Widmer Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
74
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774 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,950
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 243 | 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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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Reviews: 774 | Hads: 1,950
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.9/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Karma police, arrest this beer. It doesn't look like a wheat, smells like a lawn mower beer. Doesn't taste like anything, struggle to get it down. This is what you get when you mess with mediocraty. For a minute there, I lost my taste, I lost my taste........ (259 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came to the table a cloudy tarnished-orangish-tan with no head.

There was almost no nose to the beverage, but what was there was citrusy and a tinge of hops, maybe a little yeast.

The taste reflected the smell. There was a pleasant slight orangyness and also a yeasty taste. I found a little nuttyness present also. but it seemed to be way overcarbonated and harsh on the tongue. I would like to try this beverage again at home, from a bottle. It might just be the serving facilities at the resturant that served it. (528 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a winsome “Chill Hazed golden-orange color, the head is masterful in size, texture is frothy and the color off white with the lace a fine coating upon the glass. Nose has a nice yeast aroma and the malt sweet and also citrus crisp and fresh, with the top middling in its feel. Finish has perky acidity and the hops spicy in their bite, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a decent “Hefe” and one that hits the spot on hot Arizona summer days. (463 characters)

Photo of SamuraiJack
2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a tough one. It's hard to know if I should review this as a Hefeweizen or as an "American Wheat Beer." If I were to review it as the former - it would be unsatisfactory. As the latter - it's perhaps the epitomy of the style. Given that I think that the emerging style of the "American Wheat Beer" is marginal at best, I guess I'll review it as a Hefeweizen and thus do double service as both a review and a comment on the style.
Initial pour shows an odd and almost bright orange colour with the only similarity to a Hefeweizen being its cloudiness. Little to no head that quickly fades to a thin but slightly clingy lace. Aromas are predominantly yeast and fruit with an undercurrent of malt and the slightest hint of wheat/grain.
First tastes are of a mild crispness and yeast, smooth and mid-bodied. This promises a flavorful beer, but this hope is dispelled by the following blast of hops, which overwhelm the fruit, wheat and malt that should define the style. The finish is dominated by the fading bitterness from the hops and an odd "off" flavour that could well be from the yeast.
Sigh... not to my taste. (1,124 characters)

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

Bought this beer in a 12 oz. thin brown glassed long neck, with the Widmer crest embossed apon the glass.
Appearance : mm bright , cloudy, dark golden almost orange in colour , with a white creamy head which is small and fades to a nice lace down the glass.
This one had a slight hoppy scent for a hefeweisen. Then i smelled lemon grass..some very slight banana aromas too.
Very crisp, can tatse some hop bitterness, very creamy and not too acidic. I can also taste some banana and also apples. The bitterness returns right at the very end..nice.
Very nicelly carbonated, smooth on the tongue..I like this.
All in all an excellent American Hefe, would drink this again and soon!! (684 characters)

Photo of sinistersteve
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, time to return to my roots. This was one of the first micros I introduced myself too to steer my evil, macro-swilling ways. This bottle seems to have very little head and seems to be a bit thin when compared to draght version. Garnished with the traditional lemon, the taste is comparable with that off of the tap. Wheaty and somewhat sweet. Mind you, my tastes of greatly matured since my first Hefeweizen, but it never hurts to go back and remember what got you to where you're at today. (495 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should say, if I were judging this solely on personal taste, I'd probably rank it much lower -- all 2's. Personally, I find the infusion of the northwestern hops and the citrusy wheat style to be a bit jarring. During the summer months, I do periodically enjoy Bell's Oberon which is in this style.

