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Widmer Gasthaus

Not Rated.
Widmer GasthausWidmer Gasthaus
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.33%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

955 N Russell St
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1733
United States
phone: (503) 281-3333

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @widmer_brothers

Notes:
Dining room hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Bar hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Visited 6.11.2010.

Very hard to find a place to park in this bustling neighborhood, but located next to Trimet MAX Yellow line so I'd certainly advise taking the mass transit route. Beautiful 8 seat hardwood bar, several dining areas. Young touristy crowd, not likely to see too many of these patrons at the Horse Brass. Taplist features 6 regular beers, two seasonals and five one-offs. Food looked really good, burgers salads, soups. A few TVs to watch sports. Very busy on a sunny Friday afternoon. Good Beer, Good Food. One of the best places to drink and eat in PDX, featuring beers you won't find anyplace else. Worth a stop for the traveling bar tourist.

jdense, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

The food menu is pretty awesome. I usually go here to eat and can't leave without grabbing a Hefeweizen on tap. Good stuff. The seasonal selection is usually pretty good, but I was disappointed to not see a stout on draft last time I went. Oh well, you can't win every time.

The tour I took once upon a time was very informative and the guy who gave it was super nice. We even got a free pint glass. That was sweet.

Unfortunately, the tour felt incomplete...maybe they showed us all they could but we really didn't go very deep into the rooms. I thought it was a lot less thorough than other tours I've been on.

Anyhow, a great restaurant and good place to visit.

djbreezy, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

I'm glad I had a GPS to find this place! I would describe the neighborhood as industrial. Located on the corner, this is a great use of an older space. There is good light from the large windows and that combined with the high ceilings give this place a very airy feeling.

As you enter, you will see the bar straight ahead. It is in a part of the space that is slightly elevated. The bar seats about a dozen and there are some tiny booths and larger tables in the bar area. Check out the kegs on display behind the glass wall.

The rest of the main room is dinning area and is a combo of large booths and tables. The semi-open kitchen is also in this area. There are more rooms behind the bar.

There is a large expanse of exposed brick walls, there are well worn hardwood floors and older German and Widmer beer decorations.
I arrived at 11:45 am on a Wednesday and the place was at least 3/4s full. It was an even mix of women and men and all ages were represented. The place had a friendly buzz going. It is great to see people really enjoying themselves.

There are a couple of TVs tuned to sports and they had classic rock on at low volume levels.

My food was very good and fresh. Try the chili! Note there are plenty of fresh and green options, but only a handful of German offerings.

The bar has three tap towers each offering 5 different beers (by my public school math that is 15 choices). The selection is a mix of regulars and specials. I had a nice Drifter APA and a unique black IPA.

The service was friendly & quick. They also gave unasked for samples, you got to like that. The bartender was talking beer with several folks and he did a great job of steering them to some new choices.

I was impressed by just about everything here and it is well worth a stop.

Redrover, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

The Widmer Brothers have created one of the country's better microbreweries with national distribution - of course, this fact shouldn't prevent any thirsty Beeradvocate from making the trip. Widmers Brewery and Gasthaus are situated in an industrial area and very accessible by MAX Light Rail (Yellow Line-Albina/Mississipi Station, which is about 2 or 3 blocks away - in fact, the train frequently rumbles past). There is a large brick-wall dining room directly on the left upon entry and a small bar area off to the right. The menu is heavy on sausages -very good and hearty. I enjoyed the tasty meatloaf sandwich with potato salad. The Gasthaus offers primary Widmer beers (8-9 taps) to quench a raging thirst. I had their Alt and the IPA Broken Halo, the latter having been also offered at the Brewers' Bruncher. Great Happy Hour prices and pretty pleasing ambience, makes Widmers worth the trip to Portland, AKA Beervana.

The big building across the street is the brewery. Widmers is up the street from McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon and Hotel and an additional 10-minute walk from Amnesia Brewing Company.

jjboesen, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Was very excited to visit here. Awesome brick building located right near the water. The two times we went there parking wasn't much of an issue.

Inside the place resembles that an German pub (as another reviewer mentioned). Small area with a nice bar and comfy seats.

We were seated and served quite quickly and both servers were quite pleasant. Food wise, this place is grand! I had the Chicken Schnitzel the first time around and the Vegetarian Pasta the next. Both were excellent. I was very happy with the food here.

On to the beer. Of course, since this is Widmer you're going to great some very solid beers on tap. I had the W'08 seasonal Crimson Wheat. Very good beer. Their Drop Top Amber Ale and O'Casey's Irish Stout were both just as good.

A must go pub if you're in the Portland area.

Brewlore, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

This is a very good brewery pub that features great, fresh beer. The Hef can't be beat and the Broken Halo is a nice IPA. There are typically 10+ brews to choose from.

