Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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German Kölsch
Ranked #133
Ranked #33,583
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
Notes: We grow bees. Taste the difference.

Ingredients: Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™ Malts; Wheat, DextraPils & Aciduated Malts; Rogue Hopyard Honey & Wild Flower Honey; Alluvial Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Kolsch #2 Yeast.
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 439
Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A nicely hazy golden hue with a two finger creamy off-white head that faded to a ring and then a lacy remnant.

S: Strong honey and biscuit dough.

T: Follows the nose with a bitter and more herbal-mineral finish.

F: Smooth, light-medium mouthfeel, and a little low on carbonation.

O: Should be Rogue’s signature brew IMO. I’m not a huge fan of their style anymore, but this is good. Not necessarily a must-try, but I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a III Dachshunds pint glass

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with big fluffy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Sweet and grainy.

T.F: Sweet up front... honey and lightly toasted malts. Modest grass and lemon hops for bittering. Light bodied and well carbonated. A bit more citrus at the finish.

O: A decent brew... easy drinking if not overly memorable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this from the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with no head and no lace. The scent had faint honey notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with honey biscuit presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice beer, smooth and refreshing and easy to drink. Pours a nice clear golden color with some foaming white head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of faint floral hops, malt, a little caramel and then the honey came through subtly as the beer warmed. Taste follows the nose, and there were some nice notes of vanilla creaminess in there. Smooth, mild, thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. A nicely made beer, easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Willi Becher glass.

Appearance: The two finger head stays around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing in rings and patches all over the glass. It's a clear, pale gold color.

Smell: It's simple, but strong and very pleasant. There's some malt sweetness and a slightly floral aroma from the hops.

Taste: It's sweet, earthy and grainy with some malt and honey and an ever so slightly bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: It's very smooth, refreshing and medium to light bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A sweet, refreshing and enjoyable beer. It's very easy to drink and great for people just getting into beer. There's enough complexity to unpack but it's all friendly and easygoing.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can

Pours about a finger of white head into my pint glass. Looks a little soapy. Body is a pale yellow, crystal clear. Loads of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Head faded almost instantly, but there is good initial lacing. Looks, eh, ok so far.

Nice clean honey aroma, not fake. Not a huge kolsch body of smell to it though. No DMS or diacetyl, that's good. Small notes of well attenuated malt. It smells good, a little one dimensional with the honey though.

The flavor is pretty bland. Not a whole lot going on. Honey is pretty minute here, if present at all. Not much of a malt character either, very small amounts. Really basic. It doesn't taste bad though, it doesn't have any off flavors. Not very sweet, but not quite as crisp and dry as an average kolsch. No classic malt or yeast kolsch flavors.

Carbonation is pretty low. Body is relatively thin. Again, a little dry, but not extremely. Low carbonation kinda kills it. Not amazing on the mouth.

Drinkability is very high, it's not offensive, and it's light.

The appearance turned out quite poor, probably partly due to a less than perfect glass, strait out of the dishwasher. Zero lacing, but the initial appearance wasn't great either.

Overall a very whatever beer, not really any flavor, no real off flavors either. Could be better.

Note: Much better out of the can, retains carbonation better, has a fuller flavor. But it should be able to hold up in a glass.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden, somewhat murky color. Medium, pure white head. Light, pleasant aroma with a hint of citrus. Mid-range body. Rather bubbly. Pleasant enough overall without overly "wowing" me.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with one finger of white five minute head. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is honey and malt.
Taste is honey malt and a good amount of herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is slightly wet and balanced.
Overall a tasty novelty ale. Easy drinking.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to thin white head and clear gold. Aroma is lemon, pale malt and white muscadine. Flavor is clean crisp malts, and a lemony but balanced finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice. Overall a pleasant experience.

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Photo of KPen
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Pint glass at a “pour it yourself” taphouse in Casper Wyoming, Frontier Brewing Co.
Color: Pale yellow with almost no head, glass was filled with bubbles.
Mouth: Light bodied and crisp with a bubbly mouth feel reminiscent of champagne.
Taste: Refreshing with just a touch of sweetness. Delicious grape and honey crisp apple notes. Surprisingly, almost no yeast or bread characteristics.

A DELICIOUS beer that I would like to drink for an entire summer day.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a golden orange with a thin layer of white head. Moderately clear.
S: faint notes of citrus, slightly sweet
T: Interesting taste. Light citrus, maybe hints of grape must. Quite bready. Don't really have any experience with the Kolsch style, so I'm not really able to compare it with anything. Different from what I'm used to in a beer. It's not bad though.
F: Medium bodied. Quite crisp. Fairly dry finish
O: This was a decent beer and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into narrow glass: color is hazy gold, head is off white with fine bubbles, head laces the glass sides well and lingers with a solid top.

Smell is light malt, definitely a noticeable difference between this and pilsner based kolsch aroma - less bready, toasty malt aroma; light honey floral notes.

Taste follows aroma with malt forward, light bread, some wheat like notes, then some honey sweetness; hops are fairly neutral, maybe some grass.

Mouthfeel is pleasant with full presence on the tongue, moderate carbonation, then a fairly drying finish.

