Saengerfest Maibock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.71/5 rDev +0.5%
What a solid beer from Moerlein.12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottling date reveals an early March bottling.
Saengerfest has a deep and clear golden body, topped by a firm soapy head that slowly dwindles and leaves splotchy lacing behind. Constant carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass keep the beer from going flat. A classy-looking lager in a glass.
The smell is fresh and inviting. Notably, a baked bread/biscuity aroma is at the forefront with a nice helping of caramel and slightly roasted malt. The malt presence is steadily backed by a helping of spicy/floral hops, following a solid formula for the Maibock style. As the beer warms, more caramel emerges. A well-balanced and crisp-smelling lager.
Saengerfest is refreshing and sturdily flavorful at the same time. Starting off with a solid backbone of bready goodness, the flavors transitions into caramelly sweetness before finishing with a crisp, spicy hop note on the back of the tongue. There are also some lingering fruity/grassy esters as well. Greatly drinkable and balanced, and a very solid achievement in a somewhat overlooked style of lagers.
This Maibock has a body on the heavier side of medium but is balanced by a crisp, slightly drying carbonation and clean, hoppy finish. Very drinkable for a slightly high ABV.
Moerlein tells to nail their lagers, and Saengerfest is no exception. This is very drinkable and refreshing while still packing an excellent flavor. This will be a staple in my fridge until it's no longer available this season.
04-19-2013 00:55:36 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
I am not one of those reviewers who goes into all that stuff. All I know is I liked it. it has some different notes/ tastes and i believe is distinctive. I really enjoyed this and have gone back for more. It seems my local Kroger didn't sell it too well and has a lot on hand, good for me. $8.99/6pk
08-23-2012 21:11:12 | More by BFC84
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
A: poured into my pint glass a golden, light copper color. Semi aggressive pour that yields a thin white head. No lacing.
S: all sweetness here. Some buttery notes accompanied by bread malts. Maltbomb?
T: very sweet and bready at the front but balanced nicely by some bitterness toward the middle, the first sign of hops. Finish is a combination of each. The flavors seem to be right but need to be amped up. Also some warmth as it goes down the hatch.
M: decently carbonated but morphs into a nice creaminess. The finish, which is sweet, hangs around a while. Pleasant.
O: Not a bad beer. The mouthfeel, body and aromas are all done well. The flavor just need to stand out a tad more.
07-04-2011 21:40:17 | More by Infamous7100
3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured this 12oz into pint glass.
This beer pours a nice light copper color, very little head which disappears very fast. Very sweet aroma, with lots of floral and orange notes. Other than the first blast of sweet smell, there's not a lot in this aroma.
The taste is crisp at first and then quickly turns bitter in the aftertaste. Good floral notes, earthy sweetness. Some distinct brown sugar mixed caramel in there as well. The hop bitterness that shows up in the aftertaste is quite good. I must say this beer surprised me. I've been pounding the Chris Morelein latly and I must say this is one of their better offerings. It's easy to drink and easy to find, at least in the 513.
04-12-2013 00:08:15 | More by screamking
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
A little late in the year for this style, but what the heck. Poured from a bottle into a small stein. The beer pours out a clear orange-amber color (perhaps a bit on the light side for this style) and a rough pour produces a nice majestic white head that has some staying power. Faint malt aroma with some spice notes detectable.
Nice rich malty flavor and a lush, smooth feel. Very drinkable and balanced with pleasantly assertive peppery notes arriving at mid-palate and carrying the malt through the finish. No objectionable hop notes. A very well-crafted Maibock. My only quibble is that I would prefer a bit more malt character. Still, an excellent example of the style.
06-12-2013 21:12:15 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Arrived from the bartender with very little head. Liquid is a copper brown, like red-tinted tea. Smells of sweet grasses, bread and caramel. Some noticeable floral perfumes as well. Flavor is crisp-grass or fresh vegetables; also sweet like caramel or toffee. Enjoyable to consume, has good weight and nice balance between crispness and creaminess.
04-30-2011 13:41:45 | More by keeganfrank
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance - a nice looking honey gold color, a finger of white foam at first, slow to fade back. Lots of carbonation from below, some light lacing on the glass.
Aroma - a sweet graininess with a faint aroma of spiced honey. On the lighter side, some light estery abv.
