Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

Added by Todd on 07-17-1999

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Photo of txmilligan
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy gold pour into a pint glass, with a great, robust aroma, full of wheat, malt and citrus. Nice head with noticeable lacing. Crisp, clean taste, with subtle citrus overtones, small bite in the after taste. A very nice wheat beer, good on a spring evening.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 5/17/2016. Pours hazy golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, banana, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, pear, apple, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, pear, apple, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Very well balanced and nicely flavorful; never feeling bland/watery for the low ABV. Pretty classic feeling style flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mitchlarrivee
4.27/5  rDev +31.4%
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 Everydayoff
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy pale gold straw color, the pour forms up one and a half finger of frothy white head that stays for a while with decent retention then dissipates to some bubble sheet on the surface. There is not much of lace to speak with.

The aroma is rather faint that is led by citrus, floral, as well as some clove spice, wheat grain, earthy, grassy, bready malt, and only ghost-like banana in kind of artificial not that real banana.

The taste is surprisingly not that fruity or bubblegum as it should be with only some citrus, lime, and clove spice. Hop with a bold touch of earthiness, grassiness, and bitterness while malt is also there with its breadiness and subtle sweet caramel.

Light body with some crisp and moderate lively carbonation, semi-smooth mouthfeel with some refreshing touch through the palate, finish is dry.

Forget about the German Hefe before trying this one, it is not that bad but nothing worth to repeat.

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Photo of gandres
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce glass poured to wine glass
average, yellowish, hazy, no foam
not too fragrant, grains, fruity
low bitterness, some sweetness, tart
medium carbonation, sudden drop then long follow through, long tart bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer, balance, nothing exciting but nothing exceptional either
Drank: January 16, 2017 12:00 AM

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy gold, with a soapy white head and streaky lacing.

S: White bread, lightly toasted, with hints of apple and lemon, and grass and earth.

T: Lightly toasted, white bready malt, apple, pear, lemon, and hints of grass and clove on the finish.

M: Medium-light, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: A crisp, refreshing thirst quencher, but not the most flavorful hefeweizen. Taste closer to something like Shock Top.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Barely cloudy gold color. Heavy bubbles.[White] Head is roughly half a finger's length off the body. Drops quick with almost zero lacing.

Smell: Light hops and a bit of banana skin, very bland scent.

Taste: Light malts and pieces of banana skin. Lightly bitter and real easy to drink.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and average stickiness.

Overall: I want to like it but it's a tough brew to judge, somewhere in the middle of like and leave alone.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a darker straw color with a haze that I can still see the fast rising carbonation through. The head was thin and reminded me like a small layer of soap. Very faint, almost no aroma, a slight wheat smell but that is about it. The beer is medium bodied and I do get a nice bubble feel off the carbonation. The beer itself tastes i get a slight spice, not overly strong or distinguishable, not your typical clove or banana flavors. Then a get a sweet wheat flavor. Overall the beer is fine but not a very good hefeweizen

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice yellow hazy appearance replete with an almost full inch of white head. Aroma kicked down citrus, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste is almost surprisingly bitter and moreso tart. The wheat and lemon remain continuously perceptible. If you want more lemon than banana in the traditional hefe yeast strains, this might be up your alley. Definitely a hybrid of tradition and American ingenuity here.

This stuff is everywhere, well distributed, plenty popular, I wouldn't say it does anything bad.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Not a true hefeweizen. No banana/clove.
Color and mouth feel is right for style but the taste is missing the hallmarks of the style. Might be a below average wheat beer. Will not get again.

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Photo of Matt97m3
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly overall I'd have to say I'm pleased with it. I fell in love with Franziskaner dunkel and this reminded me of it without the banana nutty flavor and a little hoppier. Great beer IMO right amount of alcohol and goes down very easy.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent heff from Portland; the land of a million craft beers. Also the original american heff from one of the original craft breweries. Does not disappoint. Smooth citrusy with floral notes in the nose and finish -- decent alcohol content. Great!

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a dense, hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass and medium carbonation (I think?).

SMELL: very faint to the nose, bread and faint banana and lemon citrus note.

