Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Docer on 04-10-2012

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated (bottled on?) Feb. 2014 served in a lager glass.
Has the pale appearance of a light lager.
The aroma is pleasant, mainly bready grains, and surprisingly strong,
The flavor does not quite keep up, being weaker and a little less appealing. Still, it is clean and bready.

O: OK but not worth seeking out.

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Ever so faint aromas of bready malts are present in the nose. Hints of floral hops also become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste isn't very flavorful and has hints of bready and cracker malts along with a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. While it isn't overly flavorful, it's not bad compared to many of the other beers in this style—beers which can be considered as having unappealing flavors of adjunct malts. It's also much better compared to gluten-free beers because it is made from grains containing gluten but then the gluten is extracted out later—you don't get any rancid flavors of sorghum.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I should feel crappy more often! I felt really nauseous and under the weather on Friday and decided not to stir out of my humble abode over the weekend. Fortunately for me, I have a massive backlog of beer awaiting review and I turned to the gluten-free beers in the hopes that I would feel better. It seems to have worked as I have run through a bunch of them and I feel somewhat better, if not perfect.

From the bottle: "It isn't just what we took out, it's what we left in[.]

Apparently, they also left out punctuation! I Pop!ped the cap and began a hard pour, which netted me ~ three fingers of foamy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a crystal-clear Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had the honey-like sweetness that I usually associate with Lagers, but this was supposed to be G-F. WTF?!? Mind = blown. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was reminiscent of summers on the farm - honey, hay, mown grass. Clean, light, easy-drinking, this was better than many AALs that I have been exposed to and it is G-F! Holy ... Finish was clean, semi-sweet and unquestionably the best of the lot so far.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is mainly of grains with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that isn't too bad but nothing I would want to drink again.

Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The foam fades rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - A very light, grainy aroma.

T - A bit of lightly sweet malt up front, some grainy notes in the middle, and a finish of dry malt and herbal hops.

M - a light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - For what it is, it is actually pretty well done. It doesnt compare to a truly full flavored beer, Ii it is intended to be a gluten free substitute for light lager it's a home run as there is nothing about it that (other than the poor foam) that screams gluten free and I would say it actually tastes like real beer.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice sized medium white head settles into a very thin lacing above a clear straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma of grains to sweet malt with a little bit of sourness also coming through, might be yeast or light hops.

A very light sweet grain malt taste with more sourness sneaking in there maybe also from sour mash grains or however they cook up this stuff.

This light bodied beer finishes with a light dry aftertaste.

A quite easy beer to forget, very similar to any number of light American lager beers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - Widmer? Portland? My wife was just flipping around season 3 of Portlandia on Netflix today! Nobody really reads this shit, right?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some well spread-out sudsy and striated lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of crisp, grainy pale malt, wet saltine crackers, breakfast biscuits, watery lemon juice, ethereal petrol fumes, and leafy, earthy, and dead grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy pale malt, just a touch of corn-bred sweetness, now totally sodden discount brand soup crackers, subtle gasohol notes, and still prominent earthy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are quite understated in their plainly frothy ministrations, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a small airy creaminess manifesting, right where I was looking for something more sinister. It finishes just off-dry, the graininess of the tinkered-with malt still prominent enough to keep those apparently noble hops more or less honest.

Forget gluten-free, this is one of the better lagers, period, that I've had in a long while. Crisp, tasty, and well-rounded, with a few old-world nods, the kind that make me shake my head when I see what this is listed as here - 'light lager', really? Ok, things and recipes may have changed over the intervening years, but I think this offering deserves a whole shitload more respect than to be lumped into THAT category.

