Buckwheat Ale | Rogue Ales

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Buckwheat AleBuckwheat Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-12-2001

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Photo of edwardkersh
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber with charcoal-grey highlights (?!)
Aromas of charred, whole wheat English muffins with sunny, lemony tartness underneath...pushing up and through. Round, creamy, toasted-flour flavors colored lightly with steel, stone and old canvas notes. Rugged, stone-grown flowers, green apples and milk decorate the experience from top to bottom. Forceful but light on its feet. Cleansing, concrete hop bitterness. There is a tangy, black-skinned fruit on the finish.

Great with seared parsley and green onions served with my wife's crocked chicken, braised mushrooms and onions, and roasted pumkin seeds. The seeds gave the food a Thai feel and paired well with this beer.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible! Beer brewed with noodles. Can't wait for their next brew made from roasted turkey livers. What will our Rogue friends come up with next.

To their credit, I loved this beer! Golden hue with a slight brownish and reddish tints. One sniff led me to the sushi bar, complete with chopsticks and tuna sashimi. I smelled the beer and looked into my glass waiting to see noodles magically appear.

The head was thin and bubbled away in less than 30 seconds. The taste was a zesty lemon and ginger spice followed by that clear and distinct buckwheat soba flavor. A light beer with snappy and light mouthfeel, leading to bigger and bigger gulps until... darn, it's gone. I loved it.

I will definitely buy a few more bottles and enjoy them with some sushi, and of course, soba noodles.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in the 22 oz Morimoto bottle. It pours a light apricot with a very bright white head. The leaves a bit of lace on the glass. The aroma is rather fruity and a little hoppy. The taste has the nuttyness of the soba. I really like the flavor. The mouthfeel is great. It has a substantial amount of body and has a creamy texture on the palette. Overall I really like this. I think it's a good beer for those times when bud light drinkers are at the house.

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Photo of Ums7
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the best tasting beers I have tasted. Rogue defnitely put 100% effort into this one. The aroma was absolutely fabulous with subtle hints of hop character. It went down smooth with somewhat of a dry aftertaste. The appearance was good as with most of Rogue's products. It had a yellowish color with a mild head. I do like the silk screened graphics on the bottle as well. This gives it an instant appeal when looking for new beers to try. Overall a beer that is worth trying; you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the 22 oz. bottle at The Other Side Cafe. (so this is from notes)

Poured a deep clear golden color, with medium carbonation and a fluffy white head, that trailed down the sides of the glass. Nose was hoppy and floral. Lively on the tongue, crisp and clean tasting, medium body, with buckwheat hints in the malt. finish was slightly hoppy, and slightly bitter. drinkable, Oh yeah!

I've been waiting for these beers to make an appearance on the east coast, and I was very happy with this one.

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Photo of freed
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this ale up in a 1/2 gallon bottle from a local specialty grocer. It poured 4 imperial pints worth, and each tasted just as good as the last.

The color was a wonderful rich golden hue with a respectable amount of head. The aroma was unique, but not unlike many cask conditioned ales. The taste is reminiscent of a Real Ale; very full body and satisfying aftertaste. It didn't compliment the burritos I was eating, so I made short work of dinner. I look forward to pooring this again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color, hazy body, big white head, with a lot of lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, lemon, and the same "rhubarb" smell that the Buckwheat Ale had. Definitely has more of a subdued flavor than the hazelnut. I can definitely taste bitter orange, smoky, and musty flavors. Balanced better than the Buckwheat ale, very complete in it's flavor progressions. Starts off with some robust maltiness, peaks with hops bitterness, and the aftertaste brings you back down with some musty fruit flavors. Perfectly carbonated, medium body, no complaints. A very good beer, very drinkable. I am excited to try the morimoto hazelnut ale.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Morimoto Soba pours a beautiful hazy orange with a cream head that is fabulous to the eye. The aroma is of delicate berries, raspberries and apricots are in the forefront. A slight hint of honey, the hop aroma is refreshing with floral scents. The taste is spectacular, the slight berry and melon taste, blend well with the honey, great mixture of banana and cloves round out this sensational beer. This beer goes down light and clean. This is going to be a new summer beer of mine, goes great with a nice chicken ceasar pita sandwich. Highly recomended.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from my favorite brewer.

