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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
326
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
32.8%
 
 
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Photo of beerguy45
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 ryannosaurus
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750mL bomber poured to tulip

Pours a pale gold, lightly hazed... 1 finger of white head disappears quickly, leaving just a film of bubbles

Aroma is faint: yeast notes, some malt, some honey

Flavor follows the aroma. Sweet malt and honey, some graininess and yeast tang on the backend.

Mouthfeel seems a little thick for the style, and a bit under carbonated

Overall: interesting take on the kolsch style, coloring outside the lines a bit. The honey is well done, and the standout factor in this brew. Good hot weather refresher, but nothing apart from the use of honey strikes me as outstanding

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a somewhat hazy, yellow color. A slight hat of white bubbles. Head leaves bubbly lacing speckles.

S-Aroma is soft. Grainy and sweet with The slightest whiff of tartness. A fruity component. Mild yeastiness.

T-Flavor isn't as sweet and I was dreading. The honey is well set. I find it to have a minute tartness. It's a bit floral, a-la honeysuckle. Also grainy and yeasty. Then more sweetness sets in sneakily.

M-Pretty crisp. Has more body than most of the style.

O/D-Maybe the bright, painted bottle threw me off at first. Once I tried it, I found it to be pretty agreeable. I have no huge qualms with this average-at-best beer except for its ridiculous pricetag. $12 for a subtle flavored, low ABV ale. Rip-off.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in nonic. Poured a lightly hazy medium yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a low grain profile, with a notable sweet aspect taking the front. Pretty similar on the tongue, low-to-medium graininess, very soft hops, and more sweetness than is typical for the style.

The body was fuller than I prefer for the style, and was a bit sticky. It was very smooth and even though. Drinkability was decent, although I couldn't see drinking 2 in a row. Overall, a nice enough brew, nothing particularly outstanding, but solid enough to try if you see it.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a yellow hue with a foamy white head. I get lemon from the aroma, though I can’t quite tell if that’s it. Honey is very subtle in the flavor, with a honey consistency also coming off, to a slight extent, in the mouthfeel. Lemon again is the dominant flavor. The beer’s flavor is strongest in the middle, but somewhat weak at the beginning and end of he beer. There’s hardly any hops, and a touch of carbonation. Has a pleasant mouthfeel. Really, this is a pretty nice drinking beer that I wouldn’t mind having now and again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow body with a moderate-sized, white, finely-textured head. Thin sheet of lace on the way down.

Smell: Pilsner malts, a little soft wheat detected, with a sweet-scented honeyish note throughout. Sliver of Granny Smith, a bit of waxed lips there, too.

Taste: Light pale malts, pilsner malts. A little touch of wheat. A bit of green apple precludes the honeyesque sweetness. Floral, moist herb hops. Low bitterness. A last hint of honey, waxed lips, apple, and now white wine on the drying, lightly yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well, if nothing else, it's a far, far better use of honey than that downright deplorable 19 Original Colonies Mead.

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Photo of ADZA
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On visiting a sort of local on the way home I was so surprised to see this for one firstly my favourite bottlo did not get it in and they could of and two it's a bloody bright yellow bottle that stands out like dog balls in a sea of mecrioditity,any way it pours a light golden yellow pretty close to golden hue with a creamy three finger head and heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is bananna,very sweet malts and a touch of honey almost mead like,the feel is light bodied,moderately carbonated and silky smooth with pretty simple tastes of noble hops,a herbal grassiness,sweet malts and finished with a honey alcoholniss and yeah I wasn't expecting anything out of this world but I feel the keep it simple stupid method works for this one and even though I won't buy it again it is bloody easy to drink on a hot day like today cheers.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light gold with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Light floral honey aroma. Taste is refreshing and light, with honey notes towards the end. Pleasantly carbonated with a light body and mouthfeel. Very nice!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a glass. The body has a light gold color with a small thin head. The smell has a sweet and grassy smell to it. The taste has that great kolsh flavor with a nice hint of honey. It also has a good bite to it. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good beer.

