Schell's Anniversary Series #7 -- Roggenbier | August Schell Brewing Company

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Duplicate listing.

Added by Ragingbull on 08-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Busters

A: Cloudy brown with red hues. Generous fluffy off-white head. Decent carbonation.

S: Banana and cloves galore. Slightly metallic aroma followed by breadiness and a hint of chocolate.

T: Quite complex with bananas, cloves, bready malts and several layers of malty sweetness. I get some faint chocolate flavors and vanilla as well. Very complex flavors here. Definitely more heavy on the hefe yeast end, but the malts really come through. I get a faint hop flavor, which balances the beer out nicely.

M: Creamy, smooth and finishes dry. Nice medium body.

D: I must say I was quite impressed with this beer. I'm new to the style and now I want more. It is like a hefeweizen and then some. Very complex and flavorful, but at the same time quaffable. I hope they bottle it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a pour of this beer at the Minnesota State Fair. Poured a very murky, brownish, apple cider color with no head. Aroma was yeasty, fruity esters. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. It tasted sticky sweet and reminiscent of a hefeweiss. There was not much hop flavor or aroma to speak of. I really don't think this was so special as to make it an anniversary beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy, dark, amber-bronze with a thin rise of ivory lace.
Toasty nose, backed with peppery rye, cocoa, banana, vanilla, and clove. It brings a solid rye persona mixed with a hefeweizen petigree.
It's doughy on its onset in to the mouth, toasty, peppery, and warm, as the rye makes itself know right off the bat. It darkens for a moment with cocoa and anise Weizen yeast brings a huge load of cloves, bananas, lemon, and vanilla. Toastiness and spicy rye resumes on the backend. Hops add tracers of herbal, grassy dryness.
Medium bodied, with a gradually receding CO2.
It's basically a bastardized hefew(rye)eizen. And there are not many like this made in the states or anywhere. Rye heads should run at this.

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Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy and brownish-red; no head to speak of

S: lots of citrus and cloves; very much like a dunkelweiss; sweet

T: citrus and bananas; also nice malty characteristics

F: slightly carbonated and a bit watery and thin

D: very drinkable; this would make a pretty good session beer

This is my favorite Schell beer by far.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed in honor of Al Marti who was president of Schell's from 1940-69. I pulled this from their website. This beer is 14.0 Plato, Standard Reference Method 17, IBU of 15 and the ABV is listed in the criteria for the beer on this site (5.5). It was brewed using their hefeweizen yeast.

The beer is cloudy and amber in color. The beer is supposed to have suspended yeast, so the cloudy is okay. Their is light lacing and a rim of foam. Sweet and fruity malt strikes the nose with some hints of banana imparted by the yeast. Fresh malt attack that some spicy and fruity notes. Perhaps some vanilla bean like sharpness. There are touches of hops that present late after some of the other flavors have cleared the mouth. The finish ends up being clean. There are a lot of banana and fruit tones woven into this beer. I had this on tap at Buster's on 28th if you are looking for it. Only 80 barrels brewed so it won't last long.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very thing whittish head despite a decent pour. Hazy, copper brown is the beer. Not very attractive.

S: very weak, maybe some caramel malt?

T: Caramelly, yeasty and bready. Very interesting, almost Belgiany, a little spicey. Maybe saaz or spalt? I could see how this is very traditional.

M: Craemy, but with a little bite. Low carbonation.

D: Ehh, it has good "drinkable" qualities but just isn't calling me back.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer drink. Aroma full on hefe yeast with banana and small light fruity sweetness. Rye is very soft and in the background.
Medium head that leaves rather shortly, but the lacing is quite reasonable. Cloudy with and amber with strong browns.
Wheat and yeast flavors dominate with the rye certainly in the background. Maybe I was foolish to expect something different but I didn't pick up any spiciness that had been notable in the weinachtbier last winter. The flavors seemed to get closer to a dunkelweizen.
Nice slickness with the seemingly ever present Schell richness (although not quite as much as other styles). Softly carbonated.
This drinks nicely and certainly was refreshing on a nice summer night. The rye just seemed so much in the background.
Thanks Bryan.

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Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 20 ounce pours of this tonight at the fair. Review taken from notes.

