Terrapin RoggenRauchBier | Terrapin Beer Company

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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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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a mug.

A: The beer poured a deep, rich dark red. It seemed that the red was almost so dark that it almost lost it clarity. But to be clear, the beer was clear. The head was slightly off-white, just a touch of brown in it, that dissolved quickly.

S: The aroma was light; I got a hint of the rye, with none of the smokiness.

T: The taste was very good. It seemed to have a good combination of the rye and smoked malts. I thought that the smokiness was going to completely overpower the beer, but it was really well balanced.

M/D: Overall, a good beer. It was smooth and consistent throughout. It finished clean and if I had bought more than one bottle, I probably would have opened it. Maybe better with a nice steak vs. standalone. I will probably go back and get another bottle if they are still there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see the new Side Project brews get here to Greensboro so quickly,poured into a .5 liter stein a deep rich chesnut brown with a thick creamy beige head that never really completely settled.Mild aromas of smoke and caramel mainly,the rye is barely noticeable but the carame is quite nice almost buttery.Flavors are quite subtle really,the smoke is faint but is there the rye lends only a marginal spicey kick,the beers saving grace for me is the caramelly toasty finish.Its immensly drinkable just really subtle in alot of ways,dont expect a"big" in your face brew but honestly its tasty.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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 merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a clear copper body with a small beige head. Nice sheet lacing drapes the glass.

Aroma is fresh baked brown bread, citrusy hops, and country ham hanging in a smokehouse.

Medium body and carbonation with rye malt creaminess.

Smoke is much more prominent in the taste. Lots of smoked bacon here, increasing in intensity as it warms. Rye is quite subtle, but imparts a pleasant spicy twang. Hops add a soft pine and earthy bitterness. Creamy finish.

Not one I would drink on a regular basis but an enjoyable change of pace.

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Photo of tigg924
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: cloudy, small head, plumish brown

Smell: smoke, bacon, malt, and sweet fruit

Taste: tea, rye, bacon, some sweet fruit. The smoke is not overly pronounced

Mouthfeel: dry, slightly watery, medium light body

Drinkability: I love the creativity, however this beer did not work for me. Individually I love rauches and roggenbiers. I can taste the smoke, but it is not as strong as some other rauches. The rye is not as sweet as some other roggenbiers. The flavors may work individually, but this is as close to a drain pour as I have had in a while.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from Capital City Package in Atlanta.

Pours a good brown color with a small cream-colored head. The head diminishes to a ring of bubbles around the glass and a hazy layer of bubbles in the middle. Lacing is decent. The best thing about the look is the color of the beer. Somehow it looks as if it was smoked.

The smell is alright, there's a grassy smell from the rye part of the beer, with a little bit of the smokiness coming through.

The taste is light like a rye, but the flavor is all smoked. Hardly any aftertaste. The smokiness is subtle, but certainly there. It's not as intense as other smoked beers I've had in the past.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the carbonation is a bit too strong.

It's very drinkable, because it's closer to drinking a beer than to drinking a scotch (taste-wise). No idea what the ABV is but you can't taste it.

Worth a shot if you can find it, but don't go out of your way to get it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(served in a snifter)
Thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- This beer pours a caramel-red crystal clear but slightly dense body with a spongy beige head that is full of big bubbles. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that support the head.

S- The herbal yeasty smell has a faint earthy quality to it followed by a faint sulfury finish that is almost sweet. The aroma is very clean overall.

T- The light nougaty taste of smoke has a band aid flavor to it with a soft rye bread dough flavor that is soft but increases as the beer warms. There is a slight watery taste that starts to come through when the beer warms aswell. There is a smooth light dry spice note that finishes each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- I was expecting a big over the top beer from the name but it was pretty thin. The flavors were interesting but tasted more like off flavors. The rye was almost absent and with the smoke there needs to be something there to balance or challenge it.

