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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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81
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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its a love hate story: when you hear that there's a beer that's made from the cultivated yeast from the brewmaster's beard; you think, "awesome!". But then when you're asked to taste it, the though of chucking down a bristle or two causes the throat to clinch. Its both the masterful part of their campaign and its greatest hindrance all in the same.

But as the beer pours, its a lightly milky gold color with glimmers of both straw and copper. Its dainty rise of foam gives the beer a scattered head character after just a minute or so. With retention being light and retention in question, the appearance is slightly faltering as if dispensed from cask.

Zesty and acidic, its aromas are lightly of bread and citrus. A little on the doughy side, the scent of lemon, apple and lime ride along side of the yeast and malt. Modestly spicy with clove, white pepper and mint, the beer seems quite Hefeweizen-like- especially with its light vanilla character.

Then to taste, the beer quickly sheds its short-lived grainy-sweet taste in order to favor a vivid citrus and grassy taste. Lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples and berries all play into its mix while light zinfindale acidity, saltwater taffy and mild sandalwood add subtle complexities just before the beer finishes grassy with bitterness and with a tinge of peppercorn.

Mid-light in texture, the beer edges quite near to thin and watery texture, but never crosses the line. But its refreshing acidity saves its reputation as the lightness is easily understood as drinkability. Clean and crisp in finish, its modest alcohol comes across as minty rather than warm. Its quick aftertaste is banana-like and with light cellar-like must.

Though I applaud Rogue's assertive brewing inspirations and even more, its marketing transparency (perhaps to a fault), I find that the cultures in John Mayer's beard to lack the depth of flavor, complexity or full fermentation that's necessary to result in a formidable American Wild Ale.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thin head with nice lacing on a hazy golden with copper hue body. Aroma of cherry, strawberry, candy sugar, bread dough. For the style you want more from the aroma. Flavor is mild also leave you wanting more with dark fruit, banana, yeast and breads. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I guess the premise is interesting but the beer isn't.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

cool concept and a strange beer overall. somewhere between a Belgian tripel and a Belgian pale, I am surprised how much Belgian character has come out of the yeast in this cats beard. a slightly tart, two row and wheat based brew with some haze and a lot of carbonation. funky Belgian fruit esters from the yeast meet basic saison strain dryness. the malt has some added sugar character, more in line with the tripel style, but the sweetness is mostly fermented out. not sure where that citrusy tartness comes from, its kind of weird but I like it a lot. some lingering funk on the finish long after the swallow that I like more when its warm than when its cold, but a fun project and a very drinkable result. id like to see more of this bizarre yeast harvesting, makes some cool beer this time around.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with yeast cultivated from the brewer's beard, that's probably enough to put some people off. But I'm game for anything. 22oz bomber purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a slightly hazy orange colour, strange because it looked quite clear in the bottle, so had maybe been disturbed. Head is a pancake-pocked film of pure white that leaves some streaky lace. Powdery carbonation. It looks decent enough.

Nose is slightly Belgian in character, with some hint of funky Brett-like aromas. Slight vegetative overtones, some green olive and a bit of spice. In any case, most of the aroma comes from the yeast, and it's fairly neutral otherwise. I guess that's the point.

Taste is bright, light, and fairly clean. Slight bready yeastiness on the back, along with a hint of astringency and a touch of spice. Finish is smooth bur rather empty: perhaps just a touch of salt or acid. Feel is light, but relatively smooth.

It's pretty drinkable, and honestly, pretty dull. Apart from the gimmick of its genesis, there's not a whole heap here that makes this stand apart. Unless you care, and know, what it is, it's a perfectly decent, perfectly forgettable brew.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.