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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,808
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 TurdFurgison
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in Big Sur, California. Served with an orange wedge on the glass which is common but not liked by me. The appearance was pretty good, pale yellow orange and cloudy with a thick but short lasting head.

The smell and taste were completely average, maybe a little below average. No banana/clove aroma and the yeast taste was mild. Maybe the beer was a little bitter too.

I don't really recommend this.

TurdFurgison, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very nice wheat yellow/tan. Very cloudy, small white head.

Smells like a typical wheat beer with a slightly sour orange citrus aroma.

Not as much flavor as I expected. Very muted. The slight orange flavor doesn't seem sweet at all. Has a thick beery, yeasty feel to it that doesn't add any taste. And it finishes with a light piney hop that fades into a short bitter aftertaste.

It seems heavy in the mouth. It's not a crisp swallow, and it's extremely carbonated.

terrabyte, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Copperfield’s in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma was heavy on the lemon along with a little bit of wheat, spice & yeast.

T: Much like in the smell, the lemon was pretty dominant. The standard bready wheat flavor of the style was certainly there as well with a faint taste of hops. The lemon sweetness and some wheat flavor remained in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: I picked this beer essentially by default, because the five other choices that I had for draft beer were either beers that I’ve had before or watery macros. I thought AB had their hand in this one, but I tried it anyway. I have to be honest and say that it was a pleasant surprise. It was tasty and extremely easy to drink.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
4.33/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking the hell out of this beer all summer. At bbq's, bars, parties, at home and I freakin' love it. I used to avoid Widmer Beer's because I had the impression that they weren't very good. I was very wrong and I've throughly enjoyed them the past few months. The fact that you can get this in just about every bar is a plus. What ever you do, keep the lemon out of this one, it makes it taste like fruit salad. (though the Vitamin C goes well with Vitamin B from the yeast)

appearance: this a yeast bomb. one of the murkiest beers i've ever seen and that includes real German Hefe. deep orange color with minimal head. very opaque to any light.

smell: yummy bready banana wheaty goodness. The banana is super mild and not very much at all. But yeah, the beer smells like banana bread. no it doens't have much clove or banana but it is very nice.

taste: An almost perfect balance of hops, yeast and malt. First you have a Cascade Hop Bitterness that is holding down the backbone. Somehow sweet wheat flavors crawls over the tounge and the finish is an estery yeasty finish with just a touch of banana. This is beer is extremely tasty, yet, compared to a German Hefe, this is way off. There isn't Cascade hops in Germany and the yeast is much more balanced than a real German hefe. That won't stop from drinking this beer by the case.

mouthfeel: creamy, almost stout like in a light package.

drinkability: yeah it's super fucking drinkable, especially when you can find it 10.99 a 12 pack. I feel stupid for passing this one up for last few years, when it was right under my nose. I highly recomend you seek this beer with an open mind, it's not really a true hefe, but judge it on it's own merits, because it is not bland tasting.

You even get an engery boost from all those b-vitamins in the yeast and they kill hangovers. Two Thumbs way up.

pjwilson, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, fluffy white head. An opaque burnt golden color. Very interesting appearance.

Aroma is rather weak with some yeast, wheat and a tomato/iron smell in the back. Unusual.

Taste was of yeast, wheat and a light citrus in the background. Smooth.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Very enjoyable.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice on a hot day. Refreshing. Though I'm not usually a fan, this goes well with a lemon wedge. Basically, this is not a typical hef, so you have to adjust your expectations.

atigerlife, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour included the yeast. Poured an unfiltered cloudy yellow color with a sticky white head. Aroma is a lot of yeast, wheat, and a bit of citrus. Taste is much like the smell with a large yeast presence and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is a below average hefeweizen that lacks the banana and clove flavors of many of the top hefes. Not recommended.

cjgator3, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally got a bottle of this after seeing it everywhere around this summer... Yellow murky body with thin white head. Smells mostly of citrus and banana. Flavor is mostly of banana and citrus as well. Medium bodied. Decent, but not the best hefeweizen I’ve had.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of therica
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading some other recent and rather negative reviews, I'm concerned about the brewer's consistency, because I didn't find any of the severe deficiencies in this beer (working through a 6-pack bought in northern Idaho).

Pours very light-yellow with a very actively bubbling foamy head which didn't last long.

Smell-- very lightweight, with more bouquet than hops.

Taste-- a nice but not overly strong bouquet with hints of banana, apple, pear, lemon, lime and hops-flowers. Very little hops bitterness, extremely lightweight in most regards. Not high nor low in carbonation-- very appropriate.

