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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,748 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 107 | 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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Photo of soultrain
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. (bottled on 05.10.06 freshness date)

A-Opaque golden orange. 1" head becomes a thin scum of foam in minutes. Excellent lacing.
S-Some wheat grain sweetness. Some yeast. No lemon.
T-Well, it's lacking the flavor that I found so enticing in this beer on-tap. Yeast is o.k., wheat is o.k., but some stale wet cardboard is there, too, and I'm not diggin' it.
M-Mediocre; lacking in carbonation.
D-Sooo much better on-tap; I'm disappointed with the bottle version.

CRUX: MEDIOCRE WHEAT BEER HERE. ON TAP IS WAAAY BETTER! On-Tap; it's an american classic wheatbeer! Seriously, after having a great experience with this beer on-tap, I was looking forward to this six-pack. It's just not the same. :(

soultrain, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is from notes scribbled sloppily on a napkin from Chili's. Served in a weizen glass (though so was everything else on tap there) with a lemon. Note to self: next time ordering a Hefe at a bar, remember to ask for no lemon. Cloudy yellow-orange color, with a fairly small head for a Hefe.

I smelled lemon, mostly. The damned thing probably killed the beer for me. A little bit of a malty taste as well.

Very citrusy, and not just from the lemon slice either. A little bit of a spice in the background. Not incredible, but probably the best beer they had at Chili's.

Medium-bodied and very creamy. Very smooth on the palate.

This was just what I needed on the nearly 100-degree day that I ordered it. Smooth and refreshing, and at 4.7% I wasn't afraid to order two before I went home.

Phocion, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orangey yellow in the glass. Small white head is gone in a flash. Nice mix of the hops and wheat in the smell. Decent citrusy, orange i guess, taste. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Light mouthfeel. Quite drinkable in the right circumstance, like a sunny So Cal beach. Great session beer for just such a place!

JayTheFinn, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of budgood1
2.08/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a cloudy light copper colour with a big egg shell white head. lotsa lace. a spicy, dusty aroma; no trademark hefe qualities in the nose. it loses in the taste department, too. there is a grainy flavour and a some hints of banana, but that's about it. some herbal notes are seen as i take a few more sips, but this isn't a true hefe and even as an "unfiltered wheat beer", it lacks. unfortunately, i believe this concoction needs a lemon slice to liven it up a bit. mouthfeel is a bit harsh on top of a medium body. drinkability suffers just because this really is not a good rendition of any type of wheat beer. i'll definitely drink the rest of my six pack, but i'll definitely not buy this again.

budgood1, May 27, 2006
Photo of DrunkPagan
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesterday was a big beer day for me. I was literally in the neighborhood of this BBQ joint, so my girlfriend and I stopped for lunch. I asked what was on tap, and after an uninspiring list, the waiter listed this little gem. I'd never heard of it before, so I ordered one.

It was cloudy, but consistent, with a pale yellow color. It was supposed to be served with a lemon, (which would have helped the taste a bit,) reminding me a bit of the Sam Adams Summer Ale.
Nevertheless, it wasn't too bad. I'd had some bad hefeweizens lately, so I was hoping for the best. This one was fairly light, sweet, with a slight citrusy aftertaste. There was also some background spice I couldn't quite identify. It wasn't the best hefeweizen in the world, but it wasn't bad. It'd be great for the middle of summer. A little more of that unidentified spiciness, though, and it would be a more outstanding beer.

DrunkPagan, May 27, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a frothy white head, some lacing but not quite as much retention as is to be desired. The smell is kind of weak but there is some sweet bead aromas and the faintest hop aromas. The taste is some sweet breadiness and some faint hops as well. Overall better than average mouthfeel and a decent drinkablility. A better than average beer but nothing to go crazy over.

MSchae1017, May 27, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- very cloudy straw color, little white head, some floating praticles in there, obviously unfiltered.

S- slighlty sweet scent, damp malt and fruit smell.

T- not very sweet, not much flavor. Malty taste, not very good.

M- smooth, nice body, maybe just a hair chewy

D- This was disappointing. Not much going on for it. Flavors are dull, smell wasn't inviting.

tonistruth, May 23, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer is usually a pretty standard beer offering at the local restaurants and beer bars around the area. I happen to get this one with my dinner at Chili's one night.

The beer pours a very hazy golden color that has a beautiful lace that sticks with the beer the entire time. The taste is a very light wheat flavor with an almost undetectable hint of banana.

The mouthfeel is smooth and has a medium carbonation level to it. This beer is very drinkable and I don't ever mind ordering this one when I am out...great for a nice hot summer day as it is available anywhere you go and serves the crowd rather nice. User friendly hef.

