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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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76
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1,886 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 194 | 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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Ratings: 1,886 | Reviews: 780
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.

Photo of Socrates68
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is this is the best Hefeweizen ever! Pours an excellent light gold color. Body is nice and hazy, and I can't see my fingers through the glass. The smell is soft. The taste is light and subtle, just like a hefeweizen should be. The body is nice and creamy. I could drink this 12 months out of the year! My beer of choice!

Photo of Floydster
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's for only two dollars

Average Hef in my book, a lot of them just taste the same to me, even though some definitely standout (Weihenstephaner)

Good with an orange to add on to its flavor already

Pours with a thin white head, good beer in the hot weather and is highly drinkable

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 4/4/07. Pours a cloudy golden straw, a small head fizzling to nothing but a patchy swirl, no lacing. The aroma has nothing to do with hefeweizens; there is wheat malt, sure, almost bald, but no yeast presence that typifies the hefe styles, no clove, no banana, nothing.

The taste is about the same, a lame wheat malt presence, some pale malts for countering, but nothing to balance, no spices, no fruits, barely any zest even, and for further insult, the hops come out and play an unpalatable presence. The mouth is decent, too much carbonation and bit, something soapy, nothing to save this one. Call this an American Wheat, sure, a little better score, but any way I look at it, its just not good.

Photo of drpimento
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with very slight head and no lace. color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a nice bavarian weizen. The similarity ends there. Very thin and light carbonation. Flavor is ho hum. Yeasty bitterness that lingers in the finish with a hint of lemon. Had much better micro brewed Bavarian style weizens.

Photo of genog
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... It must be a duck. This is kind of how I feel after drinking this beer.
Pours a bright orange, murky cloudy color with a big fluffy white head that sticks around all the way through this session. Smell is a little spices and orange peel that makes me think this will be a very nice Hefe. However the taste is indescribeable. All I taste is off flavored biscuit malt. My friend and I each had 2 bottles and the taste was nowhere near close to the smell or appearance on this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at Ruby Tuesday's at the mall while shopping with my fiance.

A - Cloudy, murky carrot-juice orange (V-8 without the tomatoes?) with a small grayish head and a tiny bit of lace. Looks dull and thick.

S - Fresh bread dough, yeast, and some nice orange hop notes. No hefe aromas really, smells more like a pale ale.

T - Citrus orange-juice flavors abound, and some malty bready flavors are underneath. Hefeweizen? You gotta be kiddin' me....this is a pale ale if I ever tasted one. It's biscuity in the malt department and moderately hopped with fruity citrus orange juice flavors. I may have a mild wheat twang, but it ain't no hefe.

M - Tart, medium bodied, quite carbonated, and bitter with lots of hop notes on the of-dry finish.

D - Good enough. It's way off for the style, but as a beer it's not bad. It's a pretty boring but tasty pale ale. Nothing stands out, but it went well with my turkey burger, and at a restaurant like RT's where they only have about six micros it's not a bad choice.

Photo of uabigdaz
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with a stamp of APR2007, it is AUG2007...

Poured into a pint glass with only spotty head retention. Opaque yellow/orange color. Smell is faint, mostly citrus smell. Tastes pretty good. Smooth and bitter, with very faint hints of citrus which could be brought out with a small slice of lemon. Mouthfeel is not too great. Although it tastes smooth it does not feel too smooth. I rate the drinkability low because I couldn't picture myself drinking too much hefeweizen. Good hefeweizen staple.

Photo of Lothore
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer exemplifies what a hefeweizen should look like in my opinion. Cloudy orange color with a nice head that is very light and fluffy without having a "fizzy" look.

S- The smell is pretty decent, nothing too exciting. Wheat, slightly sweet, subdued citrus notes, to my suprise I really don't smell as much fruit as I was expecting.

T- The taste is good, strong wheaty flavor with a slight sweetness. Again nothing too exciting, but well balanced.

M- The mouthfeel is very carbonated and semi thin while still maintaining a higher viscosity than a generic brew from one of the big guys.

D- This is where this beer really strives in my opinion. I truly could drink these things all night long. Not offensive or distinct enough to tire me out while still having a solid hefeweizen flavor.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, going to Grandma’s for dinner tonight, and had to pick up a six pack to bring. Only problem was the only store I would be near would be the Bi Lo. So, I reluctantly went into there and started to look around. So this 6 pack sitting on the shelf and it started to intrest me. I figured it’s a brewer I had not tried, and a style that I love(and so does Grandma) so what the heck, it is Bi Lo after all, so this was the best I was going to get. Lets see how it goes….



A – Poured a nice, slightly hazy pale golden amber. Very nice two inch head hung over the top of it for a good few minutes, before reluctantly fading away to leave about a quarter inch layer along the top. Decent side glass lace was present throughout. Great visible carbonation, lots of bubbles were trickling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire time. Look was good overall, classic for a hefe. Very nice sediment on the bottom made it very obvious this was an unfiltered beer from the start.



S – Aroma was very light and pleasant. Almost too light would be the only fault. Took a bit before you could actually pick up what was really driving it. Nice light yeast like smell was dominating, followed by hints of Banana and some other light fruits. A touch of some light grassy or grain in the back as well. Did not really have too much of a punch in aroma, but was light and pleasant.



T – First impression of the taste was very light. Decent grainy taste right up front with a touch of fruit. Light and not really to stand outish at first. Had a touch of a bready feel as I went on when a lot of the wheat started to come out. Pretty standard fair here actually, an average Hefe and not much else to say about the flavor, other then there was a tiny amount of some almost lemon like twang to it in the finish, not sure what it was or where it came from.



M – Really smooth. Lots of carbonation was evident from the very start. Had a good lively mouthfeel. Not watered or oily. Just a light feel. Nice sediment at the end went down without issue. The unfiltered nature of it added a lot of the fell and made it a good bit fuller.



D – Great, as most of the style are. I really did not know what the abv was at the time of review, but these went down like water. The aforementioned sixer was gone in no time. Could have easily been an all night drinker for everyone. Very good hot weather brew here. Lightness kept you from getting that full feeling, and the carbonation kept it intresting. Had some in glass and in the bottle, and it was easy going both ways.



Overall this was a classic hefe, the taste did not really knock me over in any way. But I was not really looking for something to overwhelm me, so that actually worked out well. If it is a classic, easy drinking, brew you are looking for this was absolutely fine. Nothing spectacular, but just a good all around brew. Worth a try

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