Wolnzacher Roggenbier - Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
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District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Received in a trade with RBald42. Thanks Ryan!
The beer appears hazy and rusty orange hued. Effervescence emanating from the depths of the liquid create an audible fizz. Bonus points for sound quality. The head is a dense white inch, but fades to a thin, wispy layer after only a couple minutes, leaving minimal lacing.
The scent brings a lot of fruit character, similar in some regards to a Flanders ale. A healthy malt presence, subtle citrus, mild funk, a touch of sweetness, and a general earthy quality round out the aromas.
Well, now I've tried a roggenbier. Rye malt is quite present. The beer is fruity and a bit sweet. In contrast, flavors of rye and sourdough breads, as well as an understated funky quality balance out the sweetness. This brew is quite earthy and malty. This is my first experience drinking a roggenbier, and I'm intrigued. I'd definitely like to try some other examples of the style to compare / contrast.
The feel is a bit chewy, with the carbonation much less active on the palate than it appeared in the glass.
Overall, I must say that this beer is quite different than anything I have had. Unique and tasty. I appreciate the new experience this brew offers and it's been fun sampling all 104 beer styles.
04-05-2011 02:34:40 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.
Pours a cloudy golden deep copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, citrus, and spicey. The taste is slightly sweet, tart/sour, yeasty, with some citrus notes, and some spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, quite the brew, pretty original, not bad at all, but did have to get use to the taste.
04-13-2010 23:30:52 | More by Wasatch
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
Many, many thanks to Rbald42 for the bottle. I anticipated a long, long wait to knock this style off (again). Thanks a ton, Ryan.
Roggenbier pours an interesting brown color that's tinted red. It's incredibly hazy, and looks a little orange when held to light. The cap is off-white and is only a finger or so deep. It retreated very quickly and left light lace in its wake.
The nose is predominantly rye. It definitely smells a little sour. Yeast is quite prominent and works nicely with the rye. There's something about that smells earthy or musky. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's interesting. That's about it. There's not a great deal going on, but it smells pretty good. I'll go above average.
The flavor is pretty good. This is apparently my first 'true' Roggenbier. After reviewing the style description, I can say that this one fits the bill. Rye is front and center. I'm a rye fan, so it works well for me. Yeast is very prominent and complements the rye well. Those are the two primary flavors and they're strong throughout. It has some sour, earthy, and musky characteristics. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes spicy and yeasty. Roggenbier is a rather simple beer. It's not complicated. I don't love it, but I do like it.
Roggenbier has a lighter body. Carbonation is light, as well. It's too thin to feel smooth, but it's not bad. Drinkability is above average. Roggenbier has a unique flavor in that it's very heavy on rye and yeast. I like it, but can't see myself sticking with much more than a bottle.
Roggenbier's an interesting style. It's definitely unique and something I'd only get into every once and a while. But, it's pretty good and I can appreciate what it is. This is my first experience with the style, so it's tough to critique it. I suspect it's a fine representation. I'd suggest seeking this one out if you're into trying different styles. Thanks, Ryan. I really appreciate it.
03-07-2010 03:13:23 | More by prototypic
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
Huge thanks to Rbald42 for this beer. Mucho beer karma to you. Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into an Erdinger wheat beer glass. I'm one beer closer to 103 styles.
Interesting. Beer is apparently thick and brown. Forms a thin off white head. I tried to limit the yeast in the beer but some got loost. The Carbonation is aggressive and made up of tiny bubbles that rise through the beer quickly. There isn't much lacing on the glass. Looks like murky brown water. I didn't know what to expect but since hefeweizens are murky yellow water, and rye is darker than most wheat, I guess is what I should expect.
Aroma is strong and sweet. Really strong. Its spicy like rye there is almost a metallic aroma to it. It also kind of smells like a wheatwine. Makes me a little nervous to drink it.
Medium bodied, slightly dry, oddly sweet and sour. It does taste a little like a wheatwine. There is also an odd aftertaste. Carbonation in the mouth is fine, drinkability is OK. There is almost a roastiness at the back of the mouth. Very bready, very yeasty (I tried to limit the yeast in the beer but apparently failed). Its OK. I would definitely try different roggenbiers but this one isn't really doing it for me.
