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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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 186
Photo of biggmike
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber color with fluffy off-white head that hung around for a while. Aroma was not very prominent, expected a maltier smell. Sweet, malty flavor, nothing spectacular, but enjoyable never-the-less. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would have again.

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Photo of Schwab
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer about 6 months ago at Wine & Spirits in Orlando and finally got around to drink it.

Very smooth lager with deep color, almost a very bright amber. Pours 1/2" thick head that disolved rather quickly. Somewhat malty flavor and rich after taste. Balanced hop aroma for the style.

Pretty decent beer but not sure if it is Rogue's best creation; however, I wouldn't mind having another one. :-)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 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 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 mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, aromatic beer with fair maltiness.

Golden amber color. Thin bodied with refreshing watery taste and modest malt flavors. Hints of honey. Citrus flavors and some acidity. Range of odd aromatics, and maybe it was bottled in a facility that also bottles chamomile-flavored beer, though I don't see a warning to that effect.

Not quite malty enough for the kind of robust Maibock that I like. But the balance of sweetness and tartness is pleasant enough.

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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 goldbot
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no date.

Pours golden orange with a slight chill haze. A thinnish white head on top, and lots of carbonation going on down below.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity up front. The fruit is a nice touch - orange and lemon zest and some apple, along with a nice floral hops aroma. There is still a nice doughy malt in there too though which rounds out the fruit smell nicely.

Taste is more malty, a bit bready and sweet but definitely not overly so. The fruit is there still, more apple flavor than citrus here. The beer goes down very clean with a touch of bitterness towards the end.

Smooth beer, a bit more body than was expected, but less carbonation than I would have liked to see. Still a solid lager that is nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a Rogue pint glass. The beer has a translucent golden yellow color. It's white head dissipated to a thin coating quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. There wasn't much to the aroma; some earthy yeast and a hint of citrus. The taste has a bunch of flavors. I can detect some sweet malt and a hint of citrus. I feel like I am tasting white grapes and pears. The yeast is prominent and has a slight nuttiness. There is a slight bitterness as the beer first hits my tongue. It has a light body and a good mouthcoating. The carboantion is playful, it reminds me of a glass of champagne. I can feel the bubbles in the mouthcoating, which is different. The beer is very drinkable. It may be better for a spring night instead of this cold winter one, but I'll still say that I could have a few rounds of this 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 bump8628
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an Imperial pint glass. Yes, I know this is a lager, but I can't resist draining a whole bomber into one of my Imperials.

On to the beer...

It's an orange-tinged gold with a bubbly white that fades rather quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. Sorry, I need some big, dense foam on my Oktoberfests...

A toasted and bready malt aroma starts things off and eventually leads to more breadiness on the palate. And I definitely mean bready, this one is quite doughy. While hops are a bit absent in the nose, they make an appearance in the flavor department with a bit of spice and herbal quality. The finish is medium-dry, but the drying toasted malt makes it seem dried than it is. The yeast is appropriately clean for a lager.

A nice Oktoberfest brew. Very much in line with the true German examples but amped up just a little from the modern versions that have drifted closer to Helles lagers. This is what I imagine the German versions tasted like 50+ years ago. It completely lacks the caramel and toffee notes that the American interpretations sport. I guess this is either good or bad depending on your preference. My preference is for a bit of caramel malt character, but I can definitely appreciate the more traditional take.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Finally, an Oktoberfest that doesn't look like a helles lager. Three fingers of foamy cream coloured head gradually reduced to a single finger over a hazy deep gold to amber body.

Smell - 4.0
Sweetish and very malty, as it should be. Aromas of biscuity malt, toffee and a little citrus.

Taste - 4.0
A very malt driven lager, as in the style description. Biscuity malt, toast and hard toffee flavours are balanced by moderate bitterness from the lime-like hops, with slightly warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability - 4.0
Perhaps less sessionable than the paler, new-age Oktoberfests, but far tastier and worth going back to.

The best and most authentic Oktoberfest/Marzen beer I have tried to date.

