Private Rye | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with local danko rye malt, this traditional German kellerbier is malty, sweet, and subtly spicy. Private Rye has a medium, bready body that is balanced with a light bitter finish. Like all of our kellerbiers, it is left unfiltered.

Added by paulish on 09-21-2018

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of crobinso
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wtpbod
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greenlabel
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at the Craft Beer Cellar in Westford, MA to give it a try. I've previously enjoyed other cans in the Kellerbier series and discovered this one was no exception regarding my enjoyment. Excellent and quite a different take on a rye styled beer. Liked it well enough to pick up a few 4-packs on my next trip to CBC. Hope its availability lasts for awhile.

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Photo of Glider
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with some floaties. Smell is bready malts. Taste is hearty bread with just a touch of sweetness that is balanced by a light bitterness and finishes dry. I get a bit of snap from the rye and there is a very nice balance with just a touch of spice. Each sip makes you want another, and this is extremely drinkable. Goes well with some roast pork tenderloin and Brussels sprouts. Another winner from Jack's Abby Keller series.

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Photo of thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brownish-orange with three fingers of foamy, light tan head. Sloppy, soapy lacing.

Big aroma wet bread and light rye spice. Even a little skunk.

Modest breadiness carries over to the taste, joined by banana and bubblegum more than rye spiciness. A hint of sulfury skunk shows here, too, and there’s some light residual sweetness in the finish.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation in the otherwise soft mouthfeel.

Tasting this blind, I probably would have pegged it for a wheat beer before a rye beer. It’s not bad, but not what I expected going in, either. I may need to alter my expectations when it comes to Roggenbier. 9/17/18 canned on date.

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Photo of Amendm
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16-oz. can canned on 9/17/18 needed a strong pour to get a finger sized off-white head with short retention and minimal lace.
Pineapple-orange juice in color, hazy opaque appears yellow in front of light.
Rye bread and yeast dominate the smell with apple and baking spice.
Taste starts out a little on the bland side with rich bready malts filling in the middle, a faint silage funk and spicy hop bitterness rounds out the smooth clean finish.
Medium body with low carbonation, alcohol is hidden. Easy smooth drink.
As it warms the beginning of the taste improves as a tangy bitterness appears in front of the semi-sweet middle.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/17/18

Pours a cloudy golden orange with 2 fingers of thick white head; excellent retention with a still-thick layer of foam remaining on the surface, and consistent soapy lacing spattered around the glass; a beautiful-looking lager all-around.

Aromas of clean malt, a bit of farmyard with some natural skunk to it, grainy spice, and some slight sweet, grassy undertones; good, but a bit too dominated by the earthy skunk element to let the rest of the bouquet flourish.

Taste profile starts with a crack of rye spice, balanced, lightly peppery, and with an earthy grittiness; earthy tones continue to dominate, inviting crisp, smooth malts and notes of clean grass and straw; somewhat one-dimensional, but does well with what it offers.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body with carbonation bolstering things toward the heavier side; somehow remains balanced in its weight, though, and stays impressively drinkable.

Well-built stuff, and although the flavor profile may leave something on the table, the beer’s other qualities round things out enough to produce an enjoyable result.

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Private Rye from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 8 ratings