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Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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776 Reviews

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 1,968
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 254 | 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:
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 LiamStLiam
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Portsmouth, N.H.

I thought it was something esoteric, then realized it was brewed by Red Hook.

It was one of the first Hefeweizens I ever had, and I like the style, so I guess that speaks well for it.

Poured a clody gold, short head. A real bite to this beer and one that you could sit and enjoy for a while.

I will have to get a six-pack of this to really think it through. (406 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one while in Eugene, OR this week. Great bottle and label, nice packaging.

Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow. Not quite the look of a real hefe here. Seems a little off. Smell is ok, but a little week. Not enough clove/spice notes here.

Taste is ok, but again, not great. Some spicy notes, but seems slightly washed out. Not a bad beer, but not one I would actively search out (395 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers: my hat is off. Everything a wheat beer should be but rarely is. It doesn’t overwhelm one with LEMON!! Like some I could name. The appearance is a cloudy orange mist. Creamy head, mild aromas of yeast, and just a hint of citrus. A tad grapefruit in initial taste, offset with yeast. Very understated: much an American Wheat beer, not a true Hefeweizen. Dry finish, with a mildly sweet after taste, leaving a clean palate. Great for a summer outing or a picnic. (482 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears: Cloudy unfiltered golden orange with thin white head, sorry no lacing to speak of here. Aroma: Bland dumbeddown some banana tones in the background not much more to say has ties with A-B it's not to much of anything. Taste: A weird finish to a bland representation of one of my favorite summer styles just disappointingly inept, no flavor just so light flat. Mouthfeel: No texture thin and watery needs more body and not enough carbonation. Drinkability: So middle of the road, wow I remember this beer being so much better in a bottle last summer while living in southern California, but after trying their Kolsch I definitely loose respect for them. (660 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.9/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a wussy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Low carbonation. Cloudy straw color. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy but soapy. Light bodied. The ABV is 4.7% There are much better wheats out there. Contracted by Widmer Brothers Brewing with Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth. (286 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 3 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This brew pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head.
Aroma: There are slight hints of banana & clove in the nose.
Mouthfeel:this is a middle of the road hefe. I was expecting higher quality fm Widmer. I'm a bit disappointed in this one. This would ok to drink on a hot summer day (387 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
2.09/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a big disappointment. I am a fan of Hefeweizens, and I was hoping that this would actually be a decent American Hefe, something that I've never had before. This was also the first Hefe that I've ever had off tap. Its had a lot of hype in my area, and was as expensive as decent imported beers. I was excited... and then I got the glass. This beer looked like puke. It was an odd, orangish color, and very cloudy. The wierdest thing about this hefe was that it had NO HEAD! Now I know that it may have been the man who poured the beer's fault, but a hefe without a head is ridiculous. Its flavor was bland,not at all like a German hefe. It replaced the hefe flavor that it should of had with an alcohol taste. This beer was not worth $4.50. I say stay away from this unless you can get it for free. If you like hefes, stick with Weihenstphaner, Ayinger, Franziskaner, etc. They actually have a flavor, and you can buy a bottle for $3. (942 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really something of a dissapointment. It's a sort of strange orange color, and is really lacking any scent past a hint of citrus. Likewise, it's rather bland. It's one of those strange beers that seems to be all aftertaste, though it has a decent, mildly hoppy finish. Near the end of the glass, I did notice the lacing sticks around very nicely though.

Drinkable, sure, but there's better out there. Find yourself an actual German Weizen, and you'll do fine. (462 characters)

Photo of Loki
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draught at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe in Lake Beuna Vista (aka Orlando), FL.

First is was served in a traditional pint glass, not a hefe glass, and I had to ask for a non-chilled glass. And then they put an orange slice.

Served an incredibly cloudy, opaque orange-yellow. This was cloudier than I've ever seen a hefe. Had a decent white head with good lacing around the glass.

The aromas were not to strong, but were citrus, orange, malt, and wheat. Nothing really stong, but nothing unpleasant or unexpected.

