Somer Orange Honey Wheat | Rogue Ales

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Somer Orange Honey WheatSomer Orange Honey Wheat

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
11 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest 2-row, Wheat
Specialty: Oregon Wildflower Honey,
Sweet Orange Peel, Oats, Chamomile, Coriander
Hops: Crystal & Rogue Farms Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue' s Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast from Hood River & Free Range Coastal Water.

10 IBU
79 AA
3.5º Lovibond

Added by FightingEntropy on 11-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 143
Reviews by peabody:
Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and not a lot of suds. This brew is not filtered at all.
Smell is honey and wheat and some yeast.
Taste is bland. Just taste like a weak wheat beer. Couldn't taste the orange peel but could taste some corriander.
Mouthfeel is clean and not sticky so this could probably use some more malt sugars.
Drinkability would be high if this had just a tad more flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed light to medium golden with just a tinge of peach color,a well formed thinner white head atop.Toasted grain aromas mainly,with a passing whiff of orange oil.Refreshing on the palate starting out with a toasted wheat malt flavor that melds into light sweetness for the honey,it actually compliments the toastiness quite well,a drying crisp finish.A good beer to have on a hot day here in NC,it wont knock your socks off but its not bad.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look (4.0) - pours a very pale gold to straw (about 3-4*). Very cloudy, as I'd expect. Head is good, it rises to 3 mousy-white fingers that fall slowly to a 1 finger cap that lasts quite a while. No real lacing. Good carbonation is visible.

Smell (3.5) - Smells like a witbier, but without the yeast aromatics that are common there. I get a light grainy note (wheat, oats) and some dry citrus notes (orange peel, coriander). Some very faint honey and floral notes on the finish.

Flavour (3.0) - I was hoping that the honey, lavender or chamomile would come out more in the flavour, but they didn't. Again, I get a flavour like weak witbier without the yeast: graininess to start with a coriander/citrus/orange-peel flavour that should be familiar to anyone who's had more than one type of wit. Very little honey and almost abscent floral flavours on the finish. Low bitterness means that the finish is a bit of a damp-squib for me.

Feel (3.5) - Pretty standard. Light body and high carbonation boost drinkability. This helps the finish, with the carbonation's tickle at least there's something going on here.

Drink (3.5) - Drinkability is high, as it's very quenching. I liked the flavours (or at least the ingredients), but they could have been much bolder. This would have made the beer more complex and flavorful.

Good taste, but not enough of it!

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the beer was a clear gold color with a tiny white head. Not much aroma, just some sweet malt. Slight improvement in taste; both the honey and the orange came through. The beer is a little too sweet, and I didn't find it that enjoyable.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy burnt orange color. almost no head retention. smells of orange. whoa...much crisper and lighter than I expected, not too orangy in flavor. Carbed to the point it finishes with a little bite, but I like it. I could see knocking a few of these back while tending to a grill.

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Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a slightly hazed straw colored body with a medium sized vanilla head that quickly drops and leaves minimal scattered lace.

Aroma is wheat,coriander, and a hint of orange peel.

Light body is aggressively carbonated.

Taste is dominated by pale wheat malt which has a lemony twang. Hints of chamomile, coriander, and orange peel add some interest but I can't pick up any honey.

Not bad for this mundane style. A nice summer refresher.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright orange-yellow, cloudy, small head, high carbonation

Smell: orange, Belgian spices, and cream

Taste: orange, Belgian spices, honey, and wheat

Mouthfeel: light, moderately smooth, sweet, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is an awesome lawnmower beer that captures the essence of summer. Light, fruity, and highly drinkable. Not sure how it would translate in the winter, but I could see myself having several on my porch on a summer's night.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the LCBO's Rogue summer release.

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass, just cause that's what I'm rocking today. Initally a pale golden brew, but the top-up pour yielded a great deal of sediment to allow for some golden-straw murky goodness. Pale? Hardly. Some sediment patches on the bottom of the glass, good frothy head and decent retention, some lacing.

