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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,897 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 207 | 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
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Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light copper in color and cloudy with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma is very faint. There’s a touch of yeast in there but the dominant scent is orange/citrus. There’s also some light spicing.

Taste – Where’s the wheat? The orange flavors come out more followed by a hop backbone. Ist das ein hefeweizen?

Mouthfeel – Where’s the carbonation? This bottle is flat as a pancake. It’s very thin in the mouth and uninspiring.

Drinkability – I can’t imagine ever wanting to buy another one of these. This was lousy.

Sinkability – I rate this a 4.5 here. It has a very good chance of cleaning my kitchen pipes tonight.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.66/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pale yellow-orange body with a big white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Extremely cloudy. Rather rotten and heavily yeasty aroma of oranges, lemon, and cat hair. Very offensive and engineered. The yeast seems infected. There is no banana. Flavor is rotten fruit and wheat (not in a good way) with only minimal pepper and clove. Greater bitterness than most hefes but overall rather bland and too sweet. Thick mouthfeel. Very disappointing on multiple occasions. Nearly wretched.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Virtually no head, but plenty of carbonation present on sight. No real lacing to speak of. A pale and hazy straw color that looks weak and watery.

A weak banana and spicy clove aroma in addition to pretty strong grain and wheat smells. Nothing overpowering in terms of aroma.

The flavors begin with a bit of lemon that quickly gives way to a mild banana. That quickly gives way to a sharp clove spiciness. The strength of the clove surprised me compared to the ale's other watered down components. There's also a lot of wheat flavors, some of which aren't too flattering. The right flavor aspects are present, just out of balance.

Grainy mouthfeel, but still light on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's a light and refreshing beer for the summer, but I couldn't see myself having more than one of these a sitting, nor would I really go back to it in the future. This is not a beer to seek out in terms of representing the style.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist with an ink jet printed drink before date above the label.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold with a clinging bubbly white lace.

Smell: Fruity with mild citrus, hints of malted wheat and a touch of yeast.

Taste: Very smooth (almost creamy) and medium bodied, mildly crisp up front with a light bite of grain and yeast. Then comes some fruit, malted wheat, bread/biscuit and a flavourful hop bitterness (citrusy). Faint rustic under-tones appear from the flavour of the yeast and linger with some grain and a soft spicy flavour.

Notes: A simply amazing brew ... brewed with an Altbier yeast strain and hopped with Tettnanger and Cascade hops to make for an unequaled brew amongst the many American wheat beers. This was proven at The 1998 Great American Beer Fest by being awarded a gold in the American wheat category. Top pick for American wheat beers!

Photo of Dmann
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good hefe. This beer poured a great murky medium gold color with a decent pillowy white head that left a good ammount of lace on my glass. The smell was quite citrusy with some hop scent as well. The taste was quite good with a great citrus bite, spicy flavors and a good bit of hoppieness. A good beer that usually sells for a reasonable price as well.

Photo of Todd
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out with Redhook's wheat and in with Widmer's Hefeweizen! Thanks to Anheuser-Busch ... and at least on the East Coast.

12oz brown bottle. Freshness embossed on the front of the label.

Extremely cloudy and straw light amber, topped with a creamy white lace; color and suspension of particles seemed contrived ... it poured cloudy, after settling in the fridge for days; odd, didn't need any rousing. Light citrus, wheat and faint clove in the aroma; weak overall. Clean, crisp carbonation and somewhat smooth with a pear-feel on the palate later. Sharp citric flavour upfront, that fades very quickly and allows a rather bland malt profile of wheat tannins and dry grain to come through and dominate. Light and short lived spice. Touch of fruitiness, but none of the expected banana or clove of a true "Hefeweizen." Okay, there's some light banana, but it's very weak, and the spice is more generic than distinct like clove. Notes of gum can also be detected as the beer warms, as well as some depth of pale malt sweetness. Finish is dry, with linger wheat and spice; not pleasant; mouthful of wheat husk; odd.

Tired of American breweries brewing a wheat beer and calling it a Hefeweizen? Then you can probably skip this beer. Otherwise, give it a try. It's average at best, with only hints of traditional style, but that's okay ... It's still enjoyable and I recommend that you let the beer warm a bit to loosen up on all of those tannins and allow some of the sweetness and other nuances to emerge.

Photo of twi1609372
4.02/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to agree with the bros on this, that this beer is slightly better a tad warmer than most like. right off the tap, in an iced glass, this beer looses a lot of it's characheter. it's still very drinkable, but you wont get the true taste that it is should to have. Other than that it is basicly the same as in the bottle. all around decent version of the classic heffeweizen. never had sam adams heffeweizen on tap, but im sure it would be better.

