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 IronCitySteve
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a small white foam head with moderate retention. There is no real lacing down the sides.

S: Some mild hints of honey, wheat, yeast and spices (clove/corriander). Nothing is really overpowering and all the scents are faint.

T: Starts out with a gritty and grainy malt taste. Bread, yeast and wheat are the most predominant but it is very weak. In the middle the grittyness is balanced a tad with some honey. The same honey and grainy taste is there on the back end along with some mild spice and citrus.

M: A light to medium body that leaves a grainy taste on the palate.

O: Not as refreshing as I thought it would be. The wheat and grain tastes are more dominant then the citrus, spice and honey. A decent beer, but there are better options.

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Photo of Docer
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle to try as I haven't had this one yet!

- Pours a nice cloudy hay yellow with a little orange glow to this murky wheatie looking brew. Minimal large bubbly white head quickly dissipating to little to no foam at all.. left looking a touch watery.. which really is kind of expected from the style.. though it's still Rogues Pacman yeast which is used in just about everything of theirs.

- Lovely wheat and malt nose, citrus and grassy hop flare, some lemon zest, herbal touch, light alcohol or almost a citrusy cocktail scent. Very good smell.

- Tasty clean wheat and malt backbone, slightly bready, citrus flare with a grassy herbal hop quality. Certainly smooth and balanced in flavor. I wish I could get a 6-pack ofr this for about $5.

- Medium to light bodied, well carbonated and bubbly. Slightly drying. Parches the palate a touch.

- Overall this is expected from such a stellar brewery. A very good wheat brew with fantastic flavors. I would recommend at least trying it, and you can later make up your mind if you want to pay the price to ever buy more.

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Photo of biegaman
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An ample dosage of yeast sediment makes this beer look less like honey and more like honeycomb. While clarity was observed on the first go-round, the second pour has blessed it with the complexion of pineapple juice (which it actually resembles a great deal). A healthy, proper-sized head always forms, but in time looses all interest, wanes, and leaves no lace.

The brewer's added a bunch of fun ingredients, but the nose provides you with only a preview of them. Anything orange-y or chamomile-y or coriander-y or honey... err, -y... might be noted, but it's like those clips of songs provides: short, partial and not even the hook. This smells alright, but I was expecting something much more stimulating.

The flavour see-saws between pleasant and somewhat unfulfilling. The malts taste of oats and dried out white bread crusts, while each of the added ingredients is surprisingly subdued; the coriander imparts little zest, the orange little fruitiness (apart from a delicate apricot flavour), and the chamomile tastes of a store bought lemon-and-herb rub.

Nevertheless, it's not a beer worth turning down, especially in agreeable weather conditions. The honey gives it a fleeting sweetness while a drying, rather savory note accompanies the finish. Its clean and wholesome character makes you glad they didn't resort to using syrups. But it is a wee bland. It seems like they've brewed this with "non beer drinkers" in mind...

Somer Orange Honey Ale is definitely a summertime quencher, but isn't quite as gratifying as I expected it to be given the ingredients list and Rogue's usual delivery. My issue with it is that it's not as characterful as a true witbier, not as satisfying as a proper American pale wheat and not as flavourful as a full-on fruit beer. It sort of misses the mark in all those categories. Oh well, I guess it hit the mark in my belly, at least this one time.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid orange-yellow in colour. Towering white head quickly dies down to a thin collar. Doesn't lace. Subdued lemon peel, floral and wheat aroma. Tangy wheat malt lends brightness to the citrus flavour provided by the orange peel and coriander. Honeyed sweetness is subtle and light. Light-bodied with soft carbonation. Light and velvety mouthfeel. The muted aroma initially had me worried this would be a flavourless boring wheat ale, but this is actually pretty tasty. Not good enough for what it costs, however, so this will likely be my last one.

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Photo of heebes
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle.
Part of the LCBO brewery feature.

Pours a cloudy light golden yellow. Thin head dissipates fast. Nose is lemon orange peel wheat pale malts. Taste is light with lots of fruit in the flavour. Orange and spices dominate. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall a decent summer pale wheat ale, refreshing and adequate.

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Photo of liamt07
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a creamy finger and half of bright white head. Nose of light wheat, orange zest, some grain and mild sweetness. Taste has some dry orange peel, dry wheat character, some more citric zest. Hint of spice in the finish. Mouthfeel exemplifies this dryness even further, while having a fairly thin and watery body. Drinkable in the heat, but not a first option for wheat ales.

