Roggen | Apostelbräu

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Style: 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: 49 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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 chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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 whatname
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Interesting new arrival at The Beer Temple that i'd never seen before.

Poured into a tulip glass and decanted off the yeast, it's a dark mahogany brown with some clarity around the edges of the glass. Foam is fleeting, there's a thin layer at first that dissipates pretty quickly. Swirling brings some tan foam to the surface again for a minute or two.

Complex rye malt aroma, nutty and a touch woody, mild green apple esters.

Tangy and flat, mild maltiness and an off-putting twang that is either from rye malt or a sign of infection. Thin lifeless feel like uncarbonated wort. Mild flavors, light fruitiness from the yeast. Sort of basic, the carbonation and tanginess seem to be flaws that make this one to pass on.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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 tfidler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark burnt caramel amber with a half finger light tan head that dissipates to a thin film leaving light lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt, cooked caramel, nuts and a hint of rye sourness. Flavor is lighter caramel and light toasted malt, rye with light rye sourness; flavor is light compared to the aroma and harder to determine because of very active and peppery carbonation, which was not obvious in the pour, but sadly detracts from the intensity of flavor. Light to medium bodied. An interesting traditional rye ale that is so actively carbonated that it is hard to savor the somewhat subtle flavors. The rye and caramel malts are nicely balanced and this is a tasty rye beer that I wish I could have savored a bit more.

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Photo of Slim_720
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MRsojourner
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Rocketman2013
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BellsFan
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jakea
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, four-finger beige head. Slow to recede, but it doesn't leave any lace as it settles. I do note some chunky spots of lace, though, after each sip. The liquid is dark amber/light brown. There is a mild haze when placed in front of a bright light.

This smells of deeply roasted caramel, a bit of biscuit, and some raw grain. I detect some raisin and an almost frambroise-like sourness, but no hop.

This beer is quite sour, far more than the smell would lead one to expect. The more roasted malts are lost in this--it's not extreme, just dominating. Think SweetTart without the sweet. The swallow and aftertaste are more of the same. The body leans to the thin side while the carbonation is quite high.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mre0683
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark muddy brown color. Pretty noticeable active carbonation continued to regenerate the thin layer on head on the edges of the glass.

Smell: toasted malts and present rye open up on the front but have a peculiar metallic aroma lingering underneath. There is a molasses and caramel sweetness on the body which compliments the rye well. Dried out grass and earth finish this off.

Taste: Very interesting front of medium bodied rye and some herbal/floral notes that really stand out. Light, sweet malts and some dark fruits open up on the body and engulf the palate. The finish is surprisingly easy going with some nutty malts and light sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I expected a drier rye experience, this one comes off with excellent drinkability and lingering sweetness. Carbonation is on the lower end but fits here.

Overall: Not what I was really expecting overall but really enjoyed my first of this style. The rye and sweeter malts play along well together here. I highly recommend letting this brew warm a touch as that opens up a ton of the dark fruits and herbal notes.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was a huge, off white, creamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of malt and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a hint of chocolate, a nuttiness, and a little caramel. Almost tasted like a brown ale of some kind. Not a bad flavor, if a little uneven.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, if a bit on the uneven side. Still, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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