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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1544
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange hazy unfiltered colour, fruity, but metallic like tart astringency. That was an unexpected bitterness. Citrus aroma. Some spice clove and pepper, theme from yeast, banana. OK wheat likely better in summer. Medium mouthfeel, soft and light. Fizzy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 00:37:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 2 inch whitish-orange head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat/malt, spices, and a yeasty finish. An average level of carbonation makes for a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average American take on the hefeweizen. Nothing offensive, just somewhat boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 05:32:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy orange-amber; more orange in the center and more foggy amber as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The smallish cap is rich cream in color, almost dark enough to be called ecru. It has a rough texture and look (which I like) and lays down a fair amount of sticky lace in the bargain. I like the unpolishedness of it all.

The nose doesn't keep pace with the appearance and strikes me as pretty close to average. Even though four different malts have been used (wheat, pale, Munich and caramel), the beer takes its personality from the first of those; as it should given the style. Uncharacteristically, though, at least in terms of the best hefes, there's almost no banana or clove. A hefe weizen without a good yeast strain is no kind of hefe weizen at all.

Ditto the flavor. There's no question that this beer is much, much closer to an American pale wheat ale than to a hefe weizen. Only a wee smidgen of clove spiciness keeps it from being a dead cert AmWheat. I'm not sure that a four-headed malt bill was all that necessary... and I still can't appreciate any Munich or caramel maltiness whatsoever.

There's a moderate amount of hoppiness, with lemon zest as the dominant hop-related flavor. Of the three varieties, Alchemy (used for bittering, never heard of it), Cascade and Willamette (used for aroma), the Cascade hops come through the loudest on the palate. Bitter trumps sour trumps sweet in the hierarchy of flavor sensations; an interesting take on the style.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel. It's medium in heft with a minimum of wheaty lushness. The carbonation is just a bit spritzy, but for some reason it works. Those bubbles, along with the bitterness, keep mouth interest at an acceptable level. Since the ABV clocks in at less than 5.0%, this would be a decent session beer in the summer months.

Widmer Brothers brags that Hefeweizen is 'America's original hefeweizen'. Longevity is hardly cause for celebration if the beer doesn't back it up by also being one of 'America's best' hefe weizens. It most certainly isn't that, but it is a worthwhile brew if you like your wheat beers to favor the American APA side of their personalities.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 14:25:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, going to Grandma’s for dinner tonight, and had to pick up a six pack to bring. Only problem was the only store I would be near would be the Bi Lo. So, I reluctantly went into there and started to look around. So this 6 pack sitting on the shelf and it started to intrest me. I figured it’s a brewer I had not tried, and a style that I love(and so does Grandma) so what the heck, it is Bi Lo after all, so this was the best I was going to get. Lets see how it goes….

A – Poured a nice, slightly hazy pale golden amber. Very nice two inch head hung over the top of it for a good few minutes, before reluctantly fading away to leave about a quarter inch layer along the top. Decent side glass lace was present throughout. Great visible carbonation, lots of bubbles were trickling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire time. Look was good overall, classic for a hefe. Very nice sediment on the bottom made it very obvious this was an unfiltered beer from the start.

S – Aroma was very light and pleasant. Almost too light would be the only fault. Took a bit before you could actually pick up what was really driving it. Nice light yeast like smell was dominating, followed by hints of Banana and some other light fruits. A touch of some light grassy or grain in the back as well. Did not really have too much of a punch in aroma, but was light and pleasant.

T – First impression of the taste was very light. Decent grainy taste right up front with a touch of fruit. Light and not really to stand outish at first. Had a touch of a bready feel as I went on when a lot of the wheat started to come out. Pretty standard fair here actually, an average Hefe and not much else to say about the flavor, other then there was a tiny amount of some almost lemon like twang to it in the finish, not sure what it was or where it came from.

M – Really smooth. Lots of carbonation was evident from the very start. Had a good lively mouthfeel. Not watered or oily. Just a light feel. Nice sediment at the end went down without issue. The unfiltered nature of it added a lot of the fell and made it a good bit fuller.

D – Great, as most of the style are. I really did not know what the abv was at the time of review, but these went down like water. The aforementioned sixer was gone in no time. Could have easily been an all night drinker for everyone. Very good hot weather brew here. Lightness kept you from getting that full feeling, and the carbonation kept it intresting. Had some in glass and in the bottle, and it was easy going both ways.

