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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 109 | 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 yelterdow
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rich for the opportunity to sample this beer. Served at just over fridge temperature in a weissbier glass, this has the date 061808 raised on the label. This East Coast example was bottle at Redhook.

Appearance- A heavily cloudy, murky gold beer glugs into the glass... this is as opaque as any hefeweizen I've seen. The head rises two fingers and stays put for many minutes, lacing well.

Smell- While the wheat malt and aromatic hops are present, the usual components of banana, bubblegum and clove are almost completely obscured... if not absent. The nose is one of lemon, wheat, and doughy bread.

Taste- Husky and wheaty in flavor, this beer goes straight to grain and barely offers up the truly enjoyable attributes of a weissbier. There is no banana, no clove, but a spiciness and hop bittering comes through in the finish. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A thin beer that struggles to becomes slick and creamy... the carbonation is easy and nondescript, providing a mild texture without emphasizing the ingredients. Overall, I'd suggest passing this over completely in favor of the real deal from Germany or several other offerings from the States.

yelterdow, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would grab this one while in Hawaii since we don't get it in my state. Pours a hazy pale orange with a one-finger off-white quickly fading head. Smells grassy and lemony. Tastes of bananas, oranges and malts with some spice thrown in for goo dmeasure. Mouth-feel is a little creamy and very drinkable. The good thing about rating beers on vacation is that sometimes you can't "internet check" your ratings to see what others are thinking about a particular brew. I rated it a C+, damn us BA's all think alike.

stephens101, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having this on tap many times, I really enjoy it for what it is. Nothing that gets in your way of enjoying your evening or thinking about the beer you are drinking!

Having said that..out of the bottle, this takes on a very dull and uninteresting dimension. Once poured, all the sediment swirled into the glass.

On tap, this is murky, can't see thru orangey citrusy flavor. In the bottle, it loses a lot of these characteristics and taste is minimal.

Avoid the bottle if you can and seek out on draft.

Kolsch, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a murky orange-gold with a soapy slick of foam and a thin, tight white band around the edges; no lacing present during the session. Copious yeast particles present in solution. Mild nose; perhaps a little grassy with a light citrus quality. Taste consistent with nose; citrus astringency is a little more pronounced, due to carbobnation level, but nothing really pops. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a decent amount of carbonation, but comes off a little heavier than anticipated for the abv and style. Very drinkable brew. Nice session summer session beer. Flavor is a little muted, but not terribly so, and quite easy drinking; good for grilling.

Jwale73, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought single 12 oz at whole foods. Poured into 16 oz. pilsner glass, Nice head retention , followed by decent lacing around top.

This beer actually looks alot better than it tastes, prolly one of the worst hefeweizens i've tasted. Doesnt contain the light refreshing taste that you would expect from a wheat beer, good thing i also bought a six pack of Franziskaner while at the store

ps. Tried this acouple months later on draft and it was significantly
better. Dont know if i got a bad bottle or what but the one i had tasted like old ladies perfume

angelmonster, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Shadman
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly has that Hefe look about it. Very cloudy/hazy yellow orange with a brilliant white head of fine foam.

Aroma of a solid wheat malt backbone with a hint of floral citrus.

Strong wheat flavor with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness in the back end. Thick, smooth mouthfeel..felt like I could almost chew this beer.

I might be the slight minority, but I liked this beer. On a hot summer day after playing in the mountains of Montana it would hit the spot.

Shadman, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not the best looking beer. Very cloudy and seemed to pour kind of heavy with not really any head at all. Looked like orange juice, or maybe an orange grapefruit juice. It's got a real strong fruity taste to it and on top of that they serve it with a lemon. Outside of that though it was a rather bland beer, that halfway through I was ready to try something else.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Olive & Twist in Pittsburgh

A: The appearance is exactly like that of a Blue Moon, very cloudy and orange colored

S: Tons of wheat malts, and a slight citrus smell as well in the nose.

T: The taste is very clean and refreshing. There is definite orange, lemon, and slight spices.

Overall, a decent wheat beer, but not much hops. Very refreshing on a summer day, but only a decent APWA.

treyrab, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Voodoo Grill in Mystic, Conn.

