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Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales


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442 Ratings

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: MrNuggets on 09-25-2001)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a weizen glass

Appearance – Served a hazy-golden orange colored brew with a billowy one finger white head. The head had some good staying power with it lasting some time before fading to leave streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was rather light overall consisting of a bit of wheat, lemon, orange and banana. While still rather light, the heaviest of the aromas were that of yeast and some spice of coriander and ginger.

Taste – The taste was mild upfront consisting of a light wheat and bready flavor with a moderately strong citrus flavor. The citrus was predominantly of an orange nature with hints of lemon mixed within. A yeasty flavor develops quickly in the taste, leaving a rather pasty yeast cake taste on the tongue. The wheat and bread flavors intensify some more toward the end balancing out the yeast and when combined with a bit of ginger spice one is left with a more bready and lightly spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light with a carbonation level that is rather average. The combination of the two make for a smooth feel, which is rather appropriate for the yeasty and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall – An alright brew, but noting too exciting. Worth a try but not one I will likely come back to again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 14:01:58 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of htomsirveaux


2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried on tap at Rogue PDX airport bar as Mom Hefe, 28 Aug 2012. Served in a Rogue shaker with lemon (I didn't ask for one).

Lemon promptly removed from the side of the glass. Minimal white head. Lightly carbonated. Cloudy golden brown in color. Aroma is lemon, some clove. Starts similar to the aroma, wheat, clove, lemon (though not sure how much of the lemon is attributable to the actual lemon that was on the glass). Medium body, light ethanol. Maybe some ginger is noticeable through the middle. Overall, not bad but not anything I'd seek out again either.

Was expecting more of a hefe than a wit, I suppose Half-a-Weizen would've given that away.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 17:10:02 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of barczar


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is light citrus and wheat with a fair amount of bready malt and some belgian yeast ester.

Flavor is initially dominated by citrus and wheat, with dry bready malt leading to a hint of ginger at the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate to light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer that definitely straddles the belgian hefe line.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 22:09:35 | More by barczar
Photo of Jerone


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy light golden in color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Some malt and wheat with lots of ginger and coriander.

T - Starts out like a hefe with some malt and wheat and then goes towards the ginger and coriander and leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth.

M - Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O - Didn't quite come together for me, not a bad beer by any means but needs some tweaking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 00:57:01 | More by Jerone
Photo of dgilks


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying that this is an American Wheat Beer if I ever tasted one. The yeast character is next to nil and there is some hoppiness.

It's crystal clear pale gold colour with a tiny head. No lacing.

Very light wheat aroma. No frutiiness. No yeast.

Mild soft, wheat and barley malt. Moderate bitterness. Crisp and clean.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

This is almost the antithesis of the hefeweizen. Light fruitiness with an emphasis and malt and bitterness rather than wheat and yeast. Interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 20:55:09 | More by dgilks
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey poured into sampler glass.Pours a filtered bright gold beer with an ample dense foamy white head providing decent lacing. Aromas of doughy malts, fresh coriander and mild citrus. Flavors of restrained sweet malts with ginger on the mid-palate and a clean dry hop bitterness to the finish. Quite light bodied with above average carbonation. It is nothing like an authentic Bavarian hefe but still works well as a kind of lighter Belgian blonde inspired ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 20:43:16 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of GoalieRon33


2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Straw-colored. Blondish. Typical Hefe / Wit appearance. Nothing special, but nice.

S- Cloves. Bananas. Very bready. Gave a sense of lightness. No real definitive flavors detected through smell.

T- A little bland for what I've come to expect from Rogue. Best way I could explain is if you took a solid wit or hefe and watered it down a little bit. Definitely bready, a little citrus bite, but nothing overpowering.

M- Light. A little watery. It goes along with the smell and taste accordingly.

