Somer Orange Honey Wheat | Rogue Ales

Somer Orange Honey WheatSomer Orange Honey Wheat
209 Ratings
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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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, milky white with a lean, fine head of white foam that settles leaving scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is wheat malt, honey, citrus zest and some faint spice from the coriander and chamomile. This tastes pretty spot on for the style, nothing crazy but a good thirst quencher. Wheat malt and honey flavors up front with mild citrus and spice notes. Finishes dry. Medium creamy mouthfeel that is no doubt a product of the oats added. I could see reaching for one of these on a hot day. A decent summertime brew.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

This pours like an average American lager, I know it's not, it's just that Somer Orange Honey Ale is a gold translucent color with minimal head that quickly resides. There's lots of carbonation in this beer and it bubbles throughout the entirety of the sitting. The head dissipates as does the lacing, seriously there is no lacing on this beer. Pour this next to a Michelob and the only difference would be the longer constant bubbling. The smell is also amazingly faint. I had to strain my nose just to catch a whiff (eloquent) of this beer. The taste isn't bad though, it's a more subtle pale ale. I actually really like the flavor of this. Really like, but I don't love. There's a nice balance of the yeast, wheat, honey and orange peel and ever present pacman yeast (which I move to be titled Rogue yeast). All of it blends together really well, it's subtle though, I wish the taste was slightly stronger, a little more bold. If it was, I'd really enjoy this and pick up another bottle at some point no doubt. However, I think I'll stick to trying more Rogue products as it stands now. It's not a bad drink, a good pale ale. It's very easily drinkable and something that you can sit with for a while and enjoy. Try it if you like Pale Ale's, it's not bad by any means.

Final thought: There should be a speech-bubble next to the women on the label that proclaims, "Toot, toot!"

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Photo of cjgator3
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange color with a white head that quickly forms a thin lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is faint wheat malts and honey with a touch of citrus.

T- The taste features honey with a touch of citrus and very little hop bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty average beer. Not horrible, but not great either. I probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clean pour, golden straw, obviously a filtered wheat ale. Scratch that - the last glass has all the 'stuff' in it, resulting in a densely clouded brew, a dark and dirty yellow. Thin head is whitish and short-lived with a few wispy strands of lace.

Aroma - wheat malts are low key, the fruits make it smell a lot like Blue Moon or maybe Bert Grant's mandarin hefe.

Taste - robust and flavorful grains. The fruitiness has some light abv warmth alongside, a nice contrast to the typical summer fruit ale. A touch of seltzery saltiness on the swallow and into the aftertaste, a twang of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, very prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability - a decent summer quencher and a good effort by Rogue, though this beer stays closer to typical style than most of their beers. I'd have it on tap if I saw it, though.

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Photo of northaustin
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with thin white head that disappers quickly and leaves no lacing.

doesnt really have a smell. i guess im getting some malts but this is like on a whole new level of no smell. maybe a little yeast?

taste is mostly pale malts. a bit of the honey and yeast. pretty thin all around but satisfying

makes my mouth feel a bit dry. its a little too carbonated. some sticky sweetness though.

drinkability: very sessionable. light and fairly refreshing. not for those looking for a full flavored beer. but i wouldnt mind taking this one out to the lake sometime. also it was a few bucks cheaper than any rogue i had seen in texas. and i do admire their dedication to putting out new and interesting beers.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber to a hazy golden orange with thin white head that lasted a while and left okay lacing. Arokma was very muted, and I stgruggled to find hints of citrus fruit or honey. Mouthfeel was fairly thin and while taste had a little more of the fruit and honey than the nose, not much. Short, unimpressive finish.

Not Rogue's best

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes

22oz bomber poured into a hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Poured A orange honey color with a nice cloudiness. A sticky white head on this puppy, nice retention and a lively carbonation.

Smell: The nose is off orange blossom honey with some light floral and citrus undertones. Smells like summer.

Taste: Hits you with some orange blossom honey up front, that lead into a wheaty and malty middle and finished up with a hint of citrus. None of the flavors were overpowering but for a summer beer it was just right.

Mouthfeel: The body was thin and very light, the carbonation was lively and it was a smooth drinker. I think it was fine for a summer brew, but it could have been a bit heavier.

Drinkability: This beer is light and refreshing and perfect for a summer picnic or barbeque.

Thoughts: Rogue beers are either hit or miss with me. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Shared a bomber of this withe a friend. Poured half the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is similar to grapefruit juice. Not hazy, but the beer is opaque and colored a cirtusy beige hue. Small white lacing with little retention. In the nose, there are strong notes of orange and something rather flowery. The beer is brewed with chamomile, so I assume thats what I am picking up. Taste has small notes of sweet honey, orange peel, and coriander. These are all slight background flavors though and do not stand out enough. Good balance but weak flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Drinkability is good due to the low ABV and sweet, citrusy tone of the beer.