Overall this was a classic hefe, the taste did not really knock me over in any way. But I was not really looking for something to overwhelm me, so that actually worked out well. If it is a classic, easy drinking, brew you are looking for this was absolutely fine. Nothing spectacular, but just a good all around brew. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 22:22:39 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap, particularly for a wheat beer; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Bready, with vague hints of banana, coriander and lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing banana and lemon cake aspect that adds some pith and coriander by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to add a nice bittering touch to the profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather insipid for a hefe, but rather nice for an American Pale Wheat (but who seeks out beers in that style)

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:06:02 | More by brentk56
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3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An atypical Hefeweizen, however, I liked it. Had on tap at the local pub. Looks amazingly 'pumpkin' colored and heavily straw or golden. Pours a 1/2" creamy head that refused to fall. Laced well as the glass empties. Smells sweetly with light banannas or papayas, other sweet fruits hit like mangos and tangerines. Light bubble-gum (juicy fruit) aromas add to the sweetness. Definate hop aroma spices up the nose. Flavors of those sweet fruits are mimicked in the taste, along with honey, barley, and wheat malt. Cooriander, cloves, and all-spice are detected along with flavoring hops in the body, then taper into the finish. A medium, yet firm body remains consistent throughout. Creamy to the finish with minor diacityl coating the palate. Finishes sweeter and less crisp than traditional Weizens, but remaining hop bittering cuts the sweetness into the aftertaste. Like I said, it's not true to style, but I really like this beer. I have been drinking Oberon and Ayinger Brau-weiss. I'll add this one to my list.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 12:58:44 | More by BEERchitect
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3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a fairly-significant white head that disperses fairly quickly without the staying power I would like to see. Hazy. The nose brings banana, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum. Some grainy wheat as well. The taste is not at all dominated by any German yeast notes, and it is mostly just some like wheat and grain. A bit of bubblegum and banana. Feel is like and a tad bit creamy with good carbonation. Light and refreshing, a decent APWA.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 10:44:19 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of wheat and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a mix of malt, wheat, and lemon citrus. A slight bitterness from the hops also comes across.
M: The flavor is light bodied, crisp, and smooth on the palate.
D: It's rather light and refreshing, but not quite as thirst quenching as some German hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:55:27 | More by metter98
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3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque, dull gold body with a small, creamy, white head. Slight lacing on the way down.

Smell: The nose is coming up a bit short here, with only light hints of lemon and banana and malted wheat.

Taste: Tangy wheat malt starts things off alongside a bit of toasted caramel and a pinch of table sugar. Mild taste of banana and dull spiciness. Minimal spicy, citrusy hops and bitterness. Sip of sweet lemon on the finish. The vague spice character, never overtly flavor, remains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and sessionable, but dull and uninteresting. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 05:12:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a copper cast. The frothy white head is short lived but holds a good collar and leaves some very minor lace. The aroma is slighty fruity (some light citrus) with some nice malt and a touch of spicy hop. The body is thin, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and a gentle carbonation bite on the tongue. The flavor is malty up front (slightly earthy), with a spicy hop flavor appearing towards the back of the palate, and ending with a dry and spicy hoppiness that sticks around just long enough to be memorable yet refreshing. Well balanced, though possibly a bit bitter - but this is from Oregon! A decent, unfiltered, hoppy American wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 11:21:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very cloudy pale golden orange hue, with one finger of fast-disappearing dense soapy white head, which leaves a nice canopy of lace around the glass. It smells of spicy wheat grain, citrus, a bit of light pepper, and some mild yeast. The taste is musty, sweet wheat malt, clove, some breadiness, and some kind of grassy, leafy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body soft, light, and smooth, and it finishes a bit off-dry, some bitterness rearing up at the end.

A little weak and underwhelming, but still tasty and drinkable enough for a sunny summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:48:36 | More by biboergosum
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3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief white head, pale orange color. Citrus in the nose, plus oranges, herbs. Solid body, easy mouthfeel and texture. Something's missing, though, and it's not a lemon. Soft palate, refreshing, but rather mundane. Sorry, it doesn't zap me like a good wheat ale should

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 22:46:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Copperfield’s in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma was heavy on the lemon along with a little bit of wheat, spice & yeast.

T: Much like in the smell, the lemon was pretty dominant. The standard bready wheat flavor of the style was certainly there as well with a faint taste of hops. The lemon sweetness and some wheat flavor remained in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: I picked this beer essentially by default, because the five other choices that I had for draft beer were either beers that I’ve had before or watery macros. I thought AB had their hand in this one, but I tried it anyway. I have to be honest and say that it was a pleasant surprise. It was tasty and extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2006 15:02:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy wheat scent with a slight lemony zest. It doesn't have any banana or clove smells; very lame. The taste is average also. It has a light wheat flavor with no body or sweet banana taste. This is really out of style here. The mouthfeel is average. Instead of have a medium/full body, it is low bodied with good carbonation instead of adequate. This is an average hefe at best. It is unique in character, but I don't think that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 01:51:03 | More by WesWes
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3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, clove and wheat.

