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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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +35%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.41/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking hazey orange cream amber with a nice, bright white head that reduces to a thick foamy film, with just a light touch of clingy lacing. This beer is so beautifully hazey, that you can't see any bubbles. Very light honey great teh nostrils backed by a watery orange drink smell. To me, smells like flavorful refreshment. Starts with some light fruits with some dried apricots in the middle to a honey, dark orange/citrus finsh that makes you take another sip, and another.... Very smooth, fruity, refreshing, with a touch of satisfying sweetness. This beer is awesome!!!

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Photo of ngandhi
4.34/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's best beer by any standard. But mostly mine. Because my standard is high, but subtle. Nothing against you ubiquitous high-gravity enablers. Godspeed, actually, but that's not how I roll. The Prada and Jil Sander to your Fubu, this precise, tailored beer is why minimalism is so 2010. I love this elegant pale ale in every capacity to the point where I have no interest in understanding the "honey" part. There's no residual sweetness, instead a Belgan triple finish--crisp and grainy, bitter but quaffable, and completely tremendous. So, why the honey? It just ferments out. Because you don't ferment aroma. The nose builds off of hops and picks up a smell that has little to do with beer. It's riesling. It's muscadet. It's fiano. But this ain't beer. And, so, it's perfect. Deal with it. Perfection is quantifiable. It can be judged. And it does make you better than you thought you could be.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly hazy, unfiltered, light-golden color with a big-bubbled head which is average is all respects.

S- Orange, flowers, honey, flour, herbs, and a bit of yeast funk. Reminds me of a Belgian wit.

T- The taste is very smooth with a very subtle bitter bite. Flavor is sweet with vegetal flower and herb hints.

M- Light and bright with bubbly carbonation.

D- Very drinkable with a refreshing quality.

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4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden color with a high key lime pie like head.

S- Wheat, citrus, coriander and orange peel. The aroma is nice with a mix of all the spices and honey. Nothing is too over powering.

T- Light wheat honey and citrus spice. The coriander comes through strong in the middle of the taste, then fades. Then there is a nice sweetness at the end, along with coriander and chamomile. Through out the sip different fruits such as apple and plum and pears are all there.

M- Somer Orange Honey Ale is thin with a light carbonation, slight snap of carbonation at the end.

D- Great drinkability, super flavorful and complex. Would like to try this beer on draft.

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4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow orange. Almost a white tint to it as well. Bubbly ivory white head leaves sporadic patches of lace. Sweet aroma of orange and spice. Summer like mistiness permeates. Nice little tanginess to this beer. Spice is delicate. Corriander is proportionate and not overdone. Really a pretty good blend of flavors with a nice malt base. This would be great on the golf course or in the pool. Put it in cans and sell it for $9-10 a sixer and I'd be buying a lot.

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4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, light copper body with a very thin, slightly fizzy, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma smelling of honey, light spice, basic barley, delicate wheat, citrus, and a few hints of flowers.

Taste: Light pale malts with a hearty, invigorating addition of crisp wheat and a medium amount of sweetness present. The additions of honey, citrus peel, and chamomile are all there, but are delivered fairly subtly. Faintly spicy hops with an overall clean (surprisingly low) bitterness. Transient traces of sweet honey and citrus prior to the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, summertime brew from Rogue sans the seemingly obligatory coarse Rogue bitterness. Wait. Was I the only guy who honesty liked this? Three times this month alone I've had entered a bar to hear: There's the guy who likes Somer Orange! Typically, it's followed by "GET HIM!" Speaking as the one guy who liked this beer, I must admit that I don't actively buy it, as it's not available in a six-pack (at least not in my area).

