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 MrNuggets
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated white fluffy head, dissipates quickly. Wonderful smell, oh my there is the ginger! The first half of the bottle poured an almost golden see through yellow. The second half a murky variation of that colour. Starts out with that wonderful ginger, turns malty. Very Crisp. Finishes up with a slighty bitter after taste. Feels good on the tongue. This is another example of why rogue is my favorite brewery.

This beer pairs exceptionally well with sushi.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold color, with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of fruit and spice, maybe berries and citrus. Taste is very dry (compared to the smell). The corriander and ginger flavors mix with an acidic flavor, to make this a very odd beer. Very unique, however, I don't think I have had anything like this before.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The last of some new Rogue Bombers that I picked up whilst imbibing with the mighty Gusler whilst on a recent “beer trip” to Phoenix, Arizona. This bottle has a 1970’s two-tone paint scheme screen printed label; a light blue mixes badly with a sort of pinky orange color. “Half-E-Weizen” is written at the bottom of the bottle, underneath a picture of old Woman, whose identity is revealed in the writing to the right hand side. The geeky beer blurb does not reveal the style on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 12° Plato, 30 IBU, 79.2 AA, 3.2° L.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a brazen gold color with some fleshy peach and tangerine flashes. Not quite lucid, it is fogged with a mild protein-like haze. Later “top-ups” increase the turbidity levels. The head, as with many Rogues, is off-white and humungous at first, but a thin collar like affair soon appears from out of rocky pitted surface it started life as. Lots of activity in the beer when swirled, reasonable carbonation levels help to support the thin head covering. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Wow, as soon as I popped the cap I got the Ginger in this one, it wafted straight out of the thin bottle neck like a captive Genie. I am huge Ginger fan, I use it often in my home made Indian Curries. As such, I know that it is a spice that can easily over-power, but the levels in the Half-E-Weizen are perfect. Deeper inhalations reveal Coriander and a dried pungent orange zest. Some hops and a light White Beer character back the spices. A very interesting nose, nicely balanced and very inviting.

Taste: This is such the tease!! It is a delicately balanced beer that has a big flavor profile, yet remains light in character. How does it do that? Must be the Rogue magic! Some crisp Saaz hoppiness at the start supports a very clean Wit Bier feel that builds into a larger, more solid Hefe profile later. All this, just as the ginger breaks in to join the swinging party with best friend’s Coriander & Wheat. The finish has a good tongue tingling orange zest tangy trait set against a malty feel in the background, and a lingering spicy dryness after the swallow. An accomplished twist on the Hefe, which works. Nicely Balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp easy drinking Wheat Ale with incredibly clean, yet spicy lines with a nice thirst quenching ability. Not thick, nor thin, but just enough for the style. Intriguing!

Drinkability: I could easily make this a uni-session beer. On a hot summer night I could easily spend the evening downing this as the sun goes down. So very nearly a '5'. No doubt I could easily imbibe this to excess.

Overall: This is an excellent Wheat Ale, the Ginger is used to absolute perfection and the Coriander and maybe Orange Peel add a lovely dimension to what is still a highly quaffable refreshing Wheat Ale. Recommended!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RocketWidget
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick summary: A good brew overall, but I was really hoping it would be something to write home about given Rogue's recommendations and accolades, and it isn’t really. Pours a mighty fine dirty blonde with fair head retention and the typical cloudiness of a hefe. Smell is much like any other beer and not that distinguishable. Taste at first seems to be of a typical hefe minus feeling much particles on your tongue, but evolves with the ginger that was added. I am not entirely sure that the ginger adds to the brew however. Without it, the brew would taste fairly bland. With it, the beer tastes…unusual? Not my cup of tea, but I can see why some people are attracted to it. Give it a spin, because I sure as heck can’t tell you if you are going to like it.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ginger and Coriander in a Weizen? There are moments when I wish the rating system had a creativity line, because this one would certainly merit a five.

Nice big Belgian-style head, nice weizen coloration, and a wonderfully sweet smell. The taste is a pretty straight weizen flavor, but with a slight extra zing from the ginger which adds a slight tanginess to it. Much sweeter than I've come to expect from Rogue. Bravo, guys!

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Exceptional little brew. Poured from a 22oz bomber into three different glasses for a tasting between friends. Very pretty cloudy orange, mild head that leaves a thick lacing. Yeast settles to bottom of cup.

The smell is dominated by ginger, with a touch of malt.

The flavor is wonderful, a touch of malty sweetness at first followed by the flavors of Ginger mostly and a touch of corriander. The wheat flavors run stealthily behind complementing the spices perfectly. A small bite of hops at the end, not very bitter, but with a touch of spice that accents the ginger.

