Buckwheat Ale - Rogue Ales

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Buckwheat AleBuckwheat Ale

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 19
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-12-2001

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. One finger head. Nice retention.

Smell: Intially, grains and wheat hit the nose. There's also a spicy smell to it. Smells pretty malty as well. A faint citrusy smell is also in there. Not bad.

Taste: The spicy taste was the first thing that hit me. I can't place it, but it's something spicy. Definitely has decent malt taste with a wheat flavor. I'm picking up some orange and maybe lemon in there.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This would be a pretty decent beer for a hot day. It goes down easy enough. I'm not a huge fan of the spicy bite to it, but it's manageable. Overall, it's okay. I've had much better from Rogue, but it's worth a try.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a good thick head with an alright lacing. Pours a brown/golden color that looks nice. The head retention is not that great. The smell is of malty grains, but with some weird old twinge. The taste is very buttery. It's got some nice buckwheat flavors, but there's a massive butter flavor in the aftertaste. Strange. The mouthfeel is ok, kinda smooth. Overall, I think this bottle has reached it's prime and left again a few months ago. I may try it if I find a good bottle and there's not a lot of good stuff around.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle foamed when I opened it and I poured a decent head that left fairly quickly. The head itself was not thick and the bubbles were not very good. The smell has some things I'm not too familiar with but gives off an apple phenol smell. I could smell it strongly during the pour. This beer is very easy on the tongue with subtle flavors. Nice sweet sort of wheaty taste upfront (perhaps buckwheat(i've never tasted buckwheat before)). With a nice slight hop bitterness to follow.

Photo of Ralelen
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer! Nice head retention with a slight nuttiness from the buckwheat used. This beer was slightly darker then a normal wheat beer, and a tad sweeter also. Very drinkable.

Sadly I cannot find this beer in Connecticut anymore. It was available in growlers for quite some time. Has it been discontinued?

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

I drank this brew under the alias of Morimoto Soba Ale. I passed over this brew a few times not knowing what to expect. I didn't realize it was brewed with buckwheat. None the less, I got the balls to try it out, and I wasn't disappointed.

This is a medium brew that offers moderate amounts of CO2 that leaves behind a decent light tan head that diminishes to fine lacing, lasting all the way to the end.

I detect aromas of honey and a bit of nuttiness that's also found in the taste. It feels a little oily, but finishes off clean.

Photo of cracgor
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden pale color with a thin frothy white head. Smells very piney, like some strong west coat hops. Not over the top...just enough for my taste. The malt is there too, sweet like rich grains. A mild bitter flavor, more malty than hoppy, but a good balance. Has a good grain, earthy flavor to it. Mouthfeel is just barely full. The beer is an understated flavor that can be enjoyed for a long time and is really worth trying.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz Rogue bottle. It has a picture of Chef Morimoto giving his approval.

Appearance: Easy-forming head, which stays a good long while. Clear and honey-tan appearance.

Nose: A bit musty (though not a bad thing), definite maltyness.

Taste: Rather dry, short taste. Grainy with some citrus (lemon). A solid brew, great with fish, chicken, etc.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I expected. Its well balanced, with neither a strong maltiness or sharp hop feel.

Drinkability: Definitly worth drinking it with food. Not like its bad by itself, but drinking it makes my mouth water for something grilled, especially chicken or fish.

Overall: Even when i wasnt living in oregon, i relished to acquire 22oz bottles of Rogue. Since living here, I usually get around to the Morimoto every few months. Good stuff!

Photo of nouseforotacon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light peach-orange hue with a dollop of foam forming a creamy head. Visible carbonation, nice lacing on the edges of my mug.

Sweet, crisp, malty aroma with hints of yeast. Wheat/grain in the aroma, like buckwheat (soba). This one reminds me of some Japanese micros with more sweetness and complexity. Hints of citrus and lemon zest, touch spicy.

Upfront malt sweetness on the tongue with a blast of carbonation. Touch of hop bitterness. Strong, roasted flavor imparted from the soba. Spicy/zesty citrus that is downplayed. Lingering buckwheat noodle taste that stays on the tongue for a long while. Cloudy water taste reminds me of the water from the cooked noodles that is traditionally drank after a meal of soba. Very on point.

