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German-Style Rye Ale (Roggenbier) with or without Yeast

German-Style Rye Ale (Roggenbier) with or without Yeasts are pale to very dark, with darker versions running dark amber to dark brown. Chill haze is acceptable in these versions packaged and served without yeast. In versions served with yeast, appearance may range from hazy to very cloudy. Low banana-like fruity-ester aroma is typical; phenolic, clove-like aromas should also be perceived. In darker versions malt aromas can optionally include low roasted malt characters evident as cocoa/chocolate or caramel, and/or aromatic toffee-like, caramel, or biscuit-like characters. Diacetyl aroma should not be perceived. No yeast aroma should be evident in versions without yeast. Low to medium yeast aroma should not overpower the balance and character of rye and barley malt and hops in versions with yeast. Hop aroma is not perceived. Malt sweetness will vary from low to medium. In darker versions malt flavor can optionally include low roasted malt characters evident as cocoa/chocolate or caramel, and/or aromatic toffee-like, caramel, or biscuit-like characters. Low level roast malt astringency acceptable when balanced with low to medium level malt sweetness. No yeast flavor should be evident in versions without yeast. Low to medium yeast aroma should not overpower the balance and character of rye and barley malt and hops in versions with yeast. Hop flavor is not perceived. Hop bitterness is very low to low. These beers can be made using phenol producing yeast. Grist should include at least 30 percent rye malt. Low banana-like fruity-ester flavor is typical; phenolic, clove-like characteristics should also be perceived. Diacetyl flavor should not be perceived. In versions packaged and served without yeast, no yeast characters should be evident in mouthfeel. Versions served with yeast should portray a full yeasty mouthfeel. Body is low to medium.

Vitals

  • Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.047 - 1.056 (11.7 - 13.8)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.008 - 1.016 (2.1 - 4.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.90% - 4.40% (4.90% - 5.60%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (10 - 15)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 4 - 25 (8 - 50)
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