Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 778
Hads: 1,976
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 27.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 264 | 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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Photo of tobelerone
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’d say this was a disappointing take on a hefewiezen but to be honest I wasn’t expecting much to begin with. Pours hazy light gold with a finger of white head but not much retention or lacing to speak of. The appearance was a bit lacking, I’m afraid, as the better examples of this style usually have a big fluffy head that hangs around a while. The nose further alerted me to what would be a mediocre overall experience; where was the banana and clove and all the other yeasty esters one expects in this style? Instead I got very grainy malt, wheat, and a bit of lemony citrus.

The taste followed the nose; all of those yeasty flavors were either muted or totally absent; despite the label this beer is classified correctly here; it’s an American Pale Wheat Ale, not a Hefe; all I get is grainy malt and wheat; a bit of mild citrus hopping. Sweetness is fortunately low and the finish is pretty dry. Still, the body was medium and the carbonation was pretty moderate, screwing up the mouthfeel so that it lacked crispness and the clean drinking refreshment of the better beers of either style. This one just didn’t do it for me at all, and I wouldn’t have this again. Sorry Widmer, this ain’t cutting it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured cloudy, as expected, and a bit darker yellow than is typical for the style. The beer had less than an inch of fluffy white head with moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, but a little light on the banana and clove expected in a Hefe. The flavors were also what was expected, just subdued and not very popping.

The body was average for the style and drinkabilitywas OK, but with the flavors being so benign, why have more than 1 at s sitting. This beer got dinged some points because I find the brewery responsible for travesty of having a fruit slice jammed in my beer against my will.

Overall, a fairly typical beer, that is refreshing enough on a hot day.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. A light, mild wheat aroma. Crisp and flavorfull, the taste is quite good with a mild fruitiness. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. This is a most enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.32/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour included the yeast. Poured an unfiltered cloudy yellow color with a sticky white head. Aroma is a lot of yeast, wheat, and a bit of citrus. Taste is much like the smell with a large yeast presence and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is a below average hefeweizen that lacks the banana and clove flavors of many of the top hefes. Not recommended.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is hazy and golden-orange in color. Head is short and very white. The aroma is of sweet malts and wheat. No hefe clove or banana smells are detected. The taste is very much that of an American pale wheat beer, this is definently not a hefeweizen by my experience. A crisp yeasty wheat flavor is joined by a light maltiness. Just a touch of citrus is detected towards the finish. Drinkability is very good, I could probably drink this all day in the summertime.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with a head that disapated quickly. Lacing was thin.

Smell: Only faint faint wheat malt. Hint of hops if any.

Taste: Uneventful but not bad; combination of wheat malt and phenols with some sweet aftertaste. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium light to light body. Smooth though.

Drinkable: Easy to drink but too light on flavor.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance- Light, fizzy head with some alright lacing. Colro is a deep, yet somewhat golden sunshine. Almost a light egg yolk color.

Smell- A little cloves and bubblegum, but mostly lighly tangent malts and saaz hop aroma.

Taste- Pretty refreshing saaz hop balance with lightly toasted malts. This would be a great beer to sit and drink with a couple of buddies on the front porch during a balmy summer evening bullshitting. This was a very refreshing beer, hence the drinkability score.

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Photo of Brad007
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright but cloudy orange/blond color with a one-finger head. Aroma has light hints of orange and banana with the malt showing through as well. Taste is thin and watery upfront with no hint of orange or banana. Unpleasant towards the back of the throat. It's missing a lot of substance that would add credence to the claim of being a hefeweizen.

If this is Widmer's flagship beer, it's mediocre.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in Big Sur, California. Served with an orange wedge on the glass which is common but not liked by me. The appearance was pretty good, pale yellow orange and cloudy with a thick but short lasting head.

The smell and taste were completely average, maybe a little below average. No banana/clove aroma and the yeast taste was mild. Maybe the beer was a little bitter too.

I don't really recommend this.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - from cost plus world market palm springs for 1.99

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, corn, and grains/bread. There is also some very light yeast/spice. It ends with a corn lightly spicy/tart aftertaste.

Overall - A decent appearance and a nice scent, but the taste falls flat. It has more of a pale ale taste than a pale wheat beer to me. Not undrinkable but I expected more.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with little to no head. Might be a bit old...

S - Smells like banana, a bit of wheat, and some pale malt. Nice!

T - Kind of more bitter than I expected for the malt and the flavors don't really shine through very well but it is enjoyable. Mild if any banana flavoring.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty good.

D - Well I like other reps of the style and this one kind of falls flat. Still worth at least a B rating in my book.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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 avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a light, golden color and a somewhat thick texture. Also had a half inch head and no lacing.

The smell was vaguely citrusy and wheaty, but wasn't very well-defined.

Had a lemon flavor, along with the wheat, but it was far too thin. Not much complexity. It isn't a terrible taste, but not very good either.

There's a low carbonation rate and an oily finish that make for a below average mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an uninteresting example of this style. It's not complex enough. Not a bad beer, but doesn't rise above the fray.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to be honest, having this on tap at a local bar for $2 makes its drinkability real high (if you live in VA you know $2 drafts are considered cheap). That might spike the rating, but so be it. Received my glass and it had a small, disipating head w/ slight citrus smell and a golden body w/ minimal cloudiness. My taste buds picked up a noticeable amount of citrus and spice (I want to say pepper) and a real smooth body. It is just too bland to garner a higher score, but I don't think it is that bad of a hefe.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.14/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Ten Mile Station

Bollocks, I say. This ain't no hefeweizen. While hazy like one should be, and even with a deceivingly dense head with great retention and moderate lacing, the nose belies this beers emasculated nature. While banana and a little clove are present, the balance and character of this beer does not remotely resemble its forebearers. It's much like comparing a McDonald's burger to a real burger, just because beef, salt and maybe a little pepper are present, it doesn't mean this is particularly acceptable. Light and watery on the palate, this beer is rather disappointing. Yes, it has a little bread, some banana and a little clove, but this is not what I was looking for. As described, this is watery, and the finish is dry, a little fruity and rather disappointing. I don't have as developed palate for wine, but I had a lot more fun deconstructing the better than average pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon that were also served at the time. This beer, OTOH, was disappointing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher weizen glass. Bottled on 061009.

A - Hazed over pale yellow with a nice goldenrod hue where the beer has more volume. Uncharacteristically thin (still about 1.5 fingers) head with low retention but leaving some spots of lacing.

S - Crisp aroma of yeast and wheat with a touch of spiciness but lacking that good banana ester and overall warmth. Light grassy notes too.

T - Holy shit this has some serious astringency going on. Light, crisp. and near flavorless, it may be one of the worst hefes I've ever had. There are no hefe characteristics about it. Minor wheat and yeast with spice but all muted to near nothingness.

M - Dry, mouth-puckeringly bitter and acidy. Crisp and light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I don't think the beer has gone bad due to a) not being skunked and b) not being old. I was hoping for a good hefe instead I got a drain pour. Just totally unimpressed.

[Why is it called a Hefeweizen when its not a hefe?]

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%

Wheat, grain, a touch of lemon in aroma. Grainy, wheat backbone, minerally flavor, with a bitter, earthy finish. Not much hefe character. Didn't get the bottle sediment, though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey-golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, off-white head. Rich aroma is wheaty, and lemon predominates - though this may have come from the de rigueur slice of lemon. Thick, wheaty flavor has a strong lemony tone and hints of cloves and yeast. Smooth texture has something of a sharp edge.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.