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 GarthDanielson
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of Mom because it sounded interesting. Poured in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, goldenrod coloring with a tall, fluffy, light, white head that settles quickly into only a trace of film. Aromas of toasted grains, with a hint of rose. The beer's flavors are toasted cereal initially, with a sharpness to it that makes it a bit hard to drink. Subtle buttery and floral highlights come through at the end of the palate, but just barely. The aftertaste is roasted, and a touch on the astringent side. The finish is quick, roasted, and slightly dry.

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

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a hazy dark yellow with some light brown undertones and a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that reduced down to a small cap of foam, which produced some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt, a mild citrus hop and a sweaty yeast with notes of honey, citrus (lemon), wheat, a hint of spice and a mild floral scent.

The taste had a lightly sweet wheat flavor with notes of honey and coriander early on and then flavor progressed into a much larger yeast taste with a hint of citrus, a touch of spiciness and a slight floral presence at the end. The flavor lasted and average duration after the swallow with a citrusy, yeasty, mildly spicy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a good strong lively carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and refreshing yeasty brew that had a touch of spiciness and a nice floral twist, in fact this is what makes this beer different than other Hefeweizens...

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Photo of ChrisPratz
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very nice amber color with a slight haze on the first glass, but the second of the 22 oz bomber was a bit cloudier but the same nice golden amber. Less then a fingers worth of head dissipates down to a very minimal amount of lacing.

S: Nice aromas of yeast and wheat with a mild hint of coriander. Very sweet smelling and the yeast and wheat become more distinct as the brew warms. Very enoyable.

T: Sweetness from the get go with some citrus and wheat flavors. Floral hoppyness as well but in all honesty, it seems like its watered down. All of the flavors are very weak with exception to the hoppy bitterness. It doesn't really seem like a hefe at all. Kinda bummed.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp and clean after taste but this isn't what you'd expect from a hefe.

O: Very disappointed. Everything was bland and tasted weak and watered down. Dunno if I just got a lemon with this bottle; i'll prob try another one and would def love to try it on tap to compare.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just had to try this one on Mother's Day. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone - it smells very much like a packet of brewer's yeast. (No surprise there, eh?) Pours a clear solar yellow with a typical white head. Flavor is wheaty with just a whisper of lemon and a whisper of grass. Smooth texture has average body and just a little fizz. I've had better, but this is palatable. Happy Mother's Day!

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Photo of thecheapies
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen, Ale Brewed with Rose Petals. Almost completely emptied into a weizen glass. By the way, I was discouraged to find out that this classifies as a witbier.

Orange body with haze from swirled yeast. Poured it pretty full, so the head couldn’t boast much. But, it’s laying out in a quarter-inch layer, pretty much white in color. 4.0

Okay, I get that it’s not a hefeweizen from the nose. Light wheaty malts with a floral hop quality, or so I wanted to say until I remember the rose petals. A smidge of light spice, but this is all about the clean wheat malts and their quality in the nose. Other than that, not much else going on. 3.5

Definitely not a hefeweizen. No fruity yeast. No estery qualities. Just a clean wheat beer with that interesting hint of rosewater. I must say, however un-intriguing this beer style is for me, that there is not much of anything going on. The finish is bland, just leftover wheat tang. Somebody, plop anything in this beer. Anything! A lemon wedge, an orange slice, cinnamon stick, a plum, a handful of berries, shot of Jager?? Oh man, I’m sorry. A labor to convince my taste buds that there is enough going on to continue consuming twenty-two ounces of an alcoholic beverage when I have so much good stuff in the fridge and in the cellar. Even my girlfriend won’t bite on this one. She’s too consumed on Blue Moon with an orange. 2.5

Body is light-medium; carb is… oh c’mon! It’s a witbier! It’d be easier to drink if it tasted more peppery or fruity or strange. I’d rate this better if it was bitterly floral, with heavy doses of the rose petal character. I’m being harsh because I expected this to be a hefeweizen, first of all, and because I’d rather have a Hoegaarden. Okay, seriously, this is a tough bomber to finish. 2.0

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen with rose petals. Wish I would have left this 22-ouncer on the shelf. Could have saved $7.99, or spent $5.25 of that on the Hitachino Nest Weizen beer (which I thought was flagrantly overpriced, especially for an 11.2oz bottle that’s not even from the same continent as Germany). As a witbier, it’s unmemorable. If it was hoppier? A plus. If it was fruitier? A plus. If it was spicier? A plus. It’s none of these things. Oh well. I’ll choose WISELY next time. 3.0

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that last a fair amount of time. No lacing at all.