The taste started with sweet citrus and malt then orange and wheat, with a slight hop finish for some balance. Medium body, with a clean finish and fair balance. Not a bad hefe, but not that exceptional. Just slightly better than average IMHO. (774 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
2.59/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer arrived looking nice and cloudy, opaque even, with a bright yellow straw color, and a light fluffy white head. It's looking pretty authentic so far. The head dies to absolutely nothing about halfway through the glass.
Aroma has some of the banana/bubblegum to it, but it seems more than a little light and underdeveloped. Fair wheat maltiness, but no real complexity. Fairly hoppy, with hop aroma being apparent.
Flavor is decent, albeit a bit bland. Some mild banana and bubblegum, bit not enough. Mostly it's that bland dry american wheat beer flavor. Hopping is pretty agressive for the style. I can actually taste it. I'm not sure that's a good thing, but i really don't mind. Carbonation is moderate and suits the style well. It's a pretty good beer, I guess a little better than your average american wheat, but I think I'll stick to the german breweries when it comes to hefeweisen. (897 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This comes from the tap with a very cloudy orange color. More hazy that most "Hefeweizen's". Nice white head, unfortunately the bartender's serving this in a pint glass rather than a weizen glass, and is having trouble managing the head vs. beer ratio. No strong aromas here, some yeast, a little citrus. Tastes like grapefruit to me. Strong grapefruit flavors, a little yeast as well. Where are the cloves, banana, and spice? Call this an American Wheat beer, not a Hefeweizen. (478 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy bright golden color. Nice off-white head.

Aroma: Banana is certainly present in the aromatics. This beer smells yeasty and bready with hints of spices.

Taste: Finish is dry, with a sweet finish. Fruit evident, with banana taking charge of the flavors. Sweet fades to dry, leaving a very clean beer.

Notes: Good beer. Would be a great choice for a summer afternoon, or paired with a salad. Good example of an American Heffeweisen. (457 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The nicest thing I can say about this beer is that I'm glad I live in Phoenix where we have a plethora of Hefe's to choose from. Widmer just cannot hold up to any of the German Hefe's or to any of my local favorites. If it is the only beer available at some macro beer bar than fine I'll drink it. Not a true Hefeweiss so why do they call it one? (346 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish-orange in color and quite cloudy with minimal lace. Aroma of freshly baked bread. Taste has two components: bready malts and spicy yeast. These guys intermingle back and forth while drinking this. Finishes long and dry. One refreshing brew. (250 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out with Redhook's wheat and in with Widmer's Hefeweizen! Thanks to Anheuser-Busch ... and at least on the East Coast.

12oz brown bottle. Freshness embossed on the front of the label.

Extremely cloudy and straw light amber, topped with a creamy white lace; color and suspension of particles seemed contrived ... it poured cloudy, after settling in the fridge for days; odd, didn't need any rousing. Light citrus, wheat and faint clove in the aroma; weak overall. Clean, crisp carbonation and somewhat smooth with a pear-feel on the palate later. Sharp citric flavour upfront, that fades very quickly and allows a rather bland malt profile of wheat tannins and dry grain to come through and dominate. Light and short lived spice. Touch of fruitiness, but none of the expected banana or clove of a true "Hefeweizen." Okay, there's some light banana, but it's very weak, and the spice is more generic than distinct like clove. Notes of gum can also be detected as the beer warms, as well as some depth of pale malt sweetness. Finish is dry, with linger wheat and spice; not pleasant; mouthful of wheat husk; odd.

Tired of American breweries brewing a wheat beer and calling it a Hefeweizen? Then you can probably skip this beer. Otherwise, give it a try. It's average at best, with only hints of traditional style, but that's okay ... It's still enjoyable and I recommend that you let the beer warm a bit to loosen up on all of those tannins and allow some of the sweetness and other nuances to emerge. (1,508 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i got a 25oz mug of this because it was the only hefe they had, i didnt opt for the lemon of course, but in this case maybe i should have. it looked alright, cloudy and a nice shade of yellow. no head really, and smelled like beer and citrus, whoopee. taste wise, not to great. had kind of a funky booty taste and this weird lemon twang to it. i mean i in no way expected it to hold its own against the top notch hefes, but i was pretty let down by this. the mouthfeel was alright, nice corbonation and it was decently drinkable, i mean even a mediocre beer is drinkable. overall, eh. (584 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer, I wouldn't say its the best but its great for the hot
summer weather when you might want to drink many. Nice color
and a really cloudy, foamy white head lasted awhile and I did like the beers aroma. I look forward to seeking
out the real german hefeweizen style beer so many rave about, but until then I'll enjoy these USA brews as I find them. (365 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, and a little on the "chunky" side following a vigorous "swirl and decant." Aroma is typically wheat malt. No yeast phenols. Flavor is bright and clean, with wheat malt that is not all that wheaty, and more like a kolch or altbier. A pleasant and refreshing drink, but I would like to have seen a little more depth to the flavor. (336 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Wow! Could this beer be any cloudier? Arrived in an imperial pint glass with zero head. Aromas a little different than expected: slight citrusy (not as complex as I'd hoped, what with the lack of bannana aroma) with a bready/doughy aroma as well. Flavor was very good, slightly bittering throughout. Good malt base to offset the multiple hops used in the brewing process. Very refreshing on a hot Richmond evening. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is good as well.

