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Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales

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475 Ratings

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured clear golden with a white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly soapy with light orange peel citrus and a nice muted coriander spice aromatic. The bottle lists ginger and it can be perceived in the aroma as well.

The flavor was light and rather boring. The highlight of the flavor was a light citrusy orange peel flavor and some low coriander flavors. The beer was not crisp at all rather lifeless on the palate.

The finish was dry with lasting bitter orange peel and light coriander well into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and watery with carbonation just not at a high enough level to add complexity.

22 ounce bottle. Not a favorite, a little run of the mill.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head, nice lacing. Smells yeasty, hoppy, little citrus. Taste is very nicely hopped, some spices, pretty malty and wheaty, but the hops dominate and are very pleasant. Very smooth beer, very nice carbonation and an all round easy drink, very rich flavour.

Viggo, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of necoadam
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a hazy lemon/yellow color with a solid head that stays a while. Smell consisted of strong spices (coriander and ginger) with some underlying malts and spicy hops which went well together. Taste was great as well. Good blend of ginger and coriander starts out with some sweet malts riding along with it. Hops and sweetness comes in the middle. Finished a little on the dry side. Mouthfeel seemed medium to almost full. Chewy texture even though it's only 4.8%. A nice wit beer, but Allagash's verison is a little better than this one, but that's no reason not to pick this up again.

necoadam, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Popsinc, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the bottle it says to aggitate before decanting into your glass. I just assumed that this ment I was about to pour a nice cloudy hefe. I poured a clear golden color with a little bit of particulate. It had a two-finger white head that didn't stick around very long.

The aroma smelt of light malt and a mild hoppiness.

The taste was mildy malty with some citrus.

It has a light to medium body, medium carbonation. I wasn't that impressed with this one. I think Rogue has many other better beers to offer than this one.

Maybe I had too high of expectation for this one because all of their other beers are so good.

Brian700, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with "Half-A-Weizen" silk-screened onto the bottom. Picture of an older woman that reminds me of my grandma.

Appearance: Pours out of the always impressive Rogue bomber a golden yellow color with a fizzy off-white head that doesn't hang around too long at all. There's plenty of yeast sediment floating around..looks like a damn snowglobe in there. Fizzy/oily head leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild aroma of spices & light hops..but mostly wheat & malt. Not bad, but mostly forgettable.

Taste: The ginger is definitely evident on the first sip. Mildly spicy, but ginger is the primary ingredient you taste here. Textbook wheat taste with just a touch of coriander as well. Hints of citrus (orange mostly) & hops. Malts come through as well in this circus of subtle ingredients. Nicely balanced and tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a somewhat grainy and coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Most hefeweizen's I've had have been fairly quaffable, but this one has got to be right near the top of this list as far as drinkability goes. Definitely worth trying.

hero27, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in colour with a bit of yeast haze. Aromas of Munich malts, ginger, spicy hops, and a bit of grapefruit. Not much wheaty flavor, mainly the typical Munich-y Rogue malt flavor. Lots of ginger flavor there too, with a hint of coriander. Surprisingly bitter for the style. An interesting take on the wheat beer thing.

fisherman34, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy, pale yellow with a one finger head that leaves spiderweb like lacing down the glass. Smells mostly of ginger with a slight clove smell in the background. The taste starts with the ginger, followed by a spicy mix of clove, corriander and lemon zest with a creamy finish. High carbonation and a creamy mouthfell make this witbier hard to beat. Really a fantastic and unique witbier...kudos to rogue for such an unforgettable treat.

silver0rlead, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of clvand0
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is an odd mixture of spices ... I honestly don't care for the aroma. Some ginger in there with something else that I can't place. The flavor is similar to the aroma, in that there are several undesirable flavors that I can't place ... and that I don't like. It has a really musty thing going on with a citrus kick. Didn't enjoy it much.

clvand0, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a dirty tan/broan color with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is odd. It has some slight spiceyness, a bit of grape skin and a slight mustyness. Hmm. The flavor is somewhat like cereal, with a lot of graineyness and an astringent finish. Not my favorite here. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. There is a lingereing flavor I don't like that really takes away from the drinkability.

kmpitz2, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy orange/yellow color and has a huge white head. The aroma is mostly coriander and wheat. The flavor is really nice... It reminds me of BBC's White ale, spicy, fruity, refreshing as a beer can get, but the plentiful use of the Saaz hops really sets it apart from other witbiers I have consumed. I could drink a bunch of these and go broke in the process.

RushLimbmalt, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold, before adding the yeast, becomes a cloudy orange with the yeast swirled and added, topped with a two finger puffy off-white head, leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Sweet, spice and wheat aroma.
Citrus, wheat and toast taste, coriander, spices, zest, a ginger note comes out with warming.
Medium bodied, very refreshing and easily drinkable.

mschofield, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold with very little head or lace.Aromas of a rich malt with some fruit and hop smells. Taste is quite nice a rich malt with some orange, corriander and a nice hop sharpness (sharp but not bitter). Leaves a lingering biterness on the sides of the tounge. An OK beer, not a great one but I may have an old bottle, which is probably the case.

sabrills70, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Luigi
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22 oz. bottle with a old woman holding a mug. Pours a light cloudy orange with yeast sediments swirling around the glass. Has a large sticky head. Very Impressive.