Mouthfeel is OK, bit carbonated, and drying. In my opinion, this beer is not as quaffable or refreshing as others have pinned it. However, I love the roasted soba's character on this brew. Rogue delivers as advertised.

Photo of CpnYates
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very diffrent beer, there's nothing overly special about it, except for its oddities, which dosnt nessisarily make it good. Its one of those beers where you could drink more than a few, but there really isn't a reason to, especially at this price.. For a better description see below

Photo of TrickKnee
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That iron chef certianly knows a thing about beer or two. Poured a nice clear gold color with some thin lacing and a nice head. Nice nutty and malty flavor that was not to overpowering. SHared a bomber of this with a few friends and it was definelty a hit. IF you are a fan of a fruit beer this should be next on your list.

Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IBeer poured a copper amber colour. It retained its head for a while as i imbibed. The smell is mild yet good with yeast being the dominant player. The first thing you notice tastewise is the funkiness of the yeast. Funky in a good way. There is a certain sourness to the beer which i like. The soba defnitely comes out as you drink it. It is a very interesting note that makes this a unique beer. Unlike other wheat beers you can taste the malt.But then again buckwheat isnt really a wheat. I liked this alot. I had it with dinner, tilapia with citrus pesto and quinoa. It went very well and i wish i had a second one.

Try this if you can find it, it is unique. While it might not be to everyones liking i think this is a fine showing by Rogue and i defnitely would get it again.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber beer with rosy edges and a tall, cream-colored head that thins in short order and leaves light lacing. Caramel smell, with light fruity hops.

This beer is sweet. I guess that's soba in there. Toasty malt and slight citrus hops as well. Bitter and dry finish. Light mouthfeel and high carbonation, but not without some substance.

Pretty good. I enjoyed it enough to thank Rogue for bottling it in bombers, because you can really pour this stuff down.

Photo of xav33
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale
22oz bottle
Recent bottling, lapped up 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured amber, with touches of orange, with a 1 1/2 inch mostly lasting slightly off-white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of light roasted cereal and light piney/orange hops, overall oddly reminiscent of soy sauce or ramen noodles.

Taste was moderate bitter hops followed by moderate soy bitterness and light sweet fruit in an average length finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, fizzy and slightly astringent.

Overall, the unique taste of a roasted buckwheat beer in the hands of a capable brewer.

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

A: Pours golden with a 1" white head. Some lacing as drinks down.

S: Slightly nutty, but nothing spectacular.

T: Nice dry hoppiness gives a crisp finish. The best way I could describe this is as a very clean-tasting beer. No flavor stands out, but very well-balanced and enjoyable.

D: By the time I was done with the 22oz bottle, I was ready for a change.

This would make a nice summer brew, not spectacular, and definitely nowhere near my favorite offering from Rogue, but I would drink it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color beer with a nice white bubbly head with great retention. Aroma is grainy with a good malt presence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of malt, the subtle but distinctive presence of buckwheat and some fresh crisp hops. Body is above average. Without anything bold or big, this beer did make a good impression on me.

Photo of fartingdog
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hadn't had this in a while, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Poured a nice darker gold hue- raw umber? Initially good aroma, easy on the pallate, but whoa is it creamy, too creamy for me. Almost buttery. Faintly yeasty in the aftertaste. Managed to drink the whole bottle, so yes it was drinkable, but I think a small glass would have sufficed for me. It would probably be refreshing if served cold on a hot day.

Overall, i'm not impressed, but it is a unique offering. Probably won't buy it again for myself, but will probably have a small amount if a bottle is opened.

Photo of mitchfor3
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco.

Poured a clear, very pale golden color. Fizzy white head wasn't there for long and left a weak collar.

Smells ok - somewhat citrusy, yeasty undertones.

Taste was pretty disappointing. Carbonation was a bit much, flavors just weren't put together right - this one just didn't come together.

This beer was refreshing but not much else. I could see myself enjoying this at a cold temperature on a hot day, but I doubt I will ever revisit this beer.

