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Beer Styles

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Rye Beer

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 roasted malt astringency is acceptable when balanced with low to medium malt sweetness. Hop flavor is low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is low to medium. These beers can be made using either ale or lager yeast. The addition of rye to a beer can add a spicy or pumpernickel character to the flavor and finish. Color can also be enhanced and may become more red from the use of rye. The ingredient has come into vogue in recent years in everything from stouts to lagers, but is especially popular with craft brewers in India pale ales. To be considered an example of the style, the grain bill should include sufficient rye such that rye character is evident in the beer.

Category: Specialty Beers

Food Pairings

  • Jerk Chicken
  • Wensleydale
  • Savory Bread Pudding

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Vase
45-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Inclusion of rye can create a wide range of color. Lighter versions: Straw to Copper. Darker versions: Dark Amber to Dark Brown

Clarity

Varies

Carbonation (Visual)

Varies

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Varies

Hop

Hop flavor and aroma are low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is low to medium

Malt

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

Esters

Low level fruity-ester flavors are typical

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

In versions served with yeast, appearance may range from hazy to very cloudy

Sensations

Body

Varies

Carbonation

Low to High

Finish Length

Varies

Attenuation

Varies

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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