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Maierfest Lager - Rogue Ales

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Maierfest LagerMaierfest Lager

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-15-2009

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
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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 186
Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep yellow with a lot of haze. The big white head promised on the label only lasts a brief time.
Smell is all malt, caramel and sweet.
The taste is on the sweet side with a hint of orange and a biscuit finish.
Feels a bit on the thick side for a lager. Overall another good Maerzen, one of many.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-09-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is dark golden, with an off-white head. The head is about 3 fingers on the pour, but doesn't stick around long and leads to little lacing. A few bubbles are seen in this clear beer.

The aroma is crisp and lager-like, with a nod to the pilsner malts included I think. The lightly toasted malt and grassy hops make up the aroma, but overall is a bit weak.

Taste is dominated by a solid malt base, with bready and caramel flavors. Some bitterness from the hops rounds out the taste but does well to stay in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body. The carbonation is medium to high. The finish is dry, with both malt sweetness and hops making up the aftertaste.

As I worked my way through the bottle I enjoyed it more and more. I'd say the beer as a whole is greater than the individual parts. It really comes together well and I'd recommend it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish tinted gold w/ minimal head and lace. Sharp, almost pungent pils-malt aroma along w/ some dry breadiness and a touch of wet hops. Smooth and light bodied but borders on being watery at times. Has somewhat of a residual stickiness and you can detect faint sweet malts along with dry, grainy malts and bitter hopping. Finishes disappointing as instead of a crisp bite or anything it's just watery. A decent but underwhelming beer that tries to be both dry and sweet and just doesn't pull it off that well.

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Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper-tinged color with a half-finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Bready and caramelly malt notes with herbal and spicy Oktoberfest hop notes.

T-Bitter herbal notes upfront with some subdued bread and caramel malt with a bitter finish.

M-A little thin bodied with prickly carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Not exactly my favorite interpretation of an Oktoberfest as the hops overwhelm the malt in this one.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours amber orange, with a finger or so of white large bubbled head.
S: biscuity and bready slightly sweet. Plain but wasn't really expecting gold style wise.
T: simple, light bready malt sweetness. Light hop bitterness that is barely earthy on the back end. This just seem to be lacking on the malt some.
M: smooth easy to drink as the style should be.
O: yes it is very easy to drink, but its just not all there, not as bready as most, not as dark as some.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Light cloudy amber color not as dark as most Marzen. Big white head holds carbonation.
S: Slight malt and nut tones, and subtle hopping
T&M: Crispy taste and finishes on malty smoothness. Could sesh out with this one. Booze is coming from somewhere not sure if I am missing something.
O: Decent brew, not my favorite Oktoberfest, was expecting more malt considering its a Rogue beer but it'll do pig.

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Photo of Merkur
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a much lighter than normal Oktoberfest amber color. The beer is also cloudier with a larger amount of white head.

The beer smells malty and nutty aroma.

The tast is very crisp and tasted a good bit of hops. This was very surprising and refreshingly so. The beer finishes with a nice malty flavor.

This is not your usual Oktoberfest beer, but is very well done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

O: Average

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color. Has a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Has nice, nutty, malty aroma with hints of caramel and honey.

Taste: Starts off mildly bitter with hints of honey. Develops a sweet, malty flavor with hints of honey and caramel. All around, your basic Märzen beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and refreshing.

Drinkability: A pretty average offering from Rogue, certainly not up to their usual standards (yes, I like Rogue despite the hate they get on this site). Still, it's easy to drink and not very taxing on the taste buds. Worth a try if you can find but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of bristol2120
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Appearance features a medium / medium dark copper with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin, white, layer of foam. Aroma is very pleasant, featuring sugary / berry notes. Unfortunately, those notes lead to an extremely cloying sweetness on the palate. The expected malt character of a beer of this style is non-existent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could have used more body and / or carbonation. Overall, a disappointing entry from Rogue.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a mug. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 29 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep slightly orange golden color with lots of carbonation and a good two and a half finger tall head. The head is creamy white and quickly settles to just a thin covering. This thin cap still makes lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm bready and nutty character with a spicy/floral noble hop presence.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of deep bready and lightly roasted grain flavor with some good nutty notes and an excellent balance of spicy noble hopes. It finishes with mild hop bitterness and a clean biscuity dryness. The palate is spot on with a firm extremely drinkable medium body and lively carbonation.

Notes: To me this is an outstanding example of the style that really captures that German Lager essence. Maybe it's the malt, maybe it's the hops or maybe that Free Range Coastal Water they use but it works. Prost!!!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue painted 22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. A touch out of season, happened upon this on a trip to Danbury.

Pours golden yellow with an inch of fast acting white foam. Thin level remains.

Rich malty smell. Full on malt/marzen taste, some sweetness. Little hop backbone. Smooth, with a touch of carbonation.

Well balanced Octoberfest beer. Good version of the style. Really drinkable.

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Photo of beldin96
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - It pours a golden yellow with some head that has good retention. There is a decent amount of carbonation to this beer.

Smell - Right off the top you get some of the floral, but not overwhelmingly so. You also get some sweetness, and some light fruit in the nose.

