Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye - Rogue Ales
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.76/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a brown, slightly cloudy colour. The nose is amazingly complex with aromas of cloves, spice, grapefruit, ginger, peppered beef jerky, smoked meat. The taste is similarly intense, dry and smoky. There are notes of grapefruit and peppery spice. The creamy mouthful makes it remarkably easy drinking.
03-01-2013 22:49:49 | More by CookstLiquor
3.79/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours clear dark toffee brown from the bottle, but collects into a near opaque brown in the glass. There's a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. There are aromas of rye malt, brown bread, smoked malt, and earthy hops. The dominant flavor is an interesting mix of the spicy rye character and smokiness. There's some brown bread and earthiness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. There's a lingering earthy and smoky aftertaste. The beer does go down smoothly and pleasantly. This is a good beer.
02-28-2013 01:13:47 | More by acevenom
3.55/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-18-2013 01:44:40 | More by TheSixthRing
2.58/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
02-05-2013 01:51:36 | More by TMoney2591
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
02-01-2013 07:00:03 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -8%
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.
01-27-2013 01:02:31 | More by vfgccp
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
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
22oz : tulip
Pours a very dark, mahogany with a thick, creamy off white head and nice lacing.
Tart, sour, rye spice, some faint weizen yeast esters.
Weizen yeast esters and rye spiciness predominantly.
Smooth, medium-full body with low carbonation.
The first taste of the Roggenbier style, but it seemed to fit the descriptions of the style fairly well and was enjoyable to drink. It really makes me wish there was a more readily available example of the style.
01-02-2013 08:10:54 | More by vkv822
3.73/5 rDev +7.2%
Shared a 220z bottle with a friend drank out of a imperial pint glass.
A:Pours a nut brown color and a touch cloudy but still fairly clear spot on for the style,
Nice creamy head with great lacing.
S:Good Spicy/ Sour Rye malt notes some with some American hop aroma on top.
I do get a little green apple on the back end that I am not a fan of which could be caused by the yeast (I hope). for a weizen yeast surprised I don't get any clove or banana notes... cold ferment maybe ???? low to no smoke.
T: Super Spicy Rye malt character followed with a nice hope bitterness Low smokey flavors and a sour tinge that also comes from the rye malt very typical of the style. I do also get a touch of the green apple (Acetaldehyde) on the flavor as well.
M: Medium body that finishes with a dry snap (again from the rye) Good carbonation medium high perfect for the style. No astringency.
O: Its nice to see someone trying to bring back this somewhat lost style to the Americas. I personally Love a good rye beer and a great roggenbier is also nice to get a hold of however the Green Apple flaw is the main point where this beer fell short. If not for that I would be much more excited by it. If you see it pick it up its worth a try at least so you can try history in a bottle.
12-31-2012 00:37:51 | More by merzeone
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
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye from Rogue Ales
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