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Beard Beer - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
80
good

376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 07-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 63
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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
3.55/5.00

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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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Beard Beer from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.