Rogue Artisan Lager

Formerly brewed at Rogue Ales
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   ABV: -
Light bronze in color, medium-bodied, with a malt aroma, a slight malt sweetness and clean hop bitterness.

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gripweed57 (2865) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2017
From old tasting notes. Deep orange copper color. Thick creamy beige head.mspft toffee-like malt nose. Clean bittersweet malt flavor has a subtle malty character. Nice balance and body. Hoppy finish is dry and lingering.

philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Artisan Lager-Statue of Liberty. 1997-8 22 oz. Bottle. 5.75% ABV--23 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Lager--Slightly hazy pretty amber color. Smooth rich butterscotch lager body. Delicate marzen fruit sweetness with a touch of spicy hop character. 1999 22 oz. Bottle. 5.75% ABV--23 IBU’s. (4.75 / 5.0) Amber Lager--Rich clear golden red marzen color. Rich toasted light floral front introduces rich thick smooth toasted caramel body that is lightly sweet and tempered by light hop spice finish. Malty plus hops. Sampled 6/8/1999.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Artisian
Date: 03/12/1998
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta

hazy light amber, whispy head, spicy hop aroma on top of sweet hops, rich malt flavor, underlying hops, slight bitterness in the finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Score: **4
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ClarkVV (6869) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2005
1998-2000 bottle (somewhere in there) big thanks to SkepticMAP for sending this. Opening beer of the best tasting of which I’ve been a part of, to date. Peachy-orange colored body, light ruddiness to it, with a layered effect of darker colors on the bottom. No head, only a smattering of bubbles, but it hasnt lost every last drop of carbonation, just most of it. Aroma has tons of brown bread, hints of cinnamon and some cider vinegar, though not terribly strong. Smells like old Seignuriale. . .Flavor....darn, it’s long overdue. Mostly oxidized/watery body gives glimpses of past grandeur. Caramel, strong chewy/nutty yeast, more apricots and peaches with some light spiciness that gives the effect of rye.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and do something different. As with many young samples of beer that are not particularly superb yet, but show great potential (and thus I rate on cellar potential), I am going to rate this on what it must have been in the past. Because you can certainly feel the large amount of thick caramel malt. Certainly this was not intended to have been aged this long, as well. Proper yeastiness (it’s Rogue after all), tons of sediment and bits of grainy vienna malt, light fruit. Rewind 2-3 years, taking out some of that oxidation and I have no doubt this is a fantastic example of the style. There are no off flavors in this old sample, just heavy oxidation. What can you really expect from a 5-7 year vienna?!

muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
22 oz bottle, circa 2000, shared in stuporous amazement with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Orangy-apricot slightly hazy hue, virtually no head...big yeasty, vinous, slightly vinegary/cidery nose, interesting if not exactly "right"...body somewhat weak and thin, watery and oxidized not surprisingly, a bit woody and lightly caramel-accented...this is clearly on the dowturn, but there’s enough left to indicate that it was probably a superb example at one time...why doesn’t Rogue make more stuff like this amongst all of their hopmonsters?

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Caramel, apricot, chocolate notes to the aroma. Opaque tan body with very slight, fully-diminishing head that leaves a whisper of lace. Plenty of sedimented yeast in suspension. Caramel, toasty malts are somewhat tired with an overall sweet and fruity flavour. Medium-light body is rather still with low carbonation. Bottle (2000) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Y2K bottle. Cloudy sedimented amber. Growing oxidation starts to haunt the aroma. Stale caramel malt doesn’t have the conviction it must have had once, it comes out chocolatey, earthy and fruity (apricot), but with weak corners if I may say so. While there’s still a biting carbonation, it feels thin and too mineral/rocky for its own good. Watery mineral water flavours (not so flavourful then), slightly buttery, biscuity…

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
The Lure:
Caramel malt, oranges and apricots point towards what could very well be a scottish ale. The yeast aroma’s shows signs of wear, and thus suggest that the malt sweetness might have been bolder.

The Festivities:
Softness is the key for the oranges and apricots. Mellow flavors in a quenchable if not thin body. Probably getting tired, but still good and ultimately drinkable.

Respect is due for a valiant soldier still sharing his experience.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Pours a hazy peach color with yeast in suspension and a ring of white lace. Decent aroma and flavor of malt, yeast and caramel, feels a lot like candy too. Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Surprising for a 5 year old lager.

MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Well, here goes nothing. It poured out a big thick cream colored head, and eventually revealed the amber color of the beer. The aroma is a bit off. It has a bit of spice in it, some olives, ceral grain and honey. Odd mixture. As for the taste....Suprisingly not wretched. In fact somewhat enjoyable. Initially its decently sweet, but then It does get to you that with that feeling of past-its-prime taste. I don’t know how long this beer was sitting at Chuck’s Fine Wine and Cheese in Chagrin Falls, but there were two bottles. One that magicall appeared around the new year out on one of the counters, and the second that was sitting atop of a shelf away from the rest of the beer. So for as long as they were there, and fortunately somewhat out of the way, it has held up respectablly.

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