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 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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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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP a couple of days ago... Don't remember the price... Poured into my shaped SA glass.

1" white head dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace and no real cap... the brew is a polished lite amber.

Nose is pretty clean... lite toasted malt... Really not alot else to say... pretty much where it should be.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly... just a really descent Octoberfest... the body is medium .. so is the carbonation... a little creaminess is welcoming...

Again, not a whole lot to pine over on this brew.... simply a well made lager.

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

22oz bomber into Scandinavian mug.

Clear honey hue, with maybe a bit of haze. A thin half-finger head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Very light toasty malts with a little bit of a dark sugary candy aroma. The hops are also very light, adding a little bit of an herbal note.

The toastiness comes out a lot more in the flavor compared to the aroma. The hops add just a slight bitterness toward the finish. The malts start out sweet, but get a little dryer in the finish. Full bodied, high carbonation.

An enjoyable Oktoberfest, on par with some of the best in the style. A bit of a surprise, as I was expecting something more toward average. Recommended.

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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 RichThatchr
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With enough mediocre Marzens and Oktoberfests rolling out to fill the shelves of every beer store this Fall, it's refreshing to come across a very good interpretation of this style that doesn't fail to please. I couldn't name all the tastes that go into this smooth, clean, and refreshing Maierfest beer, but this Rogue release really fills the AHA requirements for style. My only regret is that it doesn't come in 6 pks.

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Photo of JamesS
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light pale orange, nearly pale ale light, instead of a deep oktoberfest orange; has little head after the first few seconds and has no lacing. Great scent, very deep and fall-like; nice malt sweetness with a hint of sugar. Good marzen flavor, nice maltiness with some very sweet crystal tones and a nice hit of citrus American hops at the end. Goes down quire smooth.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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 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 Brad007
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation. Nearly orange-ish in color.

Aroma is nice and full of sweet malt mainly that has a profile reminiscent of the style as there should be.

Taste is full of sweet, smokey malt with only a bit of hop bitterness. Clean profile and minimal graininess.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt. Standard and inoffensive.

Decent for the style. Drinkable. Nothing too impressive but it hits the spot.

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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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Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
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