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Mill Street Schleimhammer Roggenbier | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 11-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown appearance with amber highlights, tan head about a half finger, minor lacing. The nose is very much rye bread, caraway, wheat. Moderately carbonated, nice full body. Taste is appealing with some effervesence in the mouth, clean taste, kiwi, strawberry, nice malt bill and a dry refreshing finish. This beer is doughy and crispy at the same time, nice job Mill St., very drinkable.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a seidel mug.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a copper with some nice orange highlights. The color is presented well by the opaqueness of the beer (along the lines of a kellerbier). The head was off-white and ample, it hung around for a while and left very faint lacing.

SMELL (3.5/5) The smell is dominated by yeast, very similar to a hefeweizen's banana-and-clove profile. That being said, it is somewhat sharper than a hefeweiss and the rye sourness is hinted at.

FLAVOUR (3.5/5) The yeastiness of the aroma is more faint on the tongue than in the nose. Its only briefly noticeable. Rather, the flavor is really dominated by breadiness and sour-rye notes to finish. This finish has a very nice rye sourness, but doesn't hit the smokey or spicy notes I had expected. Some faint hopping plays well with the sourness.

FEEL (4/5) A nice middling to full body on this one. What's really nice is that the sourness tickles the inside of your cheeks and the hops touch the back of the tongue in a way that plays pretty nicely off the fullness and breadiness. Its also well carbonated, similar to an effervescent hefeweiss. Really, this was the strength of the beer to me and what really stands out.

DRINK (4/5) Rye beers, being somewhat heavier that your average session beer, are the sort of thing you can put down again and again. That being said, I think that this brew deftly avoids heaviness with some of the lighter aspects to it. That makes for a nice drink.

I like this one quite a bit and I'm sad to see it go.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of single bottles of this at the LCBO. Random.

Poured into a Mill Street lager glass. An opaque chestnut brew, slightly orange when held to the light. Almost looks like a dark apple cider or a dunkel. A thin, bubbly head quickly recedes to a few scattered patches.

Nose is very hefe or even dunkel-like. Notes of cloves, malt, fruit (banana), yeast, chocolate and biscuit. A bit of smoke to it as well. Not too shabby.

Taste is also surprisingly similar to a dunkelweizen, but with a spicy, rye bread character to it. Finishes slightly dry. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very crisp, tangy carbonation to it. Sharp.

Would love to have this on tap. Certainly a fine rye character to this brew; could have used a more robust spice character, but still quite tasty. Will pick up again.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This unfiltered rye beer pours brown and hazy after rousing the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It's large and fluffy tan head dies down to a thin and retentive cap, leaving a splotch of lace here and there. Smelling it, I can pick up some nice hefeweizen-like banana and clove aromatics with a base note of rye bread underpinning it. Tangy and spicy flavour of sour rye bread and cloves, with a moderate amount of banana. That sour rye note holds into the aftertaste along with a very mild bitterness. The overall effect makes me imagine a sour banana bread. Medium bodied with lots of fluffy carbonation. It's light and refreshing but has a bit of complexity to its flavour. Nice beer, and kudos to Mill Street for getting this into the LCBO for the summer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh beer, first day on tap at the brewpub. Brownish, with a little white head and lots and lots of lace. The aroma is very much rye, with old ale rich malt. Mouthfeel is about average. Taste is bittersweet, though leans on the sweet malty side. Corriander and rye, it doesn't skimp on ingrediants, however it is not the best example of rye beer ever. Worth having.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with a big, lively, tan head. Bubbles coat the bottom of the glass, well-carbonated.

Spice is the first thing that jumps out in the aroma, clove-like. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. Toasted rye bread starts to come out as it warms.

Cloves right up front. Almost hot spices tingle the tongue a bit. Just loads of spice throughout, all sorts. Breadiness behind the spice, rye obviously, with a slight sourdough flavour.

A really interesting style, quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewpub. 5.3% ABV on mine. Opaque mahogany body with a good blanket of foamy, beige head. The body appeared nice and full on the pour; looks promising. Head retention is decent but it doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of lots of rye, pumpernickel, minerals, earthy noble hops, slightly smoky. Pretty nice.

The flavour is mostly of earthy noble hops and grainy rye along with some dark, almost-ripe peaches and plums and a nice peppery bite. Some light spices off in the background. Definitely some similarities to a Dunkel or Hefeweizen, though there's pretty much no sweetness to this one. Great, lingering hoppy rye aftertaste.

You can see it in the pour, this stuff has a great full body. The feel is ultimately brought down a bit by over-carbonation, though I think it pairs well with the spicy noble hops. Nice, lively feel.

I've never tried a Roggenbier before but will be seeking out more examples of the style if they taste anything like this one. Very sessionable. I'll definitely be drinking this again, this is one of the better Ontario brews I've tried.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from queens quay Lcbo.