02-14-2010 03:31:41 | More by drabmuh
2.93/5 rDev -25.1%
Oh, mein gott! What is all this crap in my beer! This is my first roggenbier and I had to check some other reviews first to make sure that these floaties are supposed to be present. I thought at first that maybe this beer had gone bad and been infested with some sort of malicious life form! Anyhow, now that I know that it's normal for the style (and that's the only thing keeping me from giving it a 1.0 in the appearance category) it is kinda cool in a science project sort of way. After the huge soapy bubbles dissapear, it sort of looks like thick hot home-made apple cider with tons of spices and junk in it. Still, it just looks...unhealthy.
I smell rotten apples that have fallen from the tree (not at all an unpleaseant smell....just reminds me of late summer / early autumn), a little citrus, and maybe some caramel and nuts.
This one tastes pretty much like it smells. Loads of rotten apple and caramel predominate, while a fizzy acid sourness tickles my tongue. This is a very unique taste. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's weird....not bad, just weird. The mouthfeel is kind of slick, slimy, and nasty...like mucous, and that is the one major characteristic that is killing the experience for me.
I don't want to like this....but I do. It doesn't really look like something you would drink, and all my senses say "do not put this in your mouth!" But once I did take a sip, it's actually sort of good. I think a large part of it is psychological...if it looks like diarrhea it probably tastes like diarrhea. But with this oddball beer, that reasoning would prove to be quite false.
The more I sip, the more I like it. It most definitley has a Halloween / October vibe going on since it tastes and smells like apples, caramel, and spices, ...not to mention the fact that it looks scary as hell. And, you can play "bobbing for yeast chunks" with the kids! This is a bizzare "witches brew" for all hallows eve!
08-22-2006 09:28:39 | More by pmcadamis
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Gushing out of the bottle: a large, quickly-disappering fizzy head explosion of light khaki. The body is ridiculously muddled, hazy, yeast chunk-ridden. Wow. Looks like Tibetan chang. The most sediment I have ever seen in a "beer." I have to give this liquid points for originality! Caramel, wheaty malts float over a funky, sourish vegetable "aroma." Interesting. Maybe a hint of gingerbread spice too. Soft, sweetish cookie dough flavors mix with yeasty fruit. Pleasant sweetness and light spice throughout. Finish is yeast bitter with lingering protein shake. Full bodied, thick proteiny feel. Like a banana bread shake, with chunks of yeast detectable. Crazy. I like it though! I would love it if more brewers tried this style.
08-21-2006 23:57:17 | More by alexgash
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance: Clumpy sediment in a cloudy brown body, head fades at a very fast, fizzy rate. Kind of an ugly looking beer.
Smell: Sour malts are noted on the label (I have never heard of sour malts), and this beer smells sour to match, also very grainy and bready. What an odd smelling beer.
Taste: A very odd beer, grainy and extremely bready, it is smooth going down, but also tart and citric. I like it, even if it is one of the ugliest beers around.
Drinkability: Carbonated but not at the same time, very odd. Maybe my first real roggenbier, I would like to try more, very interesting.
08-06-2006 16:47:49 | More by TastyTaste
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Big ivory colored head over a dark amber, slightly hazy beer.
Smells of caramel, citrus, wet grass, and dark malt.
Big tangy-citrusy flavors. Lemon predominates, even moreso than a wheat beer. Aftertaste of crystal malt but almost no hop bitterness or taste.
Very fizzy, slightly watery. Good thirst quencher. Quite drinkable.
06-28-2006 22:10:43 | More by joedon
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
.5 liter bottle. Pours out cloudy yellow orange with a tan head that was huge...I swirled it ...which unleashed the seamonkeys and their fog machine...really a lot of yeast chunks and sediment....not pretty. After a few minutes....carbonation keeping the sludge in motion, it seemed to break up the chunks and just increased the cloudiness.
The head settled down and even laced a bit....stayed at 1/4".
Not much smell...faint grains..hint of clove, cider and must.
Taste is at first tart, lemony with some sour apple and pear....then sweet malt and clove.
As it warms up, the sourness diminishes...tastes more yeasty and bready.
Mouthfeel was light-medium..very carbonated...semi-dry finish...sour lemon aftertase.
Pretty interesting brew...to me , a little like a weizen bock without the banana....more pome and citrus. Worth a try....but don't try to drink it to the bottom...the sludge is very bitter and powdery.
