Half-E-Weizen | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

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

Added by MrNuggets on 09-25-2001

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Photo of Tballz420
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

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Photo of Brent
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bavarian? To me, this has Belgian written all over it. An extremely drinkable white ale. Nice balance on the coriander, which is there as a very lightly fruity aromatic, rather than an in-your-face flavoring adjunct. Smooooth. Well done (again) Rogue!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of Lukie
4.57/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of bbb099
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with mjyoung. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy, dark golden color. Lots of bubbles and ample amount of white foam. Also forms a pretty lacing around the glass.

S - Strong inviting fruity aroma with notes of coriander, lime, and yeast.

T - Disappointingly, the taste was not quite up to par to the smell. Sweet and fruity throughout, but it is a little on the mild side flavor-wise. I detected hints of banana, lemon, and spiciness which I assume is coming from the ginger.

*Had it on-tap at Brewer's on the Bay a few months back. I definitely tasted ginger and more spiciness in that one.

M - Real thick, creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

D - Great drinkability. Probably one of the sweetest beers I have had.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delightful brew. 22 oz. bomber with a rather old lady raising her glass to me on the bottle. Cheers Granny!

Pours a quite bubbly golden color, slightly reminiscent of champagne. Then in goes the swirled yeast, and this baby goes real cloudy. The aroma is the best part. After taking a whiff I knew this brew was going to be excellent. Mild Saaz hops, lemon, and fruit (apricot & strawberry to me) are quite present.

The taste is nearly as delicious, as a slight fruitiness precede the crisp hop kick at the end. Lemon and clove are also easily traceable. The yeast leaves an interesting, slightly sticky aftertaste which leaves me wantin some more. Mouthfeel is slightly spicy. This is definitely one I could drink allllllll night long. Another winner from Rogue!

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Photo of seanyfo
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- Cloudy, yeasty amber body, with a 2 finger creamy head, that gives average lacing. Aggressively poured into a willebecher.

S- Lots of oranges, vanilla, i can even get some port, some nice floral aroma.

T- Lots of oranges again up front, refreshing, some nice hop content in the end but finishes fast.

M- Light, medium carbonation, refreshing

D- This was nice, i expected a poor flavourless flat brew after 4 years but it has held up well. Lots of nice fruit notes in the taste, and still refreshing.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Golden yellow/pale color with a one-finger head. Looks more like a hefeweizen than witbier.

Aroma: Sweet with hints of coriander/orange peel in the nose. Some clove too.

Taste: Sweet with coriander/orange peel upfront. Malty. Kind of bitter in some way. Smooth and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Wheat, coriander and orange peel abound. Some clove flavor as well.

Verdict: Highly drinkable and judging by the name, sounds like a cross between a hefe and witbier.

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Photo of John
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous brew in a tall Hefe glass. Cloudy straw color, enormous pillowy white head that lasts. Classic Hefe aromas banana, clove, lemon, etc. A touch of Beligian Wit-like spices adds to the aroma. Taste is a blend of the elements of the aroma and a pleasant fruity character created presumably by the yeast. Mouthfeel is a perfect medium. A unique example of a hybrid Bavarian Hefe and a Belgian Wit.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light but solid cloud of hazy pale gold straw in color, quite gorgeous; lots of carbonation bubbles within, head is white, loose, big bubbly froth about a pencil width high, faded fast, leaves minimal lace. Smell is very dull but solid lemon and orange with a light wheat backing and a light note of ginger spice. Taste is a mellow mirror reflection of the smell with flavors of orange and lemon dulled down, wheat, mellow and easy with a light full balance of hops and notes of light spice of ginger and cinnamon. Full body feel, smooth, mellow, light airy drying in the finish showing up late. Very drinkable and easy. Good thing it comes in the 22oz cuz this went fast, yummy stuff.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a small head which quickly dissolved. This beer left no lacing on the side of my mug. This beer had a fruity, citrusy aroma to it. This beer definitely had carbonation to it. It had a bitter taste to it, but it was not an overwhelming bitterness. There was a mild aftertaste with this brew, but it was one that did not linger which is to my liking. This is a brew that I would definitely like to enjoy again.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up this bomber fresh from the brewery. As I sit on my hotel room patio watching the sun set on the Pacific ocean while enjoying this beer, I can’t help but wonder how I am not going to give this a perfect five. This could be a Budweiser and right now in this perfect setting, I’d give it a 5 ;-) Drank from my brand new Black Butte Porter glass that I purchased last night from Deschutes brewpub.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy gold-yellow with a soft bubbly one finger head. Light carbonation fizzles about quite violently. The head quickly dissipates to leave no collar, no head, and absolutely zero lacing. It actually looks really really flat about 30 seconds after the pour.
Smell- Very citrus and sharp. Ginger and coriander add a nice touch of spice that gives it that familiar witbier smell. A nice light wheat malt hangs in the nose gradually getting a bit stronger as it warms.
Taste- First thing that hits the palate is the ginger. It’s not necessarily overpowering, it’s just the first thing that pops out. Like ginger soda without the overpowering sting. Nice wheat doughyness that subtly sweet and balanced nicely by a light hop. No traces of coriander or Hef yeast.
Mouthfeel- Very light, very crisp. Lots of tiny tiny carbonation that doesn’t appear to be in the glass after is sits a few seconds but is definitely there.
Drinkability- Fantastic. It’s light and very smooth. Lot’s of big ginger spicyness (not too much IMO) that I really enjoy with the body of the beer. Great beer that I wish I didn’t have to drive 550 miles for.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot body supports two thick fingers of white head, decent lacing on the ol' DAB mug. Plenty of hops in this, very pleasant nose, fairly fruity with citrus all over this. I'd like the taste to be bolder given the great nose, but it's still quite good. Smoother than I expected, the hops still carry it far.

Solid beer, fairly smooth, this melds moderate hop bitterness with a fairly smooth, sweet taste. One of my favorites from Rogue.

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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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