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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smakawhat on 07-06-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 329
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

I want to like this beer. Attractive bottle, but the beer is just lacking in taste.
With such packaging I was really expecting to taste something special. I read the narrative of the process and ingredients, but sorry boys, you better take a trip to Germany to learn how it's done. This is no better than my own attempt at home brew. Drinkable but just.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight haze and creamy head of white foam. Pillowy and fell lovely and slowly like a summer day. First nose shows me some honey but that seems to fade. Soft sweet hop. Woody earth. Faint cool herbal. And the lightest dry scent of honey that seems to have fled to the top. A faint fruity ester apple. The bread on the nose is lightly golden. The taste is powerful with honey. It has a substantial breadiness and finishes malty and breaddy. The honey is pretty dominant in the flavor though. It still does not add too much sweetness and the malt is crisp . Not so much bitterness but balanced well. I would say that in this beer the honey has given a little contrast to the light tang that should finish the beer. Your mouth still waters but it is a little heavy. Some residual sweetness in the finish but it held together very well. If you have it you will know what I mean and then notice the hop bitterness offsets the honey aftertaste. If you are drinking a beer where you can taste the restrained fruit quality of the bittering hop then the hops were used well. In this one it's citrus or if I had to name a fruit, orange peel. So in this one yes. The hops are alluvial hops and they demonstrate terroir because they are specially grown on rogue farm and only in their beer. The little of bit of wheat they put int he beer meshed well with the honey too . They preserved the mouthfeel and finish of the kolsch by using acidulated malt to accent that in the finish and that imo also allowed the authentic taste of the honey to come through. It puts a bit of sour in the beer via a small proportion of lactic acid and that gave your mouth to water at the finish but did not make the beer truly sour. carbonation is bubbly. A small bubble with a small bite which also puts a little something into the finish and lightens the sugar so medium dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

An American kolsch style beer made with the addition of honey. Now if my scores look low let me explain. Its too bubbly for kolsch, it has a strong flavor in it and the finish is different but good enough for me. The honey is brought out well . And like a rogue it used the allowable amount of wheat. The hops are exquisite and so the honey flavor did change the style in the finish. The score I gave is actually high. This brewer used clever innovations to bring you this beer .

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates to spotty lacing.
The aroma is biscuit, cracker, clover honey and a touch of citrus.
The taste is cracker and sweet grains with a touch of spicy hops and a light lemon citrus.
Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Smooth and refreshing.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a small tulip.
Slight hazy golden with a decent head.

Refined and appropriately mild beer. Nice subtle flavors with both bready and fruity aspects. Aroma is notably more bready than hoppy. Excellent balance.

O. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Super for style.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%

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

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

750ml mustard-yellow painted bottle. Ok, maybe it's a honey hue, but that's wasn't my first impression.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy, wan white head, which leaves a decent array of storm cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells strangely, from first cap pop, of zesty, fruity white wine - apple, pear, and mild grapefruit pith - a soft vegetal honey sweetness, pale grainy, slightly crackery malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more of that fruity white wine essence, with a growing cat pee astringency, dry, musty honey, lightly crispy pale malt, and leafy, moderately floral hops.

The carbonation is quite tame and just a tad frothy, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the yeast coming out to play, and the crisp grainy malt and lingering fruity hops still creating an Okanagan wine tour etching, one which draws in the remaining honey as well.

A tasty enough Kölsch, if one which leans a bit too heavily on those other German pale alcoholic beverages for their fruity input - maybe it comes from the particular honey used here, but it was an interesting experience, and an agreeable twist on this specific old-world style.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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