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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

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 186
Photo of bonk0076
2.13/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy golden in color with a very slight head that disappears immediately. Aroma smells of yeast and malt. Slight toffee smell as well. Taste is like spaghetti-o's, I'm not kidding, I think I got a bad bottle. This is not good. i probably shouldn't drink when I rate beer :)

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Photo of cjgator3
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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 bristol2120
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Appearance features a medium / medium dark copper with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a thin, white, layer of foam. Aroma is very pleasant, featuring sugary / berry notes. Unfortunately, those notes lead to an extremely cloying sweetness on the palate. The expected malt character of a beer of this style is non-existent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could have used more body and / or carbonation. Overall, a disappointing entry from Rogue.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured ontap into a pint glass. Brownish/Copper color with a small head that recedes to a ring along the sides of the glass.

Smell is of bready malts, standard fare for an octoberfest.

A slight roasted/smokey to this beer, and finishes a bit sour on the back end. Decently malty with an herbal hop presence. I'd liken this brew to sourdough bread. I found the flavor to be strange and maybe even a little off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly watery.

Drinkability is average. This brew doesn't really stick out, other than that odd sour twang. On par with low end Octoberfests.

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Photo of Angrygerman
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle on closeout...I know it's not out of date but it is older. Very little head on the pour. It's hazy, almost looks like a Hefe. No one smell really comes out clearly to me. It's not malty smelling nor hoppy. It's easy to drink. Just like the smell, no one flavor jumps out to me. Alittle hop alittle malt, nothing bad just..ok. The mouthfeel is what your would expect from a Maerzen. As far as drinkability, i will have no trouble finishing this bomber but it's not all that I had wished for...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice cascading white cap

S: A little bit of toasted grains and floral notes but pretty tame

T: Uuuhh. Honey, grains, a little sweetness, floral hops, sordove sticky. Not clean and crisp, nor is it refreshing.

M: Sordove syrupy, a bit to sweet

O: Average

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Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Moderate starting head that settles to a single layer of bubbles that leave nearly no lace on the glass. Hazy dark straw color--quite light color for the style.

Raw grain aroma with a mild hop nose. Reminds me more of an American cream ale as opposed to a marzen.

The brew has berry notes to the nearly all malt flavor. Very mild, I don't note any hop. The body is decent and the carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, it's more of a lawnmower beer than anything else.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-golden body with a modest, white head.

Smell: Sweetish nose of steeped grains with mild, transient notes of lightly herbal hops and plastic bear honey.

Taste: Light German maltiness, with the bulk tasting of lightly sweet (with a touch of golden syrup), lightly grainy pilsner malts. Mere hint of breadiness in there as well. Faint hop character with a low amount of clean hop bitterness. Finishes a tad on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it's sweet, I am not sweet on it. I've had this one a couple of times and, well, on both instances I was left unmoved and disinterested. That doesn't mean you won't love it. So, go out there and love it for the both of us, won't you?

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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 yemenmocha
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with very generous white head. Nose is disappointingly light with some faint malt aromas, with maybe a touch of lemony citrus. On the palate the malty focus is clear with some hay/straw dryness, and a touch of alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium bodied, and easy drinking other than for the aforementioned warmth.

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Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of trbergman
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Amber-gold with one finger of white foam.

S - Faint aroma, with toast, a touch of caramel, and floral hops.

T - Toasted, crusty bread, with caramel and a trace of corn - leading me to suspect a DMS issue. Pleasant herbal, floral hop flavor and enough bitterness for good balance.

M - Light-medium body, with adequate carbonation. Nice.

D - Corn fades as the beer warms, but this beer is still a long way from perfection. It's a shame, because I was really digging Marzens this season and I was glad to find another. Rogue's version is pleasant, but I doubt I'll have another any time soon.

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Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Brewski4Drewski
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
A: Light cloudy amber color not as dark as most Marzen. Big white head holds carbonation.
S: Slight malt and nut tones, and subtle hopping
T&M: Crispy taste and finishes on malty smoothness. Could sesh out with this one. Booze is coming from somewhere not sure if I am missing something.
O: Decent brew, not my favorite Oktoberfest, was expecting more malt considering its a Rogue beer but it'll do pig.

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Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper-tinged color with a half-finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Bready and caramelly malt notes with herbal and spicy Oktoberfest hop notes.

T-Bitter herbal notes upfront with some subdued bread and caramel malt with a bitter finish.

M-A little thin bodied with prickly carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Not exactly my favorite interpretation of an Oktoberfest as the hops overwhelm the malt in this one.