S: Some malt and wheat evident, but not much else in the aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat, a slight floral quality (the rose petals I assume), and mild hops. Mainly this was a very thin flavor, with the malt dominating everything else.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a very average beer that's easily forgotten.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold with a half-a-finger white head. The head settles to a ring within thirty seconds.

S: Orange, slight rose, and bread.

T: Lots of dry citrus upfront along with a very floral flavor. There is some clove and a touch of sweetness which is quickly taken over by a bitter, green flavor. The finish lingers.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Though Mom Hefeweizen is considered an alias to this beer, I am not sure they are exactly the same. Mom is brewed with rose petals. I have a bad habit of wanting to try any beers that are brewed with unusual ingredients ("Rose petals? Sure."). Some of those odd ingredients work surprisingly well; some do not succeed in creating a good beer.

The rose petals leave a faint trace of roses in the aroma of this beer. They add a floral element to the hefe. They do not, however, add anything exceptional to the flavor profile. The finish becomes too bitter, and it is not a clean finish. For the cost, there are simply too many other good hefeweizens to try.

This beer DOES CHANGE. I was given one by a friend that is brewed with GINGER instead of ROSE PETALS. They need to open the category since this beer is not always the same. Here is my review of Mom with ginger:
ST: 22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A: Orange to light gold with quick carbonation and a thin, white head. There is a slight haze, but the beer is surprisingly clear.

S: Wheat, citrus, orange, coriander, and a hint of ginger.

T: Typical wheat, citrus, and hint of banana are helped out by a refreshing zip of spicy ginger that shows in the opening and the end.

M: Medium

O: Carbonation keeps this beer from cloying, and the ginger is a nice addition. The finish has a slight bitter edge that keeps the beer from sweetness. It is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that laces the glass.

S: A floral coriander aroma. Not too much more than that.

T: A very nice light ginger and coriander flavor. Very soft,flavors in the beer. A nice noble hop flavor and bitterness shows up in the finish.

M: Light and a peppery carbonation. Nice, smooth feel to it.

O: A pretty good beer....like the flavors and the aroma. I noticed that the flavors and the aroma were very good but tame. Wish they could have been a tiny bit stronger.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Different batch than what's posted here on the site, this one is with rose petals instead of the ginger and coriander. Seems different.

Semi hazy gold color with massive fluffy white head. Good lacing. Weak nose of pale malt and a faint floral aroma. Head does not want to die.

Extremely light and crisp. Kind of bland though. Touch of wheat, faint yeast bite but mostly very very clean. Faint floral flavor. Short concise and below par unfortunately. Refreshing at least.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If a label could sell a bottle of beer, then this one did it. My wife had to get a Mom Heff bomber that she split with me.

A: opaque, orange/yellow with an off-white 2 finger head. Good retention, decent lacing.

S: citrus, honey, rose petals, floral, wheat, a touch of ginger.

T: Follows nose with a citrus/rose petal/wheat mix that really didn't have much substance. Didn't catch any hops. Light coriander and malt presense.

M: medium with low carbonation. Light bodied.

O: really didn't impress me. Mom should beef up her carbonation and forget about the rose petals. Too light for my taste (and my wife's).

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slight cloudy yellow honey color, the pour yields medium white head with average retention. It falls to long lasting foamy layer cover on top and leaves some lacing patches, medium carbonation.

Spiciness is derived from the use of Saaz also with the addition of coriander and ginger. Hint of citrus, honey, floral and clove also poke to the nose as well as grain, wheat and dough.

The taste starts with coriander and clove thereafter ginger wrapping up with spicy touch and distinctive flavor covering throughout. Crackery malt comes following with wheat while pleasant hop bitterness yet with lemony hint draws down the final curtain.

The body is medium, smooth with some chewy mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing within its good carbonation, dry finish.

Less on fruity but big on spicy, the coriander and ginger do their job well in tempting the palate, so drinkable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is light citrus and wheat with a fair amount of bready malt and some belgian yeast ester.

Flavor is initially dominated by citrus and wheat, with dry bready malt leading to a hint of ginger at the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate to light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer that definitely straddles the belgian hefe line.

