Riedenburger Historisches Emmer Bier
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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
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3.68 | pDev: 15.76%
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Notes: Emmer is a type of wheat which was among the earliest cultivated grains in human history (actually pre-history, to be accurate), dating to Neolithic times. Before its cultivation, hunter gatherers harvested it wherever it grew wildly, with the earliest evidence of its consumption dating to approximately 19,000 years ago near the Sea of Galilee. It, along with barley and einkorn, was a staple crop in the Fertile Crescent, and it was also used by the ancient Egyptians to make beer. Here and now in the 21st century, Riedenburger’s Emmer Bier gives us a chance to connect a bit to our early history, as it’s made with emmer along with lesser quantities of einkorn, spelt, barley and wheat. Like all of Riedenburger’s beers, Emmer Bier is bottled unfiltered (naturtrüb), so expect a very hazy deep brownish amber on the pour, and don’t be surprised if there’s some yeast sediment in the bottle.

On the nose, look for some rich bready notes, caramelized malts, a touch of spicy hops, hints of baking spices, and a wisp of dried fruit. In the flavor department, very tasty bready notes are reminiscent of both the doughy center and a toasty crust. Hops add a mildly bitter and spicy counterpoint, and there is a certain nutty or woody undertone too, along with a hint of grape skin. The lack of filtration contributes to this brew’s robust body. It’s not heavily carbonated, and thus comes across a bit like a kellerbier crossed with a specialty grain dunkelweizen.
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aleigator from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered nut brown color with a smaller, yet stable head.

Smell is of scented wood, molasses and spicy licorice, wrapped into melted caramel.

Has a light body, with a very pronounced, metallic carbonation, making this appear almost like sparkling water, as far as the refreshment in this goes.

Tastes of toasty caramel malt, roasted grain, hazelnut and honey. Takes a sweeter turn then, with more honey and an extra layer of toffee cutting through. Finishes light and refreshing, with a rustic, well working malt foundation, which produces a light earthiness.

Quite nice, with a special, malty twist.

Sep 08, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with slight transparency. Good carbonation, but not too much. Nose is brown sugar, toasted malts, and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose. Really smooth. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice dark cherry, blackberry, caramel, brown sugar. Really enjoyable.

Aug 09, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of clumpy yeast and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has notes of dark fruits in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite tasty, but is surprisingly lighter in body compared to what I would have expected. As such, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 31, 2016
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

murky brown with lots of yeast/sediment, beautiful off-white fine bubbled creamy head, lacing
aroma is wheat-citric, bread and caramel, peanuts
rustic, some caramel malts, spicy bitterness
thick but still refreshing, smooth, liquid bread
Interesting use of uncommon ancient grains that provide a rustic flavor and a full mouthfeel together with the unfiltered yeast. A sip of the past, if you will. Satisfying

Mar 05, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker caramel color with a thick off-white head with medium retention.
Light aroma of grains, nuts, and something between grass and pine.
Flavor with notes of grains, yeast, lots of nuts, some unexpected plum fruitiness, just a bit of green apples, biscuit and wood (tannins). Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light sensation bordering medium creamy body with appropriate carbonation.
Flavorful, very well balance and with a unique character. Interesting Kellerbier with a broad range of flavors: fruity, nutty, malty and yeasty. It seems like an Ale with lager yeast taste. I gave extra points for the creativity.

Jul 05, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Catch up rating from notes, 2012: .5l flip top bottle from Wasana's. This one is a bit darker and heftier than the other emmer beer from this brewery that I rated, a darker roast on the malts. Aroma is venturing into dunkel territory, with a hint of sweetness.More dark, sweet malts in the taste, coupled with a nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Much better than the other.

Jun 10, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don’t think I have come across this type of grain in a beer. 500ml Buegelflasche. Mindestens haltbar bis: 18.10.2011.

It pours an immensely cloudy brown. More sediment than I think I have ever seen. Lots of it clumps up in big black masses on the bottom of my mug. The head is foamy and off-white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is half bread and half lemon. an interesting but decently pleasant pairing.

It is decenlty tasty. It is a bit watery, but also thick. The roastier flavor reminds me or a dunkelweizen, though the yeast presence is not there. There is some citrus but that is it.

Overall an interesting beer.

Jun 14, 2011
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jamesw from Germany

4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the usual german fair this beer is quite a treat. The beer is very smooth and almost too drinkable. Which may be due to a slight under carbonation.

It looks like a lovely dark weizen and the taste goes in a similar direction except for the Emmer overtones. Taste wise it very much resembles a wheat beer, but has enough of an Emmer taste to seperate itself. I could not find any discernible flaws in the beer and it had its own distinct (but very enjoyable) flavor.

overall a delicious beer.

Feb 05, 2010
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stcules from Italy

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber - chestnut color. A beautiful beige creamy head. Lightly veiled.
In the smell cereals, spelt. A good amount of it. Malty notes, full.
Full taste, malty, cereals and bodied. Intense, with a good biscuit, too.
Maybe a bit too sweet, but essentially not unbalanced.
Average body.
Quite long aftertaste, malty-biscuity.
A good cereals beer.

Aug 17, 2009
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atis from Finland

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Berlin

Pours murky copper with dense two finger tan head that slowly fades, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is mild sweetish malt, caramel.

Taste is clean mild malt, caramel, light roasty, hints of apple and some other fruit I am not able to identify. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with weak alcohol warming sensation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. The taste is quite unusual, but very pleasant. I wish I had several more bottles of it.

Jul 16, 2009
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HappyHourHero from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma with a good sized dose of caramel and a bit of fruit (apples and apricots). Fine, cream colored head leaves a short sheet of lace. Hazy, almost murky, chestnut colored beer. Carbonation in the beer is very fine, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Very light malt base with cocoa and toffee along with some apple flavors towards the finish. Finishes pretty clean. From the apple aroma/flavors I would guess that this beer is either fermented a little warm or possibly that there is a slight infection. I don't mind the apple and I think that it actually adds to the drinkability. I'll be keeping an eye out for more of this beer.

Dec 29, 2006
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Riedenburger team was present at a little street Fest in Kelheim, and I was able to quaff a couple of 0.5l bottles of this naturtrüb bier. It is made with a variety of grains, all of which were once used in the middle ages: emmer, barley, einkorn, spelt and wheat. I have no clue as to what style to place this in. I suspect it should be an ale, since that was what was likely brewed hundreds of years ago, yet we don't currently have an appropriate style under German ales. The ingredients used are all organic, as well.

Emmerbier pours a cloudy, creamy chestnut hue, with a solid 1/2" rocky beige head. Lacing in the glass is quite nice! Has a mild nose, with roasty, toffee aspects. Medium body fits the bill on this bier, and it has a low carbo level, leaving little prickliness on the tongue. Fairly smooth, in general.

Starts with a mild chocolate and caramel lean to it. Also has a soft toffeeish character, and makes me think this is what a bier milkshake would be like. Taste of a fudge sundae lingers, with little to no bitterness. Goes down very nicely; it really grew on me the more I quaffed.


overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Oct 08, 2005
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