Maierfest Lager | Rogue Ales

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Maierfest LagerMaierfest Lager

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: 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
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.... I can't review well but this is very complex and incredibly tasty...not too hopped, not too sweet, such a well balanced excellent beer. It's hard to compare.... if you have not tried it defintely go ahead.... this is from Oregon and got it in Jersey but it is worth the 3000 mile trip....

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Photo of rogueleonardi
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of gravytrain
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden brown with very little head.

Smell - Malty with a bit of hops.

Taste - Wonderful malty taste with a little bite of hops.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with not harshness that most rogues have.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. One of my favorites.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clea bright copper hue with an ok head and super sparse bubbling. What a super crisp malt and bright smelling hop aroma. Medium bread toast and light citrus and grss hop aromas. Just a super inviting Octoberfest aroma. The taste is just simple and balanced in every way. Toasted bread gains start the front of the palate. The hops give just a superb crispness and add some grassy and light lemon notes to the middle of the palate. The finish is a touch gristy feeling on the palate, but still super crisp and perfectly balanced for a super drinkable finish. This is an awesome session lager. Just super tastey and easy to drink with loads of flavor!!!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Vylo
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin orange.

Smell is strongly citrus. Jumps out at you and is pleasant.

Taste excellent. I find it hard to put my finger on what exactly is in it. most likely apples, orange, possible pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is good, could maybe use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, great ocktoberfest style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Tromba
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams specialty glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color. Off-White head dissipates over the course of about a minute or two, leaving a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Wow - never experienced this much character in smell alone from a beer of this style. Complex malts come through in a big way.

T: This is honestly one of the best from the style I've ever had. Oktoberfests have always ranked mediocre with me, and Marzens sometimes worse (even "good" ones). This beer is another thing altogether. Sweet but slightly chewy and complex malts start you off and are followed by a dry and understated (in a good way) hop finish. Some bready and very mild fruit notes.

M: Crisp and clean, but with a little more body than you would expect from the style (again, in a good way!).

D: Very. This beer demands that I take another sip every time I take a gulp...and it makes me want shnitzel and german potato salad...and maybe a soft pretzel with beer cheese.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Rogue bomber, $5.99 in Columbus. This beer is copper colored, clear and transparent. Maybe 3-4 fingers of foam, not much lacing. Nice malty aroma, sweet caramel and maybe biscuit. The taste is all malt deliciousness, no hops except what's necessary to keep the sweetness in check. Very tasty without being cloying. Body is just thicker than water, excellent American lager overall.

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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 IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber. Deep rustic golden amber in appearance, tall frothy slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Sparse patches of thin lacing.

Rich bready malts on the nose, some crisp grain, grassy, slightly herbal hops.

The flavour starts bready, slightly toasted, even nutty at times, some crisp grain in the middle, mild grassy hops on the dry finish along with a slight buttery malty aftertaste. Practically spot on for an all-malt lager.

The mouthfeel is one of the best and most enjoyable aspects of this lager, creamy smooth and full, with a brief kick of carbonation on the finish.

One of the most satisfying lagers I've ever tasted, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier has outdone himself with this one that carries his namesake.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a nice foamy white head with good retention.

The scent was sweet and grassy, with some notes of caramel.

The taste was of sweet bready malt, notes of floral hops, and some caramel presence.

Light bodies, smooth and a bit crisp, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a really good beer, very flavorful and easy to drink. I would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of Merkur
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a much lighter than normal Oktoberfest amber color. The beer is also cloudier with a larger amount of white head.

The beer smells malty and nutty aroma.

The tast is very crisp and tasted a good bit of hops. This was very surprising and refreshingly so. The beer finishes with a nice malty flavor.

This is not your usual Oktoberfest beer, but is very well done.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1 Pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very deep golden color with a nice inch head and some clingy lacing.

S - Nice malty smell. Has some faint traces of fruitiness but not sweet smelling. Overall a faint smell would best describe it.

T - She is a bready tasting as you would expect. Has some fruity taste as the smell dictates but again not overpowering. It is just below the surface. Maybe grapes? Nice whatever it is.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy taste. Damn smooth beer.

D - High. Very high. I prefer these types of beers but even those that do not can drink a few of these. Enjoy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Squatters true pint glass a very nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacking left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice caramel notes, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, sweet, with lots of nice caramel, there is a slight spice note. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one is very nice, recommended.

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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 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 jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper orange with a 2 finger white head that left spotted lacing

smells of sweet carmel and slightly toasted malts with some earthy hops in the background

taste is that of a great lager - sweet bready carmel toasted malts with just the right amount of bitter earthy hops to give it some balance but really this beeer is about the malts

mouthfeel is nice and light with plent of carbonation - has a nice clean dry finish

drinkability - now this is a fall lager - lower abv lighter brew with plenty of flavor - rogue got this one right!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium straw yellow. Pours a think head that hangs around with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Light bread, touch of waxy hops, very little else.

T - Sweet white grapes. White bread, touch of tangerine citrus and hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, light body. Dry semi-bitter finish.

D - Super drinkable. Very refreshing.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 Dawkfan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light apricot orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is decent, lace is satisfactory.

S - Sweet & toasty malts. Some breadiness and hops are noticeable as well.

T - Toasted malts, caramel malts, it's some what bready and yeasty up front as well. The hops are there in the end, but not that noticeable.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this one, everything plays so well with eachother. A pleasant & clean feeling in the mouth.

D - Superb! An enjoyable brew for sure. Wish I had another. I've been impressed lately with a lot of Rogue's offerings.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is poured into my pint glass with a orange/copper colour with a thickish off white head. The beer is brilliantly clear as well. When smelling this beer is get a huge bread like note with hints of toast. Some biscuit comes through as well. It has the traditional O-fest smell to it as well.

The beer is very creamy with a great bready sweetness. The biscuit doesn't come through as much in the flavour as it does in the nose, but it's still there. A slight bitterness is there with a spicy floral hop note. This is clearly an American take on an Oktoberfest, and I like it a lot. The balance is just brilliant. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, something I really enjoy. I could have quite a few of these.

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