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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 99 | 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

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Photo of nathanmiller


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

A pretty average "hefeweizen" though it's hard to call it that. I'm used to bottled hefes having clear evidence that they are unfiltered, such as a hazy pour or residue at the bottom of the bottle. On the contrary, this beer was very clear, with a nice head, and would have looked great if they weren't trying to convince me it was unfiltered.

The taste was good though, tasted like a typical wheat beer, but offered hints and aromas of citrus often typical to American hefes. I bought a six-pack, so I will say I'm ready for the next five; they're definitely worth drinking, but certainly not a go-to on hefeweizen.

10-09-2009 01:20:18 | More by nathanmiller
Photo of biggred1


3/5  rDev -8.8%

Hazy cream orange with a small off white head that fades quickly. The nose suggests more American wheat ale than hefeweizen, it's slightly lemony and smells of wheat malt but low on spice. Tastes okay, lemon and faint hop bitterness with a slight touch of clove in the finish. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. For a beer that calls itself a hefeweizen it's a darned average American pale wheat ale. Not terrible by any means but completely unremarkable.

10-07-2009 22:54:42 | More by biggred1
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%

On tap into 12oz weizen glass:

A: Very nice orange-yellow color, very cloudy, with a great two-finger lasting, thick head, which left good lacing.

S/T: Light and lemony-fresh with a good spiciness provided by the yeast, almost to a rye-like degree, along with some possible cloves. A surprisingly solid caramel-like malt backbone. Gets a bit astringent in time, though.

M: Light to moderate, the weak link of the beer.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this American pseudo-Hefe. Unlike other offerings, this one really had some good character and flavor to itself. This may be the first APWA that I finished thinking I'da been happier with more.

10-02-2009 18:08:29 | More by dudecandle
Photo of mindmage625


2.15/5  rDev -34.7%

Purchased from Perry's liquor store in Athens, GA.

When I brought the six-pack home, I was so excited that I immediately cracked one open. I poured it into an appropriate wheat beer glass.

The appearance at first was fairly attractive, with a nice straw color and a cloudiness characteristic of an unfiltered wheat beer. The head left something to be desired, and as I drank, I discovered that the head did not retain nor leave lacing. Despite my attempts at awakening the head (indeed, I'd poured hard to start) the head refused to be more than a few tiny bubbles on the surface.

When I smelled the beer, I got a faint hint of wheat and some spices, butl I also smelled the same skunkiness one would get from a light adjunct American lager... It was below average at best.

The moment the beer touched my lips, I knew I was disappointed with the purchase. I tasted some wheat, sure. Unfortunately, the flavor seemed watered-down and the aforementioned skunkiness carried through to the taste.

Perhaps I've been spoiled with wonderful belgian wheats from our local pub. Maybe I think that Blue Moon or Sierra Nevada Wheat is a far superior alternative for nearly the same price. Perchance I am angry that my Hefeweizen tasted like Bud Light (or worse) mixed with Blue Moon minus most of the spice notes. I don't know, but this beer goes on the "never again" list.

What does it need? A stronger flavor profile would help. The watery taste is far too overwhelming. Some nice body with a decent head would help too. Increasing the thickness by a touch would not only improve mouthfeel, but also head retention. I suppose for the price it is alright, but as I mentioned before, there are more flavorful alternatives out there.

09-23-2009 04:14:01 | More by mindmage625
Photo of katybee


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

Overall, I'd say the impression this beer left me with was average...better than a Bud,distinguishable by type, less hoppy, highly drinkable, but lacking elements to soar it to the top of its league.

The beer poured from tap to glass was a lightly cloudy yellow-gold, with minimal head, maybe a quickly dissipating 1/2 inch. Lightly citrus smell, very light hops which is a plus for me, and fairly mellow taste, crisp, not overly pungent. Rounded, compared to a lager. Not as pungent as some Belgian Whites. A little wheaty.
No aftertaste or hoppy residuals; clean to drink, light-bodied.

Not really memorable, but not really offensive. Would go great with most foods, with no overpowering aromas or tastes to match up carefully. Easy drinking, but not really special.

09-22-2009 19:02:32 | More by katybee
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.2/5  rDev -33.1%

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?]

09-20-2009 18:16:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Lolli1315


3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Looking at the head of this beer, it certainly is not a hefeweizen. Small head with little retention and lacing. Hazy yellow color, maybe a little orange color as well.

S- Strong citrus smell, most notably a lemon scent and with small tones of orange. Sweetness of the malt very evident.

T- Not surprising that the lemon comes out the strongest in the beer in the beer. Maybe those a slight orange taste as I noticed in the smell as well. Sweet beer, but fruit sweet rather than a sugary candy sweet. Certainly this is not a hefe, missing a lot of the key elements of the beer style, I know this is considered an American Pale Wheat though.

M- Thing smooth mouthfeel that fits pretty well for a summer day on the deck.

D- Easy to drink this beer and not a bad wheat beer.

Once again, this is not a hefe as it is advertised. I knew there would some difference in the taste as it is an American version, but this is nothing more than an American Pale Wheat Ale.

09-16-2009 02:53:50 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.98/5  rDev +21%

Figured I should give this beer a review, seeing how it was one of the first good beers I tried, and essentially became my "gateway" beer into the world of craft brew.

Serving type: On tap

Appearance - Pours a golden, cloudy color, with minor foam retention. Expected of the style.

Smell - Wheat, hops, and a citrus character.

Taste - Wheaty and malty, but with a slightly assertive hop character, and lemon notes. Although considered beer blasphemy to some, this is one of those beers I do drink with the lemon in it, although I avoid this practice with the German hefeweizens. Medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel - A medium bodied beer, with medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability - A very sessionable beer for sure. Perfect with food or for a night out.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. I do prefer Bavarian style Hefs, but this a solid go-to beer for me when I want something to wash down food with, or am just hanging out at a bar, and want something lighter and more refreshing than the beers I usually drink. Not amazing, but blows any adjunct lager out of the water. I give it a flat B.

