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
Photo of nick76
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

He appearance is very interesting when poured with a large head but after it sits a few minutes it looks almost flat. The color is orange-gold with some cloudiness. The smell is exactly as one would expect with citrus, wheat, honey, and an unusual but good yeast. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Well what can I say his is an average beer despite being a really interesting concept.

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

22oz bottle poured into mug glass

Appearance: Clear gold, definitely looks like a summer beverage. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus notes and mild spice.

Taste: Spice and citrus. Kind of lacking a distinct honey flavor. Some bitterness but not potent.

Mouthfeel: Kind of just an average feel, nothing spectacular or like just experiencing heaven.

Drinkability: Pretty easy down the pipe.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some notes of citrus. Taste is good, citrus, spices, and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really like Rogue products. I keep Dead Guy and Mocha Porter close at hand, I treat my self to the overpriced XS series occasionally, and I just generally dig their philosopy and all. But this was a terrible beer. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but definatley the worst beer I've ever had with Rogue stamped on the front of it.

I poured the beer into a goblet, and it poured up very pretty indeed. It was a beaming golden color, slightly hazy, with a big old head of creamy white foam. It looked really good, so I thought things were off to a good start.
The aroma was pleasant, with a nice fresh floral aroma, slight malts and wheat with a touch of citrus.
The flavor is where this beer falls flat. There simply wasn't any. At least nothing discernable... There was a faint, and I mean faint sweetness somewhere in there, but to me, it was almost like drinking a slightly thickened, sweetend carbonated water.
I'm sorely disappointed with this beer. As I said, I'm a fan of Rogue, but with this beer, I'd like to have my money back.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellowish, orangish body with fizzy head that dies quickly and leaves little lace. A somewhat sour, tart smell that makes me believe the beer is a tad skunky. Light-bodied, sour fruitish taste with lemon zest with a dash of sweet malt but finishes sharp and bitter. Not a bad ale but not what I was expecting and just too sour for my liking.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and refreshing pale wheat malt scent with some bitter orange peel and a dry honey aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry, bitter flavor that's light on honey character. The orange flavor is not that impressive either. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average wheat beer. It sounds great, but fall flat.

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Photo of travolta
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Cloudy unique golden straw in color. Beautiful, full, foamy head. nice retention, nice lacing.

Nose: Clean citrus, soapy, yeasty.

Taste: Saltine crackers, smooth malt, slightly syrupy. Contrary to what other tasters have stated, am finding this brew complex. I might be going crazy, but I taste capers, and lemon.

Notes: It was a nice buy. It is unique and worth trying. You probably will need just one, however.

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Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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 goldbot
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Cloudy golden yellow with thin white head which dissipates quickly. There is medium carbonation and a small amount of lacing.

Smells of citrus, floral hops, sweet malt/bread, and a hint of spices. Tastes of mostly sweet malt up front; a lot of bready flavor. Hints of lemon and orange zest. There is also a nice hoppy, floral bitterness which balances the malt character pretty well. A dry finish with more subtle hops flavor.

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Photo of Probie
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy, straw color with almost no head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Almost no aroma, though there is a slight wheat and citrus scent.

Taste: Slight sweet tea flavor, dash of citrus. There is a good balance between the malt and hop profiles. However for as much as they talk up the 11 ingredients, its hard to detect most are even present.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation perceptible, though enough so it leaves a creamy coating behind.

Drinkability: Light, crisp finish though probably would have been a better summer beer than trying it in the middle of winter.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Rogue Ale House, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a slightly hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a doughy pale malt and some citrus.

The taste consisted of yeast esters, mild wheat spice and a bit of orange zest. There was a lingering sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a decent pale wheat ale.

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Photo of mwa423
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured the bottle into a hefeweizen glass, orange and cloudy, but with only small head that quickly dies down. Color is perfect, head could be a little nicer.

S - Very little here, only slight hints of wheat malt, but very very little smell.

T - There's just nothing on the taste. It's like drinking thick water with little carbonation.

M/D - Mouthfeel is barely carbonated, it is just like drinking thick water, very little taste, blah.

There's absolutely nothing here, it's possible I'm just drinking the beer out of season, but I'm probably going to just drain pour this.

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Photo of budgood1
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the 650 ml bomber a hazy orange and gold hue with a big, foamy head which reduces quickly to some very fine wispy lacing. faint aromas of wheat and orange...slight hints of chamomile and spice. the taste is an interwoven blend of definite wheat notes and spice...citrus notes also present with a hint of mint and a lagerish back end hop bite that is quick to fade to a somewhat dry finish. no discerning flavours from the honey used. lots of sludge worked up from the bottom adds a rounded zestiness to the mouthfeel...and the addition of oats gives this an ever so supple feel not usually found in wheats and wits. light to moderate body...about the norm for weizens and the like. drinkability is ok. it doesn't induce me to keep gulping like some refreshing wheat beers do.

another beer that probably should be sampled in the summer and not the snowy cold of december where i live. i'm sure i'd have a slightly more positive slant on this rogue offering if that were the case. nevertheless it's sort of interesting but not really recommended as per the price.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/14/2009 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy golden colored body, with no head. Has a spicy sweet aroma, strong honey and sweet spices. Orange. Fizzy. Sweet spicy taste, honey. Carbonated, sweet spicy. strong honey sweet taste. Light and flowery tasting.

