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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 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 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 yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Non-American Bavarian Weissbier - now that's a REAL hefe-weizen and I guess you can only get it here at the Gasthaus. I admit, I despise Wider's so-called Hefe-Weizen (which is NOT a real hefe-weizen) but they had other options which were quite good.

Servers were a bit sketchy with the tattoos and piercings but I guess this is Portland so it's more normal. Food was alright and priced within reasonable limits. Beer samplers weren't too pricey.

Place has an obvious warehouse feel which is quite nice, and reminded me of some of the old buildings at A-B in St. Louis.

Easy to find off the public transportation stop.

yemenmocha, Aug 06, 2010
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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 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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tylerstravis, Jun 05, 2014
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 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 freed
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

I first visited this nearly 3 years ago when I moved to Portland and had a good time, enjoyed my beer, and really enjoyed the food. This time I hopped on the brewery tour before dropping by the bar.

The Brewery tour is interesting in that you get to see Widmer's rather attractive and shiny brewery. The hop room was my favorite, though the whole brewery is well designed. Plus, after the tour you get to try several of their beers - for free!

The Gasthaus is also an attractive building with a well kept look to it. The walls are decorated with interesting German brewery signs that give it a very classy charm. The abundance of wood creates a warm atmosphere, which is complimented by the stream of people moving through the place. It was quite popular on a Saturday afternoon.

The beer selection is pretty varied, including some spectacular beers I didn't even know were in Widmer's repertoire. There's also wine if you're in to that kind of thing.

The staff all seem quite competent, and the bartender I yammered with seemed to know beer intimately. He could have easily used another pair of arms as busy as it was.

I didn't have any food this time, despite the amazing looking reuben that seemed to be following me around. However, the last visit left me with a fondness for their food.

freed, Aug 08, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

fitius5150, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tjcamm, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sicem99, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SickBrew, Jun 17, 2014
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
Photo of Zach122
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

I have always enjoyed Widmer beers, but this is my first time actually visiting them in Portland. Walking in, service was immediately present and ready to seat us at the bar. Bartender was also very friendly and happy to answer my questions on picking up a couple bottles of the recently released Old Embalmer Brothers' Reserve beer. The general environment inside was cozy and inviting, giving off the feel of an older establishment that's been around for a while. I ordered a glass of the Pitch Black IPA and had the hummus plate starter. Both reasonably priced and very good. The tap selection, assuming you're there to drink Widmer beers, is excellent. Pretty much every beer they have out on the market you can get there fresh in a glass. Definitely recommend visiting this pub if you're in Portland and take the brewery tour if you have the time (I did not).

Zach122, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

If you can find this place, stop by and grab something to eat and a Drifter on tap.

Get the Beer Cheese Soup as a starter, even if you do not normally like cheese or soup, you like beer, right? Try this and thank me later.

This is as close to a German Gasthaus as one can find anywhere outside of Germany, this is truly a great place to eat despite what your feelings are towards the Craft Brew Alliance or whatever they call themselves these days.

Drifter is what got me drinking craft beer and it is what made me want to come here 2 years ago to see what the Widmer boys could cook up for us.

My wife and I both got the pork schnitzel which was a healthy portion even if you ignored the local mushrooms and other sides that came with it. We actually brought our leftovers home and had them for breakfast the next day, notice the recyclable container they give your for your take home, gotta love Portland.

If I didn't have to drive home I would have had 2 more pitchers of Drifter, it was that damn good.

Hopmodium, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Adamnimmo, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of weefisheads
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Whether you know what a Gasthaus is before you enter or not, it's readily apparent when approach Widmer that this place is about beer. The facade of the building is what you'd expect from an oldtime bewery - all brick! - and the smell of brewing always permeates the surrounding neighborhood.

The decor of the Gasthaus is pretty minimal, but the open and wide layout of the restaurant and bar area create a really nice atmosphere.

Though I give the service pretty high marks, it's actually an average of both times I've been to the Gasthaus - the first time GREAT service, and the second time when getting service was a struggle. However, the place was really hopping the second time, and when we were helped the server was pretty nice, so I'm inclined to believe that overall the service is quite good.

But this is Widmer, and going to a brewery should be all about the beer. Despite the selection being mostly limited to Widmer beers, I still gave the selection a good rating because there are a few beers you can get here that you won't find anywhere else. As I usually do when I get the opportunity, I ordered the sampler and was thrilled that I got to choose the beers I wanted. Amoung the choices were a Dopplebock, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and a Barleywine, none of which are bottled or readily available. Although a few of Widmers mainstream beers are ho-hum, I still rated the quality as good because everything I tried was very fresh and the above mentioned hard-to-find drink were all fantastic.

Although the intent of going to Widmer was to have a few brews and food was but a second thought, the next time I go to Widmer it will be for the food first. Widmer has gone to great lengths to make their Gasthaus as German as possible, and though this isn't reflected in its decor, it certainly is in its food. Along with some more traditional options like steaks, seafood, and pasta, the menu also has some schnitzel, sauerbraten, and several sausage choices, all at very reasonable prices. I also loved the appetizer menu and opted for the Pretzel with Fondue dip for $2.50, though folks I was with raved about the Bourbon Bock wings and the artichoke brie dip. Yum!

All in all, Widmer is definitly a place I'll go back to. Like a few larger breweries in Portland (MacTarnahan's, Bridgeport), it's too bad that it's not in a more convenient location, but for a great dining and beer experience, it's worth the detour (especially if you take the tour as well - loads of freebies!)

dB

weefisheads, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Erik-P, Nov 01, 2013
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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 csiewert
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This place rocks! The location is right next to the brewery and out of the way of the craziness of downtown. Right next to a max stop, which makes having to have a sober driver is not needed, which is a plus because you'll have a hard time getting out of there sober if you're a big craft beer fan. The selection is great... Widmer beers only served so you don't have to bother with all the light beer wussies. The selection rotates regularly so there is always something new to try, and all the beers are of great quality. The food fits in perfectly, with a sort of German theme, with some American classics like an amazing hamburger. The prices are great for the quality and the service is pretty good most of the time. The place is a little smallish, so get there early to get a seat.

csiewert, Jan 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

g_jenkins, Dec 03, 2013
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Widmer Gasthaus in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.