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Nordic Rye AleNordic Rye Ale

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Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GRG1313 on 07-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer Here Nordic rye ale

Appearance: cloudy caramel, medium-large head, and some nice lacing.

Smell: rich malts, toffee, and light hops.

Taste: nice rounded pleasant hops, chocolate, and a rye backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium, smooth, and very pleasant.

This brew is really great. It can be easily drank and has a great mouthfeel. The aroma is very nice as well. It actually feels pure and clean while going down. I associate it with the charcoal cleaned Jack Daniel's mouthfeel.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous, rich pinot noir colour, clear and red throughout. Slight pink tinge to the head which is lovely and thick, nice and tightly packed together. Awesome retention. Just looks magnificent.

Smells lovely as well. Quite dark, with a slight roasty edge, mildly vinous but very rich. Lovely rye spice coming through strongly, giving earthy, peppery notes and a slight acidity on the back. Sultry and inviting, for sure.

Taste is dark, and quite brooding. Spicy rye notes combine with mild roast to give a piquant espresso character midway. Big grain bomb, then the yeast takes hold towards the back, twisting towards a slight earthy funk and a touch of acidity. Mild resinous note as well and a touch of booze towards the back. The two halves are distinct, but blend well and complement each other beautifully. Great balance, and great contrast as well. This is a wonderful, exciting beer.

Smooth texture. Booze is not noticeable on the mouthfeel at all, or if it is it's just to warm the cockles. Gorgeous.

I enjoyed this brew on a midsummer evening, but the weather was on the cooler side. Even still I can see this being enjoyed year-round. It's got the spice and warmth of a winter beer but the fresher saisony notes as well. Absolute cracker.

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Photo of bspisak
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, dark amber w/ a moderate creamy tan head w/ good retention.

Lightly herbal hop aroma supported by bready toasted malt that is very much like pumpernickel bread.

Quite balanced between hops and malt, both of which compete on and off for attention. The hop character is lightly herbal, while the malt starts slightly sweet with a dark caramel character, then takes on a bit of spice with a wonderful bready toast complexity. Finishes semi-dry with a noticeably touch of spice from the rye and a slight touch of roast that lingers on the palate with a hint of chocolate.

Moderately full bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perhaps a touch above moderate, but without a carbonic bite. Bitterness is firm but not harsh. Very, very, slight roast astringency very late in the finish, but not at all unpleasant.

Overall is wonderfully balanced with a flavor that keeps on giving well into the finish.

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Photo of Vylo
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark reddish brown with tan head

S - very sweet malt, caramel with walnuts, dried figs, blackberry jam

T - sweet slight bitterness, rye malt, toast, brown sugar, dried dark fruit

M - medium to lightly heavy

D - very nice beer but definitely a once in a night drink as it's so thick-tasting. highly recommend.

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Photo of tfidler
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with large amounts of breadiness, milk chocolate, and spicy rye. Also present are mild amounts of herbal hops and very slight hints of white grapes.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet dark malts up front with slight amounts of roast and milk chocolate. Joining in shortly thereafter are spicy rye, light smoke, and heavy bread flavors. Near the end the flavor profile sweetens with hints of white grapes and raisins, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was very good, a whole lot of things going on and they all played off of each other very well. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a red wine glass.
Don't let the term "farmhouse ale" on the label fool you, this is not a saison.
Attractive dark topaz/chocolate brown color, nearly opaque except right at the edge of the glass. Nice coffee colored 1/2" head that recedes to about 1/8", comes back nicely with a swirl. Leaves some spotty lacing.
The smell really shows off the rye well. Subtle roasty notes, a little fudgy chocolate, rye spiciness, toasted grain and pumpernickel bread.
Rye spice leads on the taste with some caramel and light chocolate, followed by a little acidic espresso. Ends with some grassy hops and a little grain and pleasant sourness, kind of like fermenting bread dough, that lingers in the aftertaste. Well balanced, and hides the alcohol content well.
Nicely textured, medium bodied and creamy. Gets creamier as it warms. Coats the tongue lightly. Seems to carry the flavors of the beer just right.
Haven't had a lot of straight roggenbiers, so I judged this against other beers made with rye I've had. Awesome rye character in this beer and a surprising amount of complexity. Probably the best rye beer I've ever had.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. No date. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep dark brown with some ruby red highlights, almost opaque. A vigorous pour gave me a big 3 finger head of dense beige foam. Settles slowly and stays pillowy. Thick lacing. Peering into the glass you can see cascading bubbles.

Aroma of caramel and spicy malt. Notes of creamy vanilla and earthy hops. Malt for days, can't get any of the alcohol.

Flavor is rich with malt. Sweet, bready, toffee are all in the mix. Peppery spice comes on big as well. Dark fruits morph into a red wine-like earthiness. Finish introduces some roasted notes and a sour twinge. Sweet and spicy malt lingers on the tongue long after the sip. A great flavor.

Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation. Really well integrated and supportive. A fantastic, silky feel. Only (slight) knock is it gets a touch thick over time.

My first brew from Beer Here and I'm definitely impressed!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottle date section is blank
Poured into a Unibroue tulip-flute glass

Able to produce a massive, fluffy head of small bubbles and dark tan color, which slowly settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Sides of glass are fairly well covered in residual lacing and streaks, quite nice. Body is an opaque, but glossy, dark brown wood stain color. In general, an amazing-looking beer.

