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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | 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 SupaCelt


3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stuff poured a coppery tan that was nice and cloudy. It appeared to have some substance to it. There was a good wheaty head that was creamy and dense. Lace production was acceptable.

Smells were yeasty and chaff laden. The wheaty fluff comes through in the air. Vague spice impression. This stuff is mild and pleasant. Not a sensory overload, but nice to be sure. I guess this is an hefe scent.

The taste was a pleasant and refreshing one. Not too thin, as I was predicting. The wheat imparts such an interesting tone on the flavour. It seems very natural and fluffy. It reminds me of like a vitamin drink or health supplement. Fiber drink. Had a couple and was quite satisfied. Felt sporty. I would drink this stuff again from the tap. I had bottles that didn't really live up to what I tasted off the tap, so my overall opinion dipped slightly. Not at all a disappointment.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 02:47:56 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of clvand0


2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a bar in Nashville. Pours a yellow/orange color with a large head and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very cloudy. Weak aroma - hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor was not as good as expected. A bit astringent. Hints of citrus, but no banana or clove. Has an abnormal bite that I don't prefer in a hefe. Should be smooth and enjoyable, but this one was a little harsh. Mouthfeel was right where it should be, but the drinkability should be better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2005 23:31:10 | More by clvand0
Photo of Suds


3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap, as a dinner accompaniment on a recent trip. The beer was cloudy, hazy, and straw colored with a short-lived head. The aroma has a faint, but characteristic wheat-citrus, lemony aroma. Also, underneath were smells of clove and yeast. Fairly smooth, with a bitter hop finish (probably more than necessary). It went quite well with the food, but certainly wouldn’t stand very well on its own as a serious hefeweizen. It’s a drinkable, but overall ordinary beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2005 20:30:15 | More by Suds
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold, yellow color, foamy white head. Plenty of bubbles, not alot of lacing.
Not a strong smell from this one, wheat, hint of citrus.
Do not taste or smell the bananna I expect from a good heffe, not spicy in any way either. There is a bit of lemon.
It is a crisp, dry beer and goes down pretty easy, it just does not stand out as a great wheat brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 00:36:08 | More by hungryghost
Photo of cncbofh


2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint at Macaroni Grill. Served to me with a one-finger head.
Straw colored - very hazy. Smell was sour and biting - hints of citrus and hops in the nose with some noticeable buttery scents that didn't seem appropriate.

I expected a smooth and citrusy wheat beer to quench my thirst between bites of Veal Marsala. Instead, I got a biting and astringent drink that took a squeezed lemon and lots of puckering to finish. It was missing a lot of the spicy character I look for - lemongrass, coriander, orange peel... and had a very dry and bitter aftertaste. Overhopped.

Not a great reflection of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 21:55:38 | More by cncbofh
Photo of aquatonex

New York

1.5/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I expected more from this one...

Pours cloudy orange, looked like it was sitting there and accumulated rust. Good carbonation, a little foamy head. Taste starts off ok but is immediately dominated by bitterness. First hefe I've had like this. I was expecting smooth and mild flavor with yeasts, malts, and citrus. It had citrus, but the overwhelming bitterness made it a sour choice for a hefe. I had to douse the entire bottle with lemon to even finish this one. The terrible bitter flavor even dared to linger after the swallow as a show of defiance.


Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 23:49:25 | More by aquatonex
Photo of klk


3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer was very nice. It came very cloudy, with little light getting through at all with a very pale golden color. The head was decent. It left a nice lacing on the sides.
The aroma was light with a little fruit coming through past the stronger wheat smell.
The taste was disappointing after looking at the pour. It was somewhat flat with a clove taste coming in with a bit of fruit.
The mouthfeel was a bit too sharp and it left a slight feeling of film in the mouth. It was a drinkable beer but nothing makes it stand out except for the appearance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 18:45:43 | More by klk
Photo of jvajda


3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good hazy soft appearance and a good head.
Smell: Fresh wheat tones in the nose.
Taste: A little lacking in flavor. Nothing new here, just a decent hefeweizen that tastes watered down.
Mouthfeel: Good feel and carbonation.
Drinkability: A decent session beer, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2004 18:11:58 | More by jvajda
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap@Edinborough Castle, San Fransisco. Pretty thin, with no depth of flavour, clove and lemon and not a lot else. This was on tap in so many places up the West coast of the US, which probably suggest this is one of the best selling wheat beers in the US???

