Roggenbier | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Roggenbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roggenbier is German for Rye Beer. Very similar to a Hefeweizen, but brewed with rye instead of wheat. This unfiltered ale melds the earthy rye character with subtle banana and clove notes from the Bavarian ale yeast.

2010 Great American Beer Festival® Rye Beer – BRONZE

Added by plaid75 on 10-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Norica:
Photo of Norica
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a pitcher at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Very nice appearance with lacing that runs down the glass. Not an overbearing Rye smell but enough to take notice. A welcome change when one gets tired of all the great IPA's in the area and a great choice when 3 or 4 beers are whats called for. Nice to see an underrated style get put on tap, and a great beer to enjoy on their patio... Glad we got it instead of 2 pitchers of Racer 5.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Driftwood-Plymouth. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light rye--not the strongest of smells

Taste: toasted malt, pumpernickel bread, some earth, and rye that is strong but not overbearing on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-low carbonation, sweet with slight earthy bitterness

Overall: Bear Republic know how to brew with rye. I enjoyed this one and is a good example of the style. I still prefer German versions of this style, but would pick this up again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and hazy yellow appearance, soft white light bulb color head. Aroma was like a wheat and rye beer, with some raisin aspect.

Taste, mild, again, rye + wheat flavors. Easy enough to drink, but nothing really making me want another. Pulled more yeast esters found in hefes moreso than any rye nuance equating to a spicy experiene. Lemons and raising equal weird. Too clovey.

Just seems like a beer that is kinda weird for the sake of being weird.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. Medium yellow colour with minimal white head. Sharp apple is how the taste comes off. Average mouthfeel, not very drinkable.A bit of spicy nose, featuring the rye.A little yeast that contributes little.Would like less cloves more hop.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg, CA

Pours a dark yellow with almost three fingers of head that actually sat upright over the rim of the pint glass. Smells of straw and peppery rye. Taste is wheat, lemon, and rye. As this is the only roggenbier I have ever tried I'm impressed with the combination of sweet and peppery. The rye really comes through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Not sure I would want more than one in a sitting, but glad I had it while on the West Coast.

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Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that faded away rather quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are spicy aromas of rye in the nose along with notes of baker's yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of rye, pepper, wheat and yeast along with some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn't impossible to drink, but seems like it is an acquired taste.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, Healdsburg, CA.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a spicy rye malt and some yeast esters.

The taste featured an upfront rye spice, yeast esters and a drying noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical if the style.

Overall a tasty and refreshing rye ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sunset Grill Allston.

A- Golden amber hue in a pint glass. Small white head, probably the glass. No lace whatsoever, a juice look.

S- Rye, wheat bread, raisin and brown sugar.

T- Taste is interesting. A nice blend of toasty malt, brown sugar, raisin, rye is strong, wheat bread, lemon and floral hops. Good German yeast clove, spice and banana.

MF- Silky smooth moderate body, very creamy. Bitter finish.

A nice rye flavor blended with a good yeast profile.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip. It glowed a tawny-orange, sporting a one finger cream colored head of soft, creamy bubbles. Retention was nice, leaving rings of lacing around the glass. There was a mild haze, no sediment, and lower-appearing carbonation. The aroma was thick with wheat and phenolic clove. Belgian spices flourish, with coriander, cinnamon, vanilla, and raw honey. Sweetness came in the form of fermented Granny Smith apples, pale malts, and Belgian yeast. Our first impression upon sipping was that this brew was light and wheaty, very reminiscent of a classic wit. As we sipped, the taste opened up with mild Belgian spice, biting metallic yeast, and orange flesh inclusions. This sweetness continued to the peak, where dry caramel grain gave moderate bitterness. Paler malts crashed in with a slightly toasted end. The finish showed lemon bite and grass, spices of ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and final clove bitterness. Adjuncty bite, with yeast and metals rounded out the very finish. The aftertaste breathed of wheaty malts, toast, and crisp metallic. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left wet and cooled, with a spicy coating. Each sip offered nice fresh slurp, pop, and froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank rather easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the malt profile, enhanced by all of those nice aromatic spices. The robust nose also helped lend an appreciation to the malt profile, but in the end, the flavoring was a bit thin around the edges, the total refinement was simply not there, all while missing those big, characteristic rye inclusions.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A: Cloudy tannish color. Clearly unfiltered. Thickset head with no retention and little lacing.

S: Rye, cloves and other spices. Yeast.

T: Huh. This reminds me of a hefeweizen but with a distinctive rye flavor. Nice spice notes.

M: Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Nice finish.

O: this is the first and only Roggenbier I have ever had. I am looking forward to tying a few more.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

A: Murky dark iced-tea color with a thin scum of a head that didn't leave much lace.
S: Bit of citrus, minerally yeast, and sweet banana.
T: I get flavors of clove, yeast, and banana. The rye adds a nice spicy character that is noticeably different than wheat. The aftertaste is definitely minerally.
M: Tingly carbonation, medium body that drops off in the finish.
O: Clean and easy to drink and very refreshing but not super flavorful.

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Photo of Naugros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Cloverleaf, poured for me by Kim, who was in a surprisingly good mood. Enough so, that it was almost uncomfortable as we're used to her brooding nature and have come to accept it.

But the beer appeared to reflect her sunny mood, with a pale orange-amber glow to it. Topped by a tight, white head that left behind nice cascading lace.

If you're not familiar with ryes then you'd swear you had a Berliner weisse. The smell is sour with a touch of spiciness that is not clove. But if you know rye beers then you'll recognize the grassy, spicy, slightly sour aroma coming from this one. Quite good.

The taste follows, but not as strongly and I'm left wanting a little more flavor. But it does deliver on all the notes I'm used to in a beer brewed with rye. Unlike the mood Kim's in tonight, which I'm not at all used to.

This has got a pleasant tongue-coating viscosity to it and drinks a little lighter than it actually is. But at the end it leaves a bit of residue on the tongue, almost ashy, but not quite. Maybe more like talc without the taste of it.

I really did like this beer almost as much as the change in Kim's demeanor. She was quite pleasant tonight and, once we got used to it, it was pretty refreshing. The same can be said of this beer. If you get used to the rye coming through then you'll find this pretty refreshing as well.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05/02/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great body/mouth feel. Great balance of flavor. Top notch. Don't be put off by the Frankenstein sounding description, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a big white head; a good bit of lacing. The smell is mildly herbal, with some fruity notes and something like bread dough. The taste is a little spicy, with banana notes and some sweetness like shortbread; a little hop bitterness in the finish. It's crisp for an ale, with good carbonation and a thinnish body. A very nice beer, incredibly easy to drink. I'll get this if I see it again.

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Photo of Natural510
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery pub.

Pours a cloudy, medium-orange color with ample bone-white foam and sturdy lacing.
Scent is a breaded citrus; notes of wheat (grain), orange and lemon.
Flavor also tastes wheat-like from the rye. Rye is detected in the grainy finish. Overall citric fruitiness to the flavor; very orange-like with a lemon kick. Enough of a hop finish to keep things interesting.
Creamy and crisp in body, this goes down very easily.
My first roggenbier. I found it similar to a hefeweizen, with an added graininess from the rye, a bit more citric, and minus the banana-clove element some love and others find annoying.
I loved this one.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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