Photo of SamuraiJack
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a tough one. It's hard to know if I should review this as a Hefeweizen or as an "American Wheat Beer." If I were to review it as the former - it would be unsatisfactory. As the latter - it's perhaps the epitomy of the style. Given that I think that the emerging style of the "American Wheat Beer" is marginal at best, I guess I'll review it as a Hefeweizen and thus do double service as both a review and a comment on the style.
Initial pour shows an odd and almost bright orange colour with the only similarity to a Hefeweizen being its cloudiness. Little to no head that quickly fades to a thin but slightly clingy lace. Aromas are predominantly yeast and fruit with an undercurrent of malt and the slightest hint of wheat/grain.
First tastes are of a mild crispness and yeast, smooth and mid-bodied. This promises a flavorful beer, but this hope is dispelled by the following blast of hops, which overwhelm the fruit, wheat and malt that should define the style. The finish is dominated by the fading bitterness from the hops and an odd "off" flavour that could well be from the yeast.
Sigh... not to my taste.

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a bottled on date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body has a cloudy orange/yellow body with fine yeast sediment hanging in suspension. On top sits a modest one inch tall collar of creamy white foam. This head quickly settles down to thin film layer that make some slick glass lacing.

Smell: I get a light lemon like citrus and wheat bready character with some mild clove and a very slight bubble gum and banana.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a light and sweet wheat base. From there it adds some citrusy orange and lemon character as well as some very slight bubble gum and banana. (The classic Hefeweizen bubble gum/banana notes are much thinner than I would like to see.) It then finishes with some dry spice and a nice balance of leafy hop bitterness. The palate is fairly crisp and very quaffable.

Notes: As a Hefeweizen it is average but as an American Wheat Ale it is very well made.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, served sans lemon.

LOOK: Opaque pale amber, excellent head.

SMELL: Bready wheat, faint bubble gum, vague ripe fruit, neutral yeast and some pizza dough

TASTE: Heavenly smoothness, moderate body, bready, grainy, assertive hop bitterness, slightly herbal, ripe fruit, spice, bubble gum, light tartness, yeast, drying finish

A highly underrated beer style or perhaps an overly disliked or misunderstood style. For what it is, Widmer brews a great one.

Photo of merlin48
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had never seen this before in Kentucky, but it was all over Lexington, this weekend, even sold in quik marts. One of the Macro companies must have got their hands on distribution. 12 oz bottle pours a hazed, straw yellow body with a quickly falling, offwhite head. Some spots of patch lace get left on the glass.

Aroma is very subdued, with hints of lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is light bodied.

Taste is citrusy lemon with a wheat background. The hops impart some white pepper. Crisp and refreshing, and goes down smooth. No offnotes, but not very complex.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating prominently on the bottom of the front label. Pours cloudy darker apricot. Minor off white head, and just a few smudges of lacing, The nose is full of citrus, cloves and coriander. Pretty for the style. Pleasant enough Hefe, more lemon, clove and spice on the palate. Thirst quenching summer quaffer. Finishes with a respectable and quite drying hop crackle. Nice American Wheat. Suprised by the super low ratings for this at least respectable ale

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Wow! Could this beer be any cloudier? Arrived in an imperial pint glass with zero head. Aromas a little different than expected: slight citrusy (not as complex as I'd hoped, what with the lack of bannana aroma) with a bready/doughy aroma as well. Flavor was very good, slightly bittering throughout. Good malt base to offset the multiple hops used in the brewing process. Very refreshing on a hot Richmond evening. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is good as well.

I'm glad I asked what the "rotating tap" selection was. Not quite as good as others in this style, but clearly much better than average.

Photo of seymourcox
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some craft beers taste like charade clues they're so desperate to hit all the style points, but this beer just seems like it wants to be a nice drink. In my view, it can sleep well tonight. It's doesn't try to hit the drinker over the head with bold fruitiness, or potpourri level spicing. It's cloudy, but not like pond scum. In other words, it's as if its creators said "hey, let's make a nice hefe", rather than, "let's shock the world." (Kind of reminds me of a creamsicle.)

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with about one finger of white head that dissapated quickly. Also noted that when pouring it had sediment on the bottom that broke up making the beer have what looked like pepper throughout it. Checked for a freshness date and could not find one the bottle or pacakge. Alos noted that when poured it had the fizz sound like pouring a soda.

Smell: Light grassy and banana smell.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Watered down taste with just some light grassy notes.

Overall: My friend swears by this beer, personally I don't find it very good at all. Not much flavor for an unfiltered wheat, and the fact of the sediment at the bottom with no freshness date really did not help. this is not a beer I will go and buy again, very dissappointed.

Photo of magictrokini
2.16/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow pour with a puffy white head. The, this beer careens down the hill into oncoming traffic. Aroma is wheaty and mild citrus. The taste is average, mostly wheat with some malt. Nothing special. If anything, this beer is the model for how bad the American Wheat Ale has become. A failure.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tall wheat glass with a large bowl on top from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap botlled on date 11/26/06

Cloudy,light golden color, not much head and little carbination. Started to come to life later with a swirl got some carbination and some spotty lacing. Could have been a bit on the cold side. I have served wheat beers this cold before and they didn't look like this. Next time i'll set it out for a few minutes first.

A very clean aroma,what i did pick up was faint,some doughy yeast,a slight hint of bannana,with some light citrus.