I love Rogue but I didn't love this beer. By far the weakest Rogue offering I have ever tasted.

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 wolffman17
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange-yellow with some small sediment suspended throughout the beer. Chunky head fades pretty fast and leaves a little bit of lace.
Fresh aroma. Hops dominate and there's some fruit in the background.
Tastes citric and tart. Nice hop character, but not overpowering. Finishes somewhat sour. This is smooth and refreshing.
Drinks easy; the bomber is a perfect serving size for this beer.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. Just the right amount of hops. Maybe good for those that aren't quite ready for the hoppier pale ales.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foggy sunlit amber. A short white head of small bubbles immediately recedes to the edges and holds a collar for a short period of time. There are a few sluggish carbonation streams. Aromas of light citrus with some wheat and just a touch of caramel sweetness rise from the glass. Initially brisk and crisp with a slightly sweet citrus edge. There is a wheat-ish note present. The finish is crisp and well stocked with more of those orangey, sweet citrus flavors and lingers briefly. The medium-light body and active carbonation give this a relatively light mouthfeel. Enjoyable, perhaps even more so because of the recently oppressive temperatures we’ve been having, but this is a beer worthy of revisiting.

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

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A - Nice pour. A deep hazy yellow, with brown and orange tints very prominent as well. Cloudy and deep, quite a unique color. White frothy head, with good retention and lacing all over the place. Excellent appearance.

S - Light fruit malt sweetness, with a dab of light hops.

T - Taste upfront is sweet and mellow. Rich fruit flavors, apples, bananas, and grapes, come into play. Along with sugared citrus peels and light tart flavors wash along and balance the flavor nicely. Honey notes are also there. Sweet, sour, and tart. The combination works well. Crisp mouthfeel and excellent carbonation. Highly drinkable especially with spicy foods.

An excellent Fruit Beer, and one that's quite unique in it's own right. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and think that you would to.

Photo of benito
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A hazy orange/amber/apricot with a nice white head, this beer's looks are about the best thing going for it. Strangely, I found this to be one of the most straightforward and non-descript craft beers I've ever had. There's a vague fruitiness in the bouquet and flavor, and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but there's nothing at all distinct about this brew.

One might argue that this means that the beer is not offensive, and, to its credit, it really isn't bad. It just isn't good--it's entirely forgettable, which, in my book, is almost as bad as being really bad.

Not recommended.

Photo of Vancer
2.41/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh no, no, no. Don’t put rhubarb in a beer and think it’s gonna be good.

A hazy dark amber, with a quick dying white head.

First time I’ve had a beer with the <soapy> malt aroma – this is off to a bad start. But no, it gets worse; the taste of thistle weed just doesn’t go down well. Not tasty at all.

Sharp and dry, it does become more manageable by the end of the bomber – NO drain pouring crappola for me! That’s sacrilegious!

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a fingers width head. Egg shell in color. Color is a very hazy amber tangerine. Some slight bubbling, but still very sparse.

Smell- A pretty herbal smell. The herbs mix well with the red malts. A light toastyness mixes with what I can only assume is soba.

Taste- Starts with lightly toasted, earthy malts. Then followed by a nutty malt and oddball herbal flavor. Very unique. I'll just say that the roasted soba again.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp beginning and smooth finish. A couple ? flavors that make this beer very different and special.

Photo of RBorsato
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Peach in color with a nice but low white head and decent carbonation. Light nutty malt aroma with a fruity ale nose too; no hops ... strange for Rogue. Fruity ale and nutty malt flavors but it's dominated by a strange "soba-like" :-) flavor. Low hop profile to the point of not really being noticeable. Light-medium bodied and lightly smooth with a funky finish.

Not a regular buy but interesting try...

Per Bottle: 12 P, IBU 30, AA 75.2, 14 L. Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich, and C-15 Malts. Crystal hops.

Per Rogue website: Roasted Buckwheat, Pale malt, Munich Malt, 13-17 Carastan Malt, and Crystal Hops.

($3.99 / 22 oz. lithographed bottle)

Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
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