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Maierfest Lager - Rogue Ales

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
6 Ingredients:
Malts: Durst Pilsner, Durst Munich and Weyermann Acidulated
Hops: Oregon Perle.
Yeast & Water: Oktoberfest 2633 Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

29 IBU
77 AA
4.2º Lovibond

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-15-2009)
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Photo of Lukie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden syrup hue with a white, bubbly, almost sparkly looking head. This clings to the sides of the glass all the way down, and develops a bit of rockiness.

Biscuity malt, and almost like almonds in the background. Nutty and sweet aroma, but not very powerful.

Big sweet malts in this. Sweet honey biscuits, and seems a bit one dimensional. The hops are there, but not defined. It's just a nice crisp, clean drinking beer, which is probably what you want if you wanted to knock back a few for an Octoberfest, but not at 17 bucks a bottle.

A good, east drinking lager. Nice flavours, but I feel it's just a little bit of a letdown.

Lukie, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a non traditonal Oktoberfest. A German lager is a catch all disciptor but is apt in this case because of the flavor profile. Pours a clear, light amber color with a large white head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is fairly weak with hints of malt and Willamette hops. The flavor is dry, very dry. The malt has a cracker like quality. The hops give some spice and earthiness. Bitterness is present and pleasantly noted. Finishes crisp and clean. I am almost more thirsty after taking a drink of this beer than before. The body is not that substantial and it is a touch overcarbonated as well. The low ABV and overall dryness makes this an easy drinker. However the customary overpriced Rogue bomber and the slightly misleading bottle discriptor lessens the overall score. This reminds me so much of a locally produced Kolsch that it would be difficult for me to tell the difference.

morimech, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty faint with some sweet malt and caramel. It is pretty hard to pick up anything in the aroma.

T- The taste starts out with a sweetness from the slightly toasted malts along with hints of caramel. Not much in terms of hops in the finish. A little too sweet, almost cloying.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one. I'll probably pass on it next time around.

cjgator3, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I keep finding Rogue beer that I haven't had. Will it ever end? I hope not.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker a somewhat murky orange amber with a rocky off-white head. It starts at about 2 finger's height and drops slowly to a complete thick surface covering. Impressive head retention for sure.

SMELL: This smell quite traditional which isn't what I expected from Rogue. Biscuity and caramel with not much of a hint of sulfur. It's restrained yet robust and really fits the style.

TASTE: Well, there's the non-traditional I was looking for. Perfect bready caramel, but that's where the familiar Oktoberfest qualities end. The acidulated malt gives a Berliner Weiss-type tartness though MUCH more restrained. It takes on the flavor of orange somewhat. Damn if it doesn't actually work in this. There's also a much more aggressive hoppiness (comparatively) that stands up to the crazier flavors going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and light with a carbonation that can hold up to it. Nothing wrong here.

DRINKABILITY: Ok, I have to dock it a bit for being a little bit out there. A 12 oz. bottle would have been acceptable for me.

This is certainly interesting and I wonder if the acidulated malt had such an effect on this beer or if it's due to something more sinister. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt though and recommend that you try this for the experience.

jmalex, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color (much lighter than other Marzens I've had) that produced a huge fluffy head that had good retention and left a decent amount of lace along the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were sweet, bready malts, some slight muskiness, and a good bit of grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer was right along with the nose with the sweet bready malts, a bit of musk and lager yeast, and some spicy, grassy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was very good, the only thing that I have to complain about this beer is that it was a little light on the malts for an Octoberfest and highlighted more of the hops

cvfish, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark orange/honey colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aromas are fruity,honey coated hops with a big malty background,it has an average mouthfeel for the style which is definately dominated by the caramel malts and the fruity hop smell/taste definately plays second fiddle with only a slight cameo in this brew,i must admit i was expecting more and even tho ill easily finish this bottle i wont be rushing out and buying any more in a hurry.