Photo of Tyler_Sly
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer Brothers makes a great hefeweizen. As far as Omission is concerned, they could do better. Its an incredibly light flavor, even for a lager and its a little bit in the sweet side of things. There's a hint of hoppiness to it though. It's almost as if they had an idea for a pale ale and decided to turn it into a lager. Would I order this again? Probably not. Would I say no to someone who would like to offer me one? Nope.
This beer is drinkable, but not impressive.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light, pale, yellow with a thin, short-lived, white head

S - sweet sorghum

T - sweet, bread, faint fruit, faint hops

M - light bodied, well carbonated, a bit thin

This has a lot of the signature gluten free characteristics. It's sweet and a bit fruity with a very little if any hop character. It's also a bit thin and very light bodied. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, golden color with two fingers of head.
Faint smell of dry grain.
Mild bitter taste, slightly metallic, watery overall.
Crisp and light body, low to moderate carbonation.
For a light, gluten-free lager I applaud the result. By all appearances it is a superior product to most other light lagers, but it still doesn't make me want another one.

Photo of ordybill
2.41/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Terrible, skunky is the highlight of this beer. Actually the appearance is ok. That is the best I can say.

Photo of bashiba
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a dull clear yellow with almost no head to speak off, just a light white ring.

The smell is a touch grassy with a bit of lemon, very light.

Has a light grainy flavor with a bit of grassy mildly bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is water thin with a smidge of carbonation.

They did a good job of making a gluten free version of the a typical bad American light beer, but otherwise nothing to see here.

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, grassy. Taste is mild, grains, grassy, some malts, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not a very flavorful beer, it would make a good thirst quencher on a hot day.

Photo of puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2013.

The pour is an agitated, carbonated pale yellow with a small but lasting fizzy, white head.

The aroma is akin to a pilsener or Kolsch with a lot of grainy malts, grass, bread, finished with a crispy hop note.

The body is light and mildly smooth.

The flavor is grainy with a vague hope bite finishing things off. It really is nothing out of the ordinary but would be easy to drink on a warm day.

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale brass colored, washy off white head that succumbed to total dissipation almost immediately after the pour. Visible effervesce was light, misty, while the lacing was sudsy and weak.

S: Pale lemons, moderate backing.

T: A bit washy, lemon, pale grain, fair crispness but nothing that really stands out. Tart lemon fade, not as good as the nose, pretty linear in transistion, rather mundane character.

M: fairly crisp being a stretch, one of the few highlights, a touch acidic, light bodied.

O: Overall an average drink. Really nothing to brag about, no chance at repeat, less chance of a reccommendation.

Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)

- Very clear and light straw colored lager. Quickly fizzing white head settled to a bubbly almost macro-lager-like brew. Subtle spots above the brew where the bubbles chose to reside. Pretty basic. Looks like another session lager.

Smell: (3.0)

- Crisp bittering hops, as well as a slight floral presence. There is a biscuit-like grain and light sweet malt aroma. The yeast plays a bready role while yet an adjunct presence seems only slightly likely. I only say that because I know this is a gluten-free beer, though I don't know if an adjunct exists.

Taste: (3.5)

- This tastes like a refreshing lager. Light grain, and light sweetness from the grain, and perhaps a corn maize affect. Light bitter pine and herbal hops, and a rather floral finish. This is solid, and yet again another lager that could steer a BMC fan away from the macro, and into the crafto. Being gluten-free is just a bonus, because you wouldn't guess it with this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- A standard light bodied lager with a great dry finish. The use of hops create a nice dry finish to a beer that otherwise could be a little thin and syrupy. A little chewy yet, but cloying as well.

Overall: (4.0)

- I am astounded that this is gluten-free. Yet it is still a stand-out lager in the craft world. You could hand this beer to someone, and never mention the fact that it is gluten-free... and I bet they would still thoroughly enjoy it more so than any canned macro on the market. Kudos to Widmer. I hope they continue to stay on this awesome path they have paved.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Omission Gluten Free Lager has a thick, fizzy, white head, a somewhat hazy, extremely bubbly, yellow appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, biscuity malt, and the flavor is of lemony & grassy hops, white bread, and just a bit of strange medicinal background that one gets with these gluten-free beers. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Omission Gluten Free Lager finishes dry and easy drinking. Overall, it is one of the nicer ones in this class.

RJT

Photo of plaid75
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a faint noble hop.

The taste was well balanced with a light fermentable, herbal noble hop, lemon and green apple.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty decent gluten free beer.

