Rare Rooster Summer Rye
Lancaster Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
3.35 | pDev: 14.33%
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Rare Rooster Summer RyeRare Rooster Summer Rye
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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear rich orange amber with a head that is just slightly tan.

Smell. The malts and rey are stronger than I thought, though the rye isnt too potent. There is a scent of diacityl that is not that appeasing.

Taste. Has a nice level of rye that is present with its spicyness, but is not overwhelming. Diacityl I got in the aroma did not carry over thankfully. A touc of hops come out, but i like the solid flavor of the malts, plus they give it a nice smoothness to the beer. quite nice.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side, but balanced well. It is quite creamy and a little chewy, with good carbonation. I'm suprised the size of the body with the low alc content.

Overall, a very nice beer, distinct and easy drinking. One i would certainly would like to have again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Shiny copper color, a decent head forms from a hard pour and then subsides to a thin but healthy-looking white lace. A little buttery diacetyl from the yeast and caramel notes from the malt dominate the aroma. Semi-creamy smoothness rolls around and flaunts a medium body. Sweet with buttery and caramel malt flavors. Thankfully, the buttery tone does not distract too much or for too long. Both a mild hop bitterness and spicy rye character aim for balance and do a great job at it. The rye rises up just enough to be noticed with a grainy aspect middle to end that adds some depth. Mild fruitiness gives suggestions of ripe plum, pear juice and papaya. Finishes leaning toward dry with spicy husky rye and a faint lingering buttery tone.

Great to see a rye beer that is not over-hopped, it lets the rye come through and keeps that complexity alive which makes it a great choice if you have never tasted rye in beer before.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice copper; near orange color with decent lacing and head retention. On the nose, light fruity aromatics. Expected a bit more in the flavor department, small hints of fruits, orange zest, caramel, bread and pears. Solid... but was expecty a little more.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper body with excellent clarity. Small level off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Assertive rye aroma noticeable at arms lenght.

Semi-sweet-to-sweet malt beginning. Just before the sweet gets too much, the rye cuts through to add a rougher dimension to it all. The rye lingers through the swallow and the aftertaste. Sweetness also lingers beneath.

Mouthfeel is a little thin in spots. Drinkability is pretty good, but rye may be best in samples of 24 ounces or less.

Drinks like an APA with rye subbing for the hops. Interesting, different, and tasty, but not an "all night long" kind of beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper quickly rising bubbled large white head flowing nicely with carbonation . Aroma has a spicy rye note with herbal prefume like accents minimal layers of malt sweetness in the nose. Flavor has more spicy rye notes with hebal perfum likne tones, somewhat grainy tendency with dry lafy hops and moderately sweet malt combos. Drinkability is medium bodied light airy carbonation not much doing in the way of complexity here. Drinkability overall is okay not a beer I would yearn for from Lancaster but it's nice to see smoething different especially with rye added.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of cichief
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a light amber color, with a decent off-white head.

S- Scent of flowery hops, citrus and pine, with a slight fresh bread note.

T- Well balanced with a dry finish, all round a good beer, the rye is not strong.

M- Light to medium on the tongue, with a dryish finish.

D- A decent summer time beer. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice bronze color with a decent white head on top. Impressive looking beer for sure. Nice, crisp and slightly hoppy aroma. Pleasant malt and graininess to it. Smooth, malty flavor with a mellow crispness. No real bitterness. Very nice caramel sweetness to it. Full and smooth mouthfeel. Amazing with such a low abv. I would expect it to finish a tad drier and with a crisper bite though I am not complaining. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Perfect summer brew.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I encountered this item for the first time last night and it seemed to be pretty popular. Unfortunately, what I was expecting was something akin to the Roggen rye brewed here years ago, which had some real body and snap. Five or six sips into the Rooster, I was still waiting for the the flavor to appear. This is a pretty light beer and, although well suited for the summer as it's name indicates, it needs to be a pretty hot day. I think Woody has it pretty well covered below, it's looking for more heft.

Update - I stopped in a week later cause I wasn't satisfied how I left this. A 10 oz glass of this seemed much better; a little more flavor. Did a side by side with the Litening and they were pretty similar in body but the Litening was way smoother. Anyway, yesterday (24 May), they were all out.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an amber toned gold with a small white head that slowly fades away. Steady streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top of the glass.
Smell is of floral hops, toasted grain, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet, lip smacking goodness up front that leads to a gently spiced and mildly bitter ending that isn't overly dry as I find some rye beers to be.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, clean, and refreshing.
I wish I had some of this on tap at home now. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a one finger head that lasted a while. No lacing develops. Few carbonation bubbles present.

