Saengerfest Maibock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
07-27-2012 21:08:34 | More by barczar
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
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Finally found this one at the end of its season. It pours an amber copper. White head that maintains fair with mild lace.
Aroma of bready malts.
Tastes of bread-like malts, a sweetness with vanilla and toffee. The mouth is left a crisp from a follow-up hop. The brew is of medium body. Overall not a bad little maibock. One of my favorite brews from them. Reminds me of OTR. I'll buy again next year.
11-13-2011 15:41:53 | More by chilidog
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
12oz bottle, no date.
Pours a bright amber color with ample creamy, bone-white head.
Breaded, tangy scent with hints of caramel and green apple.
Flavor is sweet and slightly tangy. Breaded caramel malts meet fruity apple and banana flavors; yeast and hop create a semi-dry, tart finish.
Medium-bodied lager, crisp and easy-drinking.
Tasty maibock offering from Moelein; one of their better beers. This would be a good one to drink in quantity at any of your seasonal Bavarian festivals.
08-24-2011 13:56:04 | More by Natural510
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
Served in a pint glass
A : a nice red/brown copper with a light but creamy head
S : hints of vanilla, caramel and hops
T : hints of various flavors vanilla, caramel, hops and faint wheat tones
M : creamy full bodied and flavored
D : very good wish I'd bought 12 rather than 6. on my shopping list
This is a very complexly crafted beer. I was very pleasantly surprised and would recommend to friends
08-09-2011 23:10:54 | More by Extrajoker00
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear gold in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam.
Taste-Sweet, toasted malt, buttered saltine cracker. Clean finish. Pleasant and easy-drinking. Sessionable. A nice craft "starter" brew.
05-16-2011 16:35:27 | More by hosehead83
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
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-15-2011 19:47:07 | More by ltjska04
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
Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.