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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,849
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 159 | FT: 1
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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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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Philousa
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, tawny yellow in the glass with one finger of head. Some lacing on the glass as you sip. I get coriander, lemon, pale pilsner malt, really no hops to speak of in the nose. A bit of funk as well. Pale malt, citurs, and a bit nutty flavor. Very light mouthfeel,, watery, well carbonated.

This is a solid hef. I'm not a fan of the wheat ale category, but this is a good stand by. The nuttiness really stands out to me and separates it from the other hefs on the market. The other major factor that separates it is the fact that it isn't all lemon or too funky. Can we get the hefeweizens a little more balanced, people? Would be very good on a hot day or with a mild fish. Good to have to mix things up.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a very murky golden, which is understandable since it is unfiltered. There is a one finger head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Smells of hops and pine resins, a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: It's pretty ok. There is a taste of wheat and hops in the forefront with a following of citrus/fruitiness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation.

Overall: A beer that I would try again for sure. It's nothing amazing but it certainly doesn't suck.

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a sampler pack that was packaged June 26, 2011. Purchased from Happy Harry's 45th St. Fargo, ND. Bottle BB Aug, 2011.

A: A hint of orange in the hazy yellow body. Lots of white head and tons of lacing.
S: Light hints of banana, some vegetal comes through over time. Very light on the nose.
T: Once again alight body for flavour. Hints of banana, some spiciness in there, perhaps from the hops. Enjoyable enough, though one dimensional and nothing to write home about.
M: Fairly viscous, light sweetness.
O: I love a good Hefeweizen, and this is certainly no hefe... I can see why they describe it otherwise here... Good enough for what it is, but more banana, more clove!

Photo of Bigbadbudman
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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

Snifter pour and made sure to swirl the last quarter for more goodness. Pours a very cloudy straw color with a massive foamy white head that stays for awhile. Very light lacing. The smell has some minor wheat and slight melons and lemons but nothing special. The taste has some light fruit and a lemon kick on the swallow. More wheat in the mix too but not really digging the combo. Bitter aftertaste. Overall I have had this a few times and each time I have not been impressed. Probably just not my style. Better Hefe's out there as well as wheat brews. But of course...no lemon allowed.

Photo of DM1293
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a beautiful burst of cloudy yellow sunshine...Light lemony scents and some mild wheat predominantly make up the nose which is very weak for some reason. Wheat water is the flavor of the day! Some sweet lemon grass and mild orange juice also. Good medio-light body and sudsy carbonation make a worthwhile texture on the tongue and cheeks.

Widmer seems to be a good starting place for those heading into craft beer. A nice mild wheat ale that many pop a lemon slice into. Enjoy!

Photo of Jkess89
4.85/5  rDev +47%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hefeweizen usually brings to mind a sweet, flavorful beer. Poured to a bottle, this had a golden color. Yet it had almost no aroma. This was a bad sign. The initial taste was a watered down banana flavor that seemed to just fade to nothingness. No interesting aftertaste. The mouthfeel was typical for a hefe, which is to say it there was not much to it after the light carbonation. Generally, this is typical of the style. A watered-down sweet flavor is not typical of the style.

Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Hefeweizen pours a cloudy golden color, with very little head. The smell was a bit sweet, and citrus like, but had a skunky undertone. The taste was a bit malty, and you can pick up the wheat a little; strong citrus possibly lemon flavor. Does have a nice complete flavor, and good carbonation. Overall this isnt a bad beer, there are better wheat ales out there, but its worth a try.

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.