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
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let the spring fests commence! These lighter profile Oktoberfests deliver a purer pilsner taste that might actually qualify for some of the original imperial pilsners. But with a touch of bready Vienna malt and a kiss of herbal hops, the beer is nearly as refreshing as traditional Vienna lagers.

The rich lager opens with an extremely bright amber-gold hue and absolute brilliant clarity. Saengerfest builds a confident yet understate white foam that caps the beer firmly from start to finish while leaving interspersed islands of foam behind on the glass.

An odd and compelling aroma matrix strikes the olfactories with both delicate and bold characteristics. First, the rich malt aroma provides a rich malt and slight grainy scent with fresh baking bread, flaky bread crust, and a hint of pecan and elegant maltiness (almost caramel). A mild and nearly dismissed herbal hop complement allows for a notion of honeysuckle to emerge from the clean malt profile.

Flavors aren't all and all different. Rich sweetness massages the tongue with flavors of confectioner's sugar, light honey, near-caramel, the melanoidin-rich crust of light bread, savory butterscotch, and pecans all culminate in a well infused taste with all-out confidence and a seductive, soothing property. The ultra floral aroma translates to a somewhat fruity and rosy taste that develops nicely into a hop finish that doesn't quite balance the taste but prevents cloying taste and texture. There's an odd hop bitter/bite that has a perfumy taste that carries me slightly toward detergent- this the only determent to taste.

Medium bodied, the mouth wants to interpret it as full because of the flavors that remind us of lagers. But the semi-dense fullness allows the malt to coat the tongue in somewhat oily fashion. It's creamy carbonation is subtle and accompanies the beer well past mid palate and deep into finish where the medium alcohol warmth, lessening malt impressions, and subtle woody hop astringencies finish the beer with malty-dry closure.

Although I'm rush toward the imperial-this and 70 ibu-that, I'm also a lush for well made German beers that deliver true elegance in taste, texture, and balance. Saengerfest does this with ease as my palate is haplessly seduced.

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Photo of barczar
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden copper color with a fairly solid one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is laden with melanoidin character, caramelized malt, buttery toffee, slightly nutty, with a mild floral hop finish. There's a bit of metallic tang.

Flavor reveals much more of the metallic tang, which underlies caramel malt, toasted breadcrust, leading into a slightly bitter, dry finish. A bit of malt sweetness and floral hop flavor becomes evident as the tang subsides.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of grainy astringency. Alcohol warmth hits the belly.

Overall, there are some off flavors...or maybe the wrong type of hops were used if that flavor is hop derived. Was hoping for more malt complexity for the style.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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 JimmyFlatRock
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 mcallister
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

So my mai-bock obsession continues. Didn't want to buy a whole sixer of this as I'm not a huge fan of CM beers but what the hell. We shall see.

Pours a polished copper with a large foamy head of white very soapy and like shampoo lather.

Nice nose of toffee, caramel, big bready malts. Very clean aromas with some floral and spicey hop esters in the end.

Taste a slightly sweet and slightly cloying on the finish. Zippy carbonation, big toffee, noble hop presence in the middle with floral, and spicey notes, but need more bittering in the finish. Again just slightly cloying. A bit buttery on the finish as well. Some acidity in the chest. Yep now I will be looking at five more of these.

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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

Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear gold in color, with a big, billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Sweet, toasted malt, buttered saltine cracker. Clean finish. Pleasant and easy-drinking. Sessionable. A nice craft "starter" brew.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 OtisCampbell007
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greasy
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: The pour displays a nice golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a finger and a half of an eggshell head that stuck around long enough to make itself comfortable. Lacing abundant all the way to the last sip. A real beauty.

S: Initially I get wafts of clover honey, followed by baked bread, finished with some floral notes presumably from the hop varietals.

T: The taste is of honey, caramel malts, bread crust and earthy hops. The finish is slightly bitter that lingers long after the swallow.

M: Body is medium, carbonation is good. Alcohol presence is minimal even after warming up a few degrees.

O: I don't often drink this style, but it is something that should be enjoyed more often. My first Christian Moerlein brew has me optimistic for the rest of their selections.

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Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this one at the end of its season. It pours an amber copper. White head that maintains fair with mild lace.
Aroma of bready malts.
Tastes of bread-like malts, a sweetness with vanilla and toffee. The mouth is left a crisp from a follow-up hop. The brew is of medium body. Overall not a bad little maibock. One of my favorite brews from them. Reminds me of OTR. I'll buy again next year.

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

Photo of gmfessen
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Saengerfest is a very bubbly, apricot-orange color with a thin yet active cream colored head. The nose is sweet with caramel, honey and molasses. The taste is much more balanced than the nose would lead you to believe; grassy hops balance the aforementioned sweetness nicely for a smooth neutral finish. The mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation, making for an easy drinking beer that finishes slightly dry. Overall a good beer, nothing overly memorable but definitely a good drinker!

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date.

Pours a bright amber color with ample creamy, bone-white head.

Breaded, tangy scent with hints of caramel and green apple.

Flavor is sweet and slightly tangy. Breaded caramel malts meet fruity apple and banana flavors; yeast and hop create a semi-dry, tart finish.

Medium-bodied lager, crisp and easy-drinking.

Tasty maibock offering from Moelein; one of their better beers. This would be a good one to drink in quantity at any of your seasonal Bavarian festivals.

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Photo of chrisroarshack
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Saengerfest Maibock from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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