Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 30 IBU
alcohol by volume: 4.9%
original gravity: 11.75° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

Added by Todd on 07-17-1999

BEER STATS
Reviews:
795
Ratings:
2,072
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
27.69%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
326
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist with an ink jet printed drink before date above the label.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold with a clinging bubbly white lace.

Smell: Fruity with mild citrus, hints of malted wheat and a touch of yeast.

Taste: Very smooth (almost creamy) and medium bodied, mildly crisp up front with a light bite of grain and yeast. Then comes some fruit, malted wheat, bread/biscuit and a flavourful hop bitterness (citrusy). Faint rustic under-tones appear from the flavour of the yeast and linger with some grain and a soft spicy flavour.

Notes: A simply amazing brew ... brewed with an Altbier yeast strain and hopped with Tettnanger and Cascade hops to make for an unequaled brew amongst the many American wheat beers. This was proven at The 1998 Great American Beer Fest by being awarded a gold in the American wheat category. Top pick for American wheat beers!

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Photo of Todd
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out with Redhook's wheat and in with Widmer's Hefeweizen! Thanks to Anheuser-Busch ... and at least on the East Coast.

12oz brown bottle. Freshness embossed on the front of the label.

Extremely cloudy and straw light amber, topped with a creamy white lace; color and suspension of particles seemed contrived ... it poured cloudy, after settling in the fridge for days; odd, didn't need any rousing. Light citrus, wheat and faint clove in the aroma; weak overall. Clean, crisp carbonation and somewhat smooth with a pear-feel on the palate later. Sharp citric flavour upfront, that fades very quickly and allows a rather bland malt profile of wheat tannins and dry grain to come through and dominate. Light and short lived spice. Touch of fruitiness, but none of the expected banana or clove of a true "Hefeweizen." Okay, there's some light banana, but it's very weak, and the spice is more generic than distinct like clove. Notes of gum can also be detected as the beer warms, as well as some depth of pale malt sweetness. Finish is dry, with linger wheat and spice; not pleasant; mouthful of wheat husk; odd.

Tired of American breweries brewing a wheat beer and calling it a Hefeweizen? Then you can probably skip this beer. Otherwise, give it a try. It's average at best, with only hints of traditional style, but that's okay ... It's still enjoyable and I recommend that you let the beer warm a bit to loosen up on all of those tannins and allow some of the sweetness and other nuances to emerge.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, served sans lemon.

LOOK: Opaque pale amber, excellent head.

SMELL: Bready wheat, faint bubble gum, vague ripe fruit, neutral yeast and some pizza dough

TASTE: Heavenly smoothness, moderate body, bready, grainy, assertive hop bitterness, slightly herbal, ripe fruit, spice, bubble gum, light tartness, yeast, drying finish

A highly underrated beer style or perhaps an overly disliked or misunderstood style. For what it is, Widmer brews a great one.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.11/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of Mohi6809
4.09/5  rDev +25.8%
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,.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.27/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

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Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light copper in color and cloudy with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma is very faint. There’s a touch of yeast in there but the dominant scent is orange/citrus. There’s also some light spicing.

Taste – Where’s the wheat? The orange flavors come out more followed by a hop backbone. Ist das ein hefeweizen?

Mouthfeel – Where’s the carbonation? This bottle is flat as a pancake. It’s very thin in the mouth and uninspiring.

Drinkability – I can’t imagine ever wanting to buy another one of these. This was lousy.

Sinkability – I rate this a 4.5 here. It has a very good chance of cleaning my kitchen pipes tonight.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.66/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pale yellow-orange body with a big white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Extremely cloudy. Rather rotten and heavily yeasty aroma of oranges, lemon, and cat hair. Very offensive and engineered. The yeast seems infected. There is no banana. Flavor is rotten fruit and wheat (not in a good way) with only minimal pepper and clove. Greater bitterness than most hefes but overall rather bland and too sweet. Thick mouthfeel. Very disappointing on multiple occasions. Nearly wretched.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Virtually no head, but plenty of carbonation present on sight. No real lacing to speak of. A pale and hazy straw color that looks weak and watery.

A weak banana and spicy clove aroma in addition to pretty strong grain and wheat smells. Nothing overpowering in terms of aroma.

The flavors begin with a bit of lemon that quickly gives way to a mild banana. That quickly gives way to a sharp clove spiciness. The strength of the clove surprised me compared to the ale's other watered down components. There's also a lot of wheat flavors, some of which aren't too flattering. The right flavor aspects are present, just out of balance.

Grainy mouthfeel, but still light on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's a light and refreshing beer for the summer, but I couldn't see myself having more than one of these a sitting, nor would I really go back to it in the future. This is not a beer to seek out in terms of representing the style.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Herze
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dmann
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good hefe. This beer poured a great murky medium gold color with a decent pillowy white head that left a good ammount of lace on my glass. The smell was quite citrusy with some hop scent as well. The taste was quite good with a great citrus bite, spicy flavors and a good bit of hoppieness. A good beer that usually sells for a reasonable price as well.

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Photo of Carissa
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of twi1609372
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to agree with the bros on this, that this beer is slightly better a tad warmer than most like. right off the tap, in an iced glass, this beer looses a lot of it's characheter. it's still very drinkable, but you wont get the true taste that it is should to have. Other than that it is basicly the same as in the bottle. all around decent version of the classic heffeweizen. never had sam adams heffeweizen on tap, but im sure it would be better.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
2.35/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a tough one. It's hard to know if I should review this as a Hefeweizen or as an "American Wheat Beer." If I were to review it as the former - it would be unsatisfactory. As the latter - it's perhaps the epitomy of the style. Given that I think that the emerging style of the "American Wheat Beer" is marginal at best, I guess I'll review it as a Hefeweizen and thus do double service as both a review and a comment on the style.
Initial pour shows an odd and almost bright orange colour with the only similarity to a Hefeweizen being its cloudiness. Little to no head that quickly fades to a thin but slightly clingy lace. Aromas are predominantly yeast and fruit with an undercurrent of malt and the slightest hint of wheat/grain.
First tastes are of a mild crispness and yeast, smooth and mid-bodied. This promises a flavorful beer, but this hope is dispelled by the following blast of hops, which overwhelm the fruit, wheat and malt that should define the style. The finish is dominated by the fading bitterness from the hops and an odd "off" flavour that could well be from the yeast.
Sigh... not to my taste.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a bottled on date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body has a cloudy orange/yellow body with fine yeast sediment hanging in suspension. On top sits a modest one inch tall collar of creamy white foam. This head quickly settles down to thin film layer that make some slick glass lacing.

Smell: I get a light lemon like citrus and wheat bready character with some mild clove and a very slight bubble gum and banana.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a light and sweet wheat base. From there it adds some citrusy orange and lemon character as well as some very slight bubble gum and banana. (The classic Hefeweizen bubble gum/banana notes are much thinner than I would like to see.) It then finishes with some dry spice and a nice balance of leafy hop bitterness. The palate is fairly crisp and very quaffable.

Notes: As a Hefeweizen it is average but as an American Wheat Ale it is very well made.

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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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