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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 g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

g_jenkins, Dec 03, 2013
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 TrueMetalJake
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

TrueMetalJake, Jun 17, 2014
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, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Widmer straddles both sides of North Russell Street brewing over 140,000 barrels of beer annually with the capacity for even more. This makes Widmer the largest brewery in Oregon and about the 18th largest in America. They brew in several old redbrick buildings in a quirky industrial nook under the Fremont Bridge. I really like the neighborhood. From the Gasthaus you can watch freight trains in their yard or the new Max light rail go zipping past. (Light rail is the best transportation option for visiting the Gasthaus.) The views of the bridge are inspiring and just a block away is McMenamins White Eagle Saloon if you crave live music or lodging.

The restaurant serves a full compliment of entrees, pastas, pub fare, and desserts. Outdoor seating is available seasonally and children are welcome throughout. The décor at the Gasthaus is comfortable, lively, and casual with lots of redbrick, polished brass and old wood. The tall, brassy tap spigots are especially artistic though they loom obtrusively at the bar. The usual line of T-shirts and the like are available and everywhere throughout the bar you see the ubiquitous letter “W”. I like the Gasthaus and I like their beers. I’m not fond of “W”.

Those who are only familiar with Widmer’s line of ambers, blondes and flagship hefeweizen will be pleasantly surprised at the scope of Gasthaus beers. Stronger beers such as imperial stout or barley wine are often available, as are other inventive brews with only limited regional distribution. Widmer earns high praise for its Collaborator series. These are beers originally created by intrepid homebrewers that Widmer brings into full-scale production for seasonal release. They range from Irish stouts to bocks and saisons and are consistently quite good.

Widmer has maintained a “distribution and equity agreement” with Anheuser-Busch since 1997. Some would argue that the alliance between an early craft brewing pioneer and America’s uncontested industrial beer mogul is unhealthy, if not unholy. I fully concur with this sentiment. A-B has a long sordid history of aggressive marketing practices that have curtailed the efforts of micro and craft brewers to compete fairly for even the most modest of customer bases. Their tremendous market dominance gives them an unfair political and economic edge over their competitors and A-B has used this advantage to unapologetically crush their opposition and silence contrary opinions. So think before you drink.

RedDiamond, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of SickBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

SickBrew, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Adamnimmo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Adamnimmo, Nov 30, 2013
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
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93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.