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

I picked up a bottle of Rouge Ales Rouge Farms Honey Kolsch a couple weeks ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've tired a new Kolsch and this one caught my attention even though I',m not a big fan of Rouge, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle int a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice look to it that goes well with the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden color that took on more of a brighter golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Kolsch, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the honey being the first to show up and it imparts a light honey like aroma and it's followed by a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into lead into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt, biscuit and cracker like aromas with a slight bit of a herbal aroma towards the end. This beer has a nice aroma, it's pretty standard for the style, the honey doesn't add lots to it, but it is noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the honey still being the first to show up and it imparts a lighter honey flavor with that signature honey sweetness coming through enough to be noticeable. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that goes into a slight fruit flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspects sticking out the most. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness with a little bit of herbal hops coming through and it has a sweet, honey and grainy like aftertaste. This nice tasting beer, it's pretty standard for the style and nothing really sets it apart.

M- Smooth, slightly cloying, a little creamy, not too crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a lowering amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, it wasn't bad at all and it was pretty true to style, but it didn't have anything that really set it apart so I felt like it was pretty standard for the style. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one would be enough for me since the sweetness might start to wear one me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the lighter carbonation, I wish it had some more. I don't think i would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down, it's not a must try, but if you want a standard Kolsch with a little bit of a honey aspect to it then I think it's worth trying. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Rouge beer and it's a little above average for style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Honey Kolsch.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pure, mostly clear, watery golden amber, capped with white, half-bubbly, half fine fluff of medium retention. Very minute and very sparse flecks in suspension. Hazier with each successive pour. Bread, honey, perhaps a little booze, faint lemon aromas. Honey and alcohol together smell almost medicinal, unless that is a yeast quality I'm detecting. In the mouth, grains, grass, and especially lemon, but not too tart. Honey not as present in taste as in smell, just a tad sweet. If bubbles are allowed to flatten, it's easier to notice, especially around the tip of the tongue. Pasta or cracker notes also to be found as it lingers. Mildly rindy and nearly herbal hops, especially in finish. Lighter in body, extremely watery, mostly sudsy but slightly prickly carbonation all the way down the hatch. Refreshment epitomized, time for another glass. And another! Oh yeah, and glad I have yet another 750ml bottle for some later date.

Update: More than half a year later I had this again, from a bottle purchased around the same time as the one I reviewed, properly stored. Here are my observations: More estery, more creamy/syrupy (one might even say honey-like) mouthfeel, arguably medium-bodied, sudsy rather than prickly, no undesirable effervescence yet. More than 6 months later. Still quite good. If I were to rate it based on this, rather than a fresh bottle, I'd give it 3.75, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75, 3.75.

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Photo of Rutager
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mom and dad for bringing this back from the brewery!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a finger of white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Floral and lightly grassy hops along with some grainy light malts. A bit of light orchard fruits and savory herbs as well. Subtle and fairly interesting.

Taste. Light grainy malts, green apple and grassy hops with a touch of floral honey.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nothing terrible about this beer, just nothing very exciting. Light in flavour and body.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear yellow-amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light overall with just some biscuit and a little bit of a honey smell as well as hints of floral and grassy hops. Very light, but non-offensive overall.

Taste - The taste begins with a crisp bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a grainy flavor. While no honey is present upfront, as the taste moves on a honey flavor begins developing on the tongue with it gaining intensity more toward the end. Some very light floral flavors develop at the very end leaving a rather crisp and lightly bready flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are quite nice for the mix of honey and light grain, making for a crisp and more refreshing feel.

Overall – A rather refreshing brew overall with a nice easy drinking feel. It is nice for the price while on tap ( in comparison to other tap prices) but if going for the big bottle it is likely not worth the high price tag.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear straw yellow, 2 finger head of foam with good lacing.

S- a musty, flowery aroma that brings noticeable bitterness. Malt brings lots of grain.