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 17:31:59 | More by rastaman
Photo of surfmeister


4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden, murky appearance is beautiful, I had to ding it here because of the relatively small head, you expect gobs of foam with a hefe. Full aromas of spice and fruits consistent with the best of the style, smooth silky mouthfeel, with a foamy slide down the gullet, could consume many very happily on a warm Santa Ana southern california day.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 19:20:45 | More by surfmeister
Photo of RedDiamond


3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They sure pour ‘em cold here at the Gasthaus. Too cold. You figure they might have learned that folks like me will drink a bit more quickly if we don’t have to wait for a beer to reach ideal serving temperatures. Oh well.

Along with Pyramid’s hefe from Seattle, Widmer’s Hefeweizen has become the Northwest standard for the style. I’m surprised somehow that hefeweizens have become as popular as they’ve become in recent years. If my late departed grandfather (rest his soul) could only see me drinking a beer with a lemon in it…..

But is this a good beer? Well kinda. It’s not bad. It is densely clouded, apricot colored, and has a soft head. The aroma is subsumed by that thick slice of lemon clipped to the rim of the glass. But the lemon is a welcome compliment to the bitter-sour taste. My pint produced a nice fray of lace and I found the beer to be companionable, decent, flavorful… a good all around pint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 20:24:11 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of oracle


2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a typical cloudy light yellow. Medium head that left heavy lacing.

Nose was light and yeasty. Some lemon in there as well.

Taste was mild, but with a somewhat sharp finish. I wouldn't necessarily characterize it as hoppy, just sharp. Not all that great.

Mouthfeel was about average.

all-in-all, an entirely forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 15:14:23 | More by oracle
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a dozen times on tap, but never in conditions conducive to review. Finally picked up a bottle. The one-inch head is almost white (a little yellowy), thick, bumpy and doughy. The beer is opaque, peachy-orangey and dirtyish. Butter, spice and citrus make for a pleasant nose. The front is bitter and reminds me of toasted white bread. The middle turns a little sour, somewhat fruity and not at all sweet. The finish is bitter, wheaty with toasted grains. There's a floral aftertaste. Overall, bitter, grainsy, not very fruity (though it sweetens with temperature). It's ok. Better than average American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 16:45:04 | More by kbub6f
Photo of NEhophead


3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head, but plenty of carbonation present on sight. No real lacing to speak of. A pale and hazy straw color that looks weak and watery.

A weak banana and spicy clove aroma in addition to pretty strong grain and wheat smells. Nothing overpowering in terms of aroma.

The flavors begin with a bit of lemon that quickly gives way to a mild banana. That quickly gives way to a sharp clove spiciness. The strength of the clove surprised me compared to the ale's other watered down components. There's also a lot of wheat flavors, some of which aren't too flattering. The right flavor aspects are present, just out of balance.

Grainy mouthfeel, but still light on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's a light and refreshing beer for the summer, but I couldn't see myself having more than one of these a sitting, nor would I really go back to it in the future. This is not a beer to seek out in terms of representing the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2004 14:03:06 | More by NEhophead
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy wheat scent with a slight lemony zest. It doesn't have any banana or clove smells; very lame. The taste is average also. It has a light wheat flavor with no body or sweet banana taste. This is really out of style here. The mouthfeel is average. Instead of have a medium/full body, it is low bodied with good carbonation instead of adequate. This is an average hefe at best. It is unique in character, but I don't think that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 01:51:03 | More by WesWes
Photo of freed


2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the Gasthaus following the tour. I'd just learned that the Hefe is their biggest product (85% of production). Its been a while since I last tried it, so I'm almost expecting more.

The pitcher across the room full of sediment - milky like a glacial stream, but bright yellow - nearly the color of the BA logo up top. Poured, it keeps the color and turbidity, and has a rather elegant head to it.

The aroma is largely of wheat and not overtly yeasty. Its completely lacking the mixed bag of smells that I'm expecting from a Hefe, and I'm somewhat disappointed.

The beer is quite dry, crisp and bready. Wheat again dominates the body with a mild addition of yeast to it, despite the seeming abundance of it the beer. I can't really pick up much on the hop front, but from its crispness I sense its there. The beer also dries out the palette quite a bit, which might explain why so much of it is consumed.

I'm sad to say I don't like this beer. I'm already not a big wheat fan, but this seems less interesting than most. There are no challenging flavors, no challenging aromas, and without a lemon, which I don't add out of principle, its just kind of boring.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2004 18:23:55 | More by freed
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So, cloudy yellow, bit of foam that dissappears quickly. Unfiltered.

Something in the smell is wet socks mixed with grass. Hoppy socks. Not good.

Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation, not bad.

