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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smakawhat on 07-06-2013

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big yellow spray painted bottle into a Gaffel stange glass.

A real nice looking Kolsch. Classic brassy lemon yellow, slow rising carbonation and various sized bubbles. Head is big shampoo white with lots of staying power and bubble bath foam like retention. Soapy head and collar left. Great looking Kolsch.

Nose is bready malts. Mild fruity wine like crispness and a good floral sense. Honey and sweetness angle is not noticeable but this has got the Kolsch angle down solidly nose wise.

Palate first sip give a nice light bready malt, but finally some of the honey sweetness gives a good depth and coating of the palate. Crisp muted effervescent slightly but more thicker on the finish but not syrupy. Honey finishes clean on the aftertaste with a good floral note to match, a much thicker Kolsch than usual, and even a bit of bitter bite to it.

A real neat take on a Kolsch and I like this subtle honey kick and mouthcoating in the end. A must try treat for Kolsch fans.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch brewed by Rogue Ales, with an ABV of 5.90% This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a small white head. The smell is rich with sweetness. You also pick up on some grains and malts, in the smell. The taste is sweet like honey, with some nice grains and malts. The taste is light. The mouthfeel is smooth and full of flavor, but light. Rogue Ales did a nice job with this one. Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. This brew is real nice and crisp . You really don't pick up on the 5.9% ABV. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Cuakaz
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Can they just gray out "feel" when it comes to kolschs? I mean, it's a kolsch.

Anywho, this deserves a much higher rating than 84. I understand that it's not true to form, but what from Rogue is? Frankly, it's a great pour for a late summer day sitting on the back porch. I speak from experience.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Nice lacing & head retention, stays effervescent throughout

S: Honeysuckle, grassyness, floral hops,

T: Follows the nose, grainy notes as well up front, along with dryness & a touch of pear. Pears, honey, floral hops & some white grapes as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruity & refreshing

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation

Drinks very easy, a very nice example of the style. Easily one the better beers Rogues has put out in a while

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Spot on aromas. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, floral, grass, honey, pepper, toast, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, cracker, toast, floral, grass, pepper, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kolsch style. All around great balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Appearance: straw yellow, pillow head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malts, light fruit, and a light sweetness.

Taste: mildly warm malts, very light sour fruits, and a very very light hops.

Mouthfeel: light.

This is a nice brew. Flavors are full yet light, without being watery. Don't expect any bold flavors out of this.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night at T Brendan O'Reilly's served chilled in a pint.

The color is a hazed golden with thin pale cap with fine bead. The smell has a fruity smell with yeast ester in the aroma and almost vinous scent with honey apparent in the smell with slight herbal scent of hops. The feel is good with gentle sweetness and subtle creamy and tanginess in the yeast texture with medium low carbonation with slight bitterness mid palate and mostly dry finish.

The taste begins with a nice malt flavor and mild yeast with gentle honey sweetness and slightly creamy taste with toast elements from the malt which supports the honey flavor and there is a light hop taste that hints at green tea with a herbal quality in the finish. Overall I could not find any thing to complain about this is a solid kolsch with a honey addition. I found this enjoyable with some lager qualities and it does not seem as strong as 5.9%, but the honey could be smoothing out the feel a bit.

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Photo of Badger6
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass...poured fast and hard, to get it aired out.

A: Light yellow body, slight haze, fair amount of visible carbonation. Bright white, fizzy head that diminished pretty fast leaving a fizzy cap on the surface.

S: Scent of biscuit malts, floral hops, and hint of honey.

T: Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malts come in early, but are attenuated with a hint of honey form the middle to the end. Slight bitterness, balancing the malts and honey sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation...yet feels solid on the palate.

