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Somer Orange Honey Wheat - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 207
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 11-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

11 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest 2-row, Wheat
Specialty: Oregon Wildflower Honey,
Sweet Orange Peel, Oats, Chamomile, Coriander
Hops: Crystal & Rogue Farms Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue' s Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast from Hood River & Free Range Coastal Water.

10 IBU
79 AA
3.5º Lovibond
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Photo of GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy honey color with a nice white head that rapidly fades.

Nose is simple fresh orange with hints of honey. Nose is delicate and elegant and has one thinking of summer gardening and perhaps a nice piece of simple whitefish or cold salmon for lunch!

Mouthfeel is medium, feels a little creamy but without character.

Flavors are weak white bread yeast and not much else. There may be a hint of honey but one has to really look for it.

Rogue continues to disappoint me. This tastes and feels like my expectation of a "light" beer, although I've not tasted one in many years. Rogue-great names; cool bottle graphics; beers - not so great.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The title sounds like there is a lot going on- a lot that doesn't readily appeal to me. But, let's see...

The beer starts with a Blonde Ale look: a lightly hazy straw/golden color with high carbonation, light head retention (somewhat fizzy), and light lacing. Retention is fleeting but settles into a thin lace that then holds firm.

Aromas of pilsner malts and raw barley grains hit upfront. Floral hops with a boquet of fruits, flowers, and spices soon to follow. lightly bready and moderately estery.

Flavors also show the malt/grain mix found in the nose- a typical Blonde Ale balance. Citrus hops give a nice fruity taste that differs from the sweet-fruity character of the yeasty esters. Any added honey is light and restrained, showing only a light sweetness that could also be derived from malts. Orange notes also could have come from Centinnial hops or similar.

The malt-grain mix shows up again on the palate with a thin graininess that bites just a bit. The sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue as the hops chase the beer into the finish.

This beer is nothing really special, but is light and refreshing as a summertime session ale. Definately favorable to the industrial beers available.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of orange peel with coriander with nice floral undertones. Taste is very refreshing with great perfumes of orange peel and coriander with notes of chamomiles; wheat malt is also quite present with a nice bubblegum touch. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I am a sucker for wheat and spices and this is one interesting combo and a lot better then I had hoped for.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber pours a cloudy pale orange hue, with lots of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves behind decent lace as it recedes. It smells of orange peel, white grain, and some muted earthy spices. The taste is mildly bitter orange, sweet white grain, black tea, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is soft, the body fruity and medium weight, and the finish is off-dry and fruity.

A fairly refreshing wheat beer, quite reminiscent of all the attempts recently by the big brewers to make a Witbier, albeit with a boatload more flavour. The eponymous honey does seem to get lost in there somehow, though.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Served in a footed pilsner glass.

Golden orange color, some transparency. Aroma was mostly wheat, floral with trace citrus. No discernable orange.

Taste was fairly average, dull wheat and a very vague hop twang in the back, good carbonation. Again, where's the orange? Easy to drink, not much substance. Should have gone with Oberon instead...live and learn.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed light to medium golden with just a tinge of peach color,a well formed thinner white head atop.Toasted grain aromas mainly,with a passing whiff of orange oil.Refreshing on the palate starting out with a toasted wheat malt flavor that melds into light sweetness for the honey,it actually compliments the toastiness quite well,a drying crisp finish.A good beer to have on a hot day here in NC,it wont knock your socks off but its not bad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually picked this one up in the store about a week ago. I had not purchased anything in a while and saw this sitting in the fridge, having never tried it I figured what the heck. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
Appearance - A nice golden color, clear with hints of a honey touch around the sides. Big foamy head rose up fast and settled just about right leaving behind some nice lacing and lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface.
Smell - Bready malts, a touch of honey, light citrus. Very well balanced and nothing really pushing the envelope. May a touch of lemon zest as well.
Taste - Light, honey is definitely there, but not as heavy as I would have thought. It was very well put together I have to say. Light touch of honey, more pronounced in the finish with the orange peel really making its presence felt then. Nice light dry finish and very sweet on the palate.
Feel - Light, crisp, clean. Nice carbonation and nothing heavy weighing it down.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, would be a good water substitute in the summer for sure.
Overall - I have to say not bad, while I was certainly not blown away by it, there was definitely something solid going on here. I would try it again, especially on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, light copper body with a very thin, slightly fizzy, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma smelling of honey, light spice, basic barley, delicate wheat, citrus, and a few hints of flowers.

