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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 192 | 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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Ratings: 1,886 | Reviews: 780
Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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).

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating prominently on the bottom of the front label. Pours cloudy darker apricot. Minor off white head, and just a few smudges of lacing, The nose is full of citrus, cloves and coriander. Pretty for the style. Pleasant enough Hefe, more lemon, clove and spice on the palate. Thirst quenching summer quaffer. Finishes with a respectable and quite drying hop crackle. Nice American Wheat. Suprised by the super low ratings for this at least respectable ale

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.47/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noted just as "Hefeweizen" on the menu. When I asked what kind it was, I was told it was a German style...grrr. Anyway...
Appears a cloudy gold with a 1 inch white fluffy head that dissapates after a minute in the hot Chesepeake City sun. There are actually some decent webbings left on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of lemony citrus, mild wheat, yeast(the famed von Uerige yeast), and spice with a bit of an uneasy skunkiness lingering somewhere in the background.
Taste is ok. Lacks the creamy banana and vanilla notes that are present in several outstanding hefe weizens, even American versions. Taste is of citrusy lemon with a spiciness, notably clove, and some wheat. Other than that, the spice is drowning out everything else that would be remotely sweet in this.
Mouthfeel is overrun with citrus and spice in the medium bodied feel.
Drinkability is ok. If there's nothing else other than the usual suspects, it's worth a gander.

It's ok, dog.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Zaphog
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Photo of jdhilt
1.9/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/27/12
*From notes

A: A decent pour yields a 2.25 finger white head. Cloudy golden in hue.

S: Slightly subdued. Some banana, but not a lot. A bit of nutmeg, but faint

T: Lacking a lot of the bigger characteristics you'd associate with the style. More of a crowd pleaser. Some golden malt and some banana skin. Inoffensive yet moderately tasty, I suppose.

M: Actually pretty solid. Creamy and thick enough.

O: Nowhere near the top of the American Pale Wheat heap, yet there's a lot of shit that this leaves in the dust. Not the first I'd reach for, but certainly not the last.

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.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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