O: Easy drinker. Mostly true to the style, though the honey adds something more. Fortunately the honey is subtle, and the artful use of hops to balance the additional sweetness with a very balanced bitterness makes an the easy drinker. This would be perfect with some light cheeses and crackers with fresh fruit on a patio at about 90 degrees. Very refreshing.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fairly quickly fizzles down to a thin cap

S: Some fruitiness from the yeast up front along with a pronounced honey sweetness and floral hoppy notes

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and floral notes and then goes into the sweetness from the honey. Finishes with a hint of graininess and the sweetness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid kölsch with a nice balanced fruit/floral thing going on along with the added sweetness from the honey. The sweetness is at the perfect level and doesn't get too out of control. A bit pricey, but the bottle is cool to keep around

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Yellow painted bottle looks very cool nonetheless, and I know this beer is on the fresh side of things. 5.90% abv is not listed on the bottle that I can tell, so I'm putting my faith in BeerAdvocate here. Not a style I am too familiar with, but I have confidence in Rogue, despite their poor reviews.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a murky light golden honey yellow colored body with about one and a half fingers of soft bone white foam for a head.

S - Smell is of the usual suspects: fresh grains, corn, raw honey, lemongrass. Not a very powerful aroma, but hits it's mark. Very authentic fresh honey smell is beautiful.

T - Taste follows the nose: fresh cut grains, corn, lemongrass, fresh raw honey, crisp carbonation. The honey might not be as pronounced as I had hoped for, but it is definitely in there, and honey has got to be a hard flavor to capture in a beer.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, a bit of stickiness lingering.

Overall, a nice beer from Rogue, but not likely something I would pay the ten dollars for again. The effort is beautiful though, and the natural wild honey that comes through in the aroma is remarkable, and is worth getting the beer for on it's own. Super drinkable and sessionable even, glad to have tried it, but it isn't likely something I'll buy again.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch ---4/5.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sporadic bubbly splotches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Crisp, refined lager aroma of husky grains. Some sweetness from the honey and light hop fume.

T- Flavor mirrors the aroma as the honey sweetness accentuates the mildness of the malts and hops. Incredibly easy to drink and also pretty pleasant as there's not a big give in flavor the whole way through.

M- A bit watery but there's a decent hop afterbite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Pretty above average kolsch with some additional sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicate, soft, floral and highly refreshing- Rogue does what Rogue does. They bring a sensibility to the frantic craft beer market that resist the craze for outrageous taste, but rather offers up an artistic brew, backed by quality and excelled by down-home agriculture.

The light ale pours with a delicate yellow color and the most modest of haze. Its dainty white foam rises softly up the glass before reversing trend and falling to a sheet to stay firm thereafter. Light spotty lace clings to the glass as the beer quickly fades.

Faint grain and bread scents are woven together with the unmistakable floral and perfume of honey. Notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and flower peddles waft about the nose as light lemongrass and herbal basil characteristics arise from its earthen spiciness.

To taste, much of that finesse is overwhelmed by the honey sweetness. Its sweet flavor is mostly honey but is also of barley- all leaning heavy on the early palate. Midway through, the ale releases its sweetness just a bit, allowing herbal and earthy spices to fold in. A lingering sulfur and mineral note nods toward lagers but still retains that honey-sweetened edge.

Medium-light in body, the ale resembles those lagerish Kolsch ales but their fruit, spice and modest heft tells the tongue that there's something fuller here. But as the carbonation subsides, the weight of honey and grain sweetness is finally felt. And that lingering texture is modestly warm and smooth as velvet and powdered sugar.

I absolutely adore this ale! Its delicate non-dry character is quirky, charming, and friendly. Perhaps I'm a sucker for sweetness- but this beer was build for a honey-soaked face lift.

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Photo of Ego
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of sizzlin white stuff, aggressively crackling, lacing is not all too much here, the head settles down to nearly zippo in a matter of moments, near to clear straw color, a central circle of bubbles emanates from the bottom center of the glass pacing well to the top

initially dry mold (in a pleasant way) lofting off into sweetness, faint touches of euro hop (herbal/earthy), nothing spectacular but nice and good for the style

taste etc...
refreshing soda pop like carbonation keeping it light and spritzy, kind of kolsch light, some kolschs have a strange aftertaste (for me) but this is pleasant and of course has that honey finish which is really delicious, there is some mild bitterness that is in total balance with the malts and honey notes.

good beer done well, easy drinking, smooth and tasty enough. super pleasant brew. not one of my stellar reviews but this beer is just... really damn good!

