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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 vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -7.5%
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 +6.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +4%
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 -43.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -13.3%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a thin, off-white head that stays for awhile before becoming wispy.

The smell is of caramelish maltiness, some grainy notes with an herbal spicing.

The taste is of caramelish, grainly maltiness (slightly soapy). Sweetness is balanced by an herbal (slightly perfumy) dryness in the finish.

Medium-bodied, with carbonation on the mild side for the style - could use a few more bubbles, though fine as it is.

A different O-fest - not surprising as it uses American (Wilamette)hops. This brew is an interesting "Rogue" twist on the style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with thick, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, earthy, with a touch of tart. Taste follows the nose, sweet maltiness upfront, earthy in the middle, and a tartness in the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Not bad, but not quite what I hope for in an Ofest.

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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 beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy orange brown hue. An inch of bone white head tops my glass. Little to no lacing left after settling.

The aroma is spicy and malty. There's definately an earthy dirt like tone in the nose. Some wheat cracker and sweet corn hints are present as well.

The flavor follows the nose rather close. Malty and spicy to start. Then some hops and a corn tortilla chip like finish. Typical marzen flavor.

Medium to light body plenty of carbonation. A tad thin but most marzens are.

Overall another oktoberfest that doesn't really blow you away. Not that the style ever will so I can't down grade for that.

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bomber of this from Chicone's in Hudson Wisconsin on a New Glarus run. I've had a lot of these Rogue creations and hadn't had this one so I had to pick it up. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a decent half finger creamy dirty white head. After a few moments a spotty cap is left along with a thin collar and maybe a random spot of lacing here and there.
Smell- Malty and crisp, I don't think anyone would have a problem picking this out as an Oktoberfest. Some bready graininess and super light caramel make a majority of the nose. A kiss of earthy citrus from some Noble hops.
Taste- Starts nice and hoppy with perhaps a slightly more hopped up profile than what I'm used to in an Oktoberfest. Slightly bitter and earthy with a very grassy/dandelion like hoppiness. A bit of clean grainy maltiness behind the scenes with a almost maize like subtle sweetness that counteracts the hops slightly. Finishes earthy and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lightly crisp feel that finishes lightly dry. The carbonation is crisp and spot on.
Drinkability- Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest I've had this year. It was probably brewed upwards of 6 months ago but has held up really well. I like the extra zip of hoppiness and they are slightly less earthy than what I'm used to. Tasty brew that I'm glad I picked up.

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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 wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into pint glass nov18 2009

A crystal clear liquid gold with lots of carbonation and a thumbs width of head with fair retention and a little lace

S caramel malt and a little corn perhaps

T again lots of malts with some sweetness and enough hops to give it some balance

M medium bodied and drinks like a light ale, enough carbonation too give it a creamy feel. I must say this is not what I expect when I think of a lager, well done

D small things add up for large drinkability, I'm most impressed by the smoothness and the ale feel of this beer, most enjoyable indeed

worth trying without doubt but would not be my first pick from this brewer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dirty-white head grows quickly into two fingers and immediately starts to recede slowly, leaving a few streaks of lace behind, and a good little covering on top of the burnt-orange brew. Big caramel malts and a slight burst of citrus rise to the nose and are quickly followed by an earthy undercurrent. Tastes malty and spicey with a hint of ripened fruit in the very bottom. Peaches perhaps? Mouthfeel is medium and a bit bready and thick in consistency, but not so much as to be a problem, but actually just enough to be just right. Loving this one, and possibly my favorite new O-fest.

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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 Tilley4
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this O-fest appears quite a bit lighter than most, almost a golden as opposed to a deep golden or light brown...not very Oktoberfest-like...

Loads of roasted malts in the aroma mixed with a little fruitiness...

Hmmm... I was hoping for a LITTLE more here... Its not bad at all, but its also not a breakout for the style either... Toasted biscuity malts abound with a kiss of noble hops.. Fairly standard..

I like the majority of Rogue offerings but this one is just ok to me... Drinkable but not memorable...

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Great Lost Bear on 10/24 - lost original review

A: This beer pours a clear light copper color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head retention is decent and leaves spotty wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, corn, and a breadiness but all very muted.

T: Taste is caramel malts up front, a dose of sweet corn and bread through the middle, and a finish of slightly citru hops.

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, crisp and clean finish.

D: A decent offering, though nothing truly stands out. I'd opt for others of the style if given the choice.

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Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date.

This one poured a deep, clear and golden color typical of the festbier style. The fluffy white head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Spicy, sweet malt aroma is dominant. Aroma is not the defining characteristic of this style.

A mild, refreshing maltiness is followed by subtle hop flavors for a very balanced and drinkable lager.

This one is light bodied with mild carbonation. The sweetness of malt coats the mouth without becoming cloying or heavy.

This is the most drinkable oktoberfest I have tried this season. While I have enjoyed more complex oktoberfests, none is more balanced than this. It would be easy to quaff a few bombers of this in one evening. I would be more inclined to try other products from this brewery, despite the steep prices, if they would put a freshness date of some type on their products.

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