T- bitterness off the bat followed by yeah, a honey sweetness and grain with an earthy feel. It finishes bitter-sweet.

M- medium bodied, same for the carbonation, mostly. Sometimes it feels a bit thin.

O- a tasty and fairly vibrant brew but...I could see myself buying more of this for $8 a sixer, not $8 for a 750ml.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a touch more than a finger of head. The nose has a very mild honey note. The flavor is rather standard for the style with the exception of a underlying mild sweetness that does not really get in the way of the dry finish.

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Photo of atr2605
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear straw yellow with a white sudsy head with good retention
S-lots of honey, wheat, unbuttered popcorn
T-more honey and wheat, some dry biscuit flavors
M-light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, clean and crisp
O-interesting take on a kolsch, very refreshing

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

a series of beer i keep buying, and just adore, if as much for the idea of estate beers as for the beers themselves sometimes. kolsch never really gets me off, only occasionally, but the addition of this honey makes this one really nice. its super light, pale almost white straw color, with a slurpee looking white head. the nose is really lemony, almost at the expense of honey, malt is extraordinarily light, minimal flavor and feel from it. the honey is more apparent in the taste, right up front where malt would normally be. some sweetness, its not dried out all the way, which probably saves the flavor. about halfway through the lemon kicks in. i have no idea if there is lemon in this or not, but wow is there a zesty citrus finish on this thing. cuts through the honey sweetness. carbonation is soft and the beer is expansive on the palate, despite being all day light. what i like most about it is the idea of homegrown ingredients, but the beer itself is also pretty darn yummy, just right for summer, and a cool continuation of the series. definitely worth picking up, and it was a beauty from the tap.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and white grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with white grape juice and honey flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fruit forward presence in both the aroma and flavor that makes this one tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of akolb
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearence: Golden with minimal head retention
Aroma: Honey, yeast, sourdough, flowers
Taste: Smooth and sweet, soft, pleasant
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and light carbonation
Overall: A tasty beer. The honey is definitely present here.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy golden yellow in color with a thin white head that all but disappears. Very little lacing on the glass.

S- Very malty right away. Also some floral, earthy hops, maybe saaz? Do not seem to be getting any of the honey, although not that surprising.

T- Taste is more complex than the smell, and much more enjoyable at that. Starts in a similar manner that is malty but quickly transitions to a sweet middle. Some citrus in the middle as well as a lemon test is apparent. Sweetness continues into the end with some floral hop taste and slight bitterness. Slight honey in the end, but very little.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body, probably aided by the honey, with thin carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall- Good drinkable beer, and edging towards a lawnmower beer if it isn't already there. Nice beer for the summer.

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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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Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden in body with thin white head. Aroma of cereal grains, floral notes, and a touch of honey. Tastes of lemon-touched grains, floral notes, and a subtle undertone of honey. Light in body with medium carbonation. A dry Kolsch with a nice sweet note.

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Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours as yellow as the label, very pale, and nearly clear of haze. Medium white head that falls quickly. Immediate aroma of honey, sweetness. Flavor is super crisp and easy to drink. All the flavors here are really subtle and well balanced, if on the sweet side overall. A little bit of German hoppage and a finish of honey on the lips. Carbonation is moderate and just right for the style. But very little in either the grain bill or the hop load to distract. This could be the world's most indulgent lawnmower beer.

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

A- slightly hazy, light straw tinted opulence. clearly sparkling like a very gassy man in a tub, except way way WAY more beautiful. Thick, light head that had the appearance of marshmellow numminess

S - Slight honey smell with a flower tone that makes me want to deflower the glass like it is prom night.

F - the taste is crisp and light. Low hop and low malt. Not much here, but nice taste

M - Light. Noticable noticible carbonation, low lace - but then again, the lace doesn't really make that much difference to me.

I am not too familiar with Kolsch, but this seems like a fairly pedestrian beer. I could see myself bringing this beer ice fishing or sipping all day while laying poolside.

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