Pours a hazy gold, like a weizen with a very nice, foamy head that sticks around forever.

Smells like a wide variety of hops and a deep grain odor that smells kind of like shredded wheat mixed with heaven.

Tastes great. Tons of up hops up front back up by a rich, smooth malt and the Soba, which tastes like buttery coconut. Don't get wrong. This is not diactyl. This is like coconut oil--like the good stuff they used to cook your popcorn in before the damned health department told us it made our hearts explode.


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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy honey yellow color with visible carbonation. Thick white head that recedes to a slight film of foam on the top. Small fingers and bits of lace were left on the glass.

Smell: Politely floral and fruity ale esters with a light kiss of German noble hoppiness (or something like that in character). Not an overpowering aroma, but that is no reason to hate it.

Taste: Crisp and vibrant flavors of pale malts with apple and peach overtones. Mild twang of crystal hops to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a nice spritzy feel from the carbonation. Very very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Hell yeah! I could drink this stuff all day with no complaints, both in terms of handling it and wanting another. My favorite beer to have with sushi. Thankfully the little sushi place up the street carries this. It's got the perfect amount of sweetness to pair well with the various flavors, and with some great palate cleansing capabilities to boot.

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Photo of Ave
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this for my beer tasting last week. It came in a nice dark brow glass half gallon growler. In pouring it around each glass was blessed with even more appealing looking rich dark brown ale having a nice tight half finger head that hung around well enough. It looks just like brown ale should.

The aroma is rich nutty lightly sweet toasty smell. The initial flavor is just about exactly the same. Yummy & round taste nothing wrong with it. Just the slightest of hoppy bitterness at the end, leaving you just tart enough to want to wet your pallet again with the wonderful brew.

Everything seem just about perfect for the style.

I could have put down the half gallon my self with no problem. This one took first place in the voting that night & with good reason.


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Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A surprising beer from Rogue.
Sort of wish their was a category for adjunct (rice, corn, other) beers (non-macros) rather than putting this in with fruit/vegetable beers. Nothing fruit or vegetable about this one. And the soba adjunct is added to enhance the flavor...definately not to cut corners or save money.
Pours a hazy dark straw colored yellow with a very respectable 2 finger head that melted to a nice ring of lacing.
Aroma is light like a pilsner but with a slightly dry, grainy smell and light orange.
Taste is light, fresh, and clean. Pilsner type malts....grainy breadiness somewhat like a wheat....grassy clean hops.
Aftertaste is clean dry and refreshing.
This is one very balanced and light refresher. I could session a lot of these if it wasn't so darn expensive.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hey, what makes a good noodle, can make a good beer. But then, if you ask me, just about any plant on earth can be made into a good beer. This one's no exception.

Morimoto Soba pours out a rather average color, maybe a nice light tinged golden brown. As far as smell goes, it's almost non-existant. I really wish this one had more of a scent. After all, we're talking about the Iron Chef here.

As far as taste, it'd your pretty straight up generic ale flavor, with a strong bit of soba on the aftertaste. I'll freely admit, I'm a bit biased in this beer's favor. I love soba. I eat soba noodles every opportunity I get. I don't know why, they just always seemed to make the best noodles.

And it doesn't make a half bad beer either. I havn't yet tried Rogue's standard Buckwheat Ale, which I've read is very similar to this, but now I'm eager ot try it. This one's a good, quaffable beer!

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Photo of TinusTime
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just finished the first Morimoto Soba...As i never had the Rogue Buckwheat it was replacing i cant compare, but here are my thoughts.
Appearance- poured a nice amberish yellow colour with a nice head. The head seemed to dissapate quickly however and did not leave much lacing.
The smell had a bit of sweetness and citrus on the nose which indicated some hops ( which later was misleading.