Smell: light grass tones are all that is evident.

Taste: grass, dry rye graininess, light lemon zest, and very soft bitterness make up a light and mildly refreshing summer beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking beer. Not overly flavorful, but sometimes a brew like this is needed on a hot day. Worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16oz tumbler glass served at the Harrisburg location.

A: The ale has a pale golden amber color, quite translucent with no hint of haze or dullness. The glass was lacking a sizeable head with only a thin white band atop the glass.

S: The nose is malt-driven with a pleasant spiciness imparted by the rye. A touch of citrus hops and pepper add bitterness to the aroma.

T: The body of the ale makes up for the weaker nose and look. The touch of pepper from the nose returns with a stronger effect in the taste. The result is a crisply bitter taste that jumps off of the tongue and creates a touch of warmth. The malt body is biscuity with a touch of rye spiciness. The overall effect is a lively body that is not heavy. This is a great quaffing beer for a hot summer afternoon.

M: The rye and pepper flavors are lively, creating an active mouthfeel that isn't too heavy. A touch of citrus enhances the sweetness.

D: Very quaffable. A growler of this on a warm spring day wouldn't last very long.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster- Rare Rooster

A- Golden copper brown with a small light lacing head. Heavy carbonation noted.
S- Light buttery malt with pepper and spices.
T- Very sweet buttery malt. Toffee and lemon come through as well. Light pepper and spices. No rye detected?!
M- Sweet, light and buttery. Very easy to down.

Overall- Not what I was expecting. I wanted big carroway seed rye but didn't get any! I got big buttery malt instead!? Still, it was enjoyable and a good refreshing beer. A good summer beer!

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Photo of Foxman
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear and carbonated amber orange. A finger of pithy off-white head settles quickly to traces. Spotty lacing dots the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, earthy rye is present, lightly sweet and grainy, as are a small measure of esters and an almost herbal spiciness. Also attendant is a doughiness that, while not stale, seems a bit too close for comfort.

Upon tasting, the rye is again prevalent, with a soft earthy touch and a fleetingly sweet note. Esters are a bit more notable here as green apple, and the peppery spiciness of the hops are again in play. Also there is the slightly off-putting doughiness that speaks of yeast gone marginally awry. The finish is vague but fairly dry and bitter. It's not what I was hoping for from a rye beer.

Light bodied, it flows nicely enough, and while it drops off soon, the embers glow crisply.

I love rye beers, as a rule, so it takes a lot to turn me away, but it happened in this instance. The overall character is just not enough to overcome the distracting stale dough presence. What saves it, if average is a rescue, are the remaining elements, but they still can't pull off making this beer anything more than just acceptable in a pinch. It's better than macro, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flawless apricot with amber edges and a cap of toasted cream. A wide band of lace-like lace is beginning to form just below the rim and might be the appearance's best feature. The brewery calls this beer an extra pale ale, but it looks more like an Oktoberfest in the glass.

Rare Rooster doesn't smell like a pale ale or a rye ale. It smells like a lightly toasted cream ale with a faint hint of butterscotch. Although it lacks personality, it's pleasant enough. This is a strange bird so far.

The beer tastes pretty much like it smells: toasted malt, a background sugary sweetness, a foreground earthy hoppiness, and very little rye spiciness. Actually, the finish is more spicy than it seemed at first blush. It could be the rye malt, but it could also be what tastes like German hops.

This summer seasonal (which deserves to be a year-rounder) tastes like a combination Oktoberfest-cream ale with a bit of a spicy kick. I'm definitely feeling better about things as the bottom of the bottle approaches. More rye might negatively impact sales with the non-beer geeks, but it would improve an already good beer.

The mouthfeel is excellent, especially considering the sessionable ABV. It's at least medium, if not medium-full, and has a polished glass smoothness that is all kinds of wonderful. As always, abundant malt and perfect carbonation are the keys.

Rare Rooster Rye Ale is both interesting and good. The fact that it has no real stylistic home doesn't matter in the least. Lancaster has a winner here. Cock-a-doodle-icious. Thanks to barefootbrewer for the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 a sixer at Vidalia Market

Pours with a polished copper penny hue topped with a scant collar of ivory cap collar and no bubbles rising.

