Saengerfest Maibock | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Saengerfest MaibockSaengerfest Maibock
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by keeganfrank on 04-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 21
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 Extrajoker00
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A : a nice red/brown copper with a light but creamy head

S : hints of vanilla, caramel and hops

T : hints of various flavors vanilla, caramel, hops and faint wheat tones

M : creamy full bodied and flavored

D : very good wish I'd bought 12 rather than 6. on my shopping list

This is a very complexly crafted beer. I was very pleasantly surprised and would recommend to friends

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Photo of jsisko01
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark copper color with an inch thick, creamy off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes. Has a great creamy, thick lacing.

Smell - Not getting much here.. The aroma is very feint. There's a slight musty aroma that covers up the others. Earthy, nutty, and buttery malts.

Taste - Has a very strong sweetness and honey flavor. Earthy, somewhat floral, nutty, buttery, very malty, and an alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied with high carbonation that gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - I think this is my first maibock. It's not bad. A little strong for my taste but it's nice to try different styles.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bpc24
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of elBecko
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Sandlin73
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Oldkentman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ltjska04
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night at Maifest in Covington. In the plastic cup it appeared semi-clear golden blonde to amber with a nice big white head that lasted until the end. The aroma was noble hops with some grassy and grainy smells. The taste follows the same path with sweet grainy flavors leading the way to caramel/butterscotch. The mouthfeel is full and has some residual sweetness like most of Moerlein's beers. It left the inside of my mouth feeling kind of sticky. Nothing outstanding but overall not a bad offering from Moerlein.

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

Photo of bufleraj
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Cincy_Joe
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of viverlee
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve done my part for the betterment of the community today. This decent, but not overwhelming brew is 6.5% ABV, at least according to the online menu of the restaurant Christian Moerlein just opened in Cincinnati. I submitted an update to the powers that be at BeerAdvocate. You’re welcome.

STYLE: Maibock / Helles Bock

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Golden orange, iced tea. Nonstop rush of bubbles.

NOSE: Malty dominance, bitter honey, walnuts.

MOUTH: Bananas, lemon, bubblegum. A little too banana maybe, which says to me neither “Spring” nor “Cincinnati.” Whatever. There’s a dry, not altogether pleasant finish that’s a tad too sharp to follow the sweet fruity notes.

BA Rating: Not available

Hayward Abbey Rating: 75

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Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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