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 rtepiak
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this has a different label that is geared for japanese marketing. Found at a japanese ramen spot in nyc. Pour is yellow gold with a very delicate murk. Nose is gluten paste, lilac, and banana. Palate is cream like a hef. Pretty good feel and a hay mineral banana note. The buckwheat prefume is there but its matched with wheat adjunct. Or is it rice. Smoothens the range for something that is rather simple. Easy summer brew of a particular senseibility. Not for some. Good with ramen though and any other greasy salty food.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy orange with, yes, flecks of buckwheat floating in it. It's extremely light without being watery. Tastes of buckwheat, and a little bit of citrus sweetness. I don't get much hops, but there is almost a chemical taste to it. Kind of like a club soda. It's very interesting, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

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Photo of cpone
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is a bomber with the Morimoto Sobo Signature Ale alias.

Pours a hazy golden body with a surprisingly small head, with minimal retention. Some spotty lacing. Smell is wheat dominant with mild piney/grassy hops. Taste is pretty much on par with the smell, although a little subdued. Mouth is decent, crisp but a bit thin but feels right for this beet.

I could session this. It's a decent, crisp beer.

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear bright gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells like a rogue beer - citrus orange and lemon

taste - again you know you are drinking a rogue beer - i have no idea what buckwheat is but to me this tastes like a hoppy pale - citrus hops and bready sweet malts

mouthfeel is good - light crisp semi dry

drinkability is ok - sold in single 12oz - i enjoyed it but still a little pricey

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours hazy orange, with a finger head that fell fast to a thin layer.
S: sweet grain I am assuming is buckwheat, a slight citrus hop hint.
T: buckwheat sweet, along with light roast malt. again with the slight citrus hop.
M: slick smoothness, light carbonation.
D: easy though the flavors and smells make it seem rather plain.

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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 CampusCrew
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Total Wine Jacksonville

appearance: yellow fizzy macro looking. I'm scared... But the head held out and had some good stickiness throughout.

smell: macroish, maybe some unitenfied fruits

taste: Surprising. Not bad. Crisp, clean, but thicker than a lager, nice interesting taste. Maybe some mano like fruit taste. This is a great crossover beer actually.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, but does have the crisp lager feeling

drinkability: interesting but I doubt I would buy again. Just different, but not awesome by any means.

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear, golden colour. Tight, off-white head with decent retention.

Good citrus hop aromas. A slight grainy note as well. A touch dull but okay nonetheless.

Really nice. Solid American hop flavour up front which melts into a blend with some earthy, honey like malt character through the mid palate. I assume this is the buckwheat. A hint of passionfruit comes through towards the end. Nice, dry finish.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, refreshing and dry.

A tasty beer and while not hugely different from a good APA it has a bit of novelty to it. Well worth a shot.

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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 Gyle41386
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Note: The bomber is a Morimoto Soba Signature Ale bottle, which has a picture of Chef Morimoto on it, rather than the Japanese characters that adorn the Morimoto Soba bottles. Morimoto Soba Signature is, according to this site, apparently an alias for this beer. We'll see.

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange color. The one-finger white head retains pretty well. Initially looks like there might be some nice lacing, but it drops quickly. Streams of bubbles rise to the top.

Somewhat subdued aroma. It doesn't really smell like anything. Crystal hops make an appearance in the nose. There's also a sweet, kind of fruity smell I don't recognize, which I have to assume is the buckwheat/soba, since I'm not at all familiar with either.

Better flavor than what the aroma would indicate. Sweet malts, a very light Crystal hop touch, and that fruity (soba?) flavor.

Medium body, lively (but appropriate) carbonation. I don't think I've had a Rogue beer yet that didn't score well in the mouthfeel department.

Fairly easy drinker. It's an interesting beer, but I didn't stay interested in it for very long, if that makes sense. It's crisp and refreshing, and I can imagine it would be great with a meal or just during a session.

Not a bad beer. Not for me, but you never know until you try.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance pours an unfiltered hazy orange with a thin head and no lace. Smell has a strong scent of prunes and tastes the same which I guess would be the buckwheat with a bit of spice. Mouthfeel seems to be light - medium with some creaminess. Not a whole lot of body, but a good easy drinker that goes down smooth.

