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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 209
Photo of blackie
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

kind of a random purchase when I got that once-in-awhile craving for a boring APWA

a: wheat ale glass, lightly hazed honey golden in color, topped with a thin layer of white carbonation, average retention

s: wheat and pale malt base, clean with a light peppery spice, a little floral, brief glimpses of orange, some bready yeast aromas, not very fruity but some apple or pear, mildly hopped

m: carbonation a touch spritzy, lower in level, with a lighter body

t: cleanly grainy wheat and very pale malts through and through, some yeast, mild orange peel, grassy hop flavors, just a touch of sugar early before drying thoroughly to leave a hint of spice and mild bitterness, very delicate honey flavors that are quite tough to pull out - but that's usually expected with honey, pretty one-dimensional here

o: not bad but fairly uninteresting and one-dimensional, nothing off about it though - would be a decent choice on a hot summer day, honey pretty much absent

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly sweet citrus and honey flavor that is quickly followed by a thin wheat and light malt breadiness. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The honey flavor increases just a bit into the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other wheat beers I would choose first.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle: "This unfiltered beer is medium bodied with no harsh bitterness. It his flavors of honey and orange balanced with a nice medium-sweet malt character."; "Brewed With Oregon Honey, Orange Peel, & Spices Added".

My pour netted me a fizzy, foamy finger of French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose smelled strongly of sweet oranges, more like Mandarin than Navel. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was definitely not bitter. It was very mellow, like drinking tea and even the label mentioned their use of Chamomile along with Coriander and the other aforementioned ingredients. Finish was not overly sweet, but it was definitely sweeter than I usually like. This would be one for me to share with (at least) one other person. A bomber of it was too much by myself. I guess that it would be good in the summer or if you like this sort of thing, but for me, it was a non-starter.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a hazy light orange colour with a lot of small bubbled carbonation, although limited head and no lacing. Aroma of roasted grains, both malted barley and wheat, with a pleasantly orange undertone. The orange is also prevalent in this beer's finish, although it is not overly sweet or cloying. Taste has an initial malted sweetness, then a moment of bitterness before the orange and grain finish. The wheat is present, but not overwhelming - a positive, in my own personal world.

None of the grapefruit or tropical fruits I'd associate specifically with this style, but a pleasant beer one nonetheless. An uncomplicated and unthreatening summer pint that could appeal to a wide variety of consumers.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A random bomber I grabbed in a recent trip to the US.

A - Pours a light golden colour with minimal haze, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Rather mild off the top, hints of orange citrus, leafy greens and some caramel malts. As I dip into the glass the light honey notes come through.

T - The sweet honey is detectable alongside the orange rind and a unique bitterness lingers alongside some sour mash notes, leafy greens and some bready caramel.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking and surprisingly flavourful. A tasty afternoon beverage that would pair well with a summer patio.

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Photo of mocktm
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ChadQuest
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber with Pizza in Dekalb at Lord Stanleys Annex. I figure, $5 for a rogue bomber at a bar? yes please. lord Stanley is odd.
This one poured a light and clear yellow color, carbination is visual and signs of crispness. should be refreshing with our odd pizza with saurkraut/mushrooms on it.
Aroma is light but shows some citrusy hops that really give this beer a flavor profile that is clean and crisp andwhile the wheat aspects dont come through in a super prominant way makes this bomber one that is quite enjoyable to eat some food with.
Clean, refreshing, everything you'd expect me to say about a light flavorless beer in the mouthfeel, but this one has flavors worth pairing with food.

This is a good beer in the right conditions.
Get it for dinner, not for dessert.

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Photo of rdub
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the undated bomber into my Duvel tulip. Cloudy orange tan hue with an awesome massive fluffy head. Quickly dissipated to a small layer. Nice wheat nose but nothing special. No orange or honey for me. Taste was basic medium wheat with little to no orange or honey. Sorry. Mouthfeel was nice and easy drinking but for me was just an average wheat. Would have again for basic refreshment.

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Photo of drcarver
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped bomber bottle. The numbers don't really reflect the beer. It is a decent beer, just a little weak.

A - straw color with a thin, nearly nonexistent, head that fades to nothing and leaves little lacing. very cloudy. judging from other reviews the bottle was probably a bottle passing its prime.

S - little if any aroma, sweet honey but no real orange or wheat aroma

T - honey with a bit of orange nose. however the flavor is very subdued. It is clean, crisp, and pleasant, but there is not enough flavor. No aftertaste.

O - it is refreshing but it definitely leaves you wanting more flavor more than wanting another beer.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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 dgilks
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw colour with a small off-white head. Poor head retention.

Slightly spicy citrus aroma with a hint of tart wheat.

Simple and fruity flavour with some light malt. Moderate orange notes. Decent.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice simple fruity wheat ale. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 SpecialK088
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

A-incredibley hazy to the point it's opaque. Thin head gathered around the edge. Almost looks creamy.

S-dry wheat, orange peel, citrus zest

T&D- just like the nose slight orange zest with a very dry flavor. Honey is pretty non noticeable

Overall I had high hopes for it but it just came off alot like a beefed up blue moon I was pretty let down by the lack of orange and honey in it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
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 MeisterBurger
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light turbid gold topped by a white frothy head.

Inhaling long and deeply mostly I get grains, and a bit of the honey, orange and coriander as advertised, but it's though they did nothing to make them integrate them into the aroma in a way that was enticing or in any way remarkable.

