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 Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice golden yellow with a short crown leaving to a full lace and a minor cling.
The body is a medium and the carbonation is very active to the end.
The nose is lightly of damp cardboard and little else.
The taste is exellent, unlike any other "witbier" I have previously tried. The hops are foremost thru out with a light malt background, nothing overpowering here, just a very nice offering.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their is one LCBO in Peterborough I like. But, it's a tease. I go in, see a brewery I recognise, but not recognise the beer. Rogue happens to be one of those breweries. So, knowing I won't be able to get this at home, I picked it up. Glad I did. The pour is a nice, hazey orange. Oddly, next to no head. Why is that? The glass is clean, yet very little foam on top. Smells, hmm... Nice. Malts, coriander, citrus, wheat, and ginger. Taste is very well balanced. Primarily sweet, but their is a spiciness and hop bitterness that coincides with it. Not much coriander, just enough to taste. Reminds me a bit of Canada Dry. Must be the ginger. Mouthfeel is hard to describe. Smooth and fizzy is the best I can come up with. Drinkable? Oh yeah. If I can find it more, it's becoming a regular session beer.

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Photo of sid
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent brewsky from the good old brewers named rogue. This beer is just dynamite, all the way from the grandma on the cover to the last sip of the pint, this beer rocks! Appearance is cloudy, taste is very hefe style, goes down smooth, drinkability is very high.

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Photo of Skidz
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pale golden straw and sits bright light amber in the glass with a large white head. Fades to a thick layer of foam, lacings all around the glass. Perfect.

Smells of lemon zest and orange up front, vast fruity aroma. Bits of apples, pineapple and grapes. Crisp crackery core with a mild grassy hop aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, dry and crackery malts lead the way. Faint hints of fruits lead by lemon rind. Moderate hop bitterness boasts sharp grassy flavors lingering on into the finish.

Crisp in the mouth with strong carbonation and a medium-light body. Overall, not that impressive but stll makes for some decent drinking. Well suited for hot summer weather.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

07/22/05- On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into two sets of 4oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Light golden pour with the slightest of cloud. Medium lacing and a very small white head.

Smell- Smelled very funky. Maybe a bit like wet cardboard. No normal hefe scents here.

Taste- Strong on the hops for a hefe. Lots more bitter than expected...even for a Rogue beer! Bit and pieces of citrus flavor, maybe just a touch of corriander. No banana or clove here. Ehhhh.

Mouthfeel- Feel is actually one of the good qualities. Smooth, dare I say a bit creamy. Solid medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Doesn't taste anything like a hefe to me. Maybe the lines are a bit dirty on this one. Will have to try it again down the line.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant gold color...orange peel, ginger and corriander on the nose...taste is clearly more whit than hefe...nice ginger notes....lower medium body...crisp....

Nice summer quencher with flavor...definitely more of a whit...This ia a nice brew but for the 4.25 price of a pint I'd rather buy a sixer of Blue Moon or something

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty wild malt scent. It has a wheat feel, but it also has a malty edge along with some spices. The taste is good as well. I can't figure this beer out. It goes down dry and spicey with the coriander and ginger, but it finishes smooth and sweet with a malty flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. I wish the CO2 was a little less. This is a pretty good brew. It's unique in it's approach, so I give it the thumbs up. It is complex and tastey; a good drinker.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky pour is golden amber in hue with an ivory ¼” head cap containing the off kiltered sudsy carbonation bubbles rising up.

Sweet candied fruit scents leaving the hefe aroma behind.

Hard candy malts that lead to a dull citrous 7-Up flavor. Some orange-meets-Tang flavors…uhhh…maybe a sherbert quality too? Not too much action in the flavor department.

Zesty carbonation. Lacks wheat or yeasty character.

Last swigs: Lollipop malts. Nothing more. Missing the point as to why Rogue makes this one? This was poured and enjoyed exactly as is to be, Just not a great brew. Just liquid candy. Technically a witbeer but still debateable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Light, hazed honey-gold color, decent frothy cap, and moderate carbonation. Nice nose to this one; coriander and other spices over sweet bready aromas. Starts nice and even with spice malt and hops in perfect balance then in the finish the wheat and saaz hops give a spicy dry finish...very nicely put together...like a cross between a wit, a saison and a dry hefeweizen...chilled to about 40deg. this is a great spicy dry summer ale...I waited in long anticipation for this one and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed medium gold colour topped by a rapidly disappearing head of large, white bubbles. Citrusy aroma, floral hops, coriander, light doughy yeast. Moderate sweetness and light bitterness, lemony citrus, some spiciness. Finishes off-dry with a bit of sweetness and coriander, bitterness really comes out at the very end. Refreshing, interesting beer and one that I'd definitely have again.

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

The beer poured clear golden with a white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly soapy with light orange peel citrus and a nice muted coriander spice aromatic. The bottle lists ginger and it can be perceived in the aroma as well.

The flavor was light and rather boring. The highlight of the flavor was a light citrusy orange peel flavor and some low coriander flavors. The beer was not crisp at all rather lifeless on the palate.

The finish was dry with lasting bitter orange peel and light coriander well into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and watery with carbonation just not at a high enough level to add complexity.

22 ounce bottle. Not a favorite, a little run of the mill.

