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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 CHADMC3
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden yellow w/ orange hues. Very little lacing is left when all is said & done, thin & white.

Delicous clove & citrus zest accompanied by the anticipated yeast, very pleasing.

Citrus zest, slightly piney, yeast, and spice, good palate.

light in body & medium in carbonation, the spice freshens this brew up & grabs your attention.

Quite a great example of the style w/ full flavor and pleasant suprise & drinkability.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy straw hue with creamy, nice head
S - Straw, citrus, spice nose
T - Classic hefe flavors of citrus and herbs with grassy notes
M - light and elegant, low bitterness
D - shows great balance on the medium length finish; goes down smooth and easy


All in all a classic hefeweizen made in the typical, richer American style. A really nice intro beer or a great refresher for those not wanting anything heavy or with noticeable hoppiness.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is thick and foamy and never goes away but leaves decent lacing on the glass. There is also an absolute torrent of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wheaty with a good amount of citrus fruit notes as well.

Taste: Very light and crisp. Hints of banana, orange, and spices hidden amongst the wheatiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Like a wheat beer should be.

Drinkability: A decent hefeweizen/witbier (depending on who you ask). Either way, it has the requisite crisp, refreshing taste but not much else. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

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

Mine had the Mom moniker. Straw yellow color with haze. Wheaty citrus and clove with a hint of banana, although the scents were fairly subdued. Didn't notice the ginger on the nose. To be honest, I struggled to taste it as well. Hints of bubblegum and banana, but the were just that, hints. There just really wasn't alot going on. Take it or leave it.

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Photo of kshankar
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear and I can see the carbonation and bubbles going up to the smaller head. Should have a thicker head (I poured it fine) and should certainly not be this clear.

Aroma: Well this is good. The supposed ginger comes through, along with the coriander. Smells like a standard wit

Taste follows the aroma. There is some spice bite to it going down..likely from the coriander and the ginger. But I think its slightly bland. The other wit flavors are there..wheat, etc...but I'm not getting something overly complex here

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is alright. But honestly, I think its bland. Its a big bottle, and its Rogue, which is slightly pricier. Regardless of how cheap beer can be in Virginia...I'm unsure how often I'll get this.

Its not bad though. Try it. Rogue has better things to offer, keep that in mind.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, pale malt, and slight pine. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus (lime), hops, sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, a decent hef that was heavy on hops and bitterness.

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Photo of loren01
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with frothy white head, no lace down the glass.
S: Smell is interesting actually. You can smell ginger in there as well as the scent of banana.
T: Taste is of wheat malt with slight ginger in there as well
M: Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and watery
D: This beer is fairly drinkable but this isn't a typical style of beer for Rogue and really not one of my favorites. If I had to choose I'd stick with their other offerings.

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

An interesting take on a wit. Heavily spiced with ginger.

It sits pretty in the glass with chunky yeast floating around. It gives off an earthy scent with light wheat citrus and coriander.

Taste follows the nose with a prominent ginger overlay. There is an astringency to the finish with a light metallic edge and a citrus core.

Feel is dry and grainy with light carbonation.

Drinkability is quite nice and certainly lends itself to hot weather.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the traditional Rogue 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow with active white foam.

Smell is peppery - some of the banana/clove combo is wrapped in there, but its buried in the other spices.

Spice dominates the taste. Against a backdrop of wheat, there's pepper, corriander, and probably countless others I can't identify. A nice mixture that works best when really cold.

Not as drinkable as other unfiltered wheats - the spice kicks it up a notch - there's more complexity in the taste, but its not as smooth throughout. Still, a good brew.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up a bomber at jungle jim's in fairfield at 1.99.pours a hazey orange with a head that dissipates quickly.tastes like seltzer water with honey,ginger and coriander mixed in.overall i'm not too big of a fan.might be because it's an old bottle,but even then i've had older hefes that have had more flavor than this.half-e-weizen is a good name i guess.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden lemon yellow, same color as something like BMC but with a little yeast cloudiness. foam is puffy and eggshell colored, but not as expansive as most quality wheat beers. some lace but nothing remarkable, and a thin soapy half moon of foam floats on top after the head settles.

S- very nice nose, however i don't get much ginger or coriander. what i DO get is pale grains and some toasty wheat, sugar cookies, some tart citrus and lemon, but not the spicy lemon cleaner properties of ginger. some nice orange notes too and only after a big swirl do i get that 'feeling' of coriander in my nose, then a bit of banana and floral saaz hops. faint hints of coriander come out as the beer warms.

