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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,871
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 176 | 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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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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

Photo of hylton44
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mabirch
1.72/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of osi
1.71/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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...

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

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'

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

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.


Photo of JerryG
4.24/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpencerT
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of aquaderek
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of soupyman10
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,871 ratings.