Archive for the ‘Roggenbier’ Category

This was the second beer that I had at Twin Light. When I asked how it was, the owner said that this was more like a wheat IPA, which seems to be all the rage lately. But, I haven’t really found one that marries the two styles perfectly. Hopefully I’m surprised by this one.

ABV: 7%

Style: Roggenbier

Trivia: According to the German Beer Institute, “Roggenbier is a medieval ale usually made from a grain bill of about half barley malt and equal portions of wheat and rye malts. Today, a Roggenbier may be either an ale or a lager. Modern renditions of the brew have about 5 to 5.5% alcohol by volume. Rye ales are mildly hopped, which allows the grain flavors to be dominant. Filtration appears to be optional in a rye ale and many, such as the Paulaner (depicted right) are ‘naturtrüb,’ meaning naturally turbid. A yeast-turbid Roggenbier is more authentic, considering that the style had been around long before beer filtration was invented in 1878.”

Random: This brewery is on the list of ones that I need to visit.

This poured with a slightly off white head that was pretty thick. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy yellow color with some visible carbonation. The nose definitely smelled like a wheat beer with clove and banana. It also had a decent dose of citrus. The taste was definitely a hybrid of a wheat beer and an IPA. It started with citrus and clove flavors, then goes into some grapefruity hops and then the banana came out. This was a really bright beer. I didn’t get any rye on this though. It also had a medium body and pleasant carbonation. Definitely an easy drinker and crisp. The finish lasted with notes of citrus and banana. I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0