is very odd IMHO.. sorta smokey... sorta yeasty phenolic.. maybe even some yeasty banana esters... very odd... not getting anything in the realm of "rye"..

Flavor is also very damn weird... for something highlighting "rye" the brewers seem to do a lot to mask the distinctive nature of the grain... a phenolic note begins right up front and lingers for easily :30 on the finish.. combine the phenols with the smokey malt element and it honestly reminds me of burning plastic (NOT NECESSARILY A BAD THING, JUST DESCRIBING WHAT I TASTE).. other flavors of note, very earthy... minor hoppiness pulls things back a bit.

Body is a bit light side of medium.. carbonation is the expected Rogue perfect bubbly.

I don't remember the last time I had a beer that was this much of a "Thinker". I personally normally don't care for anything with smoked malt or aged in peaty scotch barrels.. but the minor smoke notes really work with the surrounding earthy elements.. The minor hops are earthy too..

Interesting for sure... Definitely belongs in the "Autumn catalog of beers", honestly much more than any "cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and no real pumpkin used brew, but we're gonna call it a 'pumpkin' beer anyway" brew.

One last observation... and this is probably my feeble palate.. but the odd use of the smoke malt and the Hefe yeast really masked what could have been a chance to highlight Rogue's hard-earned proprietary rye... Just sayin'

3.5's across the board.... I wish I could have given higher numbers, but personal preference definitely came into play with this bottle. (1,765 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Towering cap of khaki head. Medium bubble. Excellent retention and lace. Great color on a light mahogany body.

S - Oh no... something smells wrong. Funky, salty, week old bacon.

T - A touch of the nose comes through in the flavor profile, but it's not bad at all. Soft rye, toasted marshmallow, lightly salty cola finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body.

O - My first Roggenbier. Well balanced with a nice flavor profile. Just wish the nose wasn't so unpleasant. (468 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (1,051 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a small white head.
Nose shows bready, grainy malt and some soft caramel. Not much going on.
Some sweet malt and a grainy character as flavours with little else to make things interesting.
Could use a lighter body.
Pretty boring. (254 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I see bomber. Bomber say rye. I buy bomber. Split bomber with rye. I mean wife. Rye!

The pour is dark brown with a beer-concealing white head. The nose is big peppery rye backed with a shot of root beer & fall nuts. Odd. Appealing? Let’s see.

Roguenbier Rye - over 2,000 reviews & this is my first roggenbier, how is that even possible? You’d think I’d have fallen into a roggenbier puddle by sheer accident at this point. Nope. As noted in the nose, rye is all over this brew: moderate spiciness & a lot of earth. Tinge of smokiness, mint, & subtle herbs that don’t quite gel together. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, to the detriment of the brew. Half a bomber is plenty.

Odd beer. I’m not sure if this is representative of the style, but it doesn’t hang together for me. Just OK. (794 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
Served in a mug

A - It has the appearance of iced tea except for the four inches of beige head on top.

S - I get some light rye notes and some bread.

T - I taste some rye, but it is more subdued that I expected. I get some caramel malt.

M - Medium

O - I expected a ton of rye flavor. I thought is was sort of bland. It's cheap enough, but I do not foresee purchasing any more of it. (401 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber. Poured in a chalice.

My first of this style. Does not pour as a pretty beer. A very distinctive taste, but not the same as a rye ale. It seems like a decent representation of the style. I try to rate to style – not my favorite style. 4

A – Pours a dark opaque brown/slight red tinge (almost black in the glass) with a tan semi-rocky one-finger head, well carbonated, head disapates fairly quickly (-), good lacing. 4

S – Smokey! Malty, spicey overlaying a weizen/wheaty aroma. No discernible banana or clove. A very faint sourness. 3.75

T – Spicey, lasting rye spice & bitter/dryness, malty, almost no hop bitterness or flavor. 4

MF – Medium body, dry finish, sharp but creamy. 4.5 (711 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (718 characters)

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Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.