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Buckwheat Ale - Rogue Ales

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Buckwheat AleBuckwheat Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-12-2001)
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Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a light amber color with one finger of head. Not much lacing going on. The smell is full of slightly sweet malt and some really grassy flavors. It's slightly floral and very pleasant. The taste is fairly light, but has some more of that sweet maltiness mixed with some grassy flavors. A hint of hops on the finish. The body is decent, as is the drinkability. Another nice treat from Rogue.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to have the hazelhut brew at the restaurant now wanted to give this one a chance,pours areal nice deep orange with a real sticky head.The aroma is very fresh and malty with a grainy tinge,taste is on the malty side very bready with the soba taste definently coming thru about midway it is something that takes a few sips to get used to but not real unpleasant.A very nice beer here in my opinion my first taste of soba.

Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is a dark orange in color with a good head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The hops here are light and zesty with a bit of grapefruit, but the malts make up most of the nose. There’s a strong vegetable aroma here that I assume is the soba. It’s hard to describe, but it smells rotten.

Taste – The soba flavor is big at the taste, for better or worse. I can pick up the grapefruity hops but they are very mild.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with some healthy carbonation and a tangy finish.

Drinkability – I guess if you’re a big soba lover then this will go down well, but I’m not a big fan.

Photo of Dmann
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average offering from Rogue. This one pours a medium orange color with a small head that faded quicky and left allmost no lace on the glass. There was not much smell at all to this one other than a grassy scent and a touch of hop scent. The taste was good yet simple with a slight hop bite and a sour aftertaste that I have never encountered before, probably due to the Buckwheat. This is not a beer to go out of your way for.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Japan export version. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half inch of bubbly, creamy head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a lightly spicy, nutty grain aroma. Sort of fruity with an herbal hit of hops. The aroma is very earthy and quite unique.

First sip brings a grainy nutty malt upfront. Earthy and spicy flavors float across the palate. It flows down with some fruity tones and a nice herbal hop bitterness with a touch of yeast. The brew finishes with a lingering nutty flavor. Nicely balanced, tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plenty of fast moving carbonation that creates some creaminess. This is an easy drinking brew with an interesting flavor profile. I actually quite enjoy this beer for its subtleties, it would make a good everyday brew. Cheers to Rogue for brewing with buckwheat and creating an enjoyable ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued by the label on this beer and, since I don't have much experience with this style, thought I'd try it. It was a very dark brown color with a medium coffee-colored head. It had a sweet smell with some fruit and nuts in the aroma. I thought it tasted like hazlenut, with some fruit in the background, and mild hoppiness. Not exactly to my liking, but maybe I haven't tried enough of this style.

Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 650ml brown bomber bottle. This beer is "dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirits who helped America survive prohibition."

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy pale straw yellow. Head is a thin creamy white foam, with some sticking and staying power.

Smell: Fruity, grainy, toasted and light caramel in the aroma.

Taste: A very crisp and flavourful right from the start. The tight carbonation helps to create a creamy mouthfeel for this medium-bodied brew and lends a refreshing lightness to it. Carbonation can be likened in feel and taste to that of seltzer water -- dry, thirst quenching, minerally, etc. Malt flavours flux between toasted and nutty, with very little detectable sweetness, but enough to balance. Some bready, very light background caramel and grain tannin flavours follow. Hop bitterness is a healthy one with sharp citrus rind flavours and lemony undertones. A bit of tartness is also present. Finishes with dry grain flavours.

Notes: Rogue has out done themselves once again, but this time without their characteristic big malt and big hop profiles. Buckwheat Ale is a breed onto itself and most definitely worth the try. Let the beer warm-up just a bit to mellow and pull out more of the sweetness, if desired.

Note on Buckwheat: Better known as soba, buckwheat is not a type of wheat but a member of the rhubard family (a fruit, not a grain!) Buckwheat has been a longtime staple of Japanese cuisine because of its nutritional value. Buckwheat is high in potassium, phosphorous, vitamin B (50 percent more than wheat) and protein, and its virtually fat-free. The fruits of buckwheat are like small beechnuts, which are milled to separate the edible groats from the dark brown hulls. The groats are then roasted and used more or less like a grain (a good example is Kasha).