Poured from the tap into a 20 ounce clear plastic cup. 1 inch of off white head. Really no lace wants to form on the slick plastic walls, but some spots do stick around before sliding back in. The head recedes to leave a collar. The beer is almost like a brownish unfiltered all natural cidar in color. Its super hazy, not at all transparent. This is not at all attractive to look at for the untrained eye, it kinda resembles dirty water.

Aroma is pretty sweet and also reminiscent of apples. Plenty of malt, also with a good load of spicie rye. Laid back hop aroma, leaving more of a grassy earthy scent.

Taste mirrors the aroma fairly well. Apples and sweet dark fruit shines through, Prunes and figs, with plenty of rye spice and bready thick flavors. Some mild sourness into the the swallow with a lingering snap of dark fruity tart flavors. A touch of hop bitters lingering alongside.

Mouthfeel is a bit more full bodied and slick with a medium bit of creamyness from a non burning carbonation.

The rye in here adds huge aroma and flavor alongside malt. This is a different beer and super drinkable. Goes down way to easy. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Mad Capper. It was the only thing they had that I haven't tried before, so I thought I would give it a go.

Served in a standard pint glass, it's a murky hazy light brown color. Looks very similar to a Dunkelweizen, in it's light brown color and hazy appearance, with a lively carbonation, slightly off-white head with nice retention and lacing.

The nose instantly screams Bavarian. Very similar to a Bavarian Weizen. Very yeasty, with clove and coriander, bitter orange peal and sweet malts. I get a little bit of spicy rye, but it's very light.

Taste is as advertised, pretty much what you would expect from the nose. It obviously has a German or Bavarian yeast, and a high quality one at that. Clove, spice, orange peal, rye, coriander, it's all there. Great tasting stuff.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, clean and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Highly recommended.

I have to say I am very impressed with this beer. It may be my favorite Schell's beer. I don't really see how this is a different style than a Dunkelweizen or similar beers, the only difference I can see is that this is brewed with rye. Oh well, I still love this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 7 in the anniversary series, a Roggenbier by the assistant brewmaster David Berg. Well done sir!

Had this one at the B & L for the release.

Served to me in a weizen glass. Poured a 1 finger head. Not very good retention, but left splattered lace. The color of this beer is absolutely unique. I have never had a beer that looks like this before. Very, very hazy. Color is an orange copper. Very rusty looking. I really don't know whether to rate this good or bad. David said that the reason it is so hazy is because it is so fresh. I will be having this beer again, and I will re-evaluate it.

Aroma: bananas, chocolate, clove, rye. It smells a lot like a dunkel weisse, but I can tell it is mixed with rye. Very good smelling beer.

Taste: Chocolate, bananas, clove, and the rye is apparent. Tastes just like it smells.It again reminds me a lot like a dunkel, but the rye is in the background.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Not very crisp, which I liked. Leaves a clean aftertaste, a little dry, but not bad. Medium bodied as well as a medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great tasting beer. Very unique and I will drink more of it. I am really glad to have such a unique beer available for the time being. A big congrats goes out to David for this one! This will be the only beer I drink as long as it is on tap here in New Ulm!

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, had one of these last night here and the yeast was overpowering. Must have settled out a bit because today it's way better. Pretty much as described by the brewery. Served with a nice, large, foamy and frothy off-white head and plenty of lace. Color is a very cloudy brown with amber highlights. Aroma is rye-fruity Bavarian hefe-weisse. Flavor is like a Bavarian hefeweizen as well, but with the fruitiness of the rye. Still picking up a bit of the yeast, but it's not so bad now, decent even. Hahahaha maybe healthy. Good carbonation and mouth-feel. Pleasant finish. Session beer.

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Photo of joedon
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very murky-cloudy reddish brown color. Sort of thin, filmy head.
Is rye-beer really supposed to look like this?

Smelled like a wheat beer on steriods. Very acidic, citrusy odor with a lot of bready-grain.

Taste is quite sour with lots of esters and phenols. Very big malt-grain base and minimal hops.

Not at all drinkable for me. I couldn't get over the grainy taste and sourness. I like wheat beers for summer but the rye flavors are like wheat times ten.

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Schell's Anniversary Series #7 -- Roggenbier from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 12 ratings