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head, nice lacing. Smells yeasty, hoppy, little citrus. Taste is very nicely hopped, some spices, pretty malty and wheaty, but the hops dominate and are very pleasant. Very smooth beer, very nice carbonation and an all round easy drink, very rich flavour.

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

22oz bottle. Poured out a hazy lemon/yellow color with a solid head that stays a while. Smell consisted of strong spices (coriander and ginger) with some underlying malts and spicy hops which went well together. Taste was great as well. Good blend of ginger and coriander starts out with some sweet malts riding along with it. Hops and sweetness comes in the middle. Finished a little on the dry side. Mouthfeel seemed medium to almost full. Chewy texture even though it's only 4.8%. A nice wit beer, but Allagash's verison is a little better than this one, but that's no reason not to pick this up again.

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

Pours a fairly clear pale gold....bog white head. The nose is simply with hints of bread & yeast....little bit floral. Taste had a nice wheat character with prominent hoppiness to back it up. Slightly crisp but also with a creamy texture. Light to medium body. Offers up some nice thirst quenching qualities but is still complex enough to be morethan a hot weather beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brian700
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the bottle it says to aggitate before decanting into your glass. I just assumed that this ment I was about to pour a nice cloudy hefe. I poured a clear golden color with a little bit of particulate. It had a two-finger white head that didn't stick around very long.

The aroma smelt of light malt and a mild hoppiness.

The taste was mildy malty with some citrus.

It has a light to medium body, medium carbonation. I wasn't that impressed with this one. I think Rogue has many other better beers to offer than this one.

Maybe I had too high of expectation for this one because all of their other beers are so good.

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Photo of hero27
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with "Half-A-Weizen" silk-screened onto the bottom. Picture of an older woman that reminds me of my grandma.

Appearance: Pours out of the always impressive Rogue bomber a golden yellow color with a fizzy off-white head that doesn't hang around too long at all. There's plenty of yeast sediment floating around..looks like a damn snowglobe in there. Fizzy/oily head leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild aroma of spices & light hops..but mostly wheat & malt. Not bad, but mostly forgettable.

Taste: The ginger is definitely evident on the first sip. Mildly spicy, but ginger is the primary ingredient you taste here. Textbook wheat taste with just a touch of coriander as well. Hints of citrus (orange mostly) & hops. Malts come through as well in this circus of subtle ingredients. Nicely balanced and tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a somewhat grainy and coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Most hefeweizen's I've had have been fairly quaffable, but this one has got to be right near the top of this list as far as drinkability goes. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in colour with a bit of yeast haze. Aromas of Munich malts, ginger, spicy hops, and a bit of grapefruit. Not much wheaty flavor, mainly the typical Munich-y Rogue malt flavor. Lots of ginger flavor there too, with a hint of coriander. Surprisingly bitter for the style. An interesting take on the wheat beer thing.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy, pale yellow with a one finger head that leaves spiderweb like lacing down the glass. Smells mostly of ginger with a slight clove smell in the background. The taste starts with the ginger, followed by a spicy mix of clove, corriander and lemon zest with a creamy finish. High carbonation and a creamy mouthfell make this witbier hard to beat. Really a fantastic and unique witbier...kudos to rogue for such an unforgettable treat.

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Photo of clvand0
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is an odd mixture of spices ... I honestly don't care for the aroma. Some ginger in there with something else that I can't place. The flavor is similar to the aroma, in that there are several undesirable flavors that I can't place ... and that I don't like. It has a really musty thing going on with a citrus kick. Didn't enjoy it much.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a dirty tan/broan color with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is odd. It has some slight spiceyness, a bit of grape skin and a slight mustyness. Hmm. The flavor is somewhat like cereal, with a lot of graineyness and an astringent finish. Not my favorite here. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. There is a lingereing flavor I don't like that really takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy orange/yellow color and has a huge white head. The aroma is mostly coriander and wheat. The flavor is really nice... It reminds me of BBC's White ale, spicy, fruity, refreshing as a beer can get, but the plentiful use of the Saaz hops really sets it apart from other witbiers I have consumed. I could drink a bunch of these and go broke in the process.

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Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold, before adding the yeast, becomes a cloudy orange with the yeast swirled and added, topped with a two finger puffy off-white head, leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Sweet, spice and wheat aroma.
Citrus, wheat and toast taste, coriander, spices, zest, a ginger note comes out with warming.
Medium bodied, very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold with very little head or lace.Aromas of a rich malt with some fruit and hop smells. Taste is quite nice a rich malt with some orange, corriander and a nice hop sharpness (sharp but not bitter). Leaves a lingering biterness on the sides of the tounge. An OK beer, not a great one but I may have an old bottle, which is probably the case.

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Photo of Luigi
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22 oz. bottle with a old woman holding a mug. Pours a light cloudy orange with yeast sediments swirling around the glass. Has a large sticky head. Very Impressive.

Smells like ginger, coriander, orange peel and pale malt.

The taste is very fruit like. Orange peel, ginger and coriander dominate the flavor. There is a light maltiness behind the spice. I can definitely taste the saaz hops.

I first bought this beer thinking it was a German Weisse-beer, but it is really a Witbier! A good one, but definitely has a Rogue twist to it. Very enjoyable.

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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
3.57 out of 5 based on 486 ratings.
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