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:
#42,849
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
2,126
pDev:
16.87%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
355
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange hazy unfiltered colour, fruity, but metallic like tart astringency. That was an unexpected bitterness. Citrus aroma. Some spice clove and pepper, theme from yeast, banana. OK wheat likely better in summer. Medium mouthfeel, soft and light. Fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 2 inch whitish-orange head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat/malt, spices, and a yeasty finish. An average level of carbonation makes for a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average American take on the hefeweizen. Nothing offensive, just somewhat boring.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

theyre famous for this one. pours thick and cloudy as can be. minimal head and just a really dense looking brew. literally looks like a hangover. smells very wheat prominent, with yeast and orange peel as well, slightly acidic in that regard. flavor is quite good, not so much heffe as it is just a wheat beer for me, but i do not dislike this. more malty and less yeasty than it looks, bready a bit in the finish, citrus too. mouthfeel is more heavy than most of these, which i appreciate. not a session beer in the form i had it today, but distinct and fairly solid. worked with some spicy mexican food

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a pretty good bubbly white head on top. The head leaves some light lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer has the soft aromas of banana and clove that most Hefeweizens traditionally have. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, a little watered down but could be much worse. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around forever but never really got a shot to give one a try. Pours a golden color, sort of cloudy. Not the usual hefe aroma smell.. or maybe just a faint version of it. Taste is a bit bland, again like the aroma the nice banana and clove things I was expecting are barely there. Odd mouthfeel here for this one too. Drinkable, but there's definitely better hefe's out there, I'd have one if offered but wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of wheat and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a mix of malt, wheat, and lemon citrus. A slight bitterness from the hops also comes across.
M: The flavor is light bodied, crisp, and smooth on the palate.
D: It's rather light and refreshing, but not quite as thirst quenching as some German hefeweizens.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An atypical Hefeweizen, however, I liked it. Had on tap at the local pub. Looks amazingly 'pumpkin' colored and heavily straw or golden. Pours a 1/2" creamy head that refused to fall. Laced well as the glass empties. Smells sweetly with light banannas or papayas, other sweet fruits hit like mangos and tangerines. Light bubble-gum (juicy fruit) aromas add to the sweetness. Definate hop aroma spices up the nose. Flavors of those sweet fruits are mimicked in the taste, along with honey, barley, and wheat malt. Cooriander, cloves, and all-spice are detected along with flavoring hops in the body, then taper into the finish. A medium, yet firm body remains consistent throughout. Creamy to the finish with minor diacityl coating the palate. Finishes sweeter and less crisp than traditional Weizens, but remaining hop bittering cuts the sweetness into the aftertaste. Like I said, it's not true to style, but I really like this beer. I have been drinking Oberon and Ayinger Brau-weiss. I'll add this one to my list.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured somewhere in the PACNW in the last few days.

This beer pours a fairly cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of rocky and densely soapy bone-white head, which leaves a nice hanging canopy of lace around the glass as it lazily disappears.

It smells of spicy wheat grain, some further pale maltiness, watery citrus rind, a bit of light table-top pepper mill output, faint banana esters, and some mildly testy yeastiness. The taste is musty, sweet wheat malt, a touch of caramel isolate, clove and mixed peppercorn spice, some additional pale breadiness, and a sort of grassy, leafy, and weedy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the low side, via its dialed-in frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying dearly to get off the ground. It finishes a bit off-dry, the mixed malt contending with some indeterminate bitterness rearing up, post last call.

Overall, this comes across as a little weak and underwhelming for a so-called world beater for the style, but still tasty and drinkable enough for a sunny summer day. And the grocery store single serving prices down here don't hurt a bit, I gotta say!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of decent cream and good thickness. Retention is good. Colour is a hazy orange. Textbook hefeweizen appearance - which is a good thing.

Sm: Orange peel citrus ester hops. Light cream. Maybe some lemon esters. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A musty barley foundation with orange peel citrus esters atop, and maybe a touch of lemon. No malt taints the balance, thankfully. It's decently built for the style, and balanced to boot. It isn't complex, but most beers in the style (at least that I've had are rather simplistic. It's a few hairs shy of refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet - and just as well.

Dr: Very drinkable, albeit a tad overpriced. Still has some lessons to learn from the Germans before it's truly a brill hefeweizen.

Oh, and beeradvocate: let's start letting the more respectable breweries tell us what the style is.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap, particularly for a wheat beer; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Bready, with vague hints of banana, coriander and lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing banana and lemon cake aspect that adds some pith and coriander by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to add a nice bittering touch to the profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather insipid for a hefe, but rather nice for an American Pale Wheat (but who seeks out beers in that style)

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, clove and wheat.

T - It had a pretty nice wheat flavor with a hint of orange or coriander. Fairly sweet tasting.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It is definitely not a hefe but a pale wheat ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Boