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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 95 | 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 Bookseeb


2.8/5  rDev -14.9%

Appearance is golden cloudy with a decent white head. Smell is crisp and not overpowering with any yeasty aromas. Taste is slightly sweet with hops that leave a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather smooth, viscous maybe. I'd say it's brewed for most Americans, but for those who want more of a traditional style go German.

03-26-2008 03:41:26 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Ecliptica


3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is almost orange in color, quite hazy, with almost no head. Head completely dissipated after taking one sip.

Not much of a defining smell, there is slight wheat smell and a very slight citrus smell but again, you really have to try to smell the beer.

Taste is surprisingly good. After the other reviews I read on here, I didn't think it would be as good as it actually is - especially since I'm not a huge advocate of wheat beers. My refrigerator is unfortunately set pretty cold right now, so maybe that affects the flavor, but the beer goes down very smooth and when it's this cold, it's hard to distinguish between the citrus flavors. I can almost certainly taste some lemon and another reviewer mentioned coriander which does seem to have a slight impact towards the middle-to-end of the beer.

Again, it's a very smooth beer - goes down like water. The citrus isn't tangy (or it was too cold to be tangy in my glass) and very, very drinkable. There is nothing about this beer that's unique and would make it stand out, however. It's a very middle-of-the-road beer that I would recommend to those who want to try this style for the first time. Super drinkable and for the inexpensive price, certainly worth trying again.

03-25-2008 05:30:36 | More by Ecliptica
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Very hazy straw colored beer. Poured with virtualy no head to speak of..minimal lacing of course.
A nose of wheat, amost bready in character.Very pleasing in smell.
Taste is pretty good. Highly carbonated which gives this beer a pretty weak mouthfeel.
Tasye is a bit sour, appley with a mild bitterness.
Slight malty notes also detected. Sweet.

03-23-2008 20:47:40 | More by dmamiano
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

Pils glass. Hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Good staying power for the head, and lacing is fair.

Faint banana ester aroma, with a little hop tingle. Taste is also faintly banana in nature. Not much else going on here. A slight swirl in the mouth reveals a little citrus or spicy note.

Light bodied, well carbonated. I'm left slightly dry after drinking half of this. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a good example of this style, but I'd push it on anyone who seemed interested in crossing over.

03-22-2008 16:31:35 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a light, golden color and a somewhat thick texture. Also had a half inch head and no lacing.

The smell was vaguely citrusy and wheaty, but wasn't very well-defined.

Had a lemon flavor, along with the wheat, but it was far too thin. Not much complexity. It isn't a terrible taste, but not very good either.

There's a low carbonation rate and an oily finish that make for a below average mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an uninteresting example of this style. It's not complex enough. Not a bad beer, but doesn't rise above the fray.

03-19-2008 13:42:06 | More by avalon07
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -1.8%

Picked up this beer after seeing it in one of Michael Jackson's books. HUGE dissapointment.

A- Hazy golden straw color. NO HEAD AT ALL. Watery as all hell.

S- Smell was citrusy and sour, faint wheat scent in the nose as well.

T- Taste was spicy in the finish and sweet up front. As expected, the wheat really comes through a long with some lemon and corriander. Nothing much other than that.

M- Not enough carbonation. Very watered down and light bodied.

D- I have mad many better heffs....this one needs some work.

03-16-2008 17:53:07 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of trackstar1043


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

A - Pours clouded golden wheat with a off white head, little noticeble lacing.

S - Sweet, citrus, wheats and oats, hearty earthy aroma.

T - Crisp and sweet good amount of wheat and citrus flavor.

M - Med to Light bodied, refreshing.

D - Nothing all the special, but clean and refreshing brew.

03-11-2008 16:56:42 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of tkeHijacker


2.68/5  rDev -18.5%

A: Golden, hazy, white head gone instantly

S: Hops lend av citrus and earthiness , slight wheat smell

T: Cascade hops come through well, piny and citrusy, watery. Not many of the flavors that I like with a wheat (i.e. banana, clove, and other spiceness)

M: Light with a big bunch of carbonation

D: too much cascade for a my tastes of a hefe. but if you're a hop head you'll love this.

tasted on 1/13/08

03-02-2008 19:31:51 | More by tkeHijacker
Photo of hylton44


2.7/5  rDev -17.9%

Deep, cloudy yellow; appropriate for teh tyle. Very thin head that quickly disappears. Malty, yeasty tang which, despite its promising start, quickly disappears behind a sharp, dry bitterness with little flavor. This unfortunate quality lessens somewhat as the beer warms up, but is still tough to get around. With so many good examples of the style around, this is not one to which I will return.

