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 seedyone
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

05/14/14 On tap. Not your Mom's heffe by any stretch of the imagination. The presence of ginger bends to the east of the refresh heading my mind was set for. It slips by the nose detection system & even evades the taste buds but gets all the way to the back palate then thumbs it's nose over the shoulder...like a gatecrasher that's the other side of the barricade. Merely worth a shrug & a wait & see to find what may be added to the party. IMO, not much. In fact it may be adding to a cloying aftertaste that detracts from the usual refreshment I get from straight up heffes. Going rougue, in this case, got a bit off the reservation...but perhaps that's their point. In conclusion, this did grow on me...but then again so does moss, where the sun don't shine.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bottle.

Clear slghtly hazy golden; large frothy head and good lacing.

Aroma: a mix of appealing light malts and less appealing yeast and spices.

Flavor: mildly sweet; soft fruits; light bread; mild coriander.

Feel: medium-light body with lively, medium carbonation.

O: a tame spiced hefe.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: A very bright golden straw and a big 3 finger fluffy white head. Not hazy like your typical wit/hefe, but nice looking nevertheless.

S: Sweetness of wheat aided by addition of rose water. Delicate floral notes. Some spiciness. Light coriander.

M: Light but has a good carbonation to give it a nice creamy backbone. Excellent level of tartness at finish.

T/O: Light and lingering bitterness, almost akin to the pleasant spiciness of ginger. Nice breadiness and wheat flavors. Sweet twang of rose tips might assist hop bitterness as well. Really great springtime beer, more of American Pale Wheat than typical hefe or wit, but highly drinkable beer due to how the mouthfeel compliments the sweetness of this beer.

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Photo of andres1225
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a 36 oz mug. Sweet smell and robust wheat flavors for a hefeweizen. No bubblegum or banana flavors like other hefeweizens, much more of a wheat and sweet cream flavor with hints of lemon. Very drinkable, and very good if you like wheat beer.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great mouth feel, not to much carbonation. Subtle flavor, good wheat taste with notes of cream or cream soda? A little sweet also. . No to chewy like one would think of a hef. Its a little on the pricy side, but you get allot and the flavor is well worth it. Also love supporting local, West Coast Breweries.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head consistently covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of wheat are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of wheat stand out in the overall taste along with some hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer neither tastes like a hefeweizen nor a witbier—it seems to resemble more of an American Pale Wheat Ale because it lacks banana esters and flavors of coriander.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a weizen glass

Appearance – Served a hazy-golden orange colored brew with a billowy one finger white head. The head had some good staying power with it lasting some time before fading to leave streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was rather light overall consisting of a bit of wheat, lemon, orange and banana. While still rather light, the heaviest of the aromas were that of yeast and some spice of coriander and ginger.

Taste – The taste was mild upfront consisting of a light wheat and bready flavor with a moderately strong citrus flavor. The citrus was predominantly of an orange nature with hints of lemon mixed within. A yeasty flavor develops quickly in the taste, leaving a rather pasty yeast cake taste on the tongue. The wheat and bread flavors intensify some more toward the end balancing out the yeast and when combined with a bit of ginger spice one is left with a more bready and lightly spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light with a carbonation level that is rather average. The combination of the two make for a smooth feel, which is rather appropriate for the yeasty and bready flavors of the brew.

Overall – An alright brew, but noting too exciting. Worth a try but not one I will likely come back to again.

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Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a big frothy white foam that quickly reduced to a thick white cap. Fresh earthy spring-like grass, zest of lemon, and light corriander aromas with a bready, malty aroma beneath. Medium bodied, smooth and slighty creamy down the middle with rich, smooth carbonation around the edges. Biscuity and wheat malt backbone from the beginning through the middle. Zest of lemon and spice flavors from the start through the middle with a spicy ginger flavors toward the end. Finishes crisply with a brief spiciness. Not as spicy as the typical wit...and Rogue calls this a hefe....either way it was fresh,refreshing spring ale.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I found this at Costco.

Appearance- golden color, nice size head that dissipates fairly quickly

Smell- bready malt, coriander, ginger

Taste- bready malt, slight amounts of ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel- light bodied, nice and crisp

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would totally have it again.

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Photo of scratch69
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden color with a fingers worth of head. Faint amounts of runny lacing.

Smell- Wheat malt aroma with notes of coriander and ginger.

Taste- Wheat malt flavor with some ginger, coriander, and a hint of orange zest.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp and prickly.

Overall- A good beer but it tastes more like a Wit than a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date, but based on the Rogue's release schedule I'd say this is under a month old.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a sparse layer of microbubbles coating the surface and thickening around the edge of the glass. No lace present.

Smell - Predominant wheat aroma, with lesser notes of citrus, floral character and a touch of rose.

