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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 21
Gots: 132 | 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

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thin head. Light lacing appeared as I drank the beer.

Smell: The wheat and orange are the backbone here. There are, also, spices and cloves.

Taste: Very citrusy and then followed by some grain and spices.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, and not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great. Maybe too grainy?

stereosforgeeks, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At CSUF where I attend school, there's a decent restaurant bar across the street. Unfortunately, they don't have much of a selection of beer on draft, and I wanted to have something decent which I hadn't had in awhile. On to the beer:

It was served with a lemon wedge in with (what a surprise), which I pulled of the rim of the glass. It had good head retention which left lots of lacing on the glass, and a cloudy blonde body. The aroma was faint, and the taste wasn't very exciting; it was a bit tart, yeasty, and finished hoppy. I liked the mouthfeel on it, it was soft and gentle as in went down.

I need to pick better wheat beers next time if I have the choice. I've been let down by the two offerings I've had (this and Sam Adams Hefe). Or maybe I just don't understand them. I'll keep trying...(and 7 months after this review, I now understand wheat beers. Wow, what a difference time makes!)

Update 1-10-08: Recently had some again on-tap. Still looks good, but the aroma was blah, and the feel was harsh and peppery. I've noticed the scores were more favorable once upon a time, so is this beer being dumbed down for greater appeal? The scoring reflects these recent changes.

DoubleJ, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in the days when I was struggling to pay for college I got a job as a Pizza cook. We had Widmer Hefe on tap along with bud and bud light. Anyway, I would toss a few of these back just about every shift so the beer itself brings back memories. I digress. Poured this 12oz brown bottle into a pounder glass it forms a small white head. Very cloudy unfiltered Orange body.

First drink had me thinking this beer is virtually tasteless. As it warmed I started to detect alot of lemon and a slightly peppered backend. Definitely classified correctly in this database as its nowhere near a traditional hefe but rather its an American wheat beer. You won't find any cloves or bananna's or the like. This is strictly a safe offering that is approachable for a big market. I found this to be refreshing and light. Very easy to drink and nothing to think about. I was surpised at the high level of lemon but it works and is taken down by an earthy type wheat bill to settle it down.

Notes: Not a bad offering at all just boring.

DogFood11, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of radshoesbro
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

why oh why did i try this again? the first time i had it i just thought that it was a bad bottle. i've never had a hefe that i didn't at least appreciate. more often than not they're a good choice. oh no! i was wrong. this is not a gentle nor soft hefe, this is a harsh and dry crapfest. perhaps if there was something actually interesting and refreshing about this i wouldn't be bashing it as much.

a - typical hefe with a smaller head and not a great deal of lace.

s - lemons, and grapefruit.

t - a good wheat at first and than the bitter acidic grapefruit that ruins the finish.

m - light light light.

d - definately the last hefe i'd ever drink.

radshoesbro, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, Jan 5 07 botled on code. Hazy gark golden with a decent sized eggshell head. Patchy lace.

Aroma is mostly lemon with a slight hint of banana.

Flavor is grapefruit, light wheat, and more grapefruit.

Body is thin and watery.

Finish is dry.

Padron4KM, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of schoolcb
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark yellow. I swirled the last remnants of the bottle and poured it in and it clouded up real nice. Head doesn't last long. Aroma is a faint malt graininess, and just a hint of hops. Flavor again is of grainy malt, some citrus overtones that carry into the aftertaste. This is a decent beer, but not one to write home about.

schoolcb, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a pint glass from the tap, I had no idea what this beer was. The waitress said it was a “Budweiser hefeweizen” and I started reviewing it; later she explained that it was a Widmer. It’s interesting to review a beer you’ve had before when someone tells you it’s something else….

Anyhoo, pretty decent looking hefe, an opaque orange color like slightly watered down orange juice beneath a very nice-looking creamy, bone-white head. Minor carbonation in the pour fuels the head, which fades at a leisurely pace leaving behind plenty of sticky lacing. Not a bad looking brew at all. Not much on the nose, just kind of yeast and wheat. This beer definitely benefits from warming. Taste is dominated by wheat, though I couldn’t shake the feeling of a macro lager masquerading as a hefe (not aided at all by the waitress’s description of the beer as an AB product). The flavor is predominantly dry and wheatish, though a bit of lemon-citrus comes out as it warms. Pretty average overall, though not offensive at all. Mouth is smooth and mildly carbonated, yet pleasingly tingly and wet. Drinkability is very good; it’s a highly enjoyable brew that’s thirst quenching, light, and easygoing. Easily sessionable.

Overall: Is this the best hefe out there? Not by a long shot, but it’s fairly readily available and is decent and enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

jettjon, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of a10t2
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-orange with lots of suspended yeast sediment and a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Not much aroma, some graininess.

T: Citrus and more graininess, with a very slight peppery aftertaste that lingers.

M: Smooth and light; moderate carbonation helps to give some substance. Slight astringency in the back of the throat.