ADZA, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper orange with a 2 finger white head that left spotted lacing

smells of sweet carmel and slightly toasted malts with some earthy hops in the background

taste is that of a great lager - sweet bready carmel toasted malts with just the right amount of bitter earthy hops to give it some balance but really this beeer is about the malts

mouthfeel is nice and light with plent of carbonation - has a nice clean dry finish

drinkability - now this is a fall lager - lower abv lighter brew with plenty of flavor - rogue got this one right!

jsh420, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of therica
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typically innovative offering by Rogue.

A= like oldfashioned apple cider, a bit hazy, light amber-orange color. Not much head after careful pouring.

S= scent of slightly unfinished live yeast, sweet malts, different and interesting.

T= nice and bready yeasty, at first it put me off a little as though the beer wasn't quite ripe but I think there's an intent behind that, given its style and name. Sort of like a fresh first-batch of Marzen at the beginning of harvest. After I got past the first gulp the taste began to grow on me.

M= clean, slightly tangy and with residual yeast.

D= very drinkable, would love to session on-tap if it were to be found.

therica, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pour...very hazy orange. Big head on the heavy pour that sicksa while and laces fairly well.
Sweet malts in the nose. Heavy, grainy . Spices hops domianted by the malts. Bready.
Taste was very nice. Immediately was taken my the maltiness highlighted by the octoberfest yeast.
This yeast plays a heavy role here.
Nice beer.

dmamiano, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this looks like it's a great lager. Pale orange with golden edges and nice 3 finger head that recedes slowly. Lacing is present, splotchy on the glass. Aroma is a fairly decent blend of breadi malts and ilght hoppiness. Nice balance between the slightly sweet malts and the drying, lightly bitter hops. A bit of cracker and breadiness in the malt profile, sweetness is barely there. As it warms, flavors of orange marmelade on toast come out. Interesting. Finish is dry and there is no real lingering aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, great on a warm fall day. I must say I wish there was a touch more malt in this one, but I think balance is what they were going for and they succeeded. Nice beer.

KeefD, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golen lager with a puffy, dense, off-white head of an inch or so that descends (eventually) to nothing. No lacing but there's a slight trace of carbonation.

S - Fresh bread and malt, maybe a bit of oak.

T - Like it smells!

M - Probably its best feature, it initally has that superb soft/silky lager feel with a deft creaminess to it. As the beer warms and settles, it thins out a bit. Refreshing, too.

D - Hugely drinkable and food friendly; grab a few of these and enjoy!

pinotboy007, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of throwthechaff
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been trying a bunch of oktoberfest brews lately and absolutely had to try rogues. Its got a classic golden color and smells of malts. It also has a very light to medium body, which makes it easy to drink. Not as spectacular as everything else rogue does but totally worth a try if you like oktoberfest brews. Its very smooth drinking and I wish i had another one it was so easy to take down.

throwthechaff, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a small yet dense khaki colored head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is faint but I pick up a slight doughy malt scent that is a characteristic of Oktoberfests. Also a light spicy hop. The taste is light and grainy, the malt doesn't really come through, some metallic and honey notes, and a very light spicy hop. The feel is light and crisp, very neutral flavor profile makes for easy drinking. The brew falls short on the festbier/marzen category but doesn't have any off flavors, just toned down. The brew is light and very drinkable. Blasting through this bomber will not be a problem.

Gmann, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with mild amounts of breadiness and slighlty less mild amounts of earthy hops. As the beer warms the bready aromas increase a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The bready malt flavors carry a bit more weight in the flavor profile however pilsner malts are still front and center with a crisp amount of herbal hops that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I prefer my O-fests a with a bit more caramel and bready malt flavors and I think this would make a much better Septemberfest (with warmer weather) than an Octoberfest. Still, it's worth a shot to decide for yourself.

glid02, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured into my pint glass with a orange/copper colour with a thickish off white head. The beer is brilliantly clear as well. When smelling this beer is get a huge bread like note with hints of toast. Some biscuit comes through as well. It has the traditional O-fest smell to it as well.