A very clean taste,some doughy/bready tastes, not much else of anything. The finish was the highlight of the beer a very crisp refreshing citrusyness.

Light,airy with a nice tang. Very easy drinking, the nice light mouth puckering finish made it extremly drinkable. No real spicy,clovey,yeastness like of a lot of wheat beers. Would be a great summer beer for the ladies or Macro drinker. Give it a try on a hot summer day

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came in a bottle and was poured out into a pint glass. It appeared to be light gold in colour with a hint of haze to it. Beer smelled very yeasty and tasted light & fruity with elements of citrus. Clean and crisp flavours with no lingering flavours or after tastes detected.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A bit disappointed by this beer. I love Hefeweizens, but this one let me down.

Appearance: A beautiful looking beer, one that invites a drink. Nice cloudy golden color; liquid sunshine. A really nice thick head with fragile brewer's lace ringing the inside of my pilsner glass.

Smell: Not much of any smell at all. Was expecting a pleasant yeasty smell, but here, not much to speak of, only a hint of yeast.

Taste: Overall pretty bland. Couldn't really distinguish this from a light lager, much less a Hefe. Light yeast taste but no hints of the fruit or hops I'm accustomed to with a Hefe.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel to it, but not much substance to back it up.

Drinkability: It's doable, and I would drink this again if that's all I've got in the fridge. However, it was a bit of a letdown from previous Hefes I've tried. Maybe it doesn't travel well from Oregon to Alabama?

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

Widmer’s Hefeweizen opens to a crisp aroma full of fresh grains and sugars. Though light, the nose still carries nice touches of apple, orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as a shade of brown sugar, and earthy hay, toast, and biscuit notes, with a slight grapefruit counter from the hops. The aromas are light enough as to fade to near-imperceptibility within a few seconds, the beer needing a swirl to generate a fresh waft. Doing so brings about a larger sugary presence, with berries especially emphasized, as well as wildflower honey. As a whole, the aromas are very nice, having good balance, and are marred mainly by being extremely light.

On the tongue, the beer is simultaneously grainy and sugary, the former notes including fresh wet wheat, toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal, and the latter bringing apple, berry, apricot, and orange fruit esters, as well as wildflower honey. There’s also an almost Belgian-like tinge of banana and clove, which adds a nice bit of nuance, but dies off within a few seconds. Hops add a touch of pine and grapefruit. As the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, the grains become stronger, being reminiscent of honey wheat bread. The aftertaste features a return of the berry and honey sugars, with honey wheat bread and fresh wet wheat also present, as well as a light grapefruit rind and pine note from the hops, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, the flavors in this beer are very nice, and delicately balanced between grains and sugars, both ends of that spectrum featuring a good variety of flavors. The beer’s main weakness is simply its strength: at 4.9% ABV, there’s just not enough malt in here to go around, and the result comes across as weak and watery. Were this boosted up to 6.5-7%, the result would likely be amazing.

Photo of jsolack
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Hazy yellow in color with some orange accents. Head is large and white with a bit of lacing. Very nice looking.

Smell:
Mild smell with light citrus accents, wheat is other doment smell.

Taste:
Sweet citrus, mainly lemon, and mild grains come through. Not bitter at all. Finish is grainy and sweet. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel:
Feel good in mouth. Gives a nice thick feel on tounge without being heavy.

Drinkability:
I'm pretty impressed by this beer. It's a pretty easy to find and inexpensive beer and yet it's pretty tasty. Would be a great beer for a summer day!

Photo of dogfishandi
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with some decent white head, pretty good retention. just some sparadic lacing. some particles visible as well.

kinda of a weak aroma. citrus, slight bannana and clove from the yeast and maybe some faint yeast.

a little better in the taste, but not much. citrus comes in strong, some spice perhaps from the hops. some pale wheat malts towards the finish. ends slightly bitter. definately no traditional hefe yeast characteristics though which is quite dissappointing. no bannana. no clove. reminds me of a macro.

light body. decent carbonation. light, dry mouthfeel after the finish. average mouthfeel, nothing special.

kind of a pour example of a hefe. definatly more of a pale wheat and has some sort of macro like funk going on. i wouldntmind drinking this after a hot summers baseball game, a few of these cold would actually go down nicely in that situation, but i definatly would not seek this out again.

Photo of alexkeil
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Incredibly disappointed...ordered it as my first drink after a whole day of craving a nice crisp hefeweizen and this one fell short. The yeast used just didn't have that banana and clove aroma and flavor...and with hefe that leaves you with a bland beer.

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at just below cellar temp in a pilsner glass, no lemon wedge.

Hazy apricot colored with a white foamy head that settles down quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma of biscuity pale malt, some butterscotch amd ripe pear.

Flavor is initially malty, somewhat bready, with very understated notes of lemon citrus and phenols, and even some buttered corn poking through. A faint yeasty flavor emerges, but doesn't assault the pallete.

Fairly full mouthfeel, moderately carbed. Perhaps not my first choice depending on whatever else may be available, but a decent summer beer, pretty drinkable.

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

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