Rasselbock | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 on 03-08-2014

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of bmeehan
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.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
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.

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Photo of stortore
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.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of JeltMaaj
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
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

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of jksiazek
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tons of banana on palate with clove on the finish.

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Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good for what it says. Not my type of beer.

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Photo of steveh
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).

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4/25/16 dunkelroggenweizenbock

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Photo of Gemini6
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

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Photo of kwgduke
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
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.

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Rasselbock from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 88 ratings