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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 192 | FT: 1
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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

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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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.

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.

Photo of afordney
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy with a thick white head. Retained very well not much lacing.

Smelled slightly sour and citrus, not much to offer

Tasted tart and fruity and a little spicy, very refreshing

Very balanced and spicy

This was a good refreshing beer for warm weather, although while the flavor fit the profile, it wasn't very bold and left me wanting more. Still, I would pick up this beer again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance- Light, fizzy head with some alright lacing. Colro is a deep, yet somewhat golden sunshine. Almost a light egg yolk color.

Smell- A little cloves and bubblegum, but mostly lighly tangent malts and saaz hop aroma.

Taste- Pretty refreshing saaz hop balance with lightly toasted malts. This would be a great beer to sit and drink with a couple of buddies on the front porch during a balmy summer evening bullshitting. This was a very refreshing beer, hence the drinkability score.

Photo of bearrunner44
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sunny, light orange color. Cloudy. Thin, soapy white head.

Smell: Dry lemon zest. Faint, husky wheat. Mild citrus elements.

Taste: Citrus flavor, with a mild zesty sting. Faint grassy flavors pop up in the middle. Light hop acids show up later, just barely strong enough to leave an impression on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. The carbonation stings a little, but it's not at a "fizzy" level.

Verdict: American wheat beers usually disappoint me, and this one is no exception. It's mind-numbingly plain.

Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Hefeweizen
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 02-15-06
Served in a Schneider Weisse hefeweizen glass

Pours an unfiltered, hazy and cloudy orange. Light trails of yellow blended in as well. Decent head on top that leaves attractive trails of sticky lace patterns.

Whiffs of wheat and grains. Faint nose and reminds me of an American Wheat Ale.

Dry and clean wheat flavors dominate my palate. Major wheat and yeasty flavors mingle with a cereal grain taste.

This is very drinkable and an easy hot weather session beer. Appears to be misleading when advertised as a hefeweizen. I would say it's much more on par with American Pale Wheat beers like Ipswich Summer Ale or Wachusett Summer Breeze.

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as American Wheat…

Cloudy, peachy-tan in hue, the color is a bit dull. Small white head, at the apex the foam was only one finger tall, which is fitting for the style. Head retention was fair; a soapy residue was all that remained after a few moments before turning into a thin collar. The subsequent lacing was very spotty but not noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is agreeable and fitting for an American Wheat.

The nose is wheaty and the yeast offers some citursy-orange aromas… or maybe some of those are coming from the hops? The wheat smells are lovely plus it is rather boisterous for an American Wheat. I like the nose, sure it is straightforward but the citrusy-orange smells do add enough depth for me to care. Inviting.

The palate offers some zippy wheatiness upfront with an agreeable bite of lemon and a kiss of orange peel at the back. I love the hoppy finish; which is a great addition. I wish Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat was this tasty! Juicy, lingering aftertaste; this is a very tasty beer. Sure it is straightforward but I like the direction it is marching.

Medium in body, this is one of the beefiest American Wheat beers I have had. In fact I think the mouthfeel is outstanding on this beer. It is even better on-tap, IMO. The carbonation is moderate but works well with the overall scheme. I think this beer could pair well with a burger or fish. Lovely!

Drinkable? Yes. Do I want another? Yes. I have had this on-tap a million times at the Qwest Center in Omaha. It is one of the best American Wheat beers I have had. I might actually buy a six-pack of this in the future. I purchased my bottle in Omaha. Try one.

Photo of AlexJ
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this before and wasn't that crazy about it, but pints were a buck so I figured why not. Moderately hazed light amber pour with some light orange highlights and a sizzling white head that quickly disappears, leaving sliding trails of light lacing. Definately lacking the luscious, pillowy head found in a good Hefe.

Aroma is some toasty grain and wheat notes, some sharp lemon and grape notes, and little else. Where's the banana and clove?

Flavor is some very grainey wheat notes with traces of lemon zest and an obtrusive sharp/tart hop note that is not at all attractive. This "hefe" has very little redeeming qualities.

Average mouthfeel, a little on the coarse side. Did not want a second one, even for a buck.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank this beer on tap at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA

This beer poured into a barrel mug a cloudy yellow-tan color with about a ¼” head that lasted about 2 minutes. The lacing was spotty and minimal.

This particular pour smells of wet cardboard and yeast.

This pour tastes a bit flat and stale, not impressive at all. I’ve had this beer at several places in several states and it’s all over the board. The carbonation levels seem to drift and so does the flavor. The freshest I’ve tasted was at the Cheesecake Factory in Virginia Beach, VA. However, overall it strikes me as a mediocre Hefe. It has the wheat flavor but lacks the higher and lower notes - the subtle flavors of bananas or cloves or citrus rinds etc..