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow with a fine-grained head in the Delirium Tremens tulip. The honey aroma is really great, and even better upon sipping the stuff. This is about the most smooth and subtle honey brews I've had. The flowery aroma goes on and on in the nose. Interestingly, the hop notes are different from the classic perfumey Kölsch.

Just a twinge of bitterness and a hint of the standard Rogue leafy hops. Quite a pleasant maltier sort of Kölsch. One of the better beers from Rogue, which I hope is a good sign for the future. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a solo cup.

A: Clear straw/honey with about 1/2" of white head that recedes quickly. Retention & lacing are pretty poor.

S: Mild, bready Kolsch-like notes. There is a saccharine component that I suppose reads a bit like honey.

T: Cereal maltiness makes up most of the palate. The mid-palate features a minimal but detectable hop note. The honey is subtle but well-defined through the finish.

M: Carb is moderate, body is relatively light. Just a hint of sugary/syrupiness. Altogether pretty refreshing.

O: I like that Rogue put 'Kolsch' before 'honey' here. This brew drinks like a quality Kolsch with a touch of honey, as promised.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the biscuit malt flavors are a bit stronger and there are some hints of honey towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness is present in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is mostly true to the style—it only seems that the grape-like flavors have been replaced by honey—except the honey flavors are very subtle and don't contribute any sweetness.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As part of the recent self-sustain/”grow your own” movement throughout the United States, Rogue Ales has recently released a cropping of beers called “Rogue Farms” , centered around selections that they created from scratch – literally. Perhaps the most decorated of the group so far has been their “7 Hop IPA” with the “Honey Kolsch” coming in a close second. The most striking thing about this beer is the bottle which (as I’m sure you can notice in the picture above) is bright yellow and certainly a stark contrast to the usual brown or green fare. So how did it rate? What kind of “buzz” did I get from it?

Appearance – 87: Upon first pour a half-inch thick foam head was created which slowly bubbled off, leaving behind a ring of foam around the glass with constant carbonation. A hazy pale golden color, when held to the light it accentuates the sugary texture.

Aroma – 94: This. Smells. Delicious. Obviously I was expecting a sweeter scent as the beer is infused with Rogue Hopyard and Wild Flower honey, but I wasn’t expecting quite that level of barley and hops. Most accurately described as sweet and crisp, and exceptionally clean.

Body & Texture – 86: Akin to most beers put forth by Rogue, “Honey Kolsch” has a mere 10 ingredients, but the pairing of them provides a complexity that is surprising to the tongue. The brewery’s “Farm Dare” and “Risk” malts were used to create this concoction, which sits quite light and playfully on the palate. The honey is the flavor that remains with you the most from the onset.

Taste – 87: Concentrating purely upon first impressions, initial sips provide a subtle balance between the honey and malts packed into the beer. The wheat is merely an afterthought so it seems, but the most noticeable takeaway that I had was how extremely light the Kolsch was. Sure, the ABV is a mere 5.9%, but how easy it was to sip on was striking. This would have received a slightly higher grade if the remaining ingredients other than honey and malts had made an appearance, but very smooth and delightful.

Overall – 88.6 (Great): Something has to be said for breweries that pay attention to every little detail going into their beer – in this genre, quality is everything. To that end, the Honey Kolsch was impressive – the honey complimented the malts and yeast to create an extremely easy to drink beer that would find a home in my fridge in the spring and summer. There was little to no “sting” in terms of taste, but an additional strong ingredient would have really pushed this over the top.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A delicate twist to a classic style. Well balanced crisp and toasty notes, complemented with fruit flavors present in this alt-style beer pair beautifully with Rogue's own home-grown hops and honey. The dry notes and almost european-like flavors from the hops combine really well to make a great American example of classic German beer style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass full of Honey Kolsch. Here we go.

Light yellowish hue with some golden tones. Greasy foam leaves a plaster coating on the surface and leans on the walls of the glass, but none of the bubbles dry to stick. Has a good haze to it, as well as lots of bubble streams.

