Honey Orange Wheat Ale | Eugene City Brewery

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Honey Orange Wheat AleHoney Orange Wheat Ale
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Honey Orange Wheat AleHoney Orange Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Eugene City Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an excellent golden yellow body with semi haze. it looks as though it's filter a little bit but overall a great color and texture, with lots of carbonation and thick frothy white head. smell is prety light, just a hint of the american hefewizen light crispness, zest. it tastes geat. the orange and honey are fairly light but the base hefewizen is light as well. no dominating lemon, orange peel or clove. It's nice to see an american hefe with out those three ingredients (bitter ingedients in my opinion). This hefe has tons of flover it just dosent need to blast your palate with them. Overall ballance is what is great here. the honey and orange blend great and each has it's own flavor moments. mouthfell is nice and watery, but just like an unfiltered beer it has some thichness to it. The awsome thing is that i taste things like bits of orange pulp in my teeth in the after flavors. very interesting. this is a good warm weather beer and session beer. again, a balanced beer proves to be a great beer.

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Photo of heather625
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This retro-styled bomber had an old school track shoe on the orange, green, and yellow 70's label. The beer is cloudy and orange with a small but starch-white head of crisp foam. Lots of good lace sticks around the glass.

S - Smells like a hefeweissen/MellowYellow shandy or something. This smells like the colors of the bottle look. Citrus fruit is the major player here with tart lemon and zesty lime, and a more subdued donut and yeast hefe note lies beneath. Smells like a champion's breakfast of glazed donuts and Mountain Dew.

T - Lime, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and what tastes like west coast hops. I wouldn't be surprised at the hoppy notes given its state of origin, but I have a feeling that the illusion of grapefruit aroma comes from an actual grapefruit citrus note and not from that glorious green gift from God that we call hops.

M - Tart, acidic, and quenching. Light bodied without being watery, this is a good summer brew to bring on a boating trip or to the beach/pool. Would pair well with a light sammich and some tato chips.

D - A good hot-weather brew to chase away the sweat on a warm summer day. Not very complex or stunning, but its a very serviceable wheat brew. This could be a crowd pleaser for those who like stuff like Tequiza and Bud Lime/Miller Chill, or for those who insist upon stuffing a wedge of lime down the long clear neck of some Mexican pisswasser. Friends like Blue Moon with an orange? Spring one of these on them and see what they think.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, medium, yellow gold with 2+ fingers of fizzy brite-white head. Fizzles down to a fairly thin retention that leaves just the smallest smattering of lace. The aroma is fairly fruity which is predominantly orange but I sense some lemon back there as well. There is also some underlying notes of wheat and honey. The whole thing isn't very assertive though.

The tastes pops a bit more, with orange citrus character and lemon tartness against a backdrop of wheat and honeyed sweetness. A bit of yeastiness is also present that reminds me of a Whitbier. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light bodied with a poppy carbonation and overall lively feel.

Not bad. The look and aroma of this was a bit disappointing at first but this ended up being quite tasty and refreshing in the end. Definitely the weakest of the Eugene City offerings that I've tried lately but still worth a look if your in the mood for something lighter.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer pours a non transparent dingy yellow color. There is absolutely no head to speak of and no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aromas are very good from this one. I sense oranges, cinnamon, honey and lemons. These are all very nice and clear smells that are intriguing to the nose.

T- Tastes are very comparable to the smells. The citrus tastes are subtle but lively. The honey melts in there well with these other flavors. The cinnamon hits HARD in the middle of the taste with a light hint of cloves. It finished smooth and sweet.

M- Mid to thick on the tongue. The malt is there for a nice presence too. The carbonation is low.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable. It is sweet which makes it a little too much for a session beer, but very nice.

I am not a huge fan of the fruit beers. That being said, this one was quite nice. It was pleasant to have immediately following a dry IPA that I started with. I would try this one again, if given the opportunity. I would like to try it from the bottle to see if it has more carbonation than the draught that I had.

