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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,785
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 122 | 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 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
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Widmer- Hefeweisen

Served up, on tap, at the Firkin Tavern- Ewing, NJ.

Appearance- light orange/ yellow with no head.
Smell- like a cheap macro. Corn adjunct with a wet straw aroma.
Taste- Again, like a cheap macro. Corn & rotten wet straw. Is this a Hefe or a lager?!
Mouthfeel- watery and flavorless.

Overall- No clove, no banana, no spice. No hefe flavors present at all! I can't believe I gave this beer a good review 2+ years ago!?! I take it back! My taste buds have matured and this is a horrible Hefe!! Avoid!!

NJpadreFan, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz brown bomber pour a very cloudy yellow (pale) with a 1/2 inch white foam cap. The head fades fast but leaves some sticky white lace and the carbonation is good.

The nose is malty, grainy and full of wheat with a hint of lemon and some leafy hops. Smells a bit like vegetables in the tail end after a few more sniffs.

The taste is very wheaty, pale malt with some citrus, lemon and orange that lend just a hair of sweetness too the Hefe and it ends with a slightly brisk, hop bitter tang. Tastes pretty good.

Medium body with a creamish kind of mouthfeel, an easy drinker with a very mild affect from the alcohol content. Worth a try.

scottoale, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of strattor
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a white head.

Aroma of wheat and yeast hit me, plus a fair amount of lemon scents.

Most of the flavor is characterised by citrus, especially lemon, flavors. A little banana come through, but not much. There is also some distinct spiciness, though it's not distinctly clove. Of course, the wheat and yeasty flavors are present, but they--the yeast especially--were not as present as I had hoped.

Pretty fizzy mouthfeel that works well with the flavor.

Though not the most authentic hefe I ever had, it's a pretty tasty beer nonetheless.

strattor, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of boblog
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average wheat appearance slightly cloudy with a yellow color. Nice head. Good wheat smell with a hint of lemon. Taste is nice and smooth with fruit, lemon undertones and a strong wheat taste. Pretty good light bodied mouthfeel. Overall a pretty decent beer.

boblog, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard cloudy straw orange color, nice frothy head that settled to about 3/4 of a centimeter and retained suprisingly well, through the whole beer, if I didn't know better I would have thought it was nitro-tapped. The aroma was not very pungent, but it was a little fruity and had some esters and fresh wheat. There is some banana/clove character in the taste but hardly noticable. The taste is mainly of fresh wheat with a good lemon zest, and a little fruity bubble gum to it. The mouthfeel is zesty and tangy, but not as much as others, quite smooth all in all. Very drinkable. Standard American hefe here, good for what it is.

dfried, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Could not get a head, and what I did get disappeared. What was left was a bright yellow orange cloudy liquid with no trace of carbonation. It looks like a good fruit juice.

Smell: Bready and yeasty, a little sweet, a little metallic.

Taste: Yeasty and citrus, astrigent, a little metallic, some very mild hops fade into a surprsing biscuity rush.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied and well carbonated. A little fizzy character.

Drinkability: Well, this doesn't please me as a hefeweizern. But I like the biscuity aftertaste. It looks bad. It frustrates me how this brew has become synonymous with "hefeweizen". But, it's not like it tastes bad.

guitarmage, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of rabsten
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blues Brews and BBQ fest in Charleston, WV.

Poured dark, cloudy yellow into a pint cup. No head due to pour, but some lacing. Fairly high on the carbonation.

Aroma of toasted malt and wheat. No hops in the nose.

Tastes crisp, but hoppier than the smell lets on. Yeast-y finish. Not bad at all.

Dry start, round middle, dry finish. Good drinkability for a hot summer evening.

One of the better Hefe's I've had lately. It came across more like an APA than a Hefe.

rabsten, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very solidly opaque orangeish color. Almost bordering on brownish in parts. And it's beyond being just cloudy. Honestly not the most appetizing hue. Thankfully the head is a pretty nice, thick white foam.

Smell: Very light smell, but mostly wheat and citrus (lemon) with maybe a bit of banana. Relatively sweet.

Taste: Wheat, unidentifiable citrus, and... bitter hops? The bitterness (maybe not hops, but it is a hoppy bitterness) is mostly in and towards the aftertaste, but it really out of place. Overall, the taste is alright, but is missing many of the key flavors found in hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a medium-bodied beer, maybe even a tad heavier. Smooth with light carbonation that's a bit tingly.

Drinkability: A drinkable beer within limits. Alcohol is totally managable, but you've got to ignore the bitterness. Also, a bit on the heavy side.

Sorry folks, but this is not a hefeweizen! More like a cross between an unfiltered wheat beer and an unsuccessful attempt at a hefeweizen. Back when I lived in Iowa I picked up a 6-pack of hefeweizen from the Pacific Northwest with a couple of friends which I liked (as a wheat beer). I thought it was this one, so I picked it up. For my sake, I hope this wasn't it! A very unimaginitive brew -- fine for "just drinking," but not really for enjoying. Color is frankly a bit disgusting at times, taste is off target, and it goes down feeling unnaturally heavy.

If I want a hefeweizen, I'll pick up some Franziskaner. If I want an American unfiltered wheat beer, I'll pick up some Boulevard. Safe to say I won't pick this up again.

mithrascruor, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a white head. Decent lacing going on.

The aroma is of yeast, citrus, banana, and some clove.

The flavor is estery with some banana and clove presence as well. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Great session beer and excellent for warm weather.

Brian700, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy orange with a smallish head that disappears very quickly. Not very impressive looking, thu the color is nice. The smell is light with only a slight wheat, and banana aroma to it. The taste has some lemon citrus and wheat flavors to it ,but once again the flavor is weaker than most Hef's. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK, but they are pretty weak. This isn't horrible,but I would look for a different Hefeweizen.

jmz62565, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of soultrain
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +7.6%
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 +3.9%
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 -37%
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 28, 2006
Photo of DrunkPagan
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +6.1%
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 -15.8%
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%
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%
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 -2.1%
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 25, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -17.3%
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 +9.1%
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 -21.8%
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 11, 2006
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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