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

The $4.29 pricetag attracted me to this Rogue bomber, as they normally run a buck or two higher. I'm thristy, so on to the beer:

Leans towards a deep golden color with a finger's thick of head. Even two minutes after the pour, it still retains the thickness. Eventaully it falls thin and leaves dots of lacing. The aroma is very German, not American as I feared. Spicy hops, honey, and dough round out the aroma.

Flavors are subtle, but I don't mind much. I was expecting a force of maltiness to fill my mouth, but this is lighter in intensity and easier to drink than the usual o-fest. In this case, I like it this way. Kisses of hop leaf and honey compliment the breadiness of this beer. Paired with small bubbled carbonation and a light-medium body, this is an o-fest I could drink liters of.

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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 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 generallee
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a mug. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 29 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep slightly orange golden color with lots of carbonation and a good two and a half finger tall head. The head is creamy white and quickly settles to just a thin covering. This thin cap still makes lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm bready and nutty character with a spicy/floral noble hop presence.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bit of deep bready and lightly roasted grain flavor with some good nutty notes and an excellent balance of spicy noble hopes. It finishes with mild hop bitterness and a clean biscuity dryness. The palate is spot on with a firm extremely drinkable medium body and lively carbonation.

Notes: To me this is an outstanding example of the style that really captures that German Lager essence. Maybe it's the malt, maybe it's the hops or maybe that Free Range Coastal Water they use but it works. Prost!!!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue painted 22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. A touch out of season, happened upon this on a trip to Danbury.

Pours golden yellow with an inch of fast acting white foam. Thin level remains.

Rich malty smell. Full on malt/marzen taste, some sweetness. Little hop backbone. Smooth, with a touch of carbonation.

Well balanced Octoberfest beer. Good version of the style. Really drinkable.

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Photo of beldin96
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - It pours a golden yellow with some head that has good retention. There is a decent amount of carbonation to this beer.

Smell - Right off the top you get some of the floral, but not overwhelmingly so. You also get some sweetness, and some light fruit in the nose.

Taste - You get some of the light floral and citrus fruit up front. You do have some yeastiness or bread flavors lightly going on. There is some bitterness on the back end but not a lot. Not too many flavors going on.

Feel - There is a bit of carbonation to it, but it does not overwhelm. This beer is very crisp, and clean in its flavors. It has a solid mouth feel, and a decent body to it.

Drinkability - I would rate this well on its drinkability. It seems to be very easy drinking even at 5.6% ABV. It was well balanced in its flavors. It is a very simple and straight forward beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" head which totally dissipated. Hazy tan color. Smells of malt. Rich and creamy body with malt and subtle hints of fruit. Has that classic lager crispness. Quite the good lager, but not much else in the taste categories besides what I listed. Good but not great.

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

On sale for $5 a 650mL bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester.

Light, orange with hues of yellow when held up to the light. The head was formidable, but disappeared quickly. This beer looks significantly darker than any lager I've had, we shall see if it fits.

The smell of this beer is distinct and profound. Citrus, black tea, fruit ester and yeast bread break through the surface and are making my spider senses tingle. This may actually be a beer worth drinking, just judging by it's aroma characteristics.

Bread yeast, rich bouquet of fruitiness and an appropriate golden ale to tie everything together. I am definitely satisfied with the taste, even though it is leaps and bounds from others in its "lager" class. While eating this beer I am also gorging myself on garlic stuffed olives (which may have killed the head), but the beer provides distinction and complexity even alongside such potent flavors.

This beer is medium-full bodied from the breadiness of the yeast to the fullness of the amber malts. I am satisfied after a swish and the beer has no unwanted aftertastes. Round and flavorful beverage, would accompany the recommended chicken and fish politely.

Great beer with a great price. I am certain that my purchase was worthwhile. The beer is smooth and balanced, pairs well and provides something to think about during those long, silent pauses at dinner with your 2 roommates and girlfriend. I wish I had this beer when I was out to dinner with my 2 roommates and girlfriend. Either way, look for this beer in stores, on sale, and snag one before it's gone.


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

Man do I love a good O-fest beer! This was a surprisingly good representation. Poured a slightly hazy gold color. Head was off white and about finger tall. Smell is bready, yeasty and has a little bit of citrus. Taste is solid, starts off with a bready sweetness finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is medium, lower carbonation than expected.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Medium straw yellow. Pours a think head that hangs around with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Light bread, touch of waxy hops, very little else.

T - Sweet white grapes. White bread, touch of tangerine citrus and hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, light body. Dry semi-bitter finish.

D - Super drinkable. Very refreshing.

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

Very slight haze to this amber colored beer. The head is rich but collapses quite soon with tenacious lacing. Vanilla and honey aromas with faint citrus. The flavor is excellent. Very smooth draw on the beer with sublime, gently carbonated texture. The flavor realizes the aroma perfectly: vanilla, cream, honey, orange. Not as rough around the edges as many German Octoberfests. This has real personality, and real good personality. I can't see how anyone wouldn't rate this beer fairly high. It isn't very complex, but it delivers exactly what it offers: a solid heavy lager with rich, satisfying flavor. The only (very slight) downside is a bit of a creeping metallic aftertaste. I didn't notice this until about half way through a double deuce.

