Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-05-2013

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Reviews by dalahodson:
Photo of dalahodson
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Nice light yellow color with a big white head. Lots of carbonation and nice lacing on the glass. The mouth feel is tart/sharp. The favors are what I would expect from a wild yeast. A back taste of sour with hints of citrus and some spicing. I would call it a wild taste. Many people who haven't tasted a wild ale find the favors offish. This ale isn't a sour, it's wild. A great class of beer. Goes well with many foods.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.68/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: medium brown/ dark honey color, smell: lemon, grass, hops., feel: light and not overly carbonated., taste: not overly sweet or bitter, has a sort of Belgian beer taste. Overall, in my opinion, a very drinkable beer for those warm summer days!

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't sure where to catergorize this beer so I'll keep it where it is here on BA.Poured into an impy nonic a clear lighter golden colot with a nice tightly formed half finger white head atop.Yeasty phenols in the nose that gives off a little chalkiness and herbal notes.Flavors of chalk and herb with mild citric notes,the yeast is dominant.Not bad but it's par for the course in my opinion.

Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber/orange with a thin white head. Pretty good appearance, nothing amazing though. Scents of fruity esters, clove, banana, bready yeast, sweet malt, some pepper, faint hints herbal hops, faint citrus zest and a bit of an earthy aroma. Very similar in nose to a witbier or hefeweizen, with just a bit of a wild earthy scent, none of the sour notes of other wild ales. Quite nice, but not really wild. Flavor begins with a bit of an apple-like flavor, moving into a bready, yeasty, flavor with a bit clove spice, some slight apricot notes, a bit of herbal hop bitterness, a bit higher than your usual witbier or hefeweizen, some slightly sour citrus flavors and faint citrus pith hints appear in the middle of the sip, finishes with a big hit of wheat cracker and herbal hops, with a bitter herbal hop aftertaste. As it warms the sweet fruity and malt flavors come out a little more however the herbal hops stick around, especially on the finish. Good, again quite similar to a witbier, in fact almost entirely a witbier in flavor, but with a bit more hops than usual and some very faint sour notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, a somewhat drying mouthfeel and a drying finish. It's easy to drink, and the drying quality urges you to drink more. Overall this is a pretty good beer. It's essentially a witbier, but with a bit lower carbonation and some slight wild character. It's certainly not that wild of an ale however, and it's no where near as bizarre as one would expect from the yeast source. It's quite good though and I'd drink it again.

Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I really didn't know what to expect from this one. Thanks to one of my co-workers (Joe) he picked up this beer after reading the history behind it. (Wild yeast from the beard).

Without pouring it, it looked like a wheat style beer, a bit cloudy. The aroma was a combination of a wheat ale and a saison ... lots of aromatic spices.

The taste to me was a cross between those two types of beer with somewhat of a leading edge towards the saison/farmhouse ale style

Worth trying - once

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Another novel, if slightly nauseating concept from Rogue. I do like the reference to 'old growth beard', though. The trope of beards in the beer world is thus perpetuated.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of smoke tendril lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of zesty lemon and orange pith, dry sourdough malt, a weak earthy yeastiness, a bit of apple skin, clove and black pepper spice, some soft leafy, weedy hoppiness, and a faint wooden vanilla essence - more witbier than wild ale at this point. The taste is lightly tart lemon and lime rind, an ethereal funk (band name copyrighted), semi-sweet doughy caramel malt, laid-back clove and tropical fruit notes, white pepper, and nicely lolling earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, just a wee underlying hum, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a tacit attempt at introductory smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sour maltiness playing keep-away with the floundering clove and funk malingerers.

A rather drinkable affair, after that (innocuous, I know) scare tactic marketing angle. Anyways, the overall effect is that of one soft, lightly spiced witbier, with only the mildest of funk, no more than the remainder you would find in any version of the proscribed style here. Hardly your typical wild ale, flavour-wise, but if it was this particular 'wild' yeast that got us here, then I'm not complaining.

Photo of Sinatra89
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, flavorful, great summer ale!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white, two finger head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a bare surface. No lacing.

Smell - Banana, citrus and pineapple. Sugary caramel malts sit underneath.

Taste - Sugary caramel with lesser bready notes. Banana, citrus, mild pineapple twang. Nice balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate to lively carbonation. Smooth, almost velvety in texture.

Overall - Beer geeks don't mind stouts brewed with coffee beans extracted from animal poop, but yeast off a human beard? Yuck!.... or not. This is a fairly good brew. It's not the most funky or complex of AWA's, but its strong point is its balance and drinkability. From a flavor standpoint, it's reminiscent of a dunkelweizen, but with a slight pineapple presence.

Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in imperial pint glass. Beer is neutral amber in color with a moderate white head, and big soda bubbles rising from the bottom. Fairly neutral ale-type aroma as well, with a little hint of adjuncty sweetness. Doesn't smell like a sour ale, which I'd feared from the "beard"/wild ale description. Flavor brings a little bit of funk but is actually quite restrained, while bringing in some clove and coriander flavors. The zesty carbonation actually works well with the mild sourness profile and gentle dose of NW hops. All in all a super well balanced brew if not necessary any more interesting than could be hoped from the label.

Photo of McNealc31
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visually, it looks like a standard pale ale. Hazy, tinge of orange, nice head. Aroma is fruity. Not a ton of presence from the hops or malt, which is expected. Back off on those to make the star of this beer, the yeast, shine through. And actually, it doesn't taste as funky as expected. Slightly sour finish. You could easily pass this off as a Belgian Pale Ale.

Maybe famous because of the novelty, but I think it's pretty good.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a little smoke, green olives in brine, aged creek water and old vegetables. Not awesome.
The taste is younger creek water, mild lemon bitterness and a watery finish.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
I would never drink this again. An idea worth enjoying as a homebrew experiment.

