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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 37.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 85 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 432
Photo of JamesMN
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bomber.

Appearance: Bright golden with plenty of carbonation leading to a fluffy off-white head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Not super aromatic. Some dry grain and Belgian-esque esters. A bit of vinegar. Not sour per-say.

Taste: Like a Belgian blonde ale with a bit of tart flavor. Any yeast acquired from a beard is likely wild, which would explain the wide range of pear and spice esters along with the slight tartness due to a high attenuation. Overall though, quite light on the flavor and refreshing if a bit dry in the aftertaste. Bitterness hits a high point during the finish but still remains well balanced.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with a little too much carbonation. A bit cloying from the dryness. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: An interesting concept and pretty well executed. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My advice: read the bottle first, then ignore what you read, and then drink it for the experience, because it's not a good enough beer to pay a lot or go out of your way for, but it is good enough to add to that beer bucket list of yours. "Yeah, I once had a beer brewed with the yeast of the brewer's beard..." "Cool...man...kinda..."

Pours a hazy pale yellow with medium fizz and a good deal of carbonation. In all honesty, aside from a bit of lemongrass and a biscuity, yeasty (don't gag!) smell, this one kinda reminds me of Yuengling a bit. Odd for a really pale ale, but that's where it takes me. A bit sweet at first with more lemongrass on the palate, and then a dry, crisp finish, and again, pretty heavy soda-level carbonation.

Like I said, this beer didn't blow my mind and I won't be craving a second anytime soon (sadly, I bought two though), but worth it for the story and a reasonably tasty brew anyway, so extra overall points for being cool.

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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 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 doktorhops
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Baird Beer we go to Beard Beer [There. See. Did. I. What?]. Yes, I hear your collective groans at yet another review of another Rogue brew... What?! That groan was about my terrible Baird/Beard pun? I thought it was rather clever and dashing, like James Bond’s underpants - the Sean Connery James Bond of course... anyway I’ve got this and another Rogue beer to review as they were the only examples of styles I’ve never tried that I could get my hands on - in Beard Beers case ‘American Wild Ale’ - though I have [spoiler alert] read reviews saying it was a lacklustre example of the style, I don’t care - I want to review one of every style *evil chanting* “one of every style, one of every style”.

Poured from a ye olde weird American-sized 650ml tallie into a Duvel tulip.

A: Oh yeah, before you drink this beer do yourself a favour and DO NOT READ where it gets its name. This fine brew presents itself with a hazy orange body and an immense 1 and a half inch white head that soon whittles down to a less-immense 1 cm, because I love throwing metric and imperial in the same sentence. 7/10.

S: Stewed vegetable alert: This brew smells like stewed vegetables. That is all. I hope this isn’t going to be a Delirium Tremens [I’m talking about my review of DT not actual DT which would also suck] introduction to the American Wild Ale style. Hints of sweet caramel malt and some spiciness struggle to overcome the stewed veggies but they have a real fight on their hands with this funk. 2/10.

T: Flavour is a huge step up (though I still suspect this is an infected bottle) with a Belgian Tripel-esque profile: Sweet candi sugar/honey base, coriander spice, cider apple and cloves. The stew vegetables still comes through if you breath in whilst sipping - it’s a bizarre and distracting note that kind of ruins this beer a little. It has a hint of tartness and is dry in the finish. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a prickly but light carbonation. 7/10.

D: The story behind the beer didn’t get me retching - yeast is yeast no matter where/how it was raised so really there’s little difference between beard yeast and the cellar yeast where Lambics are brewed. What did make me retch, and really struggle to finish this brew, was the stewed veggie aroma that I’ve only encountered before in Delirium Tremens - I did a re-review of that brew and found that it must have been an infected bottle - I don’t have that luxury with this being a one-off limited release, however it served its box-ticking purpose, NEXT! 5/10.

Food match: Vegetable stew anyone???

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Photo of MUTINY
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing a huge & aggressive, moderately lasting, shaving cream foam, white head that leaves clumpy rings & splotches of lace. Aroma is white bread, pie crust & lemon-lime sherbet with peach, orange, green apple, hay, floral & beard yeast funk hints. Taste is similar but more robust: bready & fruity green apple, white grapes & peach, with a yeasty mustiness that is faintly phenolic. Throughout the sip a nice balance of sweet & sour with sour becoming more dominant in a lightly acidic & drying finish that develops a petite astringency in the sour-bitter but shortlived aftertaste. The aftertaste provides the only bitter offering in the brew. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy but crisp, dry, lightly astringent & chewy.

