Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrNuggets on 09-25-2001

Also know as 'Mom Hefeweizen'

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages and Wheat.
Hops: Saaz.
Specialty: Coriander and Ginger.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 297
Reviews by BattleRoadBrewer:
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted cold from 22 oz silkscreened brown bottle into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Pours a lovely yellow-golden color, crystal clear but for flecks of bottling yeast and trub stirred up at the end. Big, fluffy, cratered white head leaving plenty of thin lacing down the glass.

Aroma is floral, woody, and spicy. Very appealing nose.

Flavor is good in front, but then whack! Dominated by huge, lingering ginger aftertaste. Trying to explore the flavor only makes it worse--more ginger. Too bad, because a hint of ginger could work really well in this style.

Mouthfeel is average, maybe a bit flat. Notable bitterness works well.

Overall, this beer would score big with a bunch less ginger.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange with a decent head that leaves some light lacing,traces of ginger in the aroma with whif of orange zest in there as well.Taste doesnt have the fruitiness that I like in the style but a nice spiciness from the coriander and ginger.A pretty easy drinking brew that is solid but I wanted a little more.

Photo of Popsinc
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear pale gold....bog white head. The nose is simply with hints of bread & yeast....little bit floral. Taste had a nice wheat character with prominent hoppiness to back it up. Slightly crisp but also with a creamy texture. Light to medium body. Offers up some nice thirst quenching qualities but is still complex enough to be morethan a hot weather beer. Good stuff.

Photo of cdog3
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Beer poured Golden and very clear with a fine white head that held on for a long time. It had a strong aroma of those cheap yellow butterscotch candies that overpowered almost everything else. The mouthfeel was thin and the butterscotch carried through in the flavor and drove in to a bitter finish. I love Rogue's beer, but this is not their best effort.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my weizen glass, the beer was a hazy golden color with a small white head and no lacing. Interesting aroma of banana, citrus, and spice. The taste was mostly banana and lemon, but also some noticeable clove. Maybe a little too noticeable. Still, a refreshing beer.

Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MoM Hefeweizen which is their Half-E-Weizen relabeled.

22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. Brewing with barley malt, wheat malt, Saaz hops, coriander, ginger, water and their house yeast.

If you are drinking this bomber alone the first pint will come out a clear golden ale. Further down the glass the yeast will end up in your glass to produce a cloudy brew so its up to you on this one. Aromas of ginger, coriander, some malt and a touch of hop, a very clean nose. Medium bodied and crisp with a little chewy malt and a bite from the wheat. The first flavor spice that hits is the ginger that is soon coupled by the hops then some coriander flows to the tongue. Both malt and yeast make an appearance ... the Saaz hops leave a trail of spiciness and with a balancing bitterness. Maltiness drops a big dough grainy biscuit flavor on the palate, a bit of grain lingers from that in the after taste.

Sort of a Belgian White Ale ... but more of a Rogue thing going on here. A very herbed ale with the additions of ginger and coriander, the Saaz hops just adds to the complexities.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a cloudy, goldenrod yellow, with a two finger, ivory head that retains well, and leaves massive patch lacing all over the glass.
Aroma is lemon juice, bready wheat, white pepper, and other more subdued spices in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.
Taste is somewhat dry and mildly spicy with coriander and white pepper. The body seems more sturdy as the yeast kicks in, and there is a pleasant, lemonzest in the finish and aftertaste.
A clean and fresh tasting wheat beer, that balances the grainy wheat, spices, and Pacman yeast to good and balanced effect. Very well constructed, and easily drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing in this beer from Louisiana.

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat and lemons. I also get some peaches, syrup and sugar notes. The flavor is heat, oranges, lemon and surprisingly, some mint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is a bit disappointing.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with the screened Rogue graphics. A very grandma-like woman on the label offering a foamy mug of brew. Why...thanks!

Appearance: Following agitation (as per bottle directions), I was rewarded with a hazy, very fizzy beer. Nothing in the head department, despite numerous aggressive pours.

Smell: Spicy sweetness, with a whiff of bitterness also evient. What was hard to detect (though barely evident....or was it just me?) was a lemony aroma expected with a "weizen".

Taste: Not quite in the hefeweizen....is it a weizen that's been "Rogued"? Spicy flavors hit the palate first, with some malty sweetness and some bittering hops joining the fracas later. A tart and bittering effect near the end.

Mouthfeel: A highly-carbonated beer. Just a slight creamy smooth palate-coating effect.

Dinkability: This would be a very good hot summer's day beer. Refreshgingly crisp and "fizzy" carbonation make for a highly-quaffable, thirst-quenching beer.

Notes: Certainly not my favorite Rogue beer, but one that would stand up to a hot and humid Virginia summer day filled with cutting grass.

