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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 140 | 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 Durge
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tap beer at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland, Maine. I passed on the fruit adder on this as some seem to like. Cloudy and thick tan-cider colored brew. Has a skinny but sticky white head and hearty lacing. A clean wheat and apple aroma with a touch of malt. Tastes of brown sugar with a subtle citrus background. Crisp and effervescent. Sweet bread-like taste in there as well. Refreshing with a nice body, almost creamy. Very drinkable. I like this more than most of this style. Recommended for a try.

Photo of nosbocaj
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly with little lace.
S: Smells of breads, yeast, and citrus.
T: Tastes just as it smells. Slight citrus and hopiness. Not overwhelming.
M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Good aftertaste.
D: Not my favorite hefeweizen, but still a pretty good beer. Good drinkability.

Photo of scottyshades
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this beer. I like most hefeweizens, so I figured I'd pick one of these up upon spotting it at ABC.
A: Nice gold color with a fluffy head that dissapates quickly, with minimal lace
S: Here is where I realized this beer was not going to be amazing. Fruity, malty and hopy, but not the right combination
T: Slightly citrus-y, malty, and hopy, but too earthy for my liking
MF: Creamy, smooth, clean, decent aftertaste
D: Despite the fact that I was not impressed with the taste or smell, this beer does have a nice body, which makes up for its other flaws

Photo of brewshakes
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up this evening in a mixed six pack. The beer poured a really pretty orange-yellow color with a white head that was gone by the time i walked from the kitchen to the living room. The smell was pretty disappointing. Maybe it was just me but I didn't smell much of anything. The taste wasn't much to write home about either with a little bread and some citrus with a dry finish. I won't pick this up again.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest out of their white plastic cup.

Poured up with an orange hue, couldn't tell if it was the cup. The head was creamy and lasted longer than others. It smelled malty sweet with a bit of hops. Tasted light and crisp but with a sour tang. The body was fine. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of PhageLab
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fruit-Wheat Ale perhaps? Hefe not so much, but here goes.

A - Minimal head, cloudy swirls, and yeasty chunks flow through this deep golden-orange brew, very pleasant looking.

S - Not too much here, citrus-like, I swear it's pineapple, but I highly doubt it.

T - As said many times before, this isn't a hefe per say, but that doesn't mean it's bad. I rather enjoy it's lightly layered hops and citrus/wheat blend.

M - Medium-full bodied and yet overly carbonated.

D - High I'd say, at most bars and events in this area it can be found and it's a definite shoe-in over any of the macros. It's fairly tasty and easy to consume. Could also serve as a gateway beer.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on tap once decided to get a 6 pack, and i think on tap is much better. appearance is good, cloudy with a nice white head, smell lacks any body, hard to pick up any real scents, some citrus but not much else. taste is kinda odd, i don tknow if this one is old, but i'm not impressed. has a wierd aftertaste to it. mouthfeel is ok and its not terrible enough for me not to drink them a few at a time.

Photo of yolegro
4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer that is an easily found hefeweizen that is a reasonable price. the color is great to look at and.when the orange or lemon is added makes a great relaxing drink. i know not too many people are a fan of this but this is my beer of choice when you are on a budget.

Photo of iceball585
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy, golden yellow color, floating sediment throughout, almost no head at all

S- Yeast, bready, faint hints of citrus

T- Oranges, bread, yeast, a little hops

M- Medium bodied, crisp bite w/ oily finish

D- Tastes more like a pale ale than a hefeweizen

This beer isn't too bad but I wouldn't classify this as a hefeweizen at all. If you took the faint flavors of fruits out of it then it would be just a typical american pale ale.

Photo of Socrates68
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is this is the best Hefeweizen ever! Pours an excellent light gold color. Body is nice and hazy, and I can't see my fingers through the glass. The smell is soft. The taste is light and subtle, just like a hefeweizen should be. The body is nice and creamy. I could drink this 12 months out of the year! My beer of choice!

Photo of Floydster
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's for only two dollars

Average Hef in my book, a lot of them just taste the same to me, even though some definitely standout (Weihenstephaner)

Good with an orange to add on to its flavor already

Pours with a thin white head, good beer in the hot weather and is highly drinkable

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 4/4/07. Pours a cloudy golden straw, a small head fizzling to nothing but a patchy swirl, no lacing. The aroma has nothing to do with hefeweizens; there is wheat malt, sure, almost bald, but no yeast presence that typifies the hefe styles, no clove, no banana, nothing.

