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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 193 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,886 | Reviews: 780
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy dirty yellow colo. Nice large white head, but then just decended to a ring.

smell - Wheat, citrus, and spices here.

taste - Has a citrus taste to it with some hops all the way through.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad Hefe, better then the last one I had I think.

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

This one is a cloudy, unfiltered orange-hued honey color with a thin but sticky all-white crown rises and falls quickly. Plenty of excess foam left over.

The scent of orange peel, lemmon zest, earthy and herbal pale wheat malt. slightly musty.

This is a light bodied with a crisp bite, earthy wheat malt with just the right balance of spicey herbs and musty corn husks. Lot's of citrus flavors ride under the herbal wheat effect that is slightly musty. No lemmon slice needed!

I liked the big, musty herbal wheat malt with a subtle backdrop of citrus. Just about right on.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Pours a cloudy dark honey with an ample head that leaves a nice ring.

Aroma is of wheat and citrus with a malt backing. Small hop scent.

Taste is of clove and coriander. Wheat with a nice hop back that is numbing. Bubble gum and banana with a citrus tang Yeast is up there, which I would expect fro a Hefe.

Mouthfeel is excellent, slick and smooth. An outstanding representation.

I like this one, it follows well and I would have it in the future. I'm guessing most of the reviewers have never had a real Hefe, which would explain a lot. This is a good beer.

Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy golden color with a nice tan head. The nose has some bready wheat malts with some citrus fruit. The taste is mellow with some sweet grainy malts and not much else. A light body has lots of extra carbonation, but goes down fairly well. Just an average wheat beer in my book.

Photo of Pauly2X
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy yellow with floaties, thin wispy head.

S- Light citrus aromas with hints of apple.

T- Slight banana taste on the take lending rise to sourness in the middle. A spicy note in the finish wraps things up.

M- Quite light, low carbonation.

D- Prolly won't seek out, but if it's offered at a summer getogether, I'll will most likely have some.

Not bad by any means, I just think that there are better wheat beers to be had. Either way it's at least worth picking up a single and finding out for yourself.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy golden straw with a fizzy white head that laces the glass all along. Aroma is orange and lemon wedges, sweet and sugary. Taste is nicely balanced, lemon zest and pepper for a little kick of spice, but not quite a hefe in the traditional sense. Slight bitterness at the end from the hops.

Nothing to write home about but a very sessionable ale. A solid American wheat ale, a good choice to have while watching some baseball in the summer or at a Fourth of July party.

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

The beer gave off a cloudy orange appearance. It had a small white head to it that did not last long at all. The aroma was good. It gave off hints of citrus, banana and wheat. The flavor pretty well followed the aroma. It had a good wheat flavor with hints of citrus. The main problem that I had with it was that it was over carbonated. Could have been the restaurant's fault. It had a medium body and was reasonably easy to drink. This is definitely not the first wheat that I would choose to drink and will probably not look to buy it unless I am forced to when out at a restaurant.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a substantial sunny yellow, with a little bit of orange. Quite hazy, with a white cap, excluding the orange yeast that I accidentally poured when emptying the bottle. I've never seen that happen before, where the yeast made a noticeable spot on the head.

Smell is barely there. I get a little bit of wheat and malts, and maybe with a bit of imagination, some lemon and spice. But I think I'm searching for something that's not there.

Taste is similar. I don't mind the taste, but it just doesn't have much to it. Hefes aren't my common choice, but the few I've had other than Widmer have much more interesting flavors, primarily coming from the yeast. I've heard there's debate about this beer being more of an American pale wheat ale. I'd prefer to call it that, it seems less pretentious.

All in all though, I really don't mind drinking this beer. The feel is pleasing and smooth. It goes down easily, and encourages you to crack open another. There is a reason this is so much of a crossover beer. Hopefully it'll steer more people to some of the much more worthy beers of the style.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of the wheat beers on tap and the last on my wheat beer tour from a Sunday.

A: A cloudy golden color, very typical for this style of beer. It did have a thick white foamy head. Pretty decent lacing throughout.

S: Well, I was disappointed with the smell, nothing real prevalent. Smelled a little doughy, maybe some toast smell.

T: A very clean beer, some wheat and citrus (lemons or oranges) flavors.

M: Leaves a bitter aftertaste, a little too bitter.

D: An ok wheat beer, would not be my top choice if I was soaking in the sun though.

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

Done in a Horizontal tasting with Pyramid Hefeweizen, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, New Holland Zoomer, and Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat.

Eye: Hazy dark gold in color. Expected more from a wheat beer in terms of head retention-was good for a small amount of time then it just died. Lacing looks pretty good though.

