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 Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of rtepiak
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a heavily spice american wheat that seems to venture on the unsweet wit beer side. very herbal with a drying hop quality that work on the coriander quality to a very mild bitter finish. there is a chamomile that i like. mildly sour and mild bitter. floral but not characteristic in comparison to the hoppy herbal dryness.

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

From a brown 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a cloudy straw hue, tall spongey shock white head that slowly settles.

Based on the aroma this has all the makings of a wit, prominent wheat and notes of orange.

Surprisingly smooth, nearly creamy mouthfeel, with enough tingling carbonation to keep it refreshing and quenching.

Flavour is on the mild side, yet holds its own as a wit, wheat, faint yeasty spice, orange, plus some sweetness from the honey on the finish.

A nice summer refresher if you're looking for something akin to a wit, mild enough in flavour to fill in for a session ale with a bit of character.

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

22oz bomber into a Weihenstephan wheat beer glass pours a crisp bubbly yellow with a decent frothy head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is orange and lemon in front of sweet malts with mild spice. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts, orange, bubblegum and slight honey. The beer is certainly light and crisp. This is a very respectable wheat beer.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head that dies down quickly and leaves light lacing.

Smells of lemon, wheat and some grassy notes. Not a very pronounced aroma but what is there is good.

Taste builds on the smell quite nicely. Much more evident notes of lemon and orange with wheat. I can also detect very light touches of honey in the finish.

Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel. This is a great summer seasonal that is very easy to drink a lot of on a hot day. This is one of my favorite takes on a style that I usually find to be rather dull.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very hazy yellow with a medium size white foamy head, and some lacing.

smell is of wheat, spice, coriander, and a slight bit of orange peel.

taste is smooth, spice, some orange peel, a few hops, a bit of sweetness in the back, and wheat, ends dry and just a little bitter.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright orange-yellow, cloudy, small head, high carbonation

Smell: orange, Belgian spices, and cream

Taste: orange, Belgian spices, honey, and wheat

Mouthfeel: light, moderately smooth, sweet, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is an awesome lawnmower beer that captures the essence of summer. Light, fruity, and highly drinkable. Not sure how it would translate in the winter, but I could see myself having several on my porch on a summer's night.

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Photo of portia99
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Pours with a slight haze and a pale yellow color. Tall, 3" head of white foam that is slightly soda like and dissipates quickly.

S - Smells largely of honey and oranges. Some wheatiness, malty sweetness and a subtle spicy hop aroma come to play also.

T - Taste is predominantly of wheat with some sweet orange and honey in the background - was hoping for more orange in this one, given the name - reason I gave this one a try. Hops are subdued - don't really give much of a sense of bitterness, just there to provide balance.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Somewhat soda like in feel.

D - This is a pretty light and refreshing beer. Works well in the middle of a hot summer day sitting on the back deck. Goes down really easy.

Overall, not a bad summer beer, just nothing that really stands out about it. I was really hoping for a much stronger orange/citrusy character, so was a little bit let down by this.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is pineapple yellow with a finger of pillowy pure white head. Clear but has some depth. Head lasts about 4-5 minutes.

The smell is some dry wheats, but also a quasi German bitterness. Touch of sweet honey and orange zest.

The taste is musty with a dry wheat flavor. Has some German pilsner attributes (citrus hops, bitter Euro malt). The aftertaste is of a bitter nature.

The feel is silky at first, watery finish. This is not the best of Rogue. Drink enough but lacking. Eh...

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split between two 12 oz pint glasses. It pours a golden yellow; it is quite opaque, as I swirled around the unfiltered yeast and poured it into my glass. Before I did that, it was clear and golden with streams of rising bubbles. There was a thick white head of foam that settled after a minute or two. It gives off an earthy yeast aroma. There may also be a slight hint of citrus hidden in there. Up front in the taste I am hit with the earthy flavor that accompanies the aroma. There is also the flavor of orange that lasts through out each sip. It finishes with a mild honey sweetness that lasts after I swallow. There is a pleasant amount of carbonation and a light body, just right for this style. It is a very drinkable beer. I am enjoying it on a cloudy summer evening outdoors, and I think it would be even more refreshing in higher temperatures and direct sunlight. It would go great with some lobster.

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Photo of audirs4s
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mad Mex in State College, PA.

This is a very sweet but somehow not overly sweet beer. There is a strong honey taste but overall the beer is light ans smooth the whole way through.

It poured a nice orange color and had a very sweet smell of orange and honey.

Overall a nice summer beer and I highly recommend for anyone who likes wheat beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy and not a lot of suds. This brew is not filtered at all.
Smell is honey and wheat and some yeast.
Taste is bland. Just taste like a weak wheat beer. Couldn't taste the orange peel but could taste some corriander.
Mouthfeel is clean and not sticky so this could probably use some more malt sugars.
Drinkability would be high if this had just a tad more flavor.

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that produced a small fluffy white head with had little retention and left a few bits of lace around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were the grainy scents of wheat and some orange

T - The taste of this beer is pretty straight forward, the wheat and orange component is nicely balanced, with the honey being only a distant flavor that doesn't overwhelm

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is perfect for the weather down in NO, very crisp and refreshing, this is one of my favorite wheat beers out there

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never seen this one before.

Pours a nice blondish-amber color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Nice hue and presentation.

Aroma is full of orange peel, faint honey and spices. Seems to the style.

Taste is full of honey upfront with only faint hints of orange peel and spices. Honey pretty much dominates, though it's not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering honey, orange peel and spice with a bit of breadiness.

Not bad. It fits the style. I'm just not that impressed with it. Still drinkable and worth a try at least once.

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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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