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Photo of frontalot
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tzieser
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this as soon as I saw it...I've been looking for Rogue's version of this one for quite some time....I've never heard of Eugene City Brewing...I like the new label and I love anything Rogue. Props to whoever ordered this one in.

pours a golden hazy blond color with a pretty nice head, but it simmers really fast into nothing. Carbonation looks great though.

smells good. nice wheat smells with a pretty strong orange smell as well...pretty sweet malty smell overall with a touch of hops at the end.

tastes great. stronger flavor than i expected up front. kinda sweet-- but not too sweet at all. strong wheat flavor with a good hint of orange with a tiny bit of sweetness in the back (maybe thats the honey?) good stuff overall. well balanced for a "fruit beer"

mouthfeel is pretty average.

drinkability is excellent. i'd love to drink several of these on a summer day. too bad its the beginning of February with snow in the forecast tomorrow....

overall-- this is as about as good as it sounds. get it if you can!

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Oregon Brewers Festival

A - bright orange hue, subdued head

S - a lot of honey and sweetness, not a lot of orange

T - here's the orange, but it takes a backseat to the honey

M - light bodied with little seriousness

D - Maybe more balance was needed? It got cloying after a bit.

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Photo of ademotte89
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey color with about a finger of head which dissipates quickly.

Nice aroma smells sweet to me little hints of the orange and honey.

Moderately lite mouth feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

Great flavor. starts off with a strong honey which sort of fades off into the liter orange flavor. Nice finish and aftertaste. Very sweet Good for a nice hot day.

Note: My bottle was labeled Track Town Honey Orange wheat which I believe is the same.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, wheat, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of wheat up front, with touches of orange and honey in the background. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, it's not a bad beer but it seems like an alternative for the Blue Moon/Leinenkugel's crowd and is not a beer that I would select if I had too many other choices.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber. Murky light orange coloured ale, with a small white head, that lasts no longer than a minute. Sweet aromas , citrus of some sort, could be orange and could be lime! Taste isjust a touch of citrus, and then nithing, just dull lifeless, maybe a small bit of hop in the aftertaste. Thin and watery on the palte. Very dissapointed with this one. Not good.

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Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Slightly cloudy honey-golden yellow, with a thin white head that left little lacing. Has a mild citrusy wheat aroma. It has a nice wheat flavor, with a mix of some bitter and some sweet, slight honey notes, and a touch of alcohol very surprisingly. The body is medium, but has quite a bit of carbonation, perhaps a bit much for my liking. It is a fairly drinkable beer, but would be probably be much more appreciated in the summer season.

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Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of plateoshrimp
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cheeseNbeer
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky golden color with a light head. The smell is sweet, the flavors are of honey and citrus as the name gives away. The mouth-feel is good, with a sweet, almost-sour flavor left in your mouth. Believe me, it's not a bad thing, especially combined with the exceptional taste.

The taste of this beer is something extraordinary. It has a slight summer beer taste, the citrus wheat flavor, but the farther into winter we get I still love it. What really got me was the combination of a superior quality wheat beer with just the right hints of sweetness. Strangely enough, though, I'm not usually a fan of the wheat beers, hence the 5. This beer reigns supreme in the wheat beers in my humble opinion.

The beer was discovered by my girlfriend, an exceptional beer tasting partner. I was hesitant to dive into it given the color and the fact that it was a wheat beer, but I am moving to Western Mass from Portland OR and I will severely miss this the most of any of the West Coast beers. Along with both of us loving it, we had a conversation with a Rogue rep about whether it would be distributed East and they told us hopefully, because it was their favorite too.

I have had this beer in a bottle, on tap, and in a growler now. Out of the bottle, the smell is kept but the taste loses a little. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but this is a definite Session beer.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a particularly complex beer, but it is refreshing and I'm glad that I tried it. It is brewed by Rogue and lacks a freshness date on the bottle. It pours a rather clear muted pale, pretty heavily carbonated, with some white head and a tad bit of lacing. The aroma right out of the bottle was a bit skunked up, but this disappeared pretty quickly. There isn't much aroma to the beer, it is a bit musty, grassy, and wheaty. Other than that, not much here.

