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 ajwillys
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Milky lemonade. Aged ramen juice.
S - Faint Orange smell
T - Honey and citrus. Slighty sweet with a malty character. Hint of chamomile.
M - Feels a bit thick for the flavor. A fair bit of bite from the carbonation.
D - Very drinkable. Would be nice on a somer (sic) day.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy apple-juice yellow that gets hazier the more you pour. There are A LOT of bubbles in this beer, but only a minimal head forms. There was also a good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, not sure what to do about that.

S: The smell is pretty weak, but it is possible to pick up the oranges and a pleasant mixture of spices. Somewhere out there I got a faint hint of honey, but it was by no means out front.

T: The taste is light and crisp, with the orange and wheat taking the reigns most of the time. As the beer warms a little, more of the flavors (spice, honey, etc.) come through. Pretty enjoyable overall.

M: Rogue says this beer is medium bodied, but I would say it's not quite there, although it does pick up a syrupy quality as it warms. The overzealous carbonation seems to numb the palate at first, but it's bearable.

D: This is a great summer beer, though not readily available in my neck of the woods. I would definitely buy this again over a Shock Top or the like.

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Photo of JK4Stout
2.01/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm usually very generous on here toward quality brew, but this is just insane. The bottle was new, so age was not a factor.
The smell was terrible. Almost remanent of low quality Blue Moon. It was disgusting.
The taste was nothing spectacular. Dry and unimaginative; a pleasing aftertaste, but one would expect so much more from this brewery. Needless to say, Rogue has gone down in my personal rankings since trying this beer.
Don't waste your money.

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Photo of ToddT
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale straw topped with and off white head. Head is fluffy and falls quickly to a cap and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Orange, spice, and coriander.

T- Nice note of orange zest and wheat to start things off, coriander and spice make an appearance and then it finished with a dry slightly sweet finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated.

D- Easy drinker thinking the ABV must but around 5% or so, refreshing .

Nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I saw this in the local store when I couldnt decide what I was gonna get. It sounded really interesting so I picked it up and went with it.

A: It pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head. The head disappears fairly quickly. It leaves minimal lacing.

N: It smells of lots of wheat, honey, orange and some sweet spices. The bit of spices reminds me of the gruit I had at Triumph.

T: At first it tasted cheap and watery, but it started to get a bit better. When it got better, it tasted like some spiced wheat and oranges and some lemons. As it warms, some bitterness comes through, though its only 10 IBUs. The finish is undesirable at worst and sweet wheat at best.

M: The mouthfeel was thin but a good deal of carbonation. It felt like a semiflat champagne.

D: Overall, I probably won't buy it again, though it wasn't horrible. It would probably have been better on a hot day after say, mowing the lawn. Hopefully Rogue has better stuff to offer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a slightly hazed straw colored body with a medium sized vanilla head that quickly drops and leaves minimal scattered lace.

Aroma is wheat,coriander, and a hint of orange peel.

Light body is aggressively carbonated.

Taste is dominated by pale wheat malt which has a lemony twang. Hints of chamomile, coriander, and orange peel add some interest but I can't pick up any honey.

Not bad for this mundane style. A nice summer refresher.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Pours a pale yellow-orange with a white one-finger head that subsides to a minimal amount quickly. There is no apparent lacing evident. The aroma is comprised of citrus and honey. The flavor is made up of citrus and honey as well. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a smooth brew, but the flavors are lacking. Not one of my favorites from Rogue.

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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 andyfrancis
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy burnt orange color. almost no head retention. smells of orange. whoa...much crisper and lighter than I expected, not too orangy in flavor. Carbed to the point it finishes with a little bite, but I like it. I could see knocking a few of these back while tending to a grill.

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