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright gold with a 2 cm tall white head. Can really smell the ginger, along with the pleasant wheat, grain, and citrus. Taste is like an American wheat, wtih spicy, Belgian-like flavors. Orange peel, coriander, and the Saaz are a great mix. The ginger again was a bit powerful, but still nice.

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a bit like a Corona with a twist of lime. I can pick out the coriander scent, but only because I know it's one of the ingredients; otherwise it would have been lost on me.

On the tongue, there's an immediate burst of what seems like orange citrus and coriander, which slowly fades into a coriander-ginger mix. The overall result is fruity and spicy, but not overpoweringly so--perhaps a seven or eight on a ten-point scale. There are also strong Grape Nuts cereal flavors from the malts. Hops are surprisingly strong for a Hefeweizen, and bring a decent grapefruity bitterness that melds neatly with the fruity spices.

As other reviewers have already noted, this is a brew pretending to be a Hefeweizen, so many of the traditional flavors of that style are missing or distorted. But that doesn't mean that the brew isn't worth trying. Just be aware that you're getting more of a fruit-and-spice ale with a decent hops kick.

Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium yellow color, nicely hazy but not really cloudy. Generates a generous 1/2 inch head of large bubbles, but it powers down in 25 seconds or so. Slight lace in a pint glass. Dense aromas, not distinct but more of wet hay, yeast and lemon zest, almost like wet canvas. grainy texture, flavors of hot cinnamon and ginger snap sort of pop like little explosions. Nicely hopped peppery finish. Given its "half" a Weizen name, I rate this beer as unique, almost like a hopped-up Wit or something. Interesting, and a variation on the rolling and estery Hefes that get a little boring come the hot weather months.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great hazy golden orange hue with a big carbonated white head leaves decent scattered lacing. Aroma: A sharp citrus tint with herbal spices in the background, peppery Saaz hops, bready characteristic Pac Man yeast strain, and ginger what a nice mixture creative brewing here. Taste: The ginger is upfront very nice brew seems like something that could be on the Morimoto lineup, soft bready yeast with the Saaz bite in the finish. It contains a cream overall tone with hints of clove and coriander not a true hefeweizen but awesome mix of flavors. Mouthfeel: This is where this beer emulates a weizen the most has a creamy fluffier mouthfeel, with spritzier carbonation medium to light in body. Drinkability: The spices start to wear on the palate but overall an excellently refreshing mad scientist gone homebrewer creation.

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bottle.

Clear slghtly hazy golden; large frothy head and good lacing.

Aroma: a mix of appealing light malts and less appealing yeast and spices.

Flavor: mildly sweet; soft fruits; light bread; mild coriander.

Feel: medium-light body with lively, medium carbonation.

O: a tame spiced hefe.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold with a half-a-finger white head. The head settles to a ring within thirty seconds.

S: Orange, slight rose, and bread.

T: Lots of dry citrus upfront along with a very floral flavor. There is some clove and a touch of sweetness which is quickly taken over by a bitter, green flavor. The finish lingers.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Though Mom Hefeweizen is considered an alias to this beer, I am not sure they are exactly the same. Mom is brewed with rose petals. I have a bad habit of wanting to try any beers that are brewed with unusual ingredients ("Rose petals? Sure."). Some of those odd ingredients work surprisingly well; some do not succeed in creating a good beer.

The rose petals leave a faint trace of roses in the aroma of this beer. They add a floral element to the hefe. They do not, however, add anything exceptional to the flavor profile. The finish becomes too bitter, and it is not a clean finish. For the cost, there are simply too many other good hefeweizens to try.

This beer DOES CHANGE. I was given one by a friend that is brewed with GINGER instead of ROSE PETALS. They need to open the category since this beer is not always the same. Here is my review of Mom with ginger:
ST: 22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A: Orange to light gold with quick carbonation and a thin, white head. There is a slight haze, but the beer is surprisingly clear.

S: Wheat, citrus, orange, coriander, and a hint of ginger.

T: Typical wheat, citrus, and hint of banana are helped out by a refreshing zip of spicy ginger that shows in the opening and the end.

M: Medium

O: Carbonation keeps this beer from cloying, and the ginger is a nice addition. The finish has a slight bitter edge that keeps the beer from sweetness. It is enjoyable to drink.

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a few dissapointments from this brewer, i wasn't expecting too much, but this wasn't half bad. Relatively nice cohesion of of vanilla, citrus clove, banana and hop, and quite refreshing and quaffable, i really was expecting worse, but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an weizen glass)

A- This beer has a light hazy golden body which gets hazier with each glass. There is a big carbonation of big bubbles and an off-white head that is spongy and last a good bit.

S- The soft smell of white bread and fresh pale malt finishes with a nice soft green bitterness. There are some very subtle bubble-gum hints and some dry spice that enhances the hop hints.

T- This beer has a nice flavor of light pale malt with some biscuit notes followed by a soft pine bitter hint in the finish. There is a nice dry spice note that increases and compliments the hops.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a zingy fizz finish.

