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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by qcbrewer on 08-28-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by nlmartin:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pretty decent American brewed Belgian pale ale. Just about every Rhinegeist beer I've tried thus far has been solid . . . But not great. Fiction is no exception. A subtle Belgian touch that isn't quite pulled off right combined with a pleasant and tangy citrus flavor makes for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can in Dublin Ohio.
True to style. Good aroma with moderate complexity but the fruity and yeasty flavor lacks complexity.
Slightly sour and mildly bitter.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having this at The Lackman in downtown Cincinnati, OH. Served in a pint glass.

A: A hazy copper color. Some head retention, but a thin line.

S: Very little hop aroma, nor malt (yes, I know - how can that be?). The primary smell is that of the yeast they use, and to be honest it isn't pleasant. This isn't a "typical" dubble aroma of banana and clove with a bready yeast back ground, this is like you're home brewing and take a whiff of the yeast just before you pitch.

T: With all the yeast in the aroma, you don't get much of it in the taste. A very dry hop flavor, slightly tangy citrus notes, with a light crystal malt as a side car. The finish is very crisp and the aftertaste dissipates quickly. I'm not familiar with the Motueka hop they use in this, but I have met the Nelson Sauvin hop and I think this beer reigns true to taste of others before it.

M: starts off thin, gets only very slightly bready, then finishing dry, crisp, and clean with hint of malt.

Overall: I think this tastes okay, but I don't know if I'd recommend this one to a friend. I'm not expecting a huge hop bomb or anything, I just think this is slightly dull. This is the first beer of Rhinegeist, but based on other beer reviews I'm hoping they get more impressive from here.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the front end I get a smooth apricot and peach flavor before it yields a Belgian yeast. Slightly bitter hops come out before a tea leaf malty backbone. It finishes with more citrus tones. Good stuff!

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TWStandley
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber, deep straw colored body. Head is thick with tight bubbles of very light tan foam. Retention is very nice and leaves rocky waves of lace. Nose is of lemon zest, pickle juice and fresh cut straw. With first sip I get concentrated citrus juice and prickly pine. The mouthfeel is almost abrasive with raw fresh cut vegetation and yeasty notes. The flavors are just ok to me and while it is decently drinkable, everything seems just a little discombobulated here.

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4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy golden color. It is topped with three inches of white head that leaves no lacing.

It has a spicy and earthy aroma. I get some citrus along with a metallic smell.

The taste begins with some citrus. Then a bitter, metallic taste comes into play with a bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a pretty good golden bitter ale. I just had de Rank Bitter XX yesterday. While this beer is not quite as good, it is a good American representation of the style. I've had it many times and will continue to do so.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of schwemjw
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow that is quite translucent. a half finger of bright white head.

S: Fresh bread and yeast. Just the slightest bit of funk. Dank earth with a slight floral component. Not much going on here.

T: The taste is full of yeast. Sweet caramel malt. Freshly baked doughy bread. The yeast adds a little kick. Good citrus. bright lemon and a little bit of orange zest. Floral hops with more citrus finish this brew off.

M: Very easy to drink. nicely carbonated.

O: This is definitely an easy drinking beer with some good belgian yeast flavors. The hops arent huge but what is there is nice. I would definitely have another /85

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Mildly hazed golden yellow color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and just the slightest ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Interesting nose on this. It's a strange mix of mango, lemon, and a vinous component. Quite sugary. Just a touch of peppery spice.

3.5 T: Primarily sugary and woody. The mango/lemon combo thing from the nose is back. Again just a touch of pepper.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Slightly spritzy and super smooth.

3.25 D: It's a decent brew, but doesn't stand out too well.

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