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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,658 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Anthony1

Colorado

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a weissen glass

pours a cloudy orange with a moderate white head that doesn't last long.

smell is also a little weak, with notes of orange, banana, wheat, and a bit of clove, but nothing stands out. the flavor is likewise as weak in flavor. it feels like light/medium with some carbonation, but average all around

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 18:14:43 | More by Anthony1
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 01:47:33 | More by tone77
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blackc5

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent offering from Widmer, but by no means a hefeweizen. In that regards it is pretty disappointing, but even compared within the American wheat ale category this one comes out watery, flat and very macro in flavor. I can't help but think that this recipe could use an update to increase it's flavor complexity and bring it more in line with contemporary expectations.

That said, for pairing with food, where the food would overpower the palate and ruin a truly good brew, this probably fits. If you are looking for something to gulp while downing salty snacks or that bacon cheeseburger, this is alright. For drinking on its own, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 20:57:12 | More by blackc5
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sls0210

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with minimal head retention and hardly any lacing. Decent wheat smell with a hint of lemon, but I can't detect any spice or banana common in others of this style. More hop presence than I'm used to for the style, but that doesn't rescue the overall drab flavor. No complexity here, watery and thin tasting. I rank the drinkability high in that if you are looking for a light beer that isn't feeling and doesn't taste like swill, this is your ticket. But if you are looking for a quality pale wheat beer to sip and enjoy, I don't think this is it. Spend a little more and get a Weihenstephaner Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 18:40:04 | More by sls0210
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smanders

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed without the ubiquitous orange/lemon slice.

Appearance - unfiltered orange with a white head.

Smell - mild citrus with hints of wheat.

Taste - starts with some grain followed quickly by fruit, bread, and even a little hops. Interesting...

Drinkability - A nice introduction for those interested in the wheat beer style. This has some great flavors, goes well with food, and is affordable. Well done, brothers!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 18:07:45 | More by smanders
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a glowing bright yellow/gold....cloudy

S-Dulled citrus...oranges...some wheatiness

T-Citrus gives it a little tartness...lemons...unripe oranges...basic american wheat ale base for malt

M-A little too tart for my liking

D-I'm not a big fan of American Pale Wheat Ale's but I do like them a little in the summer when I am very thirsty from activity outside and I want a beer I don't have to think about...in those cases I like this style better than a regular Hefe...and this one is ok for that...a bit too tart for my tastes...much prefer the Pyramid Hefe (which is also an American Pale Wheat Ale)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:35:37 | More by ZAP
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 08:07:53 | More by Billolick
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flexinwext

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a foggy golden amber, with dismal lacing and head retention. Scent isn't quite as spicy or harsh as others, pretty pleasant overall, smells of wheat with faint hop presence. Taste is not bad, pretty muted but easy drinking with a hint of citrus. Seems like a macro with more taste. Nice creamy mouthfeel is very soothing. Overall, high drinkability, this just really doesn't seem too have much going on. Not sure how to grade it but its not too bad for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:15:11 | More by flexinwext
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showell

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dirty amber. The yeast gives it a cloudy appearance. The smell is nothing special. Light citrus with just a wisp of cloves. The Taste is about what you'd expect from the smell... citrus, just a touch of cloves, and a little bit of hops. A little over carbonated for my taste, but not too much for a beer for a hot day. The carbonation, with the citrus makes it a very drinkable beer. Very nice for a hot day after work, when you're thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:32:53 | More by showell
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FloppyDog

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass with an orange-straw color and minimal fast-dissipating head.

The aroma is not really prominent, but I am finding mainly some sweetish wheat character. Ever so slight banana in the nose as well.

The taste has a similar subtle malt sweetness, but the hops come through much stronger in the taste. Hop bitterness and flavor are more prominent in this hefe than many others that I have tried. A little too much hop dominance for my taste. I prefer the malt to be the main focus.

Mouth feel is medium-light with small prickly carbonation bubbles, that when combined with the higher levels of hop bitterness, become a little sharp on my tongue.

