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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch - Rogue Ales

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84
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750mL bomber poured to tulip

Pours a pale gold, lightly hazed... 1 finger of white head disappears quickly, leaving just a film of bubbles

Aroma is faint: yeast notes, some malt, some honey

Flavor follows the aroma. Sweet malt and honey, some graininess and yeast tang on the backend.

Mouthfeel seems a little thick for the style, and a bit under carbonated

Overall: interesting take on the kolsch style, coloring outside the lines a bit. The honey is well done, and the standout factor in this brew. Good hot weather refresher, but nothing apart from the use of honey strikes me as outstanding (599 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pure, mostly clear, watery golden amber, capped with white, half-bubbly, half fine fluff of medium retention. Very minute and very sparse flecks in suspension. Hazier with each successive pour. Bread, honey, perhaps a little booze, faint lemon aromas. Honey and alcohol together smell almost medicinal, unless that is a yeast quality I'm detecting. In the mouth, grains, grass, and especially lemon, but not too tart. Honey not as present in taste as in smell, just a tad sweet. If bubbles are allowed to flatten, it's easier to notice, especially around the tip of the tongue. Pasta or cracker notes also to be found as it lingers. Mildly rindy and nearly herbal hops, especially in finish. Lighter in body, extremely watery, mostly sudsy but slightly prickly carbonation all the way down the hatch. Refreshment epitomized, time for another glass. And another! Oh yeah, and glad I have yet another 750ml bottle for some later date. (932 characters)

Photo of Cuakaz
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in nonic. Poured a lightly hazy medium yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a low grain profile, with a notable sweet aspect taking the front. Pretty similar on the tongue, low-to-medium graininess, very soft hops, and more sweetness than is typical for the style.

The body was fuller than I prefer for the style, and was a bit sticky. It was very smooth and even though. Drinkability was decent, although I couldn't see drinking 2 in a row. Overall, a nice enough brew, nothing particularly outstanding, but solid enough to try if you see it. (606 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (2,595 characters)

Photo of beerguy45
2/5  rDev -45.8%

I want to like this beer. Attractive bottle, but the beer is just lacking in taste.
With such packaging I was really expecting to taste something special. I read the narrative of the process and ingredients, but sorry boys, you better take a trip to Germany to learn how it's done. This is no better than my own attempt at home brew. Drinkable but just. (353 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

a series of beer i keep buying, and just adore, if as much for the idea of estate beers as for the beers themselves sometimes. kolsch never really gets me off, only occasionally, but the addition of this honey makes this one really nice. its super light, pale almost white straw color, with a slurpee looking white head. the nose is really lemony, almost at the expense of honey, malt is extraordinarily light, minimal flavor and feel from it. the honey is more apparent in the taste, right up front where malt would normally be. some sweetness, its not dried out all the way, which probably saves the flavor. about halfway through the lemon kicks in. i have no idea if there is lemon in this or not, but wow is there a zesty citrus finish on this thing. cuts through the honey sweetness. carbonation is soft and the beer is expansive on the palate, despite being all day light. what i like most about it is the idea of homegrown ingredients, but the beer itself is also pretty darn yummy, just right for summer, and a cool continuation of the series. definitely worth picking up, and it was a beauty from the tap. (1,114 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a glass. The body has a light gold color with a small thin head. The smell has a sweet and grassy smell to it. The taste has that great kolsh flavor with a nice hint of honey. It also has a good bite to it. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good beer. (274 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear yellow-amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light overall with just some biscuit and a little bit of a honey smell as well as hints of floral and grassy hops. Very light, but non-offensive overall.

Taste - The taste begins with a crisp bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a grainy flavor. While no honey is present upfront, as the taste moves on a honey flavor begins developing on the tongue with it gaining intensity more toward the end. Some very light floral flavors develop at the very end leaving a rather crisp and lightly bready flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are quite nice for the mix of honey and light grain, making for a crisp and more refreshing feel.

Overall – A rather refreshing brew overall with a nice easy drinking feel. It is nice for the price while on tap ( in comparison to other tap prices) but if going for the big bottle it is likely not worth the high price tag. (1,212 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a small tulip.
Slight hazy golden with a decent head.

Refined and appropriately mild beer. Nice subtle flavors with both bready and fruity aspects. Aroma is notably more bready than hoppy. Excellent balance.

O. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Super for style. (283 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a yellow hue with a foamy white head. I get lemon from the aroma, though I can’t quite tell if that’s it. Honey is very subtle in the flavor, with a honey consistency also coming off, to a slight extent, in the mouthfeel. Lemon again is the dominant flavor. The beer’s flavor is strongest in the middle, but somewhat weak at the beginning and end of he beer. There’s hardly any hops, and a touch of carbonation. Has a pleasant mouthfeel. Really, this is a pretty nice drinking beer that I wouldn’t mind having now and again. (555 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a somewhat hazy, yellow color. A slight hat of white bubbles. Head leaves bubbly lacing speckles.

S-Aroma is soft. Grainy and sweet with The slightest whiff of tartness. A fruity component. Mild yeastiness.

T-Flavor isn't as sweet and I was dreading. The honey is well set. I find it to have a minute tartness. It's a bit floral, a-la honeysuckle. Also grainy and yeasty. Then more sweetness sets in sneakily.

M-Pretty crisp. Has more body than most of the style.

O/D-Maybe the bright, painted bottle threw me off at first. Once I tried it, I found it to be pretty agreeable. I have no huge qualms with this average-at-best beer except for its ridiculous pricetag. $12 for a subtle flavored, low ABV ale. Rip-off. (726 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and white grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice and honey flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fruit forward presence in both the aroma and flavor that makes this one tasty and refreshing. (585 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On visiting a sort of local on the way home I was so surprised to see this for one firstly my favourite bottlo did not get it in and they could of and two it's a bloody bright yellow bottle that stands out like dog balls in a sea of mecrioditity,any way it pours a light golden yellow pretty close to golden hue with a creamy three finger head and heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is bananna,very sweet malts and a touch of honey almost mead like,the feel is light bodied,moderately carbonated and silky smooth with pretty simple tastes of noble hops,a herbal grassiness,sweet malts and finished with a honey alcoholniss and yeah I wasn't expecting anything out of this world but I feel the keep it simple stupid method works for this one and even though I won't buy it again it is bloody easy to drink on a hot day like today cheers. (838 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. Flavors are full yet light, without being watery. Don't expect any bold flavors out of this. (368 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden in body with thin white head. Aroma of cereal grains, floral notes, and a touch of honey. Tastes of lemon-touched grains, floral notes, and a subtle undertone of honey. Light in body with medium carbonation. A dry Kolsch with a nice sweet note. (258 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mom and dad for bringing this back from the brewery!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a finger of white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Floral and lightly grassy hops along with some grainy light malts. A bit of light orchard fruits and savory herbs as well. Subtle and fairly interesting.

Taste. Light grainy malts, green apple and grassy hops with a touch of floral honey.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nothing terrible about this beer, just nothing very exciting. Light in flavour and body. (551 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (776 characters)

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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.