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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,809 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,809
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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-17-1999)
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Photo of jvajda
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

jvajda, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
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???

rastaman, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Underrated!
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.

surfmeister, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

RedDiamond, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of oracle
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

oracle, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

kbub6f, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

NEhophead, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

WesWes, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of freed
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

freed, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

JustinBathurst, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of kelticblood
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

kelticblood, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of kegerator
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
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

kegerator, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

PopeJonPaul, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of bignick
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

bignick, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

WetCoaster, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

connecticutpoet, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Salpta
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

Salpta, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow hue with a light foamy head. Nice aroma of yeast, banana, light malt, and a touch of wheat. Crisp, balanced taste of light malt and a bit of adjunct, balanced by a very mellow light hop profile and a touch of yeast. Body is slightly foamy, but otherwise very nice. Aftertaste of wheat lingers for a while. Great for a hot summer day, although I don't think the stuff we get on the east coast (contract brewed by Redhook in NH) is as good as the stuff brewed in Portland.

ElGordo, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had never seen this before in Kentucky, but it was all over Lexington, this weekend, even sold in quik marts. One of the Macro companies must have got their hands on distribution. 12 oz bottle pours a hazed, straw yellow body with a quickly falling, offwhite head. Some spots of patch lace get left on the glass.

Aroma is very subdued, with hints of lemon and orange.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is light bodied.

Taste is citrusy lemon with a wheat background. The hops impart some white pepper. Crisp and refreshing, and goes down smooth. No offnotes, but not very complex.

merlin48, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of Hunter
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not much here to recommend this one. For a hefeweizen there's very little by way of that typical lemon-banana aroma I've come to expect of the style. Sufficiently yellow gold in color, with a slight haze. The taste has its wheat, but its undistinguished, bland. Watery mouthfeel, vanishing into a slighty acidic aftertaste. There's better representatives of the style out there.

Hunter, May 23, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Cityside in Brighton. Pours a very cloudy amber-golden with a decent sized head (although it was clear the bartender wasn't skilled at pouring). Citrusy, yeasty and malty in nose. This is one smooth, creamy brew. Crisp, fruity, then malty and bread-like. This is not a bad stab at a Hefeweizen. I'd definitely drink it again, although probably not in bottle-form, as that hasn't gotten the best reviews.

Admiraldinty, May 20, 2004
Photo of david23
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is not the only time for a wheat but now as the temperature rises it seems we are being deluged with a variety of them. Was given a few bottles of several to to try by a local distributer. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Looks very inviting. Not an awful lot going on as far as the aroma although the usual characteristics are noticeble. Very light on the palate with a slight effervesence on the tongue. Nothing over the top about the taste with just a hint of banana.All in all an enjoyable little number that will surely be refreshing in the warm weather to come.

david23, May 10, 2004
Photo of yemenmocha
1.78/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Ever since Widmer introduced Hefeweizen to America in 1986, ours has been the standard by which all other Hefeweizens are judged." (Widmer brewery website)

Ok, so I shall review it as a Hefe-Weizen, and not as an American wheat. Perfectly fair.

Between straw and sunset orange in color, very hazy of course. Thick webby head retains well.

Nose is disappointing. It's simply weak, with no prominent or enticing aromas. I double checked that my bottle is fresh. Hmmm.

Is this the same Widmer as from a few years ago? I clearly remember this beer having a highyl (over?) carbonated character with almost orange juicy flavors. Now it's one of the most "macro" of all wheats I've ever tried - very little of the usual banana clove for the style. Very boring. Nothing good to say, because there's nothing worth talking about in this beer.

Finish is short and slightly tart.

yemenmocha, May 06, 2004
Photo of Dmann
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good hefe. This beer poured a great murky medium gold color with a decent pillowy white head that left a good ammount of lace on my glass. The smell was quite citrusy with some hop scent as well. The taste was quite good with a great citrus bite, spicy flavors and a good bit of hoppieness. A good beer that usually sells for a reasonable price as well.

Dmann, May 04, 2004
Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,809 ratings.