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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 37.15%
Wants: 16
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
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!

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Photo of --weezl--
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a much better beer than i was expecting, much more emotionally damaging also. wish i had read the bottle before drinking, but didnt stop drinking once i knew the taste and the truth!

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Photo of fitius5150
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle from Freddy's. Seems like a marketing gimmick, and maybe it is, but this is an outstanding beer. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF) - this is a Belgian clone using wild yeast strains, apparently from the master brewer's beard. That's the gimmick part. Wild yeasts are nothing new, and add a wonderful layer of complexity. The banana and fruity esters aren't overpowering like some Belgians can be - very balanced with a great aroma. Pours a hazy orange with little head. A little pricey but definitely a nice treat.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a half finger head that went away fast.
Smells yeasty with hints of apple cider.
Taste was really good with a strong apple juice flavor and bready flavor.
Also got some flavors of strawberries and banana surprisingly.
Got better as it warmed and it was never very carbonated.
I had this beer with dinner and it was very nice. By itself it's probably most enjoyable on a hot day. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This pours with an exceptional two finger thick dense creamy white head that retains quite well. The color of the beer itself is is slightly hazy and is copper/golden/brown in color. The carbonation looks quite aggressive with many columns of bubbly goodness rising to the top. Lacing is awesome as well....lots of thick, clumpy foam sticks to my glass!

S- Yeasty pastries, sweet bread, creamy biscuit aromas are dominant, with less dominant smells of berries such as strawberry and stone fruit like apricot and/or peach. There is a mild spice about this and tart leafy finish that at the same time is rather smooth.

T- Very fresh flavors overall with a unique mild tartness from the yeast, which doubles up flavor wise with creamy bready notes....just slightly of lemon...quite nice! Malt flavors are caramel sweet and balance the funk of the wildness this one brings. Slight spice that is peppery....this lingers on the palate with just a burst of heat. Very nice!

M/O- Light to medium bodied brew with fairly aggressive carbonation, as noted in the appearance, but super refreshing with the citrus flavor and mild spice blended with berry fruits and sweet malt! This is a very unique brew and the wild beard yeast contributed to something I wasn't expecting nor necessarily wanting to try, but I'm glad I did! I recommend this and would definitely purchase again! Great job by Rogue!

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, bacterial tartness, hint of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, earthiness, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, earthiness, slight citrus, and a hint of floral. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of DrunkenSwine88
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy and golden. Light carbonation gives little to no head. There are strong smells of coriander and orange peel. Intense yeast aroma. Smells like a milder version of a Belgian white. The Belgian white theme continues with orange peel and yeast. A light biscuit flavor leaves a slight cinnamon aftertaste. The mouth-feel is both crisp and creamy. After carbonation fades, it gives way to a creamy coating on the tongue.Overall, wild beard yeast never tasted so good! A light refreshing beer with a fun background story.

Suggested Movie Pairing: Wet Hot American Summer. Light and amusing while awkwardly complex. Slapstick concepts with Adult themes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, bananas, some spice, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bananas, citrus and faint spices. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dogin26
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Love the whole concept. Pretty damn amazing.

The beer itself is very enjoyable. A Hef but with a sour side to it. Some nice banana and tropical flavours with the wild finish. yummy

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A high school classmate and contemporary drinking buddy, Mike, came over last night and we laid waste to a bunch of bombers. Bombers are a real sticking point in my backlog as I do not like to drink them by myself. I could, but I like when others help me to do so. This one came from Monde Market in Philly when I could not resist my own curiosity. For those that may not have seen me IRL, either in pictures or in person, I have a ten-plus year growth of beard as the result of my distaste for shaving. I retired from the U.S. Navy almost sixteen years ago and vowed not to shave unless told to do so for employment. I encourage everyone, men and women alike, to put down the razor! Who knows what kind of wild yeast we are losing out on because of shaving ...

From the bottle: "Dedicated to Beards"; "Beard Beer is brewed with a yeast created from Brewmaster John Maier's beard. No need to freak out, brewers have used wild yeasts in beer making for centuries. John has had the same old growth beard since 1978 and for over 15,000 brews, so it is no great surprise that a natural yeast ideal for brewing was discovered in his beard."; "What does Beard Beer taste like? Try it, we think you'll be surprised ..."; For more information on Beard beer, follow the beard @ www.johnsbeard.com".

