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Terrapin Side Project Roggenrauchbier

Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Smoked
Athens, Georgia USA


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
At Terrapin we enjoy our rye and our smoke...beers. Volume 2 in the "Side Project" series combines a Rogenbier and a Rauchbier, two German classics. Roggen means rye, Rauch means smoke, and bier means beer. We love them all! Introducing Terrapinís Roggenrauchbier. With a slight hint of spice from the rye malt and a pleasant overtone from the smoked malt this beer has two great tastes that taste great together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
I donít like the way youíre walking.Youíve been into the sacramental rauchbier again. Youíre fahsnickered! You drunken mule, you.

Aroma: wow, truly delicate and upliftingly pleasant! light sweet smoked wood and light honey bbq sauce ..
Look: pours a 20yr old copper penny with medium foam, stable headring , lacing is proper.. . its my specialty and junk ... .
Mouth: perfect perfect perfect in the mouth, full and coating but not overdone, classy! ... very pure smokiness, light kiss of smoked caramel even,
a fantastic brew... (salami and smoked gouda would be amazing with this)... I said a few weeks ago that smoked beers were becoming my new favourite style (eclipsing my love of english barleywines) and this beer helps out my thinking ...
What good is mining nose gold if I canít share it with the townspeople? .. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Terrapinís second side project sounded great even before it came out, because a RoggenRauchbier is a triple departure from normal American craft brewing because of the use of smoking, rye malt, and lager yeast. But then again Terrapin is no normal brewery. Like the first one, this side project came in a 22 oz. bomber. The beer was poured into a pint glass, and it looked amber brown in color with limited carbonation that formed a ring of foam. The smell was sweet and smoky, but not quite in your face like the real Bamberg offerings. The taste was a beautiful mix of smoke, sweetness, and spice. The three elements were in a harmony I was not anticipating, but on second thoughts this should indeed have been anticipated from this true lager. Some hops were also noticeable, but they had taken on a decidedly supporting role this time. Not sure what the ABV was in this one, but it had to be close to a bock, as the body was medium thick and filling. I enjoyed it much better than the first side project,due to a more focussed and unique vision. Keep them rolling fellas, and I will be eagerly waiting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bomber courtesy of juiceisloose. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of sweet rye, some light smoky malt, caramel. Tastes earthy and smoky with some earthiness on the finish. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a huge tan head. Aroma of smoke and rye. Flavor is very smokey with a small bite at the end. I think this is very good. Not sure about all of the bad ratings. Maybe my smoke palate is not up to par with everyone elses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pours a dark amber. White head. Good smoked flavor. Wonderful fruitiful aroma. Good side broject Terrapin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden orange/amber edges when held to a light source and a thin 1 finger yellowish beige head. Great retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that lasts throughout, leaving sporadic chunks of lacing behind. Smokey roasted malts dominate the aroma with hints of smoke, charcoal, butane, barbecued bacon and more smoked chocolate malts. Wow! Sweet rye flavor balances out the smokey barbecue charcoal bacony maltiness. There are some subtle hops but they are overshadowed by the burnt/smokey flavor. With all of the smokiness it is still somewhat balanced by the hops and sweetness up front. Not a complete rauch bomb by any means. This is an excellent beer and a very successful experiment that I wish they would turn into a year round offering. Highly recommended for fans of smoked/rauch beers but you should expect it to be a bit different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A- Body is a nearly transparent rich mahogany hue that pours with a minimal slightly off-white head that quickly fades to a collar. Collar has great retention and minimal traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass. S- The dominant part of the smell is the smokiness. Reminiscent of smoked meat. Underneath this is a sweet rye bread smell that brings a lot of balance. T- Upfront is a mild smoked meat flavor with an even milder rye bread background. The finish is a great balance of smoky flavors and sweet breadiness. A hint of smoke lingers. P-Medium to high carbonation and a nice light drinkable body. O- The smoky character is definitely present here but it balances with the other flavors so nicely that itís something that I could drink regularly (if it werenít limited edition). It has a nice quaffable body also. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-08-2008 03:59:25

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Mostly clear deep red. Nice light smoke on the nose. Roasty and lightly smoked on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to SpringsLicker. Poured brown in color with off white head. Aroma is smoke and roasted malt. Taste was similar with a nice sweetness to it. also a touch of coffee. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours a hazy burgundy with a small white head. The nose is of a nice, sweet, smoky, light malt; beautiful. Light-bodied and softly effervescent with a lingering, moderately smoky finish. Sweet, lightly spicy smoked malt with a mildly sweet and drying finish. This is a very nice beer and my second favorite smoked lager behind Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (and that is saying something).

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