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Markus Brau (JLS Release) | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mugglesandhops on 12-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A local pub has been having Rogue beer specials on draft. $3 a pint, sweet... I figured I'd give this one a whirl.

Pours a dark gold color, mostly clear with some haze, and a decent white head.

Aromas are faint, mostly a sweet grain like smell, like grape nuts.

Flavors are similar to the nose. Lots of sweetness, very grainy, with a general creamy malt character. Finish is warm with some light spiciness. But this beer seems too sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice, feels full, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is so so at best. This is just to sweet, and not all that refreshing. One and done.

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Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francsico on 1/23/09, reviewed from notes, color was a mixture between a medium orange and red, 3/4 inch soapy white head that leaves some minor lacing at first, not much retention, smell consists of lager yeast, lots of grains, light hoppiness, apples, roasted malts, and lemons, taste was weaker than expected but pretty balanced overall, starts off with a yeasty taste, then fades into chewy malt and grain, finish is a bit nutty but there is also a light bitterness that seems to come from the hops and bready malts, does not change much as it warms, seemed like it was a bit watered down, mouthfeel was mostly chewy but also roasty and nutty at times, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, could drink a few more ounces and then I would be about done, good amount of alcohol in the flavor came through, not smooth, even though it seems light and watery, it is still pretty hard to drink at times, nothing special but a solid Helles Lager and glad to have tried because it does not sound like it will likely be brewed again, this was a result of a collaboration with another Oregon brewery according to the bartender but I did not get the name, worth trying

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Photo of mangledorf
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at whole foods when they had Rogue in house. Usually I love to pick up their Brutal Bitter or Double IPA.

Pours out of the growler crystal brown or dark copper, with a slight head and fresh aroma. The first taste is far more complex than the appearance or smell would suggest.

Smooth like a simpler lager, but deep and rich with a clean yet interesting aftertaste.

Definitely worth a try if you can find it. I heard it won't be around for long.

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Photo of redshoes
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a refreshing lager. Darker than many other lagers with a decent head(dissipates fairly quickly, though who's waiting for the head to disappear?), the flavor is very nice balance of bitter and round nutty flavors. Despite its refreshing light drinkability, it has a fair amount of flavor. Pairs extremely well with food (drank this while eating a plowman's platter and complemented the cheese and ham very nicely). The mouthfeel is silky soft with a pleasant amount of carbonation. This is what I imagined American lagers made by German immigrants were like before prohibition, being flavorful but fairly simple and straight forward and substantial at the same time.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Brickstore Pub. Listed as a pils at the pub, but a helles makes more sense. Either way, this beer isn't my favorite. Pours darker than one might expect, a medium amber, and with a moderate head and some slight lacing. Smells very grainy and malty like a glass of malt-o-meal. Reminds me a bit of the smell of duck food out of those quarter operated vending machines at a park. The taste is reminiscent if this same smell- super grainy and malty without the rich caramel flavors you might like to see instead, or alternately a lighter crispness. Either would be a better direction here. A bit coppery on the finish and thick in the mouth. I'll skip it next time.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dirty brown color with a 1/4" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: very little aroma here as some malt sweetness and brown sugar was all I could detect.

Taste: mild malt profile with some hints of fruit sweetness, brown sugar, and a mild bitterness. Surprisingly mild flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother towards the finish. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this one grew a bit tiring before my glass emptied. This one was an unexpected dull beer in the John Locker series.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was just put on at Barleys as I was sitting there. No one really knew what it was, so we had to go look. I will be honest, I had never heard of it before, but no reason to stop us now! Served cold and poured into a tulip, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

Uhh, this is not starting out well at all. Dark amvber in color, very clear with no head, no foam, no lacing, no nothing. Really just a flat, dull looking beer here.

The aroma was off. Caramel malts, musky grains, light, with an almost oxidized like smell to it. Some light sweetness as it warmed, but I am not really sure what to think here. The flavor was a train wreck for me. Musky grains and bready malts, one dimensional for sure. Flat, uncarbonated feel with a bland and overpowering grain bill here. This was just not good for me at all.

I am not sure what this one was supposed to be, but it did not come out right I will say that. Most dissapointed here in what surely could have been a good beer. Back to the drawing board for this style for Rogue.

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Photo of hopdog
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grains, lots of grainines, some toasted grains, and caramel. Tastes of the same toasted grains, with caramel and toffee.

Thin all the way around and just all around dissapointing.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ the Rogue Brewery in Newport

"Markus Brau is a collaboration of Markus Lohner, President and manufacturer of our BrauKon brewhouse and myself. It is a German Lager, I think of it as a Munich Helles style" -John Maier

A- Poured a beautiful red color with a moderate size head, looks good.

S- Sweet grains, maybe some pears in there as well, big malts smell

T- Not hoppy at all, sweet malty taste but I get pears here too

M- good med. bodied beer.

D- Very tasty brew I wish this was more widely available.

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Markus Brau (JLS Release) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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