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4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a standard pint glass

apperence is very light yellow with a brown tone in it as well, no head at all besides a few bubbles on the outer of the glass.

smell orange, wheat, grain

taste a classic wheat beer taste, wheats were brews that really started to make me like beer and this is one i wish i tried sooner. ive had a few of these at the 2 pubs in newport and finally scored some cheap bottles at a rogue sale. taste suggest slight orange, lemon, and honey. the taste came out better on tap then from a bottle but im reviewing a bottle right now ;)

moutfeel slight bubbles goes down very easy and is very drinkable with its lowish abv it is a decent session beer

pretty good from a bottle, but much better on tap to round this one up

and beeradvocate has this listed as 2 different beers the 'somer orange honey ale' as far as i know is actually different this one comes in a 'track town' bottle and this one comes in the picture listed above.

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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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4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of orange peel with coriander with nice floral undertones. Taste is very refreshing with great perfumes of orange peel and coriander with notes of chamomiles; wheat malt is also quite present with a nice bubblegum touch. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I am a sucker for wheat and spices and this is one interesting combo and a lot better then I had hoped for.

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Photo of Slynger
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon with an orange tinge, a cap of fine white fuzz.

Nice nose with honeysuckle and fresh orangey scents along with mellow wheaty and yeastiness.

Lightly sweet and flowery creamed honey flavor, soft wheat bread and yeasty base, light fresh orangey overtones, and a touch of fresh grassy hop bitterness. Medium-light body has pleasant fuzzy-tingly carbonation.

Very refreshing, light and tasty, supreme drinkability. Very good summer brew.

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Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dull orange with a white head that fades fast. The smell is not strong but is dominated by the orange citrus notes. The sweet honey notes are there as well, with some floral notes too. The taste starts with the citrus flavor, not very sweet, the majority of the flavor revolves around the orange, but is not overpowering or annoying. The taste finishes with the honey but not sweet. The mouthfeel is medium/light, highly carbonated but doesn't subtract from the beer, not too smooth, but a nice balance. This one is an easy drinker, the flavors are not overpowering to get annoying, very enjoyable.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a one finger white head. Smells of orange and wheat, great smell! Tastes primarily of wheat with orange peel. Its a smooth flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but crisp and light with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer, if you are looking for a beer to let your girlfriend try, this would be a good selection, its a real good beer and it has an agreeable taste.

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4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The beer's dusty color echos the bottle background and reminds me of acai honey. A nice, tall head upon pouring fades quickly with little lacing. The wheat and oats come through at first sniff, followed by fruity notes of orange (not sharp, citrus ones like orange oil, but more mellow like the juice) and finally coriander.

At first taste, the beer is quite smooth with a citrus carbonation combination that reminds me of orange seltzer. It's laced with honey sweetness and the taste rounds out with a nutty wheat flavor that lightly blankets the tongue and compliments the faint warmth of the alcohol. There is a lingering bitterness as I sip on, but it's tough to distinguish it as hops or coriander since both have floral notes. Maybe if I were Scandinavian I would have better luck!

All in all, it's a refreshing summer drink that I wouldn't mind trying again.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear, but slightly hazy, golden hue that has a slight orange tint. Looks like the fog outside that's getting cut by an evening sun after a long hard rain. A two finger white tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Just a little bit of honey and orange peel. Very light toasty grains are in the background.

A sweet flavor up front, a little from the honey, met by some light citrus flavors. The grains are a little tart. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Decent summer ale, very refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually picked this one up in the store about a week ago. I had not purchased anything in a while and saw this sitting in the fridge, having never tried it I figured what the heck. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
Appearance - A nice golden color, clear with hints of a honey touch around the sides. Big foamy head rose up fast and settled just about right leaving behind some nice lacing and lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface.
Smell - Bready malts, a touch of honey, light citrus. Very well balanced and nothing really pushing the envelope. May a touch of lemon zest as well.
Taste - Light, honey is definitely there, but not as heavy as I would have thought. It was very well put together I have to say. Light touch of honey, more pronounced in the finish with the orange peel really making its presence felt then. Nice light dry finish and very sweet on the palate.
Feel - Light, crisp, clean. Nice carbonation and nothing heavy weighing it down.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, would be a good water substitute in the summer for sure.
Overall - I have to say not bad, while I was certainly not blown away by it, there was definitely something solid going on here. I would try it again, especially on tap.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
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