The beer itself, as I had it, was served in a fun bottle with Widmer's logo (?) raised in the glass of the bottle. The beer poured beautifully and had a beautiful golden color which is moderately translucent at most. Very nicely cloudy. The taste was clearly that of an Americanized wheat beer -- more or less what you'd expect: citrus, wheat, some yeast flavor at the end. Very simple but refreshing. I prefer Oberon if I'm going to drink this style, but I have a few more of these in my fridge that I'll clearly be consuming in the future. (845 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a thick hazy yellow color with little foam on the head. The smell was of a wheat nature and the taste was the same, wheat and mild hops. There isn't as much wheat flavor as in the "tap" hefeweizen. I wouldn't buy this beer in the bottle again, but, I will still drink this beer when on tap! (300 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief white head, pale orange color. Citrus in the nose, plus oranges, herbs. Solid body, easy mouthfeel and texture. Something's missing, though, and it's not a lemon. Soft palate, refreshing, but rather mundane. Sorry, it doesn't zap me like a good wheat ale should (267 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this at an Albertson's grocery store in Huntington Beach. My dad informed me you could buy any beer as a single in CA. How cool is that? Anyway, I did not have the luxury of a lemon in the hotel, so this went in the water glass. Murky dark yellow color with thin white head and lacing. Aroma is a pretty rudimentary citrus. The flavor is a mixture of citrus, malt and clove but that mixture did not really move any mountains. Finish is sweet. Not really that enjoyable. (473 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with an ivory head but leave little to no lace. Grainy aroma and taste. Has a yeasty profile but definitely American Wheat Style and not a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen as named.

A solid American wheat beer and a good transition beer to introduce people to the bavarian style.

Label states "Unfiltered Wheat Beer"

Aug/04/01 printed on neck. Tasted 01/03 (old) -- Will look to taste again fresh but have had this one many times and it's a keeper. (465 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the darker hefe's although not as dark as some. It's not on the pale end of the style anyway. Very yellowish light tan with a good wet creamy bright white head. The head wasn't as big as the one on the really good hefes. The yeast gives this beer an almost pearlescent quality. The aroma is good citrus, although more organge or tangerine than lemon with nice floral/banana esters. You can smell the wheat in this one. The flavor is unusually BLAM for a hefeweizen. Schneider Weiss is huge bubblegummy esters, but this is great big wheat and malt backed up with just enough esters (which I'm actually tasting as banana instead of bubblegum for once) to balance the beer out. This is also a tad bit sweeter than most in the style. (744 characters)

Photo of 49degrees
4.38/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from the Pacific Northwest. Widmer's very popular and widely distributed Hefeweizen is a very enjoyable brew when found on tap -- and is considerably more enjoyable under the same environment -- whereas the bottled version is not exactly a favorite of mine.

This one pours with a very large head that stays for long periods of time. As the brew goes down, the glassware is home to considerable lacing. Aroma wise, you can catch glimpses of the caramel malts which lends itself to a very traditional, Germanesque aroma that often cannot be attained through most North American brewed Hefeweizens.

Taste wise, this is among the better Hefeweizen's that can be found in the Pacific Northwest, if not all of North America. Extremely consistent on tap, and in the bottle too, but as said before, this one's best experienced on draught. (859 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a simple and good beer. Wicked because it goes down way too smooth and I could completely forget that I have obligations this evening.

The appearance of this wheat beer is excellent. The cloudy, deep golden-yellow is a great pour. The head was clingy all the way to the last drop. A most excellent attribute for this tasty brew.

The wheat-malt flavor is superbly balanced, it is not too forward...yet it brings out a subtle sweetness that is paired well with the gentle but spicy hop flavor. A citrus flavor enhances this marriage of malt and hop. It is rich but non-invasive. There is not the traditional Hefe notes of banana and clove. However, I can allow for a bit of artistic license with this brew because it accounts for all other qualities of goodness. (I may have rated the *taste* portion a bit higher if it had.) The finish is refreshing to the senses, clean and warm. This is premium octane for washing down dinner.