09-15-2009 07:50:13 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of wertperch


2.15/5  rDev -34.7%

I sampled this on-tap at the Strawberry Music Festival beer tent.

There's little in the nose, the colour is lacking, there's little body and a disappointingly bland flavour. My standard for the style is Hoegaarden, being the first wheat beer I sampled all those years ago in Nottingham. The Widmer comes nowhere near even close.

There's barely any malt either in the nose or the taste, neither was there any of the warm spicy citrus I've come to expect from the type. It's a thin brew in every respect, and in fact the only good thing I can say is that it was cold and wet. Not unpleasant, just bitterly disappointing.

No hops, little malt, and barely any nose. Sadly, I was not impressed.

(Some of this review is cross-posted on my blog.)

09-09-2009 03:02:54 | More by wertperch
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy. Billowy white head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Nothing here. Lacks the esters you expect from the style.

Taste: bland. Crisp and clean. Some esters in the finish. Little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Clean crisp and dry. Very nice and to style

Drinkability: Better than average but I would not buy a ton.

09-07-2009 20:10:26 | More by Squelch
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

I've seen this beer around forever but never really got a shot to give one a try. Pours a golden color, sort of cloudy. Not the usual hefe aroma smell.. or maybe just a faint version of it. Taste is a bit bland, again like the aroma the nice banana and clove things I was expecting are barely there. Odd mouthfeel here for this one too. Drinkable, but there's definitely better hefe's out there, I'd have one if offered but wouldn't seek this out again.

09-03-2009 00:34:59 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap, particularly for a wheat beer; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Bready, with vague hints of banana, coriander and lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing banana and lemon cake aspect that adds some pith and coriander by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to add a nice bittering touch to the profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather insipid for a hefe, but rather nice for an American Pale Wheat (but who seeks out beers in that style)

08-24-2009 01:06:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of seaoflament


3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this one on tap (8-8-09) from my friend's brand new kegerator, sweet.

Poured a cloud orange color with a large soapy head, good retention and thick lacing but the head took quite a while to calm down.

A lot of zesty wheat aromas, spicy notes that are reminiscent of rye, lemons, very subtle banana, and a musty grain aroma. Low hop presence but a delicate floral and spicy note is there.

Taste is similar to the aroma but not as spicy, lemons, wheat, with little to no hop flavor or bitterness. A slight sweetness in the finish. Not very complex. High carbonation, a little full bodied at times, and quite refreshing on a hot day. Not a terrible beer.

08-10-2009 18:43:43 | More by seaoflament
Photo of albern


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

A mediocre and not very inspiring wheat ale. The beer pours a slightly cloudy dirty water yellow color with slight clove aroma. There are some sweet malts present in the nose, but they are hard to pick out. The look of the beer is so so, it had a decent white head that faded very quickly and there isn't much left but the dirty yellow with just a tiny rim around the glass.

The taste is rather uninteresting. There is a slight lemony citrus bite throughout, but there is nothing particularly sweet about it, there are no clove or banana flavors, it is pretty bland as it hits the mid section and the finish. The beer is reasonably refreshing but the taste just vanishes by the time it hits the back of the tongue. This beer is like vaporware. The lemony citrus just disintegrates and there's not much left over. Very average beer.

08-07-2009 21:40:31 | More by albern
Photo of magine


3.23/5  rDev -1.8%

Light cloudy orange color with white head that fades to a lacing on top of the brew. Decent lacing.

Has a bready citrus smell, wheat - kind of a underwhelming smell.

Tastes very mellow, bready wheat, mild lemon or cirus flavors some hop character comes through more then anything. Initially creamy, then has a peppery mouthfeel.

This is a Hefeweizen? Not sure about that. It is an American Wheat brew, compares less then favorable to Leinenkugal's Summer Shandy. An ok brew, not a hefe to me though.

08-01-2009 01:25:17 | More by magine
Photo of arizcards


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

Picked up a single back in April at Total Wine and More for $1.29. Bottled on JAN2309.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with an OK white head. Nose is wheat and not much else. Taste is lemony wheat with a light hop in the background. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This is a light refreshing uncomplicated beer that is quite nice on a 111 degree day in the desert.

07-12-2009 22:57:48 | More by arizcards
Photo of JBogan


2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

A cloudy dark peach color is topped by a small white head which soon fades and leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat and citrus.

Tastes much the same as it smells, along with a breadiness. Nothing really outstanding going on here, nor is it unpleasing, but it's a notch or two below the best beers of this style.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thick, and relatively smooth. On the flat side however.

When all is said and done this is a beer that is acceptable, but falls well short of the best beers of this style. I probably won't be picking this one up again unless I have an absolute craving for this style and there's nothing else available at the time.

07-03-2009 18:04:42 | More by JBogan
Photo of HalfFull


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

From the bottle this beer pours a hazy lemon orange in color with a half inch of head. Retention is brief, yet holds a surface cap and offers some scattered lacing.

Some muddled orange scents on the nose along with wheat and yeast when agitated. The nose settles along with the head on this beer, and returns with some agitation, albeit briefly.

Tastes of dry wheat and a bit of citrus. Finish is short and unexciting. A bit too sweet and yet drying on the finish. Unimpressive yet better than the draft version.

06-26-2009 02:35:56 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Anthony1


3/5  rDev -8.8%

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

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


3.85/5  rDev +17%

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.

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


2.58/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

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


2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

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)

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%

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

06-13-2009 08:07:53 | More by Billolick
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.