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Photo of degerbah
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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Photo of whitekiboko
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a good white head that leaves nice lace. Nose is slight smoke, peat malt, some grain. Taste follows with malts, peat, subtle but very noticeable smoke, some grain, a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the thick side, but pretty good. Drinkability is good, but the thick mouthfeel hampers it slightly. Overall a well crafted beer, but not an amazing beer. A good choice for a refreshing beer that doesnt taste like a log cabin on fire, but still has some smoke in it. A good offering from terrapin, and one i would buy on occasion if it were local. good beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Dr. Jay for this bomber, which I rapidly devoured. I like rye, which gave it an edge. The smoke was significantly there - it was nice but it was a bit too much. Nice head. The smoke did not generate too much an aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

I am a huge fan of both rye and smoked beers, so this is a beer I have been eagerly waiting to try ever since I heard about it in the works.

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is mostly smoke, it is hard to pick up on the rye. Very nice aroma, smoky but not overdone.

T- The taste like the aroma features some smoked malts and caramel.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is very drinkable. The higher ABV limits the drinkability a bit, but I am trying to pace myself on this one because of its high drinkability.

Overall, I definitely give this one a thumbs up. Another fabulous beer from Terrapin that I would love to see offered again despite its status as a single release.

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Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to csmiley for sharing the bomber.

Appearance: It pours a clear dark bronze color. The head's a little off-white and is only about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty short and a very light coat of lace lined the glass. Nice looking color keeps it above average.

Smell: In terms of strength, it's a little light. It definitely could use some work in this area. The primary scent is a smoky smell. Definitely not overpowering, but easily the strongest of the scents. It has a pretty solid malty base. At the secondary level, it smells grainy and earthy. Perhaps some very light floral hops are present.

Taste: The flavor profile is a carbon copy of the nose. It has a pretty nice smoked flavor, but it's not nearly as strong of a flavor as I was expecting. There's some sweet caramel malt that gives it a nice base. There are some residual earthy/grainy and floral hop flavors. All in all, it's a nice flavor, but just seems to be a lacking something to drive it to the next level.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and actually has a very smooth feel. Easily it's this beer's best attribute. Carbonation is a little low and it goes down easy. Drinkability is alright, but I'm nowhere near pining for more. It's just an okay beer honestly. Nothing about it leaves me wanting more.

This is an interesting, but not spectacular beer. It's my first experience with the style and I have no clue where it ranks comparatively to others. As it is, it's just okay. Not all that great. But, certainly worth a try, especially if you're looking for an experience with the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of ewright
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a clear, light brown with virtually no head. Large carbonation bubbles are apparent rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: The smokiness comes through as burnt wood, rather than of smoked meats like some other rauchbiers. Some malt presence lingers behind the smoke.

T: Moderate amount smoke flavor atop a fairly bland dark lager. Some of the roasted malt flavor shows through and there's a moderate hop bitterness to balance. Rye spiciness shows up late and is more obvious as the beer warms a bit.

M: Light bodied with coarse carbonation. It's not offensive, but not pleasing... just there.

D: Easy enough to drink, but I doubt I'd take another one if there were options.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin RoggenRauchbier pours up a bit short, but with ample carbonation that creates a small beigeish-white head that sits tightly upon the tawny dark bronze-brown body. The aroma beckons with a moderate smokiness reminiscent of hickory smoked ham hocks with a light fruitiness e.g. bruised bananas, ripe plums with just a hint of hop spiciness e.g. cinnamon apples, mince meat pie underlying the sweet toasted rye breadiness. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with some sweet caramel & roasted pumpernickel breadiness that carries through until the spicy hops & beechwood smokiness catch up to bring balance. The slightly bitter, smoky finish is abbreviated with a hint of acidity & some astrigency from the rye with a touch of warmth. This medium-full bodied "hybrid" specialty beer is varied, but delivers a plethora of character for the truly adventurous. Suggested pairings include a traditional Pastrami on rye with smoked provolone with fresh stone ground mustard served with salt & pepper seasoned fries or a classic Reuben with Bruder Basil served with a side order of salt & vinegar kettle chips & a fresh barrel pickle. Here's to more Side Projects at Terrapin Beer Co.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Many thanks to tjbartjr for the bomber.

