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Roggenbier - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Roggenbier
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87
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 5.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditional German dark, rye beer with a huge fruity nose from Bavarian ale yeast. Hints of unsweetened chocolate and caramel from the specialty malts mix with a touch of spiciness from the rye.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: DrJay on 08-04-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Oakenator, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.4% abv.

a: This was a murky, cloudy, dark golden brown. It poured with a thick creamy head.

s: Big, bruised bananas with hints of chocolate, toffee, and spicy rye.

t: More cocoa here than the smell suggested, but the banana still dominates. Rye spiciness and hints of clove at the finish.

m: Very thick and chewy overall.

o: This is becoming a favorite style of mine, one I rarely get to try unfortunately. This was well worth ending my long standing boycott of Iron Hill growlers for. In fact I'll probably go back for another fill of my new IH screw top.

DIM, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On handpump at Iron Hill Lancaster. Aged with caraway seeds.

Similar but distinct from the draft version. The softer carbonation and lack of C02 brings out the rye spiciness much stronger than the draft. Pour is similar to draft, opaque and murky copper brown with a bubbly, fleeting clear head. Initially has traditional dunkelweiss flavors; clove, fruit, banana, and yeast. The rye spice and breadiness of the caraway. I liked the base and I like this treatment even more. I've only previously had Troegs Scratch Roggen, but I'm very impressed by both versions of Iron Hill's.

yourefragile, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask during the recent Iron Hill - Lancaster X-Mas in July event. This version has been aged on caraway seeds.

A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of bready rye spice, clove, sweet caramel malt, banana, light earthy hops, and the spicy/sweet caraway. This has a ton going on yet it remains true to style.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of spicy rye and chewy caraway slowly giving way to a mix of wheat, banana, clove, light hop bitterness, and some sweet caramel malt. This one has a lot going for it yet it remains very drinkable. The finish is a mix of chewiness and spice, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Spicy, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Very nice. I am glad I started with this one. I typically don't enjoy too many "chewy" beers but this one was a revelation. I really liked the flavors and it never got to the point of being overpowering. Great stuff.

orangesol, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iron Hill, Media.

A: Murky orange with nice bubbles. Thin, white head with little lacing.

S: Bready and malty with definite banana.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Banana is the most prominent. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Very nice finish.

M: Medium to full body that was thick and chewy. The carbonation was lively. Very nice.

O: This is one of my favorites from Iron Hill. Very drinkable.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Durandal_777, May 18, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas in July indeed. Before Santa arrives, I have time to sip through this roggenbier, served from a handpump. Oh yeah, and the ale has been aged on caraway seeds.

A: From a cask, the roggenbier is hazy and clouded, to the point of opacity. The result is a dunkel-like ale, dark but not deeply brown. The cask renders a thin head, bubbly and thin.

S: The nose is very weizen-like, plenty of sweet clove and phenols. Rye is slow to emerge, spicy and bready. When it finally gets primed up, the caraway and rye are sweet and anisey, a complement to the weizen's softness.

T: Oh my...The caraway aging was a brilliant idea, augmenting the spicy rye presence with chewy goodness. First things first though. The wheat beer starts off with clove and banana, sweet reminders of the potency of the German yeast. As the initial weizen aspects pass, the rye and caraway become all the more apparent. The darker caraway adds depth and breadiness, spices particularly anise as well. The cask serving temperature prolongs the breadiness. The base roggenbier is good but this, the caraway, pushes it to the next level. Get it while its still on.

M: A sweet mouthfeel that yo-yos between weizen and rye. Super added awesomeness points for the caraway.

akorsak, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

A very tasty rye beer. Poured a cloudy burnt sienna with a healthy white head that retained well. Light spices and banana aroma. Toasted malts up front on the taste, very organic and earthy, with a thick banana taste coming through, and rye sourness in the finish with a hint of spice. Smooth, medium body, and very drinkable.

Rifugium, May 12, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -3.8%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

rfgetz, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark orange with minimal head that disappears quickly and some lace.

S: Clove and a bit of sourness, and a slight banana finish.

T: Sour rye flavor with clove and banana bread notes.

M: Petulant bubbles with a clean yet sour finish.

D: Easy drinker for the change of winter to spring. Sourness is balanced and does not build.

Biscuit033, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy caramel colour topped by a short cap of off-white foam. Good head retention. The aroma was mostly bread crust with some spicy rye and mild banana character. Mild bitterness with sweet caramel, rye, and mild banana notes throughout. Bread crust appeared at the end and it finished quickly with a burst of spicy rye. Slick, oily texture with moderate carbonation and medium body. A little creamy. Quite an enjoyable pint. Lots of interesting flavours are present, but they don't tire the palate. If this shows up again, definitely try it.

DrJay, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Phoenixville

Appearance: red/brown in color, 1/2 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: bananas and light rye

Taste: toasted malt start with an earthy middle with the banana and rye creeping in and the rye lingering around for the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, semi-sweet with a spicy rye finish, medium/heavy bodied

Drinkability: A nice alternative to a hefe. I like how the rye is there but not too overpowering. A sipper due to its heaviness but a beer I would like to have again.

tigg924, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of ububru
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ububru, Mar 08, 2012
Roggenbier from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.