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Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Todd on 07-17-1999

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Photo of DeFaz
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is average with the typical hefeweizen cloudy color and an unimpressive head. Smell leads with the spice but there are the usual banana and clove notes in there too. The smell is misleading, as the taste may not have enough spice and is largely about the wheat with subtle banana, clove, and lemon. It's equally sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is medium-thick (for a hefeweizen) with a touch of crispness but could maybe use a touch more. I didn't like this beer at all during my first sips, but it got better, and that's likely due to it warming up a bit and me noticing some of the more subtle flavors there. I usually prefer a more straightforward hefeweizen, but for more advanced palates (and for those who are not opposed to drinking this at temperatures above 40 degrees) this is likely to be enjoyed for what it is (assuming you like wheat that doesn't attach too tightly to yeast flavors, as the yeast here is concealed).

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Photo of digitalflood
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers American Hefeweizen (2013) - Surprisingly hoppy. Bold for a hefenweizen. Good head retention. Nice golden wheat body. Good carbonation very active. Flights caramel nose. Smooth crisp mouth feel. Nice sweet and lemon aroma. Mid pallet less hops. Mellow bready aftertaste. Good hefenweizen. 3.5 out of 5.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A-It's a hazy orange color with lots of suspended wheat sediment. The thin white-colored head fades fast to a film. Some Lacing. Nice looking.

S-Lots of wheat and yeast plus a blend of fruit and spice. I pick up some banana, lemon citrus, spice and clove. Nothing is overpowering making for a good mix.

T-Some citrus, lemon and orange. Wheat, caramel malt. Yeast is hidden.

M- Smooth light body. No yeast kick, watery finish.

O- It looks and smells very good, then heads downhill. I expected better.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Healthy looking pour. Wheat beer in a mason jar. Muddy dark orange. Lots of suspended yeast. Head is nice and fat. Great look.

Phenolic clove and lots of chunky wheat malt. Light lemon and orange gets wrapped up in an odorous yeast. Faint banana. Very wheaty.

Spicy and wheaty with a lemon/orange whisper, but otherwise, a little withdrawn. Not watery, just not boasting. Clove is mild, banana near-absent. I get it's a hefe, but it's missing yeast activity.

Feels good. Wooly with carbonation. Has good heft.

Has its shortcoming. Could go either way with this.

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Photo of blacktieman
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. At least it LOOKS like a hefeweizen. Cloudy pale yellow.

Nose only reveals hop aroma. No hint of banana, clove, bubblegum, or any fruity esters. What's going on here?

Taste confirms it: Hefeweizen in name only. Hop bitterness and flavor predominate, and are more in line with a standard bitters. Wheat and malt both very subdued

Mouthfeel is smooth enough; I guess there is some wheat in here after all.

Generally a disappointment; neither as interesting nor as refreshing as a hefeweizen, and the amount of hops doesn't go well with the wheat character.

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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 constantine_272
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellowish orange with very low head. Tiny light yellow foam ring. Mild carbonation.

S: Wheat, mild sweetness. Lemon and light orange peel with coriander. Mild yeastiness.

T: Clean crisp and tangy up front. Sweet lemon (sour lemonade?) rushes in. Finishes tangy again from the carbonation.

M: Finishes clean from the tanginess. I like how the unfiltered fullness balances nicely with the tang.

O: Refreshing. It paired well with sharp food; I had a blue cheese salad with this and this lighter beer really played well with the stinky cheese. Not a big beer by any means, but can really hit the spot on a hot day. And it doesn't need the lemon it came with in my honest opinion.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Weiss vase, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, straw-yellow coloring with a filmy, light, white ring around the surface. Aromas of banana bread, clove, and lemon zest. Flavors are toasty forward, with a backbone of banana and lemon blended sweetness, clove, all-spice, and nutmeg spicing, and a hint of bready characteristics. Light and smooth in mouth, with a crispness to the finish from the carbonation. Slightly cloying sweet linger in the finish.

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Photo of Auraan
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy yellow with a finger and a half fluffy white head. Quite attractive and probably the best part of the beer. Scents of wheat malt, slight citrus and a faint hint of floral notes. The scents of an American Pale Wheat ale. The flavor followed the nose, wheat malt, some citrus, mild floral hops and hop bitterness with bready yeast and some sour notes on the finish. The flavors of an American Pale Wheat ale. The mouthfeel was light bodied with high carbonation. The texture and mouthfeel of an American Pale Wheat ale. This was an American Pale Wheat ale, a good one, but nothing special. Just one of very many, in a very crowded field. While it was one of the first major examples of the style, it simply does not hold up to the best of the field. But on a summer day, with nothing else but PBR, it is quite nice.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.06/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A surprise find on Disney property - certainly better than some of the other big name brands they had available.

The brew pours out an appealing orangish-yellow that although opaque, was nice on the eyes, little to no head or lacing though. It had a citrusy smell, with strong malty scents and some other spices I couldn't tell. I really like it when I can taste what I smell and this beer delivered on that. Definite taste of orange mixed with lime and some spices (that again I couldn't tell what they were.) It had a strong pale ale aftertaste that offset the light carbonation that I like so much. Overall, it was a good beer. I had two of them and won't hesitate to try another one again.

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Photo of saiconotto
2.06/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't normally write reviews other than an overall number but I was so wildly disappointed in this beer that I felt it necessary. I bought a selection of Hefeweizen's from Trader Joe's that I had never had before as the weather has been quite nice and obviously they are usually a nice pair.

