Terrapin RoggenRauchBier | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin RoggenRauchBierTerrapin RoggenRauchBier

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #2

Added by gford217 on 06-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from Beerbeagle via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked 2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 11/14
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a translucent light caramel color with a 1/4 inch of foamy, off white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is pretty tame. I was expecting big smoke notes - but not so much. Light smoke, some earthy notes, and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a mixture of caramel malt sweetness and smokiness. Ahh - there is the smoke! A smoked, oak chip breadiness hits in the middle. Finish is a continued light but nicely blended smoke flavoring with some grassy, earthy hop notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some what creamy body, but yet a crisp finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This isn't one that I would sit with for a night but definitely an enjoyable 1 pint brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Volume two of Terrapin's "Side Project" specialty series. Rye meets smoke and gets lagered.

Burnt-amber color, bright and clear with a frothy off-white head that sticks to the glass without a problem. Lovely aromas of smoky malt and spicy rye come off very clean. Crispness runs deep and smooth within the lush medium body. Smoke kicks in quick but comes to the palate as a comfy blanket of flavor rather than being pungent, which lets the spiciness of the rye malt throw down. Bready all around with a hint of yeast on the tongue. Mild hopping, which is fine, with a touch of herbal flavor middle to end. Hint of grape skin, freshly cut grass and lingering smoke in the dry finish.

Terrapin brings it to the extreme but still keeps this beer approachable for what it is, meaning smoke in beer is not for everyone, and the other characteristics help round this lager out. This one is a must for all of the beer geeks.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a hazy darker brown color. One finger off white head that dies down rather quickly. Some light streaking lacing left on the glass.

S- This beer has been aged a little while. Didn't know how that would take on the beer. Pretty above average aroma. Light sweet malts mix with some light rye and spices. A light smoked malt blankets this entire aroma. Nothing over the top and very settle.

T- This is a very interesting beer to say the least. The sweet malts come into play first with some light off fruity flavors. This is wrapped in a blanket of light rye tones. The middle to backing of this has a nice smoked flavor going on...almost a bacon like flavor but not quite yet there.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Light rye notes left on the palate with a good smokey aftertaste. Flavors are well blended which I think the age had something to do with this.

D- This was a good beer that I could drink a 22oz of. As far as a beer to drink all night on it would be a no go. For a 22oz serving this beer is just enough before going onto something else.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured brown in color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a sweet malty smell to it with some more subtle smokey and spicy notes. The rye comes through with some nice spice to it. The smoke is very faint but it's there and provides a nice complexity.

The taste is also very malty with a good amount of sweetness and fruit flavors. Like the nose the rye and the smoke are more subtle. The smoke comes through a little bit in the finish which gives it a nice complex flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some very nice malt flavors with some added smoke and rye complexity. I was a little disappointed that it didn't have more smoke flavor to it but maybe it was due to the age on it. Still a very tasty beer though.

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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from the always generous BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). Poured from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This beer poured a hazed reddish cola color with a 3/4" cream colored head. The head dropped to a skim in minutes and eventually disappeared altogether. Only a few spots of lace.

S= This had a bit of age on it at this point, and the aroma was a nice meld of smoked malt, sweet malt, spice, and rye.

T= Big and rich flavors here. The smoked malt gave this a nice Virginia ham flavor without overdoing things, and the spicy rye kicked in to complete the ham on rye allusion. Very nicely done. No hops to speak of. The finish was pretty clean but leaning toward richness.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a tongue coating viscosity that made the flavors linger long into the aftertaste. Modest carbonation.

D= Pretty drinkable, but the viscosity and the richness would stop me at one bottle every time. Still, a very enjoyable and tasty treat of a beer.

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Photo of mwa423
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very very cloudy and hazy red with a thin off white head that quickly died to nothing. A bit of head retention and it could have been a 4 or 4.5.


From BA Style Guideline: "very pronounced spiciness and sour-like rye character"

Check, tons of spice and a hint of sour like rye at the end of the smell. Heaviest spice I have ever had outside of a winter warmer.

