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Half-E-Weizen - Rogue Ales

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476 Ratings

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 14
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:
Beer added by: MrNuggets on 09-25-2001

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
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Ratings: 476 | Reviews: 297
Photo of Truh
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Sixpack595
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but nothing at all special. I'm not really sure what the point of a beer like this is. The best part of a Heffe is the flavors generated by the yeast, but the Pacman gives you none of the typical traits. Saaz hop aroma is nice and wheat flavor still shines, but its really nothing to write home about. Really is a Half-ass-weizen.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

End result of hand-pump is a very slightly hazed golden yellow with bronze highlights and a frothy, soapy, eggshell white head. Dulled gingery notes, and a bit of sweet malt and tropical fruit esters; also kind of subdued. Coriander in there too, yet faint; everything's faint. I love cask-conditioned beers, but this one's a bust. I had it freshly tapped and it tasted a bit too oxidized and metallic. Sorry, guys. I love your beers, but this one's just not hittin' the spot. This beer is a bit watery mid-palate. Not entirely bad, but not wholly enjoyable. I remembered liking this more out of the bottle.

Photo of finepaws
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange yellow, small head that left some lacing. Smelled citrusy and spicey. Lemon taste with herbal flovour. Too much carbonation in my opinion. Sweeter than I expected it to be. It is a good drink, but I think rogue is much better in the stout department.

Photo of NEhophead
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bomber.

1" frothy, pure white head that takes minutes to settle. Thick lacing that holds to the glass' sides. A golden haze in color. Noticeable carbonation.

Deep clove aromas along with hints of banana, diacetyl, and citrus.

Banana and clove with a bit of lemon are the driving flavors here. Surprisingly low diacetyl flavors since it is easily noticed in the smell. A bit too carbonated: it actually cuts in and takes something away from the flavor.

Crisp, light on the palate, and very refreshing. The carbonation takes away from the wit's smoothness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable. A nice American version of the style. A solid Rogue production.

Photo of abents
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with little white head no lacing. Smells of citrus hops, corriander and lemons. Very crisp tasting brew with nice citrusy hops flavors smooth out with sweet malty finish. Good spices throughout the brew. Very refreshing and smooth. Very creamy medium mouthfeel good ammount of carbonation. Drinkable brew that you could relax with for a hot summer day.

Photo of winomark
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale gold wht a soft, bone white head. Lots of wheat tones dominate, with slightly spicy aromas from the ginger and somewhat yeasty. Mild hops noticable. Wheat goodness is balanced with the wonderful ginger flavor. Light, but flavorful mouthfeel. Slightly short on the finish. Overall, a tasty summer brew. Then ginger adds a nice change from your average ordinary hefe.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2" white head (assisted by "agitation" requested on label) over a slightly reddish cloudy golden brew. Frothy head leaves ample foamy lace. Zesty, citrusy aroma. Enticing. Flavor is lighter than one would expect from a Hefe, but the slack is picked up by the ample spicing and citrus notes. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent, with the crispness making it a great summertime quaff. An interesting turn on the Hefe style, making it a bit less chewy, a bit more drinkable, nice result.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One i've always passed over at the store until the sweat of hard labor and increasing temperatures called out to me.

The color is quite orange-y for a hefe, with a bubbly 1/2" soap-like head. The lacing was rather uninspired, especially for the style.

The nose is a stately lemony-wheat blend with little to none of the characteristic-to-style banana/clove aspects I was expecting. Slight hints of Saaz cut through the beer reaffirming my first suspicions of lemon.

The taste is a refreshingly different blend of strong wheaty maltiness at colder temperatures. A nice citric hoppiness keeps everything bundled together. As the beer warms the ginger becomes so much more apparent, but i'm still not really getting to many hints of the other spice. Rather high carbonation.

When the yeast is poured into the glass, the appearance of the beer might just be the most beautiful beer photograph I could imagine.

For Rogue, this beer was refreshingly un-hoppy. The slight Saaz tones blended with a nice wheatiness spiced by the ginger. I could easily drink myself out of house and home, one of the most drinkable beers i've ever come across.

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silty yellow under foamy ivory suds.
Nose of lemon rinds, leafy coriander, and Saaz that seems to incorporate the two.
Begins doughy, but not chunky. Modestly dry and wheaty. Ginger arrives first, brief and zippy. Coriander settles in for a longer duration. Lemon-infused and herbal. Saaz adds a good deal of bitterness and dry leaves, but it is so perfectly complimentary that it is hardly noticed. Just one perfect segue after another. This is harmonic.
Medium bodied, and sturdier than the average Witbier...and a good deal better too.