Taste: Light pale malts with a hearty, invigorating addition of crisp wheat and a medium amount of sweetness present. The additions of honey, citrus peel, and chamomile are all there, but are delivered fairly subtly. Faintly spicy hops with an overall clean (surprisingly low) bitterness. Transient traces of sweet honey and citrus prior to the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, summertime brew from Rogue sans the seemingly obligatory coarse Rogue bitterness. Wait. Was I the only guy who honesty liked this? Three times this month alone I've had entered a bar to hear: There's the guy who likes Somer Orange! Typically, it's followed by "GET HIM!" Speaking as the one guy who liked this beer, I must admit that I don't actively buy it, as it's not available in a six-pack (at least not in my area).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly sweet citrus and honey flavor that is quickly followed by a thin wheat and light malt breadiness. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The honey flavor increases just a bit into the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other wheat beers I would choose first.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. This becomes a bit turbid at the bottom of the bottle, average lacing & zero head retention

S: Grassyness & some honey as this warms, not much else

T: Grassyness, some lemony hops & wheat tartness up front. Dryness & some orange peel as this warms, along with wheat tartness, plus a bit of ginger. Finishes crisp with some orange, plus honey dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively (but spot on) carbonation, nice & crisp

Damn drinkable after doing some yard work. Niothing earthshattering here, but I could certaianally down a few of these no problem

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow golden color with one finger of white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, yeast, slight hints of fruit. Not that great and not getting any honey here.

t - Tastes of orange, honey, bready malts, and wheat.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the mouth.

d - Not that great of a beer. Thought the smell was kind of weak and not that enjoyable. The taste was a little better, but the high carbonation also hurt it. Would not try again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden yellow with a thin head that lasts for a bit before disappearing. Trailing lace slides down glass without sticking. 2nd half of bottle poured hazed.

The smell is of honey, chamomile, hint of orange peel and coriander. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of mild malty sweetness with a touch of honey and wheat tang. Honey not too sweet and balanced by mild spicing.

Light-bodied with a rather watery feel. Carbonation seemed mild, but hit the back of the throat a bit.

It's a mildly sweet brew with understated character. Inoffensive, but didn't stand out as much...better similar summer refreshers out there, IMO, though wasn't bad...

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and refreshing pale wheat malt scent with some bitter orange peel and a dry honey aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry, bitter flavor that's light on honey character. The orange flavor is not that impressive either. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average wheat beer. It sounds great, but fall flat.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

08/03/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating found. Poured into my 24oz mug.

Appearance- Darker orange colored pour, maybe a touch amber. Fizzy head which reaches a 1/2 inch but fades quickly. Light spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really no real scent. Some light malt, maybe a hint of lemon-orange aroma. Pretty scentless.

Taste- Quite an average boring flavor. Some wheat notes, some dry malty notes, maybe even a touch of cardboard. Very light artificial orange flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, some malty flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Come on Rogue...you can do better than this. Just plain boring.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle: "This unfiltered beer is medium bodied with no harsh bitterness. It his flavors of honey and orange balanced with a nice medium-sweet malt character."; "Brewed With Oregon Honey, Orange Peel, & Spices Added".

My pour netted me a fizzy, foamy finger of French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose smelled strongly of sweet oranges, more like Mandarin than Navel. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was definitely not bitter. It was very mellow, like drinking tea and even the label mentioned their use of Chamomile along with Coriander and the other aforementioned ingredients. Finish was not overly sweet, but it was definitely sweeter than I usually like. This would be one for me to share with (at least) one other person. A bomber of it was too much by myself. I guess that it would be good in the summer or if you like this sort of thing, but for me, it was a non-starter.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to some large surface bubbles.

Smell: lemon zest, orange, and grass are soft on the nose.

Taste: mild malt base with some orange, lemon zest, grass, and of course some honey sweetness. Bitterness is very mild here.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Very little aftertaste at all.

Drinkability: easy to quaff summer beer here. Flavor wise it is a bit mellow but it hits the spot when you want something light.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy, bright yellow with a really small white head, fair retention, I liked the colour.

S: Honey and orange creamsicle, light intensity.

T: Big hit of white pepper and/or coriander right off the bat. The oranges and honey come to lighten it up with a sweet finish.

M: Biting carbonation, crisp and refreshing, light/medium-bodied.

D: A beer that is all to common in the APWA arena, good flavours, but relatively light and not all that interesting.