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

A - Slightly hazy light golden in color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Some malt and wheat with lots of ginger and coriander.

T - Starts out like a hefe with some malt and wheat and then goes towards the ginger and coriander and leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth.

M - Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O - Didn't quite come together for me, not a bad beer by any means but needs some tweaking.

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Photo of peacehammer
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ginger aroma right away. Also nice smell of orange peel. Pours a clear dark orange. Light body for the style,but the coriander, orange and ginger come through nicely.

However, as the drinking of this beer progressed, I became more and more disappointed with it. Very little wheat character to it, so little in fact I don't know that I'd consider it a true Hefeweizen, or even a Witbier.

Overall, a rare dissapointment from Rogue

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

L: Pours a nice somewhat clear yellow color with a medium sized and bodied head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, hints of wheat, some ginger and coriander aromas (just like the bottle says).
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, nice wheat malts, a nice mix of ginger and coriander which kind of makes it feel like a hybrid hefeweizen-witbier which is a pretty cool concept and it actually works.
M: Smooth, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Overall it was a pretty cool idea that yielded a good beer. It took my favorite parts from each beer type (hefeweizens and witbiers) and tied them together.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a bit like a Corona with a twist of lime. I can pick out the coriander scent, but only because I know it's one of the ingredients; otherwise it would have been lost on me.

On the tongue, there's an immediate burst of what seems like orange citrus and coriander, which slowly fades into a coriander-ginger mix. The overall result is fruity and spicy, but not overpoweringly so--perhaps a seven or eight on a ten-point scale. There are also strong Grape Nuts cereal flavors from the malts. Hops are surprisingly strong for a Hefeweizen, and bring a decent grapefruity bitterness that melds neatly with the fruity spices.

As other reviewers have already noted, this is a brew pretending to be a Hefeweizen, so many of the traditional flavors of that style are missing or distorted. But that doesn't mean that the brew isn't worth trying. Just be aware that you're getting more of a fruit-and-spice ale with a decent hops kick.

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

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

My bottle says: MoM Hefeweizen Ale Brewed with Coriander and Ginger

A - A semi cloudy watered down orange, one finger white head and no lacing

S - yeast, citrus, some grass, orange, lemon, some hops, spices and seasonings

T - Lots of wheat, orange, slight cilantro, don't really taste the ginger, maybe it's the spice? Nice bitter, sweet yeast, earth and some wood

M - Fluffy, carbonated, medium acidity, well balanced and long finish

D - Drinks very light, lots of flavor but still very light. So easy to drink

Final thought - $5 a 22oz and under 5% abv, it is worth it if you like wheat beers. Otherwise, move on. Funny bottle though

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass, just because I can. The color is a hazy straw that is leaning toward cloudy; however, it still has a long way to go. Two fingers of fluffy, thick, white head dissipated to leave trails along the glass and a foamy ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells a lot like Blue Moon, only a little lighter. Coriander, lemon citrus, yeast, and ginger.

Taste: Lemon citrus, ginger, coriander, and metallic hops. There is also a little kick of pepper and pine spice. I guess you can’t have an Oregon brew without a little pine spice.

Drinkability: This is what I get for buying a $7 bottle of “hefeweizen” brewed by hop heads. It is drinkable, but it is no hefeweizen. It is more of a witbier-pale ale hybrid.

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

I'll start by saying that this is an American Wheat Beer if I ever tasted one. The yeast character is next to nil and there is some hoppiness.

It's crystal clear pale gold colour with a tiny head. No lacing.

Very light wheat aroma. No frutiiness. No yeast.

Mild soft, wheat and barley malt. Moderate bitterness. Crisp and clean.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

