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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 15
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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 Domingo


3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great brew, but certainly a decent one. Not a true Hefe (at ALL), but still doesn't keep this from being a solid warm-weather brew.
Comes out cloudy and orange colored.
The smell is slightly sweet, but with citrus and grainy overtones.
Taste is solid, but not strong. Has a tiny hint of the typical banana/clove hefe-flavor, but tastes more like a typical American wheat beer. More citrus and grain.
Availability on this is growing due to AB having a slight hand in distribution. As long as quality doesn't suffer...no big deal.
A really solid thirst quencher. It's not great, but I'll take it over most macro-lagers or blonde ales.
If you like this one, ODell's Easy Street Wheat or Sierra Nevada Wheat are much better options.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2005 18:26:25 | More by Domingo
Photo of BeerBob


2.03/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Widmer Brothers “Hefeweizen” pours a very cloudy pale orange from it’s dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. Date bottled on 07/07/05. Head went to just about one finger with a hard pour into a 22oz beer glass. No lace... no ring... no foam cap... Zip, nada, nothing.

Nose is a distinctly burnt wheat malt with a few sour citrus notes. No clove, no banana, and no pepper.

Palate is just as disappointing as the nose, sour burnt wheat with some sting of carbonation.

Widmer Brothers “Hefeweizen” has none of the qualities (save colour) of a “Hefeweizen” worth mentioning... none.

To sum it up in a nutshell, disgusting!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 06:16:23 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Bighuge


3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky, cloudy orange/yellow/vanilla appearance. Slight white foam leaves minimal amounts of lace. A zesty lemon twang is noted in the aroma. A little citrus and yeast as well. The taste is plaesing enough but lacks real character. Lemon citrus thing going on. Very slight vanilla. Wheat spice is detectable. Mouthfeel could use a little boost in the CO2 deparatment. Body is a little better than medium. Decent enough, but not one I'd necessarily need to return to soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 04:10:53 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Gruntlumber


3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many American "hefeweizens", this is not really a hefeweizen. Why can't they just call it a wheat beer? It's a good wheat beer, one of the better ones I've had. This absolutely is the thickest, chewiest light-colored beer I've seen. Completely opaque, even when held closely to light. No big visible "floaties", just pure unfiltered haziness. Average flavor, heavy wheat as expected, but highly drinkable. Although there's no strong fruit notes or any other characteristic hefe flavors, I dig this. Simple but good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 21:50:40 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull orange, nearly opaque. Dense one finger head with decent retention and mild lacing. Mostly wheat and yeast smell with orange peel in the background and no trace of hops. Tastes of fruit esters and spices up front followed by a shock of hops and yeast that leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste. The full-body and low carbonation allows a smooth mouthfeel once the beer warms and the aftertaste fades. Balance and flavor seem fitting for a Hefe Weizen. A better choice than any lawnmower beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 01:01:38 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Quaffer


2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This hefe was extremely hazy even before I swirled the bottle and added the good stuff from the bottom. It poured a deep golden-orange color in the depths and glowed a nice straw yellow around the edges. A stark white head rose up to just under two fingers. It settled quickly, but a thin cap of bubbles remained for the entire drink. There was a decent amount of lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer had a fruity, classic ale aroma. I don't know that I could have identified it as a hefe in a blind tasting. However, as the beer sat, raw wheat and grains along with a sharp, almost artificial, lemon smell arose. The wheat had a raw, grass-like characteristic that was odd. Kind of sweet, kind of herbal . . . hard to describe. The aforementioned classic ale aromas took the form of light fruits, such as apples, cracker-like roasted malts, and a light hoppiness. An overall odd aroma that seemed to have an unpleasant edge to it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, firm and dry. Not a lot of chewiness for the amount of wheat in the flavor.

Taste: Very rough and raw wheat kicked in almost immediately. It was slightly astrigent and had a hint of grassy herbalness. There was a decent amount of dry bitterness on the finish and in the aftertaste, but no apparent hops flavors to accompany it. Not much else.

Flat, rough, and muddled overall. This is the second bottle that I tried, hoping that I would like it more with a second tasting. I did like it more (it would have been a 2.0 on "taste" based on my first sample), but it's not a beer that I will return to. Too many great hefes out there to come back to something like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 22:39:06 | More by Quaffer
Photo of tgbljb


4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy amber color with naice puffy white head. Smell is big on spices with cloves dominating. Taste is just the way I like it, with spiciness and cloves flowing throughout my mouth. Finish is spicy with a note of dryness that is very pleasant. A really good hefe weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 01:04:25 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears cloudier than most American Hefe's.

Spicy, citrousy hop odour.

Has a Pacific Northwest (read Cascade Citrous) spin on the Hefe style that's apparant, but not in your face like Pyramid's. Slightly more bitter than most Hefe's, but a very well balanced brew.

