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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 1537
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.90% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
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Spicy and wheaty with a lemon/orange whisper, but otherwise, a little withdrawn.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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 02:31:26 | More by thecheapies
Photo of constantine_272


3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 02:18:26 | More by constantine_272
Photo of MarkQ617


2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 19:16:07 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 23:12:18 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Johnlikeshefe


5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great American wheat. It's smooth and refreshing. It's not as spicy as a traditional hefe, but it's a smooth, tasty wheat. It's so smooth it can be dangerous because it goes down so easy...so beware...you could over-indulge. this is my favorite everyday hefe. A very nice brewery...Their Drop Top Amber is very smooth too. If you want a smooth balanced wheat, this is a perfect beer.... Not as spicy as a traditional Bavarian style hefe though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 05:15:20 | More by Johnlikeshefe
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Beppe and Gianni's Trattoria

A- Poured a super hazy and dark orange, looks just like orange juice, small soapy head left some very light lacing

S- Almost no aroma, very light orange and wheat notes

T- Lots of wheat and bready notes, light orange citrus and lemon notes

M- Smooth, medium body, prickly carbonation, finished dry

O- A very average beer and definitely not a traditional hefeweizen in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 03:03:46 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of HopAlongG

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got cloudier (translated: better) with each pint our table ordered. Sitting outside on an evening in the low 90s I had no intention of drinking anything but hefs or wits. Being the only hef on the slate and having heard decent things I dove right in and wasn't disappointed. Not the least bit offensive and extremely sessionable. Got much tastier as the sediment started flowing. Doesn't compare to the German big guns but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 04:05:44 | More by HopAlongG
Photo of macrosmatic


3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold - so hazy that it nears opacity. One finger's worth of white head, and a modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy wheat, lemon and coriander, with a bit of spicy and grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose. Wheat grains, citrus (orange flavors predominate), and the citrus & grassy hops. Some pilsner malt character as well. Dry and grainy at the finish.

M: Medium body for style, low carbonation sensation, and alcohol presence is minimal.

O: Nothing objectionable here, but it doesn't stand out. A reasonable summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 06:07:57 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

theyre famous for this one. pours thick and cloudy as can be. minimal head and just a really dense looking brew. literally looks like a hangover. smells very wheat prominent, with yeast and orange peel as well, slightly acidic in that regard. flavor is quite good, not so much heffe as it is just a wheat beer for me, but i do not dislike this. more malty and less yeasty than it looks, bready a bit in the finish, citrus too. mouthfeel is more heavy than most of these, which i appreciate. not a session beer in the form i had it today, but distinct and fairly solid. worked with some spicy mexican food

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 08:16:43 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lighter orange color. Light cap. A bit creamy and only small lacing dots. Transparent with mellow bubbles rising.

S-Definitely doesn't smell much like a Hefeweizen. Now seeing that this beer is labeled as a American Pale Wheat Ale, I understand the nose more.

T-Clearly an APWA. Much more assertive and hoppy than A Hefeweizen. That being said, there is some nice, bright citrus hops. Grains and wheat too. Lemony citrus accompanies the wheat on the back end. Lightly bitter, but still decently sweet as well.

M-Crisp, but more sturdy in the body. A bit dry. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

O/D-Does not taste like a Hefeweizen. Definitely more like an APWA. Either way, I actually did enjoy this one. I liked their IPA on tap better, but this was not bad either. Not expecting what I got but I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 20:10:08 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Bigbadbudman


4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lived in Germany for several years drank several different Heffes family brewed and commercially brewed. And this beer is probably one of the best heffes I have drank. I would match this beer blind taste against any of the "major" heffe brews. This beer has a incredibility smooth taste on the front of the tongue all the way to the back, and its not as heavy as most heffes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 03:17:13 | More by Bigbadbudman
Photo of DM1293


3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pint Glass; no wedge used here.

Appearance: a light orange tint on your typical golden cloudy wheat.

Smell: Bright citrus hoppy smells ontop of your typical wheat.

Taste: ...It says hefeweizen, but its not the same style since as listed above, its a pale wheat. And it DEFINITELY tastes like one. You got bright bitter hops up front ontop the citrus, with the wheat finishing up after. A light hint of clove and banana are there but its difficult to pick them out when the hops are kinda throwing the balance off.

Mouthfeel: Lingers after waking up your tongue. A bit thick, but doesn't last too long.

Overall: Well if you like wheats and you like pale ales, this pretty much accomplishes both...but it leans more in favor of the pale ale. Its smoother than pale ales I've tried before too. Its worth a try I suppose, but I don't particularly like the two styles mixed here...

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 21:58:33 | More by DM1293
Photo of Jkess89


4.88/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Howard's Pub in Ocracoke, NC. It is an excellent session beer and was the perfect compliment to a summer meal. Not a strong nose, but a nicely balanced citrus taste and well-rounded mouthfeel. Overall, a beer that deserves a higher rating and has earned its spot as Widmer's flagship brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:59:51 | More by Jkess89
Photo of DCon


3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the 3 Kings Public House in The Loop (St. Louis), MO for $4. Tapped from the Wooden handle w/ a "W" on the top & Hefeweizen labeled down the side into a 16oz Ranger IPA Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a slight hint of lemon, citrus hop in the smell. Very wheat malts and a low amount of grain is noticeable but everything stands back.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a very cloudy, dark orange color body that looks like there is a ton of mass involved. Leaves almost no lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a strong grainy and lemon taste all the way through the drink. It is definitely sweet and has a sharp bite on the finish. Very nice!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and tastes as if a lemon was squeezed into the glass. This citrus flavor was very favorable.