T - WOW. I might be a sucker for a good beer made with rye malt, but man was this good. First the spices of the rye hit the tongue, then a sour taste like a very light saison hits the tongue and it finishes exceptionally clean.

M/D - Mouthfeel is great, this beer briefly coats the mouth but then almost cleans it's own flavor out of your mouth and has a slight aftertaste. This beer would easy be a 5.0 in drinkability but as I continue drinking the spice is unique and heavy on the tongue enough that I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy brown with almostno head at all. No head retention, within a few seconds I see no head at all and very little sign of carbonation. Smells oddly spicy and malty at the same time, kind of like gingerbread. The flavor is very unique. The smokey and spicy flavors blend together into something strange but tasty. It's so different from about everything I've had. Still good though, I would really like to try other roggenbiers so that I have something to compare it to.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the only Roggenbier I will ever get to review. A big thanks to a generous guy for trading me this beer, this will get me considerably closer to my 103 styles goal. I love rye but I'm not the biggest fan of rauch beers so we'll see how this shakes out.

Beer is dark brown and hazy. Forms a thin off white head of small bubbles and carbonation is moderate to low. The head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks about as I expected. Looks good.

Smells kind of like a schwartz beer, a mild roasty, maybe some of the rye is sneaking through but not really.

Here goes everything, once you taste it you can't un-taste it. Light bodied, the smoke is the most dominant flavor. Tastes like hickory or almost a bacon like character. This is a little of a disappointment. I hope I can get a blank roggenbier in the future, this is just too smokey. All the rye is lost in the smoke and there is a rather strong smoke aftertaste that lingers. After a few minutes there is a nice finish and there is nothing left. This really isn't my style of beer, I had too great of hopes for this. I would have loved to have the rye in there, loved it. Oh well. Drinkability is moderate, the smoke slows it down but doesn't really stand in its way.

If it were possible, I probably would not order this again. Time to homebrew a roggenbier.

EDIT: This beer gets a lot better the more I drink it, I'm bumping up the flavor score.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep looking coppery amber, with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy light tan head. Thin creamy layer of retention, that leaves some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma has a definite smokey meat smell going on with it but is fairly well balanced in the nose by sweet bready malts and some light floral character. The smoked malts actually seem to diminish some as this warms, as more spicy sweetness starts to overtake it.

The taste is sweet toasted grainy malts, with some firm spicy from hops and rye running through it. Smoked malt character is really only noticable towards the back of the profile, where it mixes with malt and citrus to impart a sharp tang. Finishes meaty, spicy, and dry. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied but seems to be a bit too bubbly up front, carbonation wise, before getting more sharp and crisp towards the back of the swallow. A touch more firmness to the body would have been welcomed.

A solid effort for a hybrid smoked/rye beer here, with the balance of the two probably working the most in the taste. This could have used a touch more heft to the body but this still stayed decently drinkable.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours up a ruby-tinted amber color. A head of almost one-fingers worth of light tan colored foam sits on top. It fades to a creamy surface covering, which stays around until the end of the glass. Lacing is foamy and slightly slick.

The smell is almost exactly what you'd expect. A nice level of smokiness, along with a good amount of rye spiciness. I also get some mild hints of roasted malts.

Some light maltiness hits first. It is then almost obliterated by a smooth and mild, yet dominant, smokiness. At about the midway point you get a nice level of rye spiciness, combined with the smoke, which carries on through to the finish.

It's a nice, medium-bodied brew. It has a medium-to-full level of carbonation. This makes it just a little bit too active, I think.