Aroma of toasted malts, caramel malts, (mostly) milk chocolate, coffee with cream, and a bit of that distinct tanginess that seems to come from roasted malt and/or rye. Quite good, very reminiscent of a stout with some rye added.

Taste is similar to smell, as others have mentioned. Roasted and caramel malts begin, with noticeable milk chocolate and coffee-with-cream flavors. Still detectable bitterness. Mid-palate can detect some tangy rye flavor and modest smoke. Closes out with continued roasted malt, but I also pick up some dried fruit, raisins and/or prunes, particularly as the beer warms. No trace of ethanol at all, somewhat surprisingly.

The beer's body is in the medium to medium-light range, with enjoyably mid-level carbonation. The resultant feel is a smooth, somewhat bready feel that seems to be about right for this beer.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy brown hue with about three fingers of eggshell head that retains very nicely. Lacing is extremely sticky and leaves a nice frothy film on the glass.

S: Spicy rye really stands out, along with toffee, burnt bread, and some dark fruit notes.

T: Some dried dark fruit at first gives way to the most distinct rye character I have ever experienced in a beer. Rich toffee notes combine with floral hop aromas, creating a very balanced finish. This beer is liquid pumpernickel!

Notes: Flavorful, full-bodied, and extremely complex. This is one of my favorite rye beers I have tried to date. This beer coats the palate with the best of the rest of them. My favorite part about this beer is that I finally got to use the word "pumpernickel" in a review. But in all seriousness, it's an awesome brew, and although a bit on the pricy side it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in a tiny snifter. This was a GREAT GREAT surprise for me how good this beer was. A definite repeat for me. A great rye beer which I just noticed is classified as a roggenbier.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a haloed off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is bready with a hint of yeast character, nice sweetness, good malt feel to this one.

Beer is medium in body and has this almost peaty sort of flavor and feel to it. It is mildly dry on the finish but the malt and yeast character really carry this beer to that finish very well. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again, and I would really like to try it in the bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a dark chestnut hue, with 1/4" of tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma is very inviting, with malt, bread, pine, hops. The flavor surpasses my expectations. Rye and hops are balanced extremely well, and the beer has a bold, delicious flavor. The beer is medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Alcohol is masked quite well. A terrific brew, I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours an opaque brown with a long-lasting off-white head, some lace.

S: Rye spice, dark bread, and earthy spicy hops.

T: Dark bready notes, very malty but well balanced with the considerable grassy earthy hop character which lasts. Complex spice taste in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, easy drinking for its size. Would make a great winter beer.

O: The best I've had from Beer Here. A complex tasty effort that stays with you. I still don't think I've had a traditional German Roggenbier, and this probably doesn't satisfy the style, but it's darn good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of malt, coffee, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, rye, a little chocolate, caramel, a touch of hops and that nutty quality. Definitely a complex beer. Very unusual and very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is the first roggenbier I've had, so I don't have any frame of reference for the style. That being said, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice surprise !! Pours a murky brown. Fairly clear and light. Lots of tan foamy head. Smells spicy. Tons going on. Tastes sweet and yet... Not too sweet. Lots of rye spice on the finish. Very complex. A nice relatively medium body. Overall a very nice beer

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Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown caramel colored body with a nice foamy thick light kahaki colored head that leaves beautiful plentiful lacing

S- Lots of burnt brown sugars and breads some caramel.

T- A total malt bomb, thick and juicy malts tons of breads a touch of hop bitterness. This is a must for malt lovers really delicious balanced brew.

M- Thick body with moderate carbonation.

O- I expected nothing and was very pleasantly surprised, definitely something to pick up if you see it.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. The bottle date and batch number fields are blank. Served in a tulip.

A - A voluminous tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Mostly opaque dark reddish-brown color.

S - Rye! Some mildly spicy and savory rye notes mingle with brown sugar, milk chocolate, coffee, lightly toasted grains, and a tough of Belgian yeast. Reminds me of Coffee Crisp a little.

T - The taste is a bit of a step down from the aroma - substantially less sweetness and coffee present. Instead it's mostly rye malt and roasty bitterness, with hints of sugar and caramel. I was surprised to see this was 8%, as I didn't get any obvious alcohol.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, lightly sticky texture, and a chewy, bready medium body. Again, not alcohol warmth is present.

D - I've only had two Roggenbiers, and they weren't at all similar. To be fair, this beer says it's a Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale - perhaps it's been miscategorized a bit. Still, it's a nice and unique brew that I'd have again - a bit pricey though.

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Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Appearance: Thick beige one finger creamy head with long retention. Brown leather color. Thick, hazy, unfiltered.

Smell: Roasted malts. Cocoa and toffee. Rye. Spice. Bread.

Taste: Sourdough rye bread, cocoa flavors. Ripe fruits. Pepper, caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Malts contribute a thick and creamy mouth.

Overall: Delicious, well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a bottle of Roggenbier for me to try.

Pours a murky brown with a huge 3 inch puffy tan head that settles to a 1 inch cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malts, bread, and some pine-like hop aromas. Taste is of dark malts, bread, smoke-like flavors, and a spicy hop finish. Mild hop/smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice spicy/smoky flavor on the tongue. I am glad I found one of these to sample.

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Nordic Rye Ale from Beer Here
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 82 ratings