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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: 15
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 mjohn27603


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Pours amber with some gold. Plenty of chill haze. I don't get much of an aroma. First sip reveals a grassy flavor. Very creamy in body. Grassy tang. I tended to become numb to the slight unique tange half way through the bottle. Very subtle. Malty. Leaves somewhat dry aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2003 02:26:46 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of avylover


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much a half-blind reiew since I had no idea what style this is. Poured a cloudy orangish color with a frothy white head. Smell is quite spicy almost hot to the nostrils. There is a good bready malt in the aroma as well. This is odd. Quite odd. There is strong prescence of a backyard garden this this beer. Lettuce & raddishes come to mind, although the flavors are not so pronounced. There is a decent hop charater here as well, but nothing too bitter. More of a crisp clean bite. The spice in this beer is probably something you either like or don't, and I'm not a big fan. It's pretty drinkable with a clean mouthfeel, but this taste is odd. Nothing too special here, but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:32:11 | More by avylover
Photo of Edwin


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Serves up a nice, brownish/orange color with a nice, off-white head. Gives the impression of being a bit lighter, yet tasty.

Smell - An aroma of grains mixed in with a tad of fruits or even a flowery hint.

Taste - Very nice. Wheat, grains, and the hint of a sweet fruitiness mixed within. Not very heavy on the tongue, and not an overbearing aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Easy going down. A nice smooth entry through the entire sip. A good amount of carbonation, but not oo much. A great feel.

Drinkability - Good for a few, but may grow a tad old over a couple of hours. Definitely worth a try. Won't be for everyone, but the majority should enjoy this fine Rogue sampling.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2003 12:17:21 | More by Edwin
Photo of maxpower


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

Hazy golden-orange color with a decent white creamy head. Aromas of bread dough and grains(wheat?) tasty flavors of bread and flowers, medium bodied with a nice light and crisp mouthfeel, finishes with a slight sweetness, good carbonation and perfectly balanced, much better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 01:42:31 | More by maxpower
Photo of mydeadguy


4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the 22 oz. bottle at The Other Side Cafe. (so this is from notes)

Poured a deep clear golden color, with medium carbonation and a fluffy white head, that trailed down the sides of the glass. Nose was hoppy and floral. Lively on the tongue, crisp and clean tasting, medium body, with buckwheat hints in the malt. finish was slightly hoppy, and slightly bitter. drinkable, Oh yeah!

I've been waiting for these beers to make an appearance on the east coast, and I was very happy with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 00:47:43 | More by mydeadguy
Photo of Naerhu


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

42% Malt, 45% Soba. The Japanese (Ezo) bottling of this beer.
Appearance - smallish white head (oh its already gone) on an orange body.
Aroma - Fruit seeds and light soba.
Taste - Black tea and hops. Good, but short flavor.
Mouth - smooth and creamy body.
Drink - This goes really quicky, and its low alcohol (2.9%) makes putting down many of them no worry.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 12:22:09 | More by Naerhu
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating this series for a while now, my store just got em in tonight. Came in a 22oz painted label bomber. Poured a clear golden color with a large, sticky white head that left lots of lace on the glass. Retention was medium-high. Aroma was slight, hops were the most obvious. I was surprise at how full bodied the mouthfeel was - awesome. The taste was interesting and unique - sort of a ginger taste throughout finshing with sharp and spicy hops. I am a sucker for original brews like this one, Rogue is one of the leaders as far as that goes. Delicious - it was like an IPA with a Japanese twist.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 23:03:40 | More by nixhecks
Photo of HardTarget


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Crispy hoppy smell with a nice sweet balance. Both the hops and malt come through nicely. The roasted buckwheat (listed on the side of the bottle) character adds some depth to the malt.
Appearance: Clear dark yellow with a slight head and active carbonation. Developed some chill haze and a plucky head struggled to maintain a presence.
Flavor: Excellent balance. Much like the smell, both hops and malt compliment each other for a complex, but clean taste. Some lemon notes but I was surprised to see this was a “fruit beer”. See Todd’s review for a great overview of the fruit Buckwheat.
Mouthfeel: Like all the Rouge’s I’ve had, rich creamy mouthfeel speaks to the quality work that went into this beer.
Overall Impression: Outstanding beer. Strikes a nice middle ground without being ordinary. Has character, but no pretence. I’ll be buying more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 02:58:25 | More by HardTarget
Photo of beerguy101


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

Think this is just the Buckwheat ale in a new bottle, but it does taste a little different so here goes.

