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:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-12-2001

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

One to two finger head, dull golden/light brown in color, something like an old piece of copper.

Smell is primarily of malts and a bit of iron.

Strange, early presence on the tongue, which i imagine is the buckwheat. Mild hop presence present in the initial taste and slowly fades to something bread-like.

Body is slightly carbonated, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, this was very average and forgettable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a creamy, dense white head. Retention is ok and lacing pretty good.

Nose is...interesting at least. I have no idea what buckwheat smells like, but this beer smells a little like a sweeter, cleaner sorghum. Earthy and kinda like dried wheat stalks (yes - I have chewed on one before). Hops are definitely there, piney and fruity almost.

Taste is light enough to showcase the buckwheat, which is cool. Kind of an earthy, root-like flavor. Interesting for sure. Hops are great for balance and provide a little bit of grassy flavors. $3 for a 12 oz bottle is a price worthy of a try, but I dont think I would buy this again for even half that price.

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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 corby112
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden orange color with small chunks floating around and a weak white fizzy head that immediately fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very bland aroma with some earthy hops, bready yeast notes, pilsner malt and not much else.

Medium bodied with subtle earthy, bitter hops and pale malt. Kind of boring with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and subtle dry finish. Easy to drink but not very complex or flavorful. Disappointing to say the least.

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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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Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 342 ratings
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