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

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

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 296
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 35.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
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 jasonpeckins32
1.97/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got a sample bottle of this the other day at work.... not much cold around the house so thought I'd give it a try... (Does anyone else find it humorous when you have to precede a rating with your disclosure of why you would be drinking something of that nature in the first place?)

Pours a weak yellow color. Aroma is difficult to find. The flavor is almost non-existent throughout the sip. It does somehow remind me more of beer than, say, tonic water, but I cannot explain exactly how. The only real notable flavor is a bready aftertaste. Even that disappears quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, but the beer is nicely carbonated.

* I feel as if I was rating this specifically compared to other Gluten-Free beers (which I have never tried), there is an opportunity this would be getting a much better rating from me. However, since it is being listed as an American Pale Lager, I am rating this while considering it as such.

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Photo of cbutova
2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of aleamericanreject
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of FishPhry
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Don't look for much in the way of a challenge here. Think PBR, Budweiser, etc. It's a straight forward lager. The value here is that it is a gluten free tailgate-style beer. A pale yellow color should set you up for a clean, albeit simple taste. It finishes with the slightest hint of bitterness. To this beer's merit, it is slightly more complex than your generic "'Murcian" lager. Price tag aside, this beer is great option for ingredient-conscious drinkers who appreciate a cold, consistent, light(er) beer.

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Photo of avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma here, but traces of grain and hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a mild amount), malt (again, a mild amount), grain, and corn in the finish. Not exactly what you might call a complex beer, this one tasted like a slightly better version of a Bud Light. That's not a compliment. There's simply not a lot going on in the flavor here.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: To be fair, the Light Lager style does not allow brewers to make a truly great beer. That being said, this one succeeds in making a beer true to the style, but doesn't do anything more than that. Kind of a misfire.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Continuing the expansion of my gluten-free beer horizons. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is nearly nonexistent, though there's a wafting of pure cellulose, like the water dripping from a piece of split celery. I can't say it's necessarily a bad thing, just a feeling like they weren't at all trying here. The taste holds notes of light wheat, light flowers, dried honey, and a vague sense of something sweet-ish that I can't quite put my finger on. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty weak brew, one that seems to compound some of the negative things I've heard about GF beers.

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Photo of bashiba
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a clear and straw colored, topped with a thin, white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing at the top of the glass. Aromas are typical for the style - lager yeast, grassy hop. Tastes are grassy, biscuity, sharp & clean, finishes semi-dry. Mouth-feel is rather thin and watery. This is better than the macro offerings of a light lager, but still not worth another purchase.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ToddT
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Rating this without a GF curve. Among those only, one of the best I've had, and decidedly better than the pale ale offering from Widmer. Though you can definitely notice the adjuncts they're using, the body in particular is much better than most GFs.

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Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.