Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
Chilled 1 pint bottle poured to a Pilsner glass. Once again I have to applaud Rogue for offering up another product with a fine looking artwork for the label. Nice touch with the Mom-like character offering up a tidy microbrew to all and sundry, anyways...
Pour a bright golden color with very little if any cloud. Gives a strong sense of carbonation as many effervescent bubbles rise rapidly in a race to the join the 2 fingers of loose bubbly head.
For an ale that clearly boasts coriander and ginger as its ingredients on the label, the nose of this brew is a little weak. Those notes are noticeable but not dominant (possibly a good thing depending on who you talk to), there are indications of soft malts and hops but overall the nose is uneventful.
Unfortunately, taste is very much inline with the aroma. Chewy malt clearly dominates whilst the yeast and saaz hops offer up a very unique blend. Herby spice is evident however its hard to say if this is a result of the coriander and ginger or the grainy natural hops. This is admittedly a half take on the weizen style but all I can say is that even half is a bit much for what is delivered.
The level of carbonation ended up being far below what I had expected after the initial visual inspection - over all very smooth and light bodied with a bitter taste up front and a dry finish.
Sadly, this was a mediocre beer at best and whilst its a long way away from being a dog of a brew, its hard to find any glorious features. Quarter-E-Weizen perhaps?
01-29-2011 13:29:33 | More by SleepyMonk
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-13-2004 02:16:04 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-29-2005 16:51:11 | More by Popsinc
2.73/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
06-21-2008 00:38:36 | More by cdog3
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
06-21-2009 15:35:07 | More by lordofthewiens
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-15-2008 02:46:20 | More by Jason
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-19-2004 11:53:51 | More by merlin48
3.25/5 rDev -9%
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.
09-21-2010 01:32:31 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
05-20-2003 16:16:41 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
12-16-2008 16:39:28 | More by magictrokini
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
08-13-2011 20:47:59 | More by jondeelee
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
07-10-2003 08:01:32 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
02-22-2004 21:20:19 | More by WVbeergeek
3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
07-27-2014 01:29:59 | More by chinchill
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
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.
04-24-2012 22:05:52 | More by ianjsullivan
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-08-2003 03:33:20 | More by rastaman
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
(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.
09-15-2007 03:15:39 | More by rhoadsrage
4.65/5 rDev +30.3%
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!
01-20-2004 00:01:14 | More by SetarconeX
Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.