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

22 oz bomber

Clear (clear?) golden in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Soft aroma of wheat and subtle influence of banana esters. Very light and drinkable, but not very deep in the wheat department, with touches of bubble gum and cloves. Great summer beer, and very well balanced, even if it seems a bit lacking in the flavor department. That lack, though, just makes me think they do mean "half" of a weizen in the name.

Swirl and final pour -- ah, there's the sediment I was looking for. The glass turns from clear golden to cloudy yellow with a brown-orange tinge. Ah, that's better--the yeast brings more backbone to the beer, without detracting from its drinkability. Very good--and I wish I had turned the bottle upside down a few times to loosen the sediment before opening it...

Photo of Foxman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a well-carbonated and hazy golden yellow. A bit more than two fingers of tight, puffy white head swells quickly and stays a while, making a foamy moustache likely. Veils of lacing drape the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a light grain sweetness is promptly outplayed by a poignant note of shaved ginger paired with a gentler wheaty sourness. A tang of yeast wafts at the finish.

The first sip delivers a crisp, grainy sweetness along with a hint of coriander, with both stepping out of the way of a big dash of ginger, seemingly right off a Japanese dinner platter, and carrying a mild soapy tone along with it. A yeast tang plays off the spicy perfume to drop off rather than linger. The flavor is brisk and a bit bold in its sassiness, and while unusual, it is refreshing.

A bit more than light bodied, it has enough presence to make itself known and t leave a fair legacy of itself on the palate.

the foundation is basically good quality, nice and steady, and the ginger is an interesting additional element. But at the same time, the seasoning takes it close to being a bit of a novelty. It's something you want to tastem but in my case, having done so, I won't soon have another. Sure, it is indeed drinkable, if ginger is your thing, but that makes it a niche beer. No, it's not bad, and may be fundamentally good, but this one's enough for me.

Photo of Tballz420
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a cloudy golden color, with a large white foam head on top. Sheets of lace are left behind. The scent is a nice floral scent, with some berry elements as well. The taste has wheat, beeries, floral hops, citrus elements, and ginger as well. A wonderfully complex beer based on wheat characteristics. Delicious and brilliant.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-A-Weizen was served from the typical Rogue 22 oz. silkscreened bottle. In a hefe glass, the beer was a lovely nectar-like orange juice yellow-orange color, and was topped by thick, rough, and sticky white head. The nose was fairly low key, presenting a wheaty huskiness and notes of coriander and light orangey citrus. On the palate, a delicious creamy wheaty malt body opened up with pronounced spicy coriander, which led into a crisper orange-lemon tinged transition into a wheaty-citric, moderately bittered finish that left lingering coriander and very light spicy ginger essence...very nice. The body was richly creamy and wonderfully robust, yet retained a nice level of underlying crispness. Half-A-Weizen was a tasty, lightly spicy wheat beer that made for an enjoyable and satisfying early evening drink. If you like a good american wheat and coriander spiced beers, you will enjoy this one.

Photo of DESTRO
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a hazy lovely sunset, nice sized white head. not bad at all. the nose is fruity, citrus matched against some light wheat malts with a nice hoppy highlight. right on. crisp and lively in the mouth, refreshing. fruity with a wheaty backbone, a good dose of hops balance things out and there are some light spices dicing things out but nothing outrageous. refreshing, a great warm weather beer and something i will go back to.

$3.99 a bomber

Photo of MrNuggets
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated white fluffy head, dissipates quickly. Wonderful smell, oh my there is the ginger! The first half of the bottle poured an almost golden see through yellow. The second half a murky variation of that colour. Starts out with that wonderful ginger, turns malty. Very Crisp. Finishes up with a slighty bitter after taste. Feels good on the tongue. This is another example of why rogue is my favorite brewery.

This beer pairs exceptionally well with sushi.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold color, with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of fruit and spice, maybe berries and citrus. Taste is very dry (compared to the smell). The corriander and ginger flavors mix with an acidic flavor, to make this a very odd beer. Very unique, however, I don't think I have had anything like this before.

