Reuben's Brews

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Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
Rye Beer - Roggenbier
Ranked #9
Ranked #23,034
3.71 | pDev: 8.89%
Mar 07, 2021
Mar 24, 2013
Notes: A historic German-style rye beer. Ours is analogous to a Rye Hefeweizen.

19 IBU
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Photo of Vetbidder
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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
3.7 by smithj4 from New York on Jan 29, 2021
Photo of Beginner2
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

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
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jan 16, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
4 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 08, 2017
4.12 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 14, 2016
3.64 by Briken from Washington on Nov 30, 2015
3 by nathanmiller from New York on Nov 14, 2015
3.64 by KAF from Iowa on Dec 25, 2014
3.5 by shelby415 from Oregon on Nov 09, 2014
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Nov 01, 2014
3.6 by velcrogrip from Florida on Oct 07, 2014
3.75 by Jasoncpace from Texas on Jul 12, 2014
3.5 by Gobzilla from California on May 02, 2014
4 by crowellbw from Washington on Apr 21, 2014
3.75 by Kurmaraja from California on Jan 26, 2014
3.5 by tbeq00 from California on Dec 11, 2013
3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Oct 23, 2013
3.75 by Mphis from Tennessee on Oct 23, 2013
3.5 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Oct 03, 2013
4 by Asics from Washington on Sep 22, 2013
3 by CaptainQ from Washington on Sep 05, 2013
3.5 by TwoTrees from Washington on Aug 13, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by ehammond1

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
4 by Eighty from Washington on Jul 24, 2013
3.75 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jun 27, 2013
3.75 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Jun 11, 2013
3.25 by strongaf from Washington on May 31, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by flagmantho from Washington

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
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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
4 by SpdKilz from Illinois on May 23, 2013
3.5 by Hopmodium from Washington on May 22, 2013
3.5 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati on May 20, 2013
4 by kevwcamp from Washington on May 16, 2013
4 by jmccraney from Washington on May 16, 2013
4 by kscaldef from Oregon on May 09, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KickbacksSteve from Florida

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
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