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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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780 Reviews

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Reviews: 780
Hads: 1,998
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 27.38%
Wants: 32
Gots: 274 | 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

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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Reviews: 780 | Hads: 1,998
Photo of Icameron
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange gold color. The aroma is full of grain and yeast with solid notes of fruit and citrus. The taste is smooth and crisp, mildly spicy, with malted wheat and yeast. Good hops bitterness.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A light and easy drinking hefeweizen. Pours a murky yellow-gold in color. Notes of grass, hay and banana mostly fill the profile here. Bready and lightly spiced.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tap beer at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland, Maine. I passed on the fruit adder on this as some seem to like. Cloudy and thick tan-cider colored brew. Has a skinny but sticky white head and hearty lacing. A clean wheat and apple aroma with a touch of malt. Tastes of brown sugar with a subtle citrus background. Crisp and effervescent. Sweet bread-like taste in there as well. Refreshing with a nice body, almost creamy. Very drinkable. I like this more than most of this style. Recommended for a try.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, enjoyable example of the American Hefeweizen. Just enough flavor and nuances to intrigue the craft beer enthusiast, but not too much to dissuade a mass market lager drinker from trying, and enjoying craft beer.

A frothy white head caps this cloudy dirty gold brew. Nice lacing.

Fruity, tart, citrus, especially lemon and some pineapple. Overall very pleasant, though a bit mild. Bready notes appear as the beer warms.

Tangy and tart, balanced with a spritzy mouthfeel. Somewhat dry finish with some hints of bread.

Excellent, thought the higher carbonation hurts it a little.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good American hefe the from the cloudy golden color to the cramy white head the appearance makes you want to drink it. Nice citrus aroma and very good feeling on the tongue. This beer is went down so smooth on a hot day but I would enjoy it in the middle of winter........CHEERS

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Photo of rabsten
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blues Brews and BBQ fest in Charleston, WV.

Poured dark, cloudy yellow into a pint cup. No head due to pour, but some lacing. Fairly high on the carbonation.

Aroma of toasted malt and wheat. No hops in the nose.

Tastes crisp, but hoppier than the smell lets on. Yeast-y finish. Not bad at all.

Dry start, round middle, dry finish. Good drinkability for a hot summer evening.

One of the better Hefe's I've had lately. It came across more like an APA than a Hefe.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one refreshing brew. It's appearance was pretty cool, with the cloudy orangey/amber color and the frothy off white head. The smell was quite nice as well. It was a wheaty beginning, but then changed over to a citrusy smell. The taste was similar to the smell, which was a very nice experience. I guess the most predominant thing with the taste is the citrus body. Overall this was one great brew and it was very refreshing.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figured I should give this beer a review, seeing how it was one of the first good beers I tried, and essentially became my "gateway" beer into the world of craft brew.

Serving type: On tap

Appearance - Pours a golden, cloudy color, with minor foam retention. Expected of the style.

Smell - Wheat, hops, and a citrus character.

Taste - Wheaty and malty, but with a slightly assertive hop character, and lemon notes. Although considered beer blasphemy to some, this is one of those beers I do drink with the lemon in it, although I avoid this practice with the German hefeweizens. Medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel - A medium bodied beer, with medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability - A very sessionable beer for sure. Perfect with food or for a night out.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. I do prefer Bavarian style Hefs, but this a solid go-to beer for me when I want something to wash down food with, or am just hanging out at a bar, and want something lighter and more refreshing than the beers I usually drink. Not amazing, but blows any adjunct lager out of the water. I give it a flat B.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: An unfiltered golden color with a soapy white head that calms to a film. Very light lacing stays on the glass.

Aroma: Grassy, malty, sweet, with banana notes.

Taste: Starts with a nice mellow malt sweetness. Transitions into more floral and banana notes with a hint of citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Bright and carbonated.

Overall: A nice brew to session outdoors in nice weather. I like the overall flavor profile here.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at the Widmer Gasthaus, April 2013)

A: bright yellow-gold, fairly cloudy.... beautiful head retention, minimum lacing

S: mellow dinner-roll/doughy maltiness, some faint banana esters, hops about nil

T: lightly doughy, white-bready.... nice balance of citrusy esters.... "American" flavors (hop?) and bitterness level....nice long malty aftertaste - this actually tastes more like a hefeweizen than a simple wheat pale ale

M: medium-bodied... the carbonation opens up the body a little more than what I prefer (which is a smoother, denser malt foundation with the bubbles only hitting up front and maybe in the end)... does feel like it has a touch of weight in the finish, but it soon washes away clean and light yet feels satisfyingly filling

O: actually good! - so much better and more to it than the crap that we get in bottles out east... likely doesn't hold up well in storage and Widmer just doesn't have the name recognition out here to move it

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy straw yellow/orange body. Thick foamy head with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Orange peel and grass.

Taste - Orange peel and grass. Bone dry. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Perfect.

