Reuben's Brews

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Rye Beer - Roggenbier
Ranked #13
Ranked #34,789
3.73 | pDev: 8.85%
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Notes: A historic German-style rye beer. Ours is analogous to a Rye Hefeweizen.

19 IBU
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Vetbidder
Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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
Photo of Beginner2
Beginner2 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of metter98
metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of MikeWard
MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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
Photo of ehammond1

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FalconA!

Dark ruby and brown with a moderately-sized dark-brown head. Somewhat sticky. Spotted lace down the glass.

Malty sweet bread, banana, a touch of chocolate, and some smoke in the aroma.

The flavor is a bit more banana-forward than the aroma, along with mild chocolate and smoke. A bit of a rye bread character.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. A bit watery.

I'm unfamiliar with the style, but this one seemed enjoyable enough.

Aug 10, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. head is a thick finger of pillowy light-tan foam. I rather like it.

Smell: pretty sweet right off the bat, with a rather banana-like character. After that, a rich spice-cake like aroma comes to the fore. I like this take on rye spiciness, though it is a bit on the sweet side.

Taste: less sweet than the aroma, with a lot more bready character. The spiciness is also dialed way down; it's hard to explain the difference in grain character here -- I wouldn't call it stereotypically rye, but it's definitely different from barley or wheat. I actually like how the flavor is toned down a bit from the aroma. Interestingly, this beer gets more appealing in the aftertaste, after the sweetness and first hit of bread hit you. An interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Sha bam!

Overall: this beer has a je ne sais quoi that appeals to me, although it also seems like it could be cleaned up a little. I'm not a pro on roggenbiers, but this one seems decent to me.

May 29, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep copper. Light wisps and thin collar.

Smell - Belgian smelling, if I had to guess a yeast. Lots of spice. Clove. Faint rye spice, too.

Taste - Right up front, the yeast is strong. Banana. Then the rye takes over. The clove and spice comes back in the finish. Eh.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Spicy. Medium body. Sharp finish.

Overall - All over the place. Individual flavors are interesting but doesn't work at all together.

May 28, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
KickbacksSteve from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thanks Cheesemoose! Minimal head, some clear, oily lacing. Murky brown body. Aroma includes caramel, overripe banana, brown sugar. Taste follows suit with a little spice not on the back end and maybe a touch of smoke. New style for me, very interesting and quite tasty actually. I would think this would be extremely drinkable to most people, particularly those who like a nice dunkelweisse-like flavor.

May 07, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
srhoadsy from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a nice sable brown color with an inch of tan head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Strong aromas of grain and spice.

Strong earthy, grainy flavor with hints of clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and moderate carbonation. Light, sweet aftertaste.

Had wanted to try this style after reading about it a few months ago. Thanx to Lets Pour for the chance. A very interesting style, I can't wait to try some others and see how they stack up to this one, which was very good.

May 04, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.13.13

A - Pours a reddish-light brown with a small tan silky head.

S - Malty and lots of rye with a touch of smoke.

T - Same as the nose. Nice.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier than expected body.

O - Rye and malt heavy, but a nice change of pace. Solid.

Apr 19, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of wheat, banana, cloves with a hint of sourness. Flavor is mild wheat with a mild rye sourness with light cloves and hints of banana. Light bodied with better carbonation than the head indicated. This is exactly the way I would have expected a rye hefeweizen taste. I have never had a roggenbier from its native home, but this is what I would expect. A nice refreshing change of pace light ale. One of three rye beers from this brewery that were just released and I'll be trying over the next week. Glad to see more rye styles available.

Apr 08, 2013
Photo of draheim
draheim from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a 4oz sampler glass @ the brewery. Pours a clear amber w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is mostly banana and clove, some vague spiciness.

Taste follows nose. Overripe banana, clove, and spicy rye malt. Clean and refreshing, like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is soft and balanced, light and crisp. So drinkable.

Overall a great introduction to the roggenbier style. Well-crafted and tasty.

Mar 24, 2013
Roggenbier from Reuben's Brews
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 49 ratings