Unfortunately, as the beer warmed and loss carbonation, the mouthfeel became watery and it the flavors seemed to diminish a little.

With fresh bombers i could drink this beer all night, something truly unique.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok first beer for a good while ( been sick ).
Comes in the obligatory Rogue screen printed bomber..with a pic of what looks like the barmaid from my old local back in Scotland on the label.
"Brewed in honor of Mo & Dutch Niomi"
well its a pretty ok beer to look at as far as appearance goes.slightly hazy light golden in colour..small pure white head..some cracking carbonation.
mmmm smell is very spicy indeed..sherbety..ginger..invigorating
taste is odd too after an initial weak malt , suddenly a massive ginger taste invades the middle of the tongue then dissapears and leaves a honeyish tatse on the back of the mouth.
Pretty intresting mouthfeel to say the least.
An odd beer but pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22oz bomber, with a nice picture of somebody's grandma wearing big 'ol eyeglasses and hoisting a foamy mug....definitely more adventurous than my own grandma...and an excellent beer to boot. The Half-E-Weizen pours into the glass a golden honey color that is amazingly clear (if you don't agitate it) and topped with just a bit of frothy white head. plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The half-e-roma is an intriguing blend of wheat, sweetness, and spice. Taste is similarly out-of-the-ordinary, bursting with character and spice unlike any other hefe I've tasted. Starting off it's just a bit hoppy then quite spicy, with flavors of orange, coriander, and maybe a little ginger bite coming to the fore. Then a more classic malty wheat flavor comes in towards the middle and end, finishing off with just a bit of bitterness. This brew is very refreshing and drinkable, and unfortunately quite difficult to find in my area...but worth keeping an eye out for.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden colored brew which darkens as the yeast is added. It is topped in a small wihte head that leaves good lacing behind. Lots of sweet fruit in the aroma with notes of pale grains.

It has very tingly carbonation with a light fruity flavor. It is lacking a bit, but it is still ok. The balance is pretty good, but the graininess got a little big at times. There are notes of bitterness and orange peels to add a little complexity. It is really not that interesting overall, and I would have to say that this is my least favorite Rogue so far.

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Photo of Sudmissle
1.99/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a head that quickly fades. Tempting amounts of unfiltered yeast settle to bottom of glass, as with other wheat-type beers. Rather thin mouthfeel. Has the amber-orange color of a German wheat, but that's where the similarity ends. Initial taste is that reminding me of an amber ale, but the aftertaste is unnecessarily bitter. I shouldn't make direct comparisons with other beers by name, but this tastes likes a 50-50 mix of Bell's Amber ale and Rogue's bitter ale, which leaves the beer in a strange taste category. Rogue has an outstanding Chocolate Stout and Shakespeare Stout, but this one's bitter aftertaste ruins it for me, which is unfortunate, because I like beers with intense flavor.

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Photo of Zraly
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straw-orange ale with minimal head. Any head that was around, disappeared and hasn't been seen since. Carbonation is not over abundant, but not necessarily required. Looks are not everything. Sometimes.

A notable and primary representation of ginger. Spicey hops and sweetness round out the interesting flavor of this wheaty and slightly yeasty, offering from Rogue. There is a minor bready-sugary dimension to this...more in the range of doughnutty. Also a minor floral note as well. Definately not your run of the mill wheat...high on flavor, but not entirely accessible to all. But I'm liking it.

Rogue is always original and has a real passion for beer. This quality always shines through in any and all of their concoctions. (Combined review for both tap and bottle.)

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a foggy goldenyellowish color. Head was rather small to begin with and what little was there left quickly. No lacing.
Initial whiff brings out pale malt. Behind that sits a grassy aroma along with some floral hops. A slight spice runs along the whole thing, including the taste.
A very slight malty sweetness hits first followed by orange peel and maybe a little bit of coriander. A group of fairly bitter hops finishes off the brew and hangs around for the aftertaste. There is a definate spice I can't put my finger on. Pretty tasty though.
Mouthfeel is a bit thing but still not bad at all. A good refreshing brew.

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Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a few dissapointments from this brewer, i wasn't expecting too much, but this wasn't half bad. Relatively nice cohesion of of vanilla, citrus clove, banana and hop, and quite refreshing and quaffable, i really was expecting worse, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden-orange color with a thick white head. In the aroma I get an immediate blast of ginger, coriander, and fruit. The flavor is fruity with the ginger and coriander flavors as well. It is very smooth and drinkable with a drying finish. It is a light-bodied, refreshing brew. I was very impressed with this one.

