Reuben's Brews

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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Ranked #5
Ranked #22,641
3.72 | pDev: 8.6%
Nov 12, 2023
Mar 24, 2013
Similar to a Dunkelweizen but made with rye instead of wheat, this historic style was one of the five beers we served the day we opened. Ever since, rye has been a guiding light for our brewery, helping us to chart a course for innovative beers with breadth and balance. Aromas of banana and clove as well as a light nuttiness lead into a medium-bodied beer with a chocolatey character and a spicy rye note in the finish.

Malts: Weyermann Pilsner, Vienna, and Caramunich, Briess Rye, Flaked Rye, and Bonlander Munich
Hops: Mt. Hood
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can from Capitol Highway Deli Mart

A hazy dark muddy brown. The nose is spicy with rye, caramel, banana and clove. Lovely yeast expression. The palate opens with banana and clove but then the rye appears, adding a nice spice depth. Caramel, mild honey. Medium in body. A touch watery on the finish. Solid!
Nov 12, 2023
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Earthy brown color with an added tinge of rust and copper. The froth atop the hazy body is solid, if not voluminous. The beer isn't overly pretty, but the somewhat ruddy body seems to not betray style guidelines that indicate "turbid"as a quality.

It smells a bit like brew day, with a bit of the marbled rye bread vibe, though not a strong one. There's a tangy note that grabs my attention more, unfortunately. My initial sip is greeted with a slightly sweeter than expected opening. There is a slight tang to the beer, which backs this opening that doesn't seem as sweet after a handful of sips. The back is more a generic earthy with a slight green banana note that comes out as it warms. The rye notes I expect, including a hint of spice, are mostly hidden for the first part of the beer. They start to present in the linger, and slowly move a bit forward, though they never reach the strength I expected, perhaps unrealistically.

All combined, I enjoyed the beer, though it wasn't as straight or rye forward as I anticipated. I'm not sure if warmth or slow build brought about the rye I ended up getting and enjoying, but it did take a half a beer to come through.
Nov 10, 2023
Rated: 4.03 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Oct 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark see through amber colored brew with a thick tan head that settles fairly quick down to a thin cap. Sweet malt is the biggest note off the nose and it’s just bigger than your normal brown ale. Ok this isn’t overly sweet as the nose might suggest but the rye doesn’t bite or spice much, a bit lighter on the flavor than the big nose might suggest, but this is tasty! Medium/thin body still has some creaminess to it but more carbonation would be helpful in my opinion. Good stuff.
Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can

Pours mostly clear amber, off-white head is firm and dissipates slowly to lacing.

Aroma of coppery and biscuit malts, hints of caramel and rye.

Flavor is of caramel, biscuit, banana, coriander, rye, and wheat.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

First time trying this style as far as I remember, and it's quite good. Kind of reminds me of a dunkelweizen but with mild rye undertones and a richer malt profile. Very worth trying, something I could drink again.
Feb 24, 2021
Rated: 3.7 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bought from Tavour as part of Reuben's VaRyeity 4-pack that also includes a Rye NEIPA, a dark Munich lager, and a holiday-like beer with Rye and Cinnamon. All told, a clever way to package a less common grain with unusual ingredients mixed in.

This Roggenbier is my third in less than three months... and I had zero before. So, I'm no expert to compare peers in the style. But Reuben's Looks pretty good; greeted with a nice foam that goes away; but has a nice amber body. Smells are mostly malt and a spice mix with cloves leading. Tastes finally give me the rye, mild but distinct. Medium mouth.

My second from Rueben's, I'm impressed. Great variety and talent... not often found in a nine year old.
Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a narrow collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of banana-like yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but also has notes of rye, which contribute a slight bit of spiciness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer starts off smelling like a yeast used in a hefeweizen (and you might think it is a dunkelweizen based on appearance) but it's the taste where the flavors of rye start coming into play. It is very easy to drink and makes for an interesting choice if you are looking a German-style wheat beer.

Serving type: can
Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 11/17/20, so 5 weeks old.

Looks very nice in the glass. Clear deep amber reddish body. Small off white head shrinks to a ring leaving a little lacing early on.

Nice aroma of sweet malt and a peppery clove spice mix.

On tasting, solid strong sweet malt base . The clove and pepper notes float in and out. The rye aspect is very mild, but does add a dryness. Easy drinking beer.

Mouth above medium, finish sweet with a well balanced spice hit

Overall, enjoyed this beer. Almost impossible to find this style. Thanks Reuben's.
Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by MacStinson from Michigan

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Briken from Washington

Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

Nov 14, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by KAF from Iowa

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Nov 01, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by velcrogrip from Florida

Oct 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Jasoncpace from Texas

Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Gobzilla from California

May 02, 2014
Roggenbier from Reuben's Brews
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 52 ratings