Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 406
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 75 | 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 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 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 McNealc31
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visually, it looks like a standard pale ale. Hazy, tinge of orange, nice head. Aroma is fruity. Not a ton of presence from the hops or malt, which is expected. Back off on those to make the star of this beer, the yeast, shine through. And actually, it doesn't taste as funky as expected. Slightly sour finish. You could easily pass this off as a Belgian Pale Ale.

Maybe famous because of the novelty, but I think it's pretty good. (432 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 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 lwillitz
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - 2 fingers off-white head over a somewhat cloudy body of gold, high amount of visible carbonation

S - funky Belgian smell, cloves, bananas, grass, apple-like fruitiness

T - cloves, bananas, light biscuit-like malt, apple, citrus, spice

M - dry medium body, high carbonation

O - I have no previous experience with wild ales. While I appreciate the novelty of beard-grown yeast, this brew is unimpressive. It's a run of the mill Belgian ale at best. (491 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 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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dull golden yellow, doesn't actually look to appealing.

Smells like beard! Naw, but it does have some wild yeasty funk.

Taste is much better than appearance and smell, for minute there I thought I wasn't going to be able to palate this. Nothing too outrageous, just tastes like a mediocre strong ale.

Mouthfeel is not worth anyone's time.

Overall I honestly purchased this for the novelty and knew I would not be purchasing again, but not horrible, just mediocre. (481 characters)

Photo of DrunkenSwine88
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of dalahodson
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Nice light yellow color with a big white head. Lots of carbonation and nice lacing on the glass. The mouth feel is tart/sharp. The favors are what I would expect from a wild yeast. A back taste of sour with hints of citrus and some spicing. I would call it a wild taste. Many people who haven't tasted a wild ale find the favors offish. This ale isn't a sour, it's wild. A great class of beer. Goes well with many foods. (446 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 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 Fatehunter
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a little smoke, green olives in brine, aged creek water and old vegetables. Not awesome.
The taste is younger creek water, mild lemon bitterness and a watery finish.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
I would never drink this again. An idea worth enjoying as a homebrew experiment. (373 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think my wife wanted to throw up when I had her read the label on the back about the origin of this beer. Yes, inspired by head brewer's beard and the "who-knows-what" that is found within. I feel like this isn't a serious attempt of making anything great that will be around season after season. Plus what would they do once the guy with the beard moves on or passes on?

Beer poured a medium, golden with little to no head. Aroma was musty, earthy with a bit of funk. Original sips were prickly on the lips due to medium+ carbonation. Taste reflected the aroma, on the funky side. It has a low IBU and wasn't bitter at all. Viscosity was average. As I let the beer warm, it left more of a fruity aftertaste. Been there, tried that. Won't be drinking this one again unless it was the only option. (800 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 (484 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 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 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 hreb
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of fitius5150
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale yellow and bubbly like soda. Vigorous pour to bring up the head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness with apples and grapefruit

T - Big sweet malts, lots of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Only slightly bitter and not much presence of alcohol.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Very soda like and not very sticky.

O - It's an ok beer but nothing really exciting other than the source of the yeast. Definitely a good conversation starter but not a beer I'll come back to. (507 characters)

Photo of Sekhmet
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know much about rating beer. With that being said, I thought this beer was not bad tasting, but the idea of it being made from the yeast of a man's beard messed with my mind so much that I wouldn't finish drinking it. However, I like the novelty of it. I like being able to say I drank a beer made from a man's beard! @.@ (329 characters)

Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I guess the brewmaster cultivated some fairly well behaved yeasts in his beard. This is a nice Belgian-y light copper ale. It throws a bit of peach and very, very slight sour notes. Hop notes are very, very light which accentuates the yeast. Not a lot of complexity to the malt flavor.Overall, an enjoyable Belgian-style ale. (325 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)

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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
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