Medium gold color, medium head. A medium bodied ale. Nice tasting mild malts. Mild flavorful hops. The soba adds a lot of body and smoothness to this beer. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Refreshing beer. Etched/painted beer bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 02:12:48 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Tballz420


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a nice orange looking color, with a nicely formed white head on top. The aroma is a nice fruity, hoppy scent. The taste is a well balanced citrusy, lemony taste, with a nice hop accent. Grainy tones are present as well. This is a real nice beer, i would recommend giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 22:42:05 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah yet another Rogue to try and love. I will not I got this beer after they sampled it at the shop my wife works at and it was still good by the time it made it home to me, open for at least an hour. It was also a little warm, but I chilled it and it improved.

Poured a slightly hazey yellowish-orange with a decent white bubbly head. Fair lacing around the glass.

Aromas are very much wheat and dough with a twist. I imagine this is due to the Soba and my limited exposure to Soba. Not much malt aroma present if any at all.

The taste begins with sweet almost oat like wheat flavor. Very familiar, yet strangely unique. The "soba" flavor was followed by a slight caramel tinge with the usual Rogue hops. Medium to medium-light body that finishes very crisp and clean. A very nice lighter beer that would pair very well with food IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 16:09:16 | More by Loki
Photo of ahroun


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

The last available Rogue I had left to try, wondering until now what a Buckwheat Ale would taste like. Color is an off orange, far too dark to consider calling a deep golden. Moderate head poured white and dissipated quickly. I could only detect a light scent, not notable. It mouth feel and taste are both light and pleasant. Taste is unusual, a subtle grainy hint adds complexity and pleasure to the experience. I would drink again, though only after tracking down and experimenting with the Morimoto Soba.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 00:57:32 | More by ahroun
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 29 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer pours a clear dark yellow color.
Flavor: In your mouth, it hits you with a slightly roasted flavor. Overall, it's not bad but nothing spectacular. I would have it again if someone else was buying.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 01:02:56 | More by jcalabre
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've never tried sushi (too scared of raw fish) or soba noodles, but i'm now much more inclined to do so. this was a great brew. seemed as if it would go well with just about any poultry or seafood based asian dish, but obviously would be paired best with the two i mentioned above. pours a slightly hazy orange/amber colour with a surprisingly decent head for a beer without much carbonation. the head had a nice tan tinge to it and dissolved to a lasting lace rather quickly. immediate smells included: spice, citrus, what, bread and noodles. the taste echoed this but had a bit more of a spice kick to it, i thought. definite noodle tate here though. quite different and quite cool. there was a bit of an overbitter aftertaste that i wasn't expecting, but nothing to complain about. i say it all the time, but this is yet another winner for rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 00:55:39 | More by guinness33
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, this unusual brew has a hazy apricot color which reminded me of a hefeweizen (almost). Thin creamy white head and zero carbonation absolved me of that belief.

Smell: WTF!? Malty, earthy smell reminiscent of fresh pasta with an underlying citrus hops aroma. Pasta, huh!?!?

Taste: oh yeah, it's called SOBA Signature Ale. Having lived in Japan for 4 yrs and eaten my fair share of Okinawan soba, now I can place that smell and the resulting taste. I've eaten this beer before in soba restaurants from Naha to Nago. It has a grassy, veggie flavor interspersed with a dominating yeasty malt flavor. A faint buttery taste passes by as a light citrus hops bite arrives at the finish.

Feel: light, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: man, this would be my beer of choice with some fresh salmon and tuna sushi. God, I'm hungry! Anyway, Rogue has done a nice job and made another highly drinkable brew. Find one and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 22:51:29 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of TinusTime


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just finished the first Morimoto Soba...As i never had the Rogue Buckwheat it was replacing i cant compare, but here are my thoughts.
Appearance- poured a nice amberish yellow colour with a nice head. The head seemed to dissapate quickly however and did not leave much lacing.
The smell had a bit of sweetness and citrus on the nose which indicated some hops ( which later was misleading.

