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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,784
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 122 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Batborf in Annville, PA.

A: The hefeweizen is a darker color, a dirty straw hue that is overloaded with haze and sediment, so much so that it is rendered opaque. A thin head arrived, along with a lemon garnish. Neither lingered long in the glass.

S: The nose is sweet with bubblegum and wheat. The wheat has a light tartness while the bubblegum is sugary sweet. Citrusy flavors follow, fruity not hoppy.

T: Bubblegum was very strong upfront, a very sweet flavor that overtook everything else. As it warmed, more emerged, including clove and mildly tart wheat. The wheat becomes more pronounced, overtaking the weizen-like flavors, late in the game.

M: The mouthfeel is refreshing, if not overly stimulating. The wheat and citrus make the ale an enjoyable drink.

D: A decent ale, nothing to get hyped up about but a nice beer for lunch on a warm day.

akorsak, May 31, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle

Pours a tan orange with a finger of white head. Leaves some decent lace. Very cloudy beer. Looks decent.

Smell is very citrusy and a lot of "lemonness" going on here. The smell isn't very appealing. It is very musky. The taste is of wheat and there is a flavor that citrus and fruit going on here. Very bland flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, medium bodied and decent carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall this is a decent brew, nothing to special, not up to my standards for the style. Cheap and decent I guess.

mothman, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ejimhof, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At CSUF where I attend school, there's a decent restaurant bar across the street. Unfortunately, they don't have much of a selection of beer on draft, and I wanted to have something decent which I hadn't had in awhile. On to the beer:

It was served with a lemon wedge in with (what a surprise), which I pulled of the rim of the glass. It had good head retention which left lots of lacing on the glass, and a cloudy blonde body. The aroma was faint, and the taste wasn't very exciting; it was a bit tart, yeasty, and finished hoppy. I liked the mouthfeel on it, it was soft and gentle as in went down.

I need to pick better wheat beers next time if I have the choice. I've been let down by the two offerings I've had (this and Sam Adams Hefe). Or maybe I just don't understand them. I'll keep trying...(and 7 months after this review, I now understand wheat beers. Wow, what a difference time makes!)

Update 1-10-08: Recently had some again on-tap. Still looks good, but the aroma was blah, and the feel was harsh and peppery. I've noticed the scores were more favorable once upon a time, so is this beer being dumbed down for greater appeal? The scoring reflects these recent changes.

DoubleJ, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold.

Smell is light, yeast and lemons and a very mild spice smell.

Taste is light too. A mix of tartness and wheat flavor with a distinct mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is Very light.

Very drinkable, this is a beer that is very much meant to be drank everyday. It has no illusions about being an artisan brew, it merely aims to be a refreshing brew, and at that it succeeds.

I drink this with pizza fairly often.

Zorro, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
1.88/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a wussy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Low carbonation. Cloudy straw color. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy but soapy. Light bodied. The ABV is 4.7% There are much better wheats out there. Contracted by Widmer Brothers Brewing with Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth.

jdhilt, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

LXIXME, May 06, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rich looking pour; golden, hazed and nice white head leaps from the glass...er, plastic cup! I know, I know. Good ole LoDo in Denver.
Anyway, lemon was refused. I could smell a hint of wild yeast and citrus in this brew. I gave it a 3.5 because it doesn't have any 'bad' smells, as most of the other APWAs I have tasted possessed. so, above average.
yet the taste was average. Couldn't detect any citrus, or lemon, or wheat characterstics. yet, again, not bad. It was crisp, and better than a lager on the sunny day. I had three of these; it trumped the SA Boston Lager for my choice.

Mebuzzard, Jul 01, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BillRoth, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 19, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

plaid75, Aug 04, 2006
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3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, orangish yellow with a quarter of an inch of soft, loose, white head that hangs around for a while. The nose has notes of lemon zest and straw. The taste is wheaty and straw-like up front followed by a lemon zestyness and finishes with a forward yeastiness. The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, a little crisp, and smooth.