Taste is banana, but I think slightly too bitter at the finish for the style. Good hops, but just not enough clove for my liking. So, not my pick of the litter for hefeweizen. But not ugly like the smell would have me believe. Not bad, but not my fave.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 00:11:44 | More by JustinBathurst
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a horrible looking head that didnt last long.Left a bit of lacing,but nothing like the great wheat beers I've had before.Had a much different smell than most wheat beers of its catergory.A very hoppy and malt aroma.It tastes more like a Pale ale than a wheat beer.The color is a hazy yellow.The mouthfeel has a strong carbonated bite that does go down smooth.If i tell myself I'm drinking a Pale Ale I'll enjoy it.But when I want a nice creamy Hefeweizen that tastes of wheat and smells like bananas I want go for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 04:36:55 | More by kelticblood
Photo of kegerator


2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was average at best.
Slightly hazy yellow with a nice 1 inch head that lingered but didn't leave a whole lot of lacing.
aroma was weak. i caught some shades of what a hefe should be but it was very subdued. little citrus and no spice to at all really.
taste was about the same. no spice a little citrus and nothing more.
it was very smooth and very drinkable though but I probably would not buy it again

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2004 12:27:39 | More by kegerator
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a luminous gold color, almost looks like fruit juice. Has a decent marshmallowy head that leaves great lacing behind. The smell was a bit off though, kind of like sour milk (could have been a bad tap I guess).

The taste is somewhat hoppy and malty, quite sharp, no fruitiness or spiciness. Dry finish, somewhat refreshing but really kind of bland. Inoffensive and somewhat refreshing, but not what I'm looking for. Widmer was probably the most popular hefe when I was living on the West Coast, you could find it just about anywhere, even sporting events. I'm starting to see it on tap out here now, but it's not one I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2004 22:24:53 | More by PopeJonPaul
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3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent hefe. It pours a very cloudy yellow color with a bit of lace. The smell is of yeast. The beer tastes slightly fruity and grainy, but the flavor is far from overpowering. The mouthfeel makes up for the lack of flavor. This is a deliciously creamy beer. It goes down easy, and is a nice summer time wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 17:34:44 | More by bignick
Photo of smcolw


3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light amber-orange color. OK head for a wheat beer with good lace.

The aroma reminds me of soured milk. There is also a slight lemon peel smell. The wheat is quite muted--a little disappointing.

I try to not look at other reviews before trying for fear that I might be swayed in grading. In this case, I glanced at a couple of low scores. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor: This is a spicier wheat beer than some and is noteable for its dry finish. Fairly mild in flavor, but certainly not "off" in any way. Fairly full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Worth a second look and certainly a first taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 17:13:49 | More by smcolw
Photo of WetCoaster


3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Note: Based on first 2/3 "no yeast" pour; yeast additions noted.)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, somewhat milky apricot gold. Mild, fine carbonation. Very little head and thin lacing. (Yeast adds depth; takes on an almost mixed egg look.)

Smell: Booming citrus aroma with hints of peach and apricot. Underneath there's a soft, sweet baked bread aroma. (Yeast adds a bit of a musty sulpher and, er... urine scent.)

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry, rather crisp wheat cracker taste--with a rather unfortunate metallic tang. Finish is dry and clean. The mouthfeel is light, smooth and coating. Simple and, IMHO, a bit bland. (Yeast smoothes out and richens both the flavor and feel)

Drinkability: Terrific, but there are far more flavorful beers that also fit that bill.

I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of this style and rarely drink them. This one confirms my reason for that; a competent, crisp but otherwise unexciting weisse brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 02:40:58 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured yellow and cloudy with a low head.

The smell could best be described as very light, with a little fruitiness and some yeast thrown in for good measure.

It was surprisingly bitter, however, with a nice clean wheat taste and a long btter aftertaste. As a fan of bitter beers, I liked that.

Not your average wheat beer. A little better than most that I have had this year (so far).

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 03:18:49 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Salpta

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summery: Oh good a truely wonderfull Hefeweizen! Not cloying or overbearing, but still assertive. Wonderfully drinkable.

Appearance: Deap golden to near peach, hint of red in there. Very cloudy but without any flocculation visible. Was served after the head died, but left a nice ring.

Smell: Had to hunt for the aroma. Flora, but had more than the appropriate carbonation level (i blame the bar) so mostly i could only detect the CO2

Taste: Wonderfully bready with a good yeast tang, yet had no bite as is too common. Aeromatic and delicious. Wonderfull after being in the sun shopping.

Mouthfeal and Drinkability: Medium mouthfeel, good for the style. Not really Quaffable, drinkable though. I will definatly reorder this if given the opportunity!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2004 15:40:06 | More by Salpta
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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