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

Poured from an almost all-asian writing designed bottle to Rogue pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy orange with a one-finger off-white head with okay retention leaving some lacing.

S: Strong floral hops and malts with buckwheat background that smells like pancakes(buckwheat that is)

T&M: Not very bold, but a very nice malt/hop with cloves and floral tastes along with the wheat. Unique tasting that's for sure. Moderately carbonated and very smooth

Overall: very drinkable fruit beer that isn't overpowering in any flavor, it would be very easy to drink these all day long, great session.

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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 kenito799
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle...drunk from the bottle at Rai Rai Ken ramen noodle shop, East Village. Japanese label.

The nose is malty and a touch of floral hops...mouthfeel crisp. Compared to the typical Japanese beers served with fre like ramen, thehoppy ale-ness stands in stark contrast. The beer is more interesting and flavorful but then is also a bit heavier and less thirst-quenching with salty ramen and roast pork. The buckwheat adds a nice malty dimension and the beer is enjoyable.

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Photo of phattysbox
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into Duvel tulip glass. Pours a beige color with a thin head that slowly recedes to a thin ring of lace.

Smells of herbal tea and and fresh wheat, quite relaxing on the nose. Tastes even more tea-like... Is this from from the Soba? Pacman yeast gives a distinct flavor - a bit nutty, very nice. A bit dry, smooth carbonation and goes down very easily.

Quite a sessionable brew and unique for its style. Very nice but not my "cup of tea"... Definitely seek out just to try once though.

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Photo of drxandy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in pre-pack growler from tom's party store in east lansing, mi 5/29/08 - hidden in a wine fridge with other growlers of pre-pack dead guy, I had never had the rogue buckwheat, nor ever saw it in growler form.. and packaging got the better of me

Poured from growler to standard pint glass, pours a hazy golden orange, head fades quick.

Smells of pac-man yeast, malts, slight nuttiness

Tastes bitter on the front, nice citrus hopping, crisply carbonated, pacman yeast, buckwheat adds to the bitterness, an almost astringent quality, biscuty malts in background, dry grassy finish

mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, and easy drinking - an interesting brew!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a sizable white head. Not bad stickiness and retention.

S - Surprisingly fruity, with some light floral hoppiness.

T - Well. I guess I really don't know what buckwheat would taste like except in soba noodles, and this doesn't taste like those. Kind of grainy with a dry edge. Some lemon maybe. Basically tastes like a British style bitter or pale ale.

M - Moderate body and a good carbonation. Feels substantial without being heavy.

D - Pretty drinkable ale. I don't know that the buckwheat adds much though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a tangerine orange with a slight chill-haze and a foamy 1 finger white head that clung to the sides of the glass leaving a streaky lacing. Visible carbonation was light, almost non-detect. The head soon receded after a brief minute to a sparse layering.

S: fresh citrus and oranges.

T: The initial flavor was very light wheat and sour oranges. The initial sip felt very light and almost aerated with a sourness of oranges that were spicy and dry followed by a peppery touch. The buckwheat definitely adds a different twist and flavor to the malting but also thins things out a bit. The flavor was mono-tone from start to finish lacking any layering or complexity.

M: very light, almost watery with a nice sourness of spicy dry oranges.

D: Moderate at best drinkability. Wouldn't invest my money into a six pack unless you are Celiac.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ew. Got this one on the recommendation of the beer guy, and I feel like I was screwed. Pours a standard looking copper color with a bit of head and very slight lacing. Nose is interesting, bubble-gum and interesting fruity sweetness. A touch of caramel malt. Taste does not match up. Honestly, this is one of the blandest beers I've ever tasted. There's just nothing there. Very, very mild malt and hop presence; no fruit, nothing. WEAK. Feel is mediocre, no real problem. One of the most uninspired Rogue efforts I've tried.

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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this little guy over Labor Day on my trip to visit Rogue in Newport. It's the version that's made for Ezo beer or something like that. It has some kind of Oriental writing all over it. This is my first beer review since moving back to Chicago.