Photo of Duster72
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with some sediment and a decent head with okay retention. Aroma is toasty malts and herbal hops. Taste is a sour mix of weirdness that is generally unpleasant. Some grass and earthy tastes, but generally just bland and sour. Mouthfeel is fine. I poured the second half down the sink.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still has that Rogue flavour and character even though the bottle I had was intended for export. Big sweetness from the malt and also the buckwheat in an odd but intriguing way. Something I’d pair with sugar cane seared seafood … preferably salmon.

Photo of tjthresh
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to talk about. Typical Rogue yeast smell. Golden with microscopic bubbles. Tightly formed dirty white head. Same yeast flavor that comes with all Rogue Ales. Touch of bitterness. Very nice smooth drink. It would be nice on the golf course or after mowing the lawn.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a hazed, tawny apricot body with a small offwhite head that quickly fades with minimal lace.
Aroma has toasty and bready grain with restrained citrus hops. Odd note of spicy grain that is similar to the better rye ales.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body with lively carbonation.
Taste has a well executed balance of bready, grainy, malt and a muted citrus hoppiness. The buckwheat adds a different dimension, similar to rye, that adds a pleasant taste here. Hops have adequate bitterness, but are restrained for a Rogue brew. Maltiness seems doughy at times, but I like it.
Another worthy brew from Rogue, that is very drinkable and certainly worth a try.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking Bomber with new graphics, but no freshness indication....c'mon Rogue....you can do it...freshness dating....anyway, this brew pours a light honey shade of amber, white head and leaves well dispersed and moderatly fine lacing, Nose is lightly nutty and malt. This one tastes like fairly typical/pale ale, untill the finish which imparts quite a noticable jolt of dry,smoky, nutty, herbal flavors. Differant and interesting, but cant say its my favorite or that I'd go for a second bottle.

Photo of Thrasher
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a fruit/vegetable beer because soba, AKA buckwheat, isn't a grain, it's rhubarb (fruit). Weird, huh? I thought I would enjoy this beer more, due to my affinity for Japanese cuisine. Oh well. Upon first pour, it's an unassuming gold color with reasonably puffy head - looks like an ordinary pale ale. The second pour out of the bomber was closer to orange and noticeably hazier. Some sediment at the bottom. Is this an old bottle? An especially sweet aroma of caramel malts, pie crust, and a light fruitiness. Flavor carries over these elements with slight twinges of cherry and strawberry, or perhaps this is the pie crust association. Naturally, a broad grainy base is apparent as well, but it seems unfinished, unrefined. Hops are there with a good deal of bitterness towards the end, but not enough to dominate. All in all decently balanced. However, the alcohol seems intrusive... I don't know the abv but there seems to be a numbing spiciness that gets in the way. I found the initial sweetness to be strange, and there is a metallic tint that turned me off. I suppose I would like this better if it was brand spankin' fresh and paired with the appropriate dish. As it is, not my cup of tea... or should I say, pint of beer.

Photo of far333
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber color to the liquid, but no head to top it off. Yeasty aroma, but no other noticeable smells. The beer is highly carbonated, which detracts from the mouthfeel. The taste is mostly hoppy, with hints of apricot, and a hoppy biting and lingering aftertaste. An okay beer, but nothing special.

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy medium yellow, the color of late summer hay three days after cutting. Head is small, but leaves some criss-cross lace on the glass. The aroma is dusty, astringent, overall a bran-like maltiness. A bit of sharpness to the aroma, like its a note played on the piano. Nutty flavors, grape-iness, a tone of burnt crusts. The malts don't really "open up" in a broad sweet impression but turn toward a gravelly and slightly earthy back impression. Hops are reserved, slightly minty. Dryish and a little overcarbonated to my tastes. A different beer, reminds me of the groats an old roomate used to eat for breakfast -- sharp, husky, slightly wooden.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I have no clue what Soba is but this beer smells and tastes like Pumpernickel bread. Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange tone with a big fluffy white head with a bit of an orange tint to it lacing is solid and even. Aroma: Similar to caraway seeds in Pumpernickel bread a bit peppery but also has a sweet malt character like a spiced beer not much familiar hop aroma more of the exotic spices. Taste: Some what of a soft creamy tone with the grassy peppery spices kicking up with an underlying fruity tone this is a complex flavor but it's pretty much Pumpernickel bread. Mouthfeel: Even carbonation light and fluffy a lighter bodied ale from Rogue, that's weird. Drinkability: If your into pumpernickel bread give it a try if not still give it a try I don't think it works for me but I don't like pumpernickel.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep golden yellow body with a faint hazy to it and a snow white head that fades after a bit. There is a nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of light toasted malt has a nutty quality that is nice. The finish is a dry green hop note that balances the malt aromas.