O- Not the best I've ever had, but not overly disappointing. This would be something that I would definitely prescribe to someone new to craft beers. Good starter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 23:30:55 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of csiewert


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with an orange wedge which I promptly threw away. This beer pours a pale orange color with a little haziness to it and very little head. The smell is weak with some banana and fruit esters. The taste opens up with spice and orange peel, and finishes with a slight banana taste. The mouthfeel is a little harsh and seems overcarbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 19:37:19 | More by csiewert
Photo of CampusCrew


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: cloudy, unflitered wheat
Smell: spicey bready malts
Taste: spicy, ginger like flavor. I thught this was a german style, guess not

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:23:02 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of cbarrett4


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy straw hue with creamy, nice head
S - Straw, citrus, spice nose
T - Classic hefe flavors of citrus and herbs with grassy notes
M - light and elegant, low bitterness
D - shows great balance on the medium length finish; goes down smooth and easy


All in all a classic hefeweizen made in the typical, richer American style. A really nice intro beer or a great refresher for those not wanting anything heavy or with noticeable hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 21:18:30 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sawmill Taproom served in a standard pint-glass a hazy straw yellow with a diminishing head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is mild sweet malt and just a trace of spice. The beer is sweet malts and slight bubblegum. The beer is light and crisp, but lacking the carbonation I expect in a wheat beer. This one isn't all that great from the bottle, and even worse on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 01:25:00 | More by atsprings
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the original Rogue brew-pub in Newport

Poured a hazy Golden hue with a 1 1/2 finger white head, Smelled a little like lemons to me very clean smell. Tasted wheaty, but very good. This is an amazing hefe, one of the best I have had. Good medium body. Great session beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 20:24:02 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden in color with a dense, creamy white foam that sticks to the end, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma is intriguing; at first it seemed rather musty or even skunky, but upon finding out that it is brewed with ginger, I now realize that the ginger played a large role in this brew's distinct nose. Sadly, while quite unique, it isn't the most pleasant of aromas.

Rather full-bodied with a strong, earthy taste of heavy grain, earthy being the key word here. A bit of herbal hops come through in the middle, and the finish is thick and somewhat dry that doesn't remain for too long.

This doesn't strike me as much of a Witbier at all, as it isn't nearly as citrusy as the Wits I'm familiar with, and it doesn't have the same banana/clove characteristics common to most Hefeweizens. The best comparison I can offer up is to Flensburger's Weizen, which is one of the more unique Weizenbiers I've ever enjoyed. I could probably take a few more of the Moms, but I'd probably go with something else if I had the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 23:13:49 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of cdog3

New York

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 00:38:36 | More by cdog3
Photo of bboven


2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear, which is strange for a hefeweizen. No cloud at all. Good had, though.

Smells of wheat, lemon, honey, and malt.

Tastes very sweet and lemony, little bit of sour wheat taste at the end, but the yeast flavor is non-existent.

The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Not rally to style.

Highly unoffensive and drinkable, though I'd probably pull a different wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2007 00:16:35 | More by bboven
Photo of watermelonman


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 08:08:40 | More by watermelonman
Photo of GClarkage


3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

07/22/05- On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into two sets of 4oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Light golden pour with the slightest of cloud. Medium lacing and a very small white head.

Smell- Smelled very funky. Maybe a bit like wet cardboard. No normal hefe scents here.

Taste- Strong on the hops for a hefe. Lots more bitter than expected...even for a Rogue beer! Bit and pieces of citrus flavor, maybe just a touch of corriander. No banana or clove here. Ehhhh.

Mouthfeel- Feel is actually one of the good qualities. Smooth, dare I say a bit creamy. Solid medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't taste anything like a hefe to me. Maybe the lines are a bit dirty on this one. Will have to try it again down the line.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2005 23:49:53 | More by GClarkage
Photo of ZAP


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant gold color...orange peel, ginger and corriander on the nose...taste is clearly more whit than hefe...nice ginger notes....lower medium body...crisp....

Nice summer quencher with flavor...definitely more of a whit...This ia a nice brew but for the 4.25 price of a pint I'd rather buy a sixer of Blue Moon or something

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 05:56:34 | More by ZAP
Photo of Boto


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ CTRiver Brewers Festival: This one pours a dark golden color. There was some head to it. The nose was that of a light citrus and wheat. Maybe a hint of spices and hops in there also. The taste was citrusy wheat, with some yeastiness. This was a solid wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 18:31:38 | More by Boto
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit the bullet with this one on 5/31/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at the Sunset.

