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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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I would call this a Witbier, it's totally different. Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge white foamy head, and lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, yeast, and some slight spices. The taste is hoppy, and slightly malty. Nice little bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, would make a good summer brew session.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a label with an old lady on it. Reminds me of my grandma again. It also says agitate before pouring.

A cloudy orangish color. A good lace on top with a nice white color.

Smells like the rind of a orange with coriander and touch of hops. A little musty though.

Crispy with a chewy malt. A ginger taste hit me at first a big surprise, then the hops and the coriander. The malts and yeast come next and then the spices and bitterness that balances the brew. A grainy aftertaste, kinda uncharacteristic for a Wit but good none the less.

I liked it! Interesting flavors kept coming!

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

So...what is this? American? german? belgian? Whatever it is, it's a decent beer to quaff on a hot summer's day. You can definitely taste the American west coast influence on this beer. A bit hopped up for a witbier. Not much of a head, but smelled pleasant. Some citrus, floral hops and sweet sugar. Taste of sweet malt, citrus and a touch of ginger. Overall, a very strange, but refreshing and pleasant beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly plain Jane weizen – hazy lemon yellow, foamy white head. Very subtle hints of banana in the aroma, but tons o’ wheaty malts.

Quaff was basically the same, I could taste the ginger, barely. It’s full bodied, good carbonation – just a basic wheat beer in a bomber bottle. I would certainly drink these, but I’d rather spend my $6 on a sixer of good wheat brew, versus one bottle of Half - E

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Photo of cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8/20/2005 $4.69 22 oz. 4.80% No best by date.


Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thin white head on top that has little character.


Some gumball, with coriander & a touch of bread. Not as citrusy as one would expect. Gum dominates.


Supposedly only 30 IBU's, but it tastes like more. I'm not sure what it is, but American brewers just can't seem to do this style correctly. This is a ton of gumball, and then just bitter, with not much else. German hefe's and Belgian wittes put this, and almost all other American interpretations to shame. I think from now on I'll stick to the traditional where this style is concerned.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color, with a rocky two finger head that settles a to solid layer of foam, leaving behind a thin sheeting of lace.

Smell; lots of citrus with lemons and oranges. I can also taste the ginger and coriander, but not so much as far as the wheat.

Taste; the coriander and ginger flavors are little stronger in the flavor than they were in the smell, with lemon and orange peel. I get more of a wheat profile in the taste/palate than I was expecting, with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I'm usually not a big fan of ginger in my beer but it wasn't overwhelming in this. Mouthfeel is light ot medium bodied, and pretty darn drinkable.

Not a great example of a wit, but still a pretty nice beer that works well in hot weather.

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Photo of jettjon
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: None
Lows: Uncharacteristic appearance, nose, and flavor

From the 22 oz bottle, poured in two servings the way most mortals would drink. Color is golden yellow-orange with no bubbles and no cloudiness at all—quite surprising for a Hefe (note that BA lists this as a Witbier). Shake before serving? The second pour produced a more characteristic appearance, with the expected cloudiness—apparently a bit of settling had occurred. Head is two fingers of white fluff that fades slowly leaving plenty of coverage and lace behind. Nose hints at lightly bitter hops and not much else—disappointing. Taste is somewhat bitter and weakly citrus, with no real wheat/barley/malt to it at all, and mild hops presence more akin to a light lager than a hefe. It’s moderately pleasing, however, just not what I’d expect from Rogue. Feels watery and smooth in the mouth, and finishes on a slightly bitter note. Drinkability is OK; it goes down easy and is fairly tasty, but not spectacular. I wouldn’t drink more than one, and 22 oz. is more than enough.

Overall: Probably the worst beer I’ve had from Rogue, though still better than virtually any macro out there. I’d prefer a Widmer Hefe to this take on the style. Not sure what they were shooting for here, but it looks as though they missed. Not recommended.