Overall Impression- While a lemon was served on the side of the glass, there was no need for it! Very strong lemon taste all the way through and great for a Hefe! The season is almost over for enjoying this brew (for me at least) so this may be my last one I enjoyed on-tap. Also, for my first brew from Widmer, I'm excited to try more from them! Seems like they know what they're doing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 19:55:46 | More by DCon
Photo of paxchristi


3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 16oz. pint glass with lemon at my favorite place for pie in Newberg, OR.

Appearance: Bright hazy yellow with two fingers of frothy head that is very tenacious. A great looking American Wheat. Cloudy to the extreme.

Smell: A bit thin, I must say. Bready wheats, ripe fruits and now that I think about it, I smell the bubble gum that Jason says he smells.

Taste: Well balanced with lighter medium body. You get a real citrus tone to begin and toasty breads in the middle. I get some of the banana fruitiness that you look for in a real hefe but its a bit thin for the real hardcore advocates of this style.There is also a real spiciness to it that sticks in the finish-- dry fruit as is warms.

Overall: Lets face it, American Wheats being called "hefeweizens" are an underwhelming beer style as it is. However, I think that sometimes our palates have been so overwhelmed by IPAs and DIPAs that we miss out on the simplicity of this beer style. This is an excellent example of this style. Recommended if you're into it. Nevertheless, I really could go for a big tall pilsner glass of one of these on a hot summer day. And of course, WITH LEMON!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 20:08:44 | More by paxchristi
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.28/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't see why the overall score is so low for this one. I think this is an excellent, simple, refreshing and ultimately tasty beer. It's gotta have that lemon, though.

The problem is probably that people are rating it as a traditional german hefeweizen. I understand that this is misleading, but it's not one of those kinds of beers!

This is exactly what I think an American wheat ale should look and taste like. Hazy golden body, decent white head, light lemony aroma and flavor, light carbonation and just very drinkable.

It doesn't blow my mind or anything, but it hits the spot in most cases.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 06:57:40 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of bump8628


3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly yeasty and murky yellow/beige with an adequate cap of white foam. Very faint Bavarian Weisse notes of banana and green apple and other hard to pin down fruit. Hops add a citric bite that hits quick and is washed down by the grainy body.

Don't expect a traditional German Hefeweizen and you won't be nearly as disappointed. For the American style it's more than solid and its wide distribution makes it a go to at places with a less-than-stellar selection.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 14:06:36 | More by bump8628
Photo of barrenbane


3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy compared to most hefeweizens. Golden with a slight amber/orange tint.

S: malty with hints of clove and banana. Nothing special for the style.

T: tastes crisp and refreshing with notes of clove and banana. Quite complex for the style. Bitterness is minimal.

M: thick and slightly carbonated. Less watery than other hefes.

This is an excellent hefeweizen that's available at most bars and shops. If I'm in the mood for a hefe, I always order a pint of this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 01:02:49 | More by barrenbane
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on May 17, 2011. The place where I had this on tap served it to me with a lemon wedge firmly attached to the rim of the glass without checking with me first. So my impressions are already marred by the lemon aroma wafting from the murky, cloudy pale yellow pour. I got a little wheat but the lemon took over everything. The body was light and the taste had wheat and grains with a touch of tart hops. There are better ones out there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 00:22:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of miket163


3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Poured a very hazy amber, with a nice head and good lacing.

Lovely wheat beer. Some sweetness from the wheat, and some very fruity notes on the palate after each drink. There was actually a nice hop character to this brew. This would be a really nice summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 13:06:38 | More by miket163
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gasthaus in a weizen glass. Cloudy golden apricot body topped with 2 fingers of dense, creamy white head. Excellent retention, plentiful lacing.

The nose is the weakest aspect of the beer, a clean but tame wheat and yeast combo. Tastes pretty lively by comparison, fresh baked bread with a respectable amount of tangy wheat and a nip of lemon. Thickish and smooth with a small lingering bite of wheat.

As an actual hefeweizen, this would score a few notches lower, but as an APWA, it's not bad at all. Pretty enjoyable, actually.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 20:33:54 | More by PDXHops
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually avoid hefeweizens because it's not my favorite style of beer but I was at a bar recently where this was the only beer on draft. It pretty much met my expectations but wasn't terrible.

The look was typical of the style, straw colored and very cloudy with a large fluffy head.

Aroma was a little weak but did include the banana and esthers that you would expect from it.

Flavor was a little sweet, but included a very esthery taste and went down quite smoothly.

Don't think I'll have this again unless I find myself in a similar situation where it's my only choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 03:29:50 | More by david18
Photo of FosterJM


2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

366th review on BA
on tap to plastic cup

App- A very plain hazy soft yellow, one finger head that receded quickly. A little lace.

Smell- Grainy with a small trace of wheat. Not much here at all.

Drink- I find this to be a good craft intro beer where the wheat can convert some people from AAL. This had no backbone. A little watery and a little dry.

Mouth- Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Flavors don't retain well and leaves no trace of flavor or want to take another sip.

Drink- Eh, just bland and watery but does the trick while watching some horse races. Probably won't have this again, the bro-in-law bought it and I needed the review from a beer a long time ago.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 06:11:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick off white foamy head with a hazy dark straw colouring with orange highlights. Some nice orange blossom and honey notes on the nose. The taste is a little flat and nondescript. The mouthfeel is creamy but dry. I'm not a super fan of this style but I would say it was good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 02:00:59 | More by LazyL
Photo of alexkeil

New York

2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 01:10:55 | More by alexkeil
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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,537 ratings.