Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch - Rogue Ales

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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
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

nose...
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.

verdict?
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! (941 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,690 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (508 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (664 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (991 characters)

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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch from Rogue Ales
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