Somer Orange Honey Wheat | Rogue Ales

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Somer Orange Honey WheatSomer Orange Honey Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

13º PLATO
10 IBU
79 AA
3.5º Lovibond

Added by FightingEntropy on 11-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy honey color with a nice white head that rapidly fades.

Nose is simple fresh orange with hints of honey. Nose is delicate and elegant and has one thinking of summer gardening and perhaps a nice piece of simple whitefish or cold salmon for lunch!

Mouthfeel is medium, feels a little creamy but without character.

Flavors are weak white bread yeast and not much else. There may be a hint of honey but one has to really look for it.

Rogue continues to disappoint me. This tastes and feels like my expectation of a "light" beer, although I've not tasted one in many years. Rogue-great names; cool bottle graphics; beers - not so great.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The title sounds like there is a lot going on- a lot that doesn't readily appeal to me. But, let's see...

The beer starts with a Blonde Ale look: a lightly hazy straw/golden color with high carbonation, light head retention (somewhat fizzy), and light lacing. Retention is fleeting but settles into a thin lace that then holds firm.

Aromas of pilsner malts and raw barley grains hit upfront. Floral hops with a boquet of fruits, flowers, and spices soon to follow. lightly bready and moderately estery.

Flavors also show the malt/grain mix found in the nose- a typical Blonde Ale balance. Citrus hops give a nice fruity taste that differs from the sweet-fruity character of the yeasty esters. Any added honey is light and restrained, showing only a light sweetness that could also be derived from malts. Orange notes also could have come from Centinnial hops or similar.

The malt-grain mix shows up again on the palate with a thin graininess that bites just a bit. The sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue as the hops chase the beer into the finish.

This beer is nothing really special, but is light and refreshing as a summertime session ale. Definately favorable to the industrial beers available.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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 emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Served in a footed pilsner glass.

Golden orange color, some transparency. Aroma was mostly wheat, floral with trace citrus. No discernable orange.

Taste was fairly average, dull wheat and a very vague hop twang in the back, good carbonation. Again, where's the orange? Easy to drink, not much substance. Should have gone with Oberon instead...live and learn.

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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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium amber gold. Dead head, with zero lacing.

S - Light malt, slightly waxy backdrop.

T - Silky smooth and mild. Has an interesting profile that never really crescendos but lasts a lifetime. Soft malt. Slightly buttery. Mild cedar hops way in the background. Hints of chamomile and citrus come through in the finish.

M - Great smoothness. Medium-light body. Incredibly long sweet malt finish.

D - The flavors and mouthfeel are interesting and light on the palate

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. This becomes a bit turbid at the bottom of the bottle, average lacing & zero head retention

S: Grassyness & some honey as this warms, not much else

T: Grassyness, some lemony hops & wheat tartness up front. Dryness & some orange peel as this warms, along with wheat tartness, plus a bit of ginger. Finishes crisp with some orange, plus honey dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively (but spot on) carbonation, nice & crisp

Damn drinkable after doing some yard work. Niothing earthshattering here, but I could certaianally down a few of these no problem

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow golden color with one finger of white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, yeast, slight hints of fruit. Not that great and not getting any honey here.

t - Tastes of orange, honey, bready malts, and wheat.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the mouth.

d - Not that great of a beer. Thought the smell was kind of weak and not that enjoyable. The taste was a little better, but the high carbonation also hurt it. Would not try again.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of 22Blue
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden yellow with a thin head that lasts for a bit before disappearing. Trailing lace slides down glass without sticking. 2nd half of bottle poured hazed.

The smell is of honey, chamomile, hint of orange peel and coriander. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of mild malty sweetness with a touch of honey and wheat tang. Honey not too sweet and balanced by mild spicing.

Light-bodied with a rather watery feel. Carbonation seemed mild, but hit the back of the throat a bit.

It's a mildly sweet brew with understated character. Inoffensive, but didn't stand out as much...better similar summer refreshers out there, IMO, though wasn't bad...

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, orange, honey, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of orange, all spice, yeast cleanliness, honey, and slight sweet malt. Overall, this is a very fruity/honey beer with little malt or hop backbone.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

08/03/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating found. Poured into my 24oz mug.

Appearance- Darker orange colored pour, maybe a touch amber. Fizzy head which reaches a 1/2 inch but fades quickly. Light spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really no real scent. Some light malt, maybe a hint of lemon-orange aroma. Pretty scentless.

Taste- Quite an average boring flavor. Some wheat notes, some dry malty notes, maybe even a touch of cardboard. Very light artificial orange flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, some malty flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Come on Rogue...you can do better than this. Just plain boring.

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Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
3.52 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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