Taste-- while some reviews found this on the sweet side--- I found a nice reserved almost subdued maltiness. It had hints of stonefruits and wheat. It did not have the earthy malt i expected as a "soba". To explain I often eat Soba noodles and find them to have a mellow earthiness, but this was lacking in the beer. There were not much perciveable hops, just enough to balance the beer out and keep it from being overly sweet and malty..
Overall it was one of the more mellow, easy drinking beers from Rogue. It seemed to lack the killer punch that most Rogue beers have.. However, this is not a bad thing, as one cannot live by hops alone... This more than any beer i have had would could turn a Macro drinker onto Rogue brews.. It would be an incredible session beer ( ABV unknown) . Wasnt the best Rogue but i would definately buy it again.. I believe it would be a great beer with Sushi, as its malt and smoothness would be a great counter against the salt of soy and heat of wasabi.. Next time I try this I will have to have a few bits of sushi in front of me to see how it goes.

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Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle. Pours a golden yellow to dusty orange color. Nice bubbly off-white head. Big and fluffy like a hefeweissbier. Interesting sweet wheat aromas with a soft fluffy fruityness. I really don't know what a Soba is, being from Ohio. The smell was softly fruity, sweet and very pleasing. Maybe along the lines of soft apples. First taste was crisp clear, with a hoppy snap to it. The finish finally yeiled a rounded full sweet Soba flavor I guess. Subtle hints of hefe yeast again. Very smooth, soothing, and well balanced beer. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, incredibly drinkable. Very smooth, soft crispness and super refreshing. Another tip of the hat to Rogue. I like the idea of pairing up with chef Morimoto, it will only help spread the word of beer.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Head of foam was not laced a good 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch think. Sparkling and pearly white in appearance. Body color was a delicate honey-yellow brown, and a bit murky. Head was long lasting, and I could see bubbles still coming up minutes after I first poured.

Aroma a faint was still present. Not quite a bouquet-ish like scent, but more like picking a single peculiar flower out of field (or garden) and absorbing the smell for the first time. Could detect a hint of the buckwheat in the aroma... like kasha before you roast it.

Taste and mouthfeel was crisp and pleasant. Good carbonation without a biting after-taste. Lemony hops taste in the beginning... smooth buttery-nut like bread in the middle, with almost faint caramel-tawny finish.

I think this is pretty close to what I could call a well-crafted beer without having to overdue the hops, malt or alcohol content of the brew... Faint and somehow, complex.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a nice orange looking color, with a nicely formed white head on top. The aroma is a nice fruity, hoppy scent. The taste is a well balanced citrusy, lemony taste, with a nice hop accent. Grainy tones are present as well. This is a real nice beer, i would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of GambrinousIan
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique brew that only an Iron Chef could come up with. Words can hardly describe this one.Light but full bodied. A few people don't know what soba is so I'll let you know it's a buckwheat japanese pasta. They somehow incorporate toasted soba noodles into the brewing process which makes this brew truly unique. This is a very smooth beer with a lot of flavor. I buy this one every time I eat sushi or sashimi. I'm paying 4.50 for a 22oz bomber though..what gives?

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great selection from Rogue, this one having a less upfront flavor and a lighter body than Im used to from their brewery. Nonetheless, an all-around pleaser

A- One of the best things about this beer is the head and the glittering lace it leaves. 2-fingers in my wide-mouthed glass and lace that leaves hypnotic patterns. The beer is a slightly cloudy light-amber(orange-yellow). many streams of carbonation liven up the appearance and keep the head alive. Would get a 5 if it were cloudier.

S- Smell is faint but defined by the "Soba" buckwheat. Mmmm I love wheat as a malt in my beer. Also got some fruitiness probably from the yeast.

T- Taste is good. There the hops are! Crystal hops leave a nice pinch of bitterness without overpowering the wonderful array of malts which include wheat. Mmmm

M- Medium-light, crisp and refreshing feeling that is good both for chugging and sipping.

D- I'm going to call this a perfect session beer and assume that it could also go with any meal except something very sweet

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with roasted Soba, Pale, Munich, and 13-17 Carastan malts. Hopped with Crystal.

12 degrees plato, 30 IBU, 75.2 Alpha Acids, 14 lovibond.