The beer is very creamy with a great bready sweetness. The biscuit doesn't come through as much in the flavour as it does in the nose, but it's still there. A slight bitterness is there with a spicy floral hop note. This is clearly an American take on an Oktoberfest, and I like it a lot. The balance is just brilliant. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, something I really enjoy. I could have quite a few of these.

swizzlenuts, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well-filtered sunny golden-rust color with a thin head that thins to a skim quickly and leaves a little lace in its wake. Looks true to style, that's for sure.

Aroma has a medicinal element, possibly brought in by the alcohol although at a modest 5.6%, I wonder. Malt is quite sweet, bordering on honey, with toffee and nut working their way in. After sitting for 10 minutes it really opens up and the nut, toffee and hop elements combine for a bold and wonderful smell.

Flavor is a good balance between nutty flavors and a spicy hop presence. Background steamed vegetable element reminds you this is a lager, and a good one at that. Alcohol is tasted but in a very subtle way, just underscoring the simple flavors on top. Malt wins out in the finish, leaving the ghost of caramel/nut dancing around on the tongue.

Fairly dry, and thin on the tongue with enough carbonation to make it feel alive. Not sure if it's the water or what (which I'm sure if fine quality, knowing these guys), but Rogue stuff rarely impresses me, textually.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but still worth checking out. Simple, well-made, quality stuff, although it doesn't compare to the best of the best German-made Marzens. Another solid but non-mindblowing Rogue beer. They can't all be Old Crustaceans, can they?

Metalmonk, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP a couple of days ago... Don't remember the price... Poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" white head dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace and no real cap... the brew is a polished lite amber.

Nose is pretty clean... lite toasted malt... Really not alot else to say... pretty much where it should be.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly... just a really descent Octoberfest... the body is medium .. so is the carbonation... a little creaminess is welcoming...

Again, not a whole lot to pine over on this brew.... simply a well made lager.

JohnGalt1, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into Scandinavian mug.

Clear honey hue, with maybe a bit of haze. A thin half-finger head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Very light toasty malts with a little bit of a dark sugary candy aroma. The hops are also very light, adding a little bit of an herbal note.

The toastiness comes out a lot more in the flavor compared to the aroma. The hops add just a slight bitterness toward the finish. The malts start out sweet, but get a little dryer in the finish. Full bodied, high carbonation.

An enjoyable Oktoberfest, on par with some of the best in the style. A bit of a surprise, as I was expecting something more toward average. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams specialty glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color. Off-White head dissipates over the course of about a minute or two, leaving a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Wow - never experienced this much character in smell alone from a beer of this style. Complex malts come through in a big way.

T: This is honestly one of the best from the style I've ever had. Oktoberfests have always ranked mediocre with me, and Marzens sometimes worse (even "good" ones). This beer is another thing altogether. Sweet but slightly chewy and complex malts start you off and are followed by a dry and understated (in a good way) hop finish. Some bready and very mild fruit notes.

M: Crisp and clean, but with a little more body than you would expect from the style (again, in a good way!).

D: Very. This beer demands that I take another sip every time I take a gulp...and it makes me want shnitzel and german potato salad...and maybe a soft pretzel with beer cheese.

Tromba, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of bonbright7
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With enough mediocre Marzens and Oktoberfests rolling out to fill the shelves of every beer store this Fall, it's refreshing to come across a very good interpretation of this style that doesn't fail to please. I couldn't name all the tastes that go into this smooth, clean, and refreshing Maierfest beer, but this Rogue release really fills the AHA requirements for style. My only regret is that it doesn't come in 6 pks.

bonbright7, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light pale orange, nearly pale ale light, instead of a deep oktoberfest orange; has little head after the first few seconds and has no lacing. Great scent, very deep and fall-like; nice malt sweetness with a hint of sugar. Good marzen flavor, nice maltiness with some very sweet crystal tones and a nice hit of citrus American hops at the end. Goes down quire smooth.

JamesS, Sep 04, 2009
Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.