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

rogue really reminds me of a west coast magic hat. they pretty much brew what they want to and so be it if your like or dislike their brews. half-e-weizen is a great example of this brewing method. it's certainly not a hefeweizen, so what the hell is it? i don't know, but it's pretty damn good. pours a light amber witha medium head that has minimal, lasting lace. there is an immediate sweet smell, but nothing overpowering. quite a creamy brew with a noticeable hoppiness and wheatiness to it. hints of ginger and spices throughout as well. a little bit of this and that, but a whole lotta good. another winner from rogue.

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Photo of TheDM
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a medium white head of small to medium sized bubbles and a golden amber body with carbonation rising in the mug. The receding head leaves behind an excellent lacing. It has a mild fruity/floral aroma. I was disappointed with the taste of the brew though. I was expecting something like a Hefe-Weizen and I didn't get it. It had a bitter aftertaste that was atypical. It had a smooth initial taste, but that finished kind of ruined it for me.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Rogue Ales Public House, Newport, OR.
Instructions on bottle: Agitate before pouring.

Appearance: straw-gold color with a fair amount of haze, thin cap of head but lots of bubbles

Aroma: fruity and wheaty, some floral hop aroma, a touch of spiciness (ginger?), hint of metallic (probably from the cap since the bottle was on its side in my fridge)

Flavor: very "light" flavor (i.e.- didn't taste much when the first gulp passed my lips), a gentle malt base rounded out by the wheat tang and the spices, ginger just barely pokes through, touch of yeast tang, fruity essence, finishes dry with a pert bitterness, the distinctive yeast strain combines with the saaz hops for an unusual (but delicious) "flavor bouquet"

Mouthfeel: light bodied, crisp, fine carbonation, some residual warming from the ginger (interesting effect)

Overall Impression: I can definitely see why this beer has developed a bit of a following despite the fact that it falls far outside the Rogue ouevre of hop bombs. Pretty tasty. Would definitely buy again.

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

Medium yellow color, nicely hazy but not really cloudy. Generates a generous 1/2 inch head of large bubbles, but it powers down in 25 seconds or so. Slight lace in a pint glass. Dense aromas, not distinct but more of wet hay, yeast and lemon zest, almost like wet canvas. grainy texture, flavors of hot cinnamon and ginger snap sort of pop like little explosions. Nicely hopped peppery finish. Given its "half" a Weizen name, I rate this beer as unique, almost like a hopped-up Wit or something. Interesting, and a variation on the rolling and estery Hefes that get a little boring come the hot weather months.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light but solid cloud of hazy pale gold straw in color, quite gorgeous; lots of carbonation bubbles within, head is white, loose, big bubbly froth about a pencil width high, faded fast, leaves minimal lace. Smell is very dull but solid lemon and orange with a light wheat backing and a light note of ginger spice. Taste is a mellow mirror reflection of the smell with flavors of orange and lemon dulled down, wheat, mellow and easy with a light full balance of hops and notes of light spice of ginger and cinnamon. Full body feel, smooth, mellow, light airy drying in the finish showing up late. Very drinkable and easy. Good thing it comes in the 22oz cuz this went fast, yummy stuff.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not a hefeweizen, but very tastey. Does not look like much. No head. No sediment. Hazey, not really cloudy. Smells great, but mostly sour. Not sure where the name comes from, but with every quality, this beer moves farther and farther from a hefe. Tastes good. Sour. Clean and crisp, though. Wheat aftertaste! There you go. Some hints of ginger as well. Very drinkable. Maybe because it keeps you wondering what you are drinking.

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

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with the screened Rogue graphics. A very grandma-like woman on the label offering a foamy mug of brew. Why...thanks!

Appearance: Following agitation (as per bottle directions), I was rewarded with a hazy, very fizzy beer. Nothing in the head department, despite numerous aggressive pours.

Smell: Spicy sweetness, with a whiff of bitterness also evient. What was hard to detect (though barely evident....or was it just me?) was a lemony aroma expected with a "weizen".

Taste: Not quite in the hefeweizen....is it a weizen that's been "Rogued"? Spicy flavors hit the palate first, with some malty sweetness and some bittering hops joining the fracas later. A tart and bittering effect near the end.

Mouthfeel: A highly-carbonated beer. Just a slight creamy smooth palate-coating effect.

Dinkability: This would be a very good hot summer's day beer. Refreshgingly crisp and "fizzy" carbonation make for a highly-quaffable, thirst-quenching beer.

Notes: Certainly not my favorite Rogue beer, but one that would stand up to a hot and humid Virginia summer day filled with cutting grass.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of LarryKemp
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served with a fair white head and a slightly cloudy yellow texture. One of the folks at my table said it looked like a pretty poor urine sample. The beer was a weak sample of a hefe. It looked sort of like a hefe but it did not have the aroma nor the taste of a good hefe. It was an okay beer to start a flight of beers at the bar. I would neither recommend nor slam this beer. If someone wanted a good hefe this is NOT one I would recommend.

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Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 486 ratings