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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:
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 Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We have a Weizen that is classified as a Wit...hmmm maybe I should consult CSI Europe on this one.

Certainly has more of a Weizen look vs a Witbier. Hazy/cloudy aprocot colour with what will now be referred to as the Rogue head and lacing. Good looking head, no real retentention with lot's of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Sadly I am now going to refer to the next portion of the review as the typical Rogue....

Beer temp was 48F when I tasted it and I still had a hard time picking up the ginger and coriander. A nice floral sweetness for sure, but none of the herbal richness I crave in a good Wit.

An interesting take on the style. Certainly taste the ginger up from alonf with a generous splash of citrus. Find it hard to believe the hop is Saaz, but then I am far from an expert. Coriander waits a bit longer than I prefer before it appears, but overall it is a decently balanced Wit.

Smooth, with a bit of wheat malt crispness up front. Not as creamy and velvety as some Belgian Wits.

Have to admit I'm a wee bit suspicious of the 30 IBU rating on the hop that is listed on the label. Tasted a lot hoppier than the hazelnut brown @ the same level of hop. Still a worthwhile attempt at Witbier with a west coast twist thrown in.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:30:22 | More by Shadman
Photo of basscram


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a bottle into a weizen glass. Very thick head!! Very bright golden yellow! Pretty! haha. But the smell of the beer was not there. You could tell it was a witbier but kinda close to a lighter hefe too.

First taste was of a lemon grass taste. Thats how I describe it. Its of a clean taste, like a detergent, but don't be alarmed, It don't taste like tide, or gain, or something.

As I taste it, an aroma injects itself into your nose from the beer thats in the glass. Its kinda neat cause its like it forces itself.
I take a bigger gulp of it and a nice "easy" carbonization is there for a mouthfeel. Is very pleasing to the tongue and walls of the mouth. Very drinkable!

The looks of it as you drink it... Lacing of the head is nice and thick. Mind you,you cannot pour the whole bottle into the weizen glass. You have to wait to pour the rest of it in there after you drink a bit. I'm not sure if thats because I poured it into a room temp. glass or what. probably with this type of beer.

As the beer goes down and you get used to it, the color darkens a bit too. The taste is not so clean like I described above either. The taste begins to become more tame mostly cause I become familiar with the beer.

Not sure what I taste and smell after that but its a must try if you would like to try a different witbier! Its not bad;
Also if you like a lighter wheat beer as well. Its close to it!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 05:47:17 | More by basscram
Photo of gpogo


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow with a slight haze, but overall mostly clear with some yeast particles floating around and a moderate sized bright white head. The head diminished to a ring and left no lacing.

A- Very bland aroma, smells more like a bland American Wheat beer

T- Very light coriander taste. Mostly there is an overall clean crisp tasting wheat flavor. There is a slightly citrusy taste to this beer. A bit spicy from the Saaz perhaps? I'm not tasting any ginger like the bottle says. Again this tastes much more like an American Wheat.

M- Medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D- Decent, but bland beer as an American wheat. As a Wit I would rate this very low. Don't go out of your way for this beer. Also I'm curious as to why beeradvocate still calls this beer Half-E-Weizen and Aliases Mom Hefeweizen(which is what Rogue's website refers to it as and my bottle does as well)! I got very little ginger and coriander flavors. Though if those flavors were more pronounced and a Belgian yeast was used, rather than a clean fermenting yeast like Pacman, I think this could be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:54:47 | More by gpogo
Photo of finnski

New Hampshire

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

Just finished a 22 0z . The color was good but did not really taste like a true hefeweizen. I did not detect any real banana or similar tastes. Nothing mspecvtacular about htis but then again nothing bad either . all in al a middel of the road for me. I have had much better hefe's.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:17:40 | More by finnski
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am dispensing the 22oz MoM Hefeweizen into a large wheat glass. Pours a straw color with a sufficient white head that is somewhat rocky but lacks density. Some lacing and the foam becomes a floating raft in the middle of the top of the beer.

Aroma is a bit lackluster. Slightly spicy with some black pepper and possilby coriander. Not much else.

Decent flavor. Light and airy. Slightly fruity with orange and lemon notes. More pepper and corriander with a slight peppery spice bite as well. Slightly bitter.