Lacking the fruity esters & slight tartness of the classic german style, but does have some yeast flavour. Could be considered an "American Hefe".

Light-to-moderate mouthfeel is an accomplishment, considering it's strength.

VERY drinkable. More so than Pyramid, which seems to be more popular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2005 13:06:17 | More by Derek
Photo of lampkins


3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the Hefe Weizen style of beer I was axious to try this beer. The appearance of this beer was a light orange/darker yellow and the beer had a decent foamy head that reminded me of the topping of a french silk pie. Could not detect any particular aroma from this beer. Taste was rather average, coule taste the wheat, but did not taste any clove or banana spiceness that attracts me to this style. Could drink a lot of theses due to the low ABV, but given what is not there why would one?

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 21:47:23 | More by lampkins
Photo of packetknife


2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 'Stratosphere' lounge in Las Vegas, an odd shaped tumbler that was a bit small-ish. And the place didn't give me a fresh tumbler for the second pour until I asked, rather rude too. Anyhow... the beer poured with a much lighter orange-yellow haze than I'm used to in a hefe. Very light citrus and spice on the nose but underpowered. Very smooth on the tongue with decent hops but perhaps too much sweetness instead of balance. Good feel and readibly drinkable, would like to try off tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 20:04:25 | More by packetknife
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An atypical Hefeweizen, however, I liked it. Had on tap at the local pub. Looks amazingly 'pumpkin' colored and heavily straw or golden. Pours a 1/2" creamy head that refused to fall. Laced well as the glass empties. Smells sweetly with light banannas or papayas, other sweet fruits hit like mangos and tangerines. Light bubble-gum (juicy fruit) aromas add to the sweetness. Definate hop aroma spices up the nose. Flavors of those sweet fruits are mimicked in the taste, along with honey, barley, and wheat malt. Cooriander, cloves, and all-spice are detected along with flavoring hops in the body, then taper into the finish. A medium, yet firm body remains consistent throughout. Creamy to the finish with minor diacityl coating the palate. Finishes sweeter and less crisp than traditional Weizens, but remaining hop bittering cuts the sweetness into the aftertaste. Like I said, it's not true to style, but I really like this beer. I have been drinking Oberon and Ayinger Brau-weiss. I'll add this one to my list.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 12:58:44 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BigRedN


3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at a bar near me that I visited for the first time, I was surprised to see this. First off let me say that IMO, this is not a Hefeweizen, at least not in the way I define them or expect for the style. I think of it more as an American
Wheat beer, like Boulevard Wheat. That being said, my review may be somewhat skewed to this perception.

Appearance: Yellowish, orange and hazy, my wife commented that it looks like orange juice. Actually served in the proper glassware, not ice cold, but with a dang lemon slice. Doh! I should have known there would be one and I forgot to request them to leave it out. Oh well. Poured with little head, but the beer did lace some to the finish.

Smell: Slight hop, citrusy aroma (or is it that lemon), hint of malt and wheat. Overall, a little weak.

Taste: Minimal, made to appeal to the masses, which I think this does. That being said, it does not taste bad, just weak (especially for a hefe). Flavor of citrus fruit (again, I thik it was the lemon), a little wheaty with a hint of malt backing.

Moutfeel: Smooth, light to medium in body. A little dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Very high. I think this beer was made to appeal to as many people as possible, which it does. Not made to be bold, which I can not fault it for. An easy drinker and one worth at least trying when at a sports bar and there may not be many other choices.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2005 04:30:34 | More by BigRedN
Photo of LPorter33


2.05/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = extremely cloudy with sediment everywhere. Absolutely not movement. A yellowish peach color. Not really impressive.

Smell = Pretty standard wheat beer smell.

Taste = Very bitter and bland. Give me bitter beer face. I don't think I'll get through the whole bottle. This is a terrible wheat beer. There's nothing redeeming going on here. It's course, harsh, and flavorless.

Overall = A terrible beer that I'd only serve to my enemies.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 00:52:45 | More by LPorter33
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, freshness date on lable, poured into a hefeweizen glass after rousing.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color, head poured small and faded quickly into a lace.

Aroma: Mainly wheat grains, some hops as well but not too much.

Taste: Mainly wheaty, but rather light. Again, you get a lsight hint of hops in the middle, an unexpected yet pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, carbonation was good though.

Overall: This beer reminded me of Harpoon's UFO beer, so if you like that one (as I do) you'll like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:03:31 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of UncleFlip


3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, hazy head hangs on considerably....not a tight head, loose bubbles.

Smell is light, full of yeast and clove, little bit of malt and banana.

A little heavier and sweeter than I would expect, yeast is not as present as it could be.

Medium body hits right away, then a mild, tight fizziness. It's rather pleasant.

This is very drinkable, though maybe not the best example of style.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 04:51:44 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of misterscooter


2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From its appearance, this beer should be great. It pours out an unfiltered golden color with a nice size head, although large bubbles which quickly disappear. Small bits float about in the cloudy liquid and I expect a nice, spiced, citrus tinged hefe weizen.