Nose is surprisingly tame - wheat malt, honey, a bit of citrus (grapefruit and lemon), but is nevertheless quite pleasant.

A decent wheat malt backing with a bit of crisp cracker to the finish, and subtle (!) notes of of honey, flowers, lemon and tea. Refreshing, tasty, but very underwhelming - I really expected a lot more from this brew. All the flavor notes I so anticipated from the label were barely present, and involved some genuine hunting - and hopefully nothing imagined on my part.

Tasty, yes, but certainly nothing worth getting as excited about as the girl on the label seems to be (although based on the label, it looks more like she's drinking a stout or dark IPA, which I think would be much more worth celebrating). Perhaps the pale wheat ale is a style that I don't really care for, or maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JerryG
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There are two other Honey Orange Wheat listed in BA and they are all the same beer. Eugene City Brewery started brewing this beer. They sold their beer out of West Brothers Barbecue restaraunt in Eugene, OR. Sadly, West Brothers went out of business and Eugene City with it. Rogue has taken up the recipe (it was ECB's flagship beer).

The color is the brightest orange I have seen in a beer, and nicely cloudy with a bubbly sparklilng carbonation. With a name like honey orange wheat I was expecting a fruitier nose, and was disappointed. I think this is why it is served with an orange slice (which does complement it). Taste is light, wheate ale with some fruity taste. No bitterness, and a little yeast taste.

Very good summer beer. It went well the hot barbecue at West Bros.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mocktm
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bomber on clearance for $2.99 at Total Wine...

Unfiltered and hazy light orange hue, fizzy and dainty white head with lousy retention and no stickiness. Eh...

Nose is faint, but distinct in what it offers: plenty of orange peel, coriander and honey, mildly floral.

Tastes as you would expect from the nose, malty sweet with absolutely no hop bitterness. Beer is as advertised, and quite good.

Amply carbonated, slick mouthfeel with a relatively light body. About as easy drinking as it can possibly get.

Nice summer beer, definitely will be sure to check out a fresher bottle next summer, cheers!

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep hazy golden amber. The head poured a pretty thick pillow that took some time to dissipate to a head of foam and left some decent lacing on the glass.
The smell is light citrus and honey with an underlying citrus peel bitterness and an herbal something that threw me off at first. The nose is a little lighter than the flavor.
Honey is right off with a coriander nip and I get the oats underlying in this one. A nice clean grains presence makes for a strong backbone and lingers most in a ho0ney-sweet finish. Citrus flavors of orange are pretty up front and lemon peel is more in the back. Overall there's a pretty fair balance.
The body is moderate with a very nice smoothness, though there a bite of crispness as you go.
This one's extremely drinkable and an all-around good brew. Tasty for pretty much anything and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber pours a cloudy pale orange hue, with lots of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves behind decent lace as it recedes. It smells of orange peel, white grain, and some muted earthy spices. The taste is mildly bitter orange, sweet white grain, black tea, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is soft, the body fruity and medium weight, and the finish is off-dry and fruity.

A fairly refreshing wheat beer, quite reminiscent of all the attempts recently by the big brewers to make a Witbier, albeit with a boatload more flavour. The eponymous honey does seem to get lost in there somehow, though.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid orange-yellow in colour. Towering white head quickly dies down to a thin collar. Doesn't lace. Subdued lemon peel, floral and wheat aroma. Tangy wheat malt lends brightness to the citrus flavour provided by the orange peel and coriander. Honeyed sweetness is subtle and light. Light-bodied with soft carbonation. Light and velvety mouthfeel. The muted aroma initially had me worried this would be a flavourless boring wheat ale, but this is actually pretty tasty. Not good enough for what it costs, however, so this will likely be my last one.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy gold. Head is thin and fizzy without much staying power.

Find the aroma quite floral. I'm only getting a faint coriander smell, really not much.

Nice wheat flavour right up front. Then the floral notes seem to take over with a sort of unpleasant citrus fruitiness on the periphery. Coriander is discernible. Orange comes into its own in the finish, but too little too late.