03-01-2008 21:16:58 | More by hylton44
Photo of mabirch


1.73/5  rDev -47.4%

Opened a 12 oz. bottle at my home. An overwhelming scent came flying out of the bottle, reminded me of feces and eggs.

Poured a semi-cloudy yellow, a little brighter than I had expected. An okay head died down to nothing after it was poured. The scent of feces had died down once it was poured, although it was still quite rancid.

Tasted mildly citrusy and wheaty, very light. Crisp mouthfeel, summery. The scent was just too much to bear however, and I could not finish the glass.. If the scent was not so bad, this would be a half decent brew.

I'd like to try it on tap sometime, get a different experience.

02-28-2008 21:31:58 | More by mabirch
Photo of osi


1.75/5  rDev -46.8%

A - Poured a very cloudy deep orange almost resembling bad orange juice.

S - Smells funky like a salon perm or bad eggs. Very disappointing.

T - The perm smell follows through with strong tastes of wheats and some malts.

M - Medium to full bodied with a lingering flavor.

D - The smell really turns me off for this beer. Very disappointed. I like heffewiezens and this is a very bad example.

I am hoping I just had a bad tap, what it seems like...

02-24-2008 22:25:57 | More by osi
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

A- Cloudy golden color, decent head, good lacing when head disappeared.

S- I dident get too much of a smell out of this one, maybe my sniffer is broken or something..

T,M- Wheatish taste, slight sweetness partly to the citrus

D- Good summer beer, ok for a Hefe'

02-24-2008 15:53:42 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured by a waiter from a 12 oz bottle to a sorta hefe glass, The liquid is a cloudy brownish yellow with soso carbonation. The head is small for a hefe, whits and leave little lace.

The smell is grainy, straw and hay, just a hint of fruit and almost no spice quite disappointing.

The taste follows nothing special here, just a feeble attempt at a great style. Very little traditional hefe qualities. A very light taste remotely like banana, the spice is not cloves but some thing else maybe stale pepper.

The mouthfeel was ok carbonation is good and the body was medium.

The drinkability is not so good. average across the board no reason to drink this when so much great beer is available.


02-19-2008 17:00:47 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of JerryG


4.28/5  rDev +30.1%

My rating here is higher than a lot of the others I have seen on this site. I am assuming it is because most Wheat Ales are not complex enough to rate highly in general, or maybe because it is called a Hefeweitzen and is not really a traditional Hefe. Either way, I think this beer is being underestimated.

It is important to get it on tap. Widmer Hefeweitzen suffers more than most beers in the conversion to bottle. On tap (in a 32oz Masskrug) at the brewery, it has a beautiful orange glow and the perfect cloudiness. The nose is a little weak, not bad, just not much there. The taste is filled with summer wheat and yeasty like fresh baked bread, all complimented with a lot stronger hopps taste (although not so much smell) than most Hefe's.

Maybe not the most fancy, but a great every day beer. A Portlander's version of a Frenchman's Daily Bread.

02-17-2008 19:39:57 | More by JerryG
Photo of SpencerT


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This heffe poured a murky orange-yellow with a small white head. It took a second pour to get all of the yeasties out of the bottle. It was typically cloudy. The scent of banana and citrus was present with a faint scent of the yeast.
The banana flavor from the yeast was the prevalent with an undertone of bread and citrus. The smooth clean drink would make for an excellent summer beer.

02-15-2008 23:53:12 | More by SpencerT
Photo of aquaderek


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

Served on tap in a pint glass. The color is golden cloudy yellow with a nice head, I think this beer looks good, like what a what beer should look like. I was not impressed with the nose, not much there bread, wheat, and a strange metallic notes. The taste was ok, wheaty, no lasting finish. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous. I could drink a few, I had this with chicken wings and it worked pretty well to wash the hot wings down, but overall not impressed with the ale.

02-13-2008 04:04:21 | More by aquaderek
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -20.1%

Pretty weak. This one reminded me a lot of the Magic Hat Circus Boy, sort of a starters version of an APWA or Hefe. Appearance is fairly weak, totally clear, very lager-like straw color, weak head. Nose is light wheat, very little spice, and light citrus fruit. Very mild. Taste is like a lager-wheat beer mix. Malty background - corn? - wheat, citurs, all that. Overall, not good. Feel is very thin, uninteresting. This isn't one I'll try again.

