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Saengerfest Maibock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: keeganfrank on 04-30-2011)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Appearance - Pours a very dark copper color with an inch thick, creamy off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes. Has a great creamy, thick lacing.

Smell - Not getting much here.. The aroma is very feint. There's a slight musty aroma that covers up the others. Earthy, nutty, and buttery malts.

Taste - Has a very strong sweetness and honey flavor. Earthy, somewhat floral, nutty, buttery, very malty, and an alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied with high carbonation that gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - I think this is my first maibock. It's not bad. A little strong for my taste but it's nice to try different styles.

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Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Saengerfest is a very bubbly, apricot-orange color with a thin yet active cream colored head. The nose is sweet with caramel, honey and molasses. The taste is much more balanced than the nose would lead you to believe; grassy hops balance the aforementioned sweetness nicely for a smooth neutral finish. The mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation, making for an easy drinking beer that finishes slightly dry. Overall a good beer, nothing overly memorable but definitely a good drinker!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.