Overall a slightly sweeter, less pronounced malt flavor version of a kolsch.

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Photo of Maxms
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it from a smaller can. In plastic glass, near the fountain at the National Mall. Very unusual taste, just slightly sweet. Frefreshing. Goes well at 90F and high humidity.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: May 26, 2018... OCCASION: having weathered Michael's tournament's first day--and its 90-degree temperature--I look to sip/slam something thirst-quenching... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy and teeming with bubbles... its head forces me to wait before adding the rest of the can to it... the head itself is thick, foamy and two-fingered, with pock marks and cambers like melting snow... a healthy, fresh-looking ale... Saaz is strong, as is the honey and crisp bread malts... lagerish qualities of light floral notes also present themselves... as any good kolsch should, this one is an up-and-down kind of sipper--light, spritzy, slightly malty at the back end, cleansing in the middle and not requiring too much thought... the liveliness is appreciable, to be fair, and the body is tangible... the honey lends a rounded sweetness, while the hay and Saaz engage the taste buds... unique enough within the genre, this refreshes and pleases well enough too...

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden honey color with a slight haze. The head is white with moderate retention and moderate lacing. The carbonation looks inviting with lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the top.
Upfront on the nose you get honey with a hint of lemon with some faint grains. The honey and lemon are the star of the show.
The taste is similar although with the grains being more pronounced. There is also some honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Its light bodied and with playful carbonation. Perfect for a hot Texas spring day.

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Photo of hopalongcassidy2
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can is cute (orange background with a honeybee), but this beer is pretty bland. The taste is like a basic lager (not really a kölsch), but with no honey taste ...although if you sniff the glass you can smell the honey. It was very easy to drink, but not very "Kölsch" nor very honey flavored. I did finish it without any problem, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very attractive can that contains a very impressive product. The addition of honey makes this one of the most unusual and enjoyable Kolsch-style ales I've tried. Glad that Rogue shipped it from OR to MA which enabled me to try it. I'll be a repeat purchaser.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours light hazy golden with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Light honey notes, malty feel. Taste - Sweet, light honey, malty front, yeasty/bready overtones, crisp light bitter finish. Well balanced honey kolsch. Very refreshing nd crisp.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a fingernail length high head. It recedes into a sudsy film that retains well. There is a decent amount of lacing.
The aroma is clean at first. However, it really opens up later and yields aromas of honey, wheat malt, grapenuts, and flowers.
As with the aroma, the taste evolves. Clean and with a touch of honey sweetness. The palate is relatively dry and the finish is clean. As the flavors open up, there is the taste of wheat, pear, green grape, apple and a touch of lemon that is not too sour. In the final phase, a touch of hops makes itself felt in the finish and adds a light bitterness.
On the lighter side of medium bodied, gently carbonated, dry and easy to drink. Silky and smooth. A real pleasure to drink. Not sure why it’s not rated higher.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Honey Kolsch has a thick, stark-white, creamy head, a hazy, golden, very bubbly appearance, with some bits of glass lacing. A descending yellow-gray cloud is evidenced, following the "swish & pour". Aroma is of sourdough, lemon, strange yeast, and a touch of honey. Taste is of sourdough, lemon, a bit of honey, some rounding hop bitterness, and a stinging aspect. Also, I detect tap water. Mouthfeel is medium, and Rogue Honey Koslch finishes medium dry.


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Photo of Blackcandy
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12oz bottle. Brewed sometime in 2017. The beer has a fresh hoppie smell. The beer is slightly bitter with a moderate sweet aftertaste the taste of honey is just noticeable. I was expecting a fuller honey taste. Overall its a decent beer and it's flavorful enough that it's enjoyable. Though it was below my expectations the more of it i drink the more I like it

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Photo of birdonthewire
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard Kolsch and very easy to drink. Not much of a honey taste. Not one of Rogue's bests but not bad either. At $12 a 6pack it's a bit pricey for what you get, though.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the new style bottle, slightly hazy. Yellow gold appearence with some lacing which goes away. Barley and grain sort of smell, some definitive yeast. Exactly like other kolsches I've tried, maybe a little more laid back and easy drinking. Slightly sweet but not any noticeable honey. Thicker than usual finish. A tiny bite. Moderate plus on the carbonation side, gets slightly better as it warms up. My girlfriend wanted a lot more honey and is disappointed. It's not too bad though.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow color, medium white head, lot of residual foam in the glass. Sweet aroma to it. Touch of some spicy hops up front, mellowed out by the sweetness from the honey. Some fruity esters on the finish.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Deep goldenrod yellow, much like the color of honey. Fine bubbled white head with medium retention. Middle of the road in terms of clarity.

Smell- Crackers, grains, hints of honey

Taste- Plenty of grain, giving the malt base plenty of depth. Dry, crackery bready flavors picks up sweetness from ample notes of honey. Honey blends well with the heavy grain flavor. Ends slightly bitter with the lingering of honey.

Mouthfeel- Medium light in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Well balanced, not overly sweet either. Indicative of natural ingredients, a point elaborated on in the label and 6 pack holder. Well done to suit the kolsch style, and a nice twist with the honey addition. I'll call this one well crafted.

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