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Photo of liamt07
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a creamy finger and half of bright white head. Nose of light wheat, orange zest, some grain and mild sweetness. Taste has some dry orange peel, dry wheat character, some more citric zest. Hint of spice in the finish. Mouthfeel exemplifies this dryness even further, while having a fairly thin and watery body. Drinkable in the heat, but not a first option for wheat ales.

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Photo of biegaman
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An ample dosage of yeast sediment makes this beer look less like honey and more like honeycomb. While clarity was observed on the first go-round, the second pour has blessed it with the complexion of pineapple juice (which it actually resembles a great deal). A healthy, proper-sized head always forms, but in time looses all interest, wanes, and leaves no lace.

The brewer's added a bunch of fun ingredients, but the nose provides you with only a preview of them. Anything orange-y or chamomile-y or coriander-y or honey... err, -y... might be noted, but it's like those clips of songs Amazon.com provides: short, partial and not even the hook. This smells alright, but I was expecting something much more stimulating.

The flavour see-saws between pleasant and somewhat unfulfilling. The malts taste of oats and dried out white bread crusts, while each of the added ingredients is surprisingly subdued; the coriander imparts little zest, the orange little fruitiness (apart from a delicate apricot flavour), and the chamomile tastes of a store bought lemon-and-herb rub.

Nevertheless, it's not a beer worth turning down, especially in agreeable weather conditions. The honey gives it a fleeting sweetness while a drying, rather savory note accompanies the finish. Its clean and wholesome character makes you glad they didn't resort to using syrups. But it is a wee bland. It seems like they've brewed this with "non beer drinkers" in mind...

Somer Orange Honey Ale is definitely a summertime quencher, but isn't quite as gratifying as I expected it to be given the ingredients list and Rogue's usual delivery. My issue with it is that it's not as characterful as a true witbier, not as satisfying as a proper American pale wheat and not as flavourful as a full-on fruit beer. It sort of misses the mark in all those categories. Oh well, I guess it hit the mark in my belly, at least this one time.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these bottles from Newport Public House. Poured very cloudy with good carbonation. Aromas of wheat, honey, orange with decent hops. Very good drinkability. I even liked it. My wife loves it. Recommended for sure. Cheers and enjoy. Rogue pulls through again

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a slightly hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a doughy pale malt and some citrus.

The taste consisted of yeast esters, mild wheat spice and a bit of orange zest. There was a lingering sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a decent pale wheat ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium amber gold. Dead head, with zero lacing.

S - Light malt, slightly waxy backdrop.

T - Silky smooth and mild. Has an interesting profile that never really crescendos but lasts a lifetime. Soft malt. Slightly buttery. Mild cedar hops way in the background. Hints of chamomile and citrus come through in the finish.

M - Great smoothness. Medium-light body. Incredibly long sweet malt finish.

D - The flavors and mouthfeel are interesting and light on the palate

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, orange, honey, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of orange, all spice, yeast cleanliness, honey, and slight sweet malt. Overall, this is a very fruity/honey beer with little malt or hop backbone.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Against natural light appeared a brassy-lemon, while against artificial lighting was more on an honey-orange. Good clarity with a strong visible carbonation presence topped off by a frothy, good sized head that was paper white in color leaving a modest pathwork for a lacing.

S: A soft nose offers little in the way of variety or complexity. Light orange candy sweetness is set against a dry wheat backing. Not much else follows.

T: Bitter orange peels are set against some honey on the initial sip with dry wheat and flaked oats being easily distinguishable as well. A moderate show of orange peel grinds and citrus peel appear midway masking the initial brief sweetness. On the finish was dried honey and flaked oats and straw along with a tart orangey flowery fade. Overall the bitterness conceals the honey sweetness, and more or less clashes with it as well. The whole drink lacks a certain smoothness, and fluid transition with a patchy bitterness that was rough and seemed more like a jumbled mess and patchwork affair, then rather a single smooth experience that I would expect from a summer drink. Thin in flavor and substance.

M: Good show of carbonation appears in the mouthful, one of the few highlights I think of this drink. Medium honey slickness that turns a bit watery on longer holds with a quickly dissipating carbonation factor.

D: Overall found this to be uninteresting, and rather bland, thin in enjoyment with a bomber lasting longer then it probably should per style. A reluctant finish with hesitation between sips confirms that I really did not find this all that smooth going down.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some notes of citrus. Taste is good, citrus, spices, and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.