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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matjack85
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +8%
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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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4/25/16 dunkelroggenweizenbock

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Rasselbock from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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