I don't know how Widmer Brothers can call this a hefeweizen. I can't call myself an expert but I am fairly familiar with hefeweizens, and this is nothing like any I have ever had, in a bad way. The only obvious flavors are wheat and yeast, and the yeastiness is incredibly dilute, much akin to Bud Light or something similarly shitty. I can't qualify the wheat flavor because it is too weak, which is odd considering the importance of wheat in a hefeweizen. MAYBE I can taste a tiny bit of apple but it is very much an afterthought, only notable after burping. I can maybe notice a slight spiciness if I sit here and focus completely on every sip. But the various citrus/fruit flavor, spiciness and wheat prominence one would expect is severely lacking. There is zero body to this beer.

I will finish it only because I paid for it. I would definitely hesitate to call it undrinkable as there isn't anything particularly offputting (just lacking in the first place), but it is DEFINITELY NOT WORTH DRINKING again, or for the first time. I have been drinking exclusively craft beer for about a year now (by that I really only mean I do not drink Bud-anything, Miller, PBR etc., I certainly will drink from larger breweries like New Belgium or Sierra Nevada), and this is definitely the most disappointing beer I have had during that time. I have had a few DIPA's that I could not finish because of the bitterness but at least they had other redeeming qualities. There are hundreds of other hefeweizens out there that are a thousand times better.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange cloudy color, could see the yeast floating In the beer. Pour hard to get even a slight head leaving a small ring with not much lace. Smell is sweet wheat, yeast, citrus pretty much about it. The taste is about the same with a kinda thin mouthfeel almost watery touch to it. Overall is simple, it has flavor but simple. but I guess for the style its decent. I think I like sam adams summer ale a little better, and its problay sams seasonal I dislike the most.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.42/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Widmer Hefeweizen is one of my favorite american beers. It has a wonderful smell and nice creamy rich color. It is very drinbkable and is not overhopped like most smaller brewing company's are. I thought that this beer had a wonderful head that can only be appreciated if you pour it into a glass first. I think that most beers are improved by releasing them from the bottle before drinking.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Very little head, zero lacing. Almost an undetectable odor, but from what I could discern, it smelled faintly of banana. It poured a pale golden, lightly cloudy appearance.

Very little going on here. A hefeweizen for the masses: middle-of-the-road hop/malt balance, little body, but a clean finish. I wouldn't turn one down, but I won't be going to the store specifically seeking this one out. A worthy but undistinguished effort.

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Photo of floodgates289
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall this is a fairly good Hefeweizen. Like some beers from Widmer Brothers, there seems to be a little something missing which could turn a good beer into a great beer. This one falls into that category. Appearance and smell are good. Taste is very pleasing and there are no offensive flavors. Mouthfeel is fantastic! This is an incredibly smooth drinking beer that doesn't weigh you down. I would definitely recommend this beer for any sort of summertime cookout. I will definitely buy another case in the future. However I'll also be buying some oranges to accompany said case. ;)

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this on draft at some bar in Charleston, I can't remember the name of it for the life of me. The flavor and smell were a bit dull, maybe it's just a bit more malty than I'm used to for a wheat beer like this. The mouthfeel and head were a little weak as well in my opinion, usually you want that grainly bready feeling in your mouth that just...wasn't there for me. Typically like a bit more citrus flavor here as well.

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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 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 sam_bliss
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy translucent golden hefeweizen color with a thick foamy head that leaves ample lacing. Adjuncty corn scent comes through the sudsy cap along with a bit of ethanol. Smells a bit lemony, but the overall aroma is typical of wheat beer. The mouthfeel is fuller than average for the style and carbonation is medium. Grassy and orange hops lend flavor to munich and pale malts. The smell becomes sweeter and betrays a doughy note as the beer warms; I'll give it a higher score than the 2.75 I originally assigned.

This beer has some lemony sweet-tartness. It is almost a true-to-style hefeweizen, but pale wheat ale is probably more accurate. It's better than Pyramid's "hefeweizen," if we are to compare similar offerings from Northwest mega-craft breweries.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Barely a finger of head is made off the pour, with a very soapy and hardly any retention. Dissolves very quickly with a thin soapy collar. Body is opaque with a very orange appearance and classic lemon hues on the bottom. Cola like bubbles, and fast rising carbonation.

Candy like orange nose, with a sweet powdery sense. Dry penny candy. Chalky. A weak grainy character hides behind this. No sense of esters.

Taste wise improves a bite. Small chewy wheat grain body, with a nice sweetness. Orange flavors and light tang like juice seem to come over the palate. Kind of a nice bitter hop angle which mixes with the citrus orange character nicely. Candy like palate but not overboard on the sweetness, but quite wet though to go along with it. A quick sharp carbonation feel also like Perrier but flattens very quickly.

Overall nothing spectacular, but not a bad beer, I could easily drink plenty of these it's very easy drinking.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sunshine yellow with slight haze, steady stream of bubbles, and lumpy off white head that fades to film.
Big lemon cookie and banana nose - no clove.
Breadstick malts with slight toast then banana and melon following by slight grassy hop finish. Sweetens as it warms.
Starfruit finish and clean, slightly clovey linger.
Light, creamy, clingy but dry.

As one of America's Ur beers, totally stands up. Favors the fruit, but never cloying, though I can't say I get any Cascade. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in balance and could be an all-day summer beer.

Unfortunately, a few other reviews rightly point out that this is far more an American Wheat than a classic hefe, especially for the total lack of clove, so I have to knock a few points off to rate to style

Still a perennial favorite.

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Photo of seymourcox
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
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.)

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Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15JAN13

Turbid apricot with some a sheet of light cream atop. Smells of grain, lemon, corander, some bits of sweet bread. Flavor is grain, light malts, some sweet wheat, very simple flavor; nothing like a hefeweizen - good for an APWA. Medium on full bodied with lighter carb and dry finish. Overall a really drinkable beer, and honestly can't hate on it much, isn't exceptional in any way except the sessionability.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.