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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

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Added by kbub6f on 08-12-2001

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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 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 ahroun
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last available Rogue I had left to try, wondering until now what a Buckwheat Ale would taste like. Color is an off orange, far too dark to consider calling a deep golden. Moderate head poured white and dissipated quickly. I could only detect a light scent, not notable. It mouth feel and taste are both light and pleasant. Taste is unusual, a subtle grainy hint adds complexity and pleasure to the experience. I would drink again, though only after tracking down and experimenting with the Morimoto Soba.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 29 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer pours a clear dark yellow color.
Flavor: In your mouth, it hits you with a slightly roasted flavor. Overall, it's not bad but nothing spectacular. I would have it again if someone else was buying.

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

i've never tried sushi (too scared of raw fish) or soba noodles, but i'm now much more inclined to do so. this was a great brew. seemed as if it would go well with just about any poultry or seafood based asian dish, but obviously would be paired best with the two i mentioned above. pours a slightly hazy orange/amber colour with a surprisingly decent head for a beer without much carbonation. the head had a nice tan tinge to it and dissolved to a lasting lace rather quickly. immediate smells included: spice, citrus, what, bread and noodles. the taste echoed this but had a bit more of a spice kick to it, i thought. definite noodle tate here though. quite different and quite cool. there was a bit of an overbitter aftertaste that i wasn't expecting, but nothing to complain about. i say it all the time, but this is yet another winner for rogue.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, this unusual brew has a hazy apricot color which reminded me of a hefeweizen (almost). Thin creamy white head and zero carbonation absolved me of that belief.

Smell: WTF!? Malty, earthy smell reminiscent of fresh pasta with an underlying citrus hops aroma. Pasta, huh!?!?

Taste: oh yeah, it's called SOBA Signature Ale. Having lived in Japan for 4 yrs and eaten my fair share of Okinawan soba, now I can place that smell and the resulting taste. I've eaten this beer before in soba restaurants from Naha to Nago. It has a grassy, veggie flavor interspersed with a dominating yeasty malt flavor. A faint buttery taste passes by as a light citrus hops bite arrives at the finish.

Feel: light, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: man, this would be my beer of choice with some fresh salmon and tuna sushi. God, I'm hungry! Anyway, Rogue has done a nice job and made another highly drinkable brew. Find one and enjoy!

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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 GreenCard
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: penny-brown w/slight haziness, sudsy pure-white thin cap of head, effervescent

Aroma: minty/grapefruity hops, a slight buttery/earthiness (if that makes sense?), apples, roots

Flavor: a very subdued earthy maltiness with a robust hop flavor dose, slightly woody and wheaty, some background tanginess towards the finish; the flavor is quite terse with a dry, crisp finish

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, the zesty carbonation gives a refreshing zing

Overall Impression: I brewed an experimental buckwheat ale one. It was a saison. Thought I was really innovative to do that. Now I see Rogue had the same idea. Damn! Though you could taste the rooty/earthy buckwheat flavor much more in mine, I have to say Rogue's is better. A great, clean, refreshing beer. Would be great w/ chicken or fish as the label suggests. And I do like this version better than the previous one which I tried a small sample of on tap.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Morimoto thing with the picture on the label and the whole bit seemed a tad gimmicky and had me wary from the start. However, the initial skepticism faded shortly after opening the bottle. It's golden-peach with a nice foamy head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is bready, nicely hoppy, and has undercurrents of orange peel. The taste is also reminiscent of bread or biscuit, with a nice citrus taste balancing things very nicely. It's very refreshing and eminently drinkable. This is a very delicate beer that would go nicely with a light meal, maybe an Asian salad or an appetizer of oysters on the half-shell.

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

Bought this at the brewery. When poured, it was a golden orange yellow with no foam and no lace. The smell of hops and citrus was very evident with a hint of spices and mild malts. No really overpowering, but, just enough to make the aroma of this ale interesting. The taste was the same as the smell but with a slight hop bitterness that was well balanced with the the citrus, spices and malts.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 fluid ounce generic Rogue bottle. It has a blue and white label with a picture of Chef Morimoto holding up a pint of the good stuff. Labeled as; 12° Plato, 30 IBU, 75.2 AA, 14° L.

Appearance: The huge, off-white colored head that has fantastic staying power. It stays around at ½”, albeit with some light lacing, for the duration of the imbibing experience. The body of the beer is a clean, but cloudy shade of orange with heavy golden influences. Looks like a Honey-beer.

Nose: Grainy Malts that have a hint of lemon. Bread Rolls mixed with damp cardboard and a musty smell of old books. As awful as that sounds, it’s not actually that bad to be honest. Just different.