This would be a nice light dinner beer or a cold one on a hot day, but probably utterly failing in appeal for serious beer connisseurs or affectionado's. If it's flowing freely somewhere, I would drink this in session. I'm enjoying my 6-pack merely as warm-up for more serious enjoyment. I'm trying to portray my moderate positive impression of this beer. It has its place, but it's not a serious Hefe. Still, I will buy more if I find it, just to keep on stock.

therica, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of witster18
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As a wheat fan I at first enjoyed the taste but after much further review I have new opinions. Good taste, not so good on the finish. A little more tart than most from the style. Missing the sweetness, cloverish lime that better wheats' posses. Pours with a massive head that delivers a bitter top and smell. Best cold.
Initially its good but its drinkability is average because it really stays with you and you may find yourself being overcome by the bitterness and powerful natural citrus. Heavy for the style. Overall taste is slightly above average.

witster18, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.63/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pale yellow-orange body with a big white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Extremely cloudy. Rather rotten and heavily yeasty aroma of oranges, lemon, and cat hair. Very offensive and engineered. The yeast seems infected. There is no banana. Flavor is rotten fruit and wheat (not in a good way) with only minimal pepper and clove. Greater bitterness than most hefes but overall rather bland and too sweet. Thick mouthfeel. Very disappointing on multiple occasions. Nearly wretched.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of drotski
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with minumal head. Nice foggy, honey-toned color. Slight lacing on the glass.

Nice, soothing smell. It smelled sweet and fruity. Hint of banana.

Starts very smooth tasting. A little on the sweet side. Hints of banana and bread (yeast). Finish is a weak hint of hops, with a moderate amount of bread-like yeast aftertaste. Not too bad overall.

Feels thick in the mouth. Decent amount of carbonation.

Would definitely drink more, but wouldn't be a first choice hefeweizen.

drotski, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright yellow gold, with plenty of hazy and a frothy head that dissipates to a ring. Not bad looking. The aroma only comes out at relatively high temperatures. Bananas and light spicing rest uneasily alongside a general, harsh citrus character. On the palate, the initial lemony onrush quickly turns a bit rancid. Sweet malts come in at the mid-palate before a medicinal finish. Unpleasant, poor attempt at a wheat beer.

geexploitation, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an underwhelming — though largely inoffensive — hefe.

It's got a hazy, golden colour with a bit of an orange hue and a small but resilient head. The smell is mostly grainy, with only the slightest whiff of the banana-clove combo that's characteristic of hefes.

The taste delivers a little more citric tartness, but the graininess endures and the overall effect is bland. It's a smooth brew and not unrefreshing — but utterly unremarkable.

vanrassel, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was cloudy orange-yellow, like butterscotch. Thin head, no retention.

Smell was malty/wheaty. No real estery aromas at all. Perhaps a bare hint of banana, no clove at all.

Taste was bland, no real flavor at all. Some hops presence, but very astringent, not pleasant.

Mouthfeel was thin, with a weird sticky aftertaste.

Barely drinkable. Not sure what I'm going to do with the other five. The worst part was the weird, filmy aftertaste.

BlackAngus, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at cellar temp.

Pours with the classic Hefeweizen bright amber, cloudy appearance. A large, long lasting rocky head formed at the top of my beer glass. Plenty of Hefe floated to the top of my glass. The aroma featured an acidic, spicy smell up front. The front end of this Hefeweizen was a mixture a of sour, malty taste that was more in line with an American Wheat Ale. I could detect some grassy cloves, and pepper that began to smooth, but became rougher towards the middle and finish. Perhaps a trace of the banana esters were present.

While this Ale was refreshing and offered a glimpse of the traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen it was lacking in the true banana, clove esters that these ales demand. It was also too acidic for this style. This is still an average wheat beer, but failed as an authentic Bavarian as it was advertised

jpkoch1962, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell had a nice wheaty and yeasty tone. Decent citrusy hop presence as well. None of the traditional hefe aromas.

The taste was biscuity with a touch of bitter hop which really cleans it up. Mild lemon element.

The mouthfeel was chewy yet rather clean.

Overall a good beer. This is not a hefe however, but a pale wheat ale. Tasty nonetheless.

plaid75, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at some bar at Reagan airport in DC (Charlie Capp's?).

Served in pint glass, and had to do the defensive drinking maneuver of specifically requesting no lemon wedge.

A: Cloudy, opaque, hazy. Looks like a hefe so far. Very thin head, flight lacing.

S: Wheaty, spicy, citrusy. Citrus is dominant. No banana, no clove. Hmm.

