BJCP 2021:
🇩🇪 Germany


Roggenbier is a traditional German beer style that is notable for its substantial use of rye ("Roggen" in German), which generally comprises a significant portion of the grain bill. Its history dates back to medieval times, and this type of beer was prevalent in Germany before the Reinheitsgebot, the famed 1516 Bavarian beer purity law, restricted the ingredients in beer to just barley, hops, and water (yeast would be acknowledged later). After this law came into effect, beers like Roggenbier fell out of common production. However, it has seen a resurgence in modern craft brewing.

The appearance of Roggenbier is typically cloudy due to its unfiltered nature and can range from copper to brown in coloration with a noticeable rye haze. This style often exhibits a large, creamy off-white to tan head that persists well. The aroma is rich with spicy and fruity notes; the distinctive contribution from rye reveals itself as a crisp breadiness or pumpernickel character. It may also show elements similar to those found in weizen beers such as banana and clove, contributed by the specialized ale yeast used during fermentation.

In terms of flavor and palate sensations, Roggenbier offers an intriguing mix that reflects both its grain content and yeast selection. The spiciness of the rye malt contributes to an earthy flavor that's often compared with sourdough bread and is balanced against a moderate hop bitterness. The phenolic characteristics typical of weizen yeasts provide additional layers of spice with possible hints of clove and pepper while achieving a medium-light to medium body with smooth mouthfeel despite potential tartness from the rye. Fruit notes like banana can add complexity but should not dominate over the primary flavors derived from the rye malt.

Relating Roggenbier to other styles, its closest counterparts are likely Rye IPAs on account of their shared utilization of rye but differ significantly due to IPA’s hop-forward profile compared against Roggenbiers balance towards yeast-driven flavors in combination with rye malt complexity. Furthermore, you could draw parallels between Weissbiers or Hefeweizens owing to comparable ester profiles established by the ale yeasts used across these styles though diverging again on Weissbiers' lack of prominent rye characteristics in favor of wheat dominance. Roggenbier sits as a somewhat niche offering situated interestingly at the juncture between distinct malt intricacy and aromatic yeast expressions within beer nomenclature.



4.5 – 6.0 %

In Database
4.2 < 5.1 < 6.4 %


10 – 20 IBU

In Database
10 < 17 < 24 IBU


28 – 37 EBC
14 – 19 SRM

In Database
25 < 31 < 40 EBC
13 < 16 < 20 SRM

Original Extract

11.4 – 13.7 °P
1.046 – 1.056 OG

In Database
10.6 < 12.8 < 16.0 °P
1.043 < 1.052 < 1.066 OG

Final Gravity

2.6 – 3.6 °P
1.010 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.3 < 4.5 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.018 FG

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