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  • Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)

    Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)

    Aroma: Light to moderate spicy rye aroma intermingled with light to moderate weizen yeast aromatics (spicy clove and fruity esters, either banana or citrus). Light noble hops are acceptable. Light spicy, floral, or herbal hops are acceptable.


    Appearance: Light coppery-orange to very dark reddish or coppery-brown color. Large creamy off-white to tan head, quite dense and persistent (often thick and rocky). Cloudy, hazy appearance.


    Flavor: Grainy, moderately-low to moderately-strong spicy rye flavor, often having a hearty flavor reminiscent of rye or pumpernickel bread. Medium to medium-low bitterness allows an initial malt sweetness (sometimes with a bit of caramel) to be tasted before yeast and rye character takes over. Low to moderate weizen yeast character (banana, clove), although the balance can vary. Medium-dry, grainy finish with a lightly bitter (from rye) aftertaste. Low to moderate spicy, herbal, or floral hop flavor acceptable, and can persist into aftertaste.


    Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. High carbonation. Moderately creamy.


    Overall Impression: A dunkelweizen made with rye rather than wheat, but with a greater body and light finishing hops.

    1.046 - 1.056
    1.010 - 1.014
    10 - 20
    14 - 19
    4.5 - 6%

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