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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 21
Gots: 134 | 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 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
Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

arizcards, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of JBogan
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

JBogan, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

HalfFull, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Anthony1, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

tone77, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of blackc5
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

blackc5, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of sls0210
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

sls0210, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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!

smanders, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ZAP
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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)

ZAP, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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

Billolick, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

flexinwext, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of showell
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

showell, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of FloppyDog
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

FloppyDog, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

DiabolikDUB, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

akorsak, May 31, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Beefeater57, May 30, 2009
Photo of veachster
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

veachster, May 25, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

washburnkid, May 19, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Vancer, May 14, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Rayek, May 10, 2009
Photo of SaintPeter
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

SaintPeter, May 07, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

CMW, May 03, 2009
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.