A: Poured a cloudy, murky yellow color with a thin cap of white foam which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells a little sweet and citrusy with some hints of funky wheat and banana aromas. The hops are very light and almost untraceable under the citrus and grain smells.

T: Taste is sweet and lemony up front, with a bit of that chewy grain and wheat coming through shortly thereafter. The hopping is minimal and is masked by the citrus flavors. It's a bit synthetic tasting, but still drinkable.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, crisp, yet slightly creamy at most times.

D: Pretty light and tasty, but not overwhelmingly so. It's a pretty generic tasting wheat beer with a lemon element to it. It's decent, but not one to stock or be on the look out for.

The drinkability became a little harsh when the brew sat for a few minutes while I ate my spicy crabcake sandwich, but it paired pretty well with it. I probably wouldn't session it, as there are far better wheats and weizens out there to choose from.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of BravoTwo
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a plastic cup with shrimp and mussels at a good seafood place in Atlantic City (The Oyster Creek Inn)

A - Average with no real standouts, looked like a standard american wheat

S - Decent clean smell not too flavorful

T - An average wheat beer, not untasty just no standout

M - Nice full mouthfeel, clean and appropriate for the style

D - A drinkable selection, but not one that I would go out of my way to find

BravoTwo, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark,cloudy orange color. Small head that settles to a tiny,foamy lace.
The aroma is wheat and citrus. The taste is wheat and light citrus.
The feel is mild carbonation and a thin,watery finish. It was clean and crispy,but too thin.

Notes: A tad bit below average,yet easy enough to drink and despite my feeling that it was thin and watered down I would drink it if it was offered. I will not buy it again,but only because there are better options, not because the brew is awful.

Lexluthor33, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland as bland can be, from start to finish. I knew Widmer was a Portland brewery and we are going there this fall so I wanted to check it out. I guess my expectations were too high. The appearance was good but otherwise this beer was crazy dull. No real notes of yeast or spice or banana in either the nose or the taste. It sure was wet, though.


sholland119, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of smerkinb
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at a restaurant. Very little head, but that could be from the pour. Cloudy murky dull orange coloring. The head was fluffy off-white and only hung around for a few minutes. Very little lacing.
Familiar smells or banana, yeast, not much else. I was surprised by the taste of this hefe. A hint of banana, but not as much as the aroma had me prepared for. Some light spice and slightly yeasty. Ended with those well known NW hops.
Mouthfeel was thin, almost a bit watery, with strong carbonation.
This beer just wasn't what I expected to get when ordering a hefe. The hops drowned out the malt for me. The banana was about the only other thing I could taste. Very simply and shallow taste. Not at all the deep, complex beer I was hoping for after hearing alot hype about this brewery.

smerkinb, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's currently 7 in the morning on a Saturday, I'm finishing up a magnum of Lost Abbey Red Barn following a Bomber of Mojo Risin' Double IPA after a 12 hour late night at work, and now I'm reviewing a beer from notes, I REALLY need to go to bed, but I'm contemplating just going down to McDonald's for some breakfast instead. The beer was served on-tap at the Saucer in a Widmer Hefeweizen Weizen glass that was mine to keep! The beer was served a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head, nothing like I'd expect from a Hefeweizen or an American Pale Wheat Ale. Aroma was nearly textbook for the style; sweet fruits, bananas and bubblegum. The taste was more of the same, sweet fruits and sweet malts with the hops quietly doing their job in the background. The beer was light and smooth with decent carbonation, also textbook for the style. This is certainly a great example of what this style should be. While I'm not a huge fan of the style, if the mood should strike, or if I want to use my glass, I may purchase this one again.

atsprings, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Soozy
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice cloudy orange/yellow with a small head that diminished to a thin film.

S - Wheat, malt, a faint hint of banana

T - Smooth, a good amount of malt, a very small hint of hops, and a little citrus-y

M-Low carbonation, very smooth

D-High, very high. This would be a great beer for a summer afternoon of drinking.

Nothing too surprising with this one, a bit dull for a hefe, but I can't really complain with this one. A nice session beer. I'd buy this again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it

Soozy, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber, this was a hazy gold with a decent pure white head and lacing. faint american wheat beer aromas of fresh bread with a lemony twinge. taste follows suit. nice lively carbonation, light bodied, smooth yet crisp mouthfeel and a short finish which leaves you wanting more. very sessionable at this abv and also the price is right. good summer beer.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with a head that disapated quickly. Lacing was thin.

