Roggen | Apostelbräu

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Style: German Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 08-02-2013

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of SSGCujo
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer in Seattle, first time that I found it. Tastes like a dunkleweiss. I wish that this beer was available in the midwest. I very good beer.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, medium brown coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of sweet, bready malt with hints of orange peel and a faint cherry note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by sweet bready malt and hints of orange peel, grass and slightly tart cherry, with a faint, spicy rye note coming through as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some faint spice lingering in the aftertaste. Light body with medium carbonation. Despite its name, this is actually not brewed with rye only, but barley, wheat and spelt as well, which might explain why it seems to lack that typical rye flavour profile. That certain spiciness is there, but pretty faint and somewhat overpowered by an odd fruitiness of tart cherry. I'm not entirely convinced that this note is intended, to be honest. Slightly watery body as well.

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Photo of Budlum
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears brown when viewed from afar but when held up to the light it is clear and very dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that hardly died down and consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with hints of sweet and pale malts.
T: The taste is a little sweet and sour with flavors of cherries and pale malts. Hints of spicy rye are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as spicy compared to other beers in the style, but has an interesting mix of sweetness and sourness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonb5
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, poured into pint shaker.

A: A very dark amber, opaque cloudy look to it. Medium sized slightly tanned head with decent retention.

S: Banana, cherries and some phenols.

T: Banana, cherries, barley and rye, tart finish.

M: Soupy thick texture, lots of bubbles but didn’t seem overly carbonated.

O: Bit of a strange one, slight hint of rye but didn’t over do it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly I have not had any beers from this brewery, so this will be fun, and a great ancient style that isn't brewed often these days.

Pours a decent fizzy almost foamy head that fades at a med pace, a touch of lacing, dark murky chocolate brown color.

Nose sweet malts, dark brown toasted malts, biscuity, toffee, earthy root beer sassafras with cola syrup, lots of toasty creamy wheat and biscuity, herbal spicy rye, with some fruity notes, burnt caramel, fermented rye bread like pumpernickel rye bread soaked in water and fermented.

Taste brings more of the same, sweet malts, lots of cooked molasses, syrup sugar, cola syrup again with more earthy root sassafras kinda thing, a bit fruity again, with lots of herbal spice flavors, more rye bread, fermented pumpernickel rye bread and spices, burnt caramel, lots of creamy toasty wheat and biscuit again, a bit of a raisiny fruity flavor, some bread pudding with raisins, fruity spicy rye especially late, a little sticky finish, big lingering raisiny fruit and rye bread pudding.

Mouth is med bod, tons of carbonation so much it actually tingles on the tongue, too much carbonation IMO, and a bit syrupy.

Overall interesting, not quite a beer style I enjoy much, but something fun to try, interesting blend of flavors for sure, nothing that comes out as bad aside from the over carbonation, but not the best combination of flavors either.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle. Poured somewhat clear but lots of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle.
Decent beige head with some lacing.
Very mild aroma.
Near even bitter-sweet balance. Quite malty and wheaty. Similar to an English dark mild but with wheat.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slim_720
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BellsFan
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakea
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle sealed with silver unbranded pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown body with plenty of sediment floating around and a red hue. Perhaps this is what liquefied rye might look like. Thick and creamy 2 fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Light sweetness, light spicy rye, earthy hops. All well balanced aromas.

Taste: Initial impression on first sip this seems like a weak Scottish ale. Caramel and bready malts, fruity yeast. Lightly spicy and a vague sourness that normally associates with rye grains in beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation level. Slightly creamy carbonation. Has a slightly watery feel as well. Very drinkable. Finish has just a little dryness to it. Fairly clean beer as well.

Overall: This is my first taste of a Roggenbier. It is fairly easy to like and tasty. I guess the story behind this beer is that the brewers have an artesinal bread store that is next door to this brewery and they throw fresh baked loaves of rye bread into the beer as it is brewed. Kind of an interesting way to make a rye beer and noteworthy of mentioning.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from a .5L bottle into a dimple tankard glass. Pours a muddy brown, cloudy, with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Nice malty smell, sweet, grainy, slight kick off yeast. Taste is very sweet, slight tang, robust grain and a touch of fruit. Finishes pretty light, very easy to drink. Good roggenbier.

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Photo of whatname
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Deep turbid dark caramel color. Thick ring of bubbles, but with no lacing.
S- Dark fruits with a touch of caramel sweetness.
T-There are some similarities with a dopplebock in terms of dark fruit. One difference is instead of alchohol sweetness, you get a bit of sour from the rye I believe.
F-lightly carbonated, thinner in mouthfeel than a doppelbock.
O- An interesting beer. I can't help but think I'd like it better if the dark fruit didn't keep leading me to anticipate doppelbock flavor. I believe this is a good representation of one of the rarer styles.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what I think of when I think of roggenbier. Taste is big rye bread, caramel, and toasted malt. Delicious and smooth. This will be a go to roggenbier when I want the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear mahogany coloured brew with a small head of foam.

Malty nose with some rye in there. More sweet than spicy.

Semi sweet taste, again, the rye isn't very spicy. A bit earthy. Easy drinking. Beer got cloudy with the last pour.

Mouthfeel went from good to a bit watery in the finish.

Decent brew overall.

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Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a hint of garnet. World class head volume and retention, but almost no lacing. Light nose of molasses and burnt sugar over a slight note of spice with a hint of prune. Very light medium body with a bit of smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense (but picks up as it warms), somewhat balanced but lacks the complexity of the nose. It begins with mild rye, then flows into a mild spicy bitterness. In the middle a hint of sweetness comes through as the bitterness fades. The finish is a slow fade that ends with a slightly sour burnt nut off flavor. In short, a disappointment.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Konig mug.

Deep mahogany brown body color, with a real faint light coffee tan head, creamy and thick with four fingers. Frothy like retention with no lacing and quite foamy looking.

Solid aroma of spiced clove and sweet dry rye malts. Big spice sweetness notes even bring hints of nutmeg. Caramel and a toasty toffee thickness also match as well. Quite impressive.

Palate is a bit tangy. Slightly infected with a bit of sourness to it (by design?) with hints of mild acrid grain. Surprisingly thinking this would be large on the palate feel, but is actually quite watery and doesn't give much malt coating. Not much sense of spice or toffee hinted on the nose either, but does give very faint caramel, outside this tangy note.

Doesn't taste like other rye styled German varieties or Roggen's I've had, but makes for an interesting brew that's for sure. Just wished more of the aroma gave a better sense of what the palate should expect, comes off a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into hefeweizen glass
Aroma of grain and bread
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body medium to dark brown, cloudy
Flavor slightly sweet, somewhat starchy, a little caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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