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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 20
Gots: 107 | 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:
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 metter98
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of wheat and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a mix of malt, wheat, and lemon citrus. A slight bitterness from the hops also comes across.
M: The flavor is light bodied, crisp, and smooth on the palate.
D: It's rather light and refreshing, but not quite as thirst quenching as some German hefeweizens.

metter98, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange/amber color with minimal head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Wheat and grains upfront with hints of spices and citrus.

T - Wheaty and bready upfront with a slight tartness towards finish.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good and low in abv. Makes a good session beer.

taigor, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangy amber color, full frothy white head, dicipated quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is light citrus, light stale wet hay-like whiffs, faint hint of peppery spice. Taste follows scent - decent blend of light hay, light citrus, light spice and light yeasting... the one thing i give this beer credit for is the avoidance of an overpowering, fake sweet citrus flavor seen in other mass produced "wit" beers. Light bodied, decent carbonation. Ok beer, nothing outstanding but doesnt do much wrong.

rfgetz, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with some decent white head, pretty good retention. just some sparadic lacing. some particles visible as well.

kinda of a weak aroma. citrus, slight bannana and clove from the yeast and maybe some faint yeast.

a little better in the taste, but not much. citrus comes in strong, some spice perhaps from the hops. some pale wheat malts towards the finish. ends slightly bitter. definately no traditional hefe yeast characteristics though which is quite dissappointing. no bannana. no clove. reminds me of a macro.

light body. decent carbonation. light, dry mouthfeel after the finish. average mouthfeel, nothing special.

kind of a pour example of a hefe. definatly more of a pale wheat and has some sort of macro like funk going on. i wouldntmind drinking this after a hot summers baseball game, a few of these cold would actually go down nicely in that situation, but i definatly would not seek this out again.

dogfishandi, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of NOOGIE
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice orange color, almost no foam at all!

Smell: Lots of wheat, also a faint orange smell.

Taste: Wheat and a nice citrus taste, also good bite of hops.

Mouthfeel: Kind of weak, doesn't stay in your mouth long enough after your done.

Drink: Average, nothing really that smooth about this beer. I was looking for this beer, because it was mentioned in a Modern Marvels episode: "Wheat."

NOOGIE, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of MrHadack
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard bar pint glass with a wedge of lemon that was promptly discarded.

(A): Pure white 1-finger head. Cloudy orange / golden brown color. Over the course of the tasting it left halos and lacing on the way down the glass.

(S): Some citrus notes, scant hops. Nothing too prominent. Really had to breathe deeply to get anything out of it.

(T): Hop spiciness up front that lingered the entire time. Citrus flavors showed up immediately after this (some lemon and orange, mostly the latter) accompanied by yeast flavors.

(M): Thick, low carbonation, slippery on the palate.

(D): I rated it above average in this area because while it falls short of what I would really like to find in a good Hefe, it was a reasonable American version. Nothing more than that, though.

MrHadack, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle bottled 2 mos. ago poured into a pint glass:

Nice big foamy white head, cloudy in appearance.

Aroma is spicy and citrusy, but not strong, you have to get in there and really whiff on it.

Taste is spicy and citrusy, but again not overwhelming. No banana, just some yeast pepperyness and citrus notes from the hops.

Feel was about right, and very drinkable. Overall a very balanced beer. Not a banana bomb, but much more balanced. No complaints here. I bet a freshly tapped mug on a hot day would be sublime.

Chugmonkey, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of kshankar
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a smaller frothy head with decent retention.

Aroma is of extremely mild citrus and wheat

Taste is also on the milder side..citrusy to an extent, and somewhat yeasty

Mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation is a bit overdone.

