Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Kölsch
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Situated just across from 40 acres of Rogue hops, 119 colonies of bees were carefully kept and fed and the honey was uncapped, extracted, filtered, and finally infused into a refreshing Honey Kolsch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1238) - Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Hazed medium yellow/gold.Had head but left quick to a froth with slight spotty lace. Good carb. First whiff was funk with sulfer.Then some mild floral slight fruit and some cereal sweetness.Some grainy sweetness with mabye some yeast character. As it warms I start to notice a slight hop,noble hop like/mild like in a german pilsner. As it warms though and you try really hard, you can detect a nice caramelly honey sweetness! Taste is cereal mild sweetness with a bit of funky honey,slight orange with some citrus orange mild tartness later, smooth,kind of buttery,mildly slick,foamy carbonated mouthfeel,light zesty finish good quaffible finish. Pretty cereal tasting overall but a pretty good session summer beer. I like the fact they use their own ingredience but more often than not they seem to be mediocre , this one seems above average. And I hope they make a mead with higher abv and no champange yeast next-that was terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bomber poured slightly cloudy with lots of small bubbles rising to the top. Large fluffy white head. Hardly any retention to the glass. Aroma of yeast, sweet honey and some mild floral notes. Light and sweet on the palate. Bready finish with only a hint of hop bitterness. Really nice on this warm Summer afternoon. Not my favorite style, a bit too light, but the style is what it is. What it is, is quite tasty and very drinkable! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2013
I poured a 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass. There was no freshness date. I acquired this bottle on my trip to #BBC13.

Appearance: Bright yellow/white gold hue. Extremely clear body with plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Not much of anything, other than pale, pilsner-style malt. Nothing offensive, but nothing interesting.

Taste: Kolsch is one of my least liked styles of beer due to the fact beers of the style tend not to be bad, but just plain boring. Rogue Honey Kolsch is a perfect example of what I mean. I don’t find any flaws in it per se, but there’s really not much to like about it except the fact it’s refreshing in warm weather. Still, there’s plenty of other beers I can turn to for that without the high price tag or uppity marketing. This is brewed using ingredients all grown by Rogue themselves and they package it in a banana-skin yellow bottle, which definitely catches the eye. Unfortunately, the bottle is more memorable than the beer.

Describing the palette here is a challenge because it’s so uniformly mild if not outright bland. It’s similar to a pilsner, but without the overt graininess. And despite the name, there is zero presence of honey in the palette (which is likely due to the fact honey is almost completely fermentable and is often used for its fermentation value rather than its taste). This beer is essentially a lager without the lager qualities, and might be better classified as a blonde ale than a kolsch, since most beers of the style tend to have some spicy character. This does not. I appreciate the fact there’s nothing about this that’s off-putting, but just the fact it’s a boring beer as a whole is a turnoff for me.

Drinkability: What Rogue Honey Kolsch lacks in taste it makes up for in sheer drinkability. The body is thin, cold and wet with a completely clean aftertaste. It’s ideal for drinking outside on a hot summer’s day. At only 4.8% ABV it’s quite sessionable, though Rogue beers tend to be expensive so maybe it’s better described as sessionable in theory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2938) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, white head, over a slightly hazy yellow (SRM 3) body.....nose is cereal malts, light honey, hints of apple, pear.....taste is hints of honey, light malt, very light pear, apple, leading to a mild bitter almost Pilsner finish.....mouth feel light, not watery, slight astringency, carbonation low, leading to a clean finish. The honey was used by a deft hand, resulting in a beer which is light, clean, crisp, refreshing and met the style. BJCP 8/3/16/5/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Great bright yellow 750 ceramic bottle from Capone’s. Pours chill hazy deep gold with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is hopcitrus, tart lemongrassy, mild honey. Tastes of lemongrassy hops, citrus, mild honey. Medium in complexity and palate heft. OK, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Golden amber with a short, fizzy white head. Nose is grassy with light lemon, grains, soft honey and biscuit notes. Taste is grains, soft malt, light honey, soft lemony tartness, grass and light biscuit notes. Body is light-medium with a soft, dense carbonation. Light stickiness tot his as well. Finishes with more honey notes, hints of buttered bread, crackers, grass and light lemon. Nice summer beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle. Bright and golden, quite active. Sweet, blooming aroma. Drinks with a definite honey essence ... very well built into a brilliant kolsch base. I’m not usually a fan of honey-based brews, but I do love the kolsch style, and this is a damn good, sunny, bright beer. I want gallons this the next hot day I have to work in my yard. (#5176, 7/24/2013)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22 ounces divided by 5. This was an excellent beer to start off a night of tasting. It was light, crisp, and suitable for an already hot even that has us positioned in front of a grill. It poured a brilliant yellow with easily noticeable streams of carbonation moving up, but not much head on top after the initial white foam faded out. The aroma was steady when the foam was around, smelling like malt/grains and honey sweetness mixed with mild banana notes. Flavor was grainy and like a lager or a pilsner, traces of apples and bananas. Light in body. Overall this is a good one to warm up your tastebuds because it has a tame flavor profile. You may not even taste all the good things this has to offer if you dive into the deep end of imperials and dipa’s first, and there’s something I like about a thirst quenching beer like this that requires some effort to grasp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1335) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Big Bottle. In Erie. Poured a light golden color. Aroma of grains, honey, grass. Light bodied. Light sweetness with a light bitterness. Average carbonation. Slight honey and spice with some hops at end. Was wanting a bit more honey. But it is nice tasty beer still.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (539) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 20, 2013
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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