Taste - good malt flavor, slightly sweet, rather robust. The hops provide great balance without stepping out into their own element of bitterness. The malt persists, but not by much. The swallow has a touch of abv heat to it, slight drying at the finish.
Mouthfeel - notable smoothness but a little too much carbonation, I like a less bouncy maibock. Given some time, that dissipates to a more complementary level.
Drinkability - a tasty sessionable maibock for the spring season. This Saengerfest is raised in toast to Tait, formerly of Songer Whitewater Rafting. An outstanding river guide of the Upper Gauley on our recent excursion with Rivermen in WV. He made my first experience with Class V rapids both safe and unforgettable.
05-16-2011 03:33:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Let the spring fests commence! These lighter profile Oktoberfests deliver a purer pilsner taste that might actually qualify for some of the original imperial pilsners. But with a touch of bready Vienna malt and a kiss of herbal hops, the beer is nearly as refreshing as traditional Vienna lagers.
The rich lager opens with an extremely bright amber-gold hue and absolute brilliant clarity. Saengerfest builds a confident yet understate white foam that caps the beer firmly from start to finish while leaving interspersed islands of foam behind on the glass.
An odd and compelling aroma matrix strikes the olfactories with both delicate and bold characteristics. Firs the rich malt aroma provides a rich malt and slight grainy scent with fresh baking bread, flaky bread crust, and a hint of pecan and elegant maltiness (almost caramel). A mild and nearly dismissed herbal hop complement allows for a notion of honeysuckle to emerge from the clean malt profile.
Flavors aren't all and all different. Rich sweetness massages the tongue with flavors of confectioner's sugar, light honey, near-caramel, the melanoidin-rich crust of light bread, savory butterscotch, and pecans all culminate in a well infused taste with all-out confidence and a seductive, soothing property. The ultra floral aroma translates to a somewhat fruity and rosy taste that develops nicely into a hop finish that doesn't quite balance the taste but prevents cloying taste and texture. There's an odd hop bitter/bite that has a perfumy taste that carries me slightly toward detergent- this the only determent to taste.
Medium bodied, the mouth wants to interpret it as full because of the flavors that remind us of lagers. But the semi-dense fullness allows the malt to coat the tongue in somewhat oily fashion. It's creamy carbonation is subtle and accompanies the beer well past mid palate and deep into finish where the medium alcohol warmth, lessening malt impressions, and subtle woody hop astringencies finish the beer with malty-dry closure.
Although I'm rush toward the imperial-this and 70 ibu-that, I'm also a lush for well made German beers that deliver true elegance in taste, texture, and balance. Saengerfest does this with ease as my palate is haplessly seduced.
08-31-2012 05:13:35 | More by BEERchitect
2.75/5 rDev -25.5%
So my mai-bock obsession continues. Didn't want to buy a whole sixer of this as I'm not a huge fan of CM beers but what the hell. We shall see.
Pours a polished copper with a large foamy head of white very soapy and like shampoo lather.
Nice nose of toffee, caramel, big bready malts. Very clean aromas with some floral and spicey hop esters in the end.
Taste a slightly sweet and slightly cloying on the finish. Zippy carbonation, big toffee, noble hop presence in the middle with floral, and spicey notes, but need more bittering in the finish. Again just slightly cloying. A bit buttery on the finish as well. Some acidity in the chest. Yep now I will be looking at five more of these.
05-30-2011 18:11:06 | More by mcallister
3/5 rDev -18.7%
I’ve done my part for the betterment of the community today. This decent, but not overwhelming brew is 6.5% ABV, at least according to the online menu of the restaurant Christian Moerlein just opened in Cincinnati. I submitted an update to the powers that be at BeerAdvocate. You’re welcome.
STYLE: Maibock / Helles Bock
LOOK: Golden orange, iced tea. Nonstop rush of bubbles.
NOSE: Malty dominance, bitter honey, walnuts.
MOUTH: Bananas, lemon, bubblegum. A little too banana maybe, which says to me neither “Spring” nor “Cincinnati.” Whatever. There’s a dry, not altogether pleasant finish that’s a tad too sharp to follow the sweet fruity notes.
BA Rating: Not available
Hayward Abbey Rating: 75
06-25-2012 02:07:46 | More by viverlee
Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.