Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #140
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,430
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
468
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Oregon, United States
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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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RyanK252 from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy eggshell head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Floral, wheat, bready malt, spicy herbal notes, honey, a hint of orchard fruit, and a faint vegetal note the back end.

T: Floral, definitely getting the honey, wheat, doughy bready malt, underlying spicy and slightly herbal notes, a touch of orchard fruit, pear and peach, and faint vegetal hints on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a beer style that often wows, but it definitely has a place at the table. Solid easy drinker with a little character. That faint vegetal note on the back end is my only gripe, but it's really minor overall.

Sep 04, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK - nice light yellow golden color out of a 12oz can - fairly hazy - not even a 1 finger head - that disappears quickly - not much activity at all
SMELL - some cracker, apple, peach, white grape, and malt - smells a bit sweet - some yeast comes through
TASTE - nice wheat flavor with some tart fruit upfront - white grape juice pours in to take over briefly - starts to get a bit sweet and then trails off with some stronger wheat notes - hints of honey - a nice tang in there - nice yeast flavor also
FEEL - a bit oily and on the lower end of a medium bodied brew maybe - carbonation leaves entirely halfway through
OVERALL - this is a light and refreshing beer that is really flavorful and hits a few Kolsch marks quite well - some more carbonation would help this one out a bit - enjoyable brew though

Aug 30, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear with a slightly off white head. head retention is good.

Smell: It has a grainy sweet aroma with some cracker. It is a bit flowery and floral with honey.

Taste: It is grainy sweet and the honey is more noticeable in the flavor than in the aroma. There is light cracker with some flowery elements. It also has a low herbal quality.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, the honey does create an interesting take on a kolsch.

Aug 30, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 11/7/19. Fairly attractive pour. Finger and a half of thick, foamy head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Smell is nothing special. Smells like a bit of honey mixed with cheap beer. Taste is pleasant, with smooth honey and some gentle hops. Smooth and creamy going down. Solid beer.

Aug 27, 2020
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entheos from California

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Such an interesting mix of bitterness with sweetness. It’s tasty, but not my favorite. I feel the clean, crisp feel and the honey aftertaste is amazing.

Jul 12, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
date stamped 04/03/20
L: slightly hazed golden body; foamy off-white head
S: pale malt, mild fruitiness, faint honey, mildly floral
T: honey, nutty/grainy malt, apricot, apple, floral, modest spicy hops
F: medium body, ample carbonation, balanced finish
O: easy drinking with a nice honey presence

Jun 30, 2020
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KLHBB from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, hazy golden honey color. Sweet fresh flowery honey smell, Taste follows with a fruity citrus tang. A creamy feel, overall I loved it and will look for it again.

Jun 11, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a day around the pool August 2014 has a straggler that didn't get reviewed. Hope my review isn't too harsh, not a big Rogue or kolsch fan, although Rogue has a few bangers out there.

Literally pours a honey like color, equal parts amber and gold with 1/3" white head on the top. Aroma was just a hint of kolsch yeast, everything was pretty mild, neutral, light grain and floral component.

Taste actually had the wheat stand out first, then a floral, dry mouth feel, almost the opposite of honey, I guess it was pre and post fermentation possibly with the honey addition(s). Its light and easy to drink, maybe a tad more bitterness than your average kolsch. Might be the only time I've had alluvial hops, and looking at their stats, its easy to see why I couldn't really smell or taste anything hoppy (beyond it being a kolsch), they're pretty mild in every way.

Its a good beer for others. Someone you're partying with will drink this and like it.

Jun 03, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sunshine yellow in color with honey orange hues and a hazy appearance. Poured with a short white foam with medium low retention. Medium light pilsner malt aromas with sweet honey notes. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Pilsner malt flavors followed by sweet honey and crisp light bitterness. Dry, crisp feel near the end followed by sweet honey flavors through the finish. An interesting twist on the style. Lots of honey character that actually detracts from the light, clean, crisp, lager character of a Kolsch. Nevertheless, a pretty tasty lager.

Mar 15, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap. This is not as "clean" as a standard kolsch, as the honey note really comes through along with a bit of sweetness and fruitiness (green apple, pear). However, for what it is, it's refreshing and enjoyable.

Jan 14, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales "Honey Kolsch"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 13:39:33 10/07/19" and sampled on 11/13/19
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another non-Köln-style beer. Kölsch doesn't have honey in it, so don't call it a Kölsch. Rant over. It's poured a hazy golden orange body with a bit of an orange sheen to it beneath a massive head of dense off-white foam. Kölsch is always clear, just to note. The head appears to have great retention, and now that it's dropped a bit, it looks like it'll leave some great lacing behind as well. The aroma is fruity and floral and suggests that the beer might be a little sweet. The flavor displays honey, which is really nice, and it's not overdone. There is some sweetness to it but I don't think there's too much there. It doesn't seem like it could ever become cloying, even after a full serving, and to be honest there's some bitterness that lingers in the finish. The fruitiness includes apples, peach, berries, dried apricot, and pear. There's a subtle bit of acidity to it that helps it to finish dry along with a moderate bitterness. That's really nice! Again, it's certainly not a Kölsch but what can you do. In the mouth it's medium bodied leaning towards medium-light, and gently crisp. In the end I'd say that hedonistically it's a great beer - it's nicely balanced, well rounded and polished, and fairly unique - and I'll rate it that way because as a Kölsch it fails on multiple levels and the final score wouldn't really give you an overall idea of what the beer is just based on the beer itself.
Review #6,784

Nov 13, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack cans $9.98 Foodland
77 days old
Faint honey smell
Light golden, slightly hazy color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Honey flavor comes through, light malt, wheat
Overall a nice beer.

Oct 25, 2019
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ZAP from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Oak colored...nice 1/4 fluffy white head

S-Lightly sweet with bready notes

T-Biscuits like maltiness....honey comes through perfectly adding a touch of flavor but not an overbearing sweetness....floral hops blend nicely...

F-Medium bodied...creamy texture....no close to cloying but has some sweetness

O-Very enjoyable honey beer.

Oct 10, 2019
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Sara24 from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Honey kolsch from a Rogue has a thick malt flavor with a lovely kolsch tang. The mouthfeel is adequate for a honey back flavor. Perfect fermentation with carbonation.

Oct 05, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, rich gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of honey and fresh bread.

Taste of honey enriched sweet bread and while that sounds a bit dismissive it's actually a pretty good flavor combination. I catch some spicy hops in the current but they're not a dominate flavor influence, just enough to cut the honey sweetness.

Light to medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a honey tone lightish brew for undemanding palates.

Sep 27, 2019
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awaskelis

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at HopCat Kalamazoo...tulip glass...taste like sucking honeysuckles off of the bushes on the side of my childhood home whilst drinking a 40 oz of my fathers favorite swill (Miller Lite). Very floral smell, sweet honey taste. No complaints on this one!

Sep 23, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Aug 27, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Aug 01, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Jul 27, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Mar 14, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mar 05, 2019
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

Jan 04, 2019
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Nov 22, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Aug 08, 2018
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