Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
3.32/5
2,126 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#42,856
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
2,126
pDev:
16.87%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
355
Trade:
1
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Photo of mercatonero
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Feagins23
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of cycoduck
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of wmaldridge
4.46/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say, I love this beer. I first had it at a small resturant/diner that has several beers on tap, and I loved it/enjoyed it/pounded it down. The beer has a true hefe color and opaqueness. Nice lacing all the way to the end. Smell is more citrusy and need not to be ruined with fruit. Not much banana and maybe a hint of clove, but hits the back of the tounge with a sweet taste.

I picked the beer up in a 1/6 barrel and now is a fixture in the draught box at home. The Brothers Widmer were on to something when the brewed this and, without doubt, is the best American hefe on the market.

Prost

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

still what I compare all hefeweizens too

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Photo of frederichar
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is the best beer at old dominion tap room on 9th street in the district. on tap. it is a little citrisy, but very flavorful, tangy, a nice finish that is crisp and very drinkable. my wife and i vied over finishing the last glass -- we both love it.

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Photo of DJFetherolf
4.44/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of jesseejames
4.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Widmer Hefeweizen is one of my favorite american beers. It has a wonderful smell and nice creamy rich color. It is very drinbkable and is not overhopped like most smaller brewing company's are. I thought that this beer had a wonderful head that can only be appreciated if you pour it into a glass first. I think that most beers are improved by releasing them from the bottle before drinking.

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Photo of kitekid
4.39/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.39/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 49degrees
4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from the Pacific Northwest. Widmer's very popular and widely distributed Hefeweizen is a very enjoyable brew when found on tap -- and is considerably more enjoyable under the same environment -- whereas the bottled version is not exactly a favorite of mine.

This one pours with a very large head that stays for long periods of time. As the brew goes down, the glassware is home to considerable lacing. Aroma wise, you can catch glimpses of the caramel malts which lends itself to a very traditional, Germanesque aroma that often cannot be attained through most North American brewed Hefeweizens.

Taste wise, this is among the better Hefeweizen's that can be found in the Pacific Northwest, if not all of North America. Extremely consistent on tap, and in the bottle too, but as said before, this one's best experienced on draught.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.36/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaegerje
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It's a hef (always great) and it's not an overly complicated beer.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a minimal head and a small amount of lacing

S - Some nice malty tones and pleasing citrus scents

T - Wonderful citrus notes coming through here, and a little malt

M - A great mouthfeel and comes across really deep and pleasing

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Photo of jmdavisson
4.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmmmmmm...this is even better on draught. The bottle was smooth, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did! Full flavored, and very easy to drink. See my review from the bottle.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking the hell out of this beer all summer. At bbq's, bars, parties, at home and I freakin' love it. I used to avoid Widmer Beer's because I had the impression that they weren't very good. I was very wrong and I've throughly enjoyed them the past few months. The fact that you can get this in just about every bar is a plus. What ever you do, keep the lemon out of this one, it makes it taste like fruit salad. (though the Vitamin C goes well with Vitamin B from the yeast)

appearance: this a yeast bomb. one of the murkiest beers i've ever seen and that includes real German Hefe. deep orange color with minimal head. very opaque to any light.

smell: yummy bready banana wheaty goodness. The banana is super mild and not very much at all. But yeah, the beer smells like banana bread. no it doens't have much clove or banana but it is very nice.

taste: An almost perfect balance of hops, yeast and malt. First you have a Cascade Hop Bitterness that is holding down the backbone. Somehow sweet wheat flavors crawls over the tounge and the finish is an estery yeasty finish with just a touch of banana. This is beer is extremely tasty, yet, compared to a German Hefe, this is way off. There isn't Cascade hops in Germany and the yeast is much more balanced than a real German hefe. That won't stop from drinking this beer by the case.

mouthfeel: creamy, almost stout like in a light package.

drinkability: yeah it's super fucking drinkable, especially when you can find it 10.99 a 12 pack. I feel stupid for passing this one up for last few years, when it was right under my nose. I highly recomend you seek this beer with an open mind, it's not really a true hefe, but judge it on it's own merits, because it is not bland tasting.

You even get an engery boost from all those b-vitamins in the yeast and they kill hangovers. Two Thumbs way up.

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Photo of yolegro
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great beer that is an easily found hefeweizen that is a reasonable price. the color is great to look at and.when the orange or lemon is added makes a great relaxing drink. i know not too many people are a fan of this but this is my beer of choice when you are on a budget.

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Photo of techtatu
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy beer with about a finger width of head, served with a lemon wedge. Really heavy on the wheat almost a chewable beer. Not much of a citrus kick and no sweetness.

One of the more flavorful Hefeweizens that I've had in a while. It's a slow drink but enjoyable. Definitely a drink to have while consuming hot wings.

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Photo of Mitchlarrivee
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

People on here calling this beer a hefeweizen are wrong. It is an American wheat ale aka and American hefeweizen. It is supposed to be different. Anyway it's a flavorful beer that is a cloudy yellow. I'll definitely order more.

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Photo of CGiusti23
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am wheat beer guy so I figured I would give this a chance since I heard good things about it. Even though its not a German Hefeweizen I found it very good. This was my first beer from Widmer so I was skeptical at first. Definitely recommend it to any wheat beer fans out there.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
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 andrewdance_ttu
4.26/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like it a lot

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Photo of j0501
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of g_jenkins
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,126 ratings
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