Thin and watery, but finishes very clean and slightly bitter. A real easy drinker. I purchased a case of these for $15 and I think I got a great bargain. I would probably go somewhere else for a real and better wit, but this wasnt bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:50:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of bataround


3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured very good with a nice head. The color was a dark yellow to golden.

the smell was weak. I couldn't get a good feel for what this beer might taste like from smelling .

The taste was very weak. I was expecting a much better taste. It has a sweeter citrus taste to it.

Very light mouthfeel.

Easy to drink.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:19:55 | More by bataround
Photo of Fatduck


2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive got the MoM Hefeweizen. Poured out crystal clear, looks like a PBR in a glass. Is this really a hefe? Can't they just call it a wheat ale? It smells like ginger and hops. Taste just the same with a little much ginger and too many hops for the style, but that's typical of rouge. Its alright, its just not a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:40:47 | More by Fatduck
Photo of magictrokini


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:39:28 | More by magictrokini
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Lukie


4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out into a Weihenstephan wheat glass. The look is sensational, and is on par with Weihenstephan Hefe, which is an accomplishment in itself. Poured out a orange straw like colour with a big fluffy white head, that dissipitates more then it probably should have.

A smell of American hops, which is typical I have found in all rogue beers. They offer a nice citrus aroma, with very sweet orange, and some subtle spices. The orange is very prominant.

You can taste those hops, but they are not astringent as they normally are. The typical hefe tastes (which are done quite well actually) come through, with lots of sweet orange, very similar to drinking orange juice, and then citrus hop character leaving a tingle in the back of the throat.

A really well done Hefe compared to some others which are not so mainstream. The only downfall is the American hops you crazy USAers love so much, just don't seem to work in it at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 14:27:42 | More by Lukie
Photo of Halcyondays


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, Mom's Hefeweizen on the label,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head, certainly in this style, average retention, light lacing.

S: Light smell of wheat, honeydew melon, strawberries and wildflower honey.

T: Interesting taste, it has that typical Rogue yeast character that all the beers I've had from them have, you can tell it's a Rogue beer. The ginger is very light and really only comes out as a hint in the aftertaste. Wheat and coriander form the main body, certainly not a hefe as described on the bottle, the witbier category pins it down as as well as any style can.

M: Overly soapy and fizzy, relatively light body overall as per the style, crisp, very spritzy.

D: This is a good wit, not my favourite in the world, but an easy drinking bomber. A bit expensive for what you get, but I enjoyed it and could probably go through a couple bombers in a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 20:43:53 | More by Halcyondays
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the MOM Hefeweizen version, but same pic of mom in her blue sweater on the label. pours out a hazed golden with a tall chunky, frothy shock of white head, with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

Light wheat with citrus highlights in the nose, just a touch of peppery spiciness. the coriander really comes out as it warms.

Quite the tart twang from the wheat up front in the flavour, followed by almost a creamy character and texture. Flowery and grassy hops on the finish and well into the aftertaste. I can't really discern any fermenmted ginger however, although I'll assume some of that earthy bite in the aftertaste is at least partially due to it.

A fair bit of carbonation in the mouthfeel, however it is juxtaposed with that odd creamy texture as well.

This wit or hefe is so-so, doesn't really do much for me in the flavour dep't either way. The Saaz hops are pretty potent for a wheat beer however.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:07:13 | More by IronDjinn
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2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into an impy pint, Mom's hefe is a hazy gold with a large fluffy head, large bubbled leaving heavy lace.

Smell is heavy on the ginger, with some orange as well.

Taste is even heavier on the ginger, very much so on the finish, again, with just some orange. Even though it's really spicy, they seem to blend well, but are nevertheless the only real flavors over what is otherwise a bland ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, perhaps a bit watery.

