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 dgilks
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw colour with a small off-white head. Poor head retention.

Slightly spicy citrus aroma with a hint of tart wheat.

Simple and fruity flavour with some light malt. Moderate orange notes. Decent.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice simple fruity wheat ale. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy gold. Head is thin and fizzy without much staying power.

Find the aroma quite floral. I'm only getting a faint coriander smell, really not much.

Nice wheat flavour right up front. Then the floral notes seem to take over with a sort of unpleasant citrus fruitiness on the periphery. Coriander is discernible. Orange comes into its own in the finish, but too little too late.

Can't find a date on the bottle, but I'm wondering whether this has been sitting on the shelf awhile given some of the kinder reviews. Missing a bit of zing.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

A-incredibley hazy to the point it's opaque. Thin head gathered around the edge. Almost looks creamy.

S-dry wheat, orange peel, citrus zest

T&D- just like the nose slight orange zest with a very dry flavor. Honey is pretty non noticeable

Overall I had high hopes for it but it just came off alot like a beefed up blue moon I was pretty let down by the lack of orange and honey in it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of orange peel with coriander with nice floral undertones. Taste is very refreshing with great perfumes of orange peel and coriander with notes of chamomiles; wheat malt is also quite present with a nice bubblegum touch. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I am a sucker for wheat and spices and this is one interesting combo and a lot better then I had hoped for.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light turbid gold topped by a white frothy head.

Inhaling long and deeply mostly I get grains, and a bit of the honey, orange and coriander as advertised, but it's though they did nothing to make them integrate them into the aroma in a way that was enticing or in any way remarkable.

Taste is light, honey with straw and pale malts and wheat with orange in the finish. Crisp and dry with light bitterness. There's something to this that reminds me of soda crackers or matzo crackers. Overall the flavor profile is very subdued.

There's a high level of carbonation that lends an aspect of Perrier to the taste. This makes it crisp and refreshing but diminishes the flavors for me.

This is a very approachable beer, one that's good for summer drinking in a pinch. But it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City for an event that I went to in Brooklyn last night. Total crap shoot since I had never had it before and it seemed different from the other seasonals that are out on the shelf now. Sure enough, it was...but it didn't stand out as much as I had hoped either.

Poured pretty typical of this style of beer - goldenrod with a cloudy hue and a decent amount of head that didn't last long. Minimal lacing to be seen and not as bright an aroma as other unfiltered beers. Without a doubt, the Oregon Honey was the dominant flavor and combined with the coriander and floral wheat taste in a good way. This was very malty and just a bit sour because of the farmhouse-like ingredients that went into this. The wheat allowed for a balanced mouthfeel since the carbonation was present but not too excessive.

Not a lot of alcohol in this either and certainly not in the taste. While this isn't a bottle that can be chugged down with an orange slice, it's not impossible to down this in a sitting and enjoy it. The taste will not appeal to those who would prefer a Blue Moon or Hoegaarden but for someone looking for a change from the usual summer offering, this wouldn't be a bad choice. Once again, Rogue has assembled a great list of ingredients which result in a beer that isn't quite like anything else currently on the shelf.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and slightly hazy, white one finger head that didn't last too long and left sheets of lacing for a bit, but eventually dissipated into mostly nothing.

From the smell I could certainly buy the name, it's sweet, wheaty, and orangey/lemony. There's a touch of spiciness and a smidge of coriander.

Taste is a bit more pronounced, with plenty of wheat, lemons, tart orange, graininess, sweet honey, and an array of light spices.

Feel wise it's very light, well carbonated, and summery, but could be thicker for a wheat ale.

Overall it's pretty refreshing for summertime but it's by no means a hit.

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

Pours a light golden colour, with a mountain of frothy white head which dissipates quite quickly. Lots of carbonation evident in the beer.

Smell is incredibly faint. I can catch whiffs of honey and orange. I can't detect the coriander, not much of the rest of the beer.

Taste is pretty dull as well, and greatly obscured by the heavy carbonation. I find it hard to taste much given the battering that my palate gets from the bubbles. Finish is a little bitter, which was unexpected. I do taste the honey, and the orange very slightly.

