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Saengerfest Maibock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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84
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: keeganfrank on 04-30-2011)
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Photo of keeganfrank
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

keeganfrank, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jaay
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jaay, May 11, 2012
Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Lukass, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 16, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Groomsy, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear gold in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Sweet, toasted malt, buttered saltine cracker. Clean finish. Pleasant and easy-drinking. Sessionable. A nice craft "starter" brew.

hosehead83, May 16, 2011
Photo of Cincy_Joe
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Cincy_Joe, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jaidenjb, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

WesMantooth, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of bayner34
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bayner34, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

KerryCummins1977, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Oldkentman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Oldkentman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of ltjska04
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night at Maifest in Covington. In the plastic cup it appeared semi-clear golden blonde to amber with a nice big white head that lasted until the end. The aroma was noble hops with some grassy and grainy smells. The taste follows the same path with sweet grainy flavors leading the way to caramel/butterscotch. The mouthfeel is full and has some residual sweetness like most of Moerlein's beers. It left the inside of my mouth feeling kind of sticky. Nothing outstanding but overall not a bad offering from Moerlein.

ltjska04, May 15, 2011
Photo of seanote
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

seanote, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Infamous7100, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of barczar
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper color with a fairly solid one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is laden with melanoidin character, caramelized malt, buttery toffee, slightly nutty, with a mild floral hop finish. There's a bit of metallic tang.

Flavor reveals much more of the metallic tang, which underlies caramel malt, toasted breadcrust, leading into a slightly bitter, dry finish. A bit of malt sweetness and floral hop flavor becomes evident as the tang subsides.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of grainy astringency. Alcohol warmth hits the belly.

Overall, there are some off flavors...or maybe the wrong type of hops were used if that flavor is hop derived. Was hoping for more malt complexity for the style.

barczar, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of viverlee
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

ABV: 6.5%

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

viverlee, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of chrisroarshack
3/5  rDev -19.4%

chrisroarshack, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -19.4%

birchstick, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ChuckSchick
3/5  rDev -19.4%

ChuckSchick, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jeffyboy65
3/5  rDev -19.4%

jeffyboy65, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of mcallister
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

mcallister, May 30, 2011
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Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.