According to the German Beer Institute (germanbeerinstitute.com a pretty neat and informative site) the following is what makes a Roggenbier.
"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 are "naturtrüb," meaning naturally turbid."
With that out of the way the same website has this to say about the bier's character in it's modern form.
"Being ancient brews, Roggenbiers can have a faint whiff of earthiness in the nose that is reminiscent of rye bread. The up-front sensation is one of mild fruitiness. There is a slight to extreme yeastiness and breadiness in the middle, and an almost smoky, spicy, faintly sour and very dry finish—clearly the effects of the rye malt. Effervescence ranges from medium to spritzy like a Hefeweizen. The body is substantial, almost reminiscent of a Bockbier. The brew has a pleasant, rich, off-white head when poured."
The above is what I'm looking for! Any idea if my recipe will produce something close to this?
Hey and no offense taken from anyone's retort. As for what bier style guidelines say, I could care less (unless it's for a contest), I like most want to brew what fits my taste buds the best! According to my calculations, based on gravity point extraction, I'm using 47.1% Barley, 37.3% Wheat, and 15.5% Rye. I think I may add .5-1 lb more Rye, I'd like to get it up closer to 20%.
How's the Recipe look?
Furthermore I appologize for not knowing how to be brief!
Ps As for going AG... that's where I'm headed, but I need to get a couple more brews under my belt for experience, and I need to stock the bier closet before I'm dropping coin on a burner ($35 110 BTU WalMart), Brew pot (40 Qt. $75/Keg if I can lay my hands on one), and wort chiller ($?? DIY project). Besides before I buy all of my stuff to go AG I've got to set up my kegging system.... BECAUSE BOTTELING SUX way worse than having to extract/PM brew!