T - It had a pretty nice wheat flavor with a hint of orange or coriander. Fairly sweet tasting.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It is definitely not a hefe but a pale wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:30:41 | More by zeff80
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3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date Dec16, 2004, Sampled April 2005
Pours a hazy straw color, that is topped by a frothy thinish off-white head. The aroma is bready and yeasty with hints of lemon and fresh cut herbs or grass. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a simple grassy grain character. There is actually some nice subtle spice character to this beer, it seems to be contributed from a combination of the hops and yeast. This beer is also fruity with notes of apple cider, a hint of lemon, and some notes of pear. The finish is fairly bitter for a beer of this style and there is a slight tartness as well, I like the way these elements balance the softer notes that are found up front.

This beer actually has quite a bit more character to it than I was expecting, granted it is still an American Version of a Hefeweizen, but it is tasty enough for a simple quaffing brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 03:28:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a pretty good bubbly white head on top. The head leaves some light lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer has the soft aromas of banana and clove that most Hefeweizens traditionally have. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, a little watered down but could be much worse. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:03:42 | More by Knapp85
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2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap (to make sure it wasn't just a bad tap at one place) at several places in the Washinton, DC area on a recent trip. I have not seen it in the NY/NJ area, and that's fine.
It poured a cloudy, bright yellow with a small head that quickly vanished to barely a lace, then totally disappeared.
There was not much of an aroma. Some very small hints at lemon, but that's all.
The taste was watery with some slight hints at sugared lemon. The water, however, made it less tart than it probably would have been.
The mouthfeel was clean, but the lack of taste didn't even make it very refreshing. It was very thin. The little aftertaste was somewhat remeniscent of a water lemon merangue pie.
This is not a very good example of a heffe-weisse.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 17:21:44 | More by jwc215
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2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears: Cloudy unfiltered golden orange with thin white head, sorry no lacing to speak of here. Aroma: Bland dumbeddown some banana tones in the background not much more to say has ties with A-B it's not to much of anything. Taste: A weird finish to a bland representation of one of my favorite summer styles just disappointingly inept, no flavor just so light flat. Mouthfeel: No texture thin and watery needs more body and not enough carbonation. Drinkability: So middle of the road, wow I remember this beer being so much better in a bottle last summer while living in southern California, but after trying their Kolsch I definitely loose respect for them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 20:11:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light amber-orange color. OK head for a wheat beer with good lace.

The aroma reminds me of soured milk. There is also a slight lemon peel smell. The wheat is quite muted--a little disappointing.

I try to not look at other reviews before trying for fear that I might be swayed in grading. In this case, I glanced at a couple of low scores. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor: This is a spicier wheat beer than some and is noteable for its dry finish. Fairly mild in flavor, but certainly not "off" in any way. Fairly full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Worth a second look and certainly a first taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 17:13:49 | More by smcolw
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3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, the much heralded and much maligned Widmer hefe, 12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy, yeast yellow with an average white head, nice lace.

S: Lemon zest, mainly citrus in the nose.

T: Definitely an American wheat beer. Hops are clearly dominant, orange, heavy citrus. No real yeast character.

M: Spritzy, smooth and light.

D: Pretty much interchangable with Pyramid at this point, just a common, servicable wheat ale. A great beer to have on-tap at the Orange County Fair in July, but on a cool April night it falls a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 20:20:33 | More by Halcyondays
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3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More on the dry side than the usual malty sweetness. Rather murky in the pour. Clean flavors but little of the German esters, however it is full of yeast like a Hefeweizen. Definitely in the American wheat style but has a little substance to it. As it warms a touch of malt emerges. A modest but distinct hop flavors gives it a little boost. Apparently even reputable brewers don't agree on what is the American style and what's a German Hefe. I'd rather there be truth in labelizing, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:56:21 | More by mactrail
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3.53/5  rDev +8%
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
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3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured opaque yellow/orange color. Nose is faint, mostly citrus smell. Tastes decent. Smooth with very faint hints of citrus which could be brought out with a small slice of lemon. Mouthfeel is not too great. Although it tastes smooth it does not feel too smooth.An average hef at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:59:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - An orange/gold color that is somewhat murky. Almost no head whatsoever and a little carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat and bread, also some citrusy fruit.

t - Taste a lot like wheat. Very easy to drink but not very flavorful.

m - Light body with a little bit of carbonation.

d - I was looking for something in my fridge with a lower ABV tonight and had a few of these that a friend left over from a dinner party still around so gave it a try. I thought it was a pretty weak hefeweizen and kind of blank taste wise. It wasn't bad, but it is not something I would buy or really want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 00:56:39 | More by mdfb79
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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.