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Photo of Elimination
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650 ML bottle that I purchased along with 5 other Rogue beers within the past month. Poured into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. From message written on the side of the bottle: This unfiltered beer is medium bodied with no harsh bitterness, it has flavors of honey and orange balanced with a nice medium-sweet malt character.

A Translucent light yellow body with visible bubbles rising up. Initially there was a generous off white head but that dissipated within 2 minutes down to a single layer of bubbles and a minimal ring around the top of the beer. Later pours revealed the unfiltered cloudy yellow body that I prefer. I will give a little extra appearance credit for the late appearance of the beer 3.5

S Light smelling honey and barley. Just fine but not that inspiring either. 3.5

T Nice light honey and orange tastes along with a present but not overwhelming barley taste as well. I really like this light tasting beer. 4.0

M Despite the description above (mentioning medium bodied) I think that this beer has a light mouthfeel with only the shades of honey, orange and barley to beef it up. The feel is also affected by a nice level of carbonation which makes the beer dance across the tongue. It is a nice effect. 4.0

D Really very good. The light tastes, the carbonation conspire to make this beer entirely drinkable. 4.5

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, milky white with a lean, fine head of white foam that settles leaving scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is wheat malt, honey, citrus zest and some faint spice from the coriander and chamomile. This tastes pretty spot on for the style, nothing crazy but a good thirst quencher. Wheat malt and honey flavors up front with mild citrus and spice notes. Finishes dry. Medium creamy mouthfeel that is no doubt a product of the oats added. I could see reaching for one of these on a hot day. A decent summertime brew.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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 cjgator3
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clean pour, golden straw, obviously a filtered wheat ale. Scratch that - the last glass has all the 'stuff' in it, resulting in a densely clouded brew, a dark and dirty yellow. Thin head is whitish and short-lived with a few wispy strands of lace.

Aroma - wheat malts are low key, the fruits make it smell a lot like Blue Moon or maybe Bert Grant's mandarin hefe.

Taste - robust and flavorful grains. The fruitiness has some light abv warmth alongside, a nice contrast to the typical summer fruit ale. A touch of seltzery saltiness on the swallow and into the aftertaste, a twang of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, very prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability - a decent summer quencher and a good effort by Rogue, though this beer stays closer to typical style than most of their beers. I'd have it on tap if I saw it, though.

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Photo of northaustin
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with thin white head that disappers quickly and leaves no lacing.

doesnt really have a smell. i guess im getting some malts but this is like on a whole new level of no smell. maybe a little yeast?

taste is mostly pale malts. a bit of the honey and yeast. pretty thin all around but satisfying

makes my mouth feel a bit dry. its a little too carbonated. some sticky sweetness though.

drinkability: very sessionable. light and fairly refreshing. not for those looking for a full flavored beer. but i wouldnt mind taking this one out to the lake sometime. also it was a few bucks cheaper than any rogue i had seen in texas. and i do admire their dedication to putting out new and interesting beers.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber to a hazy golden orange with thin white head that lasted a while and left okay lacing. Arokma was very muted, and I stgruggled to find hints of citrus fruit or honey. Mouthfeel was fairly thin and while taste had a little more of the fruit and honey than the nose, not much. Short, unimpressive finish.

Not Rogue's best

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes

22oz bomber poured into a hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Poured A orange honey color with a nice cloudiness. A sticky white head on this puppy, nice retention and a lively carbonation.

Smell: The nose is off orange blossom honey with some light floral and citrus undertones. Smells like summer.

Taste: Hits you with some orange blossom honey up front, that lead into a wheaty and malty middle and finished up with a hint of citrus. None of the flavors were overpowering but for a summer beer it was just right.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin and very light, the carbonation was lively and it was a smooth drinker. I think it was fine for a summer brew, but it could have been a bit heavier.

Drinkability: This beer is light and refreshing and perfect for a summer picnic or barbeque.

Thoughts: Rogue beers are either hit or miss with me. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Shared a bomber of this withe a friend. Poured half the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is similar to grapefruit juice. Not hazy, but the beer is opaque and colored a cirtusy beige hue. Small white lacing with little retention. In the nose, there are strong notes of orange and something rather flowery. The beer is brewed with chamomile, so I assume thats what I am picking up. Taste has small notes of sweet honey, orange peel, and coriander. These are all slight background flavors though and do not stand out enough. Good balance but weak flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Drinkability is good due to the low ABV and sweet, citrusy tone of the beer.

Overall, a good beer to sip on a summer afternoon. Refreshing, light and very summery.

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