Can't find a date on the bottle, but I'm wondering whether this has been sitting on the shelf awhile given some of the kinder reviews. Missing a bit of zing.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

This pours like an average American lager, I know it's not, it's just that Somer Orange Honey Ale is a gold translucent color with minimal head that quickly resides. There's lots of carbonation in this beer and it bubbles throughout the entirety of the sitting. The head dissipates as does the lacing, seriously there is no lacing on this beer. Pour this next to a Michelob and the only difference would be the longer constant bubbling. The smell is also amazingly faint. I had to strain my nose just to catch a whiff (eloquent) of this beer. The taste isn't bad though, it's a more subtle pale ale. I actually really like the flavor of this. Really like, but I don't love. There's a nice balance of the yeast, wheat, honey and orange peel and ever present pacman yeast (which I move to be titled Rogue yeast). All of it blends together really well, it's subtle though, I wish the taste was slightly stronger, a little more bold. If it was, I'd really enjoy this and pick up another bottle at some point no doubt. However, I think I'll stick to trying more Rogue products as it stands now. It's not a bad drink, a good pale ale. It's very easily drinkable and something that you can sit with for a while and enjoy. Try it if you like Pale Ale's, it's not bad by any means.

Final thought: There should be a speech-bubble next to the women on the label that proclaims, "Toot, toot!"

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Photo of tetu
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought this may be a good summer beer and it looked like something the wife would like so I gave it a shot.

Poured the color of honey with no head retention. Very soft smell, at first I barely picked up anything. After the second sniff I got honey and bread with slight citrus. The taste is undertoned like the smell. I get a nice balance of honey and hops with wheat flavor in the background. It has a nice crisp finish with a very slight funk aftertaste, which, I'm not a fan of but it is not off-putting.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. Nothing crazy, just good beer. Not a strong flavor but it is great for what it is. My wife and I agreed that this beer was made for the summer (obviously). It is very enjoyable and would be a great transition into craft beer for many people. I will be picking up a couple of bombers to save for after cutting the grass or just sitting outside in the shade.

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Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of cjgator3
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange color with a white head that quickly forms a thin lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is faint wheat malts and honey with a touch of citrus.

T- The taste features honey with a touch of citrus and very little hop bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty average beer. Not horrible, but not great either. I probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey Orange Wheat pours a very hazy, straw color. It's unfiltered so the haze comes as no surprise. A fluffy white head sits atop and only rises to about a finger. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing behind. It's above average, but nothing too dazzling.

The nose is simple and straight forward. It's very earthy and grainy. There's a hint of citrus sweetness, but I'm not appreciating any orange. Honey is more prominent and lends more to its sweet smell. It smells a little yeasty, but not to an offensive degree. Alcohol is not noticeable. I suspect it's pretty light in that department. All in all, it's very average. It needs something to liven it up a bit.

The flavor profile's good enough to warrant a score bump, but it's a ways from good. It is sweet and a little malty up front. Honey is easily noted and contributes most of the sweet flavor. The citrus aspect is very subtle and almost goes unnoticed. I'm not getting much of 'orange' flavor here. It's very grainy, earthy, and yeasty. Those flavors take up most of the spotlight. Alcohol's got to be light in this one. I'm not picking up any at all. It finishes grainy and has a slightly weird aftertaste. It's above average, but not by much.

Honey Orange Wheat has a light body that leans medium. It's more substantial than I expected and has a feel that approaches smooth. Not quite, but close. Drinkability is average. The flavor's alright, but nothing too exciting. Honestly, a bomber's a little much and the flavor grows somewhat tiresome. It's light and goes down easy, but I'm ready to move on.

Honey Orange Wheat is not one my favorite Rogue beers. In fact, it's the most disappointing one I've had in quite some time. It just doesn't have enough flavor. It needs some hops or something to add some zeal. It's just bland and kind of ho-hum as it is. Meh. It's maybe worth a try. Not much more than that.

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Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 209 ratings