jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Golden apricot colors. Big head with sweet, malted, bread grain flavors. Dry and wheaty. A good beer and thanks to M500 for the sample! guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Murky, unfiltered appearance. Fruity, malty aroma. Smooth, rich wheat/rye maltiness with just the right amount of hops to keep the taste balanced. Very flavorful finish, with a pepper-like spicy aftertaste. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2003
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! Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2003
A muddy orange color with a nice red hue. The head is gargantuan. An interesting aroma that is sweet, but also has a strong, spicy component, which must be rye. As this is really my first rye, I may be wrong, but it seems to be very reminiscent of a german wheat. Similar but also different. Many of the same characteristics in the mouthfeel, the nose, and the flavor. Not really banana or clove, but still tasty, some bubblegum phenols, yeast and a smooth mouthfeel. A surprisingly great beer. One that I was not very able to describe, but one I greatly enjoyed. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Re-rate 1/11/03: Doesn’t have nearly the same carbonated pour as the first rating, but I did pour it a little colder. Mostly the same as the previous rating. Nice sweetness and rye flavor throughout. Crisp, clean and enjoyable.
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Original rating 7/2/03: Pours with a ton of carbonation, about 90%, which subsides into a hazy orange. Light citrus aroma leads into a full palate with a smooth, good rye sweetness. A very mellow and drinkable brew. A true roggenbier, very unique. I was glad to try this one.
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. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 Holy cow is this a picture of dark brown churned-up sedimentary stuff. Rye imparts a slight sourness plus some nuttiness as jskendzel mentions. Nice beer, different and refreshing. Strange head formation (lots of larger, loose bubbles). jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Dark amber. Definitely full bodied, lightly citrus, tastes like there is some wheat in there. A little acidic also; bit nutty. Well balanced and a delight to drink by the lake on a warm summer evening. JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 17, 2003
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! urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Big bubbles creating a rather large unruly head. Ugly murky body with floaties. Aroma is big, weizenbock-like. The initial flavor is like a very good dunkelweizen, but disappates somewhat through the glass. Actually, pretty good, but there are elements I like, others I do not like.