Boscos Mike’s Rye Not
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
(aka: Boscos Roggenbier) Brewed for the GABF’s Pro/AM Competition, this beer is collaboration between Boscos and homebrewer Mike Lee. The beer is a traditional German style rye (roggen) beer fermented with a strain of yeast that creates spicy clove character in the beer. This beer could be considered a “heferoggen” as it is similar to hefeweizen. O.G. 1050 I.B.U. 15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2008
I had this bottle conditioned (A batch he was taking to GABF). Poured a clear gold/orange color with a huge foamy white head. Aroma of banana and cloves. Flavor was well balanced between the banana and the spicy rye. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2007
The aroma was filled with esters and strong banana coupled with a light rye spice with was overwhelmed by the esters. A light caramel presence hid in the background. The beer arrived cloudy golden amber with a very low white head. The flavor was lighter on the estery banana but still that flavor overpowered any spice from yeast or from the rye. A bit of clove was presence and some caramel sweetness. The finish was even heading toward dry with lasting banana into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly creamy nature on the palate. A nice beer, but overly estery. Glass at Boscos Nashville.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Draft at Boscos Nashville on my B-day. Pours a very murky dark amber with a dissipating white head. Banana clove aroma. Medium bodied with very little carbonation. Hefe like wheat malt backbone, but with a touch of rye that gives it a dry toasty accent. There is some mild citrus notes as well. Subtle sweetness throughout. Finish is a bit odd, perhaps chalky. Interesting beer to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at Nashville. One of the better hefeweizen’s I’ve had in awhile, which is what the beer should be styled as in my mind. The addition of rye adds a nice touch -- notes of spice are even more pronounced as a result. On the nose is hay and orange, leading into banana and clove with a touch of orange peel and toast. I almost picked up some notes of a Belgian Pale ale, which makes me curious about the yeasts used. On the whole, very similar to New Glarus’ Dancing Man Wheat, and although perhaps not quite as crisp, the spice notes here were more pronounced. Of the 8 beers I sampled, this was the finest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
On tap, Nashville brewpub. The description says that it is similar to a hefeweizen; apparently, it’s similar to unfiltered hefeweizen, as it’s murky as all hell. You could hide things in this beer. Grapefruit brown in the glass, white dusting on top. Very fruity nose (in a fruit punch mixed with orange juice and cranberry juice kind of way), but more complex than that, showing strong yeasty qualities and maybe some caramel malts. Medium thick body and very smooth in the mouth, it’s much thicker than any other Boscos beer I can remember. Yeasty flavors up front, banana smoothness smothering lightly grainy sweetness in the middle, and a very soft, smooth finish punctuated by a brief but piercing splash of black pepper and clove. Just enough acidity throughout to balance the soft banana mouthfeel. As it warms, the grains in the middle come more to the fore, and the softness and heaviness of the first sip give way to a less muddled, more delicate beer (with more noticable acidity and carbonation). I would say it’s mostly unoffending; there’s not really much to say about it, or to make it memorable. Not a joy to drink, but pleasant enough, it’s above average.

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