Appearance- Pours a nice light yellowish honey with a big one finger soft white bubbly head that lasted forever. Loads of lace is left down the glass in a nice spider web fashion from the huge cap and collar.
Smell- Very subtle aroma that is lightly fruity with hints of freshly cut apple. Soft malts almost remind me of a warmed up macro. Very crisp and clean though with bits of the Pacman yeast making a presence in the nose.
Taste- Even more subdued than the nose. A light and very grainy malt adds some rawness that I'm not sure about. Lightly fruity with a crisp clean bite that becomes a bit more pronounced as it warms; almost lightly peachy. The Pacman is present adding a bit of light spice.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with plenty of carbonation that adds a nice zesty bite.
Drinkability- This brew reminds me a lot of a toned down Gumballhead. It definitely doesn't have the big fruity hoppiness that all those Amarillo hops add to 3 Floyds offering but it's got the base down. Would be a nice beer to drink on a warm summer day.

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

Picked this one up on a whim at Jerry's in Bethlehem for $4.50. Figured it was worth a shot, even though it is probably a bit old. 22 oz screenprinted bomber with chef morimoto on it.

Poured a hazy light orange color with a little light cream head that faded to a thin collar and left no lacing. Some visible carbonation in there.

Smell is a bit nutty with a tiny hint of hops, very underwhelming and there is definately off, but i can't put my finger on it.

Taste is pretty weak, mouthfeel is somewhat watery. I finished the bomber myself, so it is drinkable, just not very good. At least not in the condition that i bought mine.

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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 orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Japan export version. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half inch of bubbly, creamy head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a lightly spicy, nutty grain aroma. Sort of fruity with an herbal hit of hops. The aroma is very earthy and quite unique.

First sip brings a grainy nutty malt upfront. Earthy and spicy flavors float across the palate. It flows down with some fruity tones and a nice herbal hop bitterness with a touch of yeast. The brew finishes with a lingering nutty flavor. Nicely balanced, tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plenty of fast moving carbonation that creates some creaminess. This is an easy drinking brew with an interesting flavor profile. I actually quite enjoy this beer for its subtleties, it would make a good everyday brew. Cheers to Rogue for brewing with buckwheat and creating an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Screen-painted bomber featuring Chef Morimoto on the front. 7 natural ingredients, most notably of which is soba, a.k.a. buckwheat.

Pint glass.

Pours honey gold, rather lacking in carbonation. There is sediment that looks like pepper floating in the beer. It appears suspended as if in gelatin.

A very light aroma. Pale malt, soft spice and sweetness.

Tastes soft and zesty. Peppery and crisp. And sweet. It's refreshing, and at the same time, hearty.

This is probably the most interesting beer I've had in a long time. I can see how it would pair well with Asian cuisine. By itself it is very drinkable and full of flavor.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, soba ale. I picked this one up at the supermarket on a whim; didn't know quite what I wanted, so I figured I'd try something new.

Due to the Asian stylings on the bottle, I'm expecting something like a Kirin Ichiban with a Rogue twist, but I could be way off base. I don't know.

It seemed appropriate to break out the sexy tall pilsner glass for this, and indeed, it poured a cloudy golden with lots of active carbonation feeding a head that retained very well. I can't ask for much more.

Smell was subdued, but appealing nonetheless. Smells like a clean pilsner with a little more sweetness and a little less hop. Very clean smelling beer.

Taste - I see the lackluster reviews, and I'm tempted to give in and do the same. It tastes good, certainly an enjoyable beer by most standards, but nothing is really jumping out at me. Gotta search a little deeper, though. Maybe it's the power of suggestion, but reading a couple reviews down, I do get that roasted sesame taste, I think. Yes, even more so in the aftertaste. Again, very subdued, but still nice. Enjoy, but don't expect to be hit over the head with intense flavors. One thing I note....I don't get quite as much of the signature Pac-Man yeast taste here as I do in all the other Rogue beers I've had. This might actually be the least Rogue-like beer I've had from Rogue.

Mouthfeel - though it appears crisply carbonated, a veritable burp-fest, this sits well in the mouth and goes down easy.

Drinkability - Easily sessionable and would go well with a huge array of cuisine, including (obviously) Asian. It might be worth keeping some of this on hand the next time you go for sushi takeout. I think I might just do that.

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Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
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