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Buckwheat Ale - Rogue Ales

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles that as it receded left a fair lacing. Its body was a cloudy amber color with just a little carbonation rising in the middle of the glass. It has aroma of hops. It had a initially slightly bitter taste that finished much more strongly. It was just an OK brew for me. Not one I'd seek out again.

TheDM, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting ale and quite different from the other Rogues I've had. This one has very strong grainy nutty aroma and flavor. I actually enjoyed it as it paired nicely with the pizza I had for dinner. Nice thick snow white head and straw colored body. Showed some characteristics of a german lager with its nutty grains. Hops also added nicely to the aroma and produced a slight bitterness. A smokiness was also present. I really enjoyed this ale.

BierReise, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny burnt orange in color, with a milky appearance due to chill haze and particles. Topped with a creamy white head.
Nose is fruity.
Smooth and creamy on the tongue, with lively carbonation. Starts sweet, and nutty. Also an interesting roasted flavor throughout - the buckwheat! This gives way seemlessly to a pleasantly hoppy and dry finish. The hops are noticable, but not overbearing.
Quite interesting.

xgrigorix, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is presented in a custom designed bottle in the classic rogue style featuring Chef Morimoto holding a mug and smiling. It has japanese characters as well as Chef Morimoto's signature on the bottle. There are also two icons that label this beer as one that would pair well with chicken or fish.
This beer pours a deep gold that is almost orange with a thin white head that sits nicely on top. The fine carbonation is robust enough to keep the head there untill you are done.
The aroma is a rich maltiness with a citrus like hop scent.
The flavor very rich in malt like whole grain bread yet a perceptable sweetness balances the malt profile without detracting from the lingering grain flavor that lasts. The ibu's of this one are at 30 and at first taste it is distinctly in the rogue style of aggressivley hoppy beers yet the strain of hops listed as Crystal is not overly bitter and lends a sharp contrast in which the Soba is allowed to shine. A wonderful summer brew that would complement a nice meal of grilled tuna steaks.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be just another special bottling of the Buckwheat Ale, but with a twist. It certainly looks, smells and tastes like the Buckwheat (although the listed IBU's are slightly lower). But it makes sense because in Japanese cuisine Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour (soba-ko) and wheat flour (komugi-ko). They are roughly as thick as spaghetti, and prepared in various hot and cold dishes. The most basic soba dish is zaru soba in which boiled, cold soba noodles are eaten with a soya based dipping sauce (tsuyu). Interestingly enough, I can imagine this beer pairing very well with just such a dish! Very nice!

NeroFiddled, May 16, 2003
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.

far333, May 04, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium, creamy head. It seemed to have a fruity, citrusy aroma to it. It had a cloudy appearance. There was some bitterness noticed in the taste. Also, some aftertaste was noticed that lingered, but it was not an overwhelming aftertaste. All in all, I was not impressed very much by this particular brew. It was not bad, but it was not all that great either in my own opinion.

hotstuff, May 02, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark leathery caramel in color with an off-white head and trailing lace. Buckwheat raw and lightly sweet malty. A distinctive nose of malt and hops. High in metallic and citrusy hops. One-of-a-kind Maltiness. Raw edged with a hint of alcohol and light sweetness sweet to soften things a bit.

BeerResearcher, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Musty slightly sweet leather nose. Yellow in color with a slight tint of red and lots of little bubbles. Persistant action in the glass with a creamy lace. Light malt flavors with a slight smoke flavor. Crisp lighter mouth. Very drinkable due to the fact that it has that light non-invasive personality.

frank4sail, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of Ave
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this for my beer tasting last week. It came in a nice dark brow glass half gallon growler. In pouring it around each glass was blessed with even more appealing looking rich dark brown ale having a nice tight half finger head that hung around well enough. It looks just like brown ale should.

The aroma is rich nutty lightly sweet toasty smell. The initial flavor is just about exactly the same. Yummy & round taste nothing wrong with it. Just the slightest of hoppy bitterness at the end, leaving you just tart enough to want to wet your pallet again with the wonderful brew.

Everything seem just about perfect for the style.

I could have put down the half gallon my self with no problem. This one took first place in the voting that night & with good reason.


Ave, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = orange, slight 'bottle conditioning' haze. Light lacing. Medium carbonation

Nose = malt, hops, fruity. nice.

Taste = You can tell it's Rogue, the familiar malt and hops are there. Less of 'em than in some other Rogue ales. The taste of the buckwheat is what makes this one different. Fruit flavors, sweet malt and enough hops. Creamy finish, great mouthfeel.

texascarl, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. A moderate sized white and fluffy head hangs out a little while. I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. It's very crisp at first and then creamy on the finish. Mostly toasty and a little fruity flavors going on. Hops are substantial all the way through the flavor. This was very refreshing and easy to drink.

AudioGilz, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orangish yellow with a smallish white head. The smell is nutty with a pleasant herbal overtone. The taste is crisp with a light malt middle and a pleasant bitter finish and it has a thinnish body. It seemed like mild ale with a wheat beer taste-very enjoyable and drinkable.

fattyre, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of John
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach with a moderate head that thins to a decorative layer of off-white foam. Fresh bread and fruity aroma. Tastes are a blend of lightly toasted malt, a variety of fruits – pineapple, tart apple and banana. Smooth texture, medium mouthfeel. The buckwheat in the grain bill really lends a unique character to this beer. Hops of course are prominent, but very well integrated, and bring the fruitiness to a whole other level. Another delicious and distinctive brew from Rogue.

John, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing this beer on the shelves and reading a few reviews here, I decided give it a try. It poured a cloudy light straw orange in color. A fairly thin to medium head formed and it fairly quickly subsided to a rim hugging, thin foamy consistency. As it was consumed, a quickly disappearing foam work followed the beer down to the next level in the glass.