06-21-2006 12:05:19 | More by Hautacam
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
16.9 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Whoa, right off the bat this is one the most interesting beers I've ever seen. Thick, chug jug pour with a crazy amount of sediment. Huge yeast chunks that literally come alive. You can hear the yeast crackle and pop in the glass. This beer looks like watered down mud.
Apple cider zing with a lemon zest flavor. Interestingly tart, yet very refreshing. Dry rye punch with chunky fruit sweetness. I don't know what is going on with the the mouthfeel. The consistency is on par with a freshly smashed banana. Completely unfiltered and unpasteurized.
Probably one of the most interesting beer styles I've ever sampled. I've never had anything like a Roggenbier before. This beer started to grow on me as I finished, but definetly takes time to warm up to.
04-23-2006 18:17:25 | More by Hibernator
2.85/5 rDev -27.1%
This is without question, the most peculiar beer I have ever had in my life. The appearance of this...liquid, is positively appalling. It literally looks like sewage. Heavily cloudy orange with an alarming amount of sediment and debris floating about. The head is a khaki colour and is positively enormous. It does, however, subside quickly, leaving nothing behind; not even lacing. The smell is quite nice, smelling slightly sweet and reminding me of sour apples with a slight musty aroma hiding in the back. The taste is quite sour and one can certainly tell that there is rye present here. The mouthfeel is almost like water. It's quite thin indeed. Drinkability? I don't know if I could tolerate having more than one of these in a sitting. Like Rauchbier, this Roggenbier is a "beer of an acquired taste", to put it as tactfully and politely as possible. Although I, personally, could consume several litres of rauchbier. Many thanks to my friend and fellow BA Ding, for affording me the opportunity to sample this bizarre and truly unique beer.
03-26-2006 05:05:21 | More by SilentSabre
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Purchased from a little liquor store in Carpenteria CA (with the coldest cold room in the universe)
So.. first review in forever.
Poured into a tall wheat beer glass (shoot me, name a glass I have something in the appropriate style, it's a sickness.)
Big muddy beer, orangish brown with a quickly disappating head that falls flat, but surprisingly the beer holds an amazing carbonation inside. Beer Temp? Oiliness of the Rye?
Aroma has some of the fruitiness of your typical hefeweizen, but with a deeper earthier spiciness than the typical clove of a wheat beer. Something a little more like cinnamon and pepper about this.
Leaves a sticky and grainy residue across the whole glass.
Flavor, sweet, sticky, cinnamon and something tropical like a pineapple.
Cloudy doesn't begin to describe the beer. This thing has giant yeast breaks in it that settles down to bottom of the glass, but this definately provides enough yeast to culture to brew another beer.
03-11-2006 06:16:47 | More by drewbage
3.95/5 rDev +1%
OK this is a weird beer to say the least.
Pours a pea soup thick clouded beer that really looks a lot like sewage in the glass. Kind of a yellow brown in color with a tan colored head.
Smell is sweet, fruity and lemony with an apple aroma and the scent of German apple cookies and rye bread minus the caraway seeds.
Taste is sweet and malty with a pleasant sour lemon edge to it at the start. After a while a bit of bitterness shows up but this is very much like Gose. More refreshing than I would have thought from the looks of it.
This is in its own class for mouthfeel. Damn close to drinking pancake batter.
A tart high grain beer with a surprisingly refreshing quality. But be warned this stuff is THICK! I can't really see drinking this stuff on a regular basis because of the expense and rarity.
01-27-2006 03:38:21 | More by Zorro
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
This brew pours a murky reddish color with tons of large bubbles of carbonation being clearly visible. The head is massive, creamy, white, and makes a snap-crackle-pop noise as if it were breaking up, but it doesn't. Instead, it lasts forever. The aroma screams rye. It is spicy, fruity, and buttery, and very powerful. The taste isn't nearly as powerful as the aroma or head, but it is flavorful and relaxing. The high levels of carbonation hide a lot of the flavor during the sip, but the aftertaste is very nice. It is of dark fruit and spicy rye. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and perhaps a bit too carbonated. Overall, this is a very good beer. I would certainly like to see more American breweries take a stab at this style
12-23-2005 01:58:21 | More by KarlHungus
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
16.9oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" light tan head above the warm amber brew. Some floaties in the glass, and huge hunks of floaties in the bottle after decanting the first glass. Never seen such mass of material in the bottom of a bottle. Head continued to grow, rising above the sides of the glass. Actually went and did some chores while it settled down. Very slow to settle, with sticky lacing omnipresent.
