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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as Mom Hefeweizen (for Mother's Day?).

A - Slightly hazy pale orange with a 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is little lacing on this beer.

S - Smells like watery ginger ale, floral notes, and a medicinal scent.

T - Bitter herbal taste up front with a faint ginger/medicinal taste on the finish. Not too good.

M - Somewhat flat. Bitterness hits the entire mouth and not in a good way.

D - Not very good beer. I am glad I was able to try it in Hawaii as I have not seen it where I live in California.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Witbier poured out as a cloudy yellow with some sediment floating through out till it settled at the bottom. The head was pretty big, white and fluffy. The aromas were slightly grainy and had a little bit of citrus in there too. The flavor I felt was pretty weak. I know that I've had stronger flavor Wit's before. This beer's mouthfeel is soft and on the light side as well. It's ok, but I wasn't very impressed with it.

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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 BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely brewed beer with some great attributes, but it's not what I'll reach for when I want a Witbier. A darker-than-usual rust color with nice head retention and lacing. Sweet malts (caramelly and bready) merge with a citrus spiciness for a rich aroma with earthiness and a light muskiness. Tastes a little too tilted to the barley malty sweet end, not allowing the wheat or the finess of the Wit body and flavor to shine. The corriander, ginger, and citrus flavor balances the sweetness nicely, if not boldly. The body is medium and firm, a little heavier than I want in a Wit. Finishes sweet and spicy. Less clean or crisp as what I would have liked, but good beer nevertheless, just not for a Wit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy medium straw colour, with a couple of fingers of foamy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace as it fades away. It smells of soft citrus and cloves, and a bit of spicy yeast. The taste is zesty citrus, soft wheat, herbal, spicy yeast, and is fairly warm for the low ABV. The carbonation is very mild, the body light and effervescent, and it finishes off-dry, a bit of the sweet wheatiness playing with the spices.

A very refreshing, well-made hefe-witbier.

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somehwhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a foamy, egg-shell white, two-finger head. It left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, yeast, and wheat.

T - It tasted very citrusy with lemon flavors. Also, a good dose of wheat, yeast, and clove.

M - It was a fizzy, highly carbonation and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good wit. Highly drinkable and easy-drinking.

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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 nickfl
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Towering three finger head on top of a more or less clear golden body. The foam settles pretty quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy wheat aroma with herbal hop notes.

T - Sour, spicy wheat flavor with grassy, herbal hops. Dry chalky finish with some soapy notes.

M - Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Nothing about this beer makes it difficult to drink, but it isn't exactly the kind of beer that inspires me to keep sipping either. This isn't really half-a-weizen, it is more like not-a-weizen. It doesn't seem like a wit beer either, it really lacks any redeeming character at all; which, in my opinion, makes it a stylistically spot-on American style wheat beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, citrus, wheat, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out fruity and spicy with flavors of lemon, coriander and ginger, but luckily the spices aren't overdone like many beers of this nature. The malt character is on the thin side even for the style and there isn't much of a wheat flavor. The hops presence is pretty mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a nice lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several better mild wheat beers that I would pick first.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, yellow body with a tall, cascading, pure white head, though the head checks out pretty quickly.

Smell: Mild, easy-going fresh wheat aroma with, for me, a strong scent of coriander and a lesser note of dried ginger.

Taste: Soft malted wheat flavor with an initial tangy twang to it. Light sweetness throughout. Plenty of coriander floating around in here, the ginger, as it was with the nose, is noticeable, but relatively light. Small pour of banana juice. Restrained spicy hops and bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Lingering coriander taste on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the most traditional example of the style, but you should've known that going into this. Ultimately, it's just a light, easy-drinking, spiced wheat brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable.

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

Pours a cloudy dark yellow (and grows more cloudy with every subsequent pour). Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head starts off big-bubbled, but settles into a half-finger foamy, near white froth. Very nice lace.

Blonde malty aromas. Enough hop to make it interesting. Nearly no wheat--reminds me of a mild APA.

The taste does not match the smell profile, but in an interesting way. The is a very dry beer, which lends itself to some bitterness. It is soft on the tongue, without being too thick or oily. The spices are nearly non-apparent. Short-lived aftertaste, but it is nicely balanced.

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MoM Hefeweizen which is their Half-E-Weizen relabeled.

22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted on label, and oxygen cap is fitted for a longer shelf life. Brewing with barley malt, wheat malt, Saaz hops, coriander, ginger, water and their house yeast.

If you are drinking this bomber alone the first pint will come out a clear golden ale. Further down the glass the yeast will end up in your glass to produce a cloudy brew so its up to you on this one. Aromas of ginger, coriander, some malt and a touch of hop, a very clean nose. Medium bodied and crisp with a little chewy malt and a bite from the wheat. The first flavor spice that hits is the ginger that is soon coupled by the hops then some coriander flows to the tongue. Both malt and yeast make an appearance ... the Saaz hops leave a trail of spiciness and with a balancing bitterness. Maltiness drops a big dough grainy biscuit flavor on the palate, a bit of grain lingers from that in the after taste.

Sort of a Belgian White Ale ... but more of a Rogue thing going on here. A very herbed ale with the additions of ginger and coriander, the Saaz hops just adds to the complexities.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a yellow golden color with one finger of white head that has nice lacing and retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of faint citrus but that is about it. Not much going on.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrus fruits, and wheat.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - Not that great of a hefeweizen. Not much at all to the smell and taste was a lot of wheat and bread. Easy to drink but would probably not have again.

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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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours slightly hazed (in first half), then cloudy (in second), golden with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.

The signature Pac-man yeast is used, but is very well-covered. The smell is of ginger, coriander and a pils-like grassiness. Some wheat tang. It says "Hefeweizen" on bottle - doesn't smell like that. "Witbier" here. Nope. Not that either. Okay - this will not be "in the style", as it is it's own thing. "Potpourri" style will be more apt I suppose.

The taste is medicinal ("Mom"'s herbal medicine? - My bottle states the alias of "Mom" on it). Honey sweetness with ginger and a black-pepper coriander. The Saaz hops lend more of an herbal, rather than a grassy tone (though some of latter is present with a bit of bitterness). Odd that. "Odd", though, is appropriate for this one, though. Herbal/medicinal seems to do battle with, rather than balance the sweetness. There is a bit of bitterness, too, in the finish, that is overcome by sweetness again. A touch of grape?? I don't know where this is going (though "down the drain" crosses the mind, briefly). A "Band-aids taste mixes in as well, leaving this less than desirable. A bit salty, too. Wow - this is somewhat of a mess.

Appropriately light-bodied. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, though, as it seems fitting for the "style", and works - for the most part.

Never reached "drain pour" levels, but "Mom" deserves more than this. I still don't know why they wrote "Hefeweizen" on the bottle. In the end - too - I don't know - unenjoyable. Different, though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovable Grandma smiles out from the label, offering up a mug. She wants you to be happy, she wants you to have a beer!
Appearance: cloudy, but bright, lemony yellow color, huge, frothing head, a good 2" in my Weihenstephaner glass, befroe it starts to slide.
Nose: fresh, soft and sweet, with notes of lemon, orange, spices, and sea-foam.
Texture is a bit more than I expected, but that's the way with Rogue. Rather than the ultra-smoothness of the typical Germanic hefe weizen, there's much more body here, due to the non-wheat malts. More flavors come through, including the ginger noted as an ingredient on the label. Refreshing, but complex and flavorful, much more like a Belgian witbier. The flavors truly mingle well: lemonygingerycoriander, yum, yum!
I've got to give it up to Rogue, another unique creation!

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