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

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Docer on 04-10-2012

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner glass
From: Brother-in-Law Ron
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 26, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 4, 2015 at 6:48 p.m.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good amount of uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention. A great looking beer. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled normal lager malts - corn, cereal, sourdough, honey, light grass, crackers and faint apple. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was nowhere as good as the nose. Got a toned down watery version, leading with corn cereal (Kix or Corn Pops), followed by honey and light grassy grains. Unimpressed. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. (Feel - 3.25)

I might have overrated this a tad, but it had its moments. Would not have it again on purpose though. (Overall - 3.25)

3.35 | 77 | B-

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Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Aroma is slightly sweet, with crisp lager yeast character and a bit of a corn note.

Flavor is lightly metallic, a touch sweet, finishing fairly doughy and lightly bitter. The lager yeast is really prevalent. Better than a lot of the macro lagers.

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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 HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer actually has a very nice look to it. The beer has a bubble head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a flat out solid gold color. The look is pretty nice.

The smell is pretty nice and simple. Sweet barley note with a light bitter hopness to it. Nothing super complicated but still good.

The taste is nothing spectacular compared to all of the other beers on the market but still good in its own right. The beer has a very sweet malty taste and light but bitter hop note. The hop note is fairly light but strong to keep the taste from being too malty.

The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic and great. The beer has a light body but with enough weight to give it some body and depth. The crisp carbonation feel makes it fairly refreshing. Overall, a pretty good feel for a lager.

Overall, a much better beer than the ratings let on and certainly light years beyond any adjunct lager. Definitely worth picking up on a hot day or if you're looking for something simple to drink with flavor.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/7/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass. On side of label: "Oct 30 14" which I am sure it was the born on date and not expired by date.

Brew pours a clear straw-yellow in color with a thin foamy/fizzy head that settles down to mostly around the sides of the glass in less than 10 minutes. Ring-lacing is seen at first then slides back down after a few sips. The aroma is of grains for the most part with a light hint of corn also. More going on with the flavor as this actually doesn't taste like the typical 'Pale Ale' and even leaning towards a Hefeweizen (wheat beer) even. Great taste and goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all unlike some pale ales. Tasty brew. Lighter+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall I liked this one and don't care if if is "Gluten-Free" or not.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess the catch here is gluten free? Doesn't apply to me, but we will see how it goes.

Appearance : fluffy, webby head - stark white in appearance, very small head. Body is pale straw in appearance.

Aroma : sweet, hoppy wheat aroma! This is nice. Some rice. Slight soapiness. Nice bouquet.

Flavor : lots going on here. Honey sweetened wheat, rye, light oatmeal, braided honey pretzel. Biscuit malts. I like what's going on here, it's different than any other lager and borders on a pale wheat ale or a honey Weiss. In fact if they caled this "honey lager" it would be an accurate name.

Mouthfeel : zippy, light bodied, lightly creamy.

Overall : this surprised me. I can't help but view it throught the lens of gimmick by being gluten free, but on its own it's just a damn good lager. I like it and would have it again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Really pale yellow. Looks kind of like Mt. Dew (almost on that neon side). The pour yields a small white head that is gone quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (4.6%). Made 7/9/14 - so it is 6 months old.

S: [3.25] Malts, breadiness and some caramel tones.

T: [3.50] The flavor is very neutral. Some hints of malt and breadiness.

M: [3.50] Carbonation and mouth feel are right for the style.

O: [3.50] This is a beer you could transition someone from BMC to craft with. It has a mild taste but is slightly more complex than an AAL. This would be great on a hot day. If I had Celiacs I would be all over this. It doesn't seem to be missing anything in the flavor profile.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

(bottling date: Jun 16 2014 - poured into a fluted goblet)

A: pale, faded yellow liquid... crystal-clear... tall, off-white, oily-looking foam crops up on the pour... a bit rocky and mashed-potato in appearance... thin shots of lace

S: classic, familiar sulfury aroma of adjunct lagers - I mean, it's dead on - did they use a Bud or Miller yeast on this?... lightly floral with a faint hint of pilsner malt... wet sidewalk... as it warms, it takes on a more fresh-baked bread quality

T: brief sweet corn note up front, but almost immediately the flavors following that indicate that this is an all-malt, Euro-style pale lager - a touch heftier on the malt and its balance than said lagers... strange note of pre-ground black pepper in the finish... vaguely doughy malt and a semi-firm, mineral hop bite lingers in the aftertaste

M: dancing around medium-bodied, marginally rigid edges, but with a fairly dry, mildly parching finish

O: lowering the gluten ppm or not, they made a fine lager here... can't say if the extra malt heft will turn off those who prefer their lagers to taste damn near like water, but the rest of it's close enough!... a "light" lager that drinks more like an import German helles?...

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Photo of Adestria
4.09/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought lagers were usually heavier, i like the lightness of this one. Has a bit of a citrus taste like a Blue Moon, but is crispier...pretty tasty for a gluten free beer. I poured a bottled beer into a chilled mug, it was refreshing. The after taste is so so, it's better on the lips.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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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 chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up at Wegman's poured chilled in a pils glass from the brown 12oz bottle.
The color is straw with very transparent clarity with thick white head that settles to a ring of beads with ring of lace that sticks. The smell has a light malt scent with slight hint of yeast aroma and almost grainy corn-like aroma. The feel is very carbonated but nice body with light sweetness and mild bitterness, the finish is dry.

The taste of this lager is lightly grainy with a very light toasted accent with slight hint of yeast adding a mild fruit element with light grass almost a spice-like flavor as it finishes. Overall I like this about as well as most other light lagers, but this seems to have a little more body than most which makes it a skosh more enjoyable I would probably not be able to tell it is a gluten free product if I tried this blind, but I probably would not purchase this again even though it is ok for the most part.

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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 manx
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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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 plaid75
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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