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

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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 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 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 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 nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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