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 TheNightbird
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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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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 jmalex
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really envisioned a nicer day to enjoy a beer or 2 and watch the U.S. Open. While Mother Nature isn't cooperating, I'm sure the beer will. This was a great find for my seemingly never-ending quest of finding every Rogue bomber that I can.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my trusty Victory becker a somewhat hazy pale straw color. A 2-finger bright white head sits on top and drops to a full cap that's constantly being replenished.

SMELL: American witbier? Sweet pale wheat is at the forefront and dominates the nose. Everything else plays backup and adds a really nice component to the beer. Orange and citrus are a given. Some citrusy west coast hops make an appearance and add to this. The lack of Belgian esters are bound to throw people off, but I think it's a nice twist.

TASTE: Alllmost a witbier. The orange is much more aggressive in the taste and coriander makes an appearance finally. Sweet, clean, pale wheat again forms an awesome, flavorful base for this beer. Hop flavor is low with only a balancing bitterness. Again, the lack of Belgian esters is a weird twist, but all the suggestions of witbier flavors make the clean Pacman yeast not that noticeable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a fluffiness that contributes a bit of fullness. This yields a body that seems a little big, and it shows with a slight slickness to the texture. Carbonation is average and about where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad at all. This is actually really nice on a rainy summer day. 5.2 is certainly a manageable alcohol level, and I'm glad, as all Rogue beers, it comes in a bomber size.

Every once in awhile some obscure Rogue beer shows up on shelves and turns out to be a really good beer (see FestiveAle, Younger's Special Bitter). This one goes comfortable into that group and I'd definitely buy this again.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy, opaque straw colored brew with a thin white head.

S - Light and sugary, slightly earthy with floral notes.

T - Sweet, with a floral sugary quality from the honey component and other additives.

M - Thin bodied, fizzy.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky orange/yellow color with a thick white foam that leaves some lacing.

S- Hints of orange peel and yeast in the nose. A bit of spice and the slightest amount of piney hops. These scents were all very very light.

T- A bit of orange and lemon with a wheat/yeast background. Some honey adds a sweetness to balance a subtle bitterness that I could only attribute to a spice (coriander?) rather than hops. Really light flavor.

M- Ultra light with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall just a bit too light in flavor and feel for me.

D- While I think that it is to light for me, that does make it supremely drinkable. This is definitely a summer beer that I could see may sipping around the pool.

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Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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 hosehead83
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Hazy golden with thin head and lacing
Aroma--Subtle orange, coriander and tea
Taste-Orange peel zest, nice wheat flavor and subtle tones of honey and tea
This was a very refreshing and thirst-quenching beer-very easy to drink-Kind of reminded me of a Liney Summer Shandy but with a little more substance and body
An excellent hot-weather beer!!

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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 scruffwhor
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
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 Slynger
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a small white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty upfront, leading into some nice fruity tones. Very nice aromatics for a American pale wheat.

Rich bready and yeasty flavors upfront leading into a nice, light orange fruity taste with a perceived sweetness. Finishes quite dry with a pleasant lingering fruity and yeasty taste.

Light body, ample carbonation.

What a pleasant surprise. Full of flavor, which is an uncommon thing for this style. Very easy to drink, as was expected. Probably my favorite beer in this style after Gumballhead.

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Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had beer on tap at Rogue Brewery Brewers on the Bay in Newport in pint glass.

A: Pale amber hue, light head.

S: Slight scent of orange, hints of maltiness as well.

T & M: This is a very light beer, hint of the fruitiness as well as wheat textures. Refreshing mouthfeel, quite enjoyable.

D: Highly drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer as the final beer in my session at the Rogue Brewery.

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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 and learn.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these bottles from Newport Public House. Poured very cloudy with good carbonation. Aromas of wheat, honey, orange with decent hops. Very good drinkability. I even liked it. My wife loves it. Recommended for sure. Cheers and enjoy. Rogue pulls through again

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Photo of JerryG
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ndekke39
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on-tap at the Portland brewpub. Poured a cloudy honey color with a foamy, bright white head. Aromas and flavors of, well, honey, oranges, wheat, plus all the spices you would expect from a witbier. Tends toward being a little too spicy and bitter. Needs more of the sweet of the fruit and honey. Good carbonation and head retention. Pretty good drinkability, although not as complex as I would like. Still, it's not out-and-out bad, by any means.

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Photo of younger35
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer over Labor Day weekend at Rogue. I’m pretty sure it’s only available on tap at the beer bar. Drank out of a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with some chill haze that slowly clears as it warms. Maybe about a half finger white head that disappears leaving nothing behind.
Smell- Very clean and semi fragrant. Lightly floral hops smell like fresh lilacs. Slight orange and lemon zest round out the nose.
Taste- Starts with a refreshing bitter orange that slowly melds into a nice sweet wheat malt. The honey marginally adds to the sweetness but is not a bit cloying. Finishes with a lemon zest like tartness that seems a bit out of place.
Mouthfeel- Very light body that borders on watery with a light, fizzy carbonation. Starts crisp and clean the finishes very dry.
Drinkability- One of the better flavored wheat I’ve had but I’m still not 100% in love with fruit flavors (other than yeast esters) in my Wheat Brews. My girlfriend enjoyed it quite a bit though. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is only at Rogue and not bottled, and had it on draft during my recent west coast visit. A very light bodied beer with a thin white head with big bubbles that fell quickly w/o any lace to show for it. Yellow-ish beer, though not quite macro lager color because of a hint of orange in it. Slight hazy too with lots of fruit in the noste. Strong honey and orange in the taste as well. Not a bad beer, but not up to Rogue's usual standard.

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