Taste - You get some of the light floral and citrus fruit up front. You do have some yeastiness or bread flavors lightly going on. There is some bitterness on the back end but not a lot. Not too many flavors going on.

Feel - There is a bit of carbonation to it, but it does not overwhelm. This beer is very crisp, and clean in its flavors. It has a solid mouth feel, and a decent body to it.

Drinkability - I would rate this well on its drinkability. It seems to be very easy drinking even at 5.6% ABV. It was well balanced in its flavors. It is a very simple and straight forward beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" head which totally dissipated. Hazy tan color. Smells of malt. Rich and creamy body with malt and subtle hints of fruit. Has that classic lager crispness. Quite the good lager, but not much else in the taste categories besides what I listed. Good but not great.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On sale for $5 a 650mL bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester.

Light, orange with hues of yellow when held up to the light. The head was formidable, but disappeared quickly. This beer looks significantly darker than any lager I've had, we shall see if it fits.

The smell of this beer is distinct and profound. Citrus, black tea, fruit ester and yeast bread break through the surface and are making my spider senses tingle. This may actually be a beer worth drinking, just judging by it's aroma characteristics.

Bread yeast, rich bouquet of fruitiness and an appropriate golden ale to tie everything together. I am definitely satisfied with the taste, even though it is leaps and bounds from others in its "lager" class. While eating this beer I am also gorging myself on garlic stuffed olives (which may have killed the head), but the beer provides distinction and complexity even alongside such potent flavors.

This beer is medium-full bodied from the breadiness of the yeast to the fullness of the amber malts. I am satisfied after a swish and the beer has no unwanted aftertastes. Round and flavorful beverage, would accompany the recommended chicken and fish politely.

Great beer with a great price. I am certain that my purchase was worthwhile. The beer is smooth and balanced, pairs well and provides something to think about during those long, silent pauses at dinner with your 2 roommates and girlfriend. I wish I had this beer when I was out to dinner with my 2 roommates and girlfriend. Either way, look for this beer in stores, on sale, and snag one before it's gone.


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Photo of gkunkle
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man do I love a good O-fest beer! This was a surprisingly good representation. Poured a slightly hazy gold color. Head was off white and about finger tall. Smell is bready, yeasty and has a little bit of citrus. Taste is solid, starts off with a bready sweetness finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is medium, lower carbonation than expected.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium straw yellow. Pours a think head that hangs around with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Light bread, touch of waxy hops, very little else.

T - Sweet white grapes. White bread, touch of tangerine citrus and hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, light body. Dry semi-bitter finish.

D - Super drinkable. Very refreshing.

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Photo of MNJR
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very slight haze to this amber colored beer. The head is rich but collapses quite soon with tenacious lacing. Vanilla and honey aromas with faint citrus. The flavor is excellent. Very smooth draw on the beer with sublime, gently carbonated texture. The flavor realizes the aroma perfectly: vanilla, cream, honey, orange. Not as rough around the edges as many German Octoberfests. This has real personality, and real good personality. I can't see how anyone wouldn't rate this beer fairly high. It isn't very complex, but it delivers exactly what it offers: a solid heavy lager with rich, satisfying flavor. The only (very slight) downside is a bit of a creeping metallic aftertaste. I didn't notice this until about half way through a double deuce.

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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like lots of lemon with copper and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like fresh lemons and bready yeast, with some metallic taste and light sour lager yeast. It had a mild bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light but fitting.
D: This was a descent lager, but there was nothing great about the scent or taste or body. It was easy to drink, but it was otherwise quite forgettable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Roth's Sunnyside Market, Salem. $5.49 Slightly hazy dark golden/light amber beer, with a very nice thick ,frothy off white head. Have to give it "4" I am a sucker for a nice head! Aroma, is pretty subdued for a Rogue beer..mostly malty, bready, doughy smells. Taste is pretty nicely malty..same as the aroma with a touch of hop showing..i must say very buscuity very "German" Nice palte to this one..feels very nice and not too thin. Overall i found this very drinkable and even authentic which is saying something for this brewer.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear straw color. A 1/3 inch off-white foamy head forms and reduces quickly to minimal lacing. Significant visible carbonation.

The aroma is a blend of spicey/earthy hops and a mild caramel backbone. Not a whole lot else and somewhat mild.

The taste is definitely heavy on the bread with a caramel sweetness and earthy tones with a roasted components.

The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for the flavor, which washes it some. It is light/medium bodied and leaves a modest amount of dryness at the finish. Fresh finish with flavor.

The drinkability is reasonable, but nothing particularly special. It is tasty and light but nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber while waiting for my dinner at a friends' restaurant...

Appearance: The lighting isn't too great, but from what I can tell the beer is a cloudy, dirty bronzish color. Not a lot of head, maybe a cm worth. It faded quickly, leaving behind only a thin ring touching the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, bready, malty. Rather robust for the style, I like it.

Taste: Much sweeter than I expected, but not in a bad way. Definitely very bready with a slight roasty characteristic. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full body for the style, a bit low on the CO2 though.

Drinkability: A top notch brew, very good for the style. Recommend.

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Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.