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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 416
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 77 | 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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (749 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (802 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (1,980 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 (937 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (2,050 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden-blonde coloring with a ton of carbonation and a big, thick, foamy, off-white head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a low profile coat. Aromas of berries all over the place, with some tart notes, a toasted backbone, and an overall tangy sweetness. Flavors are toasty forward, with a blending of cherry and berry sweetness to follow, but a slight bit underwhelming for the anticipation from the aromas. There is a hint of tart and slightly sour in the back of the tongue, but only an inkling. Overall, the toasty notes carry through a smooth, easy going palate. Light and crisp from the carbonation, there is a toasted and slightly floral aftertaste, with hints of tart shining through once again. The finish is surprisingly smooth given the body, although there is a definitive crisp end to the fruity characteristics shortly before the body of the beer is finished washing over your palate. Interesting brew, and easily drinkable. (1,025 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at Liquor Shed with some apprehension.

A hazy medium gold/yellow colour, the foam does it's thing with a good head and good lacing.

The nose, to me, has a lot of citrus and clove, maybe not so much citrus, more of a coriander smell. I get some sweet that reminds me of candi sugar, a hint of something directing me towards the tart but maybe not.

Okay, the taste doesn't live up to the smell. Clove, some coriander, a hint or 2 of pepper, some sweetness that, how do I put this, comes from a low grade candi sugar, if that even exists. The smell was lively and vibrant, tasting leaves a bit to desired for my palate.

This beer does pretty much nothing for my palate. Yeah, I glad I tried it and got this review in but this is definitely a one off. (761 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates to a wispy film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, sweet malt and ripe fruit. The finish is syrupy with a honey and fruit aftertaste. Above average overall. (298 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (438 characters)

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.