Buckwheat Ale | Rogue Ales

Buckwheat AleBuckwheat Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 08-12-2001

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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buckwheat and way too much of it, lagerish mouthfeel. Some lace.Buckwheat aroma. Malty, medium mouthfeel. A bit on the sweet side with the malts and the buckwheat gives it some character, but it gets very boring after a couple of sips. Drinkable with a long dinner.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a let down. Looks mainly clear with a slight haze to it. Nicely carbonated, headded, and retentioned. Smells moderately malty and syrupy with slight hints of floral and spice hops. Tastes like a higher gravity pilsner with wheat. Hops provide slight flavors and zest. Light alcohol to mention. A little too sweet and heavy for easy drinking and a little too weak for cellaring or savoring. Although it's a well brewed beer, I think there is a conflict in it's characters. Finishes lightly sweet and fleeting.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey colored body with a small white head and some lacing

Smell: Relatively neutral; very subtle light roasted grain tinge

Taste: Starts out bready with a slight hop kick that arrives mid-palate along with an intriguing nutty flavor; clean dry finish that has some sweetness to it but also some bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a lively level of carbonation

Drinkability: Subtle and spry; not a bad crossover beer in the summer; refreshingly light

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a white, one-finger head. It was quite fizzy but left nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt and nut.

T - It tasted very nutty. Also, a strong malt presence with a hint of grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good brew. It is very drinkable despite for a beer in a bomber. Some are too heavy or too powerful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color beer with a nice white bubbly head with great retention. Aroma is grainy with a good malt presence. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of malt, the subtle but distinctive presence of buckwheat and some fresh crisp hops. Body is above average. Without anything bold or big, this beer did make a good impression on me.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into town hall weizen glass.

Pours a half finger of white. Decent retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a hazed golden orange with a ton of sediment. 3.5

Aroma: very sweet. Honey. Some fruits. Wheat. Nothing to stuning. I am really not figuring out what this beer is supposed to be. 3 .5

Taste: honey, wheat, orange, spices. Not really figuring out what fruit or vegetable this beer is supposed to be based on. 3

Mouthfeel: very dry and uneventfull. Light bodied and low carbonation. Ends with a spiced, dry aftertaste. 3

Overall, this beer is very wierd. It has a bunch of wierd flavors that don't match up. I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be just another special bottling of the Buckwheat Ale, but with a twist. It certainly looks, smells and tastes like the Buckwheat (although the listed IBU's are slightly lower). But it makes sense because in Japanese cuisine Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour (soba-ko) and wheat flour (komugi-ko). They are roughly as thick as spaghetti, and prepared in various hot and cold dishes. The most basic soba dish is zaru soba in which boiled, cold soba noodles are eaten with a soya based dipping sauce (tsuyu). Interestingly enough, I can imagine this beer pairing very well with just such a dish! Very nice!

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to have the hazelhut brew at the restaurant now wanted to give this one a chance,pours areal nice deep orange with a real sticky head.The aroma is very fresh and malty with a grainy tinge,taste is on the malty side very bready with the soba taste definently coming thru about midway it is something that takes a few sips to get used to but not real unpleasant.A very nice beer here in my opinion my first taste of soba.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of frothy, white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-yellow body. The foam settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Spicy herbal aromas of ginger, basil, and coriander with a bit of cedar. Some pine hops in the background with some tangy wheat.

T - Lots of spicy ginger up front with herbal, tea-like character that compliments the hops. Some wheat and light bready notes in the middle along with the powerful ginger flavors. Finishes smooth with mild bitterness and a very spicy, malty body.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an unusual beer. It comes across much like an average American wheat beer in body and flavor, except for a pervading spiciness that is dominated by a strong ginger character. I assume that this beer is spiced, but for all I know it may be some characteristic of the buckwheat, but ginger is the dominant flavor and aroma of this beer. What is pleasantly surprising, is that the ginger is mild, but flavorful, and very well done. It turns an otherwise unremarkable beer into something nice, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy light copper with tiny black balls floating around towards the bottom of the glass. Head is below average in size, but nicely creamy. Retention is good. The aroma is sweet, a combination of nuttiness and malts. The taste is lightly nutty and sweet throughout with a distinct flavor that I guess is the buckwheat. Bitterness is fairly light. The overall flavor is enjoyable, but just a little too mild for me to love. This is easily sessionable and probably a good beer to convert new BAs.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid gold color, slight chill haze. One-finger off-white head that leaves a thin row of tight bubbled lace.