PuckLSHS, May 22, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep yellow with a small head that does hold it's lacing all the way down the glass.
Aroma is dry with a grainy wheat and light clove smell.
Taste is again dry grainy...light wheat bite and only a slight banana flavor coming on the backend.
There is something missing from this wheat beer....it's not bad....and could be quaffed in volume, but there is something missing from it like it may be too one-dimensional. I hate to say it but I think this is one that can definately be improved with a lemon wedge

IntriqKen, May 09, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is pretty average in appearance. Smallish head... white, not very thick and it dissipated quite fast.
Murky, straw in color... very hazy.

Aroma is small. Some definite wheat overtones with a touch of rubber mixed in... slightly fruity.

Taste is average. I wouldn't say horrible and I wouldn't say great. There is a nice grain quality to it. A tad more bitter on the swallow than I'd like and a touch of fruit.

A decent beer... not one I'd probably ever purchase again.

Fugazme, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap (to make sure it wasn't just a bad tap at one place) at several places in the Washinton, DC area on a recent trip. I have not seen it in the NY/NJ area, and that's fine.
It poured a cloudy, bright yellow with a small head that quickly vanished to barely a lace, then totally disappeared.
There was not much of an aroma. Some very small hints at lemon, but that's all.
The taste was watery with some slight hints at sugared lemon. The water, however, made it less tart than it probably would have been.
The mouthfeel was clean, but the lack of taste didn't even make it very refreshing. It was very thin. The little aftertaste was somewhat remeniscent of a water lemon merangue pie.
This is not a very good example of a heffe-weisse.

jwc215, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of bruachan
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

i've had this before, i think. but this review will reflect fresh thoughts

nice lookin: tall, creamy white head and a cloudy dark gold color. smells more like a pils than a hefe: no banana, no clove, some floral hop aroma and a touch of wheat. rough grainy flavor; seems like a pils with wheat flavor added. not particularly yummy (i can see why people want orange or lemon slices in it). unsavory wheat finish with a gross bitterness. ewww...i'm not going to bother finishing this

in conclusion: hefeweizen, my ass. wheat beer, perhaps, but it forms little semblance to the german style

bruachan, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date: 2/15/06

A-Cloudy and gold, with a 1 inch foam that persists for several minutes

S- lacks the estery spiciness of hefes. Presumably, they are not using a hefeweizen appropriate yeast strain. Wheaty smell. More of an American wheat than a hefe

T- Slightly sweet, fresh wheat. Not complex, but refreshing. Again, tastes more like American wheat than hefe.

M- Soft and delicate.

D- Nice way to spend a warm sunny evening in springtime.

pweis909, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of riversider76
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden. Not much head or lacing. Smell is very mild spice and lemon. Body is medium with some carbonation.Taste weak and sour,with a bad after taste.Seems like they could have done more with this. The beer is refreshing, I'll give you that,but so is water.

riversider76, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of afordney
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy with a thick white head. Retained very well not much lacing.

Smelled slightly sour and citrus, not much to offer

Tasted tart and fruity and a little spicy, very refreshing

Very balanced and spicy

This was a good refreshing beer for warm weather, although while the flavor fit the profile, it wasn't very bold and left me wanting more. Still, I would pick up this beer again if the opportunity presented itself.

afordney, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance- Light, fizzy head with some alright lacing. Colro is a deep, yet somewhat golden sunshine. Almost a light egg yolk color.

Smell- A little cloves and bubblegum, but mostly lighly tangent malts and saaz hop aroma.

Taste- Pretty refreshing saaz hop balance with lightly toasted malts. This would be a great beer to sit and drink with a couple of buddies on the front porch during a balmy summer evening bullshitting. This was a very refreshing beer, hence the drinkability score.

scruffwhor, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sunny, light orange color. Cloudy. Thin, soapy white head.

Smell: Dry lemon zest. Faint, husky wheat. Mild citrus elements.

Taste: Citrus flavor, with a mild zesty sting. Faint grassy flavors pop up in the middle. Light hop acids show up later, just barely strong enough to leave an impression on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. The carbonation stings a little, but it's not at a "fizzy" level.

Verdict: American wheat beers usually disappoint me, and this one is no exception. It's mind-numbingly plain.

bearrunner44, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Hefeweizen
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 02-15-06
Served in a Schneider Weisse hefeweizen glass

Pours an unfiltered, hazy and cloudy orange. Light trails of yellow blended in as well. Decent head on top that leaves attractive trails of sticky lace patterns.

Whiffs of wheat and grains. Faint nose and reminds me of an American Wheat Ale.

Dry and clean wheat flavors dominate my palate. Major wheat and yeasty flavors mingle with a cereal grain taste.

This is very drinkable and an easy hot weather session beer. Appears to be misleading when advertised as a hefeweizen. I would say it's much more on par with American Pale Wheat beers like Ipswich Summer Ale or Wachusett Summer Breeze.

Hibernator, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as American Wheat…

Cloudy, peachy-tan in hue, the color is a bit dull. Small white head, at the apex the foam was only one finger tall, which is fitting for the style. Head retention was fair; a soapy residue was all that remained after a few moments before turning into a thin collar. The subsequent lacing was very spotty but not noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is agreeable and fitting for an American Wheat.

