Maierfest Lager | Rogue Ales

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Maierfest LagerMaierfest Lager

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
6 Ingredients:
Malts: Durst Pilsner, Durst Munich and Weyermann Acidulated
Hops: Oregon Perle.
Yeast & Water: Oktoberfest 2633 Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

29 IBU
77 AA
4.2º Lovibond

Added by IronDjinn on 08-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 128
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden, some head, minimal lacing.

Pilsnery and grainy notes, cheerios in the smell.

A definite sweetness, followed by a faint pilsnery/octoberfest note.

Crisp clean mouthfeel.

Nothing offensive, but at this price I expected more. Could pass for many typical lagers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If Any American brewery could do the type of Oktoberfest beer I could really like it would be hop friendly Rogue.This poured a rich full golden with a thinner white cap atop,fresh toasty bread dough aromas with a faint herbal hop note.Big toasty flavors with that lightly sweet pizza dough element,the caramel flavors are there but are not overdone,a great hebal drying smack hits in a longer finish.A great beer one I will find much more of,my new favorite O-fest lager.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Oktoberfest.
In a mug the beer was a copper coplor with a medium white off-white head.
It had a caramel malt and fruit aroma.
It tasted like a caramel apple. A good deal of malt.
Nice beer. More substantial than I would have thought. I could drink more of these.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a mug. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 29 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep slightly orange golden color with lots of carbonation and a good two and a half finger tall head. The head is creamy white and quickly settles to just a thin covering. This thin cap still makes lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm bready and nutty character with a spicy/floral noble hop presence.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of deep bready and lightly roasted grain flavor with some good nutty notes and an excellent balance of spicy noble hopes. It finishes with mild hop bitterness and a clean biscuity dryness. The palate is spot on with a firm extremely drinkable medium body and lively carbonation.

Notes: To me this is an outstanding example of the style that really captures that German Lager essence. Maybe it's the malt, maybe it's the hops or maybe that Free Range Coastal Water they use but it works. Prost!!!

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Photo of kbt5273
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical 22 ounce Rogue bomber, w/o freshness info.

A- Cloudy, dull tangarine amber, quickly departing light tan head, leaves nominal fine bits of lace.

S- Earthy malts picked up by the sniffer

T- Malty amber brew, slight floral note,lite lime and gin, but in the end, mostly light malt and moderate grainy hops drying out the finish.

M- nothing special going on mouthfeel wise

O- ehh, decent but not anything I would rush back to buy more of

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into an .5l oktoberfest glass.

Pours a nice rich golden amber with slight cloudiness and a small off white head (just as advertised on the bottle). Nose is Malty, sweet, and a hint of toastiness... mmm, mmm!

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and light, although this adds to the drinkability, especially for an oktoberfest which is key. It's got a really nice buscity finish that lingers.

Solid oktoberfest, one of the best from Rogue I've had!

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Photo of Bike2work
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: 22 oz. bottled poured into a clear Oktoberfest mug fills with an orange amber liquid with a little haze crowned by a 4” cream colored foam collar with a very fine bead. Produces thick lace.
S: Big bread and malt aromas with a light spicy note.
T: Starts slightly sweet but overall relatively dry with rich, spicy malt flavors, light bread, moderate spicy hop bitterness.
F: Clean and smooth, just above medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: Not over the top inany way but a decent, drinkable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I remember being very impressed with this brew while drinking in the Southside of Pittsburgh, at Fathead's. This is from notes and it was my first or 2nd beer of the evening so I trust that my palate and judgement was okay. Beautifuly copper bronze body with a nice light creamy off white head, leaves behind ample speckled lacing. Aroma has a mild tartness a bit of a vinous note with some caramel and biscuit malt and a dash of raisin sweetness. Crisp herbal hop profile for balance but it's nice to smell a Rogue offering that doesn't smell like their signature Pacman yeast strain. Flavor was sweet with the caramel and biscuit malt presence but not cloying in anyway, a great pronounced hop bitterness with herbal leafy flavors going on in the finish even a touch of citrus that is typically not welcomed in my O fest but this was excellent. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with even smoth carbonation, drinkability was one of those by the liter sessionable brews that have become a rare experience in the realm of craft brewing. Will seek more of this stuff.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with mild amounts of breadiness and slighlty less mild amounts of earthy hops. As the beer warms the bready aromas increase a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The bready malt flavors carry a bit more weight in the flavor profile however pilsner malts are still front and center with a crisp amount of herbal hops that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I prefer my O-fests a with a bit more caramel and bready malt flavors and I think this would make a much better Septemberfest (with warmer weather) than an Octoberfest. Still, it's worth a shot to decide for yourself.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber at my increasingly favorite new watering hole for beer. The waitress had to double check that I was okay with the price - can't blame her, I suppose...

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with lots of thick soapy white head, which leaves sparse lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet caramel malt, rye spice, and earthy hops. The taste is crisp biscuit/caramel malt, some soft citrus, winter spices, and very mild hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and evenly weighted, and it finishes off-dry and malty, yet crisp and spicy.

A very nice intro to autumn, or if the wind is to be believed tonight, winter...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle for $2.50 at the Brattleboro, Vt food co-op!!

Rusty orange color, bone white head, active, moderate dissipation.

