Roggen Bier | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 09-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler: Clear dull mahogany. Small and firm cap of light tan froth developes from an eager pour out of the growler, but it went away quickly leaving only a thin collar. Very minimal lacing.

Aroma has quite a pep to it with a fresh yeasty spicyness to it. Unique and wild with an off bread tone that does carry some of the rye spice quality to it. Nutty and smokey in its effort after it begins to settle.

Flavors are nice with interestingly set tender sweetness and light bready/doughy malts and lots of easily appealing and popping spices. Oats, poppyseeds, nuts, seasame, pumpernickle, rye, clove, and yeasty esters make welcome spicy noting all across the playing field in this one. Its like one of those "everything" bagels that has nearly everything in them. Love the bready spices in this.

Feel is actually fairly light bodied. Very clean, snappy, crunchy, doughy, smooth, crisp, and quick. It really lets the spices take there place in the finishing areas.

A bready spiced treat. It reminded me a bit of what an OSA might be if it were toned down by about 4 or 5 notches. Drinkable. Yep. Definately worth filling up the glass with more then once.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear scarlet red. Thin cap of beige foam. Lace is adequate. Nice nose. Fresh yeast, powdery cocoa, cracked black pepper and bready malts. Taste follows suit with the spice, cocoa and yeast properties. This tastes almost like a good Dunkel weizen minus the big banana esters and clove properties. Doughy and a little chocolatey. Body is better than medium. Carbonation gives a bit of a prick on the tongue. Nice change of pace.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub...

A smokey appearance, clove brown in color. Flat 1/2 inch head settles in about a minute. Sliding small specks for lace. Deep woodsy aroma, toasted leaves and a hearty graniness. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation medium. The opening play is quite fruity, pear and a touch of lime brightening. Average bitterness, hops minimal. The close is the most interesting, rye flavors come through with a nutty ruggedness and leafiness that keeps on going on into the aftertaste. Residual sweetness and possibly, sugars. A little different, has good drinkability and a solid characteristic sense without a heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Based on the German style, with about 30% rye used in the grain bill.

Tasting from a growler, after 2 pints at the pub.

Full crimson appearance, deeply opaque, with a blooming creamy head, though swift in settling to nothingness.

Nose is grainy and sweet, bright fruitiness at play, some hops, as well.

Taste bursts with sweet fruititude, apples and berries, but always contained by the rye character which is forward and full, rich and ringing with graininess and that never-flagging fruit flavor.

This is a unique treat that I'd like to see more many others are there? Damnably tasty, despite it's rarity. A very special beer, not for every day consumption, not ideal for a session, but one I'd like to return to once in a while, when I can.

Cheers to Hoops & Co. once again!

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Roggen Bier from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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