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dull golden yellow, doesn't actually look to appealing.

Smells like beard! Naw, but it does have some wild yeasty funk.

Taste is much better than appearance and smell, for minute there I thought I wasn't going to be able to palate this. Nothing too outrageous, just tastes like a mediocre strong ale.

Mouthfeel is not worth anyone's time.

Overall I honestly purchased this for the novelty and knew I would not be purchasing again, but not horrible, just mediocre.

Photo of Treyliff
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- crisp and toasted malt with a hint of candied lemon peel, just a hint of yeasty funk, otherwise pretty clean

T- sweet and malty base with just a trace of lemon funk tartness that gives flavors of lemon peel and coriander, sugary sweetness continues through to the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a gimmick beer that was certainly palatable, but not what you'd expect from a wild ale

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very clear almost filtered appearance presented itself with a very cohesive head and some sporadic lacing.

The scent was phenolic with a clovey, bubblegum aroma but it had a mellow sweetness.

The flavors were less Wild and more Hefe with clove and banana, some wheat like flavor and a touch of doughy malt. A little sweet with a little bready, doughy and dry malt this is more mellow wheat beer and less Wild Ale.

The feel is dry and slightly astringent but it's also quite crisp and refreshing. Despite the strange origin of the yeast it serves as an easy and tasteful experience.

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 26, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a slight haze and a big, long lasting white foamy head.

Considering wild yeast is unpredictable I get a decent note of Belgian sugars, yeast, toasted malts, biscuit, orange, and herbs.

Medium to bolder body.

The toasted malt and biscuit character is evident in the taste but so is the orange, lemon, and other citrus notes. Sweet aftertaste but also a slightly lingering bitterness. I have to say that having read the description of how this beer came to be I was leery about trying it. But I took the leap of faith and was suitably impressed.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast notes and bready wheat along with pear-like esters and banana.
Equally refreshing flavours. More pear notes and doughy wheat along with some sweet malt and peppery notes. Amazingly refreshing.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks (I think) to my parents for bringing this one back from the brewery.

Appearance. Pours an "apple juice" amber-gold with a finger almost white head that fades fairly quick. No hairs floating around, thank god.

Smell. Sweet grainy malts, light citrus hops and bready yeast.

Taste. Light citrus acidity and some grassy hops. A little bit of that lightly sweet grainy malt, but nothing as strong as the smell. Light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low body, medium carbonation.

Overall. I wish I didn't know that one of the main ingredients in this didn't come from some beardo's face. That being said, it's not a bad beer. Still gives me the creeps a little though.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patch foam and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, light citrus, Belgian yeast (well travelled beard), light Blegian spicing, mildly vegetal. Flavor is biscuit and lightly bready malt, mild tartness with hints of Bretty yeast, citrus, finishes with mild wild yeast and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. Not really a wild ale, or at least a mild one. It seems not sure if its going to be a dry Belgian saison or sour wild ale, so kind of unexciting and unorganized. Much better than the name and origin would suggest and an interesting concept, but not much here to return to for me.

Photo of buschbeer
2.19/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 ML bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is golden in color with a slight haze. It is topped with three inches of off-white head.

S - It smells skunked. I get a little funk, but the Corona/ass smell overpowers my nose.

T - It tastes like a Corona was left out in the Mexican desert for a week in the summer. Then it was exposed to wild yeast.

M - Moderate

O - That is six dollars that I wish I still had in my pocket.

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fluffy white head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and bready malts are present in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of bready malts along with some hints of funk from the wild yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot more drinkable and pleasant than my initial expectations. It is an interesting twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Surprisingly saw this sitting on the shelf at the local beer store, so intrigue forced me to pick one up. Going in as unbiased as possible; I haven't got much idea what to expect.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright burnt orange colored body with some bubbles streaming topside. Just under two fingers of soapy off-white foam. Some spotty lacing, but none of it really sticks. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Smell is more witbier than it is American wild ale, but this was to be expected based on the reviews of others. Baked banana bread, brown sugar, honey, hint of yeast, and some cloves.

T - Taste follows the nose: banana breadiness, clove spice, white pepper, faint citrus, and just a hint of yeast funk. Definitely more of a witbier than it is American wild ale.

M - Feel ends pretty clean with just a bit of stickiness lingering. Crisp and clean. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer, although clearly more of a witbier than it is an American wild ale, despite the 'wild yeast' involved. Not entirely sure I would want this again, but it was well worth the try. A unique beer.

Rogue Beard Beer ---4/5.

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a nice orange with a dense two finger white head that retains well and has excellent lacing
S: smells of bananas, pears and spicy yeast
T: taste is pears, banana, spice from the yeast and some bready malt. swallow is maybe just the slightest hint of funk with more fruit and spice
M: medium bodied in the mouth with soft and slighty prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: this is barely able to be considered a wild ale and it's missing that funky, oaky, sourness that all of us know and love. as a beer made with 'wild' yeast it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of TheRock7755
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

All I can say is don't read about the beer first. I received this as a gift and to be honest, it was decent. Just a bit odd.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. This is a pleasant, un-challenging wild ale. It's light on the palate, very drinkable with only a slight funk. There's a neat spicy note that colors the entire palate. Typically when I think wild ale I expect a bit more funkiness, but this really delivers a milder, malty, quaffable brew with an interesting backstory.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short Review. Not bad, I think if I tried it blind I would just think it was an american brewed Belgian wit or something, so it looks like the brewers yeast took a lot of Belgian yeast like characteristics, I thought it would be more like a slightly funky pac man yeast and since i don't care for pac man yeast too much I'm happy it wasn't like that. It's not bad and I think it's funny how the concept can really freak some people out.

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