Overall, a good beer to sip on a summer afternoon. Refreshing, light and very summery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber pours a cloudy pale orange hue, with lots of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves behind decent lace as it recedes. It smells of orange peel, white grain, and some muted earthy spices. The taste is mildly bitter orange, sweet white grain, black tea, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is soft, the body fruity and medium weight, and the finish is off-dry and fruity.

A fairly refreshing wheat beer, quite reminiscent of all the attempts recently by the big brewers to make a Witbier, albeit with a boatload more flavour. The eponymous honey does seem to get lost in there somehow, though.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.34/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's best beer by any standard. But mostly mine. Because my standard is high, but subtle. Nothing against you ubiquitous high-gravity enablers. Godspeed, actually, but that's not how I roll. The Prada and Jil Sander to your Fubu, this precise, tailored beer is why minimalism is so 2010. I love this elegant pale ale in every capacity to the point where I have no interest in understanding the "honey" part. There's no residual sweetness, instead a Belgan triple finish--crisp and grainy, bitter but quaffable, and completely tremendous. So, why the honey? It just ferments out. Because you don't ferment aroma. The nose builds off of hops and picks up a smell that has little to do with beer. It's riesling. It's muscadet. It's fiano. But this ain't beer. And, so, it's perfect. Deal with it. Perfection is quantifiable. It can be judged. And it does make you better than you thought you could be.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.28/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy honey color with a nice white head that rapidly fades.

Nose is simple fresh orange with hints of honey. Nose is delicate and elegant and has one thinking of summer gardening and perhaps a nice piece of simple whitefish or cold salmon for lunch!

Mouthfeel is medium, feels a little creamy but without character.

Flavors are weak white bread yeast and not much else. There may be a hint of honey but one has to really look for it.

Rogue continues to disappoint me. This tastes and feels like my expectation of a "light" beer, although I've not tasted one in many years. Rogue-great names; cool bottle graphics; beers - not so great.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey Orange Wheat pours a very hazy, straw color. It's unfiltered so the haze comes as no surprise. A fluffy white head sits atop and only rises to about a finger. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing behind. It's above average, but nothing too dazzling.

The nose is simple and straight forward. It's very earthy and grainy. There's a hint of citrus sweetness, but I'm not appreciating any orange. Honey is more prominent and lends more to its sweet smell. It smells a little yeasty, but not to an offensive degree. Alcohol is not noticeable. I suspect it's pretty light in that department. All in all, it's very average. It needs something to liven it up a bit.

The flavor profile's good enough to warrant a score bump, but it's a ways from good. It is sweet and a little malty up front. Honey is easily noted and contributes most of the sweet flavor. The citrus aspect is very subtle and almost goes unnoticed. I'm not getting much of 'orange' flavor here. It's very grainy, earthy, and yeasty. Those flavors take up most of the spotlight. Alcohol's got to be light in this one. I'm not picking up any at all. It finishes grainy and has a slightly weird aftertaste. It's above average, but not by much.

Honey Orange Wheat has a light body that leans medium. It's more substantial than I expected and has a feel that approaches smooth. Not quite, but close. Drinkability is average. The flavor's alright, but nothing too exciting. Honestly, a bomber's a little much and the flavor grows somewhat tiresome. It's light and goes down easy, but I'm ready to move on.

Honey Orange Wheat is not one my favorite Rogue beers. In fact, it's the most disappointing one I've had in quite some time. It just doesn't have enough flavor. It needs some hops or something to add some zeal. It's just bland and kind of ho-hum as it is. Meh. It's maybe worth a try. Not much more than that.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Somer Honey Orange Wheat is a cloudy bright golden ale with a thick, dense, orangish white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a tangy lemon and orange aroma. It has an incredibly smooth medium body with a clean finish. It's nice, well balanced and simple. There are notes of chamomile, lemon, orange and mint and the bitterness is nice and wooden. It's kind of like tea.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brilliantly hazy, golden-orange body capped by two fingers of off-white head that quickly fade into minimal lacing. It's worth noting that the last pour is far hazier than the first pour.

Aroma: Fruit, mild coriander, and mild bitterness over a wheat base; it's lacking just a little as far as intensity goes.

Taste: Golden fruit, citrus, and spicy hops on top of a pale malt and wheat backbone. I'm not picking up too much in the way of honey, but it's there if you go looking. The aftertaste is toasty and grainy with a hint of bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: As a summer seasonal, it's no surprise that this is refreshing and highly drinkable.