T- The light toasted malt is mixed with dry pale malt flavors with a earthy taste of buckwheat pancakes. There is a slight sweetness to the green citrus hop finish. There is also a tonic water flavor with the hops after the finish but it is light and cleans up the faint sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight carbonic bite in the finish but it is very light.

D- This beer is nice and crisp and refreshing. The taste is intriguing with the soba noodles and it would be nice to see that flavor brought out even more.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SetarconeX
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hey, what makes a good noodle, can make a good beer. But then, if you ask me, just about any plant on earth can be made into a good beer. This one's no exception.

Morimoto Soba pours out a rather average color, maybe a nice light tinged golden brown. As far as smell goes, it's almost non-existant. I really wish this one had more of a scent. After all, we're talking about the Iron Chef here.

As far as taste, it'd your pretty straight up generic ale flavor, with a strong bit of soba on the aftertaste. I'll freely admit, I'm a bit biased in this beer's favor. I love soba. I eat soba noodles every opportunity I get. I don't know why, they just always seemed to make the best noodles.

And it doesn't make a half bad beer either. I havn't yet tried Rogue's standard Buckwheat Ale, which I've read is very similar to this, but now I'm eager ot try it. This one's a good, quaffable beer!

Photo of brewQ
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to expect.
I did hear that Buckwheat was used in the beer and here it is deemed a fruit/veg brew.

Appearance is apricot with slight haze.
Aroma struck me as slightly skunky ala Euro pils!

Taste was predominantly hops with a weak grainy background.

Whatever it has disappears at the finish.
Drinkable in an innocuous factory beer manner.

I venture to say that without the nifty bottle AND the Rogue name this beer would get an average below 3.

Since I paid a premium for this I likely overated it!

How many beers do I need that go with Asian food?

Several Rogue choices are more worthwhile than this.

Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a bright but solid orange and gold color with very little head. There's a couple large specks of lace but there's very little lace overall.

The taste is similar to an IPA without the hop punch, and with a touch of noodles in its place. It's interesting and different. It's also really easy to drink.

Photo of zjungleist
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/peach in color with a fairly fantastic white head and a tiny bit of haze. Smells mainly of hops. Tastes pretty much just like a pale ale, with a very slight hint of something else in the malt profile. I was expecting to be far more sticky and bizzare tasting, but it was pretty much just a good pale ale. Mouthfeel was average, and drinkability was pretty good. I really wished I had bought another bomber of this when it was gone, because it was going really great with the vietnamese stir-fry I made to go with it. I would buy this again, but there was really not "soba" charecter to make me seek it out specifically.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A surprising beer from Rogue.
Sort of wish their was a category for adjunct (rice, corn, other) beers (non-macros) rather than putting this in with fruit/vegetable beers. Nothing fruit or vegetable about this one. And the soba adjunct is added to enhance the flavor...definately not to cut corners or save money.
Pours a hazy dark straw colored yellow with a very respectable 2 finger head that melted to a nice ring of lacing.
Aroma is light like a pilsner but with a slightly dry, grainy smell and light orange.
Taste is light, fresh, and clean. Pilsner type malts....grainy breadiness somewhat like a wheat....grassy clean hops.
Aftertaste is clean dry and refreshing.
This is one very balanced and light refresher. I could session a lot of these if it wasn't so darn expensive.

Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice honey looking beer with a smallish head.You can smell hops,nuts and a roasted flavor.This has soba in it,which I really don't what that is,but it does have a dry hop and roasted kind of nuttyness.It's not bad,but the other Rogue beers are so much better.It leaves a honey like creamyness in your mouth.not a bad beer,and I probably would try this again, but Rogue does make other beers that are so much better.

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Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.