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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-05-2013)
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Reviews by rdilauro:
Photo of rdilauro
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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 braugon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Hophood
2.16/5  rDev -39%

Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dcamino
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of Auraan
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 wander4
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of samtrillo
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Iparedman
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 cclark67789
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Nick29
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of hreb
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.