02-06-2008 17:58:00 | More by soupyman10
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

Run of the mill American wheat beer. Looks like old orange juice. Cloudy brownish orange.

Smell is mostly citrus, and a bit herbal, like tea. Taste starts similar to the smell. Citrus flavors, mostly lemon, and some tea like tastes as well. It's okay, except for this hard to explain spicy flavor that takes over at the end. Not a big fan of that.

The high carbonation leaves a dry, crisp feeling, washing away most of the bad aftertaste. It's one very redeeming quality of this beer, making it fairly drinkable.

This is kind of the McDonald's of Hefeweizen's. The menu says cheeseburger, but all you really got was some recycled beef and a square of processed cheese.

01-31-2008 14:01:32 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of daledeee


3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

I'm getting my hopes up. My local Walmart is actually selling some craft beers. I like Hefewezens so I thought I would give this one a try.

I poured this aggressively but could not coax much of a head out of it. The small head dissipated quickly. This is a cloudy yellow orange. The nose is mostly biscuit/bread with some citrus background. The taste is very hoppy for a weizen. This is backed up by citrus oil flavor. It reminds me of some of the Belgian hops flavors. There is some carbonated bite. It does have a nice aftertaste of citrus and hops. This is one of the better American wheats I have had but when compared to the good Germans, keep working on it boys!

01-27-2008 23:09:35 | More by daledeee
Photo of slyke


3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Widmer Hefeweizen pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a finger of white head.

The smell has aromas of citrus and a little yeast. Taste is lemony with strong flavors of wheat (as expected).

Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a dry finish and tart aftertaste.

Drinkability is decent. This beer may not set your world on fire, but it isn't one to turn down.

01-26-2008 23:10:12 | More by slyke
Photo of baseballrock


3.75/5  rDev +14%

Appearance- golden and its very cloudy, i like this though, looks nice a hearty. Smell- citrus nice auroma nothing great though. Taste- Taste good a little citrus, a bit bitter. the taste has a nice linger to it and i really like this. mouthfeel- pretty average. Drinkability- goes down easy, with that lingering taste you know what you've been drinking.

i like this beer it can be found fairly easy in DFW, thumbs up

01-25-2008 22:33:56 | More by baseballrock
Photo of champ103


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

A: The beer has a nice orange/yellow color that is very cloudy. A good white foamy head forms with a bit of lace down the glass.
S: Not very aromatic, actually nothing much here at all just some citrus.
T: Again, some citrus and a little banana. Not very overwhelming or complex, but a nice tasting beer.
M/D: Very thin and watery. A bit over carbonated. This was a bit harsh to drink at first, but as it warmed up this was a very smooth and easy drinking beer.

A decent American wheat ale is what we have here. Nothing that really stands out, but a good intro to a world outside of BMC.

01-25-2008 03:35:28 | More by champ103
Photo of clayrock81


3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

I have to be honest, having this on tap at a local bar for $2 makes its drinkability real high (if you live in VA you know $2 drafts are considered cheap). That might spike the rating, but so be it. Received my glass and it had a small, disipating head w/ slight citrus smell and a golden body w/ minimal cloudiness. My taste buds picked up a noticeable amount of citrus and spice (I want to say pepper) and a real smooth body. It is just too bland to garner a higher score, but I don't think it is that bad of a hefe.

01-18-2008 19:49:32 | More by clayrock81
Photo of CrescentLake

New York

2.4/5  rDev -27.1%

Hefeweizen for the masses. It looks like a wheat, kinda smells like a wheat, but the taste (excluding mouthfeel) is almost a pilsner. Far too plain... where did you hide the bavarian influence. I know that Oregon is the mecca for American hefeweizen, but come on we want the wheat! and the ester notes... please. America is the king of taking something simple and overdoing it, i.e. the tripple whopper, deep dish pizza, I mean look at Hooters for god sake. C'mon Widmer, step up to the plate... you are the face of American hefewiezen whether you like it or not... next time you gaze into that big ol' brew kettle I hope you see a red, white, and blue hue and I wish you would decide to make "Old Glory" proud. you can do it!

01-17-2008 16:42:44 | More by CrescentLake
Photo of JDV


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

On draft. Cloudy yellowish Orange Hefeweizen color. Definite wheat aroma and some bitter orange peel, and slight orange cleaner like astringency, but not in a really bad way. Nice wheaty taste, citrusy orange rind flavor with a moderate to high bitterness for an American Wheat along with a touch of astringency. I enjoyed this much more a few months after initially trying it. Actually not bad at all.

01-15-2008 22:07:32 | More by JDV
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