Brief Review: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Brief Review: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

My lovely wife surprised me  us with a Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch 750ml bottle. To be honest, I don’t know what is going on with Rogue these days. Whether they are Rogue Ales, Rogue Beers, Rogue GYO(grow your own), or Rogue Farms – it doesnt really matter though – the beer is always top notch. There was a time when my wife and I would snatch up every Rogue beer we could find.

We’ve grown quite fond of the Rogue Mama’s Hefe, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Rogue Hazelnut, and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA – Naturally, the Honey Kolsch was a need-to-try beer.

About the beer.

Kolsch style brews have been around for over a thousand years. It is of German original. The original specifications of Kolsch style are this:

  1. Must be produced in Cologne(Germany)
  2. Must be served in a Stange glass
  3. Fermentation must take place between 59 and 68 degrees fahrenheit.
  4. Strongly hopped
Honey Kolsch and Honey Color. Love at first sight,.

Honey Kolsch and Honey Color. Love at first sight.

I like to think of Kolsch style as a less filtered, more hoppy and fruity version of the ever popular Pilsner style. In our opinion they offer more mouthfeel and aren’t as thin as Pilsners either.

They are very close in style though.

Obviously, this particular beer(The Honey Kolsch) is made in Oregon, is being served in a craft brew glass and probably is overly hopped according to traditional convention. But, I certainly am enjoying it. I am wondering if it’s supposed to be flavored with honey or fermented with it. I am not tasting much of it, but a subtle sweetness to the beer.

The Pros:
A great take on the classic Kolsch style. I’ve spent some time in Germany and got to know the style and local variants a bit. This is definitely similar to what you might find in the region.

The Middle Ground:
If you see it pick one up. I’m not sure it’s worth the $10 per bottle that was being asked, but it is certainly tasty. A beer like this might be refreshing but it isn’t worth breaking the bank for. There are better  representations of the style for a better price. You aren’t talking about a mind blowing fusion of honey and Kolsch style. Rogue gets my (mad)respect for providing their own honey, though

The Cons:
The price vs. the product. My wife and I were able to pour and fill two 16oz’ers with enough to have a good sample but it still isn’t worth buying another bottle. In fact, we enjoyed Los Angeles based Golden Road Cabrillo Kolsch a bit more. Golden Road’s Cabrillo is less hoppy but comes across as a bit more crisp.

The Verdict

4 of 6

4 of 6

The Honey Kolsch gets a 4 of 6 in our eyes. It is very good and quite refreshing, but in our opinion a good kolsch style is pretty readily available and for an individual one to truly stand out it must be amazing – this one just doesnt justify its own cost per bottle. Worth trying for sure, but a true Kolsch should be served in Cologne on tap – not a prepackaged bottled product. It’s akin to a caged animal this way. The purpose of the 0.2 liter Stange(rod) glass is that you drink it up so fast the beer has barely any time to lose its flavor/gusto/presence, etc…

Extraneous Factors in this Review:

On TV: Pawn Stars
Wife is doing the laundry
My team lost in the NFL game today to the Bronco’s
Not looking forward to work tomorrow(a shocker).

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch
Golden Road Cabrillo Kolsch
Kolsch Style Beer on Wikipedia


2 thoughts on “Brief Review: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

  1. Thanks for this review. I’ve thought about picking up a bottle of this beer on many occasions, but the price point always deters me. I’ve have tried the Good Chit Pilsner from Rogue farms and I had a very similar opinion on that beer, quite good but not worth the price. On the other hand I do think the Dirtoir Black Lager is tasty enough and sufficiently unique to warrant the occasional purchase.

  2. Pingback: Brief Review: Golden Road Brewing ‘Cabrillo Kolsch’ | Los Angeles Beer Scene

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