Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rye Beer - Roggenbier
Ranked #9
Ranked #25,188
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: There was particular attention to the malt bill using pale munich, wheat and rye. There was no fruit harmed in the making of this beer, however you can't avoid the beautiful banana esters and clove phenals that the Weihenstephan weizen yeast expresses. Rasselbock is a German style Dark, Rye, Wheat beer.

30 IBU
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 89 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

its not something I would seek again. Really cant tell if its old, or just is supposed to be this kind of brownish murk. It’s carbed well though, and tastes pretty OK. Earthy. Not too much hop but its there. It reminds me of St. B ABT12 but less syrupy kinda. Meh

Jul 16, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/19/16; drank 3/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggnog head; strong lace.

Caramel, banana & clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & faint clove flavors up front; smooth caramel notes on the finish.

Simple but very effective; dark yet easy to quaff. A fine brew.

Aug 15, 2019
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you have an idea of what to expect from something like a doppelbock style of beer, this heads down that path. It's deliciously sweet and hoppy, but the sweetness is balanced perfectly. It's a great mix of flavor between something fuller bodied and something more floral.

Feb 16, 2017
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very German and well done. I don't get a lot of clove but that is a good thing for me. I like the rye wheat blend but it seems more rye than wheat. Nice change of pace.

Aug 24, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a stange glass. Bottled 1/19/16.

Pours a dark copper color, somewhat opaque, a big two finger head in a skinny, Stiegl stange, some foamy lacing, lots of streaming bubbles. The smell is rye, cloves, yeast, light banana, caramel, toffee, wheat, bread, some general spiciness, a little smoke. The taste is caramel, rye, banana, malt, spices- especially clove, wheat, some brown sugar. Very little bitterness. Smooth, semi- dry, refreshing, great body, well carbonated.

Great aroma, lots of flavor, this is much better than I expected. Liked it more, the more I drank. Lots of rye, which really appeals to me. Great example of the style. Only bought the one bottle, won't make that mistake the next time it comes around.

Aug 20, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper in color with very little light penetration. There's a quarter inch of light khaki colored creamy foam on top. Light lacing. I smell wheat, light malt, and rye. Honestly it smells like a soft salted pretzel. I taste some dark wheat, along with banana esters and some dark malt. I'm not getting the rye flavor that is atypical. Perhaps this is more of a dark wheat? The mouth is fairly light and quaffable.

Jun 12, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Lots of estery banana notes up front with some spicy rye and clove in there as well. Mostly a banana bomb

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big hit of the banana and some spicy rye and clove follows up quickly. Some light smokiness come out with the rye as well. Wheat also makes itself known towards the finish, although it is hidden slightly by the banana. Finishes with wisps of smoke and lingering banana and rye

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth

O: A solid hybrid brew that really throws out the banana notes. The rye and clove notes work well together and make for a surprisingly tasty brew. Worth a shot

Jun 07, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has some clumps of yeast floating in suspension and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The taste has flavors of yeast—bananas stand out in particular—along with hints of sweet malts, making it somewhat reminiscent of a dunkelweizen. Once the beer warmed up a tad, spicy notes of rye started to kick in.
T: The taste follows the smell, having some initial flavors of bananas and cloves from the yeast and spicy flavors of rye, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite easy to drink compared to some of the other beers that I've had in the style, particularly because the weizen yeast adds some fruitiness that helps to balance off the spiciness of the rye.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 02, 2016
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steveh from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up a while back, when it first hit shelves, and had been saving a bottle to review... and forgot it. Not quite 4 months in the bottle, let's see if I find it as good as the first 5 bottles.

L -- Clear, deep caramel brown with red highlights and a thick, firm, light tan head that settles slowly. Leftover yeast clouds up the appearance in the second-half pour, but is to be expected.

S -- Clove spiciness with banana undertones. Mellow bready malt back.

T -- Spicy and herbal up front with good breadiness and banana in the middle, rounding off with a dry, rye spiciness in the finish. The Breadiness and banana linger through a very smooth aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy with a light-medium body.

O -- A very full-flavored, Dunkelweizen-like beer. Well-made and worth trying -- even 4 months in the bottle (I know a couple spots that still have this one left over).