Medium/full and flat

If there is no other beer on tap other than bulk Pils or Lagers then I’m all for it but at a beer bar with a good selection, I’ll pass it by.

Photo of bennetj17
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium head, dissipates quick, looks slightly paler than a glass of orange juice, very cloudy.

S: Fruity, lemony, peppery, somewhat faint overall.

T: Lemon citrus flavor, that is sour, the finish is slightly bitter/ peppery which leaves a bad taste. Alcohol is not strong.

MF: Medium body, fairly smooth, with decent carbonation.

D: The off flavors, especially in the finish ruin this one for me. I remember liking it more in the past, but it is usually served with a lemon wedge. Reviewing it now, it doesn't hold up on its own...

Photo of rustymoore
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangish yellow with a light head and some lacing. The smell is something that should be left to the imagination. Smells not like much of anything really but if I had to say something I would say dust and hops. Taste is decent. Some nice fruit notes but is overall watery. Goes down smooth and I could drink this every once in awhile but I normally go for something else.

Photo of danielharper
2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Is it fair to say that hops and wheats just don't really go together? This is really an American Wheat, so don't let the name fool you.

Pours dark orange into my weizen glass. No head at all except for a touch of bubbles at the top of the glass, no more than would be expected from a can of soda.

Aroma is all hops, with a touch of citrus in the back to give it backbone. If I ignore the name, and just try to appreciate the beer for what it is, it get passable marks as an American Wheat. Nice consistency, but the hops have an old, almost soggy character.

Taste is reasonably decent. Like carbonated orange juice, this beer has a very distinctive flavor that, while not exactly smooth, goes down easier than Sam Adams Hefe or some other American Wheats I've tried.

Mouthfeel is thin, but adds to drinkabilty. Passing grade.

I'm not fond of this beer, and am actively dreading the other four in the six-pack. I bought it because I wanted to try what was in many areas "the" hefeweizen, but I should have known better. Not a bad American Wheat, but the style just isn't that special. Drink a Franziskaner instead.

Photo of bashiba
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin white head.

Smell is dominated by citrus smells.

Taste is very ordinary. Slight bits of wheat, a touch of citrus, and just a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin

Drinkability is pretty average on this very average Hefe.

Photo of drewmprs
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Do they make hefe light? Thats what this one tasted like. I don't really care for this beer, but they've got it at almost all bars around here (or pyramid hefe) so i'm forced to drink it instead of budweiser. I think this hefe is designed to have a lemon slice in it because it actually improves the taste a bit. Most american hefes are like this. Cloudy, weak start, gave way to a troubled finish.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy orange-amber; more orange in the center and more foggy amber as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The smallish cap is rich cream in color, almost dark enough to be called ecru. It has a rough texture and look (which I like) and lays down a fair amount of sticky lace in the bargain. I like the unpolishedness of it all.

The nose doesn't keep pace with the appearance and strikes me as pretty close to average. Even though four different malts have been used (wheat, pale, Munich and caramel), the beer takes its personality from the first of those; as it should given the style. Uncharacteristically, though, at least in terms of the best hefes, there's almost no banana or clove. A hefe weizen without a good yeast strain is no kind of hefe weizen at all.

Ditto the flavor. There's no question that this beer is much, much closer to an American pale wheat ale than to a hefe weizen. Only a wee smidgen of clove spiciness keeps it from being a dead cert AmWheat. I'm not sure that a four-headed malt bill was all that necessary... and I still can't appreciate any Munich or caramel maltiness whatsoever.

There's a moderate amount of hoppiness, with lemon zest as the dominant hop-related flavor. Of the three varieties, Alchemy (used for bittering, never heard of it), Cascade and Willamette (used for aroma), the Cascade hops come through the loudest on the palate. Bitter trumps sour trumps sweet in the hierarchy of flavor sensations; an interesting take on the style.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel. It's medium in heft with a minimum of wheaty lushness. The carbonation is just a bit spritzy, but for some reason it works. Those bubbles, along with the bitterness, keep mouth interest at an acceptable level. Since the ABV clocks in at less than 5.0%, this would be a decent session beer in the summer months.

Widmer Brothers brags that Hefeweizen is 'America's original hefeweizen'. Longevity is hardly cause for celebration if the beer doesn't back it up by also being one of 'America's best' hefe weizens. It most certainly isn't that, but it is a worthwhile brew if you like your wheat beers to favor the American APA side of their personalities.

Photo of Troyone
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a golden hue and minimal head.

Has a slight banana grainy smell.

Lightly/mod sweet/bitter, mod acidic, grainy, and slight banana malt taste.

Lightly/mod bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft carb, and an ok however kind of bland finish.

Easy to drink, I've had this on tap before and this borderlines a need for lemon (obviously among other factors).