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

Presentation: The last of some new Rogue Bombers that I picked up whilst imbibing with the mighty Gusler whilst on a recent “beer trip” to Phoenix, Arizona. This bottle has a 1970’s two-tone paint scheme screen printed label; a light blue mixes badly with a sort of pinky orange color. “Half-E-Weizen” is written at the bottom of the bottle, underneath a picture of old Woman, whose identity is revealed in the writing to the right hand side. The geeky beer blurb does not reveal the style on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 12° Plato, 30 IBU, 79.2 AA, 3.2° L.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a brazen gold color with some fleshy peach and tangerine flashes. Not quite lucid, it is fogged with a mild protein-like haze. Later “top-ups” increase the turbidity levels. The head, as with many Rogues, is off-white and humungous at first, but a thin collar like affair soon appears from out of rocky pitted surface it started life as. Lots of activity in the beer when swirled, reasonable carbonation levels help to support the thin head covering. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Wow, as soon as I popped the cap I got the Ginger in this one, it wafted straight out of the thin bottle neck like a captive Genie. I am huge Ginger fan, I use it often in my home made Indian Curries. As such, I know that it is a spice that can easily over-power, but the levels in the Half-E-Weizen are perfect. Deeper inhalations reveal Coriander and a dried pungent orange zest. Some hops and a light White Beer character back the spices. A very interesting nose, nicely balanced and very inviting.

Taste: This is such the tease!! It is a delicately balanced beer that has a big flavor profile, yet remains light in character. How does it do that? Must be the Rogue magic! Some crisp Saaz hoppiness at the start supports a very clean Wit Bier feel that builds into a larger, more solid Hefe profile later. All this, just as the ginger breaks in to join the swinging party with best friend’s Coriander & Wheat. The finish has a good tongue tingling orange zest tangy trait set against a malty feel in the background, and a lingering spicy dryness after the swallow. An accomplished twist on the Hefe, which works. Nicely Balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp easy drinking Wheat Ale with incredibly clean, yet spicy lines with a nice thirst quenching ability. Not thick, nor thin, but just enough for the style. Intriguing!

Drinkability: I could easily make this a uni-session beer. On a hot summer night I could easily spend the evening downing this as the sun goes down. So very nearly a '5'. No doubt I could easily imbibe this to excess.

Overall: This is an excellent Wheat Ale, the Ginger is used to absolute perfection and the Coriander and maybe Orange Peel add a lovely dimension to what is still a highly quaffable refreshing Wheat Ale. Recommended!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of RocketWidget
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick summary: A good brew overall, but I was really hoping it would be something to write home about given Rogue's recommendations and accolades, and it isn’t really. Pours a mighty fine dirty blonde with fair head retention and the typical cloudiness of a hefe. Smell is much like any other beer and not that distinguishable. Taste at first seems to be of a typical hefe minus feeling much particles on your tongue, but evolves with the ginger that was added. I am not entirely sure that the ginger adds to the brew however. Without it, the brew would taste fairly bland. With it, the beer tastes…unusual? Not my cup of tea, but I can see why some people are attracted to it. Give it a spin, because I sure as heck can’t tell you if you are going to like it.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ginger and Coriander in a Weizen? There are moments when I wish the rating system had a creativity line, because this one would certainly merit a five.

Nice big Belgian-style head, nice weizen coloration, and a wonderfully sweet smell. The taste is a pretty straight weizen flavor, but with a slight extra zing from the ginger which adds a slight tanginess to it. Much sweeter than I've come to expect from Rogue. Bravo, guys!

Photo of Charthepirate
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Exceptional little brew. Poured from a 22oz bomber into three different glasses for a tasting between friends. Very pretty cloudy orange, mild head that leaves a thick lacing. Yeast settles to bottom of cup.

The smell is dominated by ginger, with a touch of malt.

The flavor is wonderful, a touch of malty sweetness at first followed by the flavors of Ginger mostly and a touch of corriander. The wheat flavors run stealthily behind complementing the spices perfectly. A small bite of hops at the end, not very bitter, but with a touch of spice that accents the ginger.

Unfortunately, as the beer warmed and loss carbonation, the mouthfeel became watery and it the flavors seemed to diminish a little.

With fresh bombers i could drink this beer all night, something truly unique.

Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok first beer for a good while ( been sick ).
Comes in the obligatory Rogue screen printed bomber..with a pic of what looks like the barmaid from my old local back in Scotland on the label.
"Brewed in honor of Mo & Dutch Niomi"
well its a pretty ok beer to look at as far as appearance goes.slightly hazy light golden in colour..small pure white head..some cracking carbonation.
mmmm smell is very spicy indeed..sherbety..ginger..invigorating
taste is odd too after an initial weak malt , suddenly a massive ginger taste invades the middle of the tongue then dissapears and leaves a honeyish tatse on the back of the mouth.
Pretty intresting mouthfeel to say the least.
An odd beer but pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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