Beer Review #59: Rogue Half-E-Weizen

STYLE: Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.2%

PURCHASED AT: Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits; Marion, IA

Rogue Ales is known for making some really fantastic beers. This beer is described as a Belgian-Style blonde mixed with unfiltered wheat and barley. It has the classic hefeweizen appearance of a very cloudy yellow/gold/orange pour with a huge white head. The aroma of cloves, bananas, and bread really stick out in this beer. The flavor is what makes Rogues’ ales different from most; for most common hefeweizens it is cloves and banana, maybe some bubble gum and bread flavors; this beer however has a peppery taste, kind of tobacco like flavor, and then finishes with the cloves. Unique and pretty refreshing. I would classify it as a hybrid between an American wheat beer and a German Hefeweizen.

Pour: A nice cloudy yellow/orange pour with a huge white head. Lacing everywhere on the glass.
Aroma: Smell of cloves, bread, and bananas.
Taste: Starts different from most hefeweizens, tobacco and pepper, but finishes with the banana and cloves.
Overall: C+
Eastern Iowa Residents: I purchased this at Hy-Vee in Marion and have seen it at Johns in Iowa City and other Hy-Vees.
Would I Buy Again?: Yes, hefeweizens taste great in the summer and are very refreshing.

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