White Crane Bitter - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by afinepilsner:
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
12oz brown bottle
White Crane Bitter Ale was amber in color and quite cloudy. It had a creamy beige head with good retention and lacing. The smell was sweet toasted malt and toffee. The taste was sweet toasted malt and fruit with plenty of earthy hop flavor. The finish was semi-dry and with residual hop flavor and bitterness. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer and worth a try.
05-14-2011 00:01:59 | More by afinepilsner
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
A 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. The beer was a cherry amber color with a thick off-white head and plenty of lacing. It had a caramel malt and floral aroma. Taste followed aroma, with caramel and pine resin. I thought the beer was nicely hopped, and very easy to drink. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
04-02-2010 00:58:52 | More by lordofthewiens
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
I guess this bottle is a little old? considering it's really not that bad for the age. Bright orange color, white head, malty slightly fruity and vinous aroma. Creamy medium body, lots of wine like notes, grapey, a little medicinal and grassy . Has a very unique peachy flavor to it overall, but pretty good.
02-11-2014 23:10:23 | More by jtierney89
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or bottling date. The pour is an amber color with a fairly thin head. The aroma tends to emphasize the hops rather than the malts although the malts are there. The taste has a maltiness to it but it is also a tad flat. There is also a bit of ripe pears in the mix. It is not one of Rogue's better efforts b ut it is fairly drinkable.
03-28-2010 00:52:06 | More by puboflyons
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
Nice silkscreened bottle, $2.29 from Artale in Rockford.
Poured into a tulip glass, there's a brief layer of foam that fades quickly to an extremely thin veil across the surface. Bright reddish orange, pristine clarity, thin ring of white around the edges.
Bready and floral nose, slightly sweet. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Medium bodied, some light shortbread flavors. Very mild residual bitterness, honey malt and a slightly medicinal apple flavor. Finishes dry and bitter with a bigger sip. Overall ok, pretty average though.
11-02-2011 01:58:18 | More by emerge077
3/5 rDev -15.5%
pours cloudy copper dark amber with a 1 finger head that left no lacing
smells like a rogue with carmel malt and a little hops
taste is very sugary - carmel candy apple malts and not much else to it
mouthfeel is full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation
drinkability is so so - everything about this beer was just blah
07-06-2010 01:57:24 | More by jsh420
3.55/5 rDev 0%
A: The beer is very hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that consistently covered the surface and left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a very slight amount of bitterness and some hints of malty sweetness and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer seems quite malty and flavorful for an ESB, it is rather drinkable.
08-17-2012 21:18:36 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev +7%
Like "Goldfish19", I purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington/Elwood, NY.
Pours a very cloudy orange/brown/amber color with a 1 inch creamy tan head; very light fragrance with slight whiffs of yeast, malt and hops.
Tastes like malt, light hops, bread, yeast, grass, faint caramel, some light fruit/citrus, plum or another sweet fruit, maybe a bit of grains or rice since it is made in collaboration with a Japanese brewer. It is very light and crisp, with champagne like carbonation that borders on zero carbonation and is best described as a thin beer. The beer goes down very smooth and easy, almost too easy like water. This brew lives up to its name as it finishes dry and bitter, with some lingering malt or rice flavor.
Overall this beer was good and refreshing; an interesting take on a beer to make it resemble sake (I assume). Definitely worth trying this beer for it's taste and drinkability.
11-11-2009 03:38:40 | More by CHickman
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Reviewed from notes
Brown pour with a large two fingers of head that camps out and leaves some nice lacing. Smell is mainly an empty hop bitterness, with some biscuit malt notes creeping in behind. Taste is once again fairly empty. Some bread crust and floral hops. Nice heavy body, but overall a very unmemorable beer.
12-06-2009 18:41:43 | More by alcstradamus
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
The color was light brown with a respectable head and good lacing.
The aroma of light hops,caramel and fruit hints, Some grains and malts can be detected also.
The taste and feel are creamy,mild hops with caramel and bread notes which are followed by a mild bitterness that hangs for a moment until a hint of sweetness kicks in followed by a touch of alcohol and fruit. The light body and ample carbonation provide a refreshing feel.
Notes: A good beer for a hot day and right now its almost June so it was a very good beer today.
05-24-2009 23:20:10 | More by Lexluthor33
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Notes from 3/15/10
Pours a caramel-amber color which is fairly unique. The head appears across the surface area of the glass, then quickly dissipates.
Not much happening with the smell. Mostly just a lot of caramel malt.
The super malt taste of this reminds me of wort water with some carbonation. It isn't bad, but not extremely exciting. There is an ever so slight hop flavor but it is just enough to take the edge off of the malt hit.
This is an average feeling beer, pretty plain in the mouthfeel.
This is an easy drinker but too malty for session consumption.
03-19-2010 01:37:59 | More by TCgoalie
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Served in a pint glass; copper-amber color with a head that disappeared pretty quickly. Not much aroma, just some malt. Taste is pretty low-key. Fairly biscuity malt, with a touch of bitter hops towards the end. Not much carbonation. Relatively easy drinking beer; nothing overwhelming, but something I'd enjoy again.
04-27-2010 02:47:19 | More by medic25
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
The brew exploded out of the bottle--I lost about 3 oz. Surprisingly modest head. Some spotty lace. Very cloudy broth with a copper-amber color and a tinge of orange.
Creamy toasty malt aroma. Nice hop spice to the nose. Good balance.
High bodied with a high carbonation level. The malt has a biscuit element with a touch of burnt toast. The finish has a peppery hop spiciness. The aftertaste is brief.
02-21-2011 23:48:11 | More by smcolw
British Columbia (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
A: Copper-bronze with an almost pinkish hue, thin ring of retention, only a few spots of lace.
S: Interesting aroma of lychee fruit, marmalade, lemon grass, raspberry buds, caramel and biscuit.
T: Lychee fruit, earthy orange rind, caramel, biscuit, modest bitterness lets the residual sweetness really come through. There's some hops here, but it's still balanced to the sweet side. Seems to be a little oxidized, though I purchased this from the fridge in their brewery store?
M: Moderate body has a modest carbonation and some residual sweetness.
D/O: It's fairly well-hopped, but it doesn't seem like a ROGUE.
09-09-2011 03:45:04 | More by Derek
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Saw this at the store the other day, and it called to me. I'm not sure what to expect as the label is in Japanese.
Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a bit of a mineral smell as well. Not much going on really in the nose. Taste is a little better with some sweet malts caramel and bread mixed up with some floral hops and that mineral tartness. Sparkling carbonation, sticky mineral-y mouthfeel, medium body. I'm not sure how old this bottle is or how it came to be available for sale in NH, but I bet its not as fresh as it should be. Nothing objectionable here, but really not up to what I consider the norm for Rogue.
09-07-2009 04:34:40 | More by johnnnniee
White Crane Bitter from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.