D: Very unoffensive as far as wheats go, but not much flavor to speak of. Sediment makes careful pouring or drinking a necessity. Overall, light enough to be sessionable.

a10t2, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of dieselboy914
4.6/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised to find such a mediocre review of this beer, because I loved it! It's an acquired tast I suppose, but to each their own.

I had this beer for the first time just last weekend at bar in Union Square, NY called Reservoir. They had it on tap, and I wanted a hefeweizen to go with the Fried Calamary on it's way.

Let me tell you what a great color to this beer! It deviates from the common yellowish, chalky appearance of other hefes, and has a great orange hue, towards the darker end.
t smelled of wheat and orange rind. Simple as that, and was quite inviting.

The taste was terrific, one of my all-time favorites! It tasted like any other great hefeweizen, but what does the trick for me is instead of lemon undertones, there's that orange peeking it's head up again. I love oranges. Not overwhelming though, but just enough to make you smile.

Excellent watery mouthfeel, easy to drink, and makes you want to drink more. No wonder the alcohol % is so low, because it felt like I was drinking juice.

From, now on I'll just order whole pitchers for myself. Oh and it went great with the calamari

dieselboy914, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of wmaldridge
4.47/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say, I love this beer. I first had it at a small resturant/diner that has several beers on tap, and I loved it/enjoyed it/pounded it down. The beer has a true hefe color and opaqueness. Nice lacing all the way to the end. Smell is more citrusy and need not to be ruined with fruit. Not much banana and maybe a hint of clove, but hits the back of the tounge with a sweet taste.

I picked the beer up in a 1/6 barrel and now is a fixture in the draught box at home. The Brothers Widmer were on to something when the brewed this and, without doubt, is the best American hefe on the market.


wmaldridge, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Madmax99
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I read some reviews about this beer and read the article about it the other day. Last night when I was about at the bar I happend to see it on tap and thought I would give it a try.

I thought that the appearance of the beer was amazing. Beautiful golden color, with it's unfiltered cloudyness. The smell went from a sweet candy like aroma to stale once the head dissipated. I am a fan of IPA's so I like bitterness in beer. Widmers Hefeweizen had a slight bitterness to it, but not a lot. The beer is really sweet tasting. I did have a few of them at the bar so I did enjoy the beer, but it isn't one I would probably buy again

Madmax99, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

APP - Very cloudy, very light amber in color. A slight lace, that is soft while creamy. It poured cloudy, and stayed that way.

Smell- Light smells that are difficult to discern. Some light citrus, a little wheat. Pretty mich "light" describes the smells.

Taste- Again light is the buzz word. Many other brands have a more distinctive wheat flavor. There is a citrus flavor up front, then a bland wheat taste in the background. This is "safe' wheat at it's best.

Mouth- Easy on the palate. So perhaps it is good and easy going down. Maybe like the Budweiser of wheats. Not much but easy going down.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink lots of these. As I say the Budweiser of wheats. In fact thanks to Anheiser-Busch!

stevecee2003, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy peach color with an off-white, soapy looking head. The smell isn't overwhelming, but is of wheat and slightly of clovey spice. The taste is quite mellow, mostly wheat and leaves a slightly bitter, powdery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is a pretty good example of an American Hefe and would be great on a hot summer day. Not the best beer ever, but pretty decent.

gmfessen, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swirled yeast and poured into Hefeweizen glass.
Murky orange with thin head that sticks around.
Smells of citrus, orange, pale or crystal malt (more than can usually be detected in a wheat)
Taste is of somewhat faint wheat, notes of orange, grapefruit, some graininess, and not much spiciness, not much complexity. More hop presence than most Hefeweizens. More barley malt presence than most Hefeweizens.
Would probably be a nice introduction into the style for one who is a craft beer newbie- There is nothing offensive, and the unfamiliar tastes in this beer are weak enough as not to scare off any of the faint of heart. Highly poundable.
Not much of a Hefeweizen

Cadyfatcat, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Luscious deep yellow, translucent. Moderate head, no carbonation.

Sweet, buttery. Mildly citric, almost like a lemon.

Sweet and tart. Thick sweetness, chewy, bread-like. Citric tones. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Mild carbonation and foamation.

Not the best Hefeweizen, but decent. Widmer’s IPA and Amber Ale are better by both taste and style.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass. These Widmer bottles are probably some of the coolest on the market. I love the embossing.

Cloudy and pale orangeyellow hue with a thin fizzy off white head that doesn't last long at all. Settles to a thin rim. Little bits of stringy lacing.

Light peachy aroma with a little bit of grainy malt.

Light whea malt and a little bit of citrusy orange flavor. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish is filled with a harsh acidity and a little bit of lingering fruit.

This is actually Widmer's flagship beer, and in my opinion, it doesn't say much about the brewery. This is an average American Pale Wheat Ale at best, and it was hard for me to drink.

BeerSox, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a modest (for a hefe) head that must be encouraged.

Aroma is pretty clean, little bits of floral and yeast notes, some mild citrus, and a sort of mushroomy earthy scent. In the mouth, nicely carbonated with earthy and floral tastes coming to the fore, and the citrus is a bit more pronounced, with hops bringing in almost too much lemon-zest bitterness in the finish.