Taste - Wheat, hints of milkiness, light touches of orange zest, slight spice and a very faint rose sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation; fair tingle on the tongue. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - Much better than the Half-e-weizen I remember having a good 8-9 years ago. Perhaps the addition of rose has given this a sweeter, more palatable flavor. The name is misleading; this is not a hefeweizen. Why not make it a true hefe by using the weizen yeast they use for the Roguenbier Rye they brew? It's beyond me. Regardless, this is a solid, drinkable wheat beer. It's currently categorized as a witbier, and based on flavor profile, I'd say that's about right. I'd consider this a once a year purchase.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, ginger, clove, wheat, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; fairly weak on strength as expected. Taste of pear, lemon, apple, coriander, ginger, clove, wheat, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness; with lingering notes of pear, lemon, apple, coriander, ginger, clove, wheat, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, spice, and fruity ester flavors; with a good amount of flavor that is not watery at all; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good witbier style. Good balance of malt, spice, and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review for Mom Hefeweizen, ale brewed with rose petals. I disagree with BA that this is the same beer as Half-E-Weizen.

A - Light gold, semi-opaque body. As a hefe it could use a little more haze for my liking. Pure white head sits relatively low with poor retention and lace for the style.

S - Not much there. Straw, green tea.

T - Funny... the bottle says it's a hefe and BA has it up as a wit, and while it's not a great version of either, I'd say it actually comes off more as a wit too. Soft wheat, light orange peel, and a soft floral finish.

M - Soft, smooth, light body. Easy drinking, but really low carbonation.

O - I can appreciate the flavor profile knowing that it's not supposed to be a straight-up hefe, but it still falls short of great.

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Photo of demuzik
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hmm... very unspecial. Old bottle the culprit? Perhaps - darn Rogue not putting an easy 'brewed on' date or a best-by date.

Anyhow... a very mediocre hef at best; the rose thing almost non existent. A touch of rose while exhaling after a good swallow.

It is impressive how they get this yeasty wheat taste out of the Pacman yeast; I'm assuming a super warm ferment temp gets the bubblegum notes it needs.

Won't seek out again.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a review of Rogue Mom Hefeweizen Ale Brewed with Rose Petals.

Pours a bright gold slightly hazy liquid with a white head.

Aroma is very sweet with some wheaty tang.

Flavor is rather too sweet for my taste. A hefeweizen should have lots of tang and spices, maybe some bananas and fruity notes. This beer had few of those elements. I did pick up a slightish hint of the promised rose petals, but they were pretty faint. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium to light.

Overall, this beer was kinda disappointing. I had higher expectations for it based on who brewed it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a weizen glass. Hazing medium straw color with half a finger of head.
Smells like dry hay, resin and lemon. Faint aroma overall.
Tastes like apples and mild bitterness.
Crisp and light body. Moderate carbonation.
I think the rose petals add a something to the taste but it's hard to place it. I enjoyed it, but there is not much to it.

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Photo of colts9016
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance; A two finger head that has poor retention. The color of the head the off white, that is foamy and frothy. The color of the beer is pale orange with gold highlights. The clarity of the beer is hazy, probably due to the yeast.

Nose: Spicy wheat notes that is grainy, A floral hop note that has perfume, citrus, pine, and honey notes. Other aromas in the beer pepper, orange, herbal, and a sweet note.

Taste: A crisp grain notes that is has a touch of sweetness similar to honey. The hop notes are perfume, floral, citrus, and orange. Other flavors is pepper, herbal and pine.
A tartness exist within the intermingling flavors.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, crisp, clean, and slightly astringent.

Overall: the body of the beer is medium light and finish is medium. This beer has a wonderful nose, sadly the taste does not match that. The beer is refreshing and very easy to drink on a warm fall day.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried on tap at Rogue PDX airport bar as Mom Hefe, 28 Aug 2012. Served in a Rogue shaker with lemon (I didn't ask for one).

Lemon promptly removed from the side of the glass. Minimal white head. Lightly carbonated. Cloudy golden brown in color. Aroma is lemon, some clove. Starts similar to the aroma, wheat, clove, lemon (though not sure how much of the lemon is attributable to the actual lemon that was on the glass). Medium body, light ethanol. Maybe some ginger is noticeable through the middle. Overall, not bad but not anything I'd seek out again either.

Was expecting more of a hefe than a wit, I suppose Half-a-Weizen would've given that away.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would call this an American Pale Wheat. This bears no resemblance to a Hefeweizen, though maybe that's the joke of "Half-e-Weizen." Nor does it have anything in common with the Wit style.

Fortunately, the rose flavor is very subtle, so it actually adds something to the anemic American Wheat style. The Sterling hops are skulking in the background, but they do add a tang that is sorely needed. Some slight woodsy and herbal aroma. If you say it's roses, I can use my imagination. Some decent tart wheat flavor, along with the light malt.

Sharp and quite drinkable beer. Nice bit of foam, and pleasantly sprizty in the mouth. A little more body than many light wheats. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MoM Hefeweizen has a mug that only a mother could love. This faded beer is light in colour but completely muddied in complexion. Not exactly a sight to behold. Despite looking like lemon zest against the light, the beer has as much clarity as a London fog. Head balloons from the pour, but curiously leaves no markings on the glass.

