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Rogue Farms Honey KolschRogue Farms Honey Kolsch
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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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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57
Ratings:
339
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 339
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Badger6
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass...poured fast and hard, to get it aired out.

A: Light yellow body, slight haze, fair amount of visible carbonation. Bright white, fizzy head that diminished pretty fast leaving a fizzy cap on the surface.

S: Scent of biscuit malts, floral hops, and hint of honey.

T: Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malts come in early, but are attenuated with a hint of honey form the middle to the end. Slight bitterness, balancing the malts and honey sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation...yet feels solid on the palate.

O: Easy drinker. Mostly true to the style, though the honey adds something more. Fortunately the honey is subtle, and the artful use of hops to balance the additional sweetness with a very balanced bitterness makes an the easy drinker. This would be perfect with some light cheeses and crackers with fresh fruit on a patio at about 90 degrees. Very refreshing.

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Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tall mug.

Appearance- Slightly hazy pale golden color with three fingers worth of head. Nice ring of lace after every swallow.

Smell- Light aroma of grain, floral hops, and honey.

Taste- Pale malt, grassy hop, and clover honey flavors. Some sweetness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall- A very enjoyable thirst quencher and a good summer beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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 brutusmuktuk
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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 TheBullsHorn
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A delicate twist to a classic style. Well balanced crisp and toasty notes, complemented with fruit flavors present in this alt-style beer pair beautifully with Rogue's own home-grown hops and honey. The dry notes and almost european-like flavors from the hops combine really well to make a great American example of classic German beer style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ADZA
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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 megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Appearance: straw yellow, pillow head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malts, light fruit, and a light sweetness.

Taste: mildly warm malts, very light sour fruits, and a very very light hops.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. Flavors are full yet light, without being watery. Don't expect any bold flavors out of this.

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Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 Rutager
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sporadic bubbly splotches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Crisp, refined lager aroma of husky grains. Some sweetness from the honey and light hop fume.

T- Flavor mirrors the aroma as the honey sweetness accentuates the mildness of the malts and hops. Incredibly easy to drink and also pretty pleasant as there's not a big give in flavor the whole way through.

M- A bit watery but there's a decent hop afterbite. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Pretty above average kolsch with some additional sweetness.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the biscuit malt flavors are a bit stronger and there are some hints of honey towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness is present in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is mostly true to the style—it only seems that the grape-like flavors have been replaced by honey—except the honey flavors are very subtle and don't contribute any sweetness.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Yellow painted bottle looks very cool nonetheless, and I know this beer is on the fresh side of things. 5.90% abv is not listed on the bottle that I can tell, so I'm putting my faith in BeerAdvocate here. Not a style I am too familiar with, but I have confidence in Rogue, despite their poor reviews.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a murky light golden honey yellow colored body with about one and a half fingers of soft bone white foam for a head.

S - Smell is of the usual suspects: fresh grains, corn, raw honey, lemongrass. Not a very powerful aroma, but hits it's mark. Very authentic fresh honey smell is beautiful.

T - Taste follows the nose: fresh cut grains, corn, lemongrass, fresh raw honey, crisp carbonation. The honey might not be as pronounced as I had hoped for, but it is definitely in there, and honey has got to be a hard flavor to capture in a beer.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, a bit of stickiness lingering.

Overall, a nice beer from Rogue, but not likely something I would pay the ten dollars for again. The effort is beautiful though, and the natural wild honey that comes through in the aroma is remarkable, and is worth getting the beer for on it's own. Super drinkable and sessionable even, glad to have tried it, but it isn't likely something I'll buy again.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch ---4/5.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Spot on aromas. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, floral, grass, honey, pepper, toast, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, bread, cracker, toast, floral, grass, pepper, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent kolsch style. All around great balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Ego
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
2 fingers of sizzlin white stuff, aggressively crackling, lacing is not all too much here, the head settles down to nearly zippo in a matter of moments, near to clear straw color, a central circle of bubbles emanates from the bottom center of the glass pacing well to the top

nose...
initially dry mold (in a pleasant way) lofting off into sweetness, faint touches of euro hop (herbal/earthy), nothing spectacular but nice and good for the style

taste etc...
refreshing soda pop like carbonation keeping it light and spritzy, kind of kolsch light, some kolschs have a strange aftertaste (for me) but this is pleasant and of course has that honey finish which is really delicious, there is some mild bitterness that is in total balance with the malts and honey notes.

verdict?
good beer done well, easy drinking, smooth and tasty enough. super pleasant brew. not one of my stellar reviews but this beer is just... really damn good!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass full of Honey Kolsch. Here we go.

Light yellowish hue with some golden tones. Greasy foam leaves a plaster coating on the surface and leans on the walls of the glass, but none of the bubbles dry to stick. Has a good haze to it, as well as lots of bubble streams.

Drier aromas than expected with notes of floral hops, honeysuckle, lemon candy, grassiness, and pale malts. The nose, overall, is very light, but very pleasant. In a word, 'benign'.

Leafiness from hops with lots of floral notes and light lemony character. Decent dose of grassy pale maltiness with a few esters thrown about here and there. Not particularly the fruity kind, but the yeast is laboring obviously. Has a raw honey flavor that couples with barley malt sweetness to assume a fuller role. A nice additive in a kolsch, and I approve of this particular result.

The body is clean and palatable; I could slug this out of a wide-mouthed can, no problem. Watch out, though; that carbonation is out to get you. Lots of bursting crackle and pop all in the folds of the mouth. Quite a lovely and bright fizziness. Mouthfeel gets two thumbs up.

I've had quite a few kolsches, and this one wants to stick with me. It's a good one. Not a departure from a sturdy German example, and a lot better than many of the American 'light' variants that I've had. I like the crispness of the hops, the almost-unrelenting bitterness, and the flavors are right as rain. Well done.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Honey Kolsch pours a hazy yellow color with a large lacing head. There is a malty with very subtle hints of honey. The taste is nice and crisp, good malt base, and nice honey notes. Nice flavors, honey isn't overpowering, however beer is a little flat. Overall a nice sweet and refreshing beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicate, soft, floral and highly refreshing- Rogue does what Rogue does. They bring a sensibility to the frantic craft beer market that resist the craze for outrageous taste, but rather offers up an artistic brew, backed by quality and excelled by down-home agriculture.

The light ale pours with a delicate yellow color and the most modest of haze. Its dainty white foam rises softly up the glass before reversing trend and falling to a sheet to stay firm thereafter. Light spotty lace clings to the glass as the beer quickly fades.

Faint grain and bread scents are woven together with the unmistakable floral and perfume of honey. Notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and flower peddles waft about the nose as light lemongrass and herbal basil characteristics arise from its earthen spiciness.

To taste, much of that finesse is overwhelmed by the honey sweetness. Its sweet flavor is mostly honey but is also of barley- all leaning heavy on the early palate. Midway through, the ale releases its sweetness just a bit, allowing herbal and earthy spices to fold in. A lingering sulfur and mineral note nods toward lagers but still retains that honey-sweetened edge.

Medium-light in body, the ale resembles those lagerish Kolsch ales but their fruit, spice and modest heft tells the tongue that there's something fuller here. But as the carbonation subsides, the weight of honey and grain sweetness is finally felt. And that lingering texture is modestly warm and smooth as velvet and powdered sugar.

I absolutely adore this ale! Its delicate non-dry character is quirky, charming, and friendly. Perhaps I'm a sucker for sweetness- but this beer was build for a honey-soaked face lift.

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