Funkelryesen | Renaissance Brewing

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Brewed by:
Renaissance Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dgilks on 08-28-2010

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Funkelryesen is a really cool beer. It pours a really, pale straw colour with a fluffy white head. I get a nice spicy aroma from the rye and the multiple spiced used in the brewing. I'm told the brewery uses caraway, star anise and cinnamon. The flavour follows through with a really crisp, light malt flavour backed up by awesome spiciness and the esters of the yeast used. The medium-light body and moderately-high carbonation work well.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Local Taphouse Darlinghurst.

Pours a pale golden colour, mostly clear but a very light haze. Steady stream of carbonation up the middle. Head is off-white, sunk to a thin film with modest lacing left behind. Makes for an okay-looking rye beer. But just okay.

Smell is very spicey and woody. Lots of clove, mixed with nutmeg and oaky notes. Lots of vegetative character as well, with star anise and a touch of chocolate if you look for it! Pretty nice; rye grain seems a bit subdued under the spice though.

Taste is more rye-like. Fair flaxy note on the front with tart grain, gets very spicey on the mid with clove, nutmeg and a touch of paprika. Quite dry on the back with more woody characters, pine, star anise and oak with more nutmeg blended in. Yeah, finishes very dry and attenuated with a slight champagney sensation. Pretty decent, doesn't have the marvelous complexity of DDC's Route des épices, but nice sweet spice blend complemented by subtle rye tartness.

Good texture, light but silky body. Just a bit overdry at the back.

Yeah, doesn't go overboard with the spice so it's mild and enjoyable enough. Pretty tasty and clean beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at the Sydney Local Taphouse.

Pours a clear, deep golden colour, with a fine-bubbbled head of white creamy foam. No lacing, even as the head dissipates, and only a light body. Looks decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Lots of spicy characters on the nose that form a heady bouquet. Crushed lemon leaves, hints of white pepper, coriander root and a touch of anise. All the characters are spicy and sharp and very fragrant. Nice.

Taste is similar, but with minimal body to back it up. Lots of spice, those aniseed characters are prominent, with a bit of detergent acidity, citrus sharpness, and bite on the back. Feel is a bit overcarbonated, and it leads to a slightly bloating experience. The spice is biting and fresh, but there's almost nothing underneath it. Some sweetness would help immeasurably.

It's an interesting beer, but certainly missing depth. I'm not sure when I'd choose to drink this. The spice cuts the pure refreshment value, and the low body makes it less suitable as a hearty meal-like beer.

Maybe you just drink it for novelty. That's what I did.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst on 30/10/2010.

A: Fairly clear orange-straw colour with a slight cloudiness. Carbonation rises slowly to the head.

N: A fairly pleasant blend of cinnamon and cloves.

T: Immediate hit of dry maltiness but this evens off and even sweetens onto the back palate. Spices not so prominent in taste as on nose.

M: Pretty dry, would be good to see a bit more complexity in this aspect of the beer.

Overall, not too bad, but a little too dry for my liking, could do with sweetening.

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Funkelryesen from Renaissance Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 4 ratings