Maierfest Lager - Rogue Ales
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3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that rapidly faded away, leaving only a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of bready malts along with hints of caramel, toffee and sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the malts assert themselves in the flavors. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and is smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style and goes down smoothly. If it was slightly less malty and filling then I would consider it to be sessionable.
10-15-2011 00:47:24 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
Polished persimmon with brilliant gold highlights and several fingers of foam that is darker than eggshell and lighter than ecru. The head isn't very sticky, as evidenced by a glass that is almost free of lace. The look is acceptable, though underwhelming.
The nose doesn't deliver on the malt front (as it should for the style) or the hop front (this is Rogue after all). It's faintly toasted, with very little Munich character. Like the color, it's a bit too light. Here's hoping the flavor doesn't follow suit.
Simply put, Maierfest Lager is not one of this brewery's more accomplished efforts. That's pretty surprising since they're known for doing pretty much all non-Belgian styles well; at least as far as this BA is concerned. Something bigger and darker and richer and heartier would have worked better.
If blinded, I would have gone with American amber lager with a handful of Munich malt and a somewhat brisk hoppiness. Specifics include lightly toasted-nutty cereal grains, a hint of tangy apricot, and a tea leaf quality that lends a quasi crispness to the less than lingering finish.
Some of that crispness is due to carbonation that was too brisk early on and is now just about right. The mouthfeel is as expected for a 5.6% lager and, truthfully, isn't up to Rogue's usually high standards.
In the interest of full disclosure, Oktoberfest is not one of my most favored styles. That said, I'm still able to identify and appreciate a good one. Maierfest Lager is not a good one. It's a slightly better than average one that I feel no need to drink again.
03-19-2010 14:37:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.15/5 rDev -16.2%
Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-golden body with a modest, white head.
Smell: Sweetish nose of steeped grains with mild, transient notes of lightly herbal hops and plastic bear honey.
Taste: Light German maltiness, with the bulk tasting of lightly sweet (with a touch of golden syrup), lightly grainy pilsner malts. Mere hint of breadiness in there as well. Faint hop character with a low amount of clean hop bitterness. Finishes a tad on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Though it's sweet, I am not sweet on it. I've had this one a couple of times and, well, on both instances I was left unmoved and disinterested. That doesn't mean you won't love it. So, go out there and love it for the both of us, won't you?
10-07-2009 04:16:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
If Any American brewery could do the type of Oktoberfest beer I could really like it would be hop friendly Rogue.This poured a rich full golden with a thinner white cap atop,fresh toasty bread dough aromas with a faint herbal hop note.Big toasty flavors with that lightly sweet pizza dough element,the caramel flavors are there but are not overdone,a great hebal drying smack hits in a longer finish.A great beer one I will find much more of,my new favorite O-fest lager.
09-19-2009 19:49:04 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.
S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Not much else.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some bready malt. A subtle spicy bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice oktoberfest. Good but not great.
11-01-2011 02:00:45 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
22 oz bomber at my increasingly favorite new watering hole for beer. The waitress had to double check that I was okay with the price - can't blame her, I suppose...
This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with lots of thick soapy white head, which leaves sparse lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet caramel malt, rye spice, and earthy hops. The taste is crisp biscuit/caramel malt, some soft citrus, winter spices, and very mild hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and evenly weighted, and it finishes off-dry and malty, yet crisp and spicy.
A very nice intro to autumn, or if the wind is to be believed tonight, winter...
10-13-2009 22:31:13 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
On-tap 9/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains fruit, honey, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of honey, fruit and caramel. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other O-fests that I would choose first.
09-17-2010 15:12:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
I remember being very impressed with this brew while drinking in the Southside of Pittsburgh, at Fathead's. This is from notes and it was my first or 2nd beer of the evening so I trust that my palate and judgement was okay. Beautifuly copper bronze body with a nice light creamy off white head, leaves behind ample speckled lacing. Aroma has a mild tartness a bit of a vinous note with some caramel and biscuit malt and a dash of raisin sweetness. Crisp herbal hop profile for balance but it's nice to smell a Rogue offering that doesn't smell like their signature Pacman yeast strain. Flavor was sweet with the caramel and biscuit malt presence but not cloying in anyway, a great pronounced hop bitterness with herbal leafy flavors going on in the finish even a touch of citrus that is typically not welcomed in my O fest but this was excellent. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with even smoth carbonation, drinkability was one of those by the liter sessionable brews that have become a rare experience in the realm of craft brewing. Will seek more of this stuff.