Photo of EvilKeith
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey-orange color with a fluffy off-white head that quicky retreats. Respectable lacing along the glass.
Smells like a traditional hefeweizen, but understated. Faint scents of sweet yeast, citrus and the slightest hint of clove.
This is the first time this happened, as the beer warms the scents do not seem to increase their intensity. Very odd.
Medium-light bodied texture. Very underdone, IMO. Weak.

I am a big fan of hefewiezens. If you are not a familiar with hefewiezens this is not the one to start with.

Photo of RJLarse
2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple of American Hefeweizens to taste and compare. I poured this one in to a pint tumbler. Swirled the last inch or so of beer in the bottle to loosen sediments in the bottom. It’s an unfiltered beer, but there were not many sediments.

The beer is a cloudy pale gold color. Pours with an airy white head composed of rather large bubbles. The head dissipates to a thin surface foam and produces significant lacing on the side of the glass.

The beer smells very fruity like lemons or grape fruit.

The beer tastes a little bitter, again like grape fruit. It stings a little on the side of the tongue.

Mouth feel is thin, maybe a little watery, tart and puckering.

This is a drinkable beer, and probably average for an American hefe. Personally I think there are other hefeweizens that are better. I would drink Widmer Hefeweizen again, but if I am buying, or given a choice there are others I would prefer.

Photo of Kulrak
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice fluffy head that is fast dropping to lace. Looks like a hefe should. Smells of yeast and a slight hoppy aroma, not too much though. The taste is very yeasty and slightly bitter. Perhaps I shouldn't have turned the bottle over to mix the yeast in, but hefes should have the sediment mixed in so.... Also some wheat sweetness, but not a whole lot. I expected more. Mouthfeel is nice & creamy. All in all, it's not a bad beer, maybe for a special occasion. Not something I could drink a lot of though.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark honey color that is exceptionally foggy. The head fell almost instantly to a thin film. Smells slightly of oranges, wheat, cinnamon and a dry earth hop. Tastes of pears and bananas with a smooth milky wheat and mild marshmallow base and a mildly hop and yeast dry finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light carbonation that feels very full and thick for a hefe.

Photo of maddamish
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Spicey's and buffalo Wild Wings.

Cloudy golden color with a nice sized head that laced nicely.

Taste was more lemony than orange and a bit watered down. Not as thick as some of the better white beers I have had. That being said it was an enjoyable brew that is nice to order when the other options are bud and it's ilk.

Photo of loren01
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from glass a very murky yellow color. Slight head and lacing down the glass. Don't know how they make the beer look like that but its one of the cloudier wheat beers I've had, pretty cool looking. Smells slightly sweet of vanilla and bananas, also has a slight yeasty smell. Taste is of wheat with some banana and slight clove spice to it. I didn't really notice any hop flavors present. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down very easy. Widmer Hefe was the first microbrew I ever drank, I loved it right off the bat and I still do. It may not be the best tasting wheat beer out there but, I personally find it very drinkable.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer Hefeweizen pours to a cloudy golden color. Swirling a bit of the beer in the bottle before emptying stirs the yeast sediment from its repose, allowing it to be poured into the glass. The nose is slightly malty and citric. Barley malt seems to predominate in the palate, indicating a lower proportion of wheat in the mash. A pronounced grapefruit character is present. Though tart enough to be refreshing and quenching, Widmer Hefeweizen is less so than many other Hefeweizens. Ironically, it seems a bit hoppier in the finish than most as well. A bit better with a slice of lemon.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO.

Very cloudy, darkish orange, with minimal head (the bar-tender poured the head off as he drew it), but decent lacing.

Smell was pretty good, but not as spicey as it should be. More hops here than most H-W's I've had.

Taste had plenty of clove, but less orange and banana, and a heavy note of piney hops. The most bitter of the H-W's I've had, and some people like hops (not me), so this must be the H-W for a hop-head. The server at the Tap House said it was her favorite H-W, but she also likes IPA's. (shudder)

Nice mouthfeel and pretty drinkable due to the low ABV (for a H-W).

Definitely NOT as good as the German H-W's!

Photo of sinistrsam
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mistake number one was getting the 22 oz. of this guy. Let me preface my whole spiel with that.
It started off looking half decent. Pale orange, unfiltered, mediocre head. Orange floating in it (mistake number 2).
The smell was very faint hints of yeast and citrus. It smelled like cheap beer. Obviously, I was getting upset about this experience.
The taste clinched it. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this beer. I guess I just fail to be suprised when disappointed by medicore Hefeweizens. Alcohol, yeast. Thats about it. Some fruits but it tasted forced to me.
It was decently drinkable but after 22 oz. here you wished you had ordered something else. Sitting around with friends this wouldnt be a bad beer, but comparing and contrasting to some of the better ones out there, this can't hold a candle.

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