I think I would be willing to recommend spicy Thai food. I think that a NW Hefe in the beer world would be a nice substitute for a Reisling or a Gewurtztraminer. (1,107 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

definitely not as good as it is on tap, but it was worthwhile.
pours orange copper with a nice head that will hang around for a little bit. smells of grains and yeast.

the beer is still crisp and goes down great, but it is cloudier and much more yeasty out of the bottle than on tap. it is still a good choice, but it is not put together as well. (352 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first remember this beer on tap at Comos in Ferndale as I primed my palate for a d'Arenberg tasting.

Now, from a bottle, I get an atypical toastiness on the nose. It is very pleasant and serves to define the abundant sweetness that forms the base of the beer.
Rich, satisfying, sunny. A 1970 Nova on a dirt road.
Sun-dried wheat crust turns supple as moderate carbonation supports a creamy, chewy, satin-draped texture.
Hop bitterness, again, possibly atypical, keeps the finish focused and clean.

I'm torn by a sentimental attachment to KBC Oberon, but I think this might be a better Wheat. As good as the USA has brought to me. Almost in a league with the Munich mob. (681 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a copper cast. The frothy white head is short lived but holds a good collar and leaves some very minor lace. The aroma is slighty fruity (some light citrus) with some nice malt and a touch of spicy hop. The body is thin, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and a gentle carbonation bite on the tongue. The flavor is malty up front (slightly earthy), with a spicy hop flavor appearing towards the back of the palate, and ending with a dry and spicy hoppiness that sticks around just long enough to be memorable yet refreshing. Well balanced, though possibly a bit bitter - but this is from Oregon! A decent, unfiltered, hoppy American wheat ale. (652 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmmmmmm...this is even better on draught. The bottle was smooth, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did! Full flavored, and very easy to drink. See my review from the bottle. (195 characters)

Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange gold color. The aroma is full of grain and yeast with solid notes of fruit and citrus. The taste is smooth and crisp, mildly spicy, with malted wheat and yeast. Good hops bitterness. (199 characters)

Photo of tigerpaws
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good American hefe the from the cloudy golden color to the cramy white head the appearance makes you want to drink it. Nice citrus aroma and very good feeling on the tongue. This beer is went down so smooth on a hot day but I would enjoy it in the middle of winter........CHEERS (287 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty darn good choice, based on the ba's reviews, I had this one watching the sunset at Lake Tahoe. It was worthy of the occasion. Perfect hazy yellow color, that is expected. Nice big white fluffy head. Nice inviting smells, some hoppy florals. Very mellow, very smooth, great wheat taste. It was easy to drink and everything I expected. If I ever see it in Florida I will buy it. Cheers to the brewers of California, Oregon, and the great Northwest, you guys make great beer. (481 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer. It's not the most interesting hefe in the world, but it's a good US effort and widely available. It does taste better on draft than from a bottle. It really fills the mouth and goes down like silk. This stuff made me want to go shopping for a hammock for my backyard. (289 characters)

Photo of Jordan
4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy haze in the glass. Very soft aromas, faint wheat bread. A medium wheat presense on the palate, very light on the hops, mostly malt almost sweet. Overall this is a tasty, smooth, and very drinkable beer. Nutritious, an excellent breakfast brew. (254 characters)

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

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist with an ink jet printed drink before date above the label.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold with a clinging bubbly white lace.

Smell: Fruity with mild citrus, hints of malted wheat and a touch of yeast.

Taste: Very smooth (almost creamy) and medium bodied, mildly crisp up front with a light bite of grain and yeast. Then comes some fruit, malted wheat, bread/biscuit and a flavourful hop bitterness (citrusy). Faint rustic under-tones appear from the flavour of the yeast and linger with some grain and a soft spicy flavour.

Notes: A simply amazing brew ... brewed with an Altbier yeast strain and hopped with Tettnanger and Cascade hops to make for an unequaled brew amongst the many American wheat beers. This was proven at The 1998 Great American Beer Fest by being awarded a gold in the American wheat category. Top pick for American wheat beers! (899 characters)

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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