10-10-2009 16:55:24 | More by WVbeergeek
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
22 oz bottle into a mug.
Pours a clear coppery amber, with several frothy fingers of off-white head. This pretty readinly simmers down into a think frothy retention, which leaves some light foamy lace back. The aroma is fairly sweet with notes of sugary bread, toast, floral spice, and a splash of citrus mixed in. This could have used a bit more hops in the nose it seems.
The taste is sweet and toasty with bready grains and citrus flavors, which is evened out by a moderate amount of drying spicy bitterness. Finish is more on the sweet side, with a flush of malts in the back. As a matter of fact, I would say that the entire profile seems to lean more towards the maltier side, with just not enough hops to keep things in check. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with an easy feeling crispness that helps make up for some of the unbalanced nature.
As stated before, this was just a bit too sweet to stay enjoyable and the bomber actually got a bit boring to drink after a while. While this wasn't offensive or anything, there are definitely better bottled O-Fests out there right now.
10-13-2009 17:09:53 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager scent with a mild Munich malt sweetness. There is a slight bready character as well. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth and bready with a dry finish. The Munich malts provide a good deal of malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a well brewed Marzen. It has a near perfect malt flavor as well as a wonderful dry yeasty finish.
11-27-2009 00:49:46 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Crisp, aromatic beer with fair maltiness.
Golden amber color. Thin bodied with refreshing watery taste and modest malt flavors. Hints of honey. Citrus flavors and some acidity. Range of odd aromatics, and maybe it was bottled in a facility that also bottles chamomile-flavored beer, though I don't see a warning to that effect.
Not quite malty enough for the kind of robust Maibock that I like. But the balance of sweetness and tartness is pleasant enough.
03-13-2010 05:28:56 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours orange amber with a thin, off-white head that stays for awhile before becoming wispy.
The smell is of caramelish maltiness, some grainy notes with an herbal spicing.
The taste is of caramelish, grainly maltiness (slightly soapy). Sweetness is balanced by an herbal (slightly perfumy) dryness in the finish.
Medium-bodied, with carbonation on the mild side for the style - could use a few more bubbles, though fine as it is.
A different O-fest - not surprising as it uses American (Wilamette)hops. This brew is an interesting "Rogue" twist on the style.
11-26-2009 22:48:43 | More by jwc215
3.13/5 rDev -16.8%
Moderate starting head that settles to a single layer of bubbles that leave nearly no lace on the glass. Hazy dark straw color--quite light color for the style.
Raw grain aroma with a mild hop nose. Reminds me more of an American cream ale as opposed to a marzen.
The brew has berry notes to the nearly all malt flavor. Very mild, I don't note any hop. The body is decent and the carbonation is appropriate.
Overall, it's more of a lawnmower beer than anything else.
10-21-2010 00:37:36 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a light amber, with a soft fizzy white head with average retention.
S: Munich malt, caramel, apple.
T: Light caramel malt notes/Munich malt mixed with some maple and golden apple, good flavour, cidery at times.
M: Soft carbonation, light aftertaste, light-bodied.
D: A solid beer from Rogue, too expensive for what it is though.
10-22-2009 17:59:12 | More by Halcyondays
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls slowly.
Smell: little aroma as only some malt sweetness rises from the glass.
Taste: bready and mildly grainy malt profile. Some grass, hint of earthiness, and a decent bitterness makes up a nice oktoberfest.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied but a bit thin too. Crisp to start, less so at the finish. Aftertaste is short, almost clean.
Drinkability: very easy to consume this one. This is a nice session beer.