This would be a nice, light beer for the summer, but overall it's rather mediocre and average. It's enjoyable if you want a light, sessionable, mild mannered beer. If you're looking for a flavor-forward, potent beer, avoid.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 23 Aug. 2011 poured into a snifter.

A: Initial pour was clear but some cloudy liquid towards the bottom of the bottle was added as well. Golden apricot color with almost no head and little lacing.

S: Yeasty and quite fruity with a touch of light malt. No clove and only a vague hint of banana or here, and very little in the taste.

T: Slightly malty with a light hop presence, a bit of citrus, lightly nutty, and little of the yeastiness expected in a hefeweizen; but then I see BA has classified this as an American Pale Wheat Ale, which seems more fitting. Light sweetness up front turns mildly bitter by the finish.

M: near medium body; very good carbonation level; light dryness in the finish.

O: A good, easy-to-drink, unfiltered wheat beer, lacking the pronounced banana/clove yeastiness I'm not very fond of anyway. Excellent with Chinese food.

(revisited with slightly more favorable impression in July 2013).

chinchill, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange with a foamy white head.

S: a light lemony hop aroma with some sour orange peel.

T: The initial flavor had a light sourness of oranges and citrus. The overall flavor was muted and rather bland with only a light breadiness of yeasty character. The beer finished with a light tart citrus hopping.

M: active from the lively carbonation, fizzy, and a tad rough in texture.

D: Drinks like a macro hefe. Recommend only for the adventurous macro drinker looking to try something different.

beerthulhu, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy yellow, honey coloured, decent head and good lace. Smells like sweet dried banana chips and bubblegum. Tastes kind of bananaish, bitterness at the end, kind of tart. Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, kind of pleasant but not really that great, theres many better hefe's out there. Thanks sammy.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky, cloudy orange/yellow/vanilla appearance. Slight white foam leaves minimal amounts of lace. A zesty lemon twang is noted in the aroma. A little citrus and yeast as well. The taste is plaesing enough but lacks real character. Lemon citrus thing going on. Very slight vanilla. Wheat spice is detectable. Mouthfeel could use a little boost in the CO2 deparatment. Body is a little better than medium. Decent enough, but not one I'd necessarily need to return to soon.

Bighuge, Aug 24, 2005
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3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid hefe. Good haze, vibrant yellow. Good aroma, citrus, like lemons.

Taste, suprising pucker factor for what it is. Good amount of flavor, wheat and lemon. A little sweetness. Mouthfeel, the impressiveness subcedes, but it doesn't devolve into anything nasty. Drinkable, priced a little more than I'd like to see for something relatively cheaper to make than a lot of the $8 6ers out there.

I'm not particularly into the authentic German hefe yeast, so this is probably a little more up my alley than a traditionalist. The yeast has more tang, less banana than its Euro counterpart(s).

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 22, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Zaphog, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Ticking this one for an Untappd badge... Surprised I have not reviewed it before... Pours an orange haze with a long lasting white head.

Nose is standard "wheat" with a little bit of something that I associate with lemon.

Flavor is the same... drinkable and light tasting, goes down pretty smoothly.

Probably the prototype for most American Wheats... but I like mine generally with a lot more hop character.


JohnGalt1, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rolltide8425, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears cloudier than most American Hefe's.

Spicy, citrousy hop odour.

Has a Pacific Northwest (read Cascade Citrous) spin on the Hefe style that's apparant, but not in your face like Pyramid's. Slightly more bitter than most Hefe's, but a very well balanced brew.

Lacking the fruity esters & slight tartness of the classic german style, but does have some yeast flavour. Could be considered an "American Hefe".

Light-to-moderate mouthfeel is an accomplishment, considering it's strength.

VERY drinkable. More so than Pyramid, which seems to be more popular.

Derek, Aug 09, 2005
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3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jul 07, 2013
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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