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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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1,870 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 174 | 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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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Photo of slyke
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Hefeweizen pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a finger of white head.

The smell has aromas of citrus and a little yeast. Taste is lemony with strong flavors of wheat (as expected).

Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a dry finish and tart aftertaste.

Drinkability is decent. This beer may not set your world on fire, but it isn't one to turn down.

Photo of baseballrock
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden and its very cloudy, i like this though, looks nice a hearty. Smell- citrus nice auroma nothing great though. Taste- Taste good a little citrus, a bit bitter. the taste has a nice linger to it and i really like this. mouthfeel- pretty average. Drinkability- goes down easy, with that lingering taste you know what you've been drinking.

i like this beer it can be found fairly easy in DFW, thumbs up

Photo of champ103
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a nice orange/yellow color that is very cloudy. A good white foamy head forms with a bit of lace down the glass.
S: Not very aromatic, actually nothing much here at all just some citrus.
T: Again, some citrus and a little banana. Not very overwhelming or complex, but a nice tasting beer.
M/D: Very thin and watery. A bit over carbonated. This was a bit harsh to drink at first, but as it warmed up this was a very smooth and easy drinking beer.

A decent American wheat ale is what we have here. Nothing that really stands out, but a good intro to a world outside of BMC.

Photo of clayrock81
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to be honest, having this on tap at a local bar for $2 makes its drinkability real high (if you live in VA you know $2 drafts are considered cheap). That might spike the rating, but so be it. Received my glass and it had a small, disipating head w/ slight citrus smell and a golden body w/ minimal cloudiness. My taste buds picked up a noticeable amount of citrus and spice (I want to say pepper) and a real smooth body. It is just too bland to garner a higher score, but I don't think it is that bad of a hefe.

Photo of CrescentLake
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hefeweizen for the masses. It looks like a wheat, kinda smells like a wheat, but the taste (excluding mouthfeel) is almost a pilsner. Far too plain... where did you hide the bavarian influence. I know that Oregon is the mecca for American hefeweizen, but come on we want the wheat! and the ester notes... please. America is the king of taking something simple and overdoing it, i.e. the tripple whopper, deep dish pizza, I mean look at Hooters for god sake. C'mon Widmer, step up to the plate... you are the face of American hefewiezen whether you like it or not... next time you gaze into that big ol' brew kettle I hope you see a red, white, and blue hue and I wish you would decide to make "Old Glory" proud. you can do it!

Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Cloudy yellowish Orange Hefeweizen color. Definite wheat aroma and some bitter orange peel, and slight orange cleaner like astringency, but not in a really bad way. Nice wheaty taste, citrusy orange rind flavor with a moderate to high bitterness for an American Wheat along with a touch of astringency. I enjoyed this much more a few months after initially trying it. Actually not bad at all.

Photo of wheelinshirt
2.36/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased on a whime from Jerry's in Bethlehem for $1.75. 12 oz brown longneck.

Poured a clouded orange color with a little white head that was not sticking around to see the bottom of the glass and left no lacing.

Smell is, umm, underwhelming. Taste, too. Not really a whole lot here--like, at all. Mouthfeel okay, carbonation is a bit high. Not a bad beer per se, but maybe more accurately a beer which has absolutely no further appeal to me. Would not recommend or buy again, unless it was $10 a case or something.

Photo of MillRat
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange with a cream-colored head that fades quickly for a hefe. A slight citrus nose among a mild wheat-biscuit aroma. A blander wheat beer taste with far less yeast character than I expected, even for an American hefe. The aftertaste is a little heavy for a wheat beer, but is otherwise pleasant enough. While at least nominally quite drinkable, without any cloying, harsh, or overwhelming flavors, there just isn't enough interesting in this beer to make me want to grab another. Been there, drank that, let's try something else.

Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a clear 12 ounce glass. Energetic head with considerable lacing. Cloudy golden-amber color with just-right carbonation level. Tastes and drinks best about 40 to 55 degrees F. Malt and citrus hops well balanced with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Spices are a bit subdued.
A good choice for people new to craft beers. As close to a session wheat beer as I've found to date. A Heffe with training wheels.

Photo of Brad007
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright but cloudy orange/blond color with a one-finger head. Aroma has light hints of orange and banana with the malt showing through as well. Taste is thin and watery upfront with no hint of orange or banana. Unpleasant towards the back of the throat. It's missing a lot of substance that would add credence to the claim of being a hefeweizen.

If this is Widmer's flagship beer, it's mediocre.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a sweet malty smell with a hint of honey. The color is a hazy off yellow almost beige. The head is slight but carbonation seems evident. The taste is malty and honey-like but not too sweet. The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is not too much or too little. This is a very hearty and tasty beer. I rate the drink ability high for it has a good flavor and can be enjoyed in quantity without any boredom. For my taste it lacks a hop bite, but for the style is well suited. A great sessioner. Cheers.

Photo of adammills
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy golden and when decanted aggressively it leaves a chunky modest head that fades with haste. It does leave some lace on the side of the glass marking each sip. The aroma is bready with hints of citrus. The same can be said for the taste with the additional notes of a weak malt backbone, which leaves this beer a bit unbalanced to the bitter side. No clove, slight banana. Fairly drinkable and forgettable.

Photo of jayb
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, almost like watered thinned down orange juice or tang. clarity is as expected from a wheat ale. plenty of sediment floating around. Not much of a head to start with, and quickly there is none to speak of. No lace.

Smell: Slight zesty scent, faintly citrusy. No pronounced malt aroma. Slightly metallic and also smells a bit old. Like a macro lager.

Taste: Smooth, bready, and so lightly spicy. Decent, light to medium mouthfeel. Hops bite a it at the end but are not pronounced.

Drinkability. There is no doubt to me that this easy to put down, but there isnt anything special about it. Its an easy drinking brew that i might buy on occasion, but won't venture out of my way to get. Enjoy.

Photo of dsa7783
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just picked up a sixer of this for the first time... Pours a tangerine-orange color with minimal or no head... Definitely a different appearance from what I expected, but not dissapointing... Smell is about average, perhaps a little better, with a faint citrus-like aroma... The taste is okay, but all in all nothing to write home about... Tastes somewhat tangerine-like with citrus overtones and a subtle wheat flavor and a slightly bitter aftertaste ... Mouthfeel is just okay but it is still satisfying... As far as drinkability goes, I could down a few of these, but would not want to make this my single choice all night... A pretty good sample and worth trying but not sure if I'd search out for this one again... Better choices out there, but certainly a solid brew...

Photo of JamesS
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden straw color with, for a bottled wheat, a really nice head. Has a nice crisp and clean scent, although not very strong. Nice crisp taste as well, with a slightly citrus feel to it. Goes down smooth, nothing great. A nice hefe to try for a change of pace.

Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love this beer. It looks like I think a wit should look, tastes great. The downside is that its very filling. Also I think the Widmer Bros. could work on the mouth feel and smell since its their flagship beer. Very recomended since its easy to find for most and decently priced.

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
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
2.41/5  rDev -27%
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
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
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
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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
2.54/5  rDev -23%
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
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
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
2.97/5  rDev -10%
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.

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,870 ratings.