The taste was hard to describe at first, but it’s most quickly identified taste was malt, it was slightly sweet, and had a slight bitter aftertaste. I was surprised at how refreshing it was and at how much I liked it. It had a sweet flowery smell that complemented the taste and appearance.

Carbonation was adequate for the profile and it felt light and dry in the mouth. All aspects of the sample made it an enjoyable beer to drink and I will add it to my drink list in the future. I will definitely tell my friends of this brew and how well I liked it. A good brew.

Kunsan90, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of Erix
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

After reading the other reviews, I think the lines were dirty or something when I got this. Poured with a nice rocky head which lasted a decent amount of time. Smelled pretty good with a burnt bitterness coming through the hops. The taste was quite bitter, but not in a hops sense. More like burnt coffee I guess, but not as pleasant as in a Imperial Stout and with an alkaline edge to it. Nice mouthfeel for the strength of flavor. Drinkability suffered a big hit with the strong bitterness. I did not like this beer, but will have to give it a try again someday; I had never had a Rogue I didnt like, and I hope it was just a fluke this time.

Erix, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange-yellow, hazy ale with a smallish white head. The smell is sweet and floral/fruity, with a slight hoppiness and nuttiness to it. In your mouth it is clean and crisp and slightly firm. The taste is nutty, followed by a pepperiness, with a slight bitter citrus to the finish. My first comment upon tasting this beer was "I like this!", as I slightly cocked my head to a tilt in approval.

As a side note, the bitterness is 34 IBU.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Bunnyhop, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a copper pour that is a little cloudy with a lot of sediment floating around. a pillow of white foam floats atop this, and it dies after some time, but leaves a lot of sticky lace on the glass. it has a sweet aroma with some hops hanging around.

man oh man this is a great beer. a nice medium bodied ale with a mass of flavors comes out of the 22 oz bottle with the guy holding a magnum bottle like a gun on it. lots of sweet malts and fruity flavors dominate, but you get a nice balance of hops in there. it has tingly carbonation, and the mouthfeel is excellent. this is a great beer. it is a nice light and fruity ale that is very easy to drink.

i was pleasantly surprised to see a die-hard lager drinker enjoy his first ale. this is a beer for everyone.

ElGuapo, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of freed
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this ale up in a 1/2 gallon bottle from a local specialty grocer. It poured 4 imperial pints worth, and each tasted just as good as the last.

The color was a wonderful rich golden hue with a respectable amount of head. The aroma was unique, but not unlike many cask conditioned ales. The taste is reminiscent of a Real Ale; very full body and satisfying aftertaste. It didn't compliment the burritos I was eating, so I made short work of dinner. I look forward to pooring this again.

freed, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of MJR
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lovely copper color with a touch of orange. The head starts out thick and full, but shrinks down quickly to a small ring of lace.

Smell: I didn't think there was much going on in this beer's 'nose.' I picked up on both a nutty aroma and a slight hop smell...there's not much beyond that.

Taste: A lot of reviews describe a sweet fruit flavor...it's there, barely. It's more of a muted sweetness; remember, buckwheat is a fruit, but not with the traditional sweetness. It's more nutty. The finish is a nice balance of nut and hop flavor. I picked up on a very slight roasted flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is light to medium. From start to finish, this beer is quite dry.

Drinkability: Fairly high...the combination of it's lighter body, dry finish, and great nutty aftertaste make it easy to kill several pints.

MJR, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber with charcoal-grey highlights (?!)
Aromas of charred, whole wheat English muffins with sunny, lemony tartness underneath...pushing up and through. Round, creamy, toasted-flour flavors colored lightly with steel, stone and old canvas notes. Rugged, stone-grown flowers, green apples and milk decorate the experience from top to bottom. Forceful but light on its feet. Cleansing, concrete hop bitterness. There is a tangy, black-skinned fruit on the finish.

Great with seared parsley and green onions served with my wife's crocked chicken, braised mushrooms and onions, and roasted pumkin seeds. The seeds gave the food a Thai feel and paired well with this beer.

putnam, Oct 31, 2002
Photo of zerk
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slighly hazy deep gold, with a persistant white foam that leaves a lace all the way down the glass. Nutty aroma and flavor, with some citrusy notes, and a bit of malt in the middle, and just enough hops to add a little bitterness to the aftertaste. Meduim body, and not overly carbonated. This is an excellent summer beer... yummy!

zerk, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of Jon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a different offering from Rogue. This one pours a hazy golden color with a small, bubbly head that disappears a little too fast. There is a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The smell is rather fruity (buckwheat). The first sip revealed a little of the typical Rogue hop bitterness, but that hop flavor was soon relinquished and replaced by a somewhat bland fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is quite grainy and carbonated. This is definitely more of a summer style beer, but I'm not in a hurry to pick up another bomber. While this isn't a bad ale, it's far from my favorite from Rogue.

Jon, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy golden-amber body. Nice creamy head with a bit of clinging lace. Smells of sweet, nutty, lightly roasted malt with floral and citrus hops. Taste is nothing special, but it is mild and refreshing. Hops and malt blend nicely in the beginning, then the nutty buckwheat takes control. Lightly bitter hops provide the finish. Not a great beer, but different enough to be a good change of pace. Also very refreshing and easy drinking. Looks like a true summertime winner!

Viking, Jun 18, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy golden with a frothy head and decent lacing. Nose is profoundly malty and fruity. Well subdued in the hop territory for a Rogue brew, but this allows the malts to come forefront and complement the nutty buckwheat. Finish seems a bit grainy underneath citric hop. Worth a try for the aroma alone. Buckwheat Ale is O-TAY!! (sorry, couldn't help myself)

inebrius, Jun 07, 2002
Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.