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Live Oak Roggenbier - Live Oak Brewing Company

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 06-10-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Served in a Jackie O's tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a copper hue. Medium off-white head with a bit of retention and some spotty lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of rye, and not nearly as much yeast character as I would prefer. Malt and yeast heavy. The flavor falls along the same lines. A bit of German yeast, but other than that, lots of rye and accompanying light spice. Bready malt in the background. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though not quite as good as the other Live Oak beers that I've had.

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to my boy jamie for the little growler so I could get a taste

rich hazelnut brown color coming forward immediatly from the glass. Rich looking, and very clear. Lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface to reinforce a rich looking head of about an inch in height that settled down to a nice thin veil with a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was rich, Lots of caramel mixed in as well. providing a slightly sweet balance to it. The only downside would have to be the lightness of the aroma, needed a little more kick. The flavor was very well rounded. Started with a nice punch of caramel, with a decent roasted malt, and smoked quality coming through in the middle. Light grain and bready nature with a decidedly sweet finish to it that rolled off the tongue with a subtle tone. There was a very nice feel on this one, coating would be a good word as it rolled through the mouth and stuck to every surface available

mikesgroove, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this growler!

Cracked this bad boy during taiyed's graduation party (congrats on the Master's, Alex!). It pours a cloudy amber-/auburn- tawn topped by a couple fingers of cream foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, lemon peel, black pepper, and orange peel. The taste holds notes of wheat, grass, light clove, very light black pepper, flowers, dark greens, and more wheat. I don't get all that much rye character here, oddly enough. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a decent roggen, but lacking in much rye character and nearly boring beyond that. Very easy to drink, though, and in no way objectionable.

TMoney2591, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained from my favorite Texas brewpub that makes German ales...and lagers...and some other stuff. Served in a 0.5 L Gordon Biersch glass for some reason.

Beer is brown and hazy with a big off white head, heavily carbonated, so much so that it was quite difficult to fill a bunch of hand bottles of this growler for others. Hopefully they'll turn out.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with this kind of spiciness that reminds me of a Belgian ale yeast, this is the third Roggenbier I've had and they've all had similar aromas, I assume this is what it is suppose to smell like.

Beer is thin on flavor but the finish is good. Wet and spicy, the rye comes through as almost an aftertaste, it is creamy on the palate, the more I drink the better it gets. The taste is a slight let down unfortunately. It is thin up front with almost nothing, the midpalate opens up to a mild banana some yeast, the finish is the best part.

I like it, it is probably the best roggenbier I've ever had and I drank a liter of it but I don't know if I would have it again. I guess I would if it is on draft someplace. More places need to make roggenbiers.

This is also my 2000th review.

drabmuh, Jun 23, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma has some rye mixed in, but the majority of what I smell is grain.

The flavor is a little better than the aroma. I get a lot of grain and rye notes, as well as some toffee and caramel malt. There are not really any hops present in the beer and the alcohol is not present, which is what I expect for a beer this low in alcohol. While the beer is not too flavorful, it is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

smakawhat, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger beige head forms that gently recedes to a ring. The ring sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: At first a honey sweetness with a kiss of floral hops. Some fruity esters of banana with a light spice. Bread and biscuit malts from the rye finishes everything off nicely.
T: A quick snap of floral and grassy hops at first. A nice honey sweetness. Some fruity esters and spice. Big toasted and bready malts. Lots of biscuit and grains. Just excellent.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Very clean, crisp and bone dry. This is something I can drink all day. Just excellent.

I love this. There is an excellent bready rye character that is pretty much perfect for the style. I had several pints of this, and could have easily had more. Awesome, and highly recommended.

champ103, Jun 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TX-Badger, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JamLand, May 08, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Billy's On Burnet.

Served in the pint glass with a hazy, muddy water color and somewhat of a short-lived head of light tan bubbles. Turbid, and strangely inviting. Aroma is mild, but pleasant, with big notes of rye bread crust, fruity citrus zest, and a touch of German yeast esters.

The flavor of Live Oak's Roggenbier is quite lively, with that signature rye 'spice' coating the entire palate from start to finish. Slightly fruity and floral, with enough bitterness from the hops to balance the rye maltiness. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, but strangely thin enough in body to make for an easy sipper...the <5% ABV doesn't hurt, either. Overall, a tasty take on a style that American brewers are just starting to catch on to. Live Oak rarely disappoints with their German interpretations, and the Roggenbier is no exception.

wagenvolks, Jul 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JohnBender, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jame515, Sep 12, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on draught, poured with absolutely no head/foam. Very very thin layer, like a lace of lacing. A cloudy light molasses color, like amber honey. unfiltered? Not picking up a whole lot on the nose. But the taste! Wow! The rye bursts through. Such a great taste, such a great rye profile. There’s a smoothness to this beer that is met with the rye spiciness, and a clean finish. It could go wrong in so many ways but doesn’t. (if it was chewy I don’t think id enjoy it as much. And its not overly sweet either.) great mouthfeel, the rye dominates & it shines. Another beer I wish was bottled or made its way to San Anto. I’ve never tasted such a rye forward beer before. Usually they seem to be blends, like a ryePA.

elNopalero, Sep 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Hopmodium, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

brandon911, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BeerHunter76, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kvgomps, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ckeegan04, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 12, 2014
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Live Oak Roggenbier from Live Oak Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.