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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 173 | FT: 1
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999

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
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Photo of kshankar
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of cagocubs
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of danetrain0101
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of jealousmonk
1.56/5  rDev -52.7%
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.

Photo of TimInPA
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of myost88
2.49/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of jantonius
1.92/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of berley31
3.21/5  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.

Photo of Offa
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Mavajo
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

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.

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.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of dudecandle
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of mindmage625
2.21/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of katybee
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
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?]

Photo of Lolli1315
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.