Verdict: Somer Orange Honey is a tasty and refreshing summer seasonal that works nicely on a hot day, though it would probably benefit from more citrus and honey. Ultimately, a little too plain to really capture my attention.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear honey color, with no cloudiness. Three finger white head, good body. Pretty good retention as well as carbonation. Lacing?

Smell: The nose has a very tea like smell, notably or chamomile and orange. Also present is some honey and a faint spice, possibly coriander? A nice fragrance, but again, very tea-like and unlike a beer.

Taste: Very light in taste. Wheat malts and honey. Mild sweetness. Once again, sort of tastes like tea None of the usual wheat spices and only a hint of any citrus. Barely any after taste at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, with a very light feel to it. No bite, hop or carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at all. From the name “Orange Honey Ale”, I was expecting exactly that. It tastes more like a honey wheat ale, with almost no other flavors. Not a bad beer, but missing some of the “taste” I was looking for.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly hazy, unfiltered, light-golden color with a big-bubbled head which is average is all respects.

S- Orange, flowers, honey, flour, herbs, and a bit of yeast funk. Reminds me of a Belgian wit.

T- The taste is very smooth with a very subtle bitter bite. Flavor is sweet with vegetal flower and herb hints.

M- Light and bright with bubbly carbonation.

D- Very drinkable with a refreshing quality.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

The beer was a medium clear gold with a white head ok lacings. color is a little off becuase lighting was very bad.

It smelled very sweet big notes of honey.

It tatsted ok, honey dominated at the beginning but the end was flat and tasteless.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to some large surface bubbles.

Smell: lemon zest, orange, and grass are soft on the nose.

Taste: mild malt base with some orange, lemon zest, grass, and of course some honey sweetness. Bitterness is very mild here.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Very little aftertaste at all.

Drinkability: easy to quaff summer beer here. Flavor wise it is a bit mellow but it hits the spot when you want something light.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

08/03/09- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness dating found. Poured into my 24oz mug.

Appearance- Darker orange colored pour, maybe a touch amber. Fizzy head which reaches a 1/2 inch but fades quickly. Light spots of lace left behind.

Smell- Really no real scent. Some light malt, maybe a hint of lemon-orange aroma. Pretty scentless.

Taste- Quite an average boring flavor. Some wheat notes, some dry malty notes, maybe even a touch of cardboard. Very light artificial orange flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, some malty flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Come on can do better than this. Just plain boring.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into an oversized snifter.

An aggressive pour releases a orange cream-sickle colored body that thins to crystal clear at the edges. What little head was initially produced quickly dissipates to absolutely nothing. Not the most attractive Rogue beer, to say the least, nor the best-smelling. Needs a swirl to release any citrusy aromatics, which is backed by a hint of coriander, vanilla, honey, and an almost cardboard-like, listless malt profile once the foam dies down. Still, when the head is present, it smells quite good.

The taste captures the best part of the aroma, with a big, fresh orange citrus note that gives way to crystal malts and coriander. Quite similar to Blue Moon, but you can taste the superior craftsmanship that Rogue brings to the table. Maybe it's that world-famous Pacman yeast? Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, with a drying finish that leaves the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip. A great summer session beer, I just wish Somer Orange had looked and/or smelled better than it did.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the beer was a clear gold color with a tiny white head. Not much aroma, just some sweet malt. Slight improvement in taste; both the honey and the orange came through. The beer is a little too sweet, and I didn't find it that enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear, but slightly hazy, golden hue that has a slight orange tint. Looks like the fog outside that's getting cut by an evening sun after a long hard rain. A two finger white tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Just a little bit of honey and orange peel. Very light toasty grains are in the background.

A sweet flavor up front, a little from the honey, met by some light citrus flavors. The grains are a little tart. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Decent summer ale, very refreshing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear golden yellow with a thin head that lasts for a bit before disappearing. Trailing lace slides down glass without sticking. 2nd half of bottle poured hazed.

The smell is of honey, chamomile, hint of orange peel and coriander. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of mild malty sweetness with a touch of honey and wheat tang. Honey not too sweet and balanced by mild spicing.

Light-bodied with a rather watery feel. Carbonation seemed mild, but hit the back of the throat a bit.

It's a mildly sweet brew with understated character. Inoffensive, but didn't stand out as much...better similar summer refreshers out there, IMO, though wasn't bad...

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Photo of bbeane
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured in 16oz tumbler... Cloudy yellow colored beer. Fizzy white head that recedes quickly... leaves no lacing

S- Not a whole lot going on... hint of citrus

T- Again, not a whole lot there. Definately some orange and corriander

M- Pretty light bodied and watery

D- Good summer beer, light bodied and easy to drink


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Somer Orange Honey Wheat from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 209 ratings
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