Drinkability is very average, at best. Its light and easy to drink in the sense that water is drinkable..but nothing exceptional. It started out good..then it kind of fizzled out after 3-4 sips.

kshankar, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

a - An orange/gold color that is somewhat murky. Almost no head whatsoever and a little carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat and bread, also some citrusy fruit.

t - Taste a lot like wheat. Very easy to drink but not very flavorful.

m - Light body with a little bit of carbonation.

d - I was looking for something in my fridge with a lower ABV tonight and had a few of these that a friend left over from a dinner party still around so gave it a try. I thought it was a pretty weak hefeweizen and kind of blank taste wise. It wasn't bad, but it is not something I would buy or really want to try again.

mdfb79, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange haze, white head, does not retain slight lacing.

S: Light and citrus (orange), spice.

T: Real citrus. Orange flavor dominates, leaves a little more to be desired from a Hefe.

M: Good, Creamy and coats. Good flow, Crisp

D: Good, For an American Hefe this is a good attempt. Cant compare to the Fatherland, but one decent start. SImilar to BM.

cagocubs, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of danetrain0101
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent American Hefeweizen.

Pours a could gold color with a medium size head.

Smells of wheat and yeast with some slight fruity accents.

Taste is decent. Wheat and yeast are strong. Some fruit hints.

Feels decent. Very smooth and refreshing.

A nice drinkable American Hefeweizen. Doesn't compare to a real German one, but a great attempt my Widmer.

danetrain0101, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jealousmonk
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Average hefeweizen appearance, on the minimal carbonation side. Nothing too unusual.

S: Very light smell. Almost nothing there but a bit of citrus. Really doesn't smell like beer.

T: Same story as with the smell. Almost no flavor, and with none of the typical hefe bite. This is a truly bad beer--it drinks almost like a light beer, so watery that it is unpleasant.

M: Delivers on the minimal carbonation observed after the pour. Feels flat, which is especially damning for such a tasteless beer. Yuck.

D: Not hard to drink, but not especially pleasant to do so either.

I was very unimpressed with this beer. Generally Widmer does a solid if not overly inspired job, but this is just plain boring and unpleasant. They make a variety pack that is a good cheap buy for a big group, but the prospect of ending up with a bunch of the hefeweizen might make me think twice about stocking up.

jealousmonk, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of TimInPA
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After drinking a few different German wheat beers, this is a bit of a let-down.

A: Yellow, Cloudy. No head, pours flat.

S: Very light citrus smell.

T: Citris tase with a big after-bite.

M: Weak, with no carbonation

D: Easy to drink a few, but simply does not hold my attention very long.

Serving type: bottle, poured into a pint glass.

TimInPA, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of myost88
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsener style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow color that is a bit deeper in color towards the top of the poured beer. Head pours a clean white 1 finger but is quickly gone. No lacing remains, but in my experience that is par for the course with hefes.

Smell: Very out of line with what we like to think of as a good hefe. No cloves scent, no bananas, no peppery spiciness. Only recognizable scents are lemony citrus and a little wheat.

Taste: Mostly in line with the smell. There was none of the biscuity yeast taste. It just takes like someone took a light wheat beer and mized it with unsweetened lemonade. If you let it warm even a bit it just gets even more lacking and has a very watery characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Its light. Super light. Highly carbonated. I gave it a good rating but to be honest its just average. Nothing really of note.

Drinkability: It goes down easy. And I imagine it would be very refreshing on a hot day. I take enjoyability into account however, and I truly did not enjoy drinking this beer.

Overall: I love hefes. One of my favorite beers. Especially to eat with a nice dinner. They are light and the typical flavors can really enhance foods like chicken and salads with a nice cirtus based dressing. However I was really let down by this beer. IMO it doesn't even belong in the hefe style.

myost88, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of jantonius
1.93/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This Hefeweizen has seemed to lose it's quality and characteristics over the last 5 to 10 years.

A: Straw - Yellow, Cloudy. No head, pours flat.

S: Very slight citrus tones.

T: No real flavor, just slight lemon or orange.

M: Medium body, average carbonation

D: Goes back easy, very simple, non - complex beer. Ok session beer, good cooking Hef.