Overall, an average drinking beer, but not something that I would seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 03:49:29 | More by FloppyDog
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with two-fingers of puffy white head that slowly dissolves into a thin film around the glass. As you sip this beer it leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma has lemon zest, orange peel as well as some banana and a touch of clove. Flavor has some citrus with no bitterness. Its a light- to medium-bodied beer. This is an okay beer but the flavor falls way flat. The nose is a little misleading.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:50:51 | More by DiabolikDUB
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 20:25:21 | More by akorsak
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Beefeater57

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dark yellow/peach color. Thin, sudsy white head with no retention or lacing.

S: Smells like lemon jolly ranchers. Sweet citrus smell of lemon and orange peel.

T: As expected, getting the citrus flavor but mostly orange peel. Hint of hop bitterness in the finish and some acidity of lemon. Get more of a lemon candy taste with each sip.

M: Tangy mouthfeel, not as thin as expected.

D: Has an easy standard drinkability that wheat ales have. The lemon candy I was getting in the smell/taste was interesting. Not bad, standard wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:00:54 | More by Beefeater57
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veachster

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Foggy golden in color with a white head. Retention is't the greatest with very little to no lacing. I'm hoping the taste is as nice as the foggy color. There is visible signs of carbonation.

S - I can smell some sort of citrus... I would say of a lemon. I'm also picking up a scent of banana(?)

T - It's hoppy but instead of lemon, I'm now thinking orange. Maybe some banana, but lacking the wheat I was looking for.

M - Medium bodied... has a "flatish" profile. I was expecting it to be more crisp from carbonation given the style.

D - It's a good beer, it just didn't quite fit what I was expecting from a hefe. I would accept it as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:27:08 | More by veachster
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washburnkid

New York

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in a weizen glass.

A: A super cloudy orange, yellow, and golden beer with a couple fingers of very bubbly white head, though the pour was pretty forced. Unexpectedly god retention considering the pour, and decent lacing line the glass.
S: Faintest hints of clove and other spices expected, with just a tad of banana in the way back.
T/M: A pretty watery liquid in terms of body and flavor. Like in the aroma, there are just mild hints of clove, but not a lot. Low carbonation, but that might have been due to my forcing a head out of this beer at the pour. There is a small kick of hop bitterness. Citrus tang with a glimmer of hop in the spices that pull through with warmth.
D: Pretty easy to drink, and decent for a hot summer day. This is the beer that started it all for me. Though I'm glad I've moved on, I wanted to make sure I paid some tribute to the brew by paying very good attention to it in ways I couldn't during high school/my first year in college. I imagine this beer was really full of flavor about ten years ago, before it reached such a massive market.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:37:57 | More by washburnkid
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Vancer

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A prost under the cap is an entertaining way to get started.

Ol Widy pours a hazy amber (swirled the bottom yeasties and added them) into the Crown Valley cervoice glass, white head appears, but quickly resides. Couple small rings of Brussels lace.

Good aroma of orange and citrus, which progress into the quaff, albeit lightly. Malt backbone, again on the light side. For a Hefe, this one really needs more clove and banana. Still, an OK drinker for those on a budget or crossing over from macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 21:08:51 | More by Vancer
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Rayek

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Elephant Bar in Lakewood, CO.

A: Cloudy gold with minimal carbonation. Small but dense white head has OK retention. Leaves heavy lace.

S: Pretty mild. Lemon, straw, and maybe a hint of cloves.

T: Mild flavored as well. Starts out with a dry, but sweet bread flavor. Bitterness has a minimal clove bite. Finishes dry and semi-tart with a lingering bit of lemon.

M: Medium body feels almost dough like. Carbonation feels low given the beer's style.