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Photo of mightymoksha
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased bomber. Served in mug.

Pours a clear, dark amber. Quickly-dissipating, off-white head, leaving sparse lacing.

Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, and hazelnuts are present.

Biscuity malt sweetness is immediately prominent, behind which is a faint hop bitterness. Notes of caramel and orange also present.

Very crisp and clean on the palate, with a very pleasant amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel seems a little thin, as if something was removed.

Drinkable and enjoyable, yet ultimately unsatisfying.

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Photo of psychoholicagogo
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head retention and a nice long-lasting head, but lacking in brilliance in terms of clarity. Aroma is mildly malty with the typical Rogue american hopping. Not to style but not to be expected. Flavor is good, but lacking in richness as expected from the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed amber with a puffy white head.

Toasted grain aroma with a nutty scent like wheat bran. Slightly spicy noble hop aroma saffron and hay scent. The nutty smell makes this smell a lot like a Bock beer.

Starts out a little sweet with a slight tobacco taste. Biscuit malt flavor. Herbal tasting the sweetness again makes me think Bock beer.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall it is expensive and too sweet.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours amber orange, with a finger or so of white large bubbled head.
S: biscuity and bready slightly sweet. Plain but wasn't really expecting gold style wise.
T: simple, light bready malt sweetness. Light hop bitterness that is barely earthy on the back end. This just seem to be lacking on the malt some.
M: smooth easy to drink as the style should be.
O: yes it is very easy to drink, but its just not all there, not as bready as most, not as dark as some.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very lightly hazy golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that dissipates immediately leaving a very thin ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very subtle/light aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and grassy/earthy hops.

T: Flavor is sweet toasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar. The beer has some more subtle hints of citrus zest and floral notes. There is some mild earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a dry finish.

O: Good for the style but nothing special - I have had many other beers in this style (though this is the first I have reviewed) and I would much rather have other beers instead of this one - not a bad beer just pales in comparison to others. Easy to drink and a decent session beer.

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Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystalline light orange with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing

Bready malt and mineral odors.

Clean biscuit and mineral notes followed by dms and a hint of hops

Fuller body than appearance would indicate. Highly carbonated but quite quaffable

Not my favorite lager, seems like it falls between a Rolling Rock and a good Octoberfest.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with brilliant gold highlights and several fingers of foam that is darker than eggshell and lighter than ecru. The head isn't very sticky, as evidenced by a glass that is almost free of lace. The look is acceptable, though underwhelming.

The nose doesn't deliver on the malt front (as it should for the style) or the hop front (this is Rogue after all). It's faintly toasted, with very little Munich character. Like the color, it's a bit too light. Here's hoping the flavor doesn't follow suit.

Simply put, Maierfest Lager is not one of this brewery's more accomplished efforts. That's pretty surprising since they're known for doing pretty much all non-Belgian styles well; at least as far as this BA is concerned. Something bigger and darker and richer and heartier would have worked better.

If blinded, I would have gone with American amber lager with a handful of Munich malt and a somewhat brisk hoppiness. Specifics include lightly toasted-nutty cereal grains, a hint of tangy apricot, and a tea leaf quality that lends a quasi crispness to the less than lingering finish.

Some of that crispness is due to carbonation that was too brisk early on and is now just about right. The mouthfeel is as expected for a 5.6% lager and, truthfully, isn't up to Rogue's usually high standards.

In the interest of full disclosure, Oktoberfest is not one of my most favored styles. That said, I'm still able to identify and appreciate a good one. Maierfest Lager is not a good one. It's a slightly better than average one that I feel no need to drink again.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color. Has a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Has nice, nutty, malty aroma with hints of caramel and honey.

Taste: Starts off mildly bitter with hints of honey. Develops a sweet, malty flavor with hints of honey and caramel. All around, your basic Märzen beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and refreshing.

Drinkability: A pretty average offering from Rogue, certainly not up to their usual standards (yes, I like Rogue despite the hate they get on this site). Still, it's easy to drink and not very taxing on the taste buds. Worth a try if you can find but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a dark amber color with a head that disapated very quickly. It had a sweet earthy smell. It tasted rather sweet at first, but then devloped a more earthy flavor. The taste was rather strong, but the more I drank this the more I didnt like it, and I certinlty wouldnt want another one. OVerall tasted good first, but then not too good, not sure I would get this one again, there is certinlty other beers that represnt this style much better.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Not much else.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and some bready malt. A subtle spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice oktoberfest. Good but not great.

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