10-08-2009 23:50:40 | More by Gavage
3/5 rDev -20.2%
A: Poured a nice golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice cascading white cap
S: A little bit of toasted grains and floral notes but pretty tame
T: Uuuhh. Honey, grains, a little sweetness, floral hops, sordove sticky. Not clean and crisp, nor is it refreshing.
M: Sordove syrupy, a bit to sweet
08-19-2011 03:31:39 | More by barleywinefiend
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Typical 22 ounce Rogue bomber, w/o freshness info.
A- Cloudy, dull tangarine amber, quickly departing light tan head, leaves nominal fine bits of lace.
S- Earthy malts picked up by the sniffer
T- Malty amber brew, slight floral note,lite lime and gin, but in the end, mostly light malt and moderate grainy hops drying out the finish.
M- nothing special going on mouthfeel wise
O- ehh, decent but not anything I would rush back to buy more of
01-30-2012 22:59:07 | More by Billolick
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
A: Very lightly hazy golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that dissipates immediately leaving a very thin ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Very subtle/light aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and grassy/earthy hops.
T: Flavor is sweet toasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar. The beer has some more subtle hints of citrus zest and floral notes. There is some mild earthy hop bitterness in the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a dry finish.
O: Good for the style but nothing special - I have had many other beers in this style (though this is the first I have reviewed) and I would much rather have other beers instead of this one - not a bad beer just pales in comparison to others. Easy to drink and a decent session beer.
02-27-2012 01:38:40 | More by dbrauneis
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Slightly chill hazed amber with a puffy white head.
Toasted grain aroma with a nutty scent like wheat bran. Slightly spicy noble hop aroma saffron and hay scent. The nutty smell makes this smell a lot like a Bock beer.
Starts out a little sweet with a slight tobacco taste. Biscuit malt flavor. Herbal tasting the sweetness again makes me think Bock beer.
Mouthfeel is full.
Overall it is expensive and too sweet.
07-05-2012 23:54:38 | More by Zorro
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
The $4.29 pricetag attracted me to this Rogue bomber, as they normally run a buck or two higher. I'm thristy, so on to the beer:
Leans towards a deep golden color with a finger's thick of head. Even two minutes after the pour, it still retains the thickness. Eventaully it falls thin and leaves dots of lacing. The aroma is very German, not American as I feared. Spicy hops, honey, and dough round out the aroma.
Flavors are subtle, but I don't mind much. I was expecting a force of maltiness to fill my mouth, but this is lighter in intensity and easier to drink than the usual o-fest. In this case, I like it this way. Kisses of hop leaf and honey compliment the breadiness of this beer. Paired with small bubbled carbonation and a light-medium body, this is an o-fest I could drink liters of.
03-14-2011 06:11:56 | More by DoubleJ
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured into my Squatters true pint glass a very nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacking left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice caramel notes, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, sweet, with lots of nice caramel, there is a slight spice note. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is very nice, recommended.
11-08-2009 20:42:25 | More by Wasatch
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with thick, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, earthy, with a touch of tart. Taste follows the nose, sweet maltiness upfront, earthy in the middle, and a tartness in the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Not bad, but not quite what I hope for in an Ofest.
11-26-2009 16:47:22 | More by ppoitras
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but this is likely to be over a year old. Pours hazy golden orange color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, herbal, and light earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength; very pleasant. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, biscuit, apple, toffee, nuttiness, floral, herbal, and light earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, light fruit, nuttiness, biscuit, toffee, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good robustness; zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest lager. Nice robustness with a good balance of toasty and nutty flavors with light fruitiness(which I prefer in the style); very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
12-09-2012 05:56:15 | More by superspak
2.9/5 rDev -22.9%
Poured ontap into a pint glass. Brownish/Copper color with a small head that recedes to a ring along the sides of the glass.
Smell is of bready malts, standard fare for an octoberfest.
A slight roasted/smokey to this beer, and finishes a bit sour on the back end. Decently malty with an herbal hop presence. I'd liken this brew to sourdough bread. I found the flavor to be strange and maybe even a little off.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly watery.
Drinkability is average. This brew doesn't really stick out, other than that odd sour twang. On par with low end Octoberfests.
09-04-2009 14:22:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
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