Widmer Hefeweizen
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #724
Ranked #48,644
3.33 | pDev: 16.52%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen
Notes: availability: year-round
bitterness: 30 IBU
alcohol by volume: 4.9%
original gravity: 11.75° PLATO

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade
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Zraly from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a simple and good beer. Wicked because it goes down way too smooth and I could completely forget that I have obligations this evening.

The appearance of this wheat beer is excellent. The cloudy, deep golden-yellow is a great pour. The head was clingy all the way to the last drop. A most excellent attribute for this tasty brew.

The wheat-malt flavor is superbly balanced, it is not too forward...yet it brings out a subtle sweetness that is paired well with the gentle but spicy hop flavor. A citrus flavor enhances this marriage of malt and hop. It is rich but non-invasive. There is not the traditional Hefe notes of banana and clove. However, I can allow for a bit of artistic license with this brew because it accounts for all other qualities of goodness. (I may have rated the *taste* portion a bit higher if it had.) The finish is refreshing to the senses, clean and warm. This is premium octane for washing down dinner.

I think I would be willing to recommend spicy Thai food. I think that a NW Hefe in the beer world would be a nice substitute for a Reisling or a Gewurtztraminer.

Dec 02, 2002
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.11/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with lots of bubbles and some particles floating about. Small foamy white head that dropped down fairly quickly but still left about a half a finger of head.

Smell is deliciously clean bready smell with notes of wheat through out.

Taste is very clean with a spicy note hitting the middle of the tongue with a crisp somewhat wet finish.

Mouth feel is pretty light with the carbonation adding some nice tingle as the beer goes down.

This beer just seems so underrated with a BA score of 75 and The Bros with 80 at the time I am doing my review. This beer ranks right up towards the top of my all time favorites. An easy drinking, tasty and refreshing beer that is so consistent with it's wonderful flavor.

Feb 20, 2016
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Mohi6809 from California

4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, golden, almost orange color. Head does not last very long. Grains are visible. Reminds me of a typical wheat beer.

S: Yeasty bready smell, subtle fruity smell, and some citrus/lemon

T: Bready malt, with a subtle citrusy aftertaste and a subtle hint of spicy flavor at the end

F: Grainy, with quick carbonation that fades away, goes down smooth. Once again, a wheat beer comes to mind. I enjoy the texture, like a an oily grain-like feeling.

O: definitely like it. Does not seem like a 100% traditional Hefeweizen, but it is delicious none the less. DO not mind the cloudy, yeasty ness that adds to the flavor, feel, and taste. A good American take on a Hefeweizen,.

Oct 27, 2015
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Try-em-all from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Magnificent color, smooth taste and goes down just right. Hint of malted weight and finishes with just enough citrus to keep you coming back for another drink. Love it!

Feb 14, 2016
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masterkush from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice hazy appearance as expected of this style. Smell is somewhat one note, a hint a of citrus. Taste is about the same, the dry 'off-flavor' of a typical wheat with a hint of citrus. Basically a one-note wheat beer, but it's definitely drinkable.

I bought this beer on a whim, was on-sale and I never had it before, so i picked it up. I read some of the reviews once I got home and saw such descriptors as skunky and undrinkable and I have to disagree.

I have to say that this is not nearly as good as many of the wheat beers out there, but I would say this is refreshing and goes down smooth. Add a slice of orange and I think you could do a lot worse for a session beer on a warm summer evening.

Jun 16, 2010
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trackstar1043 from California

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clouded golden wheat with a off white head, little noticeble lacing.

S - Sweet, citrus, wheats and oats, hearty earthy aroma.

T - Crisp and sweet good amount of wheat and citrus flavor.

M - Med to Light bodied, refreshing.

D - Nothing all the special, but clean and refreshing brew.

Mar 11, 2008
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gkunkle from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with about a half inch head. Smells wheat-ey with a little bit of citrus and i think i can catch that banana note that others have spoken of. (i don't have a great sniffer) Taste is a good wheat beer but it has a slightly bitter aftertaste that i am not a big fan of. I tend to favor wheat beers, this one isn't a super traditional hefe, but its a little different and fun. Overall, I enjoyed drinking this and would drink it again if it was offered to me.