Drinkability is, uh, eh...not into spice heavy beers, and even less so beers that market themselves as a beer style that is dependent on a yeast that wasn't used. This is neither a witbier or a hefe, it's just an APWA, using their boring ass house ale yeast as usual, so the character is all spices and not even really the wheat. Nevertheless, it's not terrible by any means, the wateriness makes it pretty easy to suck down...it's just not something worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 05:22:16 | More by ccrida
Photo of Mauerhan


2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden yellow, with some white head. surprisingly clear for a heff.

smell is extremely strong on the ginger.

taste leaves something to be desired. i get hints of the coriander. but the majority of the flavor is from the ginger. tastes more like a lager rather than a heff.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation. but fades fast.

overall a meh beer. not terrible, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:45:22 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

i have the Mom version

the head was initially strong, though sudsy and it fell quickly. hazy gold color with a streak of amber. carbonation is plentiful

from the surface of the brew come hop aromas--minty and herbal--and coriander. it doesn't smell as though an authentic yeast was used, which fits my preconceived notions for rogue's methods

the flavor confirms my american yeast suspicions. light fruity flavors, strong hop contributions, though little spice.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:28:48 | More by bruachan
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:48:58 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of Lepley


3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle labeled "Mom Hefeweizen"

This beer is labeled a hefeweizen on the bottle and witbier on this site. It's not like other hefeweizens I've had. Rogue seems to do this sometimes. Maybe it doesn't fit into a category perfectly.

A: Blond in color with a lot of white head that quickly dissipates. Tons of visible carbonation.
S: Malty and sweet.
T: Kind of spicy. I'm not familiar with coriander as the bottle says its brewed with, maybe this is what I'm tasting. Comes in sweet, finishes with a bitterness that's enjoyable and not overwhelming.
M: Carbonation and watery.
D: This beer is just OK. I probably wouldn't make it a point to buy it again. It's not bad by any means. It's just OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 05:21:06 | More by Lepley
Photo of changeup45


2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is horrible. Pours a very murky peach color with a head that evaporates right away. Aroma is of slight orange and ginger but more clean than anything else. Very soda or seltzer-like carbonation and sort of tastes like it too. There's some coriander and some weird spice which I guess is the ginger or maybe that's the saaz hops but more than anything else it is bland, carbonated like hell, and tastes like a orange juice that has been sitting on the counter for a couple weeks. Here's a case where I wish I didn't have to buy a 22 oz bomber to sample a beer. A small tasting would have been just fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 18:57:07 | More by changeup45
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 22:22:24 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, gold color that shows more of the same, just lighter, when held up to the light. The aroma is quite spicy with notes of fresh ginger, lemon zest and some earthy coriander. The grain character, while secondary, produces aromas of sweet wheat, some grassy grain notes and perhaps a touch of cracker like malt. The aroma is more spicy than anything and is pretty clean otherwise.

Lightly tart up front, with just a touch of honey like grain sweetness that is noticeable for a flash in the middle. Flavors of ginger are the most prominent note noticeable, followed by a tart, lemon note from the coriander. The coriander also contributes a touch of herbal, slightly earthy character that lingers a bit in the finish acting not unlike a hop bitterness. This has some body to it that contributes to the ginger and coriander notes sticking to the palate a bit.

Simple in its spice character, refreshing on a hot day, but not all that interesting. Something a bit more characterful than the Pacman yeast would go a long way to making this a bit more interesting.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:35:34 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Larrytown


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with some frothy head. The nose is pretty basic, some coriander in there for sure.

Definitely more of a wit than a hefe. It's got some crispness that keeps it interesting, but the spices don't really come together in the middle. A bit more citrus might help out.

It goes down smooth, but with all the other Rogue beers out there to sample, I probably won't be coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 23:59:27 | More by Larrytown
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle agitated and poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy orangeade body with huge chunks of sediment that didn't diffuse, topped with three thick fingers of soapy white foam that retains well and leaves puffs of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity with spicy bubblegum and banana.

Taste is tangy and wheaty with sweet malty ginger and a dose of bitter banana skin. Toasty, bready notes pervade the drink.

Great feel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:27:28 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy yellow with a very pillowy head. definite spice aroma. ginger right upfront with some citrus notes and a dry hay kind of smell. the taste is kind of as expected. citrus notes and ginger dominate the profile. very smooth and refreshing. initially i felt this was kind of one dimensional but after a couple of sips the beer is very nice indeed. something i'd definitly go back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 22:04:12 | More by scarletfire79
Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
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