T- coriander flavor is definitely up front, and ginger moves in after halftime. ginger makes an appearance more as a sharp zesty kick than lemony flavor, coinciding beautifully with the clean saaz bitterness. as soon as i swallow i can feel the hops graduating in, blending with bready flavors and cereal grains. fruity citrus throughout, seville orange peel, and earthy yeast. cleans up in the finish with a hint of spice and lingering mild bitterness.

MF- slick and medicinal with plenty of hop oil feel. just over medium may liven things up a bit, but it invades the softness of the beer, making things feel somewhat... sharp. after i swirl and swirl and swirl and let some of the air out of her tires she takes on a more juicy smooth texture. dry in the finish with some astringent properties.

D- good flavor and all, but when i reach for a wheat beer i crave something more traditionally german or belgian. this is an interesting and quality take on the style but one is enough for me.

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

From the 650 ml. bottle with no lo number of expiration date available. Sampled on June 25, 2009.

A - Mildly cloudy pale yellow with a puffy, cabonated white head of which about one-eighth of an inch of it sits on top for the entire sampling session.

S - The ginger is a little more noticeable than the coriander from my glass. There's also a buit of a grassy, wheaty aroma in the background as I think there should be.

T/M - The mouthfeel is fairly strong and it takes a while for the carbonation to dissolve the sip on my tongue. The ginger and coriander are more evident here along with something kind of sour or tart.

Not a tremendous brew but not half bad.

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

In my weizen glass, the beer was a hazy golden color with a small white head and no lacing. Interesting aroma of banana, citrus, and spice. The taste was mostly banana and lemon, but also some noticeable clove. Maybe a little too noticeable. Still, a refreshing beer.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a honey color, slightly cloudy. Two-finger foamy white head, with decent retention. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet mild hops with a wheat malt. Some flavors in the nose stand out, mostly cinnamon and orange peel. There's also another smell I can't quite place, possibly coriander.

Taste: A good balance of hops, spices, and wheat malts. Mild malts and hops, with the spices and additional flavors being the stronger taste. Orange, cinnamon, and, once again, I think coriander. Definitely an unusual taste for a wheat, but interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a nice carbonation bite. Very smooth.

Drinkability: An interesting wheat, with interesting spices and flavors. Definitely mild and easy to drink like most wheats, but with spices not in most. One to try, at least once.

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

a hef with a spiced wit like twist. a bit of a orange/yellow cloudy with an intersting sweet lemon, coriander, and ginger nose. the palate carries over just like that. the beer has a mild sweet but isn't really as banana like most hefs but a wheat lemon citrus sweet tea. but a warm quality to it. wonderful contrast to the beer and neutralizes the excessive sweet possibilities. citrus not of spice with orange peels but properly hopped. not a heat but... a dry beer that isn't necessarily astringent.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark yellow (and grows more cloudy with every subsequent pour). Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head starts off big-bubbled, but settles into a half-finger foamy, near white froth. Very nice lace.

Blonde malty aromas. Enough hop to make it interesting. Nearly no wheat--reminds me of a mild APA.

The taste does not match the smell profile, but in an interesting way. The is a very dry beer, which lends itself to some bitterness. It is soft on the tongue, without being too thick or oily. The spices are nearly non-apparent. Short-lived aftertaste, but it is nicely balanced.

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Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours is a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint, lively carbonation, a small foamy white head that dissipates quickly, and good lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, some citrus, and some spices.

taste is wheat, tangy at first, lemon, slight bitter, a little spice, hops in the back, and a little pine, ends a little dry.

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Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sawmill Taproom served in a standard pint-glass a hazy straw yellow with a diminishing head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is mild sweet malt and just a trace of spice. The beer is sweet malts and slight bubblegum. The beer is light and crisp, but lacking the carbonation I expect in a wheat beer. This one isn't all that great from the bottle, and even worse on-tap.

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Photo of skrib09
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brew poured dark gold in color and is totally hazed. plenty of sediment and yeast in suspension and on the bottom of the bottle.

smells of spices, wheat, and mild malt.

taste is ginger up front with some other spice and wheat towards the back of the palate.

mouthfeel is crispy and clean. good drinkability for this witbier.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma consists of citrus (orange and lemon) and spices (coriander) along with some wheat and a hint of yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features citrus zest and spices along with some wheat flavors and a touch of hops in the finish. Not too bad!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very nice quaffable beer that would make a great session. Overall, it is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 22 purchased in NH - first time I ever saw this on the shelves. Into a Victory Sunrise glass that everetends so graciously sent me. Git 'er dun...

