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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly clouded golden yellow with a thin white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of Rogue's signature Pacman yeast with soba/buckwheat. Clean and mild.

The taste is of some grainy sweetness. The soba gives it a unique earthy sweetness. Sweet, but controlled. It becomes even sweeter as it warms. The Pacman yeast strain lets you know that this is a Rogue offering (and, since I happen to like it, I think it adds a great character). Clean, crisp finish.

Light-bodied and smooth. This is a mild, sweet ale that would pair well with and complement most Asian foods. Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transparent, golden appearance, big, bubbly, frothy white head, solid size, healthy, enticing. Aroma: smooth, mild, wheaty, yeasty, and fruit underneath, some orange and lemon.
Taste: smooth and mild, nice, neat texture, light bodied, brief hops, just-so malt, very light, exquisite drinkability.
Bright, tasty, smooth..I'm trying to think of more to say, and be positive, but there's nothing that trips my trigger at all. "Zesty and refreshing", perhaps, but also a bit ...eh. And I hate to say that about a Rogue product, but there ya go.
You can drink it, it's light and can be drunk and you can drink it, and it's a...beer... you can drink.
Ah, I still love Rogue!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz bomber with no expiration date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden looking with a fine thick head and light lacing.

Smell- Odd smell as well as odd tasting. I don't really know how to describe it. I guess it's the soba? Kinda musty. Other than that you can sense there are some hops involved.

Taste- Same deal here. What the hell is that taste and do I like it. Still trying to figure it out. Almost taste kind mechanical. Not like metallic, but some kinda weird tinge to the tongue. I still don't know what soba is. Is it a type of malt or hop? Or niether? The hops are a slight bit bitter and the malt intermixes well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly moderate to high carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Easy swallow.

Drinkability- Still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I probably will try this one again to figure this one out. I will definitely try the hazelnut and the imperial pils soon though. A gauranteed interesting brew that will leave the mind guessing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in color with a 1" head. The aroma was of grains and malt. The flavor was very different as the buckwheat gave it a grainy flavor that really stood out. Some mild bitterness and a hint of citrus were in the background.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with a somewhat dry finish. Lighter bodied and quite refreshing. The carbonation seemed a bit strong. Decent drinkability as long as you don't tire of the flavor.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white head that laces nicely. The aroma is sweet with light crystal and pale malts. The smell of fruity yeast is also noticeable. The taste is great. It's a smooth ale with a herbal zing to it which definately enhances the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. This is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is highly drinkable; a good sessions beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper-gold color, and is topped by an off white head. The aroma is grassy, floral, lemony hops, and some dry grainy character. Taste is a sharp and hoppy. Light bodied and fairly clean malt profile. There is not too much here really, perhaps a hint of grain-like sweetness, but I can't detect the buckwheat contributions. This is a hoppy version of a golden ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is wheat and a bit of Hefe spicy scent.

Taste is dry with a wheat flavor and a bit of hop in the finish. This is a soba noodle beer, but why bother? It is an OK wheat beer, nothing special.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable as in I can drink it. I can not recommend expending any effort to find and taste this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought from the Seagate Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA, listed as Morimoto Soba Ale on the bottle, was taken here when I tried to review it,

A: Pours a cloudy orange, with a minimal, white head.

S: Light, smells of toasty, biscuity malts, and some floral hops.

T: Very interesting and unique, has a toasted malt flavor which I would describe as similar to a sesame seed, or roasted tahini. It then goes into a soft almond note, and ends with a light ale malt flavour, with some floral hops, with mild bitterness.

M: Light, smooth and crisp, with excellent scrubbing bubbles.

D: A great light beer, soft and smooth, with a unique taste, will definitely want to try the red bottle now.

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