Drier aromas than expected with notes of floral hops, honeysuckle, lemon candy, grassiness, and pale malts. The nose, overall, is very light, but very pleasant. In a word, 'benign'.

Leafiness from hops with lots of floral notes and light lemony character. Decent dose of grassy pale maltiness with a few esters thrown about here and there. Not particularly the fruity kind, but the yeast is laboring obviously. Has a raw honey flavor that couples with barley malt sweetness to assume a fuller role. A nice additive in a kolsch, and I approve of this particular result.

The body is clean and palatable; I could slug this out of a wide-mouthed can, no problem. Watch out, though; that carbonation is out to get you. Lots of bursting crackle and pop all in the folds of the mouth. Quite a lovely and bright fizziness. Mouthfeel gets two thumbs up.

I've had quite a few kolsches, and this one wants to stick with me. It's a good one. Not a departure from a sturdy German example, and a lot better than many of the American 'light' variants that I've had. I like the crispness of the hops, the almost-unrelenting bitterness, and the flavors are right as rain. Well done.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml mustard-yellow painted bottle. Ok, maybe it's a honey hue, but that's wasn't my first impression.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy, wan white head, which leaves a decent array of storm cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells strangely, from first cap pop, of zesty, fruity white wine - apple, pear, and mild grapefruit pith - a soft vegetal honey sweetness, pale grainy, slightly crackery malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more of that fruity white wine essence, with a growing cat pee astringency, dry, musty honey, lightly crispy pale malt, and leafy, moderately floral hops.

The carbonation is quite tame and just a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the yeast coming out to play, and the crisp grainy malt and lingering fruity hops still creating an Okanagan wine tour etching, one which draws in the remaining honey as well.

A tasty enough Kölsch, if one which leans a bit too heavily on those other German pale alcoholic beverages for their fruity input - maybe it comes from the particular honey used here, but it was an interesting experience, and an agreeable twist on this specific old-world style.

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Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tall mug.

Appearance- Slightly hazy pale golden color with three fingers worth of head. Nice ring of lace after every swallow.

Smell- Light aroma of grain, floral hops, and honey.

Taste- Pale malt, grassy hop, and clover honey flavors. Some sweetness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- A very enjoyable thirst quencher and a good summer beer.

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Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange glass. The beer pours clear golden with a thin whit head that doesn't stick around very long. There are lots of bubbles visible in this glass, indicating abundant carbonation. The aroma is heavy on the grain husks with some floral notes. I also get some sweetness and a bit of grassiness. The hop bitterness is more pronounced than I thought it would be from the aroma. I get those grassy and floral hop notes with some sweetness from the honey and grain character from the malt. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. This is a refreshing beverage. As a beer, this is good. It's an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Honey Kolsch pours a hazy yellow color with a large lacing head. There is a malty with very subtle hints of honey. The taste is nice and crisp, good malt base, and nice honey notes. Nice flavors, honey isn't overpowering, however beer is a little flat. Overall a nice sweet and refreshing beer.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy, light straw tinted opulence. clearly sparkling like a very gassy man in a tub, except way way WAY more beautiful. Thick, light head that had the appearance of marshmellow numminess

S - Slight honey smell with a flower tone that makes me want to deflower the glass like it is prom night.

F - the taste is crisp and light. Low hop and low malt. Not much here, but nice taste

M - Light. Noticable noticible carbonation, low lace - but then again, the lace doesn't really make that much difference to me.

I am not too familiar with Kolsch, but this seems like a fairly pedestrian beer. I could see myself bringing this beer ice fishing or sipping all day while laying poolside.

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Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours as yellow as the label, very pale, and nearly clear of haze. Medium white head that falls quickly. Immediate aroma of honey, sweetness. Flavor is super crisp and easy to drink. All the flavors here are really subtle and well balanced, if on the sweet side overall. A little bit of German hoppage and a finish of honey on the lips. Carbonation is moderate and just right for the style. But very little in either the grain bill or the hop load to distract. This could be the world's most indulgent lawnmower beer.

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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.