T: A bit too much citrus up front (why would they serve this with lemon if its esters are naturally way too lemony?). A grainy middle, a lightly hoppy finish, which was surprising for a hefe.

M: Light, refreshing, nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty easy to drink. Not at all in the American Pale Wheat Ale style. This beer did a great job in the "I've got a four hour layover and need something to drink" category. My suspicion is that its graininess would wear thin pretty quickly, and it's not a hefe that I'd ever really crave. Worth a try, though.

rarevos, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer Hefeweizen is an interesting brew. Something pretty cheap, but something different. Along the lines of a Shiner Bock, yet better. The appearance is slightly cloudy, not good for what I expect out of a hefe. Smell is quaint, nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is probably the high point of this beer. It's interesting for a hefe because it has a bitter note to it, but it’s not smooth like it should be at the same time. Franziskaner has this nailed down. The mouthfeel is pretty decent, I'll give it that. This is a good beer I'd use for bringing to a party because it’s cheap enough, and different from the swill everyone else would be bringing. A different take up on the style, but not something I'd recommend if you’re looking for a hefe. The good part? UNFILITERED! Man does that make a difference! Widmer with that metallic filtered taste (shivers…) would not be pleasant. Hits the mark on average.

MusicmanSD, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of xzqrut
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from the bottle, gave the classic weizen haze, in a deep golden color. Head was minimal, next to no retention, with only minimal lacing throughout, standard weizen appearance. The smell was almost unrecognizable, barely holding hints of wheat and citrus. Taste about the same, nothing really stood out, had to stick two lemon slices in just to punch it up some. Mouthfeel light and crisp, standard hefe feel. I didn't find anything too special here.

xzqrut, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never would've tried this unless there wasn't anything else half-way decent on tap at this restaurant (MM in Hilton Head). Probably the worst looking beer I've ever had. It looked like butterscotch pudding in a glass. The aroma and flavor weren't especially bad, but there wasn't anything distinctive. It didn't taste bad, I just couldn't get past the appearance.

doubleipa, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Poser
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually zero head unless you pour from about three feet away, but the appearance is great. Golden color, cloudy sediment. Smells a little fruity (which apparently all Hefes do), but it's generally pretty bland. The taste was pretty light, even sweet.

It seemed like a decent brew.

Poser, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always found this to be a pretty mediocre beer and never felt the need to review it, but after reading so many reviews claiming how good it is on tap, I thought I'd give it a try since I've only previously had out of the bottle...

A: This is a very beautiful looking beer. peach colored, extremely cloudy. A wonder to look at. Very little head and no lacing. If only it tastes as good as it looks.

S: No matter how much I try, I really can't smell much of anything. Slightly citrusy, a bit of hops... not much to smell at all.

T: The flavor is very weak and pretty much the same as the smell. There are absolutly no banana or clove tastes whatsoever. I'm not sure exactly how this is a Hefeweizen.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, enough carbonation.

D: Pretty much the same as the bottled version. As you can tell it's not my favorite beer in the world, but since It's usally the only beer available other than BMC at the bars in Grants Pass, I find myself drinking it fairly often.

MLegendre, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden yellow with decent lacing.
Smell: Faint hop aromas join the typical citrus smells found in beers like this, nothing to impressive.
Taste: The taste starts out grainy with just a hint of banana at the end. As I keep drinking the taste starts to become sweeter, it's kinda nice.
Drinkability: There are better Hefe's out there but this one is nice in a plain and simple sort of way.

rebel1771, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of irish
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I detected a skunky nose, and believe that I got ahold of an older bottle, but can't tell because of the absense of a beer date.

Nose and taste contain much fewer esters and clove/bananna tastes than I am used to, and a little more hoppiness and body.

I would highly recommend this beer as a "masculine" hefe, in its fresher form. It would provide a nice introduction to an inexperienced weiss beer drinker, and perhps intice them to drink others.

I had this years ago on draft in its Portland home, and kept gong back for "one more" pint, until my wife had to drag me out. It holds a special place in my heart because of this experience--the brew was so fresh tasting it was almost like tasting beer for the first time. Ever have home-baked bread right out of th oven and still piping hot? Well, that's how I feel about that experience.

irish, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of SethB2
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Looks like a typical hefe. Cloudy yellowish appearance with an average head.

S - Not much at all going on here. Some grain, maybe some citris, but none of the typical Hefe yeasts.

T - Farily bland. Citrusy mostly and lacking the fruity sweetness that I expect from good Hefes.

M - Decent. Medium in the mouth and finishes about how you would expect.

D - Decent as well. Not a bad summertime brew, but there are dozens of others that I would reach for first.

SethB2, Jul 15, 2006
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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