Aroma is muted grain with some citric tartness. Taste followed the nose, with the citrus being almost dominant, and then softened by the rye. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not as good as I was hoping for, but not a bad brew.
09-26-2005 20:53:42 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance and Presentation 16.9 oz bottle bought at Lukes. The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with amber edges. There is slow moving carbonation that keeps the creamy, small white head inflated until almost the end. There is also some patchy lacing.
Smell The aroma is slightly fruity, almost like apple cider. Definitely some yeast in the smell as well, but no trace of the Hallertauer aroma hops mentioned on the label.
Taste Interesting stuff. The sourness hits immediately in the front, but just as quickly gives way to a yeasty earthiness that is very pleasant. The sourness is light and refreshing; different than the sourness that the bacteria and yeast create in the beers of Belgium. After drinking for a bit I hardly notice the sourness any more, it fades to being just a refreshing undertone. There is not much hop bitterness or aroma or malt complexity.
Mouthfeel Medium-light mouthfeel, with light carbonation.
Drinkability and Notes This is not only an interesting beer, but also an enjoyable one. Decent drinkability, the flavor got a bit tiring by the end for me, but for most of the drink it was enjoyable. After having had several American rye beers it is nice to try the grandfather of the style.
08-23-2005 04:25:54 | More by OldSock
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
Thanks to the whole crew at Free The Hops for this one. Had a tasting one night, and it was one of the 'leftovers' that needed a home.
Beautiful turbulent tornado of bubbles in the glass as the head rises from the pour, and somehow, the beer magically descends from it. A 2/3 pour in my pint glass yields a three finger just-off-white tight foamy head that disintegrates to two fingers. THis one is so beautiful as it pours... The liquid is hazy orange-red honey colour. VERY inviting.
The semll is very nice, but not the best I've found. The first thing that hits is orange. It's followed by a quick clovy spice, then back to orange again. Second sniff reveals a sweet maltiness and a bit of banana.
There's something missing in the flavour profile, but I can't put my finger on it. The initial sip reminds me of the sesame chicken I had about 6 hours ago. Strange. Second sip has spice up front, then a ver round, sweet almost lemony fruitiness, then a flat woody finish That is not very interesting at all. The fruitiness leading into the woodiness is a contrast that I'm not sure I like, as it's so sudden.
The body is on the thick side, and holds its own pretty well against a carbonation that's low and tight at the begining, but slowly sweels toward the end before nosediving quickly.
Despite some of the shortcomings, this is a drinkable beer. However, I would likely move on to something else after just one.
YAY! This review is finally earning me my little initiate beer mug!
08-19-2005 06:06:14 | More by UncleFlip
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Cloudy brown amber with a huge, glistening white head that slowly fades. I felt like I was super-careful, but I still got a ton of really big sediment chunks in my glass getting buffeted about by the healthy carbonation.
Smell is light, citrusy, with a little peppery bite in the back end. The rye really comes through in the nose, but it's not overpowering in the nose.
Taste has a nice little rye bite to it and some yeasty flavors as well. The flavor could not really be classified as hoppy, so most of the bite comes from the rye. Little bit thin in the mouth, but there is definitely a clove flavor that comes through pretty clearly as well.
Overall: I'm not a roggenbier expert, as this is my first, but I enjoyed it. The flavor is light but still has the rye bite that I enjoy, and I'd pick up another one.
08-10-2005 01:46:06 | More by whartontallboy
4.47/5 rDev +14.3%
My first German rye beer,pours a hazy,murky deep copper with a creamy-like white head.Awesome citrusy,sour aromas with an odd creamsicle like undertone odd but quite nice underneath the citrus.Can a beer get more refreshing?Starts out quite tart but not overly so by any means with a hint of pina colada underneath just awesome melding of refreshing flavors.Damn I like this beer and wish I had more I will savor what I have left.
07-30-2005 21:39:24 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
This was a pretty old bottle that had been in the back of my refrigerator.