The aroma has sweet, buttery scented malt, raw honey, sweet and sour sauce, dry, herbal undertones. the malty sweetness has hijacked the aroma.

this is a dry, snappy, medium-bodied feel with herbal, earthy, sour red fruits and slightly smokey herbs. Gentle honey-like sweetness sets in with dry and herbal, sour hoppy and yeastie notes in pretty good balance. the malty sweetnes is a bit out-of-control but not too much. the flavor's could meld together a bit better. a clean taste that seems to lose some of it's kick on the palate rather quickly. The malt is a bit cloying which ceates a slightly heavier feel later on. slight wheat and green grassy notes come out later.

Bring on the wide world of lagers this summer!!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well-filtered sunny golden-rust color with a thin head that thins to a skim quickly and leaves a little lace in its wake. Looks true to style, that's for sure.

Aroma has a medicinal element, possibly brought in by the alcohol although at a modest 5.6%, I wonder. Malt is quite sweet, bordering on honey, with toffee and nut working their way in. After sitting for 10 minutes it really opens up and the nut, toffee and hop elements combine for a bold and wonderful smell.

Flavor is a good balance between nutty flavors and a spicy hop presence. Background steamed vegetable element reminds you this is a lager, and a good one at that. Alcohol is tasted but in a very subtle way, just underscoring the simple flavors on top. Malt wins out in the finish, leaving the ghost of caramel/nut dancing around on the tongue.

Fairly dry, and thin on the tongue with enough carbonation to make it feel alive. Not sure if it's the water or what (which I'm sure if fine quality, knowing these guys), but Rogue stuff rarely impresses me, textually.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but still worth checking out. Simple, well-made, quality stuff, although it doesn't compare to the best of the best German-made Marzens. Another solid but non-mindblowing Rogue beer. They can't all be Old Crustaceans, can they?

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Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my motel room plastic cup (sorry).

Bottle is a bit of a gusher. Clear orange/amber with an off-white head with good retention despite its small size. Slow runing etch-a-sketch lacing.

Banana-forward esters, I suppose from the yeast. Pale malt, faint toast, and slightly floral notes from the hops.

Clean pilsner malt flavor with a bit more depth from the other malts. Hops are not especially bitter, but more herbal in nature with hints of mint. Low fruit notes are wiped away by the malts. Dry crisp finish. More interesting than many examples of the style...

Light-bodied yet a touch creamy.

A pleasing lager - initially sweet and yeasty but concludes malty and dry which invites another sip. A good choice to wash down a pizza...

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Photo of jkroese
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cjgator3
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty faint with some sweet malt and caramel. It is pretty hard to pick up anything in the aroma.

T- The taste starts out with a sweetness from the slightly toasted malts along with hints of caramel. Not much in terms of hops in the finish. A little too sweet, almost cloying.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one. I'll probably pass on it next time around.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with several frothy fingers of off-white head. This pretty readinly simmers down into a think frothy retention, which leaves some light foamy lace back. The aroma is fairly sweet with notes of sugary bread, toast, floral spice, and a splash of citrus mixed in. This could have used a bit more hops in the nose it seems.

The taste is sweet and toasty with bready grains and citrus flavors, which is evened out by a moderate amount of drying spicy bitterness. Finish is more on the sweet side, with a flush of malts in the back. As a matter of fact, I would say that the entire profile seems to lean more towards the maltier side, with just not enough hops to keep things in check. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with an easy feeling crispness that helps make up for some of the unbalanced nature.

As stated before, this was just a bit too sweet to stay enjoyable and the bomber actually got a bit boring to drink after a while. While this wasn't offensive or anything, there are definitely better bottled O-Fests out there right now.

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Photo of leinie13
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a small yet dense khaki colored head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is faint but I pick up a slight doughy malt scent that is a characteristic of Oktoberfests. Also a light spicy hop. The taste is light and grainy, the malt doesn't really come through, some metallic and honey notes, and a very light spicy hop. The feel is light and crisp, very neutral flavor profile makes for easy drinking. The brew falls short on the festbier/marzen category but doesn't have any off flavors, just toned down. The brew is light and very drinkable. Blasting through this bomber will not be a problem.

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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a non traditonal Oktoberfest. A German lager is a catch all disciptor but is apt in this case because of the flavor profile. Pours a clear, light amber color with a large white head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is fairly weak with hints of malt and Willamette hops. The flavor is dry, very dry. The malt has a cracker like quality. The hops give some spice and earthiness. Bitterness is present and pleasantly noted. Finishes crisp and clean. I am almost more thirsty after taking a drink of this beer than before. The body is not that substantial and it is a touch overcarbonated as well. The low ABV and overall dryness makes this an easy drinker. However the customary overpriced Rogue bomber and the slightly misleading bottle discriptor lessens the overall score. This reminds me so much of a locally produced Kolsch that it would be difficult for me to tell the difference.

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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue painted 22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. A touch out of season, happened upon this on a trip to Danbury.

Pours golden yellow with an inch of fast acting white foam. Thin level remains.

Rich malty smell. Full on malt/marzen taste, some sweetness. Little hop backbone. Smooth, with a touch of carbonation.

Well balanced Octoberfest beer. Good version of the style. Really drinkable.

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Photo of GeoCait
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 186 ratings