This is almost the antithesis of the hefeweizen. Light fruitiness with an emphasis and malt and bitterness rather than wheat and yeast. Interesting.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey poured into sampler glass.Pours a filtered bright gold beer with an ample dense foamy white head providing decent lacing. Aromas of doughy malts, fresh coriander and mild citrus. Flavors of restrained sweet malts with ginger on the mid-palate and a clean dry hop bitterness to the finish. Quite light bodied with above average carbonation. It is nothing like an authentic Bavarian hefe but still works well as a kind of lighter Belgian blonde inspired ale.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very big two finger head into my wheat glass. The head is very pillowy and creamy looking. The appearance of the head from the side is a lot different tho, it looks very soapy, but the top view matters more, that's for sure. Great lacing going on in this beer all around. The body is a bright yellow-orange color, for sure lighter than some hefeweisens I've had. Pretty cloudy, not much visibility going on in this beer, and that's good. The carbonation looks a little much, but we'll see on the taste. The head is impressing me, it's not really going away at all, it's dissipated about half of the way since I poured it, but it's still hanging in there pretty well. Overall this beer looks really nice, and I'm tempted to give it a 4.5 on looks because on the lacing and the great head, but overall the looks isn't out of this world. The smell is good, it for sure smells like a legit Hefeweizen, more Euro than some of the american beers I don't care for (Pyramid and Widmer). Not an outstanding smell all around, but good, and you can tell it's quality. I get that classic witbier taste, coriander, very spicy, slight lemon and orange, perhaps light fruit like mango, not sure. Pretty basic smell, not to risky, but pretty darn good. I don't know whether to give this a 4 or a 3.5 on the smell, I mean it's RIGHT on the edge between the two. The smell isn't as intense as I would like, but I guess it still smells legit enough, so 4. Not a great taste however, it tastes good, and it passes for a "good" hefeweizen, but it tastes a little off. It has the coriander, the orange, the lemon, it just tastes a little weird, maybe I'm drinking it too warm, but I don't think so. The taste is good, I guess I'll just leave it at that. The Mouthfeel I really don't like though, it feels like my mouth is burnt when I drink it, and my mouth i for sure not burnt. I dunno, it's really hard to explain, but the mouthfeel is just very rough. Carbonation is lower than I thought it would be, so that's not a problem with the mouthfeel. The wheat is a little low, but that's still not the biggest problem, it's that burnt feeling. The drinkability is pretty dang high, it's a hefeweizen so it's not going to be hard to drink at all. Overall it's a good beer, but not one of the better "Legit" hefeweizens, not as much flavor as there needs to be, and for sure off in some areas. I have a hard time putting my finger on exactly what is "off" with this beer, but it's for sure there. I guess I already explained whats off the best I can, so I'll just leave it as this - good beer, a little off tho.

After drinking this beer more I realize that there is a very tart taste to this beer, I looked on the bottle and it says brewed with ginger so maybe that is why? Maybe the ginger is what the harsh mouthfeel is too? I'm not digging the tartness, but it's not the end of the world.

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Photo of HonoluluLouie
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grab this beer after a free Tequila tasting at the local Ewa Beach Pantry. My frind suggested a Hefeweizen would be great with dinner.Next day poured the cold Rogue MoM into a pilsner glass.

Color is staw not much of a head, but nice lacing.
Smell: Pizza dough
Taste: Was surprised by the tart taste at first. As the beer warmed I was able to pick up the more subtle citrus, spice taste and sweetness. The coriander added a slight wheat taste. It is a dry beer with a bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel. It taste ok but I would like a little more carbination.
Overall: Ok, but I don't care for the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Straw-colored. Blondish. Typical Hefe / Wit appearance. Nothing special, but nice.

S- Cloves. Bananas. Very bready. Gave a sense of lightness. No real definitive flavors detected through smell.

T- A little bland for what I've come to expect from Rogue. Best way I could explain is if you took a solid wit or hefe and watered it down a little bit. Definitely bready, a little citrus bite, but nothing overpowering.

M- Light. A little watery. It goes along with the smell and taste accordingly.

O- Not the best I've ever had, but not overly disappointing. This would be something that I would definitely prescribe to someone new to craft beers. Good starter beer.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a German Hefeweizen half liter glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color, typical Hefeweizen look. Very little foamy head, unlike good hefeweizens. No cloudy peak.

Smell: Very malty and grainy with very little yeast or fruit scents like a typical hefeweizen should have. Very slight hops smell...also unlike typical hefeweizens.

Taste: Slightly bitter and lots of grains. Weird yeast flavor that tastes nothing like a good German hefeweizen should. If this is Rogue's Americanized interpretation, it's a very poor one. A little fruit in the mix, but not enough. Really not enough of any flavor to make it very special.

Mouth feel: Light-to-medium body and very low carbonation.

Drinkability: Hefeweizen should be pretty simple to make and get right. I think Rogue missed the target on this interpretation. It's one of the least interesting American hefeweizens I've tried. It's not horrible, but it's not anything special either.

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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
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