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Saengerfest Maibock - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Saengerfest MaibockSaengerfest Maibock

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BA SCORE
84
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%


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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:13:35 | More by BEERchitect
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:33:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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mcallister

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:11:06 | More by mcallister
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 16:35:27 | More by hosehead83
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barczar

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:08:34 | More by barczar
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:12:15 | More by deadonhisfeet
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chilidog

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 15:41:53 | More by chilidog
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:15:10 | More by gmfessen
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Natural510

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 13:56:04 | More by Natural510
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:56:27 | More by jsisko01
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 21:40:17 | More by Infamous7100
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screamking

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:08:15 | More by screamking
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 13:41:45 | More by keeganfrank
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:55:36 | More by Groomsy
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 19:47:07 | More by ltjska04
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viverlee

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:07:46 | More by viverlee
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:10:54 | More by Extrajoker00
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BFC84

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 21:11:12 | More by BFC84
Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.