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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 Treyliff
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly malty and moderately funky in an OK way. Nothing to write home about, but it has an interesting wild-ale character: grassy, farmhousey and earthy.

Taste: sweet malt with a little butteriness and just a hint of funk. It's actually balanced and subtle in a way that the aroma doesn't quite achieve. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and creaminess, befitting the style.

Overall: this is not a bad beer at all. It's a bit on the sweet-and-subtle side, but really pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've toyed with the pros and cons of drinking a brewmaster's beard. At the end of the day, this was a worthwhile experience. This is a yeasty, gamey brew - not unlike some of the homebrew I used to make. I don't imagine I will go out of my way to buy this again.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1.81/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - 2.25 - Poured a clear gold with lot of murky haze. For the ABV being so low, this beer has absolutely pathetic head potential and retention, pretty much nonexistent.
S - 1.75 - Smells like a domestic beer. There MIGHT be the absolute most faint trace of a grapefruit hoppy smell far far in the background, but aromas of beers such as Bud Light, Keystone and Coors take center stage.
T - 1.25 - There is a decently pleasant sweetness upfront with a nice bite of carbonation, but suddenly a foul farmhouse-esque funk sets in, ending with a sharp metallic bite. Not pleasant in the least. After taste is quite pleasant though.
F - 3.5 - Decently crispy, medium thin body. Slight bit of oiliness to it.
O - 1.5 - The upfront flavors and after taste are decent, but the main bulk of the experience is a harsh and metallic one. I'm glad I purchased for the novel concept of the beer and to keep the bottle, but the experience of it was pretty bad.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: very oily, thick straw gold, sudzy head creamy and rich, decent retention
S: tart, funky, not to dumb it down too much but smells like wild yeast, piney
T: tart, a tad fruity subtle lemon and warm clove, apricot maybe some peach even?
M: oily but not in a bad way
O: this was in a premise a disgusting idea, I don't know why I bought it but I did, this is a good and pleasant beer, tastes alot like the lips of faith gruit from new belgium, it is good but not enough to get past the gimmick,what i mean is that while it's an interesting and really kinda gross idea, this could so easily be done without beard yeast this is a standard, though solid, wild ale

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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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Photo of BWED
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Honey in color. Hazy. Head is off white. Fairly dense, but doesn't retain well.

S- Sweet, with a peachy citrusy tang. A little bready and toasty.

T- Sweet and a little toasty. Fruity. Similar to a saison, but without the spice.

M- Fairly light. Sweet, but mildly dry finish.

O- Okay. There's a lack of depth. Malt character is a little bland.

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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 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 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 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 GPHarris
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a ruddy orange color.
s - fruity and yeasty.
t - fruity, bready, yeast with the slightest hint of tartness.
m - medium bodies with the right amount carbonation.
o - definitely not a wild ale as that funk and sour was barely noticeable.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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..." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a pale white color over a medium hazy amber body with plentiful lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) The yeast strain is very potent in this beer, almost hefeweizen or saison-like, bright cider fruit notes, banana and clove-forward with some soft funk and white pepper, aromatic and effervescent. Paired with a clean cereal wheat and pale malt base, it makes for an aromatic beer. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is very much like a saison with cracker and wheat malt base, a moderate sweetness and a pear juice, floral and peppery yeast profile. Finishes medium-dry and clean, not very funky, wild or sour at all- it's a rather domesticated yeast profile and one that I have experienced quite a many times before, to my dismay. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chalky and medium dry. Carbonation is medium-high for a lively and crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. The balance is slightly peppery, phenolic and spicy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.5

(Overall) I wasn't too nauseated diving into this beer as the small culture scraped from John's beard has multiplied to epic scales, and with or without the occasional loose hair here and there, there would have been no way to tell where the origins of the yeast was had I not been informed otherwise. There's a part of me that was wishing this beer came off a bit more exotic and wild than what seems to be largely a saison yeast-led beer. So the mystery of the genesis of the beard yeast is solved. The yeast cells were unfortunately not wild enough to stand out as unique nor seemingly undomesticated. It was an enjoyable beer at the very worst and certainly a great beer to unfold to a squeamish audience. 3.5

Rogue Ales'
Beard Beer

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Photo of buschbeer
2.19/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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