May 12, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Very hazy.

Clove, cinnamon, banana, rye, pumpernickel, and caramel.

Big clove flavors with lesser touches of cinnamon. Banana throughout. Rye, pumpernickel, and caramel maltiness. Spices linger.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and off-dry.

Banana, clove, and tons of rye malt. It's exactly what it says it is.

Apr 20, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled January 19, 2016. A new one from Goose Island, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Awesome bottle artwork on this one. My first encounter with a Roggenbier, as this is listed under here on BeerAdvocate. "German-Style Dark Rye Wheat Ale with banana & clove aromas and a dry finish".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a thick ruddy caramel brown body, with one finger of thin frothy khaki-tan head that lingers on as a foamy ring.

S - Like the bottle says, big banana and clove phenols. Subtle notes of cream, wheat, brown bread, and some minor alcohol fumes mixed with the banana phenols. A banana and clove bomb, to be sure.

T - Flavor follows the nose: big banana and clove spiciness, notes of grain, wheat, rye, alcohol fumes, spice. Good Belgian yeast profile to be damn sure. Notes of brown bread / bread crust somewhere near the finish. Minor alcohol warming presence, even at a mere 6.80% abv. Some cola-esque flavors emerge as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, good carbonation, medium-bodied, and easy drinking. Lingering yeast derived banana fruitiness. Very creamy stuff, dry on the finish.

Overall, an interesting German inspired brew from Goose Island. Recommended.

Goose Island Rasselbock -----4/5.

Apr 12, 2016
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite enjoyable, if you're into Clove cocktails. Cloudy, deep amber color. Lots of banana in the aroma, with the heavy handed clove and rye spices in the mouth. Goes down smooth, with a fairly crisp/dry finish.

Mar 30, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Milky cloudy mahogany-brown body, tan dense head, some lace. Nose is lots of clove, mild banana and toffee notes. The taste is more clove, mild caramel malt and just the slightest hint of banana. The clove teams up with the rye to hit a spicy peak towards the finish, with some mild bitterness to finish it off. Creamy, full body, soft but plentiful carbonation.
The clove was nearly overpowering, but this was otherwise a great beer. Once again, I'm in awe of German creativity with basic ingredients and, of course, a good strain of yeast.

Mar 21, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark wheat beer with plenty of cloudiness and yeast qualities. It is a muddy brown color with a thin head.m the aroma is full of bubblegum, clove, and banana. The taste has a nice wheat twang and some slightly toasted malt notes. Fruit is present throughout. Medium in body.

Mar 10, 2016
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This new offering from Goose Island is part of their Fulton & Wood Street Series. I found this single 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL and made it a part of my mix and match 6-pack of beers for $9.99. Freshness date of Jan.19, 2016 is stamped on the back label.

The beer poured a cloudy caramel brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted about a minute and left just a bit of lacing.

Green banana and dark bread aroma.

Green banana and sour apple flavor with some rye and clove spiciness. Caramelly sweet underneath with some mild hop bitterness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation.

It's a very unique beer that can't be compared to anything else.

Mar 08, 2016
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tjwarren from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, murky , smaller head than I expected.
Smell is faintly sour but a good deal of banana and other fruity esters.
Taste - if you like banana you will love it. Not much rye, more like a weizen, wheaty.
Smooth feel
Overall - easy drinking and enjoyable. Will look for it again.

Mar 03, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/19/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky dark brown with a small tan head that leaves some retention and okay lacing. There's also some sediment/floaties. The aromas are very nice. They're loaded with banana. Lots of clove and spices as well. Some bubblegum in the mix. Malts are there with strong yeast notes. The flavors are very nice as well and follow the nose perfectly. This is a banana bomb, straight up. The clove and spices do their thing as well. It's slightly earthy with a solid bitterness. The rye notes are noticeable, especially in the finish. It finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Bold flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's slightly creamy as well. It's pretty smooth.

This is a very nice brew. If you like beers with strong banana notes, then you will love this one. It's reminiscent of a weizenbock. Well done. Recommended.

