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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,750 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 107 | 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 stevecee2003
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

APP - Very cloudy, very light amber in color. A slight lace, that is soft while creamy. It poured cloudy, and stayed that way.

Smell- Light smells that are difficult to discern. Some light citrus, a little wheat. Pretty mich "light" describes the smells.

Taste- Again light is the buzz word. Many other brands have a more distinctive wheat flavor. There is a citrus flavor up front, then a bland wheat taste in the background. This is "safe' wheat at it's best.

Mouth- Easy on the palate. So perhaps it is good and easy going down. Maybe like the Budweiser of wheats. Not much but easy going down.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink lots of these. As I say the Budweiser of wheats. In fact thanks to Anheiser-Busch!

stevecee2003, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy peach color with an off-white, soapy looking head. The smell isn't overwhelming, but is of wheat and slightly of clovey spice. The taste is quite mellow, mostly wheat and leaves a slightly bitter, powdery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is a pretty good example of an American Hefe and would be great on a hot summer day. Not the best beer ever, but pretty decent.

gmfessen, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swirled yeast and poured into Hefeweizen glass.
Murky orange with thin head that sticks around.
Smells of citrus, orange, pale or crystal malt (more than can usually be detected in a wheat)
Taste is of somewhat faint wheat, notes of orange, grapefruit, some graininess, and not much spiciness, not much complexity. More hop presence than most Hefeweizens. More barley malt presence than most Hefeweizens.
Would probably be a nice introduction into the style for one who is a craft beer newbie- There is nothing offensive, and the unfamiliar tastes in this beer are weak enough as not to scare off any of the faint of heart. Highly poundable.
Not much of a Hefeweizen

Cadyfatcat, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Luscious deep yellow, translucent. Moderate head, no carbonation.

Sweet, buttery. Mildly citric, almost like a lemon.

Sweet and tart. Thick sweetness, chewy, bread-like. Citric tones. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Mild carbonation and foamation.

Not the best Hefeweizen, but decent. Widmer’s IPA and Amber Ale are better by both taste and style.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass. These Widmer bottles are probably some of the coolest on the market. I love the embossing.

Cloudy and pale orangeyellow hue with a thin fizzy off white head that doesn't last long at all. Settles to a thin rim. Little bits of stringy lacing.

Light peachy aroma with a little bit of grainy malt.

Light whea malt and a little bit of citrusy orange flavor. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish is filled with a harsh acidity and a little bit of lingering fruit.

This is actually Widmer's flagship beer, and in my opinion, it doesn't say much about the brewery. This is an average American Pale Wheat Ale at best, and it was hard for me to drink.

BeerSox, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a modest (for a hefe) head that must be encouraged.

Aroma is pretty clean, little bits of floral and yeast notes, some mild citrus, and a sort of mushroomy earthy scent. In the mouth, nicely carbonated with earthy and floral tastes coming to the fore, and the citrus is a bit more pronounced, with hops bringing in almost too much lemon-zest bitterness in the finish.

I could put away a lot of these, especially on a hot day, but I don't think I'll ever buy this beer. Just nothing exciting about it.

Melchizedek, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 12 oz bottle with a Brewed on date. A not so attractive bottle to say the least, But could be worse.

Appearance: A nice big head with awesome head retention as the lace just sticks and doesn’t go away for quite some time.

Smell: A little moldy/yeasty with hints of mild bread

Taste: A very weaty flavored bear with a chunky yeast flavor that surpassed till the end with hints of lemon and orange twang. The hop bitterness still manages to push till the end.

Mouth-Feel: A very Smooth and light mouth-feel with a great smooth finish.

Drink-Ability: A great beer that just seems to be a little unbalanced but with some work could become a even better beer. It just seemed to be Average without anything that shot out as amazing!

mnesporov, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dull yet attractive pear juice colored brew with heavy handed cloudiness. Head is just a simple layer of medium sized, basic off white bubbles.

S: Subtle banana, cloves, butterscotch, some vanilla and white corn.

T: Begins like a traditional American wheat with an undercurrunt of mineral tastes. Light sweetness of white corn, pear and sugar snap peas moves forward before the stand American wheat grainy persona takes the lead. Blah. Finishes grainy and unattractive.

M: Thin body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: This beer actually starts out better than it finishes. Probably be better with a lemon but anytime you need to add a fruit to mask the flavor then you know the beer isn't that great in the first place.

Westsidethreat, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a pale yellow, extremely cloudy, with a small head. Aroma is grainy wheat malt, not any noticible yeast character. Pleasant wheat malt flavor, with a tad bit of fruitiness coming through. Hops are only moderately bitter but contribute a bit of spicy citrus flavor. Powdery finish. Body is light, a bit thin and watery; extra carbonation would help.

