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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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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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 Stoneman78
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco:

a- pours a very cloudy dark orange with a small, white, creamy head and light lacing
s- aroma is a very strong maltiness and buckwheat/grain tones
t- unique taste that is characterized by an earthy/mulchy maltiness, some slight nut tones which may be overlapping with the buckwheat flavor
m- medium-bodied ale that is slightly overly carbonated, a bit watery
d- low abv and medium-bodied and taste characteristics make this a solid "good" ale choice that is easy drinking, this is a unique ale in that it is brewed primarily with soba, but lacks any particular "wow" factor regarding smell and taste, I doubt I would pick this up again.

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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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Photo of jayfarley3
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle labled Morimoto Soba Ale. pours a hazy yellow gold color with a nice off white head that dissapates down to a small ring fairly quickly. smells of light toasty malts and a bit grainy. tastes of sweet toasty malts with a slight touch of hop bitterness. mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lively carbonation. it is a decent beer but i think the Black Obi Soba Ale is much better.

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

Poured from a bomber into the new Sam Adam's glass. Morimoto Soba Ale.

Pours a golden/orange color with a big, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Lots of small carbonation can be seen rising. Nice to look at.

Aroma is sweet with some hops. Some other stuff in there, but can't quite place it.

Taste is sweet with light flavor. Clean but unassuming. Light hops at the end. Hard to pinpoint some distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather light bodied, crisp and the end is quite dry.

Overall, this is quite drinkable, light and crisp. Could be a decent session brew. Nothing special, but easy to drink. Sort of reminded me of a lager...not sure why.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass. Very pale amber color, 1/2" off-white head that reduces to a chunky micro-bubble layer. Relatively large bubbles rise up like crazy through the beer. The smell has a dry, bitter nose to it. Definite crystal hops. I don't smell any rye. The flavor isn't bad. It is like an offshoot from an APA with more of a sweet malt characteristic. Dry, yet sweet up front with the slightly dulled piny hops slowly creeping in for a good finish. Well balanced, smooth, and it has a very un-boring flavor profile. This is overall one of the best fruit/vege beers I've ever had.

Par for the course, Rogue.

edit: There are an increasing amount of shit chunks in the beer as you reach the bottom of the bottle. Not sure what it is, but it gets lifted and dropped in a convective pattern by the carbonation.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a small white head that drops to a ring.

Smell is faint. A hint of sweet malt.

Taste is very bland. Slightly sweet. Some buckwheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, this beer was not offensive in any way, but felt a bit boring.

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Photo of Lothore
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with very little head. It is cloudy and overall pretty unimpressive to look at ... I would think that if I poured a bud and made it slightly more cloudy it would look just like this brew. The smell is inviting, hopped up with a slight sour tinge. It tastes of wheat, slightly sour with nothing more than average flavors, nothing really stood out. The mouthfeel is alright, very carbonated and thin. Goes down easy enough, but overall not an impressive mouthfeel whatsoever. It seems easy enough to drink but I think the drinkability suffers because of the fact that after drinking one, it was so uninteresting that it was not easy for me to convince myself to drink another.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice thick lacing. The aroma is of rhubarb and buckwheat. I can’t quite say what about the aroma is turning me off, but it just doesn’t make me want to drink this beer. Luckily, the taste is nothing like the aroma, and something like nothing. The mouthfeel is thin and overpowered by a very high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer, and I will not drink it again.

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Photo of Duster72
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with some sediment and a decent head with okay retention. Aroma is toasty malts and herbal hops. Taste is a sour mix of weirdness that is generally unpleasant. Some grass and earthy tastes, but generally just bland and sour. Mouthfeel is fine. I poured the second half down the sink.

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Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
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