Scents are lightly floral and caramelly. Lightly toasted malt.

First swigs: Floral and a hint of toasted malt with a linger of diluted orange and pecan nuttiness even butterscotch as a result of the mix. Hops are present but not overly pronounced. The pale aspect is dead on. Actually the whole idea is dead on...that is (i.e.) pale with a sprinkle of rye.

Feel is medium bodied and very buttery slick no doubt from the rye. Carbonation is soft and shushy.

Last swigs: Rye pale for the rye enthusiast. Rye is detectable but not splashing. Like a butterscotch cherry lolipop.

Beer is good. Happy rye beering.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a pale amber colored beer with moderate white head.
Smell is minmal with a light breadiness present.
Taste presents with a moderate bitterness up front with is somewhat tempered by the malt.
Nothing outstanding to say about this beer.
OK to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a big, light-tan head that had decent retention. The nose had a light sweetness to it, but frankly, it was not all that aromatic on the whole. The color was a yellowish- (as opposed to orangish-) amber with Nebraska-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was full and thick, bordering on creamy without quite achieving it. I got a pleasantly sweetish tang on the palate with a light rye bite on the finish.

It was an okay beer, but my personal feeling is that there are better ryes out there, nor was this one compelling enough to peel me away from Pils (my current fave).

It will be brewed again before the summer is over, so my suggestion to Christian Heim and Bill Moore would be - MORE RYE! I know that there is an upper limit to how much can be added to the boil before it becomes a sticky, glutenous mess in the kettle, but it simply needs more rye flavor.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that leaves a patch or two of foam clinging to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: A diacetyl bomb, with a big butterscotch aroma

Taste: Up front, the sweet butterscotch malt battles with the spicy rye flavor, with some earthy hops in the background; after the swallow, a fruity green apple and pear aspect emerges, but the diacetyl is still pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like sweet butterscotch, this one's for you; otherwise, steer clear

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Photo of Viggo
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin white head forms, retains a pretty thick ring around the glass, few spots stick, looks alright. Smell is interesting, lots of apricot, very light rye character, bread, almost an ammonia, touch of fruit and floral, not too good. Taste is a bit weird, some rye spice, floral, apricot, bready and dry through the middle, some strawberry and sherry fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Rye character isn't really there. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of doubleipa
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Harrisburg brewfest. Appearance - amber color with a mostly diminished head. Aroma - mostly pine and resin. Taste - bitter, dry and noit much hoppiness. Mouthfeel - dry. Ok as an IPA, ut not something I would go our of my way to drink or find.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This starts promising, but grows cloying and syrupy fairly quickly.

Pours a reddish golden with a torrent of carbonation and a big fluffy head. The head drops away quickly, however, with no lacing.

The aroma is very promising - malty, with a nice pale malt edge, a little spice from the rye, and a tingle of floral hops. The flavor has a toasty character, with a little zip of rye and some floral hops on the edge of tasting. The mouthfeel is tingly and carbonated.

This iall well and good, but the feel becomes increasingly viscious and syrupy as the beer warms and the malt becomes excessively sweet and honeyish.

I wish I liked this beer more. It had so much going for it at first.

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Photo of Risser09
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an American Pint glass

Appearance: Mildy brown with moderate head with a soon to be gone existence. The head is close to white and looks like tat of a lager beer. Swirled on top and creamy looking.

Smell: Malt, rooster feathers (jk), sweet, pear and melon. Not much going on in this department.

Taste: Pleasingly sweet and oddly similar to a yuengling lager but with bettr mouthfeel. Flavors are malt, fig, and possibly plum. Not a real RYE blasting, b/c rye doesn't really give the bread the flavor that is has.

Mouthfeel: Very good here. Creamy and smoothe. Almost chewy as it goes down. Could drink quite a few of these.

Drinkability: I don't know that I would buy a case of this but I would certainly try it if I were at LBC getting a few beers.

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Photo of irish
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Distinct odor and taste of grain. Works well with the hops, which come across as somewhat attenuated, but appropriate for the mix.

It retains an intriguing aftertaste, which contains components of the grainy taste,. Makes one want another sip. This might get older after drinking several in a row, but not during this glass, anyway.

All in all, a good beer, although not a "big" one. If you tend to like only big beers, than this might not be for you. On the other hand, if you like some variety and exploration in a session-style ale, this one is worth seeking out and spending some time with.

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Rare Rooster Summer Rye from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 83 ratings