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Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales

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464 Ratings

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A palate cleaner of bold lemmony orange wheat. A bomber of it, which requires a drinking buddy or two. Too citrussy for a first beer in a session. Hoppy more than wheat aroma. Wheaty beige looks. Coriander, vanilla, banana,. Easy drink if you are in the mood,m but not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 04:30:00 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-25-2012 19:22:18 | More by t0rin0
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2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as Mom Hefeweizen (for Mother's Day?).

A - Slightly hazy pale orange with a 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is little lacing on this beer.

S - Smells like watery ginger ale, floral notes, and a medicinal scent.

T - Bitter herbal taste up front with a faint ginger/medicinal taste on the finish. Not too good.

M - Somewhat flat. Bitterness hits the entire mouth and not in a good way.

D - Not very good beer. I am glad I was able to try it in Hawaii as I have not seen it where I live in California.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 05:53:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

12-10-2011 21:38:32 | More by djrn2
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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent lemon-amber topped by a large, cotton white head that appears dense, yet soft. Holding the bottle up to the light confirms that there's a yeast blizzard lurking, ready to rumble on subsequent pours. The foam is firmer and stickier than originally thought and plasters itself to the glass with a great deal of enthusiasm.

A wonderful witbier nose with hops-a-plenty. Leave it to Rogue to improve on any given style by adding more hops. The aroma is both lemon citrusy and spicy, effectively smothering any hint of actual wheat. Saaz are the only hops listed and I'll take the brewers at their word. That said, this is one of the best Saaz-only noses in recent memory. There's plenty of coriander as well for those who aren't sure what that herb smells like.

Ginger. That was my first thought when beer and taste buds met. There's more to the flavor profile of course, but first impressions suggest that Half-E-Weizen is a little ginger heavy. The hops don't give way, but fight the good fight against the spices and herbs. The flavor doesn't change appreciably once the yeast is added to the glass... still a bit too much ginger.

This beer is bolder than most witbiers; a good thing as far as I'm concerned. It's lightly sweet, especially on the finish, but is predominantly a bitter wit due to the generous amount of hops. A zippy amount of carbonation lightens the medium body/mouthfeel and enhances drinkability.

As always, Rogue succeeds by being bold and hop heavy. Half-A-Weizen may not be a classic wit, but it's a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 22:32:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head consistently covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of wheat are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of wheat stand out in the overall taste along with some hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer neither tastes like a hefeweizen nor a witbier—it seems to resemble more of an American Pale Wheat Ale because it lacks banana esters and flavors of coriander.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 13:18:38 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:50:23 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden orangey color beer with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of coriander is kind of overwhelming. Taste is also dominated by coriander and leaves little or no place to wheat and ginger. Very average for the style and very average for this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 13:56:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely brewed beer with some great attributes, but it's not what I'll reach for when I want a Witbier. A darker-than-usual rust color with nice head retention and lacing. Sweet malts (caramelly and bready) merge with a citrus spiciness for a rich aroma with earthiness and a light muskiness. Tastes a little too tilted to the barley malty sweet end, not allowing the wheat or the finess of the Wit body and flavor to shine. The corriander, ginger, and citrus flavor balances the sweetness nicely, if not boldly. The body is medium and firm, a little heavier than I want in a Wit. Finishes sweet and spicy. Less clean or crisp as what I would have liked, but good beer nevertheless, just not for a Wit.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 18:04:19 | More by BEERchitect
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, yellow body with a tall, cascading, pure white head, though the head checks out pretty quickly.

Smell: Mild, easy-going fresh wheat aroma with, for me, a strong scent of coriander and a lesser note of dried ginger.

Taste: Soft malted wheat flavor with an initial tangy twang to it. Light sweetness throughout. Plenty of coriander floating around in here, the ginger, as it was with the nose, is noticeable, but relatively light. Small pour of banana juice. Restrained spicy hops and bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Lingering coriander taste on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the most traditional example of the style, but you should've known that going into this. Ultimately, it's just a light, easy-drinking, spiced wheat brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 20:09:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-27-2013 00:07:13 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-05-2014 02:17:45 | More by jaydoc
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-23-2013 22:36:38 | More by Texasfan549
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 02:16:04 | More by oberon
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3/5  rDev -16%

05-04-2014 22:19:57 | More by kylehay2004
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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Witbier poured out as a cloudy yellow with some sediment floating through out till it settled at the bottom. The head was pretty big, white and fluffy. The aromas were slightly grainy and had a little bit of citrus in there too. The flavor I felt was pretty weak. I know that I've had stronger flavor Wit's before. This beer's mouthfeel is soft and on the light side as well. It's ok, but I wasn't very impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:01:56 | More by Knapp85
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

03-01-2014 23:24:13 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +12%

11-23-2011 05:01:09 | More by JAHMUR
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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somehwhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a foamy, egg-shell white, two-finger head. It left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, yeast, and wheat.

T - It tasted very citrusy with lemon flavors. Also, a good dose of wheat, yeast, and clove.

M - It was a fizzy, highly carbonation and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good wit. Highly drinkable and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:31:56 | More by zeff80
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 06:31:06 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, citrus, wheat, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out fruity and spicy with flavors of lemon, coriander and ginger, but luckily the spices aren't overdone like many beers of this nature. The malt character is on the thin side even for the style and there isn't much of a wheat flavor. The hops presence is pretty mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a nice lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several better mild wheat beers that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:52:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Towering three finger head on top of a more or less clear golden body. The foam settles pretty quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy wheat aroma with herbal hop notes.

T - Sour, spicy wheat flavor with grassy, herbal hops. Dry chalky finish with some soapy notes.

M - Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Nothing about this beer makes it difficult to drink, but it isn't exactly the kind of beer that inspires me to keep sipping either. This isn't really half-a-weizen, it is more like not-a-weizen. It doesn't seem like a wit beer either, it really lacks any redeeming character at all; which, in my opinion, makes it a stylistically spot-on American style wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:04:02 | More by nickfl
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:46:20 | More by Jason
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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovable Grandma smiles out from the label, offering up a mug. She wants you to be happy, she wants you to have a beer!
Appearance: cloudy, but bright, lemony yellow color, huge, frothing head, a good 2" in my Weihenstephaner glass, befroe it starts to slide.
Nose: fresh, soft and sweet, with notes of lemon, orange, spices, and sea-foam.
Texture is a bit more than I expected, but that's the way with Rogue. Rather than the ultra-smoothness of the typical Germanic hefe weizen, there's much more body here, due to the non-wheat malts. More flavors come through, including the ginger noted as an ingredient on the label. Refreshing, but complex and flavorful, much more like a Belgian witbier. The flavors truly mingle well: lemonygingerycoriander, yum, yum!
I've got to give it up to Rogue, another unique creation!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 17:20:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 21:20:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
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