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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Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 342
Photo of fattyre
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orangish yellow with a smallish white head. The smell is nutty with a pleasant herbal overtone. The taste is crisp with a light malt middle and a pleasant bitter finish and it has a thinnish body. It seemed like mild ale with a wheat beer taste-very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of John
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach with a moderate head that thins to a decorative layer of off-white foam. Fresh bread and fruity aroma. Tastes are a blend of lightly toasted malt, a variety of fruits – pineapple, tart apple and banana. Smooth texture, medium mouthfeel. The buckwheat in the grain bill really lends a unique character to this beer. Hops of course are prominent, but very well integrated, and bring the fruitiness to a whole other level. Another delicious and distinctive brew from Rogue.

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Photo of Kunsan90
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing this beer on the shelves and reading a few reviews here, I decided give it a try. It poured a cloudy light straw orange in color. A fairly thin to medium head formed and it fairly quickly subsided to a rim hugging, thin foamy consistency. As it was consumed, a quickly disappearing foam work followed the beer down to the next level in the glass.

The taste was hard to describe at first, but it’s most quickly identified taste was malt, it was slightly sweet, and had a slight bitter aftertaste. I was surprised at how refreshing it was and at how much I liked it. It had a sweet flowery smell that complemented the taste and appearance.

Carbonation was adequate for the profile and it felt light and dry in the mouth. All aspects of the sample made it an enjoyable beer to drink and I will add it to my drink list in the future. I will definitely tell my friends of this brew and how well I liked it. A good brew.

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Photo of Erix
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

After reading the other reviews, I think the lines were dirty or something when I got this. Poured with a nice rocky head which lasted a decent amount of time. Smelled pretty good with a burnt bitterness coming through the hops. The taste was quite bitter, but not in a hops sense. More like burnt coffee I guess, but not as pleasant as in a Imperial Stout and with an alkaline edge to it. Nice mouthfeel for the strength of flavor. Drinkability suffered a big hit with the strong bitterness. I did not like this beer, but will have to give it a try again someday; I had never had a Rogue I didnt like, and I hope it was just a fluke this time.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange-yellow, hazy ale with a smallish white head. The smell is sweet and floral/fruity, with a slight hoppiness and nuttiness to it. In your mouth it is clean and crisp and slightly firm. The taste is nutty, followed by a pepperiness, with a slight bitter citrus to the finish. My first comment upon tasting this beer was "I like this!", as I slightly cocked my head to a tilt in approval.

As a side note, the bitterness is 34 IBU.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a copper pour that is a little cloudy with a lot of sediment floating around. a pillow of white foam floats atop this, and it dies after some time, but leaves a lot of sticky lace on the glass. it has a sweet aroma with some hops hanging around.

man oh man this is a great beer. a nice medium bodied ale with a mass of flavors comes out of the 22 oz bottle with the guy holding a magnum bottle like a gun on it. lots of sweet malts and fruity flavors dominate, but you get a nice balance of hops in there. it has tingly carbonation, and the mouthfeel is excellent. this is a great beer. it is a nice light and fruity ale that is very easy to drink.

i was pleasantly surprised to see a die-hard lager drinker enjoy his first ale. this is a beer for everyone.

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

Appearance: Pours a lovely copper color with a touch of orange. The head starts out thick and full, but shrinks down quickly to a small ring of lace.

Smell: I didn't think there was much going on in this beer's 'nose.' I picked up on both a nutty aroma and a slight hop smell...there's not much beyond that.

Taste: A lot of reviews describe a sweet fruit flavor...it's there, barely. It's more of a muted sweetness; remember, buckwheat is a fruit, but not with the traditional sweetness. It's more nutty. The finish is a nice balance of nut and hop flavor. I picked up on a very slight roasted flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is light to medium. From start to finish, this beer is quite dry.

Drinkability: Fairly high...the combination of it's lighter body, dry finish, and great nutty aftertaste make it easy to kill several pints.

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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 zerk
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slighly hazy deep gold, with a persistant white foam that leaves a lace all the way down the glass. Nutty aroma and flavor, with some citrusy notes, and a bit of malt in the middle, and just enough hops to add a little bitterness to the aftertaste. Meduim body, and not overly carbonated. This is an excellent summer beer... yummy!

