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Somer Orange Honey Wheat - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 11-13-2006)
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clean pour, golden straw, obviously a filtered wheat ale. Scratch that - the last glass has all the 'stuff' in it, resulting in a densely clouded brew, a dark and dirty yellow. Thin head is whitish and short-lived with a few wispy strands of lace.

Aroma - wheat malts are low key, the fruits make it smell a lot like Blue Moon or maybe Bert Grant's mandarin hefe.

Taste - robust and flavorful grains. The fruitiness has some light abv warmth alongside, a nice contrast to the typical summer fruit ale. A touch of seltzery saltiness on the swallow and into the aftertaste, a twang of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, very prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability - a decent summer quencher and a good effort by Rogue, though this beer stays closer to typical style than most of their beers. I'd have it on tap if I saw it, though.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with thin white head that disappers quickly and leaves no lacing.

doesnt really have a smell. i guess im getting some malts but this is like on a whole new level of no smell. maybe a little yeast?

taste is mostly pale malts. a bit of the honey and yeast. pretty thin all around but satisfying

makes my mouth feel a bit dry. its a little too carbonated. some sticky sweetness though.

drinkability: very sessionable. light and fairly refreshing. not for those looking for a full flavored beer. but i wouldnt mind taking this one out to the lake sometime. also it was a few bucks cheaper than any rogue i had seen in texas. and i do admire their dedication to putting out new and interesting beers.

northaustin, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber to a hazy golden orange with thin white head that lasted a while and left okay lacing. Arokma was very muted, and I stgruggled to find hints of citrus fruit or honey. Mouthfeel was fairly thin and while taste had a little more of the fruit and honey than the nose, not much. Short, unimpressive finish.

Not Rogue's best

kimcgolf, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes

22oz bomber poured into a hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Poured A orange honey color with a nice cloudiness. A sticky white head on this puppy, nice retention and a lively carbonation.

Smell: The nose is off orange blossom honey with some light floral and citrus undertones. Smells like summer.

Taste: Hits you with some orange blossom honey up front, that lead into a wheaty and malty middle and finished up with a hint of citrus. None of the flavors were overpowering but for a summer beer it was just right.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin and very light, the carbonation was lively and it was a smooth drinker. I think it was fine for a summer brew, but it could have been a bit heavier.

Drinkability: This beer is light and refreshing and perfect for a summer picnic or barbeque.

Thoughts: Rogue beers are either hit or miss with me. I liked this one a lot.

earthboundagain, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Shared a bomber of this withe a friend. Poured half the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is similar to grapefruit juice. Not hazy, but the beer is opaque and colored a cirtusy beige hue. Small white lacing with little retention. In the nose, there are strong notes of orange and something rather flowery. The beer is brewed with chamomile, so I assume thats what I am picking up. Taste has small notes of sweet honey, orange peel, and coriander. These are all slight background flavors though and do not stand out enough. Good balance but weak flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Drinkability is good due to the low ABV and sweet, citrusy tone of the beer.

Overall, a good beer to sip on a summer afternoon. Refreshing, light and very summery.

Gosox8787, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ngandhi
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's best beer by any standard. But mostly mine. Because my standard is high, but subtle. Nothing against you ubiquitous high-gravity enablers. Godspeed, actually, but that's not how I roll. The Prada and Jil Sander to your Fubu, this precise, tailored beer is why minimalism is so 2010. I love this elegant pale ale in every capacity to the point where I have no interest in understanding the "honey" part. There's no residual sweetness, instead a Belgan triple finish--crisp and grainy, bitter but quaffable, and completely tremendous. So, why the honey? It just ferments out. Because you don't ferment aroma. The nose builds off of hops and picks up a smell that has little to do with beer. It's riesling. It's muscadet. It's fiano. But this ain't beer. And, so, it's perfect. Deal with it. Perfection is quantifiable. It can be judged. And it does make you better than you thought you could be.

ngandhi, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey Orange Wheat pours a very hazy, straw color. It's unfiltered so the haze comes as no surprise. A fluffy white head sits atop and only rises to about a finger. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing behind. It's above average, but nothing too dazzling.

The nose is simple and straight forward. It's very earthy and grainy. There's a hint of citrus sweetness, but I'm not appreciating any orange. Honey is more prominent and lends more to its sweet smell. It smells a little yeasty, but not to an offensive degree. Alcohol is not noticeable. I suspect it's pretty light in that department. All in all, it's very average. It needs something to liven it up a bit.

The flavor profile's good enough to warrant a score bump, but it's a ways from good. It is sweet and a little malty up front. Honey is easily noted and contributes most of the sweet flavor. The citrus aspect is very subtle and almost goes unnoticed. I'm not getting much of 'orange' flavor here. It's very grainy, earthy, and yeasty. Those flavors take up most of the spotlight. Alcohol's got to be light in this one. I'm not picking up any at all. It finishes grainy and has a slightly weird aftertaste. It's above average, but not by much.

Honey Orange Wheat has a light body that leans medium. It's more substantial than I expected and has a feel that approaches smooth. Not quite, but close. Drinkability is average. The flavor's alright, but nothing too exciting. Honestly, a bomber's a little much and the flavor grows somewhat tiresome. It's light and goes down easy, but I'm ready to move on.

Honey Orange Wheat is not one my favorite Rogue beers. In fact, it's the most disappointing one I've had in quite some time. It just doesn't have enough flavor. It needs some hops or something to add some zeal. It's just bland and kind of ho-hum as it is. Meh. It's maybe worth a try. Not much more than that.

prototypic, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Somer Honey Orange Wheat is a cloudy bright golden ale with a thick, dense, orangish white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a tangy lemon and orange aroma. It has an incredibly smooth medium body with a clean finish. It's nice, well balanced and simple. There are notes of chamomile, lemon, orange and mint and the bitterness is nice and wooden. It's kind of like tea.

yesyouam, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brilliantly hazy, golden-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that quickly fade into minimal lacing. It's worth noting that the last pour is far hazier than the first pour.