Greenish, yellow hue with lots of haze, to the point of creating an almost neon-like cast to the whole glass. Thin carbonation flirting around the top, and throughout the draught, and yet nothing to get worked up about. Bubblegum bouquet notes with some jumpy clover and coriander. Quite understated and less wheaty than many hefes, and thus more drinkable for the likes of me. The thought occurred to me that those with gluten intolerance might be able to bang this one down without too many problems. Still, there were some straw aspects present to taste, as well as lemon/lime hints; the lack of a banana presence was refreshing. Highly drinkable and refreshing summer brew; not syrupy like others in style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 21:10:33 | More by Truh
Photo of mikeys01


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22oz bomber, with a nice picture of somebody's grandma wearing big 'ol eyeglasses and hoisting a foamy mug....definitely more adventurous than my own grandma...and an excellent beer to boot. The Half-E-Weizen pours into the glass a golden honey color that is amazingly clear (if you don't agitate it) and topped with just a bit of frothy white head. plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The half-e-roma is an intriguing blend of wheat, sweetness, and spice. Taste is similarly out-of-the-ordinary, bursting with character and spice unlike any other hefe I've tasted. Starting off it's just a bit hoppy then quite spicy, with flavors of orange, coriander, and maybe a little ginger bite coming to the fore. Then a more classic malty wheat flavor comes in towards the middle and end, finishing off with just a bit of bitterness. This brew is very refreshing and drinkable, and unfortunately quite difficult to find in my area...but worth keeping an eye out for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2003 21:58:30 | More by mikeys01
Photo of Zraly


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straw-orange ale with minimal head. Any head that was around, disappeared and hasn't been seen since. Carbonation is not over abundant, but not necessarily required. Looks are not everything. Sometimes.

A notable and primary representation of ginger. Spicey hops and sweetness round out the interesting flavor of this wheaty and slightly yeasty, offering from Rogue. There is a minor bready-sugary dimension to this...more in the range of doughnutty. Also a minor floral note as well. Definately not your run of the mill wheat...high on flavor, but not entirely accessible to all. But I'm liking it.

Rogue is always original and has a real passion for beer. This quality always shines through in any and all of their concoctions. (Combined review for both tap and bottle.)

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 01:13:48 | More by Zraly
Photo of Bruiser81


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a foggy goldenyellowish color. Head was rather small to begin with and what little was there left quickly. No lacing.
Initial whiff brings out pale malt. Behind that sits a grassy aroma along with some floral hops. A slight spice runs along the whole thing, including the taste.
A very slight malty sweetness hits first followed by orange peel and maybe a little bit of coriander. A group of fairly bitter hops finishes off the brew and hangs around for the aftertaste. There is a definate spice I can't put my finger on. Pretty tasty though.
Mouthfeel is a bit thing but still not bad at all. A good refreshing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2003 22:59:13 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of dwarbi

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not a hefeweizen, but very tastey. Does not look like much. No head. No sediment. Hazey, not really cloudy. Smells great, but mostly sour. Not sure where the name comes from, but with every quality, this beer moves farther and farther from a hefe. Tastes good. Sour. Clean and crisp, though. Wheat aftertaste! There you go. Some hints of ginger as well. Very drinkable. Maybe because it keeps you wondering what you are drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2003 19:53:11 | More by dwarbi
Photo of LarryKemp


3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served with a fair white head and a slightly cloudy yellow texture. One of the folks at my table said it looked like a pretty poor urine sample. The beer was a weak sample of a hefe. It looked sort of like a hefe but it did not have the aroma nor the taste of a good hefe. It was an okay beer to start a flight of beers at the bar. I would neither recommend nor slam this beer. If someone wanted a good hefe this is NOT one I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2003 19:02:27 | More by LarryKemp
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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.