I popped of the "Oxygen Fixing Cap" and proceeded with a generous aggro pour for each of us, resulting in a finger of foamy, bone-white head with limited retention. Nose smelled like Snak Pack Vanilla Pudding, taking both of us back to our childhood. Oh, the memories! Color was golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5, but they measured Lovibond = 6) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was full and kind of viscous. If the whole idea makes you queasy, this may not help. The taste had a definite yeast-driven spiciness, akin to a Belgian Golden Ale, along with a lemony zestiness. Another very dry beer with a peppery, spicy finish that lingered well past the swallow. If I had not been told anything about it, I might have guessed it to be an unfiltered German Pilsner.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of green apple, spiced pear, banana, plantain, clove, bubblegum, vanilla, and biscuit fill the nose.

T: Gentle, yet complex notes of banana, plantain, clove, spiced pear, green apple, bubblegum, vanilla, minerals, biscuits, crackers, grass, and lemon zest wash across the palate. The finish is dry with lingering notes of green apple, plantain, spiced pear, lemon zest, and minerals. A hint of lactic, musty funk cuts through the mix just before the fade.

M: Light in body and dry. Carbonation is airy, active, and crisp.

O: This is not what I normally think of when I think of American wild ales, and despite the strange, unappealing origin story of this beer, I like it quite a bit. In some ways, it is more reminiscent of a quirky Bavarian-style weissbier or an American take on a Belgian saison than a typical American wild ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste like a sassion that is light on the funk side but a funk of some sort is lingering around in a good way. I bought this for the novelty and was very surprised by how much I liked it.
I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Arooga's in Harrisburg PA, served chilled in a pils type glass.

The color is a brilliant golden amber with light haze and 2 finger head of white with fine bead. The smell is slightly tropical with banana-like aroma and slight wheat notes with mild sweet aspect and hint of spice in the nose. The feel is good with medium body and slightly prickly carbonation with mild sweetness and yeast tanginess with a mostly dry finish.

The flavor would best be described as if you were to experience this blind as a hefeweizen in a generic way - the flavor of the malt is there with a sort of tangy lemony wheat beer type quality with some banana notes and spice from the 'yeast' the flavor has a slight follicle effect in the finish (haha) Overall I like this for what it is a beer that is sort of a novelty but interesting and way better than I expected considering where a good portion of the flavor is derived from

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Photo of dgilks
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent, rocky lacing.

Spicy and spritzy. Nice citrus and coriander note like in a great Witbier. Light wheaty character. Stonefruit. Very good.

The palate works quite well. Good coriander phenols and touches of orange and citrus. A little earthiness. Good beer.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

A good experiment that works well. The result is very drinkable and, frankly, would make a very good core range beer given the flavour profile.

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3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mildly translucent golden color with little head to speak of initially, though the dregs of the bomber produced more when poured. Color is quite pleasing though, for what it's worth.

Smell has notes of fresh wet laundry from the washer, corn husks, and white bread.

Taste is mild and pleasant, with bready, grainy undertones sprawling all around and a surprisingly snappy, mild peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is quite lively. The body is fairly thick but there's a good, interesting carbonation that makes this a pleasure to drink.

I always enjoy a good wild ale. While this one is pretty tame compared to many, the idea is novel and also hilarious, and comedy earns points in my book. The product is certainly enjoyable enough too.

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Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy on pouring into the glass, not much head.
Smell is like a homebrew right before it goes into the fermenter.
Almost tastes like a funky cider right off the top, crisp and clean taste, but like a cider that didn't quite get to being finished. I'm not sure what style I would try to classify it as.
Ultimately, it's a nice attempt, but meh, glad I got to try one, and I would have another, but if I don't I won't be terribly upset.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opened Dec 2013.

A - Bright apricot body. White head pours a finger high with low retention and nice lace.

S - Pears, apples, and a touch of farmhouse funk.

T - Taste like a fruity saison. Soft sweet wheat, pear, white grapes, hay, touch of copper, and honey.

M - Smooth, medium-light body.

O - Surprisingly estery with a soft backdrop of barn-yard funk.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange colour, bit of cloud. Head is white, foamy, decent lace. Quite nice.

Smells Belgian. Phenolic, bit earthy, touch of funk maybe. Bit of grass. Pleasant. A bit generic maybe.

Taste is more fruity with a touch of apricot midway. Pleasant Belgian spice notes with coriander and fennel blending into earthy phenolic finish. Nice and fresh for the most part. Quite a pleasant drop.

Bitty, foamy, gets nice and smooth by the end. Pleasant.

Drinks pleasantly; nice and palatable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.