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Photo of Crosling
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy Yellow. The aroma is very pleasant and definately emphasizes the use of ginger and coriander along with spicy hops, fruits and a touch of raw wheat. Again, the spicing is very evident (ginger and coriander) in flavor but in the end, this was very light bodied and very average, but better than typical American wheat ales.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the type of wheat beer I am used to. Definetely weizen characteristics, sort fluffy banna like taste, buy very dry. This is a crisp tasting beer, great for warm weather. It's fairly clear for a unfiltered, without much foam. It's OK though because it does not try to be a German, sort of its own brew. Sort of bewteen a weissbeer and a pale ale, with more on the weisbeer side. A very nice beer overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Mandrake
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazy medium yellow with a fairly large fizzy head that dissipates in a reasonable period of time and leaves no lacing. Smells hoppy, with a noticable malt presence and some spiciness and citrus as well. Taste is hops up front, floral and sharp, with a noticable spiciness, including an unusual but pleasant ginger note which gets stronger as the beer warms. Citrus and other spices are present in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh, making it a very nice choice on a pleasant spring day, and drinkability is pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of ginger in most applications, but this really makes it work, and creates a unique and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of fightingwords
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a "bomber" in to two american pint glasses.

Stired the bottle half way through the pour to "rise" the yeasts.

A--Hazy burnt orange. More of a dull brown. Not impressed, not a hefe, not a dunkel. But after reading the ingredients its understandable how this really doesn't fit the mold.

S--Overwhelmingly ginger. Just a bit of the typical banana volitle. I could smell the hops way in the back.

T--Farily complex. Hit with the ginger first, then on to the hops and the clove like sweetness. There were alot of flavors here that kinda confused my pallate and I really didnt like how prevailing the ginger was.

M--Rather creamy for a Witbier. Had a slight alcohol finish. Finished dry in my opinion. The lovely lady sharing this brew with me said that it had a hoppiness that hung in her mouth.

D--I cant really drink more than 1 or 2 wits in a sitting. Its a good drink with a full body, but just too many flavors and spices.

Overall--check it out. Its alright, nothing to write home about. I'm faithful to Rogue for their not so typical opinion of style. They always put together a unique opinion on tradtional flavors, but this one just didnt do it for me.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-E-Weizen... so is it only half a wheat beer? What's the other half, Ginger Ale?

I drank a few of these in the summer... I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it.

Best Before Feb 30, 2006... just in time.

A: Brownish gold (on the dark side for the style), with only a little murkyness (could use more Hefe). Wonderful fluffy white head, has decent retention, leaves LOTS of lace.

S: Bready malt, with a little spice.

T: A VERY nice ginger-ale. Plenty of malt flavour, with very pleasant spices. Not a stereotypical Wit, or a Hefe... but much like the Belgians, Rogue has no boundaries! This is an excellent, Belgian-inspired brew. Zero fruityness though... I think it'd be better with a Belgian yeast.

M: Moderate body (surprising weight for it's size), moderate carbonation (could use a little more).

D: Really great.

I like it.

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

Pours a lovely and hazy gold color with a thin, bubbly 2" head with little lacing. Am a little disappointed with the aroma, with just a little wheat and straw, and the littlest hint of orange. Taste is pretty good, with a little carbonation at the end, finishing with a tingle on the tongue. I'm finding a nice blend of corriander with orange and a little wheat, a good hoppy preseanse. All in all, this is a pretty good beer, one I could drink a whole lot of.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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 ybnorml
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden yellow beer with a slight have. Has a big foamy white head. When you open the bottle there is a burst of spicey clove aroma. Clove and corriander are the two main notes in the aroma with a bit of sweet orange peel in the background. The clove and corriander show continues in the taste with again just a hint of orange peel in the background. There is a nice prickly hop bite on the finish.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a very light amber and yellow color with minimal head. There's not much for lace.