Drinkability - The combination of creaminess and dryness is a peculiar and interesting deviation from the norm. Easy to drink. Great drinkability overall.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a winsome “Chill Hazed golden-orange color, the head is masterful in size, texture is frothy and the color off white with the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Nose has a nice yeast aroma and the malt sweet and also citrus crisp and fresh, with the top middling in its feel. Finish has perky acidity and the hops spicy in their bite, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a decent “Hefe” and one that hits the spot on hot Arizona summer days.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Portsmouth, N.H.

I thought it was something esoteric, then realized it was brewed by Red Hook.

It was one of the first Hefeweizens I ever had, and I like the style, so I guess that speaks well for it.

Poured a clody gold, short head. A real bite to this beer and one that you could sit and enjoy for a while.

I will have to get a six-pack of this to really think it through.

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Photo of Brian700
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a white head. Decent lacing going on.

The aroma is of yeast, citrus, banana, and some clove.

The flavor is estery with some banana and clove presence as well. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Great session beer and excellent for warm weather.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Cloudy pineapple juice color with a very subtle head on top. Head retention is minimal.

S- Has a sweet citrus smell, almost tropical. I hate to use the phrase twice but it has a pineapple aroma too. Really digging the smell. It's soothing.

T- Initial reaction to this was "Mmmmm". All the tropical aromas come out on the second sip. Makes it almost too easy to drink.

M- Actually feels a bit full on the palate. Light carbonation makes it very smooth. Has the same citrus bite of fresh squeezed OJ.

O- I really enjoyed this one. Sorry to see that it didn't get higher numbers than others.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up in the world market 30% off build your own 6 pack.

Appearance: orange colored with a mild hazyness. Pours easy, which is unusual, and makes a decent head. Its head would probably be of a proper size in a Hefe glass (I used my scottish beer glass). I would say that it looks nice. 4

Smell: Its smell is a bit weak, but present and to style. Some spice smell (nutmeg\clove) with a banana like ester (think the smell you get from banana laffy taffy). Both are very reserved, and a sweet malt grain aroma comes ahead stronger than these traditional flavors. not bad. 3.75

Taste: to be honest, this beer has a unique flavor profile, as noted below. It is defiantly american and wears it like a badge. The flavor of this one comes very strongly for its malt. Its wheat character is very bright and lovely, and this beer feels a lot more like a american wheat ale than a hefe, but its close enough in my opinion. Not as much hops as you might think, but its a bit present (but hard to taste through the carbonation). A good experience. 4

Mouthfeel: This beer has a carbonation to it, but it oddly enough does not bit your tongue very hard. It also feels like it has a heavy mouthfeel from the wheat and yeast. Id say to style of American hefe. 3.75

Overall: Now this brew is one that I thought was very nice. One word review: approachable. This is a great starter hefe and something that your friends will enjoy as much as you will. Id say that its good with every meal after brunch (within reason) and is a good go-to beer, that has is own style and flavors separate from other traditional hefe beers and is worth trying, at full price (bar or retail 6 packs). 4

Would have again.

Odd tasting notes: Id say that this beer had a taste I I would say is almost wine like....particularly the low ABV wine my dad used to pick up for passover (joyven red). A fruity sherbet like flavor. I like it, It takes me back to good times ^^

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Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden body with yeast floating around and a white bubbly head that dissipates. Yeasty aroma of wheat, floral notes, dough, and lemon cookies. Tastes of lemon cookies, wheat, floral notes, dough, yeasty, citrus juice and a bitter, dry fInish with a yeasty coating comes through. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Love the mouthfeel and some of the flavors here.

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Photo of drotski
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with minumal head. Nice foggy, honey-toned color. Slight lacing on the glass.

Nice, soothing smell. It smelled sweet and fruity. Hint of banana.

Starts very smooth tasting. A little on the sweet side. Hints of banana and bread (yeast). Finish is a weak hint of hops, with a moderate amount of bread-like yeast aftertaste. Not too bad overall.

Feels thick in the mouth. Decent amount of carbonation.

Would definitely drink more, but wouldn't be a first choice hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell had a nice wheaty and yeasty tone. Decent citrusy hop presence as well. None of the traditional hefe aromas.

The taste was biscuity with a touch of bitter hop which really cleans it up. Mild lemon element.

The mouthfeel was chewy yet rather clean.

Overall a good beer. This is not a hefe however, but a pale wheat ale. Tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark honey color that is exceptionally foggy. The head fell almost instantly to a thin film. Smells slightly of oranges, wheat, cinnamon and a dry earth hop. Tastes of pears and bananas with a smooth milky wheat and mild marshmallow base and a mildly hop and yeast dry finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light carbonation that feels very full and thick for a hefe.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in a 12 oz. thin brown glassed long neck, with the Widmer crest embossed apon the glass.
Appearance : mm bright , cloudy, dark golden almost orange in colour , with a white creamy head which is small and fades to a nice lace down the glass.
This one had a slight hoppy scent for a hefeweisen. Then i smelled lemon grass..some very slight banana aromas too.
Very crisp, can tatse some hop bitterness, very creamy and not too acidic. I can also taste some banana and also apples. The bitterness returns right at the very end..nice.
Very nicelly carbonated, smooth on the tongue..I like this.
All in all an excellent American Hefe, would drink this again and soon!!

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.