The taste is about the same, a lame wheat malt presence, some pale malts for countering, but nothing to balance, no spices, no fruits, barely any zest even, and for further insult, the hops come out and play an unpalatable presence. The mouth is decent, too much carbonation and bit, something soapy, nothing to save this one. Call this an American Wheat, sure, a little better score, but any way I look at it, its just not good.

Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with very slight head and no lace. color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a nice bavarian weizen. The similarity ends there. Very thin and light carbonation. Flavor is ho hum. Yeasty bitterness that lingers in the finish with a hint of lemon. Had much better micro brewed Bavarian style weizens.

Photo of genog
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... It must be a duck. This is kind of how I feel after drinking this beer.
Pours a bright orange, murky cloudy color with a big fluffy white head that sticks around all the way through this session. Smell is a little spices and orange peel that makes me think this will be a very nice Hefe. However the taste is indescribeable. All I taste is off flavored biscuit malt. My friend and I each had 2 bottles and the taste was nowhere near close to the smell or appearance on this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at Ruby Tuesday's at the mall while shopping with my fiance.

A - Cloudy, murky carrot-juice orange (V-8 without the tomatoes?) with a small grayish head and a tiny bit of lace. Looks dull and thick.

S - Fresh bread dough, yeast, and some nice orange hop notes. No hefe aromas really, smells more like a pale ale.

T - Citrus orange-juice flavors abound, and some malty bready flavors are underneath. Hefeweizen? You gotta be kiddin' me....this is a pale ale if I ever tasted one. It's biscuity in the malt department and moderately hopped with fruity citrus orange juice flavors. I may have a mild wheat twang, but it ain't no hefe.

M - Tart, medium bodied, quite carbonated, and bitter with lots of hop notes on the of-dry finish.

D - Good enough. It's way off for the style, but as a beer it's not bad. It's a pretty boring but tasty pale ale. Nothing stands out, but it went well with my turkey burger, and at a restaurant like RT's where they only have about six micros it's not a bad choice.

Photo of uabigdaz
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with a stamp of APR2007, it is AUG2007...

Poured into a pint glass with only spotty head retention. Opaque yellow/orange color. Smell is faint, mostly citrus smell. Tastes pretty good. Smooth and bitter, with very faint hints of citrus which could be brought out with a small slice of lemon. Mouthfeel is not too great. Although it tastes smooth it does not feel too smooth. I rate the drinkability low because I couldn't picture myself drinking too much hefeweizen. Good hefeweizen staple.

Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer exemplifies what a hefeweizen should look like in my opinion. Cloudy orange color with a nice head that is very light and fluffy without having a "fizzy" look.

S- The smell is pretty decent, nothing too exciting. Wheat, slightly sweet, subdued citrus notes, to my suprise I really don't smell as much fruit as I was expecting.

T- The taste is good, strong wheaty flavor with a slight sweetness. Again nothing too exciting, but well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel is very carbonated and semi thin while still maintaining a higher viscosity than a generic brew from one of the big guys.

D- This is where this beer really strives in my opinion. I truly could drink these things all night long. Not offensive or distinct enough to tire me out while still having a solid hefeweizen flavor.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, going to Grandma’s for dinner tonight, and had to pick up a six pack to bring. Only problem was the only store I would be near would be the Bi Lo. So, I reluctantly went into there and started to look around. So this 6 pack sitting on the shelf and it started to intrest me. I figured it’s a brewer I had not tried, and a style that I love(and so does Grandma) so what the heck, it is Bi Lo after all, so this was the best I was going to get. Lets see how it goes….

A – Poured a nice, slightly hazy pale golden amber. Very nice two inch head hung over the top of it for a good few minutes, before reluctantly fading away to leave about a quarter inch layer along the top. Decent side glass lace was present throughout. Great visible carbonation, lots of bubbles were trickling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire time. Look was good overall, classic for a hefe. Very nice sediment on the bottom made it very obvious this was an unfiltered beer from the start.

S – Aroma was very light and pleasant. Almost too light would be the only fault. Took a bit before you could actually pick up what was really driving it. Nice light yeast like smell was dominating, followed by hints of Banana and some other light fruits. A touch of some light grassy or grain in the back as well. Did not really have too much of a punch in aroma, but was light and pleasant.

T – First impression of the taste was very light. Decent grainy taste right up front with a touch of fruit. Light and not really to stand outish at first. Had a touch of a bready feel as I went on when a lot of the wheat started to come out. Pretty standard fair here actually, an average Hefe and not much else to say about the flavor, other then there was a tiny amount of some almost lemon like twang to it in the finish, not sure what it was or where it came from.