Nose: Pretty neutral in aroma. Some slight spicy hop notes come through. Wheat malt is detectable, overall nice malt background here, nice mix of wheat and barley. This is, however, nothing to brag about. As I said it is pretty neutral-pretty weak in aroma.

Tongue: Nice malty backbone, however I don't think that it is balanced very well as there is just about no hop flavor or presence of bitterness to balance it out. Slight hop spice and a very low, too low, level of bitterness that leaves the palate slightly dry.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body with a nice level of carbonation, just right for a hot summer day. Slightly dry finish, sluggishly crisp-crisp with fat rounded edges. This isn't one that I'd go looking for, I don't think that I'll really ever find myself buying this again. For a dollar or two or more I could have something that is killer. Glad I tried it but really not worth drinking unless, like me, you love the style and want to try each brewer's interpretation of it.

Photo of tbone53
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i bought this as a six pack in a case of four different kinds of beer called brewfest at sams club.not bad i will never figure out why folks figure they need to fruit the wheat beer but to each their own.here we go.
apperance: cloudy no head very litttle lacing.
smell: slight citrus hoppy but no wheat not bad overall.
taste:not bad this is ok as i type this if had it on draught before and liked it then.
mouthfell:good on the palit lite,not heavy.
drinkability:a good sesion beer one to bring to a party,i will get this one again.

Photo of meatmallet
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy with no head to speak of. Honey colored with lots of sediment floating in the glass. Smells heavy of citrus and hopps with no detectable trace of wheat. The citrus taste was powerful and killed any other flavors that may be hiding in it. Strong after taste was bitter but not bad. Heavy carbonation was more helpful than harmful.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Hefeweizen....

Appearance-cloudy hazy golden orange, head that simmers slightly and then falls.

Smell-citrus mixed with grainy wheat, some hops come up as well, with carbonation.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light flavor, wheat flavors certainly appear but don't linger, nice balance of citrus and light hop flavor. Nice light smooth flavor, refreshing and easy to drink.

Drinkability-smooth, goes down easy, refreshing for a hot day, light but still flavorful.

Overall-a fine wheat beer, yes I realize it isn't really a Hefe but I am basing my school on the beer itself. Refreshing, nice flavor and good character, if a little on the light side.

Photo of beermebeerman
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer many, many times. It's the definition of a style, yet there are so many more that are more worthy. I'll review it bottled since most people would get it that way.

Pours a golden hazy yellow with a nice head that only retains for a short time. Leaves thin lacing down the side of the glass. Smell is rather plain, but this is a mark of the style. No banana present, slight SLIGHT cloves. Taste is good, but better with lemon. Carbonation is a good level, and its refreshing going down. Good beer to drink at the bowling alley (done that a few times) or when you're at the lake.

Photo of Matty1918
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Pumphouse while travelling in Washington.

A descent head with lots of lacing that lasted through the whole beer. A cloudy orange/amber.

The taste is of yeast and bread with a slight spicey finish.

The aroma was big on grains with a faint citrus and spice.

Not a bad beer.

Photo of martywest
1.36/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I purchased a 6 pack of this from a local bar simply because I hadn't had a Hefeweizen in a while.

This beer was terrible. No citrus notes that one would expect in a Hefe. Sour aftertaste.

I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Save your money and stay away from this crappy beer.

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Widmer Brothers brewpub.

It's got a cloudy, straw color and a nice white head with god lacing. The aroma is spicy and bready. The flavor is spicy and wheaty with almost a buttery taste. I'm not a hef lover but I really enjoy this one when I make it over to the brewery.

Photo of SaltyLime
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - nice start with a good pour, rocky off white head, with the standard cloudy apple-cider colored brew

Smell - a slight sour whiff that seemed out of place, a little metallic odor, overall weak in the wheat and other standard aromas

Taste - taste was more shallow than expected, barely a hint of citrus

Mouthfeel - light body, low carbonation

Drinkability - easy drinking, might appeal to the light beer drinkers, but was kind of boring after having tried X number of other wheats and hefeweizens

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, clove and wheat.

T - It had a pretty nice wheat flavor with a hint of orange or coriander. Fairly sweet tasting.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It is definitely not a hefe but a pale wheat ale.

Photo of giblet
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is a decent light hefeweizen. not the best that i have had. pours cloudy pale like you would expect. citrus taste that is good. left mouth a bit dry like you would expect. this is good but i think that some of the european beers in this category do a better job.

suckem up and movem out.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Ecliptica
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dmamiano
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.