Feb 22, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Munich, Rye, Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rice Hulls. Hopped with Hallertau.
6.8% ABV, 28 IBUs.
Fermented with Weihenstephan weizen yeast.

Pours out to a slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) deep walnut, forming a creamy poofy light yellow head with excellent retention and a thick sheet of lacing. Nose of brown bananas and cloves, beautiful clean rich yeast profile...none of that burnt rubber/hot asphalt character that I've been getting mroe frequently in recent hefe's. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a medium rich body. The mouthfeel is fantastic, leaving the mouth with a smooth soft pillow afterwards. The taste is great. A very interesting mild roast flavor from the midnight wheat and the rye adds an interesting earthy sweet note. Bitterness is well balanced with a herbal spicy finish and an interesting "sweet sensation" akin to licorice...not really sugary sweet but sweet feeling, if you know what I mean. Caramel in the middle, then more roasted bananas in the finish.

A very interesting and enjoyable beer. I really like the mouthfeel and the smooth big body for this style. I could stand to drink a few more of these.

Feb 18, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/19/2016. Pours hazy ruby red/brownish color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, lightly spicy rye, banana, clove, orange peel, apple, light dark fruit/nuttiness, herbal, and and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, lightly spicy rye, banana, clove, orange peel, apple, light dark fruit/nuttiness, herbal, and and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, lightly spicy rye, banana, clove, orange peel, apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast and rye spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice roggenbier style! All around good complexly, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The rye character was smoother than I expected, but this definitely still had a lot of rye malt in the flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 16, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on 19 Jan 16 - Poured into weizen glass:

Pours hazed caramel-colored to brown with a thick head that settles and lasts. Rings of lacing stick down the glass.

The smell if of banana/clove with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of sugar-coated banana with caramel/toffee. Some clove and a hint of drying minty rye in the pleasant finish.

It has a creamy body.

A very nice brew. Banana/clove with just a touch of rye to give it a minty dry finish.

Feb 07, 2016
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chicago 2/5/16 ($6 16 oz draft pour into nonic glass at Goose Island Tap Room). Cloudy dark brown pour, thin tan head. Malt and banana scent. Rye, banana taste, sweet offset by malt. Mild carbonation, thin texture, easy drinking. OK Beer.

Feb 07, 2016
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Starting off a fresh session at Firkin with a dunkel-roggen-weizenbock. Damn skippy. It pours a pure garnet topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, mild maple syrup, light clove, and wet wheat. The taste generally brings in more of the same, along with some rye spice and a decent amount of sourdough. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty durn tasty abominationally-classified beer. Straight up.

Nov 14, 2014
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bskrtz from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap in glass beer snifter

A) Cloudy, swampy mixture with lots of effervescent fizz. Soft off white head settles slowly into lacy white cap. Looks outstanding.
S) Sweet banana, orange-citrus, mild clove, baked bread, mild esters.
T) Absolutely delicious. It's all there -- Sweet caramel, cooked dark fruit, banana & orange zest, coriander. Very complex, classic dunkelweizen with mild hops.
M) Ample effervescent carbonation that lasts and lasts. Smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste
O) Outstanding example of the dunkelweizen category. I'd really like to fill my fridge with this stuff. Only draw back is it's very tough to find and only available on tap.

Apr 20, 2014
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Phelps from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brewery call this a dunkelroggenweizenbock. Roggenbier would be its closest comparative style, I suppose, though this one was fermented with hefeweizen yeast.

Deep, cloudy mahogany hue. The head is expansive, growing to a robust two fingers of sand-colored froth. Good retention.

Banana and clove are both apparent in the aroma, the former in greater abundance than the latter. Beneath we have caramel, almond, bread crust, apple. Reminds me of a German bakery.

The flavor is more subdued in terms of fruitiness, and the sharp aspect of the rye is more apparent here. A flash of orange peel (interesting) before subtle, funky red grape and bread crust.

Creamy medium body; soft, massaging bubbles. A lingering rye tanginess and some bitterness after each sip.

A pretty delightful beverage. One of my favorites to come out of Goose Island in a while.

Mar 28, 2014
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