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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 beerguy45
2/5  rDev -46.1%

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.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow body with a moderate-sized, white, finely-textured head. Thin sheet of lace on the way down.

Smell: Pilsner malts, a little soft wheat detected, with a sweet-scented honeyish note throughout. Sliver of Granny Smith, a bit of waxed lips there, too.

Taste: Light pale malts, pilsner malts. A little touch of wheat. A bit of green apple precludes the honeyesque sweetness. Floral, moist herb hops. Low bitterness. A last hint of honey, waxed lips, apple, and now white wine on the drying, lightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well, if nothing else, it's a far, far better use of honey than that downright deplorable 19 Original Colonies Mead.

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Photo of ADZA
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear straw yellow, 2 finger head of foam with good lacing.

S- a musty, flowery aroma that brings noticeable bitterness. Malt brings lots of grain.

T- bitterness off the bat followed by yeah, a honey sweetness and grain with an earthy feel. It finishes bitter-sweet.

M- medium bodied, same for the carbonation, mostly. Sometimes it feels a bit thin.

O- a tasty and fairly vibrant brew but...I could see myself buying more of this for $8 a sixer, not $8 for a 750ml.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy golden yellow in color with a thin white head that all but disappears. Very little lacing on the glass.

S- Very malty right away. Also some floral, earthy hops, maybe saaz? Do not seem to be getting any of the honey, although not that surprising.

T- Taste is more complex than the smell, and much more enjoyable at that. Starts in a similar manner that is malty but quickly transitions to a sweet middle. Some citrus in the middle as well as a lemon test is apparent. Sweetness continues into the end with some floral hop taste and slight bitterness. Slight honey in the end, but very little.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body, probably aided by the honey, with thin carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall- Good drinkable beer, and edging towards a lawnmower beer if it isn't already there. Nice beer for the summer.

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Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
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