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Photo of Jon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a different offering from Rogue. This one pours a hazy golden color with a small, bubbly head that disappears a little too fast. There is a good amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass. The smell is rather fruity (buckwheat). The first sip revealed a little of the typical Rogue hop bitterness, but that hop flavor was soon relinquished and replaced by a somewhat bland fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is quite grainy and carbonated. This is definitely more of a summer style beer, but I'm not in a hurry to pick up another bomber. While this isn't a bad ale, it's far from my favorite from Rogue.

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Photo of Viking
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy golden-amber body. Nice creamy head with a bit of clinging lace. Smells of sweet, nutty, lightly roasted malt with floral and citrus hops. Taste is nothing special, but it is mild and refreshing. Hops and malt blend nicely in the beginning, then the nutty buckwheat takes control. Lightly bitter hops provide the finish. Not a great beer, but different enough to be a good change of pace. Also very refreshing and easy drinking. Looks like a true summertime winner!

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Photo of inebrius
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy golden with a frothy head and decent lacing. Nose is profoundly malty and fruity. Well subdued in the hop territory for a Rogue brew, but this allows the malts to come forefront and complement the nutty buckwheat. Finish seems a bit grainy underneath citric hop. Worth a try for the aroma alone. Buckwheat Ale is O-TAY!! (sorry, couldn't help myself)

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a light amber color and foamy white head. Distinct aromas of caramel and buttery wheat. Hoppiness is quite flowery with a sweet light malty character and crisp bitter hop finish. Very drinkable and refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of aracauna
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A real disapointment. Very little body to the flavor and watery. Lacked the high hoppage of a typical Rogue. I like most Rogue beers and I may under-rate this one because I expect more from them. I didn't think I'd ever say this, but with as light of a body as this beer has, you need more hops.

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

Pours a pale yellow/straw color with a fizzy head that quickly fades. Hop bitterness and fruity acidity is perceptible in the smell. A nice fruity tartness as well as some nice hop bitterness in the flavor as well. The tartness is reminds me of some cranberry type flavor? Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and very drinkable. This is going to be purchased quite often, I can tell already. The tart/dryness of the flavor will make it a very refeshing brew for the summertime. Definitely worth a try in some nice hot weather.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer brew. Nice bondy / mouthfeel. not as aggresively hopped as a lot of the Rogue are. At least it came in 22oz bottles this year. Last year you had to by a half gllon :-) I like "Sarah" buckwheat ale a little better but all and all a very refershing brew.

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Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 650ml brown bomber bottle. This beer is "dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirits who helped America survive prohibition."

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy pale straw yellow. Head is a thin creamy white foam, with some sticking and staying power.

Smell: Fruity, grainy, toasted and light caramel in the aroma.

Taste: A very crisp and flavourful right from the start. The tight carbonation helps to create a creamy mouthfeel for this medium-bodied brew and lends a refreshing lightness to it. Carbonation can be likened in feel and taste to that of seltzer water -- dry, thirst quenching, minerally, etc. Malt flavours flux between toasted and nutty, with very little detectable sweetness, but enough to balance. Some bready, very light background caramel and grain tannin flavours follow. Hop bitterness is a healthy one with sharp citrus rind flavours and lemony undertones. A bit of tartness is also present. Finishes with dry grain flavours.

Notes: Rogue has out done themselves once again, but this time without their characteristic big malt and big hop profiles. Buckwheat Ale is a breed onto itself and most definitely worth the try. Let the beer warm-up just a bit to mellow and pull out more of the sweetness, if desired.

Note on Buckwheat: Better known as soba, buckwheat is not a type of wheat but a member of the rhubard family (a fruit, not a grain!) Buckwheat has been a longtime staple of Japanese cuisine because of its nutritional value. Buckwheat is high in potassium, phosphorous, vitamin B (50 percent more than wheat) and protein, and its virtually fat-free. The fruits of buckwheat are like small beechnuts, which are milled to separate the edible groats from the dark brown hulls. The groats are then roasted and used more or less like a grain (a good example is Kasha).

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