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Photo of kwjd
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got home from a run, thought this could be a nice refreshing beer. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with thin white head. Smells of orange with some wheat and other grains. Fairly sweet flavour, yet there is a very mild bitterness. Quite a unique flavour actually. Medium bodied carbonation for the style. A very nice wheat beer.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky yellow with little white head that faded away.

The smell was kind of strange. A weird sweetness and some bread from the malt.

The taste was very satisfying. A great mouth feel is the first thing you notice quickly followed by some sweetness from the honey and the back is an amazing amount of bready malt.

A solid beer as well as being fairly original.

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Photo of tetu
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought this may be a good summer beer and it looked like something the wife would like so I gave it a shot.

Poured the color of honey with no head retention. Very soft smell, at first I barely picked up anything. After the second sniff I got honey and bread with slight citrus. The taste is undertoned like the smell. I get a nice balance of honey and hops with wheat flavor in the background. It has a nice crisp finish with a very slight funk aftertaste, which, I'm not a fan of but it is not off-putting.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. Nothing crazy, just good beer. Not a strong flavor but it is great for what it is. My wife and I agreed that this beer was made for the summer (obviously). It is very enjoyable and would be a great transition into craft beer for many people. I will be picking up a couple of bombers to save for after cutting the grass or just sitting outside in the shade.

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Photo of thain709
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A birght, golden yellow body with some visible carbonation bubbles...the head was small and did not retain very well...even after swirl, the head hardly comes lacing

S - Yeast and wheat are what I pick up right away...if I breathe in deep enough I pick up subtle oranges

T - The yeast flavor stands out with the pale wheat malts...the flavors are light all around...the middle actually produces a nice orange flavor...the finish becomes grainy and earthy

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...grainy finish

O - The only ingredient that was listed on the bottle I picked up was the orange...and all around it was very subtle...the honey did nothing to sweeten the beer...I don't have much to say on the beer because it didn't do much for me

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

A: Nice hazy orange/straw color. No visible sediment, simply slight haze limiting transparency. Light, light orange; close to pale orange/straw.

S: Sweet and orange citrus. Nothing special, but good scent to this beer.

T: Definitely pick up on the sweetness from the honey. Touch of sweetness was good, any more though and it would have been a bit too much. (bordering)

M: Good medium-bodied, creamier than expected mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, more texture than I was expecting.

O: Good solid beer, would be great to drink on a hot summer day if wanting to bypass a standard selection Blue Moon or Summer Ale from a large supplier. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of Kromes
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color with a tiny ring of bubbles around the top.

S: There is a strong bready, wheat and floral orange aroma.

T: The wheat and orange flavors hit right up front, they are both rather strong. There is an all around sweetness to the beer that continues through the finish.

M: Very light and velvety. A nice feel to it.

O: Pretty good. I'm not usually a big fan of American wheat ales, but of the ones that I have had, this would be up near the top of the list. The orange flavor does tend to get to be too much after a while.

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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 birddogg66
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draught just the other night at Humpy's Big Island Ale House.

A- Pale gold in color, a touch cloudy/unfiltered, nice thin white head that didn't have great retention

S-The smell of orange, and wheat really dominated in the beginning, although not overpowering. The honey did seem to come out slightly as the beer warmed.

T-Somer, had a really interesting taste for a beer style that I am not a huge fan of. Being a wheat made with orange and honey, the sweetness was not overpowering. The tartness of the orange really mellowed out the sweetness of the honey.

M-Extremely light and smooth, very characteristic for a wheat. Very sessionable for a 5.2%, and a great beer after a day on the beach.

D-Somer, was a very easy drinking light wheat beer. Being here in the warm Tropics, light fruity wheat beers work very well. Personally this beer was a bit too much on the fruity side, although I thought that the flavors worked really well together. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of it, this Ale sold EXTREMELY WELL at the restaurant. I have so many people asking me for Blue Moon, and the like, so Somer Orange Honey was the perfect solution. A really good "gateway" Craft brew.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a one finger white head. Smells of orange and wheat, great smell! Tastes primarily of wheat with orange peel. Its a smooth flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but crisp and light with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer, if you are looking for a beer to let your girlfriend try, this would be a good selection, its a real good beer and it has an agreeable taste.