I'm glad I asked what the "rotating tap" selection was. Not quite as good as others in this style, but clearly much better than average. (636 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know that I've ever seen a cloudier beer; perhaps, but I don't recall it. This lovely beer looked like butterscoth that had had a heavy cream whipped into it. It never did clear as the brew settled down. The head was moderate, but lasting, and a buttery creamy color. Nice lacing all the way down. Great flavor that I could stick with for hours. No heavy spicing or cloving, just solid great beer taste, that balanced the yeast and malt well. The feel is very smooth and creamy. Failry light nose. Loved it on this hot, sunny day. (538 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From memory (having tried it a few times, most recently this evening with dinner)...

Appearance: straw-colored, super-cloudy (they must put flour in the boil), thin layer of head with some lacing, probably the most enthralling aspect of this beer

Aroma: grainy, a bit wheaty, slightly fruity tartness, no clove or banana esters (but that's no surprise since they use a neutral ale yeast rather than bavarian weizen yeast)

Flavor: pretty vapid, nothing really interesting in the flavor department, always find myself adding the provided lemon to give it a little more flavor, slightly grainy, a bit tart, pretty healthy dose of bittering hops

Mouthfeel: light-body, smooth carbonation, light and airy, smooth "disposition"

Overall Impression: Ok, I have to be honest. I'm not really a big fan of American weizens. Took one of the more interesting beers from Germany and brought it closer to the inocuous and mundane. American wheat beer should be it's own category because it is vastly different than the traditional version. (1,039 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow color, very cloudy to begin with. After I swirled the sediment off the bottom the glass was very cloudy, although not cloudy enough to hide the yeast chunks floating around - something I hate. Head was pure white and had medium retention. The nose was great, full of lemon-citrus along with sourdough and banana note. The mouthfeel was interesting, light at first but also very chewy and coating. The taste was a little yeasty, but satisfying nonetheless, and compares well with the style. The only thing that would have made me more impressed would have to be the visible sediment, or maybe even just a little less of it. As I noted the swirling seemed to be unnecessary since the first half poued rather cloudy anyhow. Either way, this doesn't effect the taste of this great brew, it just personally grosses me out a little (846 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, dirty yellow in color, a thin sheet of paper for a head that dissolves quickly. Nice yeasty and malty aroma, and fresh on the nose. Thin, yet creamy up front, laid back malty and grainy body, some spices and hops noted in the background. Very refreshing, and quite drinkable on a hot day. (295 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 8/16/03 in Las Vegas, NV
This wheat beer poured a cloudy, golden brown with white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was mild: wheat and light citrus. The taste was dominated by wheat and yeast and a mild fruitiness, including a hint of banana. The hop presence was low, but there was a mild floral hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. The finish was very dry with a nice aftertaste. This was an enjoyable wheat beer for a hot summer afternoon. Perhaps most often I get old bottles.

Sampled 7/03 in Portsmouth, NH
This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, yellow-amber color with thin, white foam that clung to the glass a little. The smell was very mild: malt, possibly some wheat. The taste was mostly malt with some bitter hops. There was a faint taste of wheat and hint of fruit in the tangy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with a hoppy finish and aftertaste. The body and carbonation were medium. This was an OK wheat beer. 4.0/3.0/3.5/4.0/3.5 (1,027 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up the Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen to see if I would like an American-style wheat beer. I hoped for something similar to my favorite German hefeweizens. I got something different.

The beer poured a modest head that disappeared and left minor lace. It was a cloudy straw-blonde color. I immediately noticed a lack of the aroma of bananas and clove but got a citrusy wheat smell.

Taste was faintly yeasty with moderate malt flavor and imparted a strong hoppiness at the end, much more than I expected. I was surprised by the bitterness. Again, no banana/clove/bread taste. The mouthfeel was crisp and rather dry.

For those who like a beer with a bitter taste, this one's for you. If you're looking for a truly good hefeweizen, don't let this one discourage you but try another one at the same time (809 characters)

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.