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Buckwheat Ale - Rogue Ales

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Buckwheat AleBuckwheat Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

331 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ezhang, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

GeoCait, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

mdmusch, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

hanlonrn, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mantissa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Hardcore, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of martino_cappachino
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Head of foam was not laced a good 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch think. Sparkling and pearly white in appearance. Body color was a delicate honey-yellow brown, and a bit murky. Head was long lasting, and I could see bubbles still coming up minutes after I first poured.

Aroma a faint was still present. Not quite a bouquet-ish like scent, but more like picking a single peculiar flower out of field (or garden) and absorbing the smell for the first time. Could detect a hint of the buckwheat in the aroma... like kasha before you roast it.

Taste and mouthfeel was crisp and pleasant. Good carbonation without a biting after-taste. Lemony hops taste in the beginning... smooth buttery-nut like bread in the middle, with almost faint caramel-tawny finish.

I think this is pretty close to what I could call a well-crafted beer without having to overdue the hops, malt or alcohol content of the brew... Faint and somehow, complex.

martino_cappachino, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

RandyKemka, Mar 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Goobastic, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

deapokid, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

One to two finger head, dull golden/light brown in color, something like an old piece of copper.

Smell is primarily of malts and a bit of iron.

Strange, early presence on the tongue, which i imagine is the buckwheat. Mild hop presence present in the initial taste and slowly fades to something bread-like.

Body is slightly carbonated, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, this was very average and forgettable.

falloutsnow, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a creamy, dense white head. Retention is ok and lacing pretty good.

Nose is...interesting at least. I have no idea what buckwheat smells like, but this beer smells a little like a sweeter, cleaner sorghum. Earthy and kinda like dried wheat stalks (yes - I have chewed on one before). Hops are definitely there, piney and fruity almost.

Taste is light enough to showcase the buckwheat, which is cool. Kind of an earthy, root-like flavor. Interesting for sure. Hops are great for balance and provide a little bit of grassy flavors. $3 for a 12 oz bottle is a price worthy of a try, but I dont think I would buy this again for even half that price.

twiggamortis420, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pale golden color. Lots of carbonation here was readily apparent as it just ripped toward the surface like seltzer water. A decent head formed on the pour, but then fell back as things started to drag on.

The aroma was a step above horrible for me. Nothing here but a terrible artificial lemon smell that was light, and at the same time sickingly sweet. The flavor was even worse though. This was one of those that I literally gagged on when I took a sip. Cheap, like a bad sprite. There was just way too much carbonation that made it feel even lighter then it was, which was saying a lot. But the flavor lacked any real depth

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden orange color with small chunks floating around and a weak white fizzy head that immediately fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very bland aroma with some earthy hops, bready yeast notes, pilsner malt and not much else.

Medium bodied with subtle earthy, bitter hops and pale malt. Kind of boring with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and subtle dry finish. Easy to drink but not very complex or flavorful. Disappointing to say the least.

corby112, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this has a different label that is geared for japanese marketing. Found at a japanese ramen spot in nyc. Pour is yellow gold with a very delicate murk. Nose is gluten paste, lilac, and banana. Palate is cream like a hef. Pretty good feel and a hay mineral banana note. The buckwheat prefume is there but its matched with wheat adjunct. Or is it rice. Smoothens the range for something that is rather simple. Easy summer brew of a particular senseibility. Not for some. Good with ramen though and any other greasy salty food.

rtepiak, May 26, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy orange with, yes, flecks of buckwheat floating in it. It's extremely light without being watery. Tastes of buckwheat, and a little bit of citrus sweetness. I don't get much hops, but there is almost a chemical taste to it. Kind of like a club soda. It's very interesting, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

McNealc31, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of cpone
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is a bomber with the Morimoto Sobo Signature Ale alias.

Pours a hazy golden body with a surprisingly small head, with minimal retention. Some spotty lacing. Smell is wheat dominant with mild piney/grassy hops. Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, although a little subdued. Mouth is decent, crisp but a bit thin but feels right for this beet.

I could session this. It's a decent, crisp beer.

cpone, Jan 09, 2011
Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.