An alright American wheat. Thirst quenching, if not complex.

allengarvin, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light, transluscent orange with little visibility. Looks kind of like watered-down Tang. Good, tight, creamy, white head. Head disappears fairly quickly. Leaves no lacing at all.

Aroma- Some wheat/grainy aroma. Hints of citrus, very clean smelling. Just the barest hint of bread.

Taste- Taste like a typical, mass-produced hefe. No clove. No banana. Just a bit of bite at the very end of the tounge.

Mouthfeel- Good. Not to heavy, not to light. A nice, easy-drinking daytime beer.

Drinkability- Not bad, not great.

theopholis, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this pint at Malones in Lexington, Va. It poured an orange cloudy color that mesmerized me. There was no head, but interestingly enough, there was a thick lacing that left fast. Since there was no head, there was no retention. The smell was very strong (I could smell it before it got to me) and very much like Christmas. The taste was a nice Hefeweizen taste (nothing special). The drinkability is amazing.

treehugger02010, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a a nice hazy golden color with a darker browner column in the center. A decent two finger thick foamy head forms and falls slowly, some lace left behind.

Aroma is light wheat malts some lemon hints have to dig real deep to pull any banana out. Somewhere deep down there are spice hints and yeasts. Wouldn't say its bad but not as full as a good hefe smell.

Taste is carbonation upfront moving to wheat malts then lemony grass finishes with some spice that was barely in the nose clove and pepper yeast. Missing the good dose of banana usually in a hefe. First off this is listed as an APWA but it sure looks like a hefe and tastes like one most American Pale Wheat Ales are sad excuses for beer this one here is at least is drinkable even if it isn't the best. Put another way if this is an APWA its the damn best one I have had, but its a Hefe.

Mouthfeel is low side of medium with very active carbonation bordering on too much fizz.

Drinkability is well its ok but no where close to the two hefe's I normally choose from to fill my glass.

mntlover, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky looking golden colour with a moderate sized white head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass. Average at best here.

The aroma is fruity with minimal banana notes and other general sweetness. There is of course a healthy dose of wheat in this one as well.

Flavour is more of the same, but even more bland. There is some wheat/banana flavour but no spice or nice general yeast notes to this one at all. Very boring. Not awful, just not that great. Mouthfeel is overly oily. Gooey even at times. Not thick gooey but it just has a weird texture that I can't put my finger on. Anyway, it's way off from how a hefe should be.

This one is a borderline average brew. I will only order it if there is no other choice on the tap or bottle list, and can't ever see myself picking it up from the store either. Its a last resort type of brew.

SixpointJMH, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this at the ESPN Zone a few days ago. I didn't want a B, C, or an M, so this is what I chose. Not a great choice though, I will admit.

Had a cloudy, orange color, with a decent head that remianed as I drank it. Tasted "dirty" however, like hay, straw, and yes - dirt! Not sure if it was the glass or what, but I was not about to order another just to see.

I think it's a misnomer to call this beer a "hefeweizen" I don't think it is one at all. It's an American Wheat Ale, and should be labeled as such.

alysmith4, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of SchaefMan
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy brownish orange, I guess. Pretty much like any other Weizenbier, but the head dissipated more quickly.

Smell was a bit hoppy, and the taste was too, with a bit of citrus, but no banana or clove. A bit of a bitter aftertaste, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel seemed to consist of more carbonation than usual, but not bad.

Absent my favorite weizenbiers, I could drink this, but I would not go after it as a first choice. It was good, but not overly impressive.

SchaefMan, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured orange-yellow or golden, hazy of course, and with very little white head and not very much lacing.

Faint smell of hops and light yeast.

Refreshing taste probably more suited to warmer weather drinking. Tart at times.

Average mouthfeel with no off taste which would always require a lemon.

A refreshing thirst quencher with a minor punch. Remember this is an American/US/Northwest Hefeweizen. Enjoy!

SMark, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: New logo design. 12 oz bottle with the embossed W's on the bottle. Bottled date printed on the neck.

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass, swirled the remaining sediment into the glass. Cloudy yellow orange color with a nice head.

Smell: Aroma is very muted - a bit of yeast and citrus.

Taste: Medium bodied, taste is a bit of wheat, some citrus flavors, and some spicey yeast.

Overall impression: Overall this is a very average beer - not horrible, and sometimes it is a god-send when the rest of the bar's offerings are macro .. but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

rowew, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in Big Sur, California. Served with an orange wedge on the glass which is common but not liked by me. The appearance was pretty good, pale yellow orange and cloudy with a thick but short lasting head.

The smell and taste were completely average, maybe a little below average. No banana/clove aroma and the yeast taste was mild. Maybe the beer was a little bitter too.