Photo of aleamericanreject
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: crisp golden liquid. Forms a nice frothy white head. Appealing to the eye

Smell: Nothing too special. Citrus undertone

Taste: rather bland. Slight hop presence but overall pretty light and smooth. Easy drinking.

Mouth feel: nothing overbearing, smooth and dry. Does not stick on palate

Overall: decent. Experience not outstanding but not bad. Niche product that is drinkable and bodes well given gluten-free.

Photo of Pegasus
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden body with a small and coarse off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation. There is a moderate amount of particulates

Aroma: Understated pale malt aroma, and some faint grassy hops.

Taste: Opens with a grainy, cereal-like malt flavor, soon followed by modest grassy and herbal hops. As the taste progresses, nothing much happens, the hops become slightly more aggressive, and the malt carries the load of the flavor, but neither are particularly noteworthy. Finishes with a mild lingering maltiness, and a slight hop presence which turns spicy late in the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, somewhat thin, with little notable carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Nothing offensive, just not a lot here. I am thankful that I have no need of consuming gluten-free beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice

Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow fizzy beer with almost no head formation.

Smells of soda cracker malt slight corn and a small amount of noble hops. Smell is light.

Starts out mildly with a little corn and soda cracker. Little bit sweet but by no means offensive. Low hop levels no real bitterness. Clean tasting this absolutely does not taste like a gluten free beer.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy.

Overall for a beer this is average with no faults or off flavors. For a Gluten Free beer this is the best one I have ever tasted.

Photo of cbutova
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Gluten free is becoming a trend it seems, not surprised that Widmer has jumped aboard with light examples of this beer type.

A- Golden yellow and ultra clear with a very foamy but fizzy white head. Retention is very low and the head disappears completely quite fast. No lace in sight.

S- Smell fairly reminiscent of Bud or similar American Light Lagers. Adjunct malts and light sweets. A tiny hint of fruit.

T- Lager yeast and bread mixed with light cracker malt sweets. Tiniest bit of hops and fruit in the finish.

MF- Light body with a fairly creamy feel. Small hint of bitterness.

I think they omitted much more than just the gluten here. It isn't nearly offensive but hardly brings any flavor or interest to the table.

Photo of Reidrover
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roths Sunnyslope Market in Salem. $1.67 Actually quite nice looking for a lager golden yellow with a good sized bubbly white head. Fine honeyish,grassy aromas. OK Clean slightly grassy hop, semi sweet taste,perfectly reasonable. Mouthfeel is strange it starts OK but trails off to a wateriness..with a strange bitterness. Overall though an OK lager and a good gluten free.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Crystal clear straw yellow body. Fizzy white head that doesn't retain much foam but lines of decent lacing hang around.

Aroma: A clean grain and malt body with just a touch of dried grass.

Taste: Some slightly metallic sourness in front followed by a clean grain body.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light.

Overall: A completely refreshing, tasty lager. Probably wouldn't choose this over a cheapest macro though due to the price.

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super hot day, hope this is refreshing. Never found a gluten free beer that I liked so far, so hopefully this will get there.

Pours a light fizzy almost one finger head that fades fairly quickly over crystal clear watery honey golden color.

Nose has a big crisp fruity lager, quite fruity but some typical lager and some over fruity, light malts with a hint graininess, light of what seems like a golden malt like profile and hint of fruity hops.

Taste has a light honey flavor, light golden toasty malt like profile again surprisingly. Just a hint of sweetness, as the lager flavors kick in, hint of lager fruit and nice crispness. Juicy flavors and on a hot day quite a thirst quencher. Light grassy hops. There is also a bit of a husk or grainy flavor. Finish is dry and crisp, light lingering bitterness and hint of floral fruity hops as well as lager flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, light overall but quite drinkable and thirst quenching. Nice malt-like flavors although lighter and not quite the same as if they used real malts, hops are practically non existent, but nice lagering as well. So pretty decent for a gluten free beer, or possible just because I was so thirsty and it was so hot.

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Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.