The brew provided an educational experience and had us looking up exactly what soba was. Turns out "soba" is just another word for buckwheat, and we learned that it isn't wheat at all -- it is actually considered a fruit. Who knew? Made with roasted soba, the beer shows off the beautiful crystal hops, a light ester, and something nearly indescribable, almost funky. The taste is as complicated as any imported beer, starting with a bready, almost doughy initial sweetness then moving into a mild hop spiciness and bitterness. The aftertaste displays subtle melonlike notes. Soba offers a medium body, high carbonation, and low alcohol warmth, and it finishes like a pilsner. with a biting hop quality that lingers. One this is for sure: This is not at all what we expected in a fruit beer.