The food is very good as well. I've never had a disappointing meal. The Pretzel appetizer comes with a great local mustard (Beaver Brand). My favorites are the Blackened Chicken Sandwich and the Ratskeller Burger. It's a tough choice.

The only down side for me is that the bar area is small and it can be tough to get a seat. They're usually full with off duty brewery and restaurant staff. But I guess that's not a bad sign. The bar staff is great (Lance in particular).

You'll find more Widmer styles than you can get through in a night. It's well worth the visit.

GJ40, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Okay, so this is a massive brick building, right down by the waterfront on the east side.

Parking isn't the greatest, but it is definitly worth a visit despite. A small 'gated' parking area directly behind the building offers free parking for 15 cars or so, otherwise you'll need to find streetside.

Widmer brews a nice hef, and they have lots of seasonals and whatnot avaialble. Get their sampler and make sure it includes all seasonals/specials.

The Widmer Gasthaus maintains an old-school German pub feel despite its size and sports bar inklings.

Their menu features a good selection of authentic German food. Schnitzle, Brats, etc. I recommend the Schnitzle w/Spaetzle noodles highly! Even if you've never tried German food, you'll fall in love.

Staff/services was apparently hit-or-miss for me. I've been three times. Once our waitress was kinda flaky, we hardly saw her and she didn't know the beers. Another time (when it was busier no less) we had an amazing gal who we ended up tipping like 30% because she was just really knowledgable and fast. So in a whole, i'd say the service is good.
Prices are $10-$20 for meals, pints are reasonable.

So far, this is the biggest brewpub/publichouse in P'town I have visited. I would recommend first timers checking out a smaller joint like Alameda, Lampoc, Lucky Lab, etc if you've only got time for one. Otherwise, give Widmer a visit!!!

SurlyDuff, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Being a couple minutes late for the tour, we rushed in, sat, watched a short bit on their history and brewing procedur; were given samples of the Okto, IPA, and their well-known Hefe Weizen; then got a full tour of the brewing facility, from the fermenting tanks to the bottling line, with a knowledgeable guide to boot. So far, so good. The free glass and keychain were appreciated bonuses.

We ventured into the restaurant, which seemed a little small considering the packed Sat. afternoon crowd. A bit more of a family-style atmosphere than you normally see in a brewpub. Shared the beer sampler with our hosts, and found the beers ranging from okay to great. The food was plate-licking good, and we only ordered appetizers.

More power to this brewery, one of the longer-running ones in this brewery-packed town. Glad to find the hefe-weizen was actually good, as the tap I had of it in Lynchburg, VA (at the Depot) didn't do it justice at all.

Metalmonk, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of charlatan
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%

I wasn't keen on the feel of this place. It is one of those brewpubs which leans too far in the restaurant direction to satisfy me. I didn't even see any of the food (I sat at the bar). The location is interesting: close to mississippi ave and the industrial area, under numerous freeway overpasses, but this serves to make the anodyne (slightly germanic) feel of the interior all the more disappointing.

We were given free samples of a couple of beers. Their policy is to be rather liberal with this practice which is naturally appreciated. They have a wide selection of their own beers (I think the count may have been as many as 14) and as others have already commented many seemed vastly superior to the beers they sell to local supermarkets.

Putting suggested tip percentages on our receipts seemed a little gauche. Did they really want me to tip $1.13 anyway?

charlatan, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

My fiancee and I went to the Gasthaus on a Saturday evening in October after visiting Mount St. Helens.

The place has a great look: Lots of red brick and cherry tables with brass fittings. There are many metal signs of German beers hanging on the walls. The place was crowded when we were there. Luckily, we got seats fairly quickly, which was nice since we were pretty tired. A strange facet of this place is they have just a few toilets for such a large venue.

I had the pork chop with spaetzel, which is a German pasta-like dumpling. It was quite good. To drink, I had asked our waiter, Mike, for the hoppiest thing they had. He brought their Double IPA, Hopnosis. After dinner I had their Cherry Bomb strong ale.

My fiancee had their BBQ pulled pork sandwich. The BBQ sauce was OK. It needs more smoky flavor. The pork was fine, though. She really liked the German potato salad.

Mike was a great server. He brought us samples of Widmer's Alt. I drank both because my fiancee doesn't like beer. She enjoyed their homemade root beer, though! And Mike brought her a small root beer to drink while I had my after dinner beer.

This place is -- of course -- the best place to get Widmer's brews. There are several offerings here that you can't get anywhere else. And their prices are inexpensive. My beers were less than $4 each and the Cherry Bomb is an 11.5 percent monster! Another famous Oregon brewery *COUGH* Rogue! *COUGH* should take notes from Widmer on beer prices.

Overall this was a great place to have dinner and it was a nice end to our trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Shaw, Oct 13, 2005
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