Rye beerrefers to anybeerin whichrye(generallymalted) is substituted for some portion of thebarley. Rye beers are consideredspecialty beersthat are brewed with unusualfermentablessuch as rice, corn, or wheat.
One example of this isroggenbierwhich is a specialty beer produced with up to sixty percent rye malt. The style originated inBavaria, in southernGermany, and is brewed with the same type ofyeastas aGermanhefeweizen, resulting in a similar light, dry, spicy taste.A German smoke-flavoredrauchroggen/rauchbiercould be made by drying some rye malt over an open flame rather than in akiln.
In the United States, another style of rye beer is being developed byhomebrewersandmicrobreweries. In some examples, thehoppresence is pushed to the point where they resembleAmericanIndia pale ales(IPAs).This style is often called aRye IPA, or just a "Rye-P-A", a take-off of the abbreviation for an India Pale Ale: "IPA."