The taste is a bit crisp, but the honey sweetness takes away some of the crisp huskiness and smoothes it out. The honey in the beer is a good balance to the consistency. I'm also picking out some orangey clove, maybe a clover honey taste. There are some muted florals, some saltine cracker dryness in the finish. Again, the honey mellows out what would be a very dry, crisp beer. This is a light bodied beer, a tad bit puckerish in the finish, not much lingering thereafter. Not a bad beer, worth a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I didn't know what to expect from this beer. Honey, orange, wheat...Rogue...?
Pours a hazy, tired yellow/gold color. A nice 'fizzy' sound upon opening promised some carbonation, but this was farcical. Soapy head whimpered to nothing.
Aroma contains some honey and green lemon. No orange I could tell. Slight biscuit notes come in and out.
Semi-sweet taste to start off. Honey is there and I am thankful this isn't like that Honey Brown stuff. Yet this one is weak in other areas as well. Wheat? Hops? Yeast? It's like a thicker lemonade, watered down. Flat, boring.

22oz bottle didn't go 22oz. Drain pour after 14oz for better things.

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Photo of Runnerbob77
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of speakorspasm
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: Good centimeter of head that quickly subsides and leaves a small ring. The beer pours opaque, and is a pleasant orange color.

S: Smell is of sweet honey with a hint of orange and wheat. Mild hop twang buried in there somewhere. The smell is not overwhelming, seems pleasantly natural but not overly impressive.

T: Things are definitely more interesting here... citrusy and acidic flavors dominate the front of this beer, and are nearly (but not quite) smothered by smooth honey. The honey character is interesting and lends a unique character to this brew, but I could see it playing a bigger role here. Guess I will have to wait for the Imperial for that. The orange flavor sticks around throughout and harmonizes well with the honey and wheat notes, leaving a pleasant finish. Overall, the acidity is never really balanced out by the sweetness, which makes it seem a little off balance, but the flavors work well together and it's definitely a pleasant sip.

M: My only complaint is one that I have for may wheat beers - the carbonation is a little too sharp and champagne-like. Given the acidity of some of these beers, I generally enjoy letting them settle in the glass a bit before partaking. Nothing unusual or outside the style here, though.

D: I'd say that it's exceedingly drinkable. It's refreshing and pleasant on the palate, and I'd try it again on draft if I got the chance.

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Photo of loren01
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Had this in a 22oz bomber purchased at Rouge in Portland. Pours a cloudy yellow color. Very little head. No lacing down the glass.
S: Doesn't really smell very much at all. Slight sweet honey smell.
T: Slightly yeasty like a hefeweizen. Honey aftertaste.
M: Mild carbonation, goes down easy.
D: Perhaps I picked up a bad bottle cause its recieved good reviews in the past, but this beer in my opinion is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a murky honey color with a white soda like head with a similar retention.

S - Some wheat and yeast. No real orange or honey to pick out of the scent, but there is definately and earthy grain there that is hard to place my finger on, but would discribe as maze.

T - Decent wheat quality with the honey and orange being extremely faint, almost non-existant. I thought this was gonna be fruity and sweet but that is not the case.

M - Smooth with a higher the normal carbonation.

D - Decent brew, not the best wheat I have had, but not bad...Kinda ends up with a macro taste to it that is kind of off putting. I really cant tell where the honey and orage was used.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good: very hazy orange with very little head that just doesn't want to stick to the glass

Neutral sort of smell. A mixture of all the ingredients that just doesn't add up to the some. Sort of honey-malty smell with a hint of orange, but no real defining scent. Certainly not any of the traditional wheat ale scents.

Sweet honey and malt taste with a hint of zest that is missing in the scent. Orange juice hints also add about to the sweetness in the flavour.

Smooth mouthfeel. Strange taste makes this a little bit on the hard side to handle. It comes off as too sweet, but at the seem time seems to lack a certain something to it.

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Honey Orange Wheat Ale from Eugene City Brewery
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 36 ratings