Aroma: Fruit, mild coriander, and mild bitterness over a wheat base; it's lacking just a little as far as intensity goes.

Taste: Golden fruit, citrus, and spicy hops on top of a pale malt and wheat backbone. I'm not picking up too much in the way of honey, but it's there if you go looking. The aftertaste is toasty and grainy with a hint of bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: As a summer seasonal, it's no surprise that this is refreshing and highly drinkable.

Verdict: Somer Orange Honey is a tasty and refreshing summer seasonal that works nicely on a hot day, though it would probably benefit from more citrus and honey. Ultimately, a little too plain to really capture my attention.

BeanBone, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear honey color, with no cloudiness. Three finger white head, good body. Pretty good retention as well as carbonation. Lacing?

Smell: The nose has a very tea like smell, notably or chamomile and orange. Also present is some honey and a faint spice, possibly coriander? A nice fragrance, but again, very tea-like and unlike a beer.

Taste: Very light in taste. Wheat malts and honey. Mild sweetness. Once again, sort of tastes like tea None of the usual wheat spices and only a hint of any citrus. Barely any after taste at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, with a very light feel to it. No bite, hop or carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all. From the name “Orange Honey Ale”, I was expecting exactly that. It tastes more like a honey wheat ale, with almost no other flavors. Not a bad beer, but missing some of the “taste” I was looking for.

jonziefle, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly hazy, unfiltered, light-golden color with a big-bubbled head which is average is all respects.

S- Orange, flowers, honey, flour, herbs, and a bit of yeast funk. Reminds me of a Belgian wit.

T- The taste is very smooth with a very subtle bitter bite. Flavor is sweet with vegetal flower and herb hints.

M- Light and bright with bubbly carbonation.

D- Very drinkable with a refreshing quality.

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

The beer was a medium clear gold with a white head ok lacings. color is a little off becuase lighting was very bad.

It smelled very sweet big notes of honey.

It tatsted ok, honey dominated at the beginning but the end was flat and tasteless.

jrallen34, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Gavage, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

GClarkage, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into an oversized snifter.

An aggressive pour releases a orange cream-sickle colored body that thins to crystal clear at the edges. What little head was initially produced quickly dissipates to absolutely nothing. Not the most attractive Rogue beer, to say the least, nor the best-smelling. Needs a swirl to release any citrusy aromatics, which is backed by a hint of coriander, vanilla, honey, and an almost cardboard-like, listless malt profile once the foam dies down. Still, when the head is present, it smells quite good.

The taste captures the best part of the aroma, with a big, fresh orange citrus note that gives way to crystal malts and coriander. Quite similar to Blue Moon, but you can taste the superior craftsmanship that Rogue brings to the table. Maybe it's that world-famous Pacman yeast? Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, with a drying finish that leaves the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip. A great summer session beer, I just wish Somer Orange had looked and/or smelled better than it did.

wagenvolks, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the beer was a clear gold color with a tiny white head. Not much aroma, just some sweet malt. Slight improvement in taste; both the honey and the orange came through. The beer is a little too sweet, and I didn't find it that enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear, but slightly hazy, golden hue that has a slight orange tint. Looks like the fog outside that's getting cut by an evening sun after a long hard rain. A two finger white tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Just a little bit of honey and orange peel. Very light toasty grains are in the background.

A sweet flavor up front, a little from the honey, met by some light citrus flavors. The grains are a little tart. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Decent summer ale, very refreshing.

BeerSox, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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...

jwc215, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured in 16oz tumbler... Cloudy yellow colored beer. Fizzy white head that recedes quickly... leaves no lacing

S- Not a whole lot going on... hint of citrus

T- Again, not a whole lot there. Definately some orange and corriander

M- Pretty light bodied and watery

D- Good summer beer, light bodied and easy to drink


bbeane, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a good white cap of foam and light lacing.

Light wheat and lemon scents here, but a bit on the mild side.

There's alot missing here, but nothing bad -- so a middle of the road rating. Light wheat, with mild sweetness and light lemon tartness. A little sour in the finish, but just like everything else, - a very light flavor here too. Just not enough to put this one over the top for me. Very very average beer.

Light bodied and well carbonated -- helping this to be something that goes down quick. Overall, nothing bad, but not really worth revisiting. Just ok. A good quencher on a hot day, but you can do much much better.

OtherShoe2, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of DawnL
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was served in a tulip glass. I would have used a pint glass myself.

Little head. Little lace retention/ Light honey-amber in color.

Little to no nose.

Very light flavors - not an exciting beer. Good for summer quaffing. Orange and honey apparent with sweetness on back end from toasted malts. A little clove spice rounds out the palate.

Watery mouthfeel.

Good session beer for a hot day. I would not purchase a bottle, though.

DawnL, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy, hazy, yellow gold, about a half finger head.
S: Wheat was readily apparent as was the orange peel. Honey wasn't overwhelming but a touch came through.
T: All I got at first was the malt and wheat, a little hoppy bitterness toward the back. When swished around on the pallet, the orange and coriander do come into play but don't overwhelm. Honey is light here. As it warms a bit, the flavor comes out and it does taste sweeter.
M: Medium bodied and not too have. Smooth and little hang.
D: You could have a few of these on a hot day and do worse.

I had some pretty high hopes what with all the flavors, but I believe they got lost in the overall taste of wheat and malt. I expected a little more.

Infamous7100, Aug 13, 2009
Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.