TASTE: initially sweet bread and lemon citrus, then faint banana, everything understated.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an underwhelming example of a style I truly enjoy, it was a great looking beer but smell and taste were very faint, I would not buy this one again as there are better options available.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of Tanner_McCoon
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is my first Hefeweizen so perhaps i'm not the best judge of a good one, but I very much enjoy this beer. Poured into a glass chalice, head dissipated slowly into about a half-finger. looks like a hefe ought to, and tastes exactly how I expected one would. Very bready with a nice smooth finish. Very drinkable, and at under 5% abv, a lightweight like myself could enjoy as much of it as I wanted to.

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Photo of dosmaster5000
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A golden orange beer with a thick haze. The head is very thin.
The smell is very much like a wheat.
The taste is very smooth, with a wheat flavor with minor spices.
The beer is light and is smooth and is easy to swallow.

Overall, this been is smooth and delicious. It isn't really like your traditional Hefe, but it certainly has its own flavor that is just as pleasing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious, this one. Had it twice. Still can't place it. Maybe because it is almost creates a new style: the American Hefe.
Widmer's is the second most rated American-made Hefe (and sixth overall including the Germans), but you have to go down to the 17th hefe to find one with a lower rating than Widmer's.
I gave it points because I like the Widmer Bros rags-to-riches rendition for craft brewers; starting in the late 1970s as home-brewers who made a cash cow (their Hefe) who, as I understand it, made riches; having been bought by a larger company envious of their large following.

Listed on the "1001" beers, it obviously is an arguable inclusion. But Michael Jackson set the tone.
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars with this telling review "Widmers Hefe enjoyed great success with its (intentionally) densely sedimented Hefe which tastes somewhere between a beer and a fresh, sweetish grapefruit juice, but deserves points for that distinction."

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Photo of BeerBobber
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 Tsar_Riga
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - A mixed bag. Golden body, opaque. White head. Some lacing.

S - A big smack of skunk notes. A touch of grass. Off.

T - A hit of toasted grain, but the flavor is awash with sour off notes. Plastic. Skunk. Not good, with none of the banana yeast hits or favorably funky flavors of a standard Hefe.

M - Spiky close, and a bit harsh.

O - Not anywhere close to the Hefe elements of German brews. Terribly disappointing.

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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 Dentist666
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours rather cloudy amber beer with relatively (for weizens) thin head, low retention.
Smell - bread, corn, wheat, citrus, cereals.
Taste - bread, malts, slight bitterness in the finish.
Light body, soft carbonation.
1) Not hefeweizen at all.
2) Poor even for wheat ale.

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Photo of colbyjackcheese
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from a friend via trade. My second beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a cloudy golden body with lots of dark flecks of sediment. Less than a finger of quickly fading bubbly off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Looks nice.

S - A somewhat restrained aroma - lots of bready yeast presence, spritzy carb, and some fruit presence, but not necessarily what I would describe as citrusy. More of a nectary banana - pineapple aroma. Not what I would describe as spicy, with no hint of cloves, which is to my liking, but not necessarily to style.

T - Taste is the same - the crisp bready yeast is apparent, with notes of fruit in the shape of bananas and pineapples. Some crisp, creamy, almost cidery notes reside at times. Doesn't always taste very Belgian in nature.

M - Smooth, crisp, & creamy. Light-bodied, and easy-drinking with good carb.

Overall, an average at best offering from Widmer Brothers, not exactly very hefe in nature, if I didn't know any better I might just think of it as a regular American pale wheat ale.

Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen -----3.5/5

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Photo of Nichol
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy and orange/gold/yellow with visible, yet tiny bits of hop/wheat floating about. One of the murkier beers I've had. Almost no head on pouring from a 12oz bottle in a tilted glass, but steady flow of CO2. Smells almost earthy, which is probably how I'm interpreting the grassiness, along with an obvious presence of citrus. Not catching the "banana" myself. Aroma is malt/wheaty, as is the taste. Citrus flavor is such that I feel a lemon garnish would be unnecessary, but never hurts. Good summer beer on a hot day. Probably won't go out of my way for it in the future, but drinkable and pleasant enough.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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