Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Based on many revisits of this gem of a beer. Pours amber with some protein globules and a diminishing white head. Smells of lemons, wheat, oranges, lots of tangy qualities, some underlying tarte like hints found in many Jolly Pumpkin beers. Tastes of creamy sweet malt, lots of tangy hints, lemons, some underlying sourness, some wild qualities (accidental?). The palate on this reminds me of a melted milk shake. It is extremely velvety and enjoyable. The finish on this is a nice balance of tarte and full bodied grain. One of the best German beers I have tasted and easily one of my top 20.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a grand, historically accurate
example of the dunkelweizen style, but be ready to pour right when you open this one -- the excellent spontaneous carbonation of this beer led it to crawl out the neck of the bottle! Unique, cloudy cream soda color and tons of sediment cloud the glass to a center-opaqueness with light visible at the sides. First sniff from the bottle said "skunk" -- but this was totally a perceptual illusion, as aged fruity aromas of ginger and Nestea w/lemon emanate from the glass. Flavor is bountiful in fruit maltiness of a quality not far less than a top-quality Belgian brune -- with a unique German dark cerealgrain-prune twist, perhaps imparted by the rye used. Hearty body and sharp alcohol finish with a soft mouthfeel. Very impressive beer!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roggen bier, or "rye beer" is a unique German beer style, that is brewed with a portion of malted rye. Much like hefeweizen or wheat beer, these beers tend to be tart and refreshing, and make the perfect thirst quenching brew, and a type of beer that would match up to light fare as well as hearty fare. Burgerbrau’s version is a classic example brewed with 60% rye malt, pilnser malt, dark Munich malt, and something called "Sour malt". It is then hopped with Halletauer hops for aroma, and some balancing hop bitterness. Coming in at a modest 5.5% alcohol by volume, roggen bier is the type of beer you could enjoy a few of.
Wolnzacher Roggenbier pours to a very hazy, deep golden color with a huge, rocky white head, and a very vibrant carbonation. This beer is sedimented with yeast, and like a hefeweizen, you should rouse the yeast, and pour it into the beer. The nose on this beer is very fragrant, with big spicy aromas of malted rye, some crisp pilsner malt aroma, and some herbal hop aromas. The palate is firm and grainy on the tongue with lots of spicy rye malt flavor, that is tart and refreshing on the tongue. There is also a pleasing sour malt flavor, that you can really pick up, and it makes this beer even more thirst quenching. Wolnzacher Roggenbier finishes with more of those spicy, grainy, and sour flavors, then ends with some nice herbal hop bitterness.
This is a delicious, refreshing, very interesting rye beer, a style you really don’t see a lot of. I enjoyed mine after doing some yard work, and it really hit the spot. I would match this one up with grilled fish as well, or even a roasted chicken or pork dish. It retails in 1/2 liter brown bottles for $3.25, and is well worth the price.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first pour it was a bright orange and very slight haze with a huge beige head. Then swirled bottle and poured the rest and it looked extremely cloudy with small and large yeast particles. Aroma is rediculously fruity, yeasty, sweet and malty. Freaking awesome- better aroma than any other hefeweizen. Lots of banana and apple balancing nicely with eachother. Flavor is sweet and malty with some lemon and clove. Also some fruitiness and yeast. great mouthfeel and balanced finish. Slightly tart in the end. I love burgerbrau.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich and thick. The nose is Rye and oatmeal, with some flowery aromatic hops. This is a huge beer that transported me back to my days living in Germany sitting at a cafe with a tall glass of dark rye beer in the sunshine. So enjoyable that it is hard to put into words. Each sip is like a huge bite, almost meal-like thickness. Balance is nice, huge rye malts and notes of caramel and wheat. Some rye dryness and flowery hops finishes the tasty journey. Simply amazing!
JPDIPSO (5604) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with a initially large light tan big bubbled head. Heavy yeast and hopsack aroma. Light malt/rye tickles the nose. A real malt heavyweight in flavor. Slick rye glides on the tongue, with just enough effervesence to keep it lively. A touch of citrus late in the gulp also helps this malty monster. Its been I while since I've had a good roggenbier, and ths one sure hits the spot. The final pour yields a plethora of yeast and the pour now looks more like the second day of fermenation, yet the flavors are still smooth and pleasant. Just Plain Nice!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good ale. Lemon, citrus, and rye flavor. Finishes crisp, clean and dry. Recommended.
Ernest (7320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, clove, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Another beautiful Bürgerbräu creation...their answer to weissbier; bigger, toastier, richer. A real treat, pity this one doesn't make it to Colorado (other than at Falling Rock once, thanks to Chris Black being a fan of this brewery!).
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, vinous, spicy, caramel, orange, clovey aroma seems reminiscent of a scotch ale or barley wine. Muddy brown-orange colour with thin but persistent cover of dense white head. Fairly sweet, very fresh orange-spicy hop flavour with plenty of supporting malt. Strong, vibrant, soft-bubbled carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sediment-filled and darkly opaque, this beer looks like it came from a Bronx sewer pipe. But fear not! Because the taste is much more appealing. Heavily overcarbonated, by the way, though I don't think my bottle is 'off' because it doesn't taste funky and others have commented on this beer's weird appearance. As for its taste, you'd have a hard time telling this beer apart from a yeasty, citrusy wheat beer. There's a lot of lemony flavor here and the rye, composing 60% of the malt, has a wheaty impact. Probably the best Roggen I've ever had.