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 garymuchow
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sour, fresh, wheat with a bit of sweet. Nicely complex. Other pale malt aromas.
Smallish head. Deep golden yellow. Rather clear. Head breaks up irregularily.
Amazingly light in flavor. Hoppy bitterness quite apparent, if not downright dominant, but somehow not excessive. Yeast at the bottom of the bottle add some nice flavors.
Rather flat giving ti a rather thin feel. Non-distinct.
Unimpressive. Maybe this was old. Seemed to lack life and boldness, esp. for a Rogue beer.

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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 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 AlexJ
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The only wheat beer my fiancee has ever liked! Pours an appropriately cloudy amber color, much darker than expected. Bright, lively aromas of peach, wheat-malt, spices, and grass. Tastes like a belgian white crossed with an american pale ale. Plenty of fruity, apricot/peach flavors meld graciously with an understated malty, wheaty taste. Well hopped for a beer of this style. A very good introduction to wheat beers for those who don't like them.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a cloudy, goldenrod yellow, with a two finger, ivory head that retains well, and leaves massive patch lacing all over the glass.
Aroma is lemon juice, bready wheat, white pepper, and other more subdued spices in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.
Taste is somewhat dry and mildly spicy with coriander and white pepper. The body seems more sturdy as the yeast kicks in, and there is a pleasant, lemonzest in the finish and aftertaste.
A clean and fresh tasting wheat beer, that balances the grainy wheat, spices, and Pacman yeast to good and balanced effect. Very well constructed, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a bubbly white head. The smell is dominated by coriander, to the point that there's not much else. The taste has the strong spicing with a light hop in the backing. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I'll drink the other half of the bomber anyway.

If you like coriander, you'll like this beer! Personally, it's never been my cup of tea, so I had to treat this accordingly (especially with wits like St. Bernardus and Ommegang Witte out there). Still, worth a try and I'd probably try it again.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy-honey gold in hue, the liquid is very attractive in color. There was a basic white head, about a half finger in height on the pour. Head retention was lousy as it rapidly faded to a soapy cap. Also, there was no subsequent lacing. Still, I can’t hate on this beer because I really dig the color! The nose is very citrusy. Before I checked the bottle (to look at the ingredient list) I took a more thoughtful sniff. Orange peel, lemon zest, both are very soft. Then comes a dash of ginger. Underneath is a kiss of coriander and a malty smell. The nose is like a juicy Wit. The bouquet is not musty though; it is very crisp and lively. This seems to be a departure from a “proper” white ale (as expected, it is by Rogue after all). I checked the bottle, I would have figured there were some Pac/WC hops in use. It is okay to be wrong! The potency is moderate but the aromas have no trouble convincing me to take a sip. I do, with glee. Man, this is tasty. This is a beautifully constructed beer. It is amazingly playful. I love the ginger; it adds some complexity and a modest bite. The coriander is second fiddle but it plays its role it the scheme of things. There are some definite white ale qualities even though there are only minor wheat flavors. I just can’t get past the soft citrus flavors; there is orange peel galore with just a suggestion of lemon. There is some sweetness too, kind of in the middle but more towards the end. This aspect doesn’t linger long as the hops curb any further development. The Saaz hops end the taste, pleasant spicy qualities. I found this very refreshing. I thought Soba was Rogue’s best summer quaffer, not anymore! Medium in body, the carbonation has some energy and this helps create a very pleasant mouthfeel. All in all, I really enjoyed this beer. For a wheat beer of sorts it really brings a lot of different flavors to the table. In many ways it is better than a decent Hefeweizen and/or a Wit. Blasphemy I know. I can think of dozens of foods to pair this beer with. I wish I had more. I wish I could get more, easily. I bought my bomber in Burnsville, MN for $4.39. It is tasty stuff and worth trying.

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

Draught @ CTRiver Brewers Festival: This one pours a dark golden color. There was some head to it. The nose was that of a light citrus and wheat. Maybe a hint of spices and hops in there also. The taste was citrusy wheat, with some yeastiness. This was a solid wheat beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first off Rouge gets props for putting an old lady on a bottle. I know it is a tribute and all, but it is still cool.

POurs a very light straw color, with a rocky white head. Smells of floral delights, honey, and citrus- wonderfull.

Taste is great, a light, fizzy mouthfeel aides. The lemon mixes with the ginger, mixs with a light malt, all so perfectly. It is not neccesarily different, but it is in so many way, very refreshing - enjoy it if you find it!