Pours a deep mahogany with a medium opaqueness. A tight 3 finger tan head is very active and bubbly, quickly dissipating to a decent covering of foam.

On the nose are hits of root beer and molasses. Supporting these are spicy fruity notes of mince meat pie, quatre epics and some light yeastiness.

Tastes of mulled cider, watery brown sugar and flat coke. Minimal hopping, malt very prevalent especially in the finish.
The beer is full in the mouth, without being viscous, coating the tongue quite well. Medium carbonation keeps things lively.

A nice representation of a very interesting style I'd love to see more of.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with light spicy undertones is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet caramel malt with light notes of spices. Body has a somewhat creamy texture which is really enjoyable with good carbonation. Easily drinkable with a nice taste profile. Probably one of the best beer I tried from this brewer.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one. It is the first Roggenbier I taste too.

The beer color is brown and it is hazy. No head on this one. Bad pour? maybe. Aroma is spicy with malts. Nice and inviting. The taste is fruity and the beer shows lots of carbonation. So why no head? probably bad pour. The taste shows also some spices: I would guess some cloves and nutmeg(?). Not sure on the last one but I think it is nutmeg I'm getting.

This beer is interesting and good. Need to get my hands on this style to understand it more.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couple pints at Volo, arrives a hazed auburn/amber - what I would imagine a rye beer to look like. Not much head though some bubbles come up with a subsequent swirl.

Nose is estery like a hefe, banana and wheat, hints of musty earth, a light sweetness - not much rye character coming through in the nose.

Sort of like a rye dunkel? Nice banana and wheat-ish characteristics, a pleasing rye spiciness, a hint of earthy mustiness, a touch of caramel sweetness, light drying in the finish. Lightish drinkable body, well carbonated but not edgy.

Tasty drinker, unusual to the palate but I can imagine ordering it again. Nothing mind-blowing but it's Mill St. doing what Mill St. does best, making well-made drinkable brews.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky brown colour with a gigantic off white fluffy and fizzy head. There appears to be a lot of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - Hops, wheat, rye, and a peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - The beer is highly carbonated, lots of bubbles can be felt on the tongue. I can taste the rye and wheat up front, also some malts and caramel. The beer finishes on a slightly bitter sweet malty note and leaves a smoky aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average brew from the people at Mill Street. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby brown. Fluffy white head that dies down very quickly. No head is left after a few minutes. No lacing after a few minutes either.

S - Fruits (banana, citrus) and spices.

T - Same as the smell with some added sourness. Rye and The fruits and slight spices are there. Some hops help the bitterness. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced nicely.

M/D - Smoothness is good, not too flat or fizzy. Drinkability suffers a bit, the flavour is good but not something I would drink more than one or two of that frequently. It's nice that this is brewed nearby, I would definitely pick this up again. It'll be nice to have this now and again.

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Photo of ludachris
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the fact that these original brewpub-only beers can now be purchased in singles rather than only in their mixed 6's.

My first Roggenbier, and I'm quite excited. I love getting my hands on these rare styles and happy about the fact that this one is made here in Ontario. Pours a hazy copper hue, letting you know right away that this beer is unflitered. Busy streams of carbonation stream up the side of the glass, fuelling the thick and billowy 3 finger cream coloured head that retains wonderfully, leaving sheets of lace.

I really enjoy the nose on this one; spicy with a good amount of clove, and rye bread with the latter imparting a very yeasty smell. Toasted malts and caramel are also thrown into the mix with hints of fruity esters being able to be pulled out of this complex and unique smelling beer.

The taste is much more straightforward than the nose led me to believe. A really nice kick of spiciness hits the palate right off the bat, pairing with notes of clove midway through and moving towards the back. Yeasty feel and taste throughout, somewhat similar to a hefe in that regard just less pronounced. A bit of sweetness also in the middle with the caramel and toasty malts coming through, but it's the spicy and yeasty characters that win out in the end.

The mouthfeel leans more towards being medium bodied with a nice wheaty feel. Dry in the finish with a good balance. Easy to drink, but the lack of complexity in the taste (at least in comparison to the nose) and nothing really popping out making me say "wow, this is a good beer", the drinkability sufferred a little bit just because I'm not sure of how many more times I would drink/buy this.

Overall, a good brew done in a rare style. Although Mill Street doesn't seem to put out any extreme or incredible offerings, their beers are always well crafted, flavourful, and fantastic alternatives to any BMC's out there, and this beer is of no exception. I'm glad I got my hands on a Roggenbier, and I'd be more than happy to try any other interpretations of this style, but I most likely won't be buying this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of karait95
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown milky color really cloudy but with poor head that as other beers from the brewery dissipates a little quickly not leaving traces behind.

S: Wheat live aroma not really barley malt aroma with something else inside.

T: Full bitter flavor difficult to distinguish the rye but at the end it is there, really bitter.

