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Nordic Rye Ale - Beer Here

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-08-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

Brown coloured bodied, big soapy head, very lacey. Malty and very yeasty.Corriander, pepper, yeasty,toasty bready, salty, licorice, caramel, oily, rye.It's the style,would like more boldness. Danish Farmhouse, but still only so-so drinkable. Thanks Peeno.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Finally, a bottle of Roggenbier for me to try.

Pours a murky brown with a huge 3 inch puffy tan head that settles to a 1 inch cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malts, bread, and some pine-like hop aromas. Taste is of dark malts, bread, smoke-like flavors, and a spicy hop finish. Mild hop/smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice spicy/smoky flavor on the tongue. I am glad I found one of these to sample.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a medium brown color with a good off-white head. Decent retention and falls into a thin cap. The nose brings forward a good amount of spicy rye plus some pine-needle character. Flavor pulls back on the pine and is more earthy with some rye. Also some toasted bread and a bit of faint sweetness. Medium body with a good amount of bitterness and spice. Interesting. This is something I'd have again.

Thorpe429, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

A: The beer is very cloudy brown in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high dense beige head. The beer has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of spicy malts in the nose along with notes of earthy yeast and smoke.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has spicy flavors from the rye along with notes of fruity yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer. It is definitely a lot easier to drink compared to other beers I’ve tried from this style.

metter98, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention with some light lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye notes with some light hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by light spicy rye notes with medium hoppy finish with light residua sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not really memorable.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Be aware. This is not your "typical" Farmhouse Ale, despite the label indicating "Modern Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale." This one is "very modern," indeed. This is a huge beer with none of the character, in my opinion, you would expect in a Farmhouse Ale. That being said, huge rye, dark, flavorful brew.

The appearance of this beer is extraordinary. Appears black with an initial thick khaki head. Holding to the light it's a clear cranberry copper - very dark and really lovely with the thick head (that unfortunately fades rather quickly.

Nose is somewhat average/better than average with medium assertive esters, that "fruity, banana, carnuba wax" smell. Hints of sweet plum and hints of roasted grain and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin but the flavors are so assertive and bold some may not care. In fact, if the mouthfeel was thicker this one might not even be drinkable that's how full and bold are the flavors.

Taste is just plain big! The bottle label says "Modern Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale." Wow. Strangest farmhouse ale I've ever tasted. This is a gigantic bitter rye hop bomb. The bitter character is huge on the front palate, fades in the middle so you get some roasted grain and a hint of sweet, and then bowls you over with a huge pine bitter back palate and finish. Finish tastes like you've chewed rye seeds, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of rye, to say the least.

Initially the pine bitter was so big as to be offensive but I have to admit four tastes in it begins to grow on you. Suffice it to say that if you like gigantic bitter brews, this one is for you. If you like a traditional saison or farmhouse ale, despite the label, ....this ain't it!

GRG1313, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%

First off this is no Belgian-style farmhouse/saison,this a Scandanavian-style farmhouse ryse,the style needs to be updated.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed russet with a large blooming off white head atop.Aromas of chocolate malt and lighter spicy rye,not really in your face but the rye is there.Somewhat sharp and lactic rye flavors overtop of toasted grain,the hops give off a leafy herbal quality.This isnt a hop bomb infused ry ale,the rye is pronounced and is the main component of the beer,its pretty damn good.

oberon, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

500ml bottle. My first Roggenbier, and my last BA style to try! Skol!

This beer pours a hazy, dark burnt amber hue, with two fat fingers of creamy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some pretty consistent layers of frilly lace around the glass in its strung-out wake.

It smells of dense, toasted bready malt, spicy rye, herbal hops, oily nuts, peppy yeast, and a bit of edgy booze. The taste is gritty caramel malt, sweet, zingy rye grain alcohol, pithy nuts, dry chocolate, treacle, and dusty leafy, earthy, and herbal hops - complex, sure, but not overly so.

The carbonation is average, bordering on being a wee bit zippy, the body a stoic medium weight, a little clammy, but generally smooth. It finishes quite off-dry, the rye and caramel notes still leaning heavily in that direction, a tugging hoppiness and somewhat metallic booziness providing a capable counterpoint.