Pours out to a slightly hazy golden orange, forming a large white puffy head with good retention and some clumps of sticky lacing. The aroma is classic Rogue...the lingering sweetness of residual sugars from the Pacman yeast, pale malt, honey, vanilla, spicy well-done hops...very similar to Dead Guy. Mouthfeel is initially a touch biting and acidic from the hops with a dry finish and medium body. Taste begins with spicy hops with some floral and citric overtones, followed by some pale malts with the above mentioned residual sugars. The bitterness is lightly woody and citric, medium in intensity and adding some astringency to the finish. Suggestions of lemon pith throughout the middle and finish. A little bit of table cracker in the finish suggestive of fresh and chewy french bread. Cleanly fermented with no off-flavors. I detect a bit more grain astringency in this beer compared to other Rogue offerings...whether it is the Soba or not, I have no clue.

Another solid brew from the Rogue people. It's been a while since I had a Rogue, but they continually impress, such that they are in my top 10 breweries in the world. I have to make a point of drinking their stuff much more often!

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Photo of pons
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

aquired in a bottle measuring 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. and poured into your typical pint glass. The beer shows a lightly cloudy yet mostly transparent, light brown hue. It smells like your typical ale should, but after one taste you realize there is something else in here.

The "soba" means buckwheat, and a quick venture ot the Rogue brewery site revealed that buckwheat is in the rhubarb family. Research soon yielded information pertaining to buckwheat. It's an "annual Asian plant having clusters of small whitish or pinkish flowers and small, seedlike, triangular edible fruits, which may be used either whole or ground into flour." So that's what the taste was.

If you've ever had buckwheat honey you may want to compare the taste of the honey that of the beer. I actually did this and found them to compliment each other wonderfully. (the honey was eaten on toasted buttermilk wheat bread from the local Polish bakery) The immediate taste reminded me of Asian food, particularly Thai, or perhaps the ginger served with sushi. the beer is hardly bitter and not at all overpowering; it leaves only another sip, and another, to be desired. The buckwheat taste grew on my tastebuds quite nicely. It truly tastes like delicate flowers mixed with a nice, light ale.

I wrote this review based on my drinking of the beer without any food, yet I'm anxious to try it with whole chicken or maybe certain fish like flounder or cod. Recommended!

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well-crafted beer. Poured a caramel-gold with a tight head that settled quickly. Initial flavor was a well-hopped amber ale, but there was a subtle roastedness, an almost-burned huskyness, that peeked through at the finish. I kept thinking that I had tasted it somewhere before, but could not put my finger on it. Then it finally dawned on me - at my favorite sushi place, sometimes they put a few grains of roasted rice in the cup of green tea, and this infuses the tea with a faint, roasted grain flavor - this is exactly the faint flavor I was catching at the finish of this beer. Nicely hopped, the single variety hops was a good choice as it did not get too busy in the flavor.

Overall, this was a very drinkable beer - enough hops to keep me interested, yet mellow enough to be a quaffer.

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Photo of Loki
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah yet another Rogue to try and love. I will not I got this beer after they sampled it at the shop my wife works at and it was still good by the time it made it home to me, open for at least an hour. It was also a little warm, but I chilled it and it improved.

Poured a slightly hazey yellowish-orange with a decent white bubbly head. Fair lacing around the glass.

Aromas are very much wheat and dough with a twist. I imagine this is due to the Soba and my limited exposure to Soba. Not much malt aroma present if any at all.

The taste begins with sweet almost oat like wheat flavor. Very familiar, yet strangely unique. The "soba" flavor was followed by a slight caramel tinge with the usual Rogue hops. Medium to medium-light body that finishes very crisp and clean. A very nice lighter beer that would pair very well with food IMHO.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic Rogue beer. It is a hazy dark yellow color and has a thick white head. It has a hoppy, oddly sweet smell a lot like a British ESB. The taste is decently balanced, with decent hopping to back up the sweet malty backbone. I like the odd sweetness that is added by the soba. It is definitely interesting and not a bad drinking beer.

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