M: Not an easy beer to drink, bitter lasting ending with not character at the beginning that get more complex.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper-amber with an off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Quite spicy from the rye and the yeast (cloves).

T: Nice spicing, rye bread, banana bread, cloves, light caramel, modest bitterness

M: Moderate body has a crisp, dry finish, with only a slight hint of acidity. Carbonation is a little high.

D: A good drinker.

It seems a little drier and spicier (thought not quite as fruity, so maybe the fermentation got a little warmer) than when it was first on tap.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo.

Pours a very lightly hazed red, some flaming orange highlights, medium sized off white head forms, settles to a medium ring, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, caramel, big rye bread and biscuit, rye spiciness, banana, floral, lightly fruity, lots of bread character in this one.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, caramel/honey, bread and biscuit, big rye character through the middle, a bit of banana and some clove, reminds me somewhat of the dunkelroggenweizen we brewed up.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty good take on a rare style, I quite enjoyed this. Well done Mill St.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper-brown with a wonderfully thick off-white head, lots of lacing and carbonation. Their best looking beer I've seen so far.

Lots of spices come through in the aroma. Cloves, yeast and light fruitiness.

Tastes somewhat like a Hefe, maybe a bit maltier. Light and fruity and lots of wonderful spices thrown in the mix.

Thick, foamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. This is a nice summer beer, glad to see Mill Street bottling more of their beers!

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Photo of notdan
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a Manotick LCBO while house sitting for the weekend. Pleasantly surprised to find it way out here in the suburbs.

Pours a lightly hazy, amber-tinted brown with a medium foamy head. Good retention.

This is my first Roggenbier, and the aroma is not quite what I expected. Hefe-ish at first. I get clove, some light citrus, fair amount of spice, and some light caramel maltiness. I can pick out the rye a bit, but probably would not have been able to unless I was expecting it.

To me the rye is much more evident in the taste. Clove and a touch of fruitiness lead into a nice rich malt profile, all along complimented by a slight spicy peppery flavour. Finish is mostly rye, with little to no hop evidence.

Plenty of carbonation for a good full mouthfeel, which seems appropriate for a spicy beer such as this.

A very flavourful, interesting, and enjoyable beer. At 5.3%, this is easily drinkable. Light enough to manage a few but complex enough to keep your interest.

Good stuff Mill Street. Hopefully this one stays around or at least makes a repeat appearance.

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Photo of IllNate
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy brown. Small amount of head, fading.

S - Fruity aroma, banana maybe, bit of spiciness

T - Fruity again, banana, clove.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, excellent. Why they would outlaw this, I don't know!! Well I do, but a shame.

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Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, Fresh:

Pours a turbid copper ale in the glass, 2 finger off-white cap...fair retention, good lacing qualities.

Aroma is almost a ringer for Schneider Weiss: fruits, spice some biscuity wheat malts, but is joined by earthy damp rye bread tones, some herbs.

UP front this is bready and fruity then mid palate it turns into a very different drink from Schneider Weiss...gets earthy, spicy a tad sour and a building dryness intensifies until the finish is dominated by a dry sourdough discernment.

Actually a pretty good take an a Bavarian Roggenbier but a tad sweeter in the front...just the same the sourdough extra dry finish makes up for it. A very flavorful and drinkable beer just made for sessioning. I'll buy more...I like this far better than their Witbier.

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Photo of MattyV
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Excited to try this as well as 2 other Mill St. offerings that were welcome surprises in the LCBO's offerings for the summer.

Pours a chestnut brown with a 1-finger creamy beige head, which shows decent retention.

Very muted aroma, picking up some fruitiness as well some spice.

Can taste a hint of caramel malts, as well as a peppery spiciness. The rye is evident, as is a tangy almost sour note along with the bread.

A little over-carbonated... I found it slightly distracting and that it may have affected my enjoyment of the beer's complexity. Light-bodied and very refreshing.

While I have little to no experience with beers of this style, I enjoyed this one and I believe that its a great refresher during the summer months.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a slightly hazy copper brown with a big foamy light tan head which has some pretty good staying power.

The aromas are similar to a weizen with some clove character and a bit of banana and citrus though there is a distinctive rye aroma which makes it very spicy overall.

The taste is dominated by the spice and the banana of the aroma is lost. There is a spritzy, lemony, citrus note towards the finish that is nice in combination with the tongue tingling spiciness of the phenols and rye.

Mouthfeel is really quite nice, very soft despite the phenolic character. Carbonation level is quite high but works well as it does in a Weizen. Rye thickens the mouthfeel and makes it quite full but the high carbonation lightens it. Nice.

Really enjoyable beer but the drinkability isn't quite there. I think that is just how this style is. This is actually my first commercial example of this style, having brewed two homebrew batches rather blindly. Mine was comparable in taste with similarly low drinkability even though I liked it slightly better.

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Mill Street Schleimhammer Roggenbier from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.