Taste is light, honey with straw and pale malts and wheat with orange in the finish. Crisp and dry with light bitterness. There's something to this that reminds me of soda crackers or matzo crackers. Overall the flavor profile is very subdued.

There's a high level of carbonation that lends an aspect of Perrier to the taste. This makes it crisp and refreshing but diminishes the flavors for me.

This is a very approachable beer, one that's good for summer drinking in a pinch. But it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City for an event that I went to in Brooklyn last night. Total crap shoot since I had never had it before and it seemed different from the other seasonals that are out on the shelf now. Sure enough, it was...but it didn't stand out as much as I had hoped either.

Poured pretty typical of this style of beer - goldenrod with a cloudy hue and a decent amount of head that didn't last long. Minimal lacing to be seen and not as bright an aroma as other unfiltered beers. Without a doubt, the Oregon Honey was the dominant flavor and combined with the coriander and floral wheat taste in a good way. This was very malty and just a bit sour because of the farmhouse-like ingredients that went into this. The wheat allowed for a balanced mouthfeel since the carbonation was present but not too excessive.

Not a lot of alcohol in this either and certainly not in the taste. While this isn't a bottle that can be chugged down with an orange slice, it's not impossible to down this in a sitting and enjoy it. The taste will not appeal to those who would prefer a Blue Moon or Hoegaarden but for someone looking for a change from the usual summer offering, this wouldn't be a bad choice. Once again, Rogue has assembled a great list of ingredients which result in a beer that isn't quite like anything else currently on the shelf.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and slightly hazy, white one finger head that didn't last too long and left sheets of lacing for a bit, but eventually dissipated into mostly nothing.

From the smell I could certainly buy the name, it's sweet, wheaty, and orangey/lemony. There's a touch of spiciness and a smidge of coriander.

Taste is a bit more pronounced, with plenty of wheat, lemons, tart orange, graininess, sweet honey, and an array of light spices.

Feel wise it's very light, well carbonated, and summery, but could be thicker for a wheat ale.

Overall it's pretty refreshing for summertime but it's by no means a hit.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden colour, with a mountain of frothy white head which dissipates quite quickly. Lots of carbonation evident in the beer.

Smell is incredibly faint. I can catch whiffs of honey and orange. I can't detect the coriander, not much of the rest of the beer.

Taste is pretty dull as well, and greatly obscured by the heavy carbonation. I find it hard to taste much given the battering that my palate gets from the bubbles. Finish is a little bitter, which was unexpected. I do taste the honey, and the orange very slightly.

A pretty disappointing beer in my view. Not sure if my bottle is off somehow, but not the taste I expected and not something I would return to. Glad I only picked up a single bottle.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Swedes21

Appearance - Hazy amber/orange with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. Hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, oranges, coriander, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of oranges mixed with grains and coriander. I'm also getting a bit of an earthiness/funk but that might be from the 'Oregon honey' that they apparently use. It finishes with a tart orange aftertaste.

Overall – The beer had a nice interesting taste. It really isn't your typical wheat beer. I'd say that it's definitely worth trying if you haven't already. Thanks Swedes21

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Semi-cloudy pale yellow/straw colour with a tall foamy head. Recedes rather quick to a thin white blanket that sticks around for a little while.

S: Grains strong on the nose, spice aroma like cloves, and some citrus notes. Honey present as well, but takes a back seat to the grains and spices.

T: Wheat grains, but balanced nicely with the honey. Leaves a satisfying (i.e. not overly bitter or dry) taste in the mouth. Spices and quite a bit of orange citrus are present and compliment the taste nicely.

M: Well balanced lighter mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: Could easily drink a few of these on a summer night. However, I was expecting quite a bit more flavour from this, as opposed to a more clean, crisp, and safer taste profile. Nonetheless still worth a try.

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Photo of bryehn
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a swampy pineapple juice yellow that's a bit rusty at the top, with a sizeable foamy head that falls to a collar in a few minutes, but lasts.

Smells like soapy hops as well as wet grasses and malts, as well as tasted grains. Very fresh smelling, the oats and chamomile take life after warming.

Has a tart grapefruit-like taste at first, with a sweet malt backing. Honey and sour, under ripe oranges on the back. Dry, floral potpourri taste as well as a buttery note after warming.

Mouth is creamy with a medium carbonation thanks to the long-lasting collar. Tangy in the middle and dry on the finish.

I like this style, but not enough to keep seeking it out at $6.40 a bomber. One of Rogue Ales' more accessible entries however.

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Photo of paxkey
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

name on bottle is somer orange honey ale.

for me this a lawnmower beer with a welcome accentuation of flowers honey and spices. finishes very dry which forces more drinking. overall okay but the style is played out with an upfront cardboardy bread malt and a fizzy pop like consistency with a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy golden yellow colour, pale, one finger white head. Smell is malty, citrus, orange, slight sweet notes, wheat, some touches of honey. Taste is malty, citrus and orange come through, sweet honey like notes, bready finish and slightly spicy. High carbonation, medium body and fairly light weight. Not a bad brew, refreshing and above average, the sediment on the bottom made this a tastier brew than the first pour.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 strangemusic
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One from Rogue I hadn't tried yet.

Pours a gold colour with nice fluffy head that disappears quite quickly.

The smell is muted, with malts, wheat, orange and some floral notes. But not very impressive.

Taste is much more robust. Fresh, bright orange peel, coriander, florals, light hops, but a bit too much of a grainy, wheat/yeast flavour. Lightly spicy.

Mouthfeel- light, thin body, soft carbonation, though on the grainy side.

Overal - refreshing and zesty, but not great all-around.

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