Taste-- while some reviews found this on the sweet side--- I found a nice reserved almost subdued maltiness. It had hints of stonefruits and wheat. It did not have the earthy malt i expected as a "soba". To explain I often eat Soba noodles and find them to have a mellow earthiness, but this was lacking in the beer. There were not much perciveable hops, just enough to balance the beer out and keep it from being overly sweet and malty..
Overall it was one of the more mellow, easy drinking beers from Rogue. It seemed to lack the killer punch that most Rogue beers have.. However, this is not a bad thing, as one cannot live by hops alone... This more than any beer i have had would could turn a Macro drinker onto Rogue brews.. It would be an incredible session beer ( ABV unknown) . Wasnt the best Rogue but i would definately buy it again.. I believe it would be a great beer with Sushi, as its malt and smoothness would be a great counter against the salt of soy and heat of wasabi.. Next time I try this I will have to have a few bits of sushi in front of me to see how it goes.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 03:19:30 | More by TinusTime
Photo of GreenCard


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: penny-brown w/slight haziness, sudsy pure-white thin cap of head, effervescent

Aroma: minty/grapefruity hops, a slight buttery/earthiness (if that makes sense?), apples, roots

Flavor: a very subdued earthy maltiness with a robust hop flavor dose, slightly woody and wheaty, some background tanginess towards the finish; the flavor is quite terse with a dry, crisp finish

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, the zesty carbonation gives a refreshing zing

Overall Impression: I brewed an experimental buckwheat ale one. It was a saison. Thought I was really innovative to do that. Now I see Rogue had the same idea. Damn! Though you could taste the rooty/earthy buckwheat flavor much more in mine, I have to say Rogue's is better. A great, clean, refreshing beer. Would be great w/ chicken or fish as the label suggests. And I do like this version better than the previous one which I tried a small sample of on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 02:10:56 | More by GreenCard
Photo of mickeymac


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Morimoto thing with the picture on the label and the whole bit seemed a tad gimmicky and had me wary from the start. However, the initial skepticism faded shortly after opening the bottle. It's golden-peach with a nice foamy head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is bready, nicely hoppy, and has undercurrents of orange peel. The taste is also reminiscent of bread or biscuit, with a nice citrus taste balancing things very nicely. It's very refreshing and eminently drinkable. This is a very delicate beer that would go nicely with a light meal, maybe an Asian salad or an appetizer of oysters on the half-shell.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 04:17:54 | More by mickeymac
Photo of BeerManDan


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

Bought this at the brewery. When poured, it was a golden orange yellow with no foam and no lace. The smell of hops and citrus was very evident with a hint of spices and mild malts. No really overpowering, but, just enough to make the aroma of this ale interesting. The taste was the same as the smell but with a slight hop bitterness that was well balanced with the the citrus, spices and malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 21:31:31 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 fluid ounce generic Rogue bottle. It has a blue and white label with a picture of Chef Morimoto holding up a pint of the good stuff. Labeled as; 12° Plato, 30 IBU, 75.2 AA, 14° L.

Appearance: The huge, off-white colored head that has fantastic staying power. It stays around at ½”, albeit with some light lacing, for the duration of the imbibing experience. The body of the beer is a clean, but cloudy shade of orange with heavy golden influences. Looks like a Honey-beer.

Nose: Grainy Malts that have a hint of lemon. Bread Rolls mixed with damp cardboard and a musty smell of old books. As awful as that sounds, it’s not actually that bad to be honest. Just different.

Taste: Grain is prevalent in the introduction, malts lead way into a slightly citric-sweet middle that reveals hops and a yeasty fresh bread dough mixture that soon makes way for a short dry finish with a citric-hop twang. Quite nice, this would pair well with Fish dishes for sure.

Mouthfeel: A light skittish beer. The malt dances on the tongue whilst the hops at tug the cheeks. Light carbonation but a really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty damn good, my Bomber was soon expunged.

Overall: Rogue has always been a favorite of mine since I landed in the US 20 months ago. From their snazzy bottles, the fact that they clearly label all ingredients and technical information on each bottle (they have nothing to hide – but do others?) and their commitment to often strange, varied but always quality brews. Another Rogue beer that I would try again, without any hesitation whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 02:58:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 16:12:48 | More by TheDM
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 18:06:59 | More by BierReise
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 10:00:25 | More by xgrigorix
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 16:22:41 | More by RenoZymurgist
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 18:09:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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