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mildly hazy yellow with two fingers of bright white head into a weizen glass. Appeared very carbonated. The smell yielded the standard banana and clove reminiscent of hefeweizens, but it was very subdued, and in fact overpowered a bit by lemon citrus. The taste confirmed this; the only fruit that came through in abundance was lemon. However, the carbonation left a nice feel on the palate, and it certainly struck me as a great lawnmower beer substitute.

donniecuffs, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a sampler glass.

Looks partially cloudy and yellow. Classic hefe banana/clove smell. Wheaty and hearty taste. Clean and flavorful. Lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, a solid hefe. Certainly not the top of the line, my ratings might be inflated as I am a big fan of the style.

KTCamm, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of kpoole25
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle to glass. Cloudy apricot color in appearance. Smell to me as like a lager, fairly mild beer-yeast aroma. This had some wheat flavors and maybe a bit of hops at the end. Carbonation was about where I like it, fairly integrated, not too prickly. As it warmed up I liked it less, last drink was sort of meh. I haven't had a lot of wheat beers, many seem to have spices (coriander and orange peel) added, as far as I know this was straight wheat beer. Sort of interesting on that point, but I guess I know why they spice it up, it's pretty bland.

kpoole25, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished to a thin film. Surprisingly, some pretty good lacing left behind while drinking. Body is a dark yellow and very cloudy.

S: There's a very light aroma of wheat and orange, but it IS pretty light, and barely detectable.

T: Very mild flavor here, not much to it at all. I can get the usual wheat and lemon flavors, but they're quite mild. Nothing to set it apart from other hefes at all.

M: Medium-bodied, with a thin/oily texture, and average carbonation.

D: Easy to put it back, but pretty boring.

berley31, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good wheat beer, pelasant, firm, but quite simple and a bit thin on character.

It is cloudy straw-yellow with a medium, firm white head slowly shrinking to a foamy top and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is light grain, hay, citrus, and grass.

The taste is similar, light grain and hay and hints of vaguely tasting bitter-tart lemon pulp and some grass. It is light and faintly sweet before the lemon pulp and grass briefly take over for a citric, slightly bitter-tart finish that quickly fades into a gentle grain aftertaste. It's pretty quenching and basically good, but simple, nothing remotely special, and a bit one-dimensional with a hint of roughness.

Offa, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head that fades to a thin white crown and leaves sparse spotty lacing. Nose is of wheat and banana. Mouthfeel is the same with an addition of mild spice. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit too watery. Medium carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Decent but unremarkable brew.

Mavajo, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright golden color. The thin head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Wheaty and slightly citrusy. Leaves one wanting a bit more...

Taste: Has a forceful wheaty flavor up front that eventually mellows out into a citrusy aftertaste. Has a little bit of a hoppy bitterness to it as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability: A decent interpretation of a hefeweizen. I'm usually not a big fan of American wheat beers, but this one isn't that bad. Worth a try...

wahhmaster, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of argock
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Bottled on date on front label. Purchased as part of variety 23-pack at Sam's Club (Charlottesville, VA) for $23.72.

A: Lighter-than-average pale yellow with not much haze but a 2-3 finger sticky off-white head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Consistent with style but weak overall with some soft lemon citrus, mild banana and fruity esters, and splash of clove

T: Echoes the aroma with pale wheat lemongrass tanginess, assorted soft banana esters, and light spice note.

M: Light-bodied with relatively low carbonation and lemon aftertaste with some light drying, quenching effect.

D: Not terrible for a pale wheat but I guess they are afraid to change the name.

argock, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy golden yellow. Head retention and lacing are above average.
This one's got all the wheat / yeast in the aroma with no evidences of a hefe. You can tell before you sip it that it's a pale wheat, but the aromas is solid. Nothing complex, but sturdy.
The flavor is the same; strong wheat provides a backbone with some yeast, a very light citrus and very gentle peppery spice. There's a very mild hops bitterness that lurks underneath.
The feel's not bad; a light to medium body supports a nicely carbonated crispness with a smooth finish.
I think this gets lower reviews because it's passed off as a hefe when it clearly isn't, but credit where due: it's solid.

Brenden, Oct 10, 2009
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.