The label proclaims this a 'modern Scandinavian farmhouse ale', so I'll take this to mean that Norwegian farmhands prefer different kinds of beer than their Belgian counterparts. Anyways, this is pretty much what I expected, given my until-now only academic exposure to Roggenbiers - the rye hardly shy about stealing the show, for better or for worse, adding to an unfiltered and duly interesting beer. Glad I got to finally try one.

biboergosum, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. The bottle date and batch number fields are blank. Served in a tulip.

A - A voluminous tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Mostly opaque dark reddish-brown color.

S - Rye! Some mildly spicy and savory rye notes mingle with brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee, lightly toasted grains, and a tough of Belgian yeast. Reminds me of Coffee Crisp a little.

T - The taste is a bit of a step down from the aroma - substantially less sweetness and coffee present. Instead it's mostly rye malt and roasty bitterness, with hints of sugar and caramel. I was surprised to see this was 8%, as I didn't get any obvious alcohol.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, lightly sticky texture, and a chewy, bready medium body. Again, not alcohol warmth is present.

D - I've only had two Roggenbiers, and they weren't at all similar. To be fair, this beer says it's a Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale - perhaps it's been miscategorized a bit. Still, it's a nice and unique brew that I'd have again - a bit pricey though.

MasterSki, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap, served in a tiny snifter. This was a GREAT GREAT surprise for me how good this beer was. A definite repeat for me. A great rye beer which I just noticed is classified as a roggenbier.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a haloed off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is bready with a hint of yeast character, nice sweetness, good malt feel to this one.

Beer is medium in body and has this almost peaty sort of flavor and feel to it. It is mildly dry on the finish but the malt and yeast character really carry this beer to that finish very well. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again, and I would really like to try it in the bottle.

drabmuh, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3%

As I'm part Finnish, I'm always interested to try "Scandinavian" style beers, and at the same time a fan of rye beers and good farmhouse beers, so hopefully this hits right on for me.

Pours a frothy almost 2 finger head that starts smaller but rises continually to almost 2 fingers, then just sits around and doesn't want to fade, but leaves a slight lacing when it finally does. The beer is a darker murky ruby copper brown color with barely hints of light coming through.

Nose explodes with rye, spicy fruity rye dominates, followed behind by some darker rustic malts, hints of caramel and reddish toasty malts, some soft but spicy yeast bursting through but disappearing quickly. Deeper in comes some roasty porter like creamy aromas. Also some spicy and light earthy hops, and mild grassy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, starting this time with dark malts, some reddish toasty malts, plenty of crystal malts bringing a slight caramel, in there is some rye as well, not as dominant as the nose had but plenty of spicy rye, and hints of roasted creamy porter flavors. Some hops make themselves known as well, with some herbal hops, a bit vegetal and earthy, hints of spicy hops too with some decent bitterness. A very light spicy character with hints of rustic farmhouse like flavors. Finishes a bit bitter with some lingering hops, fairly dry as well, the spicy character comes out a bit more on the finish, both some of the farmhouse saison spicy yeast as well as the rye.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, good carbonation.

Overall not really what I expected, more like a dark brown ale with some rye fermented with a hint of saison yeast. The spices come out a bit more on the finish, but are barely there. Not sure if this is really what they typically drink as a farmhouse saison style in Scandinavia, but it's interesting. The herbal hops are a bit of a take away for me, but also probably usual for the area.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours an opaque brown with a long-lasting off-white head, some lace.

S: Rye spice, dark bread, and earthy spicy hops.

T: Dark bready notes, very malty but well balanced with the considerable grassy earthy hop character which lasts. Complex spice taste in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, easy drinking for its size. Would make a great winter beer.

O: The best I've had from Beer Here. A complex tasty effort that stays with you. I still don't think I've had a traditional German Roggenbier, and this probably doesn't satisfy the style, but it's darn good.

Halcyondays, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a lovely red-brown colour, quite clear, but deep in hue, with a fine but subsiding head of mocha beige. Body is quite light, and extremely fluid, which is something of a shame. Looks pretty good overall. The colour is particularly nice.

