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

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of gravytrain
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
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 stewart124
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep copper with an off-white head.

Lots of bread and malt along with a floral note and hint of grape in the nose.

There is a good amount of caramel and a slight spiciness. This oktoberfest is a ton of maltiness and bread notes in the taste.

This finishes quite dry and leaves a hint of biscuit on the palate.

Rogue makes a solid oktoberfest and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of PTB25
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz Bomber into pint glass

A - Light copper color is nothing exciting, but the huge frothy head is.

S - Light malts and fruit. Really not a ton of aroma

T - Light malt sweetness, less bready than most fest beers, lighter finish. A little bit of fruit and spice. It's pretty light and dry for the style.

M - Light and smooth.

D - Very high. I could drink this all day/night.

I don't know if this really fits the style per se, but I really like it, especially considering it was like 90 degrees on this October 15th in Louisiana.

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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 froghop
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear light orange with a very small white head, above average carbonation, and not much lacing.

smell of malt, a touch of caramel, and some roasted nuts.

taste is crisp, some caramel, some sour malt, a little spice, roasted nuts, and some hops in the back.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 Lukie
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden syrup hue with a white, bubbly, almost sparkly looking head. This clings to the sides of the glass all the way down, and develops a bit of rockiness.

Biscuity malt, and almost like almonds in the background. Nutty and sweet aroma, but not very powerful.

Big sweet malts in this. Sweet honey biscuits, and seems a bit one dimensional. The hops are there, but not defined. It's just a nice crisp, clean drinking beer, which is probably what you want if you wanted to knock back a few for an Octoberfest, but not at 17 bucks a bottle.

A good, east drinking lager. Nice flavours, but I feel it's just a little bit of a letdown.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 morimech
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange color with a 1" head that falls slowly.

Smell: little aroma as only some malt sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: bready and mildly grainy malt profile. Some grass, hint of earthiness, and a decent bitterness makes up a nice oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but a bit thin too. Crisp to start, less so at the finish. Aftertaste is short, almost clean.

Drinkability: very easy to consume this one. This is a nice session beer.

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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 jmalex
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I keep finding Rogue beer that I haven't had. Will it ever end? I hope not.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker a somewhat murky orange amber with a rocky off-white head. It starts at about 2 finger's height and drops slowly to a complete thick surface covering. Impressive head retention for sure.

SMELL: This smell quite traditional which isn't what I expected from Rogue. Biscuity and caramel with not much of a hint of sulfur. It's restrained yet robust and really fits the style.

TASTE: Well, there's the non-traditional I was looking for. Perfect bready caramel, but that's where the familiar Oktoberfest qualities end. The acidulated malt gives a Berliner Weiss-type tartness though MUCH more restrained. It takes on the flavor of orange somewhat. Damn if it doesn't actually work in this. There's also a much more aggressive hoppiness (comparatively) that stands up to the crazier flavors going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and light with a carbonation that can hold up to it. Nothing wrong here.

DRINKABILITY: Ok, I have to dock it a bit for being a little bit out there. A 12 oz. bottle would have been acceptable for me.

This is certainly interesting and I wonder if the acidulated malt had such an effect on this beer or if it's due to something more sinister. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt though and recommend that you try this for the experience.

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color (much lighter than other Marzens I've had) that produced a huge fluffy head that had good retention and left a decent amount of lace along the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were sweet, bready malts, some slight muskiness, and a good bit of grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer was right along with the nose with the sweet bready malts, a bit of musk and lager yeast, and some spicy, grassy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was very good, the only thing that I have to complain about this beer is that it was a little light on the malts for an Octoberfest and highlighted more of the hops

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Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark orange/honey colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aromas are fruity,honey coated hops with a big malty background,it has an average mouthfeel for the style which is definately dominated by the caramel malts and the fruity hop smell/taste definately plays second fiddle with only a slight cameo in this brew,i must admit i was expecting more and even tho ill easily finish this bottle i wont be rushing out and buying any more in a hurry.

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Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 therica
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typically innovative offering by Rogue.

A= like oldfashioned apple cider, a bit hazy, light amber-orange color. Not much head after careful pouring.

S= scent of slightly unfinished live yeast, sweet malts, different and interesting.

T= nice and bready yeasty, at first it put me off a little as though the beer wasn't quite ripe but I think there's an intent behind that, given its style and name. Sort of like a fresh first-batch of Marzen at the beginning of harvest. After I got past the first gulp the taste began to grow on me.

M= clean, slightly tangy and with residual yeast.

D= very drinkable, would love to session on-tap if it were to be found.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pour...very hazy orange. Big head on the heavy pour that sicksa while and laces fairly well.
Sweet malts in the nose. Heavy, grainy . Spices hops domianted by the malts. Bready.
Taste was very nice. Immediately was taken my the maltiness highlighted by the octoberfest yeast.
This yeast plays a heavy role here.
Nice beer.

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Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this looks like it's a great lager. Pale orange with golden edges and nice 3 finger head that recedes slowly. Lacing is present, splotchy on the glass. Aroma is a fairly decent blend of breadi malts and ilght hoppiness. Nice balance between the slightly sweet malts and the drying, lightly bitter hops. A bit of cracker and breadiness in the malt profile, sweetness is barely there. As it warms, flavors of orange marmelade on toast come out. Interesting. Finish is dry and there is no real lingering aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, great on a warm fall day. I must say I wish there was a touch more malt in this one, but I think balance is what they were going for and they succeeded. Nice beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golen lager with a puffy, dense, off-white head of an inch or so that descends (eventually) to nothing. No lacing but there's a slight trace of carbonation.

S - Fresh bread and malt, maybe a bit of oak.

T - Like it smells!

M - Probably its best feature, it initally has that superb soft/silky lager feel with a deft creaminess to it. As the beer warms and settles, it thins out a bit. Refreshing, too.

D - Hugely drinkable and food friendly; grab a few of these and enjoy!

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Photo of throwthechaff
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been trying a bunch of oktoberfest brews lately and absolutely had to try rogues. Its got a classic golden color and smells of malts. It also has a very light to medium body, which makes it easy to drink. Not as spectacular as everything else rogue does but totally worth a try if you like oktoberfest brews. Its very smooth drinking and I wish i had another one it was so easy to take down.

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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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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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