A pretty disappointing beer in my view. Not sure if my bottle is off somehow, but not the taste I expected and not something I would return to. Glad I only picked up a single bottle.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by Swedes21

Appearance - Hazy amber/orange with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. Hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, oranges, coriander, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of oranges mixed with grains and coriander. I'm also getting a bit of an earthiness/funk but that might be from the 'Oregon honey' that they apparently use. It finishes with a tart orange aftertaste.

Overall – The beer had a nice interesting taste. It really isn't your typical wheat beer. I'd say that it's definitely worth trying if you haven't already. Thanks Swedes21

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Semi-cloudy pale yellow/straw colour with a tall foamy head. Recedes rather quick to a thin white blanket that sticks around for a little while.

S: Grains strong on the nose, spice aroma like cloves, and some citrus notes. Honey present as well, but takes a back seat to the grains and spices.

T: Wheat grains, but balanced nicely with the honey. Leaves a satisfying (i.e. not overly bitter or dry) taste in the mouth. Spices and quite a bit of orange citrus are present and compliment the taste nicely.

M: Well balanced lighter mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: Could easily drink a few of these on a summer night. However, I was expecting quite a bit more flavour from this, as opposed to a more clean, crisp, and safer taste profile. Nonetheless still worth a try.

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Photo of bryehn
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a swampy pineapple juice yellow that's a bit rusty at the top, with a sizeable foamy head that falls to a collar in a few minutes, but lasts.

Smells like soapy hops as well as wet grasses and malts, as well as tasted grains. Very fresh smelling, the oats and chamomile take life after warming.

Has a tart grapefruit-like taste at first, with a sweet malt backing. Honey and sour, under ripe oranges on the back. Dry, floral potpourri taste as well as a buttery note after warming.

Mouth is creamy with a medium carbonation thanks to the long-lasting collar. Tangy in the middle and dry on the finish.

I like this style, but not enough to keep seeking it out at $6.40 a bomber. One of Rogue Ales' more accessible entries however.

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Photo of paxkey
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

name on bottle is somer orange honey ale.

for me this a lawnmower beer with a welcome accentuation of flowers honey and spices. finishes very dry which forces more drinking. overall okay but the style is played out with an upfront cardboardy bread malt and a fizzy pop like consistency with a thin mouthfeel.

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

Lightly hazy golden yellow colour, pale, one finger white head. Smell is malty, citrus, orange, slight sweet notes, wheat, some touches of honey. Taste is malty, citrus and orange come through, sweet honey like notes, bready finish and slightly spicy. High carbonation, medium body and fairly light weight. Not a bad brew, refreshing and above average, the sediment on the bottom made this a tastier brew than the first pour.

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

Bomber from the LCBO's Rogue summer release.

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass, just cause that's what I'm rocking today. Initally a pale golden brew, but the top-up pour yielded a great deal of sediment to allow for some golden-straw murky goodness. Pale? Hardly. Some sediment patches on the bottom of the glass, good frothy head and decent retention, some lacing.

Nose is surprisingly tame - wheat malt, honey, a bit of citrus (grapefruit and lemon), but is nevertheless quite pleasant.

A decent wheat malt backing with a bit of crisp cracker to the finish, and subtle (!) notes of of honey, flowers, lemon and tea. Refreshing, tasty, but very underwhelming - I really expected a lot more from this brew. All the flavor notes I so anticipated from the label were barely present, and involved some genuine hunting - and hopefully nothing imagined on my part.

Tasty, yes, but certainly nothing worth getting as excited about as the girl on the label seems to be (although based on the label, it looks more like she's drinking a stout or dark IPA, which I think would be much more worth celebrating). Perhaps the pale wheat ale is a style that I don't really care for, or maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One from Rogue I hadn't tried yet.

Pours a gold colour with nice fluffy head that disappears quite quickly.

The smell is muted, with malts, wheat, orange and some floral notes. But not very impressive.

Taste is much more robust. Fresh, bright orange peel, coriander, florals, light hops, but a bit too much of a grainy, wheat/yeast flavour. Lightly spicy.

Mouthfeel- light, thin body, soft carbonation, though on the grainy side.

Overal - refreshing and zesty, but not great all-around.

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