Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
drjay44 (2889) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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)
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bth122 (1325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Bill Becker (508) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at NHC. Disagree with the category, but whatever. Pours a deep gold, clear with a white head. Nose is nice. Subtle florals and toasted malt, grainy with a distinct honey note. Low hops. On tasting, crisp and refreshing with a perceived sweetness from the floral honey. Medium bitter and very clean. Dry finish. really nice, actually.