I could put away a lot of these, especially on a hot day, but I don't think I'll ever buy this beer. Just nothing exciting about it.

Melchizedek, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 12 oz bottle with a Brewed on date. A not so attractive bottle to say the least, But could be worse.

Appearance: A nice big head with awesome head retention as the lace just sticks and doesn’t go away for quite some time.

Smell: A little moldy/yeasty with hints of mild bread

Taste: A very weaty flavored bear with a chunky yeast flavor that surpassed till the end with hints of lemon and orange twang. The hop bitterness still manages to push till the end.

Mouth-Feel: A very Smooth and light mouth-feel with a great smooth finish.

Drink-Ability: A great beer that just seems to be a little unbalanced but with some work could become a even better beer. It just seemed to be Average without anything that shot out as amazing!

mnesporov, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dull yet attractive pear juice colored brew with heavy handed cloudiness. Head is just a simple layer of medium sized, basic off white bubbles.

S: Subtle banana, cloves, butterscotch, some vanilla and white corn.

T: Begins like a traditional American wheat with an undercurrunt of mineral tastes. Light sweetness of white corn, pear and sugar snap peas moves forward before the stand American wheat grainy persona takes the lead. Blah. Finishes grainy and unattractive.

M: Thin body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: This beer actually starts out better than it finishes. Probably be better with a lemon but anytime you need to add a fruit to mask the flavor then you know the beer isn't that great in the first place.

Westsidethreat, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a pale yellow, extremely cloudy, with a small head. Aroma is grainy wheat malt, not any noticible yeast character. Pleasant wheat malt flavor, with a tad bit of fruitiness coming through. Hops are only moderately bitter but contribute a bit of spicy citrus flavor. Powdery finish. Body is light, a bit thin and watery; extra carbonation would help.

An alright American wheat. Thirst quenching, if not complex.

allengarvin, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light, transluscent orange with little visibility. Looks kind of like watered-down Tang. Good, tight, creamy, white head. Head disappears fairly quickly. Leaves no lacing at all.

Aroma- Some wheat/grainy aroma. Hints of citrus, very clean smelling. Just the barest hint of bread.

Taste- Taste like a typical, mass-produced hefe. No clove. No banana. Just a bit of bite at the very end of the tounge.

Mouthfeel- Good. Not to heavy, not to light. A nice, easy-drinking daytime beer.

Drinkability- Not bad, not great.

theopholis, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this pint at Malones in Lexington, Va. It poured an orange cloudy color that mesmerized me. There was no head, but interestingly enough, there was a thick lacing that left fast. Since there was no head, there was no retention. The smell was very strong (I could smell it before it got to me) and very much like Christmas. The taste was a nice Hefeweizen taste (nothing special). The drinkability is amazing.

treehugger02010, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a a nice hazy golden color with a darker browner column in the center. A decent two finger thick foamy head forms and falls slowly, some lace left behind.

Aroma is light wheat malts some lemon hints have to dig real deep to pull any banana out. Somewhere deep down there are spice hints and yeasts. Wouldn't say its bad but not as full as a good hefe smell.

Taste is carbonation upfront moving to wheat malts then lemony grass finishes with some spice that was barely in the nose clove and pepper yeast. Missing the good dose of banana usually in a hefe. First off this is listed as an APWA but it sure looks like a hefe and tastes like one most American Pale Wheat Ales are sad excuses for beer this one here is at least is drinkable even if it isn't the best. Put another way if this is an APWA its the damn best one I have had, but its a Hefe.

Mouthfeel is low side of medium with very active carbonation bordering on too much fizz.

Drinkability is well its ok but no where close to the two hefe's I normally choose from to fill my glass.

mntlover, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky looking golden colour with a moderate sized white head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves minimal residue on the glass. Average at best here.

The aroma is fruity with minimal banana notes and other general sweetness. There is of course a healthy dose of wheat in this one as well.

Flavour is more of the same, but even more bland. There is some wheat/banana flavour but no spice or nice general yeast notes to this one at all. Very boring. Not awful, just not that great. Mouthfeel is overly oily. Gooey even at times. Not thick gooey but it just has a weird texture that I can't put my finger on. Anyway, it's way off from how a hefe should be.

This one is a borderline average brew. I will only order it if there is no other choice on the tap or bottle list, and can't ever see myself picking it up from the store either. Its a last resort type of brew.

SixpointJMH, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this at the ESPN Zone a few days ago. I didn't want a B, C, or an M, so this is what I chose. Not a great choice though, I will admit.

Had a cloudy, orange color, with a decent head that remianed as I drank it. Tasted "dirty" however, like hay, straw, and yes - dirt! Not sure if it was the glass or what, but I was not about to order another just to see.

I think it's a misnomer to call this beer a "hefeweizen" I don't think it is one at all. It's an American Wheat Ale, and should be labeled as such.

alysmith4, Nov 10, 2006
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.