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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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1,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 21
Gots: 132 | 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 jantonius
1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
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 -0.6%
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 +22.1%
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 -21.8%
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 -3%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.6%
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 -3%
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 -8.2%
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 +10.6%
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
Photo of nathanmiller
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

nathanmiller, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

biggred1, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dudecandle, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of mindmage625
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

mindmage625, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of katybee
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

katybee, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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?]

BeerFMAndy, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Lolli1315, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Flightoficarus, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of wertperch
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.)

wertperch, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Squelch, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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)

brentk56, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

seaoflament, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of albern
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

albern, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of magine
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

magine, Aug 01, 2009
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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