Smells like ginger, coriander, orange peel and pale malt.

The taste is very fruit like. Orange peel, ginger and coriander dominate the flavor. There is a light maltiness behind the spice. I can definitely taste the saaz hops.

I first bought this beer thinking it was a German Weisse-beer, but it is really a Witbier! A good one, but definitely has a Rogue twist to it. Very enjoyable.

Luigi, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sour, fresh, wheat with a bit of sweet. Nicely complex. Other pale malt aromas.
Smallish head. Deep golden yellow. Rather clear. Head breaks up irregularily.
Amazingly light in flavor. Hoppy bitterness quite apparent, if not downright dominant, but somehow not excessive. Yeast at the bottom of the bottle add some nice flavors.
Rather flat giving ti a rather thin feel. Non-distinct.
Unimpressive. Maybe this was old. Seemed to lack life and boldness, esp. for a Rogue beer.

garymuchow, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only wheat beer my fiancee has ever liked! Pours an appropriately cloudy amber color, much darker than expected. Bright, lively aromas of peach, wheat-malt, spices, and grass. Tastes like a belgian white crossed with an american pale ale. Plenty of fruity, apricot/peach flavors meld graciously with an understated malty, wheaty taste. Well hopped for a beer of this style. A very good introduction to wheat beers for those who don't like them.

AlexJ, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a bubbly white head. The smell is dominated by coriander, to the point that there's not much else. The taste has the strong spicing with a light hop in the backing. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I'll drink the other half of the bomber anyway.

If you like coriander, you'll like this beer! Personally, it's never been my cup of tea, so I had to treat this accordingly (especially with wits like St. Bernardus and Ommegang Witte out there). Still, worth a try and I'd probably try it again.

beergeek279, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy-honey gold in hue, the liquid is very attractive in color. There was a basic white head, about a half finger in height on the pour. Head retention was lousy as it rapidly faded to a soapy cap. Also, there was no subsequent lacing. Still, I can’t hate on this beer because I really dig the color! The nose is very citrusy. Before I checked the bottle (to look at the ingredient list) I took a more thoughtful sniff. Orange peel, lemon zest, both are very soft. Then comes a dash of ginger. Underneath is a kiss of coriander and a malty smell. The nose is like a juicy Wit. The bouquet is not musty though; it is very crisp and lively. This seems to be a departure from a “proper” white ale (as expected, it is by Rogue after all). I checked the bottle, I would have figured there were some Pac/WC hops in use. It is okay to be wrong! The potency is moderate but the aromas have no trouble convincing me to take a sip. I do, with glee. Man, this is tasty. This is a beautifully constructed beer. It is amazingly playful. I love the ginger; it adds some complexity and a modest bite. The coriander is second fiddle but it plays its role it the scheme of things. There are some definite white ale qualities even though there are only minor wheat flavors. I just can’t get past the soft citrus flavors; there is orange peel galore with just a suggestion of lemon. There is some sweetness too, kind of in the middle but more towards the end. This aspect doesn’t linger long as the hops curb any further development. The Saaz hops end the taste, pleasant spicy qualities. I found this very refreshing. I thought Soba was Rogue’s best summer quaffer, not anymore! Medium in body, the carbonation has some energy and this helps create a very pleasant mouthfeel. All in all, I really enjoyed this beer. For a wheat beer of sorts it really brings a lot of different flavors to the table. In many ways it is better than a decent Hefeweizen and/or a Wit. Blasphemy I know. I can think of dozens of foods to pair this beer with. I wish I had more. I wish I could get more, easily. I bought my bomber in Burnsville, MN for $4.39. It is tasty stuff and worth trying.

bditty187, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Boto, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first off Rouge gets props for putting an old lady on a bottle. I know it is a tribute and all, but it is still cool.

POurs a very light straw color, with a rocky white head. Smells of floral delights, honey, and citrus- wonderfull.

Taste is great, a light, fizzy mouthfeel aides. The lemon mixes with the ginger, mixs with a light malt, all so perfectly. It is not neccesarily different, but it is in so many way, very refreshing - enjoy it if you find it!

PSUDREW, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a cloudy appearance and a small head.

Notes of ginger, orange and floweres show up in the aroma, typical wheat/wit aromas.

Medium body, good carbonation. Orange, flowers and spicy saaz like hops dominate the flavor. Very crisp and refreshing, especially on these hot August-in-south-Georgia days.

An odd beer, not exactly a wit or a weizen. Enjoyable nonetheless.

Southernbrew, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Truh, Aug 18, 2004
Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.