Saengerfest Maibock | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
christianmoerlein.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by keeganfrank on 04-30-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
20.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by Groomsy:
Photo of Groomsy
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What a solid beer from Moerlein.12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottling date reveals an early March bottling.

Saengerfest has a deep and clear golden body, topped by a firm soapy head that slowly dwindles and leaves splotchy lacing behind. Constant carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass keep the beer from going flat. A classy-looking lager in a glass.

The smell is fresh and inviting. Notably, a baked bread/biscuity aroma is at the forefront with a nice helping of caramel and slightly roasted malt. The malt presence is steadily backed by a helping of spicy/floral hops, following a solid formula for the Maibock style. As the beer warms, more caramel emerges. A well-balanced and crisp-smelling lager.

Saengerfest is refreshing and sturdily flavorful at the same time. Starting off with a solid backbone of bready goodness, the flavors transitions into caramelly sweetness before finishing with a crisp, spicy hop note on the back of the tongue. There are also some lingering fruity/grassy esters as well. Greatly drinkable and balanced, and a very solid achievement in a somewhat overlooked style of lagers.

This Maibock has a body on the heavier side of medium but is balanced by a crisp, slightly drying carbonation and clean, hoppy finish. Very drinkable for a slightly high ABV.

Moerlein tells to nail their lagers, and Saengerfest is no exception. This is very drinkable and refreshing while still packing an excellent flavor. This will be a staple in my fridge until it's no longer available this season.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of elBecko
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BFC84
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am not one of those reviewers who goes into all that stuff. All I know is I liked it. it has some different notes/ tastes and i believe is distinctive. I really enjoyed this and have gone back for more. It seems my local Kroger didn't sell it too well and has a lot on hand, good for me. $8.99/6pk

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Photo of OtsegoHive
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of norinco
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured into my pint glass a golden, light copper color. Semi aggressive pour that yields a thin white head. No lacing.
S: all sweetness here. Some buttery notes accompanied by bread malts. Maltbomb?
T: very sweet and bready at the front but balanced nicely by some bitterness toward the middle, the first sign of hops. Finish is a combination of each. The flavors seem to be right but need to be amped up. Also some warmth as it goes down the hatch.
M: decently carbonated but morphs into a nice creaminess. The finish, which is sweet, hangs around a while. Pleasant.
O: Not a bad beer. The mouthfeel, body and aromas are all done well. The flavor just need to stand out a tad more.

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Photo of Cincy_Joe
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bufleraj
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This maibock pours a brilliant clear gold color with a moderate white head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin pool and decent ring with little lacing. Nose of fresh baked bread, sweet caramel notes, and floral hop. Tastes follow the nose with moderately sweet caramel notes mixed with a light bread flavor and a floral and moderately bitter hop note. Crisp mouth feel is nicely carbonated and lively with a slight dry finish. While I love Moerlein, this is a bit too hoppy to be equal to the German originators. A solid, sessionable, drinkable lager with a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Cheers

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Photo of screamking
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12oz into pint glass.

This beer pours a nice light copper color, very little head which disappears very fast. Very sweet aroma, with lots of floral and orange notes. Other than the first blast of sweet smell, there's not a lot in this aroma.

The taste is crisp at first and then quickly turns bitter in the aftertaste. Good floral notes, earthy sweetness. Some distinct brown sugar mixed caramel in there as well. The hop bitterness that shows up in the aftertaste is quite good. I must say this beer surprised me. I've been pounding the Chris Morelein latly and I must say this is one of their better offerings. It's easy to drink and easy to find, at least in the 513.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little late in the year for this style, but what the heck. Poured from a bottle into a small stein. The beer pours out a clear orange-amber color (perhaps a bit on the light side for this style) and a rough pour produces a nice majestic white head that has some staying power. Faint malt aroma with some spice notes detectable.

Nice rich malty flavor and a lush, smooth feel. Very drinkable and balanced with pleasantly assertive peppery notes arriving at mid-palate and carrying the malt through the finish. No objectionable hop notes. A very well-crafted Maibock. My only quibble is that I would prefer a bit more malt character. Still, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of TonyY
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ziggyzoggy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bpc24
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jimmyd8386
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jovian00
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of keeganfrank
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived from the bartender with very little head. Liquid is a copper brown, like red-tinted tea. Smells of sweet grasses, bread and caramel. Some noticeable floral perfumes as well. Flavor is crisp-grass or fresh vegetables; also sweet like caramel or toffee. Enjoyable to consume, has good weight and nice balance between crispness and creaminess.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thebrewman
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color. 1 inch lacing which remains throughout. A roasted malt scent at the tip of the nose. Quick note of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium to almost thin, but very smooth. Over all, I like this style and the beer. Will drink this one again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice looking honey gold color, a finger of white foam at first, slow to fade back. Lots of carbonation from below, some light lacing on the glass.

Aroma - a sweet graininess with a faint aroma of spiced honey. On the lighter side, some light estery abv.

Taste - good malt flavor, slightly sweet, rather robust. The hops provide great balance without stepping out into their own element of bitterness. The malt persists, but not by much. The swallow has a touch of abv heat to it, slight drying at the finish.

Mouthfeel - notable smoothness but a little too much carbonation, I like a less bouncy maibock. Given some time, that dissipates to a more complementary level.

Drinkability - a tasty sessionable maibock for the spring season. This Saengerfest is raised in toast to Tait, formerly of Songer Whitewater Rafting. An outstanding river guide of the Upper Gauley on our recent excursion with Rivermen in WV. He made my first experience with Class V rapids both safe and unforgettable.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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