Taste: Grain is prevalent in the introduction, malts lead way into a slightly citric-sweet middle that reveals hops and a yeasty fresh bread dough mixture that soon makes way for a short dry finish with a citric-hop twang. Quite nice, this would pair well with Fish dishes for sure.

Mouthfeel: A light skittish beer. The malt dances on the tongue whilst the hops at tug the cheeks. Light carbonation but a really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty damn good, my Bomber was soon expunged.

Overall: Rogue has always been a favorite of mine since I landed in the US 20 months ago. From their snazzy bottles, the fact that they clearly label all ingredients and technical information on each bottle (they have nothing to hide – but do others?) and their commitment to often strange, varied but always quality brews. Another Rogue beer that I would try again, without any hesitation whatsoever.

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

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles that as it receded left a fair lacing. Its body was a cloudy amber color with just a little carbonation rising in the middle of the glass. It has aroma of hops. It had a initially slightly bitter taste that finished much more strongly. It was just an OK brew for me. Not one I'd seek out again.

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

Interesting ale and quite different from the other Rogues I've had. This one has very strong grainy nutty aroma and flavor. I actually enjoyed it as it paired nicely with the pizza I had for dinner. Nice thick snow white head and straw colored body. Showed some characteristics of a german lager with its nutty grains. Hops also added nicely to the aroma and produced a slight bitterness. A smokiness was also present. I really enjoyed this ale.

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

Tawny burnt orange in color, with a milky appearance due to chill haze and particles. Topped with a creamy white head.
Nose is fruity.
Smooth and creamy on the tongue, with lively carbonation. Starts sweet, and nutty. Also an interesting roasted flavor throughout - the buckwheat! This gives way seemlessly to a pleasantly hoppy and dry finish. The hops are noticable, but not overbearing.
Quite interesting.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale is presented in a custom designed bottle in the classic rogue style featuring Chef Morimoto holding a mug and smiling. It has japanese characters as well as Chef Morimoto's signature on the bottle. There are also two icons that label this beer as one that would pair well with chicken or fish.
This beer pours a deep gold that is almost orange with a thin white head that sits nicely on top. The fine carbonation is robust enough to keep the head there untill you are done.
The aroma is a rich maltiness with a citrus like hop scent.
The flavor very rich in malt like whole grain bread yet a perceptable sweetness balances the malt profile without detracting from the lingering grain flavor that lasts. The ibu's of this one are at 30 and at first taste it is distinctly in the rogue style of aggressivley hoppy beers yet the strain of hops listed as Crystal is not overly bitter and lends a sharp contrast in which the Soba is allowed to shine. A wonderful summer brew that would complement a nice meal of grilled tuna steaks.

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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 far333
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber color to the liquid, but no head to top it off. Yeasty aroma, but no other noticeable smells. The beer is highly carbonated, which detracts from the mouthfeel. The taste is mostly hoppy, with hints of apricot, and a hoppy biting and lingering aftertaste. An okay beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium, creamy head. It seemed to have a fruity, citrusy aroma to it. It had a cloudy appearance. There was some bitterness noticed in the taste. Also, some aftertaste was noticed that lingered, but it was not an overwhelming aftertaste. All in all, I was not impressed very much by this particular brew. It was not bad, but it was not all that great either in my own opinion.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark leathery caramel in color with an off-white head and trailing lace. Buckwheat raw and lightly sweet malty. A distinctive nose of malt and hops. High in metallic and citrusy hops. One-of-a-kind Maltiness. Raw edged with a hint of alcohol and light sweetness sweet to soften things a bit.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Musty slightly sweet leather nose. Yellow in color with a slight tint of red and lots of little bubbles. Persistant action in the glass with a creamy lace. Light malt flavors with a slight smoke flavor. Crisp lighter mouth. Very drinkable due to the fact that it has that light non-invasive personality.

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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 texascarl
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = orange, slight 'bottle conditioning' haze. Light lacing. Medium carbonation

Nose = malt, hops, fruity. nice.

Taste = You can tell it's Rogue, the familiar malt and hops are there. Less of 'em than in some other Rogue ales. The taste of the buckwheat is what makes this one different. Fruit flavors, sweet malt and enough hops. Creamy finish, great mouthfeel.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow. A moderate sized white and fluffy head hangs out a little while. I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. It's very crisp at first and then creamy on the finish. Mostly toasty and a little fruity flavors going on. Hops are substantial all the way through the flavor. This was very refreshing and easy to drink.

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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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Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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