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Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

A solid golden with a bit of a thin white head. Has a decent malty smell with some very slight herbal notes. The flavor is malty and slightly bready with a touch of bitter hop note towards the end. It has a medium body with decent carbonation and a dry finish. It is an enjoyable, drinkable beerthat I would probably try again.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden orange color with a fluffy off white head settles quickly to nothing, just some kind chunky film

S: Nice sweet caramelized malt, hint of crispness

T: Caramel malt, very sweet, but not in a sugary way, kind of unpleasant though, distinctly different malt sweetness than others

M: Dryness, but not huge, light and carbonated on tongue

D: Decent, flavors aren't great

Notes: Something about that sweetness just doesn't work for me. It hurts the taste score and well as the drinkability score. I'm not even sure what the flavor is. I just don't really care for it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a slightly clouded tangerine color. A cream-colored head forms up large and fluffy and melts back evenly, occasionally leaving a partial ring of lace behind. At length it goes bare and by the end it is topless.

Aroma - a pilsnery kind of smell, reminds me of Bitburger. A touch of sweet malt gives it some OFest character.

Taste - the malty sweetness is there but in check. The swallow has a snappy little bite of hops that have a light grapefruit rind taste, but beyond that provide about a perfect a balance in an OFest. Finishes with a touch of grain roast and a clean dry palate.

Mouthfeel - a smooth lager feel with good crispness too. Solid body, a touch weighty but good for the style.

Drinkability - great beer for multiple sampling...

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy off-white head; good retention. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Sweet malt and bread. Faint hay bitter hops.

T: Big, bready sweet malts linger to a decent bitter. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and slightly coating.

D: Very drinkable. Big malt presence yet balanced

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

Pours amber with a good head, good retention

Aroma is sweet and malty

Taste is as such. Mostly a sweet flavor coming from it with a good malt backbone. Sweeter than I'm used to in this style, but not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy

Drinkability is high (would have to be considering this is a huge bottle...)

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this left over in my refrigerator for a while now and thought I might as well finish it up.

Appearance - Pours a nice, amber hazy golden color with about a finger of thick white head that dissipates relatively fast leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Very sweet, malty, breadiness, and just a hint of hops.

Taste - Loads of malts - decently sweet but not overly. At the tail end you get just a bit of hop bitterness that makes it a very balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Has a nice, smooth/creamy texture.

Drinkability - Very much so. A very good example of this style (for what I've had). A pity I put off having it until now.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a foamy off white head of fine foam with a few lazily popping bubbles on the surface. Rich bready aroma with munich malt and a touch of toffee and floral hop. Pretty trad O-fest flavors, bready and mildly sweet with just enough hop bittering to balance perfectly. Finishes fairly dry and slighty metallic. Full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Well done.

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

First i would like to think Rogue Brewery, great beers I've tried many but this is my first review on a beer of yours and theres

the smell and taste was wonderful and the drimkability great better than great lakes dortmumder gold, i could have passed it by as an pale ale. its creamier than the german beers. i could drink this all day if i was and millionare,

peace. u d best

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with almost zero head. Smells faintly of munich malt, not much aroma here. Taste is very good though. Caramel sweetness up front is matched up with a earthy woody bittersweet middle. Finish is dry with just a hint of Caramel again. Nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Very quaffable, this beer is an excellent Oktoberfest. The only downside is the 6 dollar price tag for a single 22oz bottle, over twice that of comparable German and domestic ofests.

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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 TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well to create a finger and a half thick head, with a caramel golden semi hazy body. Lively carbonation, which helps the head retain well.

Sweet caramel and toffee are evident in the aroma, with a hint of metallic hops aroma.

This is on par for the style. A slightly sweet toffee flavor upfront, and a dry metallic finish ensues.

This feels a bit wet and slick upfront, but finishes a little dry, wanting me to drink some more!

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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 WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager scent with a mild Munich malt sweetness. There is a slight bready character as well. The taste is decent as well. It's smooth and bready with a dry finish. The Munich malts provide a good deal of malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a well brewed Marzen. It has a near perfect malt flavor as well as a wonderful dry yeasty finish.

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Maierfest Lager from Rogue Ales
3.76 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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