M – Really smooth. Lots of carbonation was evident from the very start. Had a good lively mouthfeel. Not watered or oily. Just a light feel. Nice sediment at the end went down without issue. The unfiltered nature of it added a lot of the fell and made it a good bit fuller.

D – Great, as most of the style are. I really did not know what the abv was at the time of review, but these went down like water. The aforementioned sixer was gone in no time. Could have easily been an all night drinker for everyone. Very good hot weather brew here. Lightness kept you from getting that full feeling, and the carbonation kept it intresting. Had some in glass and in the bottle, and it was easy going both ways.

Overall this was a classic hefe, the taste did not really knock me over in any way. But I was not really looking for something to overwhelm me, so that actually worked out well. If it is a classic, easy drinking, brew you are looking for this was absolutely fine. Nothing spectacular, but just a good all around brew. Worth a try

Photo of drumrboy22
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Widmer Hefeweizen glass.

Had a small, white head that quickly diminished. Nice appearance. Cloudy, orange color.

Aroma was banana, clove, yeast and coriander.

Taste was light, but refreshing, especially on a warm summer day. Had a slightly spicy, lightly bitter finish.

Not my favorite beer in the world, but it's nice every now and then, especially during summer. Drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hefe should be marketed more as a "hefe light." They say its a hefe, its classified as a pale wheat so I'm confused but so were the Widmer Bros. when they labeled this a hefe. The only characteristic it shares with a good hefe is the appearance. Nice, thick head, good lace left behind, and a murky-orangish-copper color to it. Smells nothing like a traditional hefe, bread smell stands out most. Taste is somewhat bland, no real fruit characteristics that I could pick up at least. Easy drinking though, carbonation is dead on and leaves a somewhat pleasant aftertaste. A lemon or orange slice does compliment this beer well but overall average at best.

Photo of Atron67
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style duvel glass

A- a foggy golden ale with a pretty white head that left a decent lacing around the glass

S- Yeasty and wheat make up the majority of the scents, a little scant on the intensity, a little maltiness

T- a relatively light wheat flavor starts the drink, which is enjoyable, however it turns into a watery light taste that has a kind of light macrolager pilsner style finish which is pretty dissapointing

M- a little light, medium/sharp carbonation

D- ehh, not bad, however it was a little disapointed, and there are much better, not a bad intro for macro drinkers into having a little more flavor in their beer

Photo of gotweid
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy staw color with very little head and lacing. Weak, faint aroma of wheat. Tastes very smooth, somewhat creamy, decent carbonation, but very bland for a hefe weizen. Wheat, yeast and banana flavors were weak. Nothing stood out other than I was surprised how bland it was. I was expecting more flavor. Finished nicely, a little dry, yet refreshing. Easily drinkable...would make a great session beer in that it's so very smooth and not complex at all. Overall, I was disappointed in this hefe weizen. I would drink it if offered, but won't buy it. It does not stack up to the great hefe weizen's out there. However, it is a decent beer, just not a great hefe.

Photo of musicjustintime
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been saving this one in my fridge for a while now...but am not quite as impressed as I thought I'd be with it. Nice color....hardly any smell OR taste. Tastes a tad "citrusy" with a tiny hop bite at the end, but that's about it. Very thin, but I'm sure it's highly drinkable. It's about 96 degrees today here in PA, so it's a good beer on days like this. I popped a lemon wedge in the glass just to help out. Refreshing...yes. Worth seeking out for a spectacular drinking experience?...No. I graduated high school in Oregon, so it's cool that this brew is from the Northwest. Actually, it's my first beer from Oregon, sad to say, as I've heard great things about OR breweries. Gotta try more, and soon! So many beers, so little time. Anyway, if you have the chance to try this on a hot day....go ahead, and you won't hate it. Doubt you'll fall in love with it, though. Stay cool during these dog days, my BA friends! Cheers!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Bubbly half inch head, cloudy straw and orange

S: Hints of orange and wheat that's it, not too far removed from the Sierra Nevada version of this beer.

T/MF: Sort of creamy wheat then finishes quite dry

D: Meh. This beer is pretty unremarkable

Photo of Taipans
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pilsner glass.

A- Cloudy dark yellow, very light head
S- Not much there
T- very typical of a hefeweizen, good body with a yeasty finish
M- medium body, fairly smooth
D- easily drinkable, great on a hot day

Overall one of the more boring Hefeweizens I have had, not a horrible beer but it is missing something.

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.