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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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1,897 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 208 | 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: 1,897 | Reviews: 782
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.

Photo of car2052
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Hazy yellow-orange body with a 1 1/2 inch white head.
S: Yeasty. Hints of Lemon and Orange.
T: Follows the nose. White bread. Yeastiness. Citrus juice. Banana and clove notes are not very present, if at all. Bit of alcohol in the finish.
M: Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Not much in the way of flavor though.
O: Nothing stands out in this beer, and I wish I could get more of the banana and clove notes usually found in Hefeweizens. Might be good on a summer day, but nothing really impresses me with this beer.

Photo of moundbz
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

easy drinking, kinda plain and light

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

05/09/12 A pretty pour w/serious body. Not exactly summerstock, but not unplesant. I guess it's something to ease in & out of summer with. If that sounds undecided, I am.

Photo of Echoesofanera
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

I have always been a big fan of Widmer Brothers and this is the beer that got me started, easily one of my favorite Hefeweizens, easy to drink, not too heavy.

Photo of bwood06
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy golden amber in color. head goes on for days and is slow to dissipate. 4.25/5

S - Very subdued banana, clove, white bread, biscuit, and butter. Ever so slight hint of herbal hops. 3.25/5

T - Extremely subdued here. Essentially the same as the aroma with virtually no hop flavor. 3.25/5

M - Very creamy. Medium bodied. Definitely a wheat beer. Low to medium carbonation. 3.75/5

O - somewhat disappointed in this beer. flavor and aroma are extremely subdued. definitely a Hef with the notes of banana and clove but not a whole lot going on. will not buy again. 3.25/5

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Does not possess the flavor nor aroma of estery goodness

Photo of bristol2120
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a semi-opaque coppery orange with a substantial off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving about a quarter inch of foam.

Aroma is disappointingly faint, featuring none of the classic banana bubblegum notes I associate with this style. Basically all that is to be picked up is a muted wheaty, malty presence. While it is not unpleasant, it is certainly underwhelming.

Taste is basically a continuation of this trend, which is to say that what is there is pleasing, but I wish there were a lot more of it. Wheat and malt notes are in the fore, but far too muted to make much of an impact.

Mouthfeel is actually above average here. This beer is fairly substantial yet still very smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is vey pleasant and invigorating.

Overall, this beer is pleasant, and would be appealing on a very hot summer day when you are looking for something to quench your thirst. That said, there are several other beers that are far more satisfying and representative of this style.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.