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

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like lots of lemon with copper and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like fresh lemons and bready yeast, with some metallic taste and light sour lager yeast. It had a mild bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light but fitting.
D: This was a descent lager, but there was nothing great about the scent or taste or body. It was easy to drink, but it was otherwise quite forgettable.

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

22 oz from Roth's Sunnyside Market, Salem. $5.49 Slightly hazy dark golden/light amber beer, with a very nice thick ,frothy off white head. Have to give it "4" I am a sucker for a nice head! Aroma, is pretty subdued for a Rogue beer..mostly malty, bready, doughy smells. Taste is pretty nicely malty..same as the aroma with a touch of hop showing..i must say very buscuity very "German" Nice palte to this one..feels very nice and not too thin. Overall i found this very drinkable and even authentic which is saying something for this brewer.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear straw color. A 1/3 inch off-white foamy head forms and reduces quickly to minimal lacing. Significant visible carbonation.

The aroma is a blend of spicey/earthy hops and a mild caramel backbone. Not a whole lot else and somewhat mild.

The taste is definitely heavy on the bread with a caramel sweetness and earthy tones with a roasted components.

The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for the flavor, which washes it some. It is light/medium bodied and leaves a modest amount of dryness at the finish. Fresh finish with flavor.

The drinkability is reasonable, but nothing particularly special. It is tasty and light but nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber while waiting for my dinner at a friends' restaurant...

Appearance: The lighting isn't too great, but from what I can tell the beer is a cloudy, dirty bronzish color. Not a lot of head, maybe a cm worth. It faded quickly, leaving behind only a thin ring touching the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, bready, malty. Rather robust for the style, I like it.

Taste: Much sweeter than I expected, but not in a bad way. Definitely very bready with a slight roasty characteristic. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full body for the style, a bit low on the CO2 though.

Drinkability: A top notch brew, very good for the style. Recommend.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A neat pumpkin orange coloring is topped off by a quickly disappearing dull white head that failed to lace or impress. Visible carbonation was light.

S: Cold steel and oranges with some dry vines and a light sense of greenery. Overall the strength is extremely light, almost to the point of being a non-factor doing little to entice or draw you into the drink.

T: Thankfully the flavor picks up for a lackluster start both visual and aromatic wise. A bit of sweet caramel and Munich (though comes off tasting more like Vienna) malts are the backbone with sweet toasty flavors. Some flowery hops appear giving this a fresh burst of greenery but it is the sweet malts that give this fest bier its definition. A bit of buttery bread also faintly hinted upon.

M: The mouthful was light bodied, with some malt slickness. The carbonation is quiet but creams up a bit on longer holds.

D: Very smooth drinakbility, well balanced with a nice emphasis on the malt factor makes this a toast worthy fest lager. Prost Zum wohl.

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Photo of Dougal
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.... I can't review well but this is very complex and incredibly tasty...not too hopped, not too sweet, such a well balanced excellent beer. It's hard to compare.... if you have not tried it defintely go ahead.... this is from Oregon and got it in Jersey but it is worth the 3000 mile trip....

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Photo of claspada
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas are of toasted and bready malt and the typical Rogue Pacman yeast. While hops are a bit absent in the nose, they make an appearance in the flavor department with a bit of woodsiness and herbal quality. The finish is medium-dry, but the dry toasted malt makes it seem dried than it is.

Overall this is a nice take on the Oktoberfest style. Much more in the flavor dept than your typical German offering, but I think that is a plus; brewing to style is way over-rated. Still very much in line with the true German examples but just more amped up. Rogue just wins...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, honey, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of honey, fruit and caramel. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other O-fests that I would choose first.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml.bottle and sampled during kick-off on NFL Sunday, September 12, 2010. It pours a nice and clear yellow-orange ith a fizzy head that leaves a little bit of lacing on the side. Aroma-wise, there is a pilsner-like quality full of grains, barley malts, grass, and biscuits. The medium bodied-brew starts slightly malted on first sip with a grainy and sour hoppiness on the next sip. Not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1 Pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very deep golden color with a nice inch head and some clingy lacing.

S - Nice malty smell. Has some faint traces of fruitiness but not sweet smelling. Overall a faint smell would best describe it.

T - She is a bready tasting as you would expect. Has some fruity taste as the smell dictates but again not overpowering. It is just below the surface. Maybe grapes? Nice whatever it is.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy taste. Damn smooth beer.

D - High. Very high. I prefer these types of beers but even those that do not can drink a few of these. Enjoy.

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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 Tone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, dark maize color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight grain, slight yeast, and hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight grain, slight wheat, slight yeast, and hops. Overall, good body, blend, and aroma.

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