Classified here as a Witbier? Anyway, pours a little cleaner and less carbonated than a Hefe (or a Wit for that matter). Meringue-colored head is about a finger but goes quickly - lacing is moderate. Body has a fair amount of carbonation and is swift. Light honey-color with a touch of lemon.

The Saaz is definitely there - gives this a more Pilsener feel. What else is that I smell...menthol?! Crisp spicy tinge between latent peppercorn and said menthol...diagnosis: coriander? Ginger per label isn't making an appearance just yet. Very light wheat malt and only a slight tinge of yeast electricity.

Nope - having a rough time with this one. Coriander is a little over the top, ginger doesn't show at all, no traditional Belgian or German yeast feeling. This reminds me more of one of those Euro Pale messes that comes with a label you can't read 'cause it's from some failed Eastern Bloc regime. Not sure of the mileage on this one but something's out of whack. No "terroir" whatsoever. Slight metallic tinge on the back end. With a little warmth the coriander mellows but still ain't doin' it for me.

All in all the palate feel isn't bad if you ignore style. Not too clammy, definitely not too heavy, and it quenches the thirst. However, it does so in a way devoid of any characteristics of a hefeweizen (on the label), a Witbier (what this is classified as here for some reason) or anything in between.

This one gets the flag. Where did the ginger go? Orange zest? Banana? Coriander? Wait, plenty of that, I think. Maybe an older bottle? Whatever it is, no mas. I have much better beer in my fridge to drink so although it isn't THAT bad, my drain will have the bulk of this bomber.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color, sort of like orange juice. Two fingers of white head, though not much retention.

Aroma is citrus, spice, and hops. Lemon and orange, coriander, and Saaz. I like how Rogue lists their ingredients on the bottle, so I can remember which hops are in their beers and what they tasted like.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part. Ginger is probably the most noticeable flavor. After that, it's probably the lemon. Flavor goes from sweet to lightly tart. Dry finish.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth drinker. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, citrus, wheat, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out fruity and spicy with flavors of lemon, coriander and ginger, but luckily the spices aren't overdone like many beers of this nature. The malt character is on the thin side even for the style and there isn't much of a wheat flavor. The hops presence is pretty mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a nice lighter beer to drink for a while but there are several better mild wheat beers that I would pick first.

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

We have a Weizen that is classified as a Wit...hmmm maybe I should consult CSI Europe on this one.

Certainly has more of a Weizen look vs a Witbier. Hazy/cloudy aprocot colour with what will now be referred to as the Rogue head and lacing. Good looking head, no real retentention with lot's of lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Sadly I am now going to refer to the next portion of the review as the typical Rogue....

Beer temp was 48F when I tasted it and I still had a hard time picking up the ginger and coriander. A nice floral sweetness for sure, but none of the herbal richness I crave in a good Wit.

An interesting take on the style. Certainly taste the ginger up from alonf with a generous splash of citrus. Find it hard to believe the hop is Saaz, but then I am far from an expert. Coriander waits a bit longer than I prefer before it appears, but overall it is a decently balanced Wit.

Smooth, with a bit of wheat malt crispness up front. Not as creamy and velvety as some Belgian Wits.

Have to admit I'm a wee bit suspicious of the 30 IBU rating on the hop that is listed on the label. Tasted a lot hoppier than the hazelnut brown @ the same level of hop. Still a worthwhile attempt at Witbier with a west coast twist thrown in.

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Photo of basscram
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew from a bottle into a weizen glass. Very thick head!! Very bright golden yellow! Pretty! haha. But the smell of the beer was not there. You could tell it was a witbier but kinda close to a lighter hefe too.

First taste was of a lemon grass taste. Thats how I describe it. Its of a clean taste, like a detergent, but don't be alarmed, It don't taste like tide, or gain, or something.

As I taste it, an aroma injects itself into your nose from the beer thats in the glass. Its kinda neat cause its like it forces itself.
I take a bigger gulp of it and a nice "easy" carbonization is there for a mouthfeel. Is very pleasing to the tongue and walls of the mouth. Very drinkable!

The looks of it as you drink it... Lacing of the head is nice and thick. Mind you,you cannot pour the whole bottle into the weizen glass. You have to wait to pour the rest of it in there after you drink a bit. I'm not sure if thats because I poured it into a room temp. glass or what. probably with this type of beer.

As the beer goes down and you get used to it, the color darkens a bit too. The taste is not so clean like I described above either. The taste begins to become more tame mostly cause I become familiar with the beer.

Not sure what I taste and smell after that but its a must try if you would like to try a different witbier! Its not bad;
Also if you like a lighter wheat beer as well. Its close to it!

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