This beer poured a cloudy to slightly hazy amber color (the thick sediment in the bottle was not poured) with tall, pillowy, off-white (slightly yellow) foam that persisted a long time, and clung to the glass somewhat as it settled. The smell was tart and malty with hints of toasted caramel and coconut. The taste was lightly tart and sour. It was malty with light caramel and a touch of banana and citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth and tangy and dry overall with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a good rye beer, and survived the long storage in the refrigerator, but perhaps the flavors were a bit muted due to age.
07-02-2005 22:30:07 | More by UncleJimbo
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
Cloudy, muddy brown color, with a LOT of yeasty chunks floating around, though I was careful on the pour. Big head initially, but fades pretty quickly. Some tart, spicy aroma, though not a lot. Flavor is great! Spicy, pepper, with a lot of phenols. Tart and acidic as well. Light fruit flavors are present, somewhat vanilla-like to my taste buds, or perhaps green-apple. Finishes lightly sour. Lots of carbonation, and a big, spritzy mouthfeel.
Absolutely the best rye beer I've had. Highly interesting.
05-13-2005 04:14:17 | More by allengarvin
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a clear deep copper with a huge, dense, creamy ivory head. Lots of lace. Smell is fruity and peppery. Sweet banana and clove. Hints of vanilla.
Taste is grainy and spicy. Pepper and clove evident. Lightly sour malt. Lightly bitter hops in the finish. A sour and bitter aftertaste. Lightly sticky in the mouth. Not one to go down smooth but a good drinker and tasty. My first roggenbier.
03-22-2005 02:28:40 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
Turbid dark honey with a huge number of uprushing streams of bubbles, capped by an expansive head of soft, faded ecru foam that sports an absolutely blemish-free surface. Given the sheer amount of rejuvenating gas hitting the bottom surface, this head is going to last a while even though it isn't the least bit sticky. Lace is doubtful; there's none so far.
The aroma is invigorating and is dominated by lightly toasted sour rye. It smells quite a bit like sourdough rye bread to me, although I've never tasted such a beast (if it even exists). Hard to tell the origins of all the intertwining aromas, but I'll put the spiciness squarely on the yeast. This nose is a perfect example of why beer is often thought of as liquid bread.
Wonderful flavor of pungently sour, spicy rye. While the beer isn't overly hoppy, there is a commingling bitterness that keeps the sourness in check. There's very little sugar present which results in an exceptionally dry, almost arid, clean as a whistle finish. Roggenbier is enthusiastically carbonated and, as a result, gives a somewhat generous 'tongue tingle' that doesn't annoy in the least.
It's amazing how perfectly integrated all aspects of the flavor profile are. Sour, spicy, and dry play well together and keep one another in check. The balance, the relatively mild flavor and the light body all contribute to a high degree of drinkability. Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle turns the color into caramel pudding and cranks up the flavor (and the sourness especially) a notch or five.
Although my experience with the roggenbier style is still somewhat limited, this beer seems to fit the style description to a 'T'. I'd prefer a bigger beer, one with loads of rye flavor and a medium-full body, but I won't hold that against Wolnzacher's version. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is mine.
03-11-2005 14:16:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Initial pour reveals a clear orange body with numerous tiny bubbles and yeast "floaties" in suspension. Three finger, offwhite head has an orange dreamsicle component that looks quite tasty. Lots of patch lace on the glass. Swirling the bottle before the final pour produces some large chunks of yeast floating around in the glass. These settle into a layer of dark sediment at the bottom of the glass, toward the finish. I left them there, but thought the appearance had a nice traditional German roggenbier character.
Aroma is nice, with some interesting complexity. Caramel and toffee malt notes, Granny Smith apples, and a hint of spicy rye.
Mouthfeel has a medium body and higher than expected carbonation.
Taste has lots of sweet maltiness. Caramel and buttery toffee, a touch of diacetyl. Very bready feel, with some rye spiciness. Hops seem missing in the flavor, as well as aroma, and that's my only quarrel with this bier. Some apple peel compliments the middle, but the finish is a bit heavy on the sweet malt and yeastiness.
Very drinkable for a malt and yeast driven roggenbier. Very different from the hop driven American rye beers I like, from Founders, Terrapin, and Bear Republic. This one looks a bit "dirty" toward the finish, with the ominous dark sediment in the bottom of the glass, but this is yummy stuff here. Just wish it had a more profound noble hops component.
01-20-2005 00:36:58 | More by merlin48
Wolnzacher Roggenbier from Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.