Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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1,932 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 237 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999

availability: year-round
bitterness: 30 IBU
alcohol by volume: 4.9%
original gravity: 11.75° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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Ratings: 1,932 | Reviews: 789
Photo of Anacross
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easy to find and not too offensive.
Not as tasty and fruity like a hefeweizen should be, but still refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of Rhauff
4.17/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor though mild. Great summer beer

Photo of NeubTube
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Definitely a wheat beer, but to call this a Hefeweizen--unless the 6 pack I had was a bad batch--is misleading. None of the banana or clove notes found in say, Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis, or Weihenstephaner hefe. The head is a nice cloudy white, with some lacing that hangs around for awhile. Mouthfeel is somewhat effervescent and refreshing, but lacking compared to nearly every one of the beers I've familiarized myself with representing this style. The beer appears cloudy and has the typical yeast settled at the bottom of the bottles. Flavor is extremely hop forward, reminding me of a Belgian IPA. IBUs are listed at 30, which I would need to investigate in order to compare to other hefeweizens. I know the brewery markets this as an American hefe...could this account for the atypical bitterness? I don't taste any fruity notes, and outside of appearance, the wheat backbone of a typical Hefeweizen is absent. I would not buy again, other than if I could get a single bottle or on draft to see if my six-pack happened to be a bad one. Certainly unique, but not in a good way.

Photo of Icameron
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is always been best when it is fresh. I've started appreciating it more after trying at the brewery. My previous aversion to it could have been due to bad experience with old bottles. This beer is unique among hefes being a pioneering American craft beer. It's not your traditional yeast fruity flavors and is smooth and clean. Refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of ryan33iowa
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fruity, crisp taste. Light. Could drink a lot of these but without the effect of a higher ABV beer. Not a lot here but okay.

Photo of jschalch08
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really good tasting wheat beer

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a wheat and fruit smell, nothing spectacular
Appearance- Pours a murky gold with a small white head.
Taste- Has more of a malt flavor than wheat mixed with some fruit, it is ok.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An average Hefeweizen.

Photo of dabone
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft. Clear and pale orange, a bit off for a hefe. Only aroma was from the orange slice. Bitter taste was a touch of malt, not bad. Mouthfeel was average. Not bad for an American hefe, not not spectacular.

Photo of Buckeye15
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved it. Will buy again.

Photo of andrewdance_ttu
4.26/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like it a lot

Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; medium gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: bread, clove, and banana;

T: quite different from the nose; water cracker for a moment, then lightly sweet malt; a little floral; virtually no bitterness; as it warmed, the clove and banana became noticeable from mid-palate through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this tasted more like a pilsner until it began to warm up;

Photo of Ysgramor
4.11/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So far I really enjoy this Hefeweizen

Photo of Glebulon
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes mild like a lagger

Photo of 31Sam13
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

'One of my favorite examples of the style. I am surprised that it hasn't been ranked any high

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Color, cloudiness seem to be on par for a nice hefe, but that's where it ends. This beer had a decent aroma that got me a little excited but that's about it. Fully carbonated with lots of orange. A little too much carbonation for a hefe, and the fruity yeast esters that I was looking for are not there. An ok beer, but not what I consider a stellar hefeweizen.....

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid, easy to find hef.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The aromas and initial flavors are there but vanish instantly. Poor representation of the style.

Photo of supervike
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Hefeweizen. It's a cloudy light thick orange color. The taste is almost fruity, and has lots of up front flavor. It finishes with a sickly sweetness. The beer is filling and I'd only have one in a sitting. Decent, but not spectacular. Reminds me vaguely of Blue Moon.

Photo of T100Mark
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A hazy orange color. Big white lumpy head. Good stickage.

Smell - Slightly sour. Mild citrus smell.

Taste - Slight Belgian sour flavor. Mild citrus note. Grassy. The malt plays second fiddle.

Mouth - Weak.

Overall - Not much going on here.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, bright orange color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that completely dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Nice aromas of toasted wheat and orange citrus, honey, as well as some subtle aromas of spices, such as coriander, black pepper, saffron and ginger.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of toasted wheat and malt barley up front, followed by lots of honey-like sweetness and lemon and orange-like citrus. There are also lots of spice flavors such as black pepper, coriander, saffron, a touch of ginger and finally, a touch of grassy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a delicious beer! And so surprising! I was expecting a traditional hefewiezen beer, redolent with aromas and flavors of banana, bubblegum and band-aids (which are usually the reasons I don’t like most hefeweizens), yet this hefeweizen beer has none of those. It tastes much more like a Belgian saison than a hefeweizen. Had I not poured it out of the bottle myself, I would never have known/guessed it was a hefeweizen. I’ll certainly get it again!

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.45/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

still what I compare all hefeweizens too

Photo of jordanian2
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable and very good.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Not your typical clove banana aroma more strait yeast. Light in color with a nice haze to it, quick diminishing head. Very low bitterness to it. Kinda get some wheat flavor to it but on this bottle im not getting the typical mellow clove flavor. I don't know not my favorite Hefe that's for sure.

Photo of mblakesley
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Carbonation is fairly intense. Taste is strongly wheaty with only a bit of lemon in the background providing any depth in flavor. A mild but still significant bitter aftertaste.

IMO, this tastes much more like an American Wheat Ale than a Hefeweizen. But regardless of its category, I think it lacks flavor and is too bitter on the back end.

I remembered liking Widmer Hef in the past, but maybe my tastes have changed since then. After this recent experience, I'll be avoiding this brew. :(

Photo of barczar
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%

Wheat, grain, a touch of lemon in aroma. Grainy, wheat backbone, minerally flavor, with a bitter, earthy finish. Not much hefe character. Didn't get the bottle sediment, though.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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