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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 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 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O: This beer is very easy to drink and is mostly true to the style—it only seems that the grape-like flavors have been replaced by honey—except the honey flavors are very subtle and don't contribute any sweetness.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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.