Smell: Only faint faint wheat malt. Hint of hops if any.

Taste: Uneventful but not bad; combination of wheat malt and phenols with some sweet aftertaste. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium light to light body. Smooth though.

Drinkable: Easy to drink but too light on flavor.

Haybeerman, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ordered a bottle at dinner after a scorching day on vacation in Charleston. Poured with a decent but not impressive head and was the color of murky apple cider. Smell was faint and not what I expected- sort of a nutty, earthy, almost sour scent. Taste also wasn't expected. No citrus flavors. Just a quick, flat wheat followed by a monotonous bitterness. My overall impression was a general dullness.

brushtachio, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of jamiejohnson
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just left the Japanese restaurant after seven (yes seven, or possibly eight) of these American style hefe's. Can't complain - guess I should feel blessed this particular establishment had one decent beer (anyone remember the days when Kirin's USA products were actually brewed in Japan - the Japanese version is a step up.) I've had maybe two hundred Widmer hefes throughout the years and have no complaints. Thank you Widmer for your distribution, however nefarious any rumored AB ties may be.

What's on tap?
Not so much.
How 'bout a Widmer
That's your crutch

jamiejohnson, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of dickieb
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with little head, but a pretty good fluffy lacing. The smell is faint of wheat and some lemon spices. The flavor is not overpowering with hints of wheat banana and some spicy yeast notes. The mouth feel is good, and the overall drinkability is good. This is not something worth going out of my way for, but if the local packy continues to have it for $6.98 a 6 pack I will drink some more of it this summer.

dickieb, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this bitch out the bottle.

Poured a little into the glass just for appearance and smell. Nice cloudy hefe look.

Smells like the bottom of a toro riding motor.

Tastes ok. Like a macro wheat.

Finishes dirty, it's riding dirty.

Underwhelmed by this beer a bunch. Move along.

Murchmac, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy orange/yellow with 2 finger head. Moderate retention settling to a white cap. Quite a bit of lacing though.

S - Not much going on aside from faint wheat malt, maybe a touch of hops.

T - As uneventful as the nose. Flavorless until the end where a strange, heavily subdued combination of wheat malt and phenols, with a touch of sweetness is present but unimpressive. Finishes slightly bitter with some leafy/earthy hops shining through in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium to light bodied, and very smooth. Not refreshing or crisp, but decent enough with the brew's other faults.

D - An easy drink for any time, but certainly not a hefeweizen. Too flavorless to be much more than another average and forgettable beer.

PatrickJR, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of tlinner
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my favorite weizen glass. A very pitiful head for a hefeweizen. Very little lace and no staying power whatsoever. The limp head can be forgiven, though, when I notice that this is one of the "messiest" weizens I've ever seen. I love it when brewers take the whole "unfermented" thing as far as it can go. The sediment floating around looks more like orange juice pulp than yeast, and the consistency is very thick. Smell is very faint. Not really anything interesting there. As for taste...well, it seems that the orange juice comment was right on the money. This is one of the most orangy tasting weizens I've ever had. Mostly citrus, some spice. Nothing too fancy, here. Goes down pretty easy. A very meh kind of beer. Big points for the appearance, though.

tlinner, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- With no lemon in the beer, the way it should be. Nice golden yellow color with a nice haze. Good lacing on the side.

S- Smell of a nice citrus and the malted wheat.

T- The taste is quite nice, a good citrus flavors, definitely some lemon, Buddhas hand. This is one of my favorite go to beers.

M- Nice mouthfeel, not slimy with no crappy aftertaste.

D- Easy to drink, like I said one of my favorite go to beers. Works well on a sunny day and during a BBQ. This has got to be one of the best Pacific North West Hefeweizen.

Wetpaperbag, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head sitting on top. Poor retention and no lace.

The aroma holds some citrus notes, and a little spiciness. A touch of banana.

Taste is ok, but not that great. Some citrus and spice, and a strong malt finish. Not quite what you want in a wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol makes for easy consumption, sub par flavor limits that consumption.

Goliath, Jun 07, 2008
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,760 ratings.