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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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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark amber pour with an off whitish head. Hints of malt, bacon, smoke, rye grains in the aroma. The smell is a bit muted however. Taste is a good mix of the aroma with some caramel as well. Mouthfeel like a malt, not quite creamy. Very nice, very drinkable. The rye keeps the smoke at bay enough to make this a very enjoyable brew. German lager clean finish. Drinkability is very good, though it seems a bit filling. This is worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foil wrapped 650 mL bottle from gford217.

A: The roggenbier is dark brown, a cola sans the extreme carbonation that a pepsi has. The head was rather small on pour and is a wispy patch atop the beer after a few minutes.

S: Smokey aromas wafted out of the bottle even before I poured it. The smokiness is mild curehouse, thick and meaty. The aroma isn't as intense as some of Bamberg's best but it hits the spot.

T: Smoke and rye are a pleasant combination. The smokiness adds just what you'd expect: chewy, bacon and cured meats. The smokiness is strong up front but does betray some thinness in the malts. The rye angle is is dark and sweet, bready with a touch of anise. That sweetness stays in the finish, leaving a nice taste.

M: The carbonation isn't very strong but the smoke and rye combination is good.

D: The alcohol doesn't seem very strong, never really rearing its head. The sweetness of the finish is enough to make me want some more.

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Photo of theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper with a 2-finger beige head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is strong of rye, caramel malts, and a kind of red wine alcohol scent. Overall, it's smokey. The taste is begins and ends with sour rye along with some caramel, lemon, and smokey flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp.

This is a very drinkable beer. If you like rye or sourdough bread, you'll love it.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into wine glass (best tasting glass I have at the 'rents). Split with dad.

Hazy copper hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin rim.

The aroma is very smoky with some slightly bready malt notes.

Plenty of smoke in the aroma, almost gives a bacon-like flavor. The rye malts add a slight tartness. Hop flavor and bitterness is on the low end, and add a touch of spice to the flavor. Full bodied. The flavor is pretty clean except for a little bit of lingering smokiness.

The Roggenbier seems perfect for the Terrapin company which makes a fantastic Rye Ale. A nice touch with the addition of smoke (Rauchbier). So is this a smokey version of a Roggenbier, or a rye version of a Rauchbier? Either way, recommended.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one from Carol on a recent trip home. I had grabbed a bunch a ways back, but had run through them without giving it a proper review. Served chilled, right out of the fridge, this one was consumed on 09/10/2008 via a tall pilsner glass.

The pour was very nice with a rich hazelnut brown color coming forward immediatly from the glass. Rich looking, and very clear. Lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface to reinforce a rich looking head of about an inch in height that settled down to a nice thin veil with a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was rich, smoked and roasted malts were stealing the show in this one right from the start. Lots of caramel mixed in as well. providing a slightly sweet balance to it. The only downside would have to be the lightness of the aroma, needed a little more kick. The flavor was very well rounded. Started with a nice punch of caramel, with a decent roasted malt, and smoked quality coming through in the middle. Light grain and bready nature with a decidedly sweet finish to it that rolled off the tongue with a subtle campfire like tone. There was a very nice feel on this one, coating would be a good word as it rolled through the mouth and stuck to every surface available. Easily a session beer I had no issue with coming through this bottle in no time.

Overall I have to admit this was not bad at all. Not sure of the style here, kinda like a sweet smoked lager, which I guess is the nature of the style, but more then decent was the result. I thought this was a solid effort and made me look forward to the next in the release.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from mikesgroove. Thanks!

Appearance: Dark, hazy reddish-brown, somewhat rye colored unsurprisingly. A vigorous pour left me with an inch of head that disappeared almost instantly, crackling away like a glass of soda.

Smell: A nice mix of smoke and rye, toasted rye bread with bacon is the first thing that popped into my head. Earthy, a bit meaty, faintly spicy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lots of spicy, earthy rye up front, this is slightly more roggen than rauch, though the smoke is very much present. Bread and bacon again, minus the salt. There's a solid backbone of toasted malt, lending mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is spot-on; crisp, medium-light and drying in the finish. Noble hops are faintly noticed, adding a subtle herbal quality. Impressive complexity here, but it's very well balanced, and most importantly, this is actually really quaffable.

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