D: Certainly a safe and unassuming beer. Low ABV makes it good for a session. Low flavor profile made me think ho-hum. A decent beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 21:50:46 | More by Rayek
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SaintPeter

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 02 05 09, hefeweizen glass used

Poured, swirled, decanted. Nice fluffy cotton white two and a half finger head. The color is a brilliant orange yellow, hazy after the decanting. Reminds me of a hot day. Wanted a lemon but I'm reviewing it in it's purity. No cling on the glass, just a hovering cap of foam. Drapes of lacing as the beer drinks down. Aroma of wheat and hints of cloves and bananas. The taste is similar to a hefeweizen that you might encounter in Germany: cloudy, yeasty, lemony and full of flavor. A nice fluffy mouthfeel, goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. This is an excellent rendition of a tradition German style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:41:15 | More by SaintPeter
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CMW

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy light yellow with a decent sized white head that stuck around for a while but left almost no lacing.

S - Citrus scents more than banana. The wheat is also notceable but not as strong as some of your German wheat beers.

T - Not bad. Once again, citrus flavors are stronger than I would expect. Tastes more like an orange than a banana. Very smooth and not bitter at all in the finish.

M - Nice and creamy, this was a strong point of the beer.

D - I drank this because it was the best choice available and would do so again in the same situation. However, at a different bar or liquor store, I would not choose this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 23:34:19 | More by CMW
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mjurney

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Abby's pizza in Grants Pass, Oregon.

[Appearance]: Very cloudy, pale golden color with a nice bright head.
[Smell]: Zesty citrus aroma, grainy wheat, some hint of cheese from the yeast.
[Taste/Mouthfeel]: Very clean and hoppy. Lemony zest, grainy wheat, finish off dry fruitiness. Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is good.
[Drinkability]: Not bad, better than most American wheat ale I had. Worth trying it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 23:42:33 | More by mjurney
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

realized I haven't reviewed this one yet, so here' goes...

pours a murky lemony straw color with tons of light sediment floating throughout. A decent two-finger bubbly off-white head fades quickly but leaves some nice leafy lacing down the glass.

aroma of wheat, lemon zest, a hint of lemon juice, a bit of herbal hops. clean straw, grass, and more citrus. a bit timid.

tastes wheaty, with some clean crisp citrus notes. hoppy with some herbal and green notes. a hint of sourness and a hint of veggie. relatively one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

mouth is clean, crisp, and refreshing, with just enough bitter hopping and citrus zest to make it pop a bit.

All in all, this is still a pretty fair wheat that remains beautifully accessible to those unfamiliar with the style. sure, it doesn't have any outlandish spicing or heavy yeast kick, but it's still pretty dang drinkable. On this first warm evening of the year, it definitely hits the spot. maybe not as well as others would, but it does a good job for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 06:56:45 | More by djeucalyptus
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Halcyondays

California

3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Wheat glass.

The color is a hazy and cloudy orange/yellow with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is yeasty with a slight citrus aroma and a little bit of funk in the nose.

The taste is a bit orange and citrus in taste. The wheat flavor gives the beer a good earthy taste. Also has a tangerine flavor as well.

I nice well balanced Hefeweizen and enjoyable beer. The fruit flavor has a nice tangy but easy drinking feel. Quite an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:40:51 | More by Duhast500
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KBomb

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this at Trader Joe's to celebrate the start of Mariners baseball, I remember enjoying Hefewiezen on-tap back in some of my old Washington state watering holes. I should note that I was saddened to come home and see that this batch was bottled back in November of '08, so that certainly should be kept in mind with this review.

A: Beautiful cloudy copper, small head but lacing persists.
S: A little yeast, a little citrus sourness. Aroma is very mild and is lacking some of the traditional banana/clove/bubblegum smell.
T: Taste is sadly pretty bland. A little sourness, a little "mustiness", and a bit of sweetness. Again, lacking the nuances of superior wheat-beers.
M: Dry, crisp, and a little thin.
D: Goes down pretty easy, but mild and "off" flavors don't make it very compelling.

I'd be interested in trying this again if it were more fresh, but as it stands I can think of a half-dozen better wheat beers I'd take over this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 20:12:31 | More by KBomb
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yaegerje

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It's a hef (always great) and it's not an overly complicated beer.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a minimal head and a small amount of lacing

S - Some nice malty tones and pleasing citrus scents

T - Wonderful citrus notes coming through here, and a little malt

M - A great mouthfeel and comes across really deep and pleasing

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 17:00:35 | More by yaegerje
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.