Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

476 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 476
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Half-E-Weizen Alström Bros
Ratings: 476 | Reviews: 297 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mandrake
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazy medium yellow with a fairly large fizzy head that dissipates in a reasonable period of time and leaves no lacing. Smells hoppy, with a noticable malt presence and some spiciness and citrus as well. Taste is hops up front, floral and sharp, with a noticable spiciness, including an unusual but pleasant ginger note which gets stronger as the beer warms. Citrus and other spices are present in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh, making it a very nice choice on a pleasant spring day, and drinkability is pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of ginger in most applications, but this really makes it work, and creates a unique and enjoyable beer.

Photo of fightingwords
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a "bomber" in to two american pint glasses.

Stired the bottle half way through the pour to "rise" the yeasts.

A--Hazy burnt orange. More of a dull brown. Not impressed, not a hefe, not a dunkel. But after reading the ingredients its understandable how this really doesn't fit the mold.

S--Overwhelmingly ginger. Just a bit of the typical banana volitle. I could smell the hops way in the back.

T--Farily complex. Hit with the ginger first, then on to the hops and the clove like sweetness. There were alot of flavors here that kinda confused my pallate and I really didnt like how prevailing the ginger was.

M--Rather creamy for a Witbier. Had a slight alcohol finish. Finished dry in my opinion. The lovely lady sharing this brew with me said that it had a hoppiness that hung in her mouth.

D--I cant really drink more than 1 or 2 wits in a sitting. Its a good drink with a full body, but just too many flavors and spices.

Overall--check it out. Its alright, nothing to write home about. I'm faithful to Rogue for their not so typical opinion of style. They always put together a unique opinion on tradtional flavors, but this one just didnt do it for me.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-E-Weizen... so is it only half a wheat beer? What's the other half, Ginger Ale?

I drank a few of these in the summer... I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it.

Best Before Feb 30, 2006... just in time.

A: Brownish gold (on the dark side for the style), with only a little murkyness (could use more Hefe). Wonderful fluffy white head, has decent retention, leaves LOTS of lace.

S: Bready malt, with a little spice.

T: A VERY nice ginger-ale. Plenty of malt flavour, with very pleasant spices. Not a stereotypical Wit, or a Hefe... but much like the Belgians, Rogue has no boundaries! This is an excellent, Belgian-inspired brew. Zero fruityness though... I think it'd be better with a Belgian yeast.

M: Moderate body (surprising weight for it's size), moderate carbonation (could use a little more).

D: Really great.

I like it.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely and hazy gold color with a thin, bubbly 2" head with little lacing. Am a little disappointed with the aroma, with just a little wheat and straw, and the littlest hint of orange. Taste is pretty good, with a little carbonation at the end, finishing with a tingle on the tongue. I'm finding a nice blend of corriander with orange and a little wheat, a good hoppy preseanse. All in all, this is a pretty good beer, one I could drink a whole lot of.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a standard pint.

Hazy golden orange straw color, with a small head which quickly disappeared.

Scent is wheaty malt with some spices, including ginger oddly enough. Just a hint of hops for good measure.

The flavor is more like an American pale wheat ale with spices. The hops are too prevalent for me to think of it as a Witbier. I taste ginger and some other spices that I just can't put my finger on. The label notes coriander. Crisp, bitter hops are evident, though do not dominate the flavor. A very interesting brew which in my opinion bridges the style gap and defies finite classification.

Photo of ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden yellow beer with a slight have. Has a big foamy white head. When you open the bottle there is a burst of spicey clove aroma. Clove and corriander are the two main notes in the aroma with a bit of sweet orange peel in the background. The clove and corriander show continues in the taste with again just a hint of orange peel in the background. There is a nice prickly hop bite on the finish.

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 funkengruven
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark orange with minimal head, with little lacing. Smell resembles boiled vegetables, with hints of citrus. Taste is slightly bitter, with citrus undertones and a spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is gentle, unoffensive, not overly bitter or overly carbonated. Decent and drinkable, but does not resemble a Witbier of a Hefe-Weizen at all. Reminds me more of a Saison than anything else really. Overall this isn't too bad. Definitely unique.

Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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 blackie
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into a pint glass creates a thin, white head. A fast, ample stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy, straw golden color.

smell: light wheat, light and clean spicy hops, and a big spicy ginger presence. The ginger smells great.

mouthfeel: Medium high in carbonation and light in body.

taste: very light wheat flavors under the dominant ginger characteristic. Though the ginger is definately the dominant flavor, it does not seem overdone at all.

drinkability: tasty and easily drinkable

I give Rogue respect for their nice use of ginger here. Well balanced and flavorful.

Photo of mntlover
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color with a small off white head that doesn't lace much. Poured aggresive and still got small head strange for the style.

Aroma is lightly sweet wheat malts mixed with regular malt nice orange peel, currants with some ginger hops and light spice. As it warms ginger becomes more evident. Nose is the good thing about this one.

Taste is wheat malt some sour fruit grapefruit but not in the good hoppy way almost like some currants. Finish is light spice nice ginger and some hops mingled together not bad. Overall its little to sour for my tastes for this style , hell its not a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is about medium good carbonation.

Drinkability is not for me smells nice but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy gold color, which is fine, but even with a good pour I didn't get much head out of it. Aroma has a strong maltiness and a hint of hops and not much else - reminds more more of some of the hoppier American wheats, not a witbier. The flavor, too, is more pale-ale like with a good solid malty base, good hop flavor, and a complimentary bitterness at the end. Overall this is a good beer, not terribly complex but firm with its flavors. The spices claimed on the bottle are not very evident, but maybe they are playing into the perception of hop flavor which is not a bad thing at all. I think the phrase "half a weizen" means a lot - this is kind of part pale ale, part witbier, part weizen, and 100% original Rogue. I think if you want a witbier, don't get this; if you want a weizen, don't get it; but if you just want a good beer, its a valid choice.

Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect witbier pour. Not just a perfect pour for the style--a PERFECT pour. A tight, soapy two-finger head sticks atop a perfect hazy gold. I can't think of a really, really nice way to describe this color. It's just gold. Wonderful gold.

Smells like very nice Rouge pacman yeast with a hint of wheatmalt. Doesn't smell much like a witbier, but the blankness works well as the Rogue yeast gets to really shine.

Dry hop taste followed by wonderful yeast ending with a hint of pepper hop. Nice balance, and once again the yeast takes center stage.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is the glass half empty or half full? Half-a-weizen is not half bad. Pours a darker shade of yellow. A good cloudy base per style with some head retention but doesn’t last too long. Also there was very limited lacing.

The smell was limited for a hefe. Had more of a soapy smell then sweeter malt or wheat aromas. Some lighter notable smells is a citrus lemony glow and bite of spice added in.

The taste is a pretty decent wheat flavor up front. Noticeable and gives it a good dry flavor. There is a crisp aftertaste that feels slightly carbonated but a zip flavor also heightened by the spicey flavor. Some white peppers and a presentable orange kick. The hops are not really noticeable but do heighten the dry quality to the beer.

The body is light with a strong carbonation. If this is then end, I guess I have to say the glass is fully empty.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear light amber color, darker than a witbier but light than most hefes. The head is puffy and long lasting, leaving excellent lace. The aroma is light with perfumey malts and some ginger. The taste is decidedly gingery. While ginger is prominent theres also a great piney hop character that mixes well with wheat tangyness. The depth and complexity of this beer really develops as it warms. I taste curacao oranges, bubblegum and yeast apple flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation.

This is a great summer beer. If anything it would benefit from slightly less ginger. That being said the ginger was very natural tasting and never overpowering.

Photo of Shiloh
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice golden yellow with a short crown leaving to a full lace and a minor cling.
The body is a medium and the carbonation is very active to the end.
The nose is lightly of damp cardboard and little else.
The taste is exellent, unlike any other "witbier" I have previously tried. The hops are foremost thru out with a light malt background, nothing overpowering here, just a very nice offering.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their is one LCBO in Peterborough I like. But, it's a tease. I go in, see a brewery I recognise, but not recognise the beer. Rogue happens to be one of those breweries. So, knowing I won't be able to get this at home, I picked it up. Glad I did. The pour is a nice, hazey orange. Oddly, next to no head. Why is that? The glass is clean, yet very little foam on top. Smells, hmm... Nice. Malts, coriander, citrus, wheat, and ginger. Taste is very well balanced. Primarily sweet, but their is a spiciness and hop bitterness that coincides with it. Not much coriander, just enough to taste. Reminds me a bit of Canada Dry. Must be the ginger. Mouthfeel is hard to describe. Smooth and fizzy is the best I can come up with. Drinkable? Oh yeah. If I can find it more, it's becoming a regular session beer.

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

excellent brewsky from the good old brewers named rogue. This beer is just dynamite, all the way from the grandma on the cover to the last sip of the pint, this beer rocks! Appearance is cloudy, taste is very hefe style, goes down smooth, drinkability is very high.

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

Pours out pale golden straw and sits bright light amber in the glass with a large white head. Fades to a thick layer of foam, lacings all around the glass. Perfect.

Smells of lemon zest and orange up front, vast fruity aroma. Bits of apples, pineapple and grapes. Crisp crackery core with a mild grassy hop aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, dry and crackery malts lead the way. Faint hints of fruits lead by lemon rind. Moderate hop bitterness boasts sharp grassy flavors lingering on into the finish.

Crisp in the mouth with strong carbonation and a medium-light body. Overall, not that impressive but stll makes for some decent drinking. Well suited for hot summer weather.

Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty wild malt scent. It has a wheat feel, but it also has a malty edge along with some spices. The taste is good as well. I can't figure this beer out. It goes down dry and spicey with the coriander and ginger, but it finishes smooth and sweet with a malty flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. I wish the CO2 was a little less. This is a pretty good brew. It's unique in it's approach, so I give it the thumbs up. It is complex and tastey; a good drinker.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky pour is golden amber in hue with an ivory ¼” head cap containing the off kiltered sudsy carbonation bubbles rising up.

Sweet candied fruit scents leaving the hefe aroma behind.

Hard candy malts that lead to a dull citrous 7-Up flavor. Some orange-meets-Tang flavors…uhhh…maybe a sherbert quality too? Not too much action in the flavor department.

Zesty carbonation. Lacks wheat or yeasty character.

Last swigs: Lollipop malts. Nothing more. Missing the point as to why Rogue makes this one? This was poured and enjoyed exactly as is to be, Just not a great brew. Just liquid candy. Technically a witbeer but still debateable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -27%
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.

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

Light, hazed honey-gold color, decent frothy cap, and moderate carbonation. Nice nose to this one; coriander and other spices over sweet bready aromas. Starts nice and even with spice malt and hops in perfect balance then in the finish the wheat and saaz hops give a spicy dry finish...very nicely put together...like a cross between a wit, a saison and a dry hefeweizen...chilled to about 40deg. this is a great spicy dry summer ale...I waited in long anticipation for this one and it did not disappoint.

Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.