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White Crane Bitter - Rogue Ales

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 04-07-2009)
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Photo of BierStein711
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I just read this brew only happened once. How I came to one in 2014 was interesting, and I wasn't even looking for it.

Nose: Raisins and minerals

Body is a cloudy orange, and the head quickly reduces to a quarter finger after a gentle pour.

Taste: Lemons, apricot, grapes, and oranges. What I really love is the grapefruit finish, with a odd mineral bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just right!

Overall, I'd say this was a good find. It's still odd that I found one now.

BierStein711, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of rootbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark orange, with a finger thick off white head that is slowly forming a thin layer.
S: very heavy malt aroma, sweet almost like fresh cookies
T: have yet to figure out why they call them bitters when they are so malty sweet. flavor reminds me sort of like a liquid spice bread.
M: smooth and silky, mild carbonation so not to gassy.
D: very easy to drink, mad i got only a single bottle.

rootbeerman, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - An aroma of biscuity malt with lots of fruity yeast. Notes of red apple, toffee, and light toast.

T - Bready malt up front with some toasty notes. Musty hop flavors show up in the middle with some fruity yeast. Finishes with more herbal hops, notes of red apple and a hint of plum with moderate bitterness for balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice bitter with a thick and rich malt character. Toasted malt notes dominate throughout and are balanced by light, but effective musty hop character. The yeast character is also quite outspoken with lots of fruity notes that work well with the somewhat higher than average malt sweetness. A nice, drinkable example of the style.

nickfl, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +13%

LXIXME, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +13%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +13%

Telestic, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +13%

pknyc, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of GoGoYubari
4/5  rDev +13%

GoGoYubari, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +13%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13%

swinyeju, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +13%

deapokid, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

afinepilsner, May 14, 2011
Photo of deereless
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Much heavier head than expected, off white to light tan rocky foam, deep gold to dulled copper in color - 3.00, S: The initial nose is strong with biscuit and toasted grains, there is also a significant amount of caramel and an earthy hop bite, solid nose for a bitter - 4.00, T: Significant hop bite, bitterness is upfront but backed by strong caramel malt flavors, quite sweet on the tail end, somewhat resiny and possibly some faint pine, a slight raisin taste appears as the beer warms, alcohol is perceptible, a nice ESB flavor - 4.00, M: Medium body and mouth feel - 3.50, D: All around a nicely crafted ESB and pretty close to the style, worthy of a drink - 4.00

deereless, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit this came across as an interesting brew as ive never heard of it b4 but apparently its brewed for the japanese market by one of my favourite american breweries Rogue,it pours a semi see thru copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast receding two finger head,the aromas are sticky caramel coated popcorn and some honey infused hops,it has a nice above average mouthfeel which finishes nice and smooth with a big dominant flavour of caramel malts first to hit the palette which is semi balanced out by the hop bitterness at the end but not that bitter at all just a tinge of bitterness in this brew and the malts are the dominant taste,not a bad brew but for the price it costs to get here can think of better Rogue Brews to recommend.

ADZA, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CHickman, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Lexluthor33, May 25, 2009
Photo of GiantMidget
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

GiantMidget, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of RedDiamond
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue's Issaquah Brewhouse sells 12-oz. bottles of this Japanese export beer among their vast litany of Rogue ales. Unlike some other Ezo beers, this one has a US Government warning beneath the Japanese text on the silk-screened bottle, making it suitable for sale in US markets. Not much is otherwise known about this beer though it has been incorrectly identified elsewhere as a re-named and repackaged Dead Guy Ale. It is not the same beer as Dead Guy.

Visually, White Crane appears hazed and modestly particulate in a warm hue of gold. It shows ardent CO2, but forms no more than an islet of head and a rim of lace. No yeast sediment remains in the bottle.

Though only a modest 5% ABV, the aroma and taste of White Crane most closely resemble barleywine. The nose is big and fruity, with a whiff of rum-raisin. The taste has a similar measure of dried fruit, especially sugar-plum, and finishes with a flat bittering that offers no signature from the Cascade and Willamette hops within. A mild solvent-like smell attempts to poke through at the margins though it doesn't overwhelm, and the body is a bit thin. But overall, White Crane makes for a worthy excursion into the Rogue Nation.

RedDiamond, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Rathakem
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Rathakem, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

medic25, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Berthold
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy deep amber/light copper (SRM14) with a thin, tannish head buoyed by moderate carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet with brown sugar notes. Hoderate hoppiness in the aroma. Taste is all malt up front with sweetness like brown sugar and a defiante bitter bite. Hoppiness lingering is refreshing.

Berthold, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jtierney89, Feb 11, 2014
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White Crane Bitter from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.