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

Omission Lager (Gluten-Free)Omission Lager (Gluten-Free)

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.47%

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Light 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 mjurney


4.33/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, a little haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Bright white head.

Faint aroma... I'm picking up some spicy, bready, a little lemony.

Sweet malts, bready, grassy, a little honey. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-lemony. Clean and crisp finish. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, semi dry, well carbonated.

Very good for a Light Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:35:14 | More by mjurney
Photo of manx


4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the last year I've been gluten-free - and my favorites are Widmer Omission - Lager, IPA & Ale. The least bitter (and least powerful) of the three is the gold label Lager at 4.6%, with a smooth, light taste.

As most say, not bad for a gluten-free beer - I like beer but not the beer belly and hope Omission will stay available at my local - Rovers in Austin.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:26:05 | More by manx
Photo of KFBR392


3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a banana yellow color. Below average carbonation throughout. About half a finger of head on the pour which did not retain well. Pretty regular looking overall.

Smell: Bread, yeast, some fresh greens, banana peel, and some nutty tones. Very interesting, much more then I had expected. Light and sweet, really makes you stick your nose in and enjoy.

Taste: Some of the pleasant yeasty banana sweetness on the front on this brew. The body dissolves into a slightly lacking yeast presence which has a sort of hollow taste. Finish is an interesting sticky leafy greens flavor with some lingering yeast sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Super easy drinking and very enjoyable.

Overall: A really solid brew. Nothing to run out and go get but if you can pick it up in a mix six some time I would definitely recommend it. Nice afternoon beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:23:35 | More by KFBR392
Photo of StaveHooks


3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Dark golden body with a thin white head. Minimal lacing, poor retention.

S - Fruity grain, lemons, not much

T - Spicy hops wrap honey kissed grain, golden delicious apples, sweet but dries out on the finish. Strong yeast presence, finishes crisp and clean.

M - Medium full body, ample carbonation, clean finish.

This was a clean flavorful lager that I would totally rock if I had to drink gluten free. One of the best gluten free beers I've had to date.
I think people are forgetting the style of this beer. This beer kills most anything in it's style category.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 06:17:54 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Docer


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:21:05 | More by Docer
Photo of lancecenter


3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pale, straw color. Slightly hazy. 2 fingers of head that settles quick in to a fine ring. No lacing.

S - Cereal grains, grass, and lemon.

T/M - Light and crisp. Lots of lemon grass. Mild, citrusy hop finish.

O - This is not half bad for the style. Gluten or not, I'd put this neck above the big three any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 07:23:49 | More by lancecenter
Photo of jsprain1


3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost the palest golden that I have ever seen. Head is one finger and lasts quite well and leave some lacing.
S- Clean aroma but grainy and a hint of lemon.
T- Sweeter on the tongue than I expected. Sweet, bready, and a hint of lemon in there.
M- Light as to be expected, but nice even carbonation.
O- Good by light lager standards. Clean with decent flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:36:59 | More by jsprain1
Photo of nickfl


3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 06:14:59 | More by nickfl
Photo of jlindros


3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:11:21 | More by jlindros
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't buy this because it's gluten free, in fact I didn't know until I came to do this review, so they truly accomplished a normal beer without gluten. Poured only an 1/8" inch white head which didn't last long. The body is a clear straw yellow with very little effervescence. Smells of malt and grass. The taste mirrors the smell yet I'd say it's richer and creamier than mainstream lagers. Short finish but fairly long aftertaste. Better than I'd have expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 11:05:43 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost completely clear, with a tinge of yellow-gold and no head whatsoever. I could read one of those optometrist's eye charts through this thing. Wow, very clean. Aromas of toasted grains, a slight buttery highlight, and some floral notes. Flavors of grain and cereal initially, with a slight roasting on the tail-end of the palate. Very light and clean in mouth, with a crisp, almost sharp finish. Roasty, slightly grainy aftertaste. This beer is clean and very well put together, but it just lacks a lot of substance. Interesting idea behind this line of brews, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 23:50:49 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of BryanCarey


3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Omission Lager pours to a yellowish color with a slight head of foam comprised of larger bubbles. It looks okay at first, but sinks to a thin coating in a short time. The nose on this beer is one of lightly spiced hops and sweet pale malt.

As for the taste, this beer is mild, but likable. The dominant flavors are cereal grains, honey, herbal and grassy hops, and some basic fruit in the middle- namely some mild lemon and faint apple. The beer is crisp, clean, and easy drinking. The body of the beer is light and it seems very easy- going overall.

This beer prizes itself for being brewed gluten free. It uses a special process to remove the gluten and by doing so, the beer is free from an ingredient that some people cannot consume, and that makes it a beer that most anyone can consume. It is a decent effort from Widmer- certainly nothing amazing, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:58:46 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:43:25 | More by plaid75
Photo of Flounder57


3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. First time reviewing a GF beer, so here we go.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger that has reduced to nothing. Golden straw yellow with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Pretty basic and straightforward aroma

Smell: very bready. Almost like a pilsner malt aroma. Grainy and some sweet notes also. Low hop profile too.

Taste: For a GF beer, this is the most drinkable one I have yet to find. Bready and grainy notes up front for a light lager. Can't really taste anything else.