I'm surprised by the smile. There really isn't one. It smells a bit like any old beer but that's about it. Not the typical fruits and wheat I expected.

After the lack of smell, I'm not so surprised by the lack of taste. Maybe a little wheaty. Otherwise, a weak, watery beer lacking any character or charm. This guy is a wolf in sheeps clothing. It doesn't feel bad in your mouth but it just doesn't deliver what I thought I'd be getting. Bummer.

I remember at one time appreciating the Widmer beers and their Hefe Weizen but that Busch name seems to have weakened it in more ways than one. If I have another, maybe I should let it warm up a bit more as others have suggested but it didn't seem to get any better as it sat next to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 20:36:08 | More by misterscooter
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one where I'm going against the grain of other reviewers for sure. Maybe it was because I enjoyed this on my anniversary, but I liked this Hefe. Very cloudy with a beautiful head that lasted a while. Along with the typical Hefe flavors and scents, I noticed a surprisingly nutty taste at the end. A bit on the different side, but well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2005 02:12:30 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chewed some cud with this one on 6/24/2005. 16-oz. pint at Legends Pool Hall, Portsmouth, NH.

Film only, and then even disintegrating, and nothing else of the stick and lace variety. Very hazy straw color, cannot make your way through the murk. Real kind of cleansing agent quality to the whole nose, with just a hint of sarsaparilla and coriander, side of wheat chaff. Very wet, picnic basket of left-over saltine crackers on mouth, some light clover and anise, but otherwise fairly nondescript, almost too dull.

Drinkable, yes, but just as forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2005 00:38:31 | More by Truh
Photo of twi1609372


4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to agree with the bros on this, that this beer is slightly better a tad warmer than most like. right off the tap, in an iced glass, this beer looses a lot of it's characheter. it's still very drinkable, but you wont get the true taste that it is should to have. Other than that it is basicly the same as in the bottle. all around decent version of the classic heffeweizen. never had sam adams heffeweizen on tap, but im sure it would be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 03:33:45 | More by twi1609372
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a bomber of this a gift and I must admit I drank it after a tough day moving my apartment. This is Hefe done simple and dumbed down for the masses but it hit the spot and I appreciate the hints of cloves and citrus that played hide and seek in the background. Think of this beer as an American Wheat with Hefe inclinations and I believe this is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:21:33 | More by canucklehead
Photo of weeare138


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noted just as "Hefeweizen" on the menu. When I asked what kind it was, I was told it was a German style...grrr. Anyway...
Appears a cloudy gold with a 1 inch white fluffy head that dissapates after a minute in the hot Chesepeake City sun. There are actually some decent webbings left on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of lemony citrus, mild wheat, yeast(the famed von Uerige yeast), and spice with a bit of an uneasy skunkiness lingering somewhere in the background.
Taste is ok. Lacks the creamy banana and vanilla notes that are present in several outstanding hefe weizens, even American versions. Taste is of citrusy lemon with a spiciness, notably clove, and some wheat. Other than that, the spice is drowning out everything else that would be remotely sweet in this.
Mouthfeel is overrun with citrus and spice in the medium bodied feel.
Drinkability is ok. If there's nothing else other than the usual suspects, it's worth a gander.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2005 02:08:22 | More by weeare138
Photo of TastyTaste


3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good hefe, served in a 25 oz. mug at old chicago. Good banana flavor, but lacks in many other departments. I think this could've used some bolder malt and spicier clove, but still not bad. It looked like most any other hefe, hazy and gold. I got Oberon immedietly after it, and it blew this beer away.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 04:45:01 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a case of this stuff at a deal price. Poured out to a slighly cloudy yellow color with a decent head when poured well. Touches of lace were present around the glass. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and other fruits. The typical hefeweizen. Flavor was rather unremarkable, but not bad. Flavors of fruit, light spice and a small clove like taste were noted. Finished crispy and smooth, with a bit of wheat noticed on the aftertaste. I'd buy this again, but only at the deal price I got it at. There are beter hefes out there, but this is solid. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 16:09:29 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy yellow, honey coloured, decent head and good lace. Smells like sweet dried banana chips and bubblegum. Tastes kind of bananaish, bitterness at the end, kind of tart. Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, kind of pleasant but not really that great, theres many better hefe's out there. Thanks sammy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:51:27 | More by Viggo
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is hazy and golden-orange in color. Head is short and very white. The aroma is of sweet malts and wheat. No hefe clove or banana smells are detected. The taste is very much that of an American pale wheat beer, this is definently not a hefeweizen by my experience. A crisp yeasty wheat flavor is joined by a light maltiness. Just a touch of citrus is detected towards the finish. Drinkability is very good, I could probably drink this all day in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 02:17:54 | More by Gagnonsux
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.