D-I wouldn’t typically buy a beer with an old woman in a tracksuit on the front but I was very surprised. The flavor is light but has some nice subtle depth. The fresh malt flavors really balance the soft green bitterness. I don’t find many wheat beers that I would consider session beers but this is definitely one of them.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ginger and Coriander in a Weizen? There are moments when I wish the rating system had a creativity line, because this one would certainly merit a five.

Nice big Belgian-style head, nice weizen coloration, and a wonderfully sweet smell. The taste is a pretty straight weizen flavor, but with a slight extra zing from the ginger which adds a slight tanginess to it. Much sweeter than I've come to expect from Rogue. Bravo, guys!

Photo of watermelonman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a very light amber and yellow color with minimal head. There's not much for lace.

The smell was of muted spices, even as it warmed. The taste starts with wheat and pale malt, then spices, then finishes creamy. Esters are notably absent. The cream effect sticks with the mouthfeel and makes this beer unique and interesting.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy medium straw colour, with a couple of fingers of foamy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace as it fades away. It smells of soft citrus and cloves, and a bit of spicy yeast. The taste is zesty citrus, soft wheat, herbal, spicy yeast, and is fairly warm for the low ABV. The carbonation is very mild, the body light and effervescent, and it finishes off-dry, a bit of the sweet wheatiness playing with the spices.

A very refreshing, well-made hefe-witbier.

Photo of mintjellie
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque yellow-orange in colour with a thick, foamy, white head. The head is pretty retentive and leaves a fine lace on the walls of my glass. Mild aroma of ginger, fruit, and baking bread. It smells very tame compared to the in your face ginger aroma of the Albino Python I had yesterday. I'm not surprised that the ginger flavour in this is more Canada Dry compared to Albino Pythons Jamaican ginger beer. The Rogue is much more subtle, with coriander and doughy malt holding the ginger to supporting role. Mild lemony tang. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish; spicy and grassy hop flavour. I wouldn't call it bland, but I would like it a little bit bolder. Almost medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Feels crisp and refreshing. This is a pretty good beer, but I wish they had gone a bit more Rogue with the use of ginger.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good to see Rogue brews in my local market!!

Hazy, straw golden color, wild, swirrling bubbles shows off good carboantion and a solid, even and rather dense white head, at least 1 1/2" deep with really great retention. Very sticky foam too.

A robust and hearty wheat malt scent with very earthy herbs, corriander and tangy ginger is easy to detect, along with a peppery Saaz hop scent. Very well-rounded.

This is a wicked crispy and snappy feeling wheat flavor, slightly musty, but very herbal and hearty. This is the kinda brew that reminds you of a hot summer day with the sun warming the leaves and earth. The Saaz hops really adds a nice, peppery effect that brings all of the other flavor's together. The added spices of corriander and ginger add a mellow sweet current.

This was $1.79 in the store, I'm not sure if this was a mistake...but I had the guy check and he said it was. So I bought three. Great value. hold the lemmon wedge please!

Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy orange color with a decent head,but it does disappear a little quickly and leaves no lacing.The smell is a full citrus aroma and you can smell some floral and hop scents.The taste has a real citrus and hop flavor,but not a real wheat taste.It does taste pretty good,but the m/f is light and unbalanced.The flavors don't mix that well and the begining of a sip tastes alot different from the aftertaste.This may work in some beers,but not this one.This,all in all, is not a bad brew,it is very refreshing and I can see myself having this in the summer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date, but based on the Rogue's release schedule I'd say this is under a month old.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a sparse layer of microbubbles coating the surface and thickening around the edge of the glass. No lace present.

Smell - Predominant wheat aroma, with lesser notes of citrus, floral character and a touch of rose.

Taste - Wheat, hints of milkiness, light touches of orange zest, slight spice and a very faint rose sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation; fair tingle on the tongue. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - Much better than the Half-e-weizen I remember having a good 8-9 years ago. Perhaps the addition of rose has given this a sweeter, more palatable flavor. The name is misleading; this is not a hefeweizen. Why not make it a true hefe by using the weizen yeast they use for the Roguenbier Rye they brew? It's beyond me. Regardless, this is a solid, drinkable wheat beer. It's currently categorized as a witbier, and based on flavor profile, I'd say that's about right. I'd consider this a once a year purchase.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silty yellow under foamy ivory suds.
Nose of lemon rinds, leafy coriander, and Saaz that seems to incorporate the two.
Begins doughy, but not chunky. Modestly dry and wheaty. Ginger arrives first, brief and zippy. Coriander settles in for a longer duration. Lemon-infused and herbal. Saaz adds a good deal of bitterness and dry leaves, but it is so perfectly complimentary that it is hardly noticed. Just one perfect segue after another. This is harmonic.
Medium bodied, and sturdier than the average Witbier...and a good deal better too.

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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
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