Nose is spicy with rye, but also with a touch of booziness. Hints of estery fruit come through as well, mostly dark dried plums and dates which work with the booze character, and some slight banana notes. As it warms, a more pronounced pepper note arises as well. It's interesting.

Taste is dark and indeed spicy, but with a definite bite of booze. Slight phenol on the back, but it's smoothed slightly by the estery characters. Some fresh fruitiness comes through at places towards the back, giving slight red apple and plum flavours. Feel is very light, but it does add a certain rustic saison-like charm.

Overall, a good beer. I like some rye in my beer, and I particularly like a lot of rye in my beer. This one gains spice, light acidity and bite from the addition, perhaps at the expense of body.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium brown in color with a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very good retention qualities for the head. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of pleasant rye spice notes with some earthiness. Not the strongest aroma for a beer but what is there is very pleasant.

T: Great flavors in this beer, follows the notes from the smell with the primary component being the rye spiciness. There is some bready malts and quite a bit of yeast flavor as well. I like the complexity in the flavors of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: A very tough style to find here in the US and I'm glad that I was able to find an try it (and it seems like this is a pretty good example of the style). There is no presence of alcohol which makes this one very easy to drink. Would gladly have another.

dbrauneis, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

A fine rye beer, and it does indeed deserve to be called a Roggenbier given its high rye content and unfiltered nature. I know it's not German, but until we've got more Scandinavian styles listed, it will do. This Scandinavian farmhouse rye pours a murky brown with a foamy head that settles to a thin cap. In the nose, you get notes of bubblegum, spice, fresh rye bread, some fruitiness and a touch of sweetness with just the barest hint of cocoa. A thick beer, almost mouthcoating, with a nice smoothness, and a touch of grainy sourness. The predominant flavors, though are of smooth and spicy rye. Very little of the cocoa notes you get with rye sometimes. Bready and full in the mouth. A very nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a dark chestnut hue, with 1/4" of tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma is very inviting, with malt, bread, pine, hops. The flavor surpasses my expectations. Rye and hops are balanced extremely well, and the beer has a bold, delicious flavor. The beer is medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Alcohol is masked quite well. A terrific brew, I would certainly have this again.

Huhzubendah, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Popped this open to soak my wounds after a fantastic UK team beat my Jayhawks for the Title. Oh well...

Scandinavian Farmhouse or Roggenbier? Difference? Not sure. But this beer looks black in the glass. Very white, dense, foamy head. Looks like a Guinness almost.

Rich aroma albeit not all that complex. Some roasted malt and raisin. Dark bread. Hints of soft chocolate.

The taste picks up a bit. The raisin is first, but quick. Followed by a tannin coffee thing that is also quick. Some spice and roast carry the middle and the bready, rye finish is soothing.

A nice beer. Glad I chose it for my remedy.

Mebuzzard, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

brandoman63, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

PEIhop, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle shared by Pino for my 22nd birthday. 500ml into a tulip. Can't believe we managed two roggenbier ticks in the same night.

Poured a deep brownish-violet, mocha head with great retention and modest lacing. Nose has some light chocolate and subtle rye notes, a hint of smoke. Taste has chocolate, rye, cocoa powder, minor Saison notes and great yeast flavours. Fairly full body, modest carbonation. A fantastic roggenbier, great taste with a nice rye integration.

liamt07, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of breadiness, milk chocolate, and spicy rye. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops and very slight hints of white grapes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet dark malts up front with slight amounts of roast and milk chocolate. Joining in shortly thereafter are spicy rye, light smoke, and heavy bread flavors. Near the end the flavor profile sweetens with hints of white grapes and raisins, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was very good, a whole lot of things going on and they all played off of each other very well. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, coffee, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, rye, a little chocolate, caramel, a touch of hops and that nutty quality. Definitely a complex beer. Very unusual and very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is the first roggenbier I've had, so I don't have any frame of reference for the style. That being said, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

avalon07, Oct 05, 2011
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Nordic Rye Ale from Beer Here
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