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Photo of Briken
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange w thin white head and poor retention and lacing. Wheat and spice with light orange aroma. Crisp wheat with light orange and some herbal qualities (I read afterward it was brewed with chamomile). Light sweetness. A very sharp feel with light bitter linger and a bit of honey in the back of the throat. Also, a bit chewy (presumably from the oats).

This is a very interesting wheat beer particularly in texture. The flavors are mostly just hinted at so it's light and easy drinking. Definitely benefits from being swirled and mixed before drinking.

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

Pours golden honeyed color with decent white head. Nose is light with some gentle cracker aromas along with light citrus. Palate is somewhat thin with a light fruity component, an underlying sweetness, and gentle finish that makes this one rather easydrinking. Not really inspiring in any capacity whatsoever.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: cloudy orange color, blakc beauty and nice lacing
Smell: loads of orange and honey aromas
Taste: not bad for a fruited wheat. lotas of flavor and well done

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Photo of evilkalla
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Straw yellow with about half an inch of head. Seemed aggressively carbonated at first. The head dissipated quickly, didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

S: The faintest smell of wheat beer but not much else. Disappointing.

T: A smooth, but somewhat tasteless wheat beer. Has a flowery character in it but I cannot detect any of the honey the bottle claims it has. Not much going on in the taste department. Disappointing.

M: Overall pretty fizzy but nothing bad.

D: Comes off like a lager to me, really on the light side. Might be ok to drink on a really hot day if you're thirsty. Not my cup of tea though.

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Photo of Shadman
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking wheat ale. Dirty straw yellow with hints of orange thrown in. Think orange juice with a healthy splash of coke. So hazy that light has a difficult time penetrating. Nice firm head, great retention.

Wheat malt, orange peel and sweet honey are all detectable, more so as the beer warms a bit.

Smmoth, almost creamy wheat malt followed by that snap that causes some to add a lemon wedge. The hint of sweet orange peel follows as does the hint of sweet honey. A sharp bitterness in the finish is slightly off-putting though.

Smooth almost creamy feel to the start, tends to get a little watery in the middle.

Interesting take on this style. I liked it muchly

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Photo of hdofu
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours meed colored with a creamy white head. Smell is orangeish. Taste was wheatish with very little sweetness. I was kind of hoping for a bit more flavor considering my experiennce with rogue in the past suggested they were more an imperial craft ale brewer. That said this isn't an offensive beer in any sense of the word. Just nothing to make it stand out from other wheat ale.

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

A: Against natural light appeared a brassy-lemon, while against artificial lighting was more on an honey-orange. Good clarity with a strong visible carbonation presence topped off by a frothy, good sized head that was paper white in color leaving a modest pathwork for a lacing.

S: A soft nose offers little in the way of variety or complexity. Light orange candy sweetness is set against a dry wheat backing. Not much else follows.

T: Bitter orange peels are set against some honey on the initial sip with dry wheat and flaked oats being easily distinguishable as well. A moderate show of orange peel grinds and citrus peel appear midway masking the initial brief sweetness. On the finish was dried honey and flaked oats and straw along with a tart orangey flowery fade. Overall the bitterness conceals the honey sweetness, and more or less clashes with it as well. The whole drink lacks a certain smoothness, and fluid transition with a patchy bitterness that was rough and seemed more like a jumbled mess and patchwork affair, then rather a single smooth experience that I would expect from a summer drink. Thin in flavor and substance.

M: Good show of carbonation appears in the mouthful, one of the few highlights I think of this drink. Medium honey slickness that turns a bit watery on longer holds with a quickly dissipating carbonation factor.

D: Overall found this to be uninteresting, and rather bland, thin in enjoyment with a bomber lasting longer then it probably should per style. A reluctant finish with hesitation between sips confirms that I really did not find this all that smooth going down.

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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 Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a cloudy orange yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is of wheat, oranges, and some sweet malt. Nice if a bit on the light side.

The taste has notes of wheat and oranges with a very noticeable flavour of honey. Lightly sweet overall with just a hint of bitterness.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel for the style.

Drinkability? A light refreshing brew that doesn't really bring a lot to the table but is worth a try or two.

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

poured from tap at the b spot in Cleveland. slightly cloudy wheat with no head to a pint glass.

aroma very subtle / subdued... not impressive.

fairly standard American wheat. nothing special, but not bad either. slight taste of orange and lemon. very drinkable.

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