Pale malt aromas, slight grassiness, a touch of yeast; little hop

Much more hop in the taste than in the nose! Pale malt flavors with a a touch of light crystal. The hop flavors are of the American variety, so this beer tastes to me like a traditional APA. Full body with an appropriate proportion of carbonation.

I don't understand the Japanese reference, but I'm not complaining. What does roasted Soba taste like? I still don't know as I cannot detect an unusual flavor in this beer. All that said, I still think this is a refreshing offering.

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Photo of paulish
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must confess, I don't really understand this whole Morimoto thing. Soba is another word for buckwheat, so how is this all that different from Rogue Buckwheat Ale? Having said that, I found the Morimoto version of the standard Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar vastly inferior to the original so there may be an appreciable difference after all. I can only hope that this is an improvement on the Buckwheat. The Japanese on the cap reads 'don't use teeth if you know what's good for you'.

Initially hazy, then clearing, rich amber-orange with a dozen or so lively streams of bubbles. The beer is crowned with a quality head (typical Rogue) of dense, ivory colored foam that is bound to donate a good deal of lace. And it does... in small, meaty chunks and spatters.

Wow! Have I just been rendered insensate or is this one of the weakest noses in all of beerdom? As the head continues to deflate, a whiff of Crystal hops begins to peek through, but they're on life support. The nose is a trifle musky, but with so little to go on, I'm at a loss.

I don't like Morimoto Soba any better than I liked Buckwheat Ale. I guess I'm just not a fan of soba/buckwheat. It might be good in food (as pasta), but leave it out of my beer, thanks. It's a fruit by the way. I just thought I'd point that out for those who might be wondering.

The malt backbone is generous enough to provide a light sweetness along with the classic Rogue mouthfeel. Crystal hops are notable, but are at roughly one third the flavor strength as they are in Brutal Bitter. That odd, fruity flavor is undoubtedly soba, but again, I'm not a fan. A solidly medium body with a deft feel to the carbonation is the highlight of this experience.

As most everyone knows, Rogue brews a wide range of styles and, more often than not, scores a bull's eye or something close to it. Morimoto Soba doesn't do it for me, but by the looks of things there are plenty of people who like it. Make up your own mind.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still has that Rogue flavour and character even though the bottle I had was intended for export. Big sweetness from the malt and also the buckwheat in an odd but intriguing way. Something I’d pair with sugar cane seared seafood … preferably salmon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pale golden color. Lots of carbonation here was readily apparent as it just ripped toward the surface like seltzer water. A decent head formed on the pour, but then fell back as things started to drag on.

The aroma was a step above horrible for me. Nothing here but a terrible artificial lemon smell that was light, and at the same time sickingly sweet. The flavor was even worse though. This was one of those that I literally gagged on when I took a sip. Cheap, like a bad sprite. There was just way too much carbonation that made it feel even lighter then it was, which was saying a lot. But the flavor lacked any real depth

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I have no clue what Soba is but this beer smells and tastes like Pumpernickel bread. Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange tone with a big fluffy white head with a bit of an orange tint to it lacing is solid and even. Aroma: Similar to caraway seeds in Pumpernickel bread a bit peppery but also has a sweet malt character like a spiced beer not much familiar hop aroma more of the exotic spices. Taste: Some what of a soft creamy tone with the grassy peppery spices kicking up with an underlying fruity tone this is a complex flavor but it's pretty much Pumpernickel bread. Mouthfeel: Even carbonation light and fluffy a lighter bodied ale from Rogue, that's weird. Drinkability: If your into pumpernickel bread give it a try if not still give it a try I don't think it works for me but I don't like pumpernickel.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking Bomber with new graphics, but no freshness indication....c'mon Rogue....you can do it...freshness dating....anyway, this brew pours a light honey shade of amber, white head and leaves well dispersed and moderatly fine lacing, Nose is lightly nutty and malt. This one tastes like fairly typical/pale ale, untill the finish which imparts quite a noticable jolt of dry,smoky, nutty, herbal flavors. Differant and interesting, but cant say its my favorite or that I'd go for a second bottle.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with little head and some lacing. Nose is...well...odd I think. I am not sure what it is, but there is something unique about it. I am not sure if it is the soba or not. I know deep down it is something plant like, but the only thing I can think to say is that it smells like a dirty sock...but in an organic way. There seems to be a slight touch of citrus on the nose too. Taste is smooth with a silent start that turns to the soba and grain body. Mouthfeel is good. Highly drinkable if you are agreeable to the taste.

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