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

Orange with a cloudy appearance and a small head.

Notes of ginger, orange and floweres show up in the aroma, typical wheat/wit aromas.

Medium body, good carbonation. Orange, flowers and spicy saaz like hops dominate the flavor. Very crisp and refreshing, especially on these hot August-in-south-Georgia days.

An odd beer, not exactly a wit or a weizen. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Bit the bullet with this one on 5/31/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at the Sunset.

Greenish, yellow hue with lots of haze, to the point of creating an almost neon-like cast to the whole glass. Thin carbonation flirting around the top, and throughout the draught, and yet nothing to get worked up about. Bubblegum bouquet notes with some jumpy clover and coriander. Quite understated and less wheaty than many hefes, and thus more drinkable for the likes of me. The thought occurred to me that those with gluten intolerance might be able to bang this one down without too many problems. Still, there were some straw aspects present to taste, as well as lemon/lime hints; the lack of a banana presence was refreshing. Highly drinkable and refreshing summer brew; not syrupy like others in style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but nothing at all special. I'm not really sure what the point of a beer like this is. The best part of a Heffe is the flavors generated by the yeast, but the Pacman gives you none of the typical traits. Saaz hop aroma is nice and wheat flavor still shines, but its really nothing to write home about. Really is a Half-ass-weizen.

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

End result of hand-pump is a very slightly hazed golden yellow with bronze highlights and a frothy, soapy, eggshell white head. Dulled gingery notes, and a bit of sweet malt and tropical fruit esters; also kind of subdued. Coriander in there too, yet faint; everything's faint. I love cask-conditioned beers, but this one's a bust. I had it freshly tapped and it tasted a bit too oxidized and metallic. Sorry, guys. I love your beers, but this one's just not hittin' the spot. This beer is a bit watery mid-palate. Not entirely bad, but not wholly enjoyable. I remembered liking this more out of the bottle.

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Photo of finepaws
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange yellow, small head that left some lacing. Smelled citrusy and spicey. Lemon taste with herbal flovour. Too much carbonation in my opinion. Sweeter than I expected it to be. It is a good drink, but I think rogue is much better in the stout department.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bomber.

1" frothy, pure white head that takes minutes to settle. Thick lacing that holds to the glass' sides. A golden haze in color. Noticeable carbonation.

Deep clove aromas along with hints of banana, diacetyl, and citrus.

Banana and clove with a bit of lemon are the driving flavors here. Surprisingly low diacetyl flavors since it is easily noticed in the smell. A bit too carbonated: it actually cuts in and takes something away from the flavor.

Crisp, light on the palate, and very refreshing. The carbonation takes away from the wit's smoothness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable. A nice American version of the style. A solid Rogue production.

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Photo of abents
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with little white head no lacing. Smells of citrus hops, corriander and lemons. Very crisp tasting brew with nice citrusy hops flavors smooth out with sweet malty finish. Good spices throughout the brew. Very refreshing and smooth. Very creamy medium mouthfeel good ammount of carbonation. Drinkable brew that you could relax with for a hot summer day.

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Photo of winomark
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale gold wht a soft, bone white head. Lots of wheat tones dominate, with slightly spicy aromas from the ginger and somewhat yeasty. Mild hops noticable. Wheat goodness is balanced with the wonderful ginger flavor. Light, but flavorful mouthfeel. Slightly short on the finish. Overall, a tasty summer brew. Then ginger adds a nice change from your average ordinary hefe.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2" white head (assisted by "agitation" requested on label) over a slightly reddish cloudy golden brew. Frothy head leaves ample foamy lace. Zesty, citrusy aroma. Enticing. Flavor is lighter than one would expect from a Hefe, but the slack is picked up by the ample spicing and citrus notes. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent, with the crispness making it a great summertime quaff. An interesting turn on the Hefe style, making it a bit less chewy, a bit more drinkable, nice result.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One i've always passed over at the store until the sweat of hard labor and increasing temperatures called out to me.

The color is quite orange-y for a hefe, with a bubbly 1/2" soap-like head. The lacing was rather uninspired, especially for the style.

The nose is a stately lemony-wheat blend with little to none of the characteristic-to-style banana/clove aspects I was expecting. Slight hints of Saaz cut through the beer reaffirming my first suspicions of lemon.