Jun 22, 2010
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Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Apr 24, 2013
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Didier from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jul 05, 2012
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 08, 2015
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CPMillz from California

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jun 19, 2014
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottle on June 28th 2016.

L: Hazy Banana Yellow. Finger width white head which has decent retention.

S: Yeast, Banana, Clove, Coriander, Wheat, Citrus hops.

T: Creamy tastes of clove, and yeast with a medium wheat presence of course, banana, possibly pepper? Citrus hops in the background.

F: Medium bodied and smooth, crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

O: A very good beer. Very. Good.

Apr 09, 2016
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy opaque orange juice color, blond head that soon fades to a nearly non-existant film, leaves thin rings of lacing.
Banana and wheat aroma, minor note of clove.
Crisp, wet wheat, orange or grapefruit peel, fruity.
Light and crisp, not quite what I'd drink as a session beer, but not bad.

Mar 02, 2004
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Dec 19, 2013
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden with marginal head on it.
S- Smell is pretty weak but is wheat based, with some bready yeast smells.
T- Wheat with a little bit of yeast and lemon zest.
M- Thin and medium carbed.
D- This beer seems much weaker bottled than on tap. maybe it's just me. In any case, this beer still has a role as a gateway beer, but there is nothing extremely standout or remarkable about this one.

Jul 13, 2010
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Erish from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Bottled on 02/10/11.

A: cloudy golden color, the one-finger eggshell head quickly falls into a good cap with above average lacing.

S: some wheat funkiness, tart lemon, light cracker-like backbone.

T: the funk and citrus hit up front, the middle features a pleasant dry wheat bread character, and the finish is lightly tart and features lightly floral/herbal hops.

M: light-bodied, watery to silky texture, carbonation is moderate.

O: while not really offensive, this beer is not memorable. I have to deduct something for false advertising: don't call it a hefeweizen if it isn't a hefeweizen!

Apr 15, 2011
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dgeebs07 from New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jul 04, 2012
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craftbeerasian from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

May 31, 2013
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Acks from Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

Jun 28, 2014
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colbyjackcheese from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy golden/orange
S: Toasted wheat and a tad bit of citrus
T: Bread and malt
F: Crisp
O: My favorite hefe. Light and crisp beer. Goes well with citrus garnish.

Jan 12, 2016
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pootz from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The surprise of the tasting session...thanks Sam. decanting put a murky yellow-gold ale in my heffe glass. Moderate merigue cap...modest small bubbled carbonation. The nose was wonderful!!....pure bubble gum with some sour dough tones. Very mellow well rounded character for a heffe...not sharp and spritzy...more soft and delicious with the strong banana-clove signature taste profile that rides to the finsh...which is surprizingly light and clean...a wonderful heffe...I will stock up if I have a chance.

Mar 30, 2005
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harpus from Alabama

3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 07, 2015
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jealousmonk from California

1.56/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Average hefeweizen appearance, on the minimal carbonation side. Nothing too unusual.

S: Very light smell. Almost nothing there but a bit of citrus. Really doesn't smell like beer.

T: Same story as with the smell. Almost no flavor, and with none of the typical hefe bite. This is a truly bad beer--it drinks almost like a light beer, so watery that it is unpleasant.

M: Delivers on the minimal carbonation observed after the pour. Feels flat, which is especially damning for such a tasteless beer. Yuck.

D: Not hard to drink, but not especially pleasant to do so either.

I was very unimpressed with this beer. Generally Widmer does a solid if not overly inspired job, but this is just plain boring and unpleasant. They make a variety pack that is a good cheap buy for a big group, but the prospect of ending up with a bunch of the hefeweizen might make me think twice about stocking up.

Jan 06, 2010
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industrialswill from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer on the shelves for many years....just now giving it a try. There isn't much aroma, the flavor is mild. It has a nice flavor, goes down nicely, invites future pours...but as a beer rated against it's peers it is worthy of a C in my book. I paid almost $10 for a six pack of this at a convenience store as it sat next to some true craft brews a dollar or 2 less expensive. I place what I've got here somewhere between macro and craft.
As rated without the price in mind, but just as a beer, I'll give it a B because it is quite good.

Jul 03, 2010
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