This is a brew with a good level of flavor, that never overwhelms the palate. It is under 6.0%abv and that helps it remain quite drinkable.
Very nice.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a trade with Charliehhelms, thanks Charlie

A - dark reddish brown with crimson highlights, a thin brown head that fades to a ring swiftly, scant visible carbonation

S - this is my first roggenbier, so i checked the Bros. description in the stylguide and i must say, the description is spot on, the biggest note is a grainy rye element, with some weak vinegar like sourness (not a bad thing) and some fresh hops

T - big rye in the flavor, some intense malts add some support, the sour is less noticeable than in the aroma, the hops fade a bit giving way to the rye and malts, some faint spiciness

M&D - smooth and medium bodied, a dry finish from the rye, with some nice layering and intense flavors, a well done beer, of a new style (to me) and a brewery i dont have much experience with, huzzah!

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Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle courtesy of khiasmus. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden orange/amber edges when held to a light source and a thin 1 finger yellowish beige head. Great retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that lasts throughout, leaving sporadic chunks of lacing behind.

Smokey roasted malts dominate the aroma with hints of smoke, charcoal, butane, barbecued bacon and more smoked chocolate malts.

Wow! Sweet rye flavor balances out the smokey barbecue charcoal bacony maltiness. There are some subtle hops but they are overshadowed by the burnt/smokey flavor. With all of the smokiness it is still somewhat balanced by the hops and sweetness up front. Not a complete rauch bomb by any means. This is an excellent beer and a very successful experiment that I wish they would turn into a year round offering. Highly recommended for fans of smoked/rauch beers but you should expect it to be a bit different.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade a long time ago - can't remember who sent me this, but thank you whoever it was. Served in a Surlyfest stein.

A - Two fingers of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a solid cap with a touch of lace. Hazy red-orange color. Nothing special, but still decent looking.

S - Lager twang, rye spice, light fruits like pear and berries, a touch of smokiness. It's alright, and a little unusual in terms of the combination of flavors.

T - The taste at this point is very fruity, with loads of pear and berry, some caramel, and only a touch of rye and smokiness. There's a bit of rye spiciness in the finish, but otherwise it's a little monochromatic. The smoke is pretty much gone.

M - Moderately tingly carbonation, light-medium body, fairly soft texture. Not sure what is standard for roggenbier, but this is pretty solid.

D - I was happy with 6-8oz of this stuff - the lack of smokiness actually makes it a little easier to drink. It doesn't taste good enough to really want more, but it's pretty easy to consume nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bro just showed up... Ironically, the song on the stereo is "Closing Time" by Lyle Lovett.

Got this bottle from Onenote81 .. Thanks Jon... I wish I hadn't sat on this one for as long as I did. Poured into my Delirium goblet., Wow... at arms length.. I know what I'm getting into.

Deep amber.. verging on red brew.. lite khaki head.... surprisingly long lasting head.. great lace.. very very pretty.

Still plenty of smoke... reminds me of a campfire near the edge of an ocean.. smokey and mildly salty..

Smoke is pushed by some toasty malts that are nearly left behind. I have such a hard time with smoked beers.. this is verging on too much for me.. some minor caramel... and if I think too hard, there may be some grassy hops.

Great body and carbonation... medium with smooth bubbles... overall reminds me of Bacon served at Pair in downtown Boise.

I honestly think this one is fairly well done.. but I just am overwhelmed by the smokiness... too much of a good thing for me.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a tan 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. ruby red shines through the beer when held up to light. light smokiness. spicy and sweet notes. fairly light on the rye but big on a light fruityness. nice brown/amber type maltiness and an almost nutty caramel. like peanut brittle. taste has a fair amount more smoke and less sweetness. the rye spice is also more discernable. still has a great salty/nutty quality that mixes well with the sweeter caramel taste. medium bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. not a whole lot of staying power in the flavors which is a good thing. the smoke does not linger. wonderful stuff, smells a bit too sweet but i like the balance of the lighter smoke and the lighter rye

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed rich amber color with about a finger of fluffy rust colored foam. Nose and flavor are of medium smoked and caramelized malts, earthy, sweet but not picking up too much characteristic rye spiciness. Medium in both body and carbonation with a nice lingering mildly smokey bitterness. Pretty decent.

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