The smell was of muted spices, even as it warmed. The taste starts with wheat and pale malt, then spices, then finishes creamy. Esters are notably absent. The cream effect sticks with the mouthfeel and makes this beer unique and interesting.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark orange with minimal head, with little lacing. Smell resembles boiled vegetables, with hints of citrus. Taste is slightly bitter, with citrus undertones and a spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is gentle, unoffensive, not overly bitter or overly carbonated. Decent and drinkable, but does not resemble a Witbier of a Hefe-Weizen at all. Reminds me more of a Saison than anything else really. Overall this isn't too bad. Definitely unique.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy orange color with a decent head,but it does disappear a little quickly and leaves no lacing.The smell is a full citrus aroma and you can smell some floral and hop scents.The taste has a real citrus and hop flavor,but not a real wheat taste.It does taste pretty good,but the m/f is light and unbalanced.The flavors don't mix that well and the begining of a sip tastes alot different from the aftertaste.This may work in some beers,but not this one.This,all in all, is not a bad brew,it is very refreshing and I can see myself having this in the summer.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into a pint glass creates a thin, white head. A fast, ample stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy, straw golden color.

smell: light wheat, light and clean spicy hops, and a big spicy ginger presence. The ginger smells great.

mouthfeel: Medium high in carbonation and light in body.

taste: very light wheat flavors under the dominant ginger characteristic. Though the ginger is definately the dominant flavor, it does not seem overdone at all.

drinkability: tasty and easily drinkable

I give Rogue respect for their nice use of ginger here. Well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of mntlover
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice color with a small off white head that doesn't lace much. Poured aggresive and still got small head strange for the style.

Aroma is lightly sweet wheat malts mixed with regular malt nice orange peel, currants with some ginger hops and light spice. As it warms ginger becomes more evident. Nose is the good thing about this one.

Taste is wheat malt some sour fruit grapefruit but not in the good hoppy way almost like some currants. Finish is light spice nice ginger and some hops mingled together not bad. Overall its little to sour for my tastes for this style , hell its not a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is about medium good carbonation.

Drinkability is not for me smells nice but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy gold color, which is fine, but even with a good pour I didn't get much head out of it. Aroma has a strong maltiness and a hint of hops and not much else - reminds more more of some of the hoppier American wheats, not a witbier. The flavor, too, is more pale-ale like with a good solid malty base, good hop flavor, and a complimentary bitterness at the end. Overall this is a good beer, not terribly complex but firm with its flavors. The spices claimed on the bottle are not very evident, but maybe they are playing into the perception of hop flavor which is not a bad thing at all. I think the phrase "half a weizen" means a lot - this is kind of part pale ale, part witbier, part weizen, and 100% original Rogue. I think if you want a witbier, don't get this; if you want a weizen, don't get it; but if you just want a good beer, its a valid choice.

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Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect witbier pour. Not just a perfect pour for the style--a PERFECT pour. A tight, soapy two-finger head sticks atop a perfect hazy gold. I can't think of a really, really nice way to describe this color. It's just gold. Wonderful gold.

Smells like very nice Rouge pacman yeast with a hint of wheatmalt. Doesn't smell much like a witbier, but the blankness works well as the Rogue yeast gets to really shine.

Dry hop taste followed by wonderful yeast ending with a hint of pepper hop. Nice balance, and once again the yeast takes center stage.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Is the glass half empty or half full? Half-a-weizen is not half bad. Pours a darker shade of yellow. A good cloudy base per style with some head retention but doesn’t last too long. Also there was very limited lacing.

The smell was limited for a hefe. Had more of a soapy smell then sweeter malt or wheat aromas. Some lighter notable smells is a citrus lemony glow and bite of spice added in.

The taste is a pretty decent wheat flavor up front. Noticeable and gives it a good dry flavor. There is a crisp aftertaste that feels slightly carbonated but a zip flavor also heightened by the spicey flavor. Some white peppers and a presentable orange kick. The hops are not really noticeable but do heighten the dry quality to the beer.

The body is light with a strong carbonation. If this is then end, I guess I have to say the glass is fully empty.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear light amber color, darker than a witbier but light than most hefes. The head is puffy and long lasting, leaving excellent lace. The aroma is light with perfumey malts and some ginger. The taste is decidedly gingery. While ginger is prominent theres also a great piney hop character that mixes well with wheat tangyness. The depth and complexity of this beer really develops as it warms. I taste curacao oranges, bubblegum and yeast apple flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation.

This is a great summer beer. If anything it would benefit from slightly less ginger. That being said the ginger was very natural tasting and never overpowering.

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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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