The taste is a refreshingly different blend of strong wheaty maltiness at colder temperatures. A nice citric hoppiness keeps everything bundled together. As the beer warms the ginger becomes so much more apparent, but i'm still not really getting to many hints of the other spice. Rather high carbonation.

When the yeast is poured into the glass, the appearance of the beer might just be the most beautiful beer photograph I could imagine.

For Rogue, this beer was refreshingly un-hoppy. The slight Saaz tones blended with a nice wheatiness spiced by the ginger. I could easily drink myself out of house and home, one of the most drinkable beers i've ever come across.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silty yellow under foamy ivory suds.
Nose of lemon rinds, leafy coriander, and Saaz that seems to incorporate the two.
Begins doughy, but not chunky. Modestly dry and wheaty. Ginger arrives first, brief and zippy. Coriander settles in for a longer duration. Lemon-infused and herbal. Saaz adds a good deal of bitterness and dry leaves, but it is so perfectly complimentary that it is hardly noticed. Just one perfect segue after another. This is harmonic.
Medium bodied, and sturdier than the average Witbier...and a good deal better too.

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

22 oz bomber

Clear (clear?) golden in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Soft aroma of wheat and subtle influence of banana esters. Very light and drinkable, but not very deep in the wheat department, with touches of bubble gum and cloves. Great summer beer, and very well balanced, even if it seems a bit lacking in the flavor department. That lack, though, just makes me think they do mean "half" of a weizen in the name.

Swirl and final pour -- ah, there's the sediment I was looking for. The glass turns from clear golden to cloudy yellow with a brown-orange tinge. Ah, that's better--the yeast brings more backbone to the beer, without detracting from its drinkability. Very good--and I wish I had turned the bottle upside down a few times to loosen the sediment before opening it...

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Photo of Foxman
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a well-carbonated and hazy golden yellow. A bit more than two fingers of tight, puffy white head swells quickly and stays a while, making a foamy moustache likely. Veils of lacing drape the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a light grain sweetness is promptly outplayed by a poignant note of shaved ginger paired with a gentler wheaty sourness. A tang of yeast wafts at the finish.

The first sip delivers a crisp, grainy sweetness along with a hint of coriander, with both stepping out of the way of a big dash of ginger, seemingly right off a Japanese dinner platter, and carrying a mild soapy tone along with it. A yeast tang plays off the spicy perfume to drop off rather than linger. The flavor is brisk and a bit bold in its sassiness, and while unusual, it is refreshing.

A bit more than light bodied, it has enough presence to make itself known and t leave a fair legacy of itself on the palate.

the foundation is basically good quality, nice and steady, and the ginger is an interesting additional element. But at the same time, the seasoning takes it close to being a bit of a novelty. It's something you want to tastem but in my case, having done so, I won't soon have another. Sure, it is indeed drinkable, if ginger is your thing, but that makes it a niche beer. No, it's not bad, and may be fundamentally good, but this one's enough for me.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew is a cloudy golden color, with a large white foam head on top. Sheets of lace are left behind. The scent is a nice floral scent, with some berry elements as well. The taste has wheat, beeries, floral hops, citrus elements, and ginger as well. A wonderfully complex beer based on wheat characteristics. Delicious and brilliant.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-A-Weizen was served from the typical Rogue 22 oz. silkscreened bottle. In a hefe glass, the beer was a lovely nectar-like orange juice yellow-orange color, and was topped by thick, rough, and sticky white head. The nose was fairly low key, presenting a wheaty huskiness and notes of coriander and light orangey citrus. On the palate, a delicious creamy wheaty malt body opened up with pronounced spicy coriander, which led into a crisper orange-lemon tinged transition into a wheaty-citric, moderately bittered finish that left lingering coriander and very light spicy ginger essence...very nice. The body was richly creamy and wonderfully robust, yet retained a nice level of underlying crispness. Half-A-Weizen was a tasty, lightly spicy wheat beer that made for an enjoyable and satisfying early evening drink. If you like a good american wheat and coriander spiced beers, you will enjoy this one.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a hazy lovely sunset, nice sized white head. not bad at all. the nose is fruity, citrus matched against some light wheat malts with a nice hoppy highlight. right on. crisp and lively in the mouth, refreshing. fruity with a wheaty backbone, a good dose of hops balance things out and there are some light spices dicing things out but nothing outrageous. refreshing, a great warm weather beer and something i will go back to.

$3.99 a bomber

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