The nose is wheaty and the yeast offers some citursy-orange aromas… or maybe some of those are coming from the hops? The wheat smells are lovely plus it is rather boisterous for an American Wheat. I like the nose, sure it is straightforward but the citrusy-orange smells do add enough depth for me to care. Inviting.

The palate offers some zippy wheatiness upfront with an agreeable bite of lemon and a kiss of orange peel at the back. I love the hoppy finish; which is a great addition. I wish Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat was this tasty! Juicy, lingering aftertaste; this is a very tasty beer. Sure it is straightforward but I like the direction it is marching.

Medium in body, this is one of the beefiest American Wheat beers I have had. In fact I think the mouthfeel is outstanding on this beer. It is even better on-tap, IMO. The carbonation is moderate but works well with the overall scheme. I think this beer could pair well with a burger or fish. Lovely!

Drinkable? Yes. Do I want another? Yes. I have had this on-tap a million times at the Qwest Center in Omaha. It is one of the best American Wheat beers I have had. I might actually buy a six-pack of this in the future. I purchased my bottle in Omaha. Try one.

bditty187, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this before and wasn't that crazy about it, but pints were a buck so I figured why not. Moderately hazed light amber pour with some light orange highlights and a sizzling white head that quickly disappears, leaving sliding trails of light lacing. Definately lacking the luscious, pillowy head found in a good Hefe.

Aroma is some toasty grain and wheat notes, some sharp lemon and grape notes, and little else. Where's the banana and clove?

Flavor is some very grainey wheat notes with traces of lemon zest and an obtrusive sharp/tart hop note that is not at all attractive. This "hefe" has very little redeeming qualities.

Average mouthfeel, a little on the coarse side. Did not want a second one, even for a buck.

AlexJ, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank this beer on tap at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA

Appearance:
This beer poured into a barrel mug a cloudy yellow-tan color with about a ¼” head that lasted about 2 minutes. The lacing was spotty and minimal.

Smell:
This particular pour smells of wet cardboard and yeast.

Taste:
This pour tastes a bit flat and stale, not impressive at all. I’ve had this beer at several places in several states and it’s all over the board. The carbonation levels seem to drift and so does the flavor. The freshest I’ve tasted was at the Cheesecake Factory in Virginia Beach, VA. However, overall it strikes me as a mediocre Hefe. It has the wheat flavor but lacks the higher and lower notes - the subtle flavors of bananas or cloves or citrus rinds etc..

Mouthfeel:
Medium/full and flat

Drinkability:
If there is no other beer on tap other than bulk Pils or Lagers then I’m all for it but at a beer bar with a good selection, I’ll pass it by.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium head, dissipates quick, looks slightly paler than a glass of orange juice, very cloudy.

S: Fruity, lemony, peppery, somewhat faint overall.

T: Lemon citrus flavor, that is sour, the finish is slightly bitter/ peppery which leaves a bad taste. Alcohol is not strong.

MF: Medium body, fairly smooth, with decent carbonation.

D: The off flavors, especially in the finish ruin this one for me. I remember liking it more in the past, but it is usually served with a lemon wedge. Reviewing it now, it doesn't hold up on its own...

bennetj17, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangish yellow with a light head and some lacing. The smell is something that should be left to the imagination. Smells not like much of anything really but if I had to say something I would say dust and hops. Taste is decent. Some nice fruit notes but is overall watery. Goes down smooth and I could drink this every once in awhile but I normally go for something else.

rustymoore, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of danielharper
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Is it fair to say that hops and wheats just don't really go together? This is really an American Wheat, so don't let the name fool you.

Pours dark orange into my weizen glass. No head at all except for a touch of bubbles at the top of the glass, no more than would be expected from a can of soda.

Aroma is all hops, with a touch of citrus in the back to give it backbone. If I ignore the name, and just try to appreciate the beer for what it is, it get passable marks as an American Wheat. Nice consistency, but the hops have an old, almost soggy character.

Taste is reasonably decent. Like carbonated orange juice, this beer has a very distinctive flavor that, while not exactly smooth, goes down easier than Sam Adams Hefe or some other American Wheats I've tried.

Mouthfeel is thin, but adds to drinkabilty. Passing grade.

I'm not fond of this beer, and am actively dreading the other four in the six-pack. I bought it because I wanted to try what was in many areas "the" hefeweizen, but I should have known better. Not a bad American Wheat, but the style just isn't that special. Drink a Franziskaner instead.

danielharper, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin white head.

Smell is dominated by citrus smells.

Taste is very ordinary. Slight bits of wheat, a touch of citrus, and just a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin

Drinkability is pretty average on this very average Hefe.

bashiba, Feb 11, 2006
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 1,748 ratings.