I don't really recommend this.

TurdFurgison, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
2.1/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice wheat yellow/tan. Very cloudy, small white head.

Smells like a typical wheat beer with a slightly sour orange citrus aroma.

Not as much flavor as I expected. Very muted. The slight orange flavor doesn't seem sweet at all. Has a thick beery, yeasty feel to it that doesn't add any taste. And it finishes with a light piney hop that fades into a short bitter aftertaste.

It seems heavy in the mouth. It's not a crisp swallow, and it's extremely carbonated.

terrabyte, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Copperfield’s in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma was heavy on the lemon along with a little bit of wheat, spice & yeast.

T: Much like in the smell, the lemon was pretty dominant. The standard bready wheat flavor of the style was certainly there as well with a faint taste of hops. The lemon sweetness and some wheat flavor remained in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: I picked this beer essentially by default, because the five other choices that I had for draft beer were either beers that I’ve had before or watery macros. I thought AB had their hand in this one, but I tried it anyway. I have to be honest and say that it was a pleasant surprise. It was tasty and extremely easy to drink.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking the hell out of this beer all summer. At bbq's, bars, parties, at home and I freakin' love it. I used to avoid Widmer Beer's because I had the impression that they weren't very good. I was very wrong and I've throughly enjoyed them the past few months. The fact that you can get this in just about every bar is a plus. What ever you do, keep the lemon out of this one, it makes it taste like fruit salad. (though the Vitamin C goes well with Vitamin B from the yeast)

appearance: this a yeast bomb. one of the murkiest beers i've ever seen and that includes real German Hefe. deep orange color with minimal head. very opaque to any light.

smell: yummy bready banana wheaty goodness. The banana is super mild and not very much at all. But yeah, the beer smells like banana bread. no it doens't have much clove or banana but it is very nice.

taste: An almost perfect balance of hops, yeast and malt. First you have a Cascade Hop Bitterness that is holding down the backbone. Somehow sweet wheat flavors crawls over the tounge and the finish is an estery yeasty finish with just a touch of banana. This is beer is extremely tasty, yet, compared to a German Hefe, this is way off. There isn't Cascade hops in Germany and the yeast is much more balanced than a real German hefe. That won't stop from drinking this beer by the case.

mouthfeel: creamy, almost stout like in a light package.

drinkability: yeah it's super fucking drinkable, especially when you can find it 10.99 a 12 pack. I feel stupid for passing this one up for last few years, when it was right under my nose. I highly recomend you seek this beer with an open mind, it's not really a true hefe, but judge it on it's own merits, because it is not bland tasting.

You even get an engery boost from all those b-vitamins in the yeast and they kill hangovers. Two Thumbs way up.

pjwilson, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, fluffy white head. An opaque burnt golden color. Very interesting appearance.

Aroma is rather weak with some yeast, wheat and a tomato/iron smell in the back. Unusual.

Taste was of yeast, wheat and a light citrus in the background. Smooth.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Very enjoyable.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice on a hot day. Refreshing. Though I'm not usually a fan, this goes well with a lemon wedge. Basically, this is not a typical hef, so you have to adjust your expectations.

atigerlife, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour included the yeast. Poured an unfiltered cloudy yellow color with a sticky white head. Aroma is a lot of yeast, wheat, and a bit of citrus. Taste is much like the smell with a large yeast presence and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is a below average hefeweizen that lacks the banana and clove flavors of many of the top hefes. Not recommended.

cjgator3, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally got a bottle of this after seeing it everywhere around this summer... Yellow murky body with thin white head. Smells mostly of citrus and banana. Flavor is mostly of banana and citrus as well. Medium bodied. Decent, but not the best hefeweizen I’ve had.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of therica
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading some other recent and rather negative reviews, I'm concerned about the brewer's consistency, because I didn't find any of the severe deficiencies in this beer (working through a 6-pack bought in northern Idaho).

Pours very light-yellow with a very actively bubbling foamy head which didn't last long.

Smell-- very lightweight, with more bouquet than hops.

Taste-- a nice but not overly strong bouquet with hints of banana, apple, pear, lemon, lime and hops-flowers. Very little hops bitterness, extremely lightweight in most regards. Not high nor low in carbonation-- very appropriate.

This would be a nice light dinner beer or a cold one on a hot day, but probably utterly failing in appeal for serious beer connisseurs or affectionado's. If it's flowing freely somewhere, I would drink this in session. I'm enjoying my 6-pack merely as warm-up for more serious enjoyment. I'm trying to portray my moderate positive impression of this beer. It has its place, but it's not a serious Hefe. Still, I will buy more if I find it, just to keep on stock.

therica, Aug 27, 2006
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.