The aroma smells wilted like tomato plants in a hot, dry summer sun; the malts spent and the hops shriveled. This bouquet has faint, disheveled hints of herbs, dried fruit peel, and marmalade, but it is, on the whole, rather stinky and borderline unpleasant. Oregon rose petals are apparently prettier to look at than they are to smell...

The first time I tried 'Half-E-Weizen', I guessed it a shandy (soda, but typically ginger ale, mixed with beer and usually some sort of citrus flavoring). That was a completely reasonable conclusion given the beer was brewed with both ginger and orange peel. This time 'round, however, it's more carbonated (to a fault) but not nearly as zestful.

And that's because the current 'MoM Hefeweizen' is brewed, not with ginger nor orange peel, but rose petals. The result, it must be said, is less invigorating and zestful. I rather liked the old recipe, which was brisk and vivacious, a gratifying summertime quencher. This, on the other hand, tastes like lime zest that's been mopped up from the brewhouse floor.

I'm not old enough to of tied an onion to my belt for fashion purposes, but I can say that MoM Hefeweizen - or Half-E-Weizen as we called it back in my day - used to be a much better beer. If nothing else, this is a lesson from the 'if ain't broke, don't fix it' school. If the good people at Rogue had any true reverence for MoM, they'd of left things as they were.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber/golden color with nice off white 2 finger head. Unfiltered with some residue. Smell is not too big, some fruit and a touch of honey. A little disappointing. Taste is a little bit more complex with cloves, grains, wheat, apricots and ginger. Some good citrus hit on the front which were nice Feel is a bit heavy on the carbonation. A tad dry and crispy. Overall- An intersting take on the style. Says Hefe on the bottle, but is classified as a witbier. Liked the apricot touch and the fruit blend. A little on the sweet side and would like to see more hop balance. Difficult to compare to others as this is a hybrid IMO. Would drink another one, but not fantastic. Interesting though-

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy light golden, solid white head retained very well with some lacing left behind
S - raw grains, a grassy saaz hop type aroma, but not much else
T - crisp leafy hop flavour up front, toasty grains, fresh greens, and a light floral note
M - light and well carbonated, a pleasant dryness with a cracker type finish
O - its not a bad beer by any stretch, in fact its rather tasty, but tends more towards pale ale characteristic rather than witbier in my opinion

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold with a rather small, wispy head, perhaps the result of an overly cautious pour. Looks pretty clear, not particularly hazy or cloudy.

S- Definitely a distinct floral aroma, although I wouldn't be able to pick out roses. There's also an orange cream-like character that's pretty nice, although not particularly hefeweizen-like, which I guess is ok because this isn't listed as a hefeweizen on this site or Rogue's website, even though it says "hefeweizen" on the bottle. So, yeah.

T- There's some lightly tart wheat and honey sweetness upfront which provide a nice refreshing character. Floral notes come through on the finish and a light, herbal bitterness balances everything out. That creamy orange character returns on the aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, which I would consider perhaps a little too heavy for a beer like this, but with a nice level of carbonation.

Really not a bad wheat beer. The flavor is nice and it could be a decent quaffer on a hot day. I'd prefer it to be a little lighter in body and it's not overly complex, but it's a decent beer overall. Just don't go into it expecting a hefeweizen, even if the label tells you that's what you're about to get. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter style glass

Pours a hazy golden color with a monster white head. Theres also a bunch of little particles swimming around in this one. The taste and smell match. It is quite spicy and has a nice fruitiness to it. There is a bit of lemon zest as well as a tiny bit of dark fruits. A lot of wheat in here obviously, it really dominates the nose and palate as well as the overall feel of the beer. It is rather smooth, has a full body and really high carbonation. Not Rogues best offering in my opinion but not quite a disappointment.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Mom Hefeweizen" Ale Brewed with Rose Petals. Purchased at a local Ralph's market. Served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, awful cream, and laughably bad retention (unmitigated by its rather low ABV). It retains less than twenty seconds. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Rather bland for the style.

Sm: Weak orange peel, clove, underwhelming barley, and water. The orange feel seems a bit artificial and syrupy. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Clove and light orange peel. There's an awkward competition between wheat and barley for control of the foundation, which results in an empty off-kilter body. Hints of lemon. The best note is the light ginger, which may be the only good choice in the whole flavour profile. Rather understated and boring all around. Bland. Lacks presence. No complexity or subtlety. Even the malts are restrained. A simple boring beer. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so on both counts. Adequate carbonation. A bit too light on the palate. Not thick enough.

Dr: A failed attempt to combine two distinct styles. It ends up not working in either of them. I applaud experimentation, but this was a poor effort. I certainly wouldn't get it again. It's drinkability but low quality. Wouldn't even make a good session beer. A letdown from Rogue. Even the name is stupid.


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