Mouthfeel: smooth, crisp, refreshing, light on the palate, medium carbonation, and super easy to drink.

Overall: Very tasty light lager gluten free beer. You wouldn't expect it, but a keeper in my minds. Happy to have gotten this after volunteering at the ACBF and good to find out that it is made by Widmer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:41:14 | More by Flounder57
Photo of palma

New York

3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow body. virtually no head or lacing. Spicy hop aroma. Slight skunk, off aroma starts to develop as the beer warms. Clean taste. Bready. Mellow tasting. Nice lager. I didn't know this was gluten free until I started this review. An excellent gluten free beer. Drink cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 13:54:37 | More by palma
Photo of mralphabet


3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a straw yellow, very clear with visible carbonation. Had a good fingers worth of head that dissipates as quickly as it appears with no lacing.

S: Smells pretty much like most Light Lagers, lightly sweet malt with a hint of fruit, not much else, pretty average for the style.

T: I'm getting sweet malt, yeast and a little breadiness right up front, then a little fruitiness kicks in at the end.

M: Very light bodied with a strangely creamy feeling as it warms up.

O: Pretty average Light Lager, but miles above the big Macro brews. Pretty low ABV makes it very drinkable. Not a bad little brew...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:30:36 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Bitterbill


3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear and bright straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam.

It smells typical for the style. Sweet malt, grain, a hint of some lemon, and now some bready notes.

More bread in the taste than the nose, the sweetness is somewhat subdued and there's only a hint of the lemon.

Good mouthfeel but overall, this is another very ordinary brew whose subtle-ish flavours don't do anything for my taste buds. It's about as exciting as the label on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 15:41:42 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an illuminated honey color. Head is very minimal. Mild lacing. Body is clear.

S-Smells nice for a Gluten free brew. Sturdy Lager components in the nose. Lager yeast, minimal grassy hops and a hint of fruit. Definite getting some honey too in the nose along with grains.

T-Akin to the nose and again, solid for a Gluten free brew. Honey is still there and the grains as well. Airy animal crackers. Fruity with the yeastiness. Not bad for what it is.

M-Fuller bodied for a Light lager. Medium carbonation with a bit of slickness.

O/D-Probably the best Gluten free brew I have had. Can stand up to most Light Lagers without a problem. Good job by Widmer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:07:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden with a thin white head. A bit of retention, and decent lace. Nose is of grainy malts.Nice but weak. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is grainy up front with a bittersweet finish. Crisp, and refreshing. Decent Summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:06:02 | More by riversider76
Photo of artoolemomo


3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention and looks to be leaving traces of lacing. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a clear and pale golden straw color which appears as a weak lemon hue when held up to the light. Lacing is scant.

Nose- Practically nonexistent. I get the faintest hint of grain and sweet malt but not much else. When I swirl the glass, the malt sours and I get a whiff of cornflakes. Pretty boring but to be expected from this style.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but with more presence. Heavy on the grain, cereal, and cornflakes. There is a finish of earth, grass, and herbs from the Sterling hops. Light notes of citrus (orange and lemon) from the Citra and some woodiness from the Mt. Hood. This beer is proving to have a much more complex flavor profile than I would have guessed from the nose or the style requirements. Some thinness but not as much as one would expect from a light beer. Slightly above average.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. Has a little bit of a dry finish. Some smoothness to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and much less boring than many of its brethren. Probably won't purchase again- it's a little more expensive because of its trendiness.

Overall- Slightly above average. I only bought it so I could sample a representation of the style. It perhaps fails at that but I prefer its failure to the “success” of its BMC counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:19:41 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Wasatch


3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a decent little fizzy white head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda sweet, with some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty. More on the light body side, but still pretty nice. Overall not a bad brew, but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:10:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave this to me to try but I didn't realize it was gluten free until now. Pours a crystal clear deep golden straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spicy hops and sweet bready pilsner malt with a bit of a strange tartness that I can't put my finger on. The flavor holds a bit of spicy noble hops, a bit of pilsner like malt flavor and again a strange tartness that I wasn't expecting. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery spritz y mouthfeel. Decent beer, really nothing special but probably the best GF beer I've tried. I rated this a bit higher just for the gluten free factor, If I were gluten intolerant I would probably get used to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:43:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light straw color with a very light haze. Upon pouring there is a rather big pure white head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is for the most part bready with a light citrus aroma present as well.

Taste – The taste starts out of a bready nature with some lighter yeasty tastes. Mixed with these flavors are a light caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades fast with some citrus flavors coming to the flavor profile at the end. With the citrus and the bready base a rather crisp and more lemon flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter side in terms of creaminess with the carbonation level being quite average.

Overall – Nothing too really go out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:54:44 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Zorro


3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:06:06 | More by Zorro
Photo of ToddT


3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- Clear golden yellow with a thin off whit head. Head fades quickly to ring but leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Clean a bright nose, grain and grassy hop notes are dominate.

T- Slight sweet honey to start, followed by grassy hops and a clean slightly dry finish.

F- Light in body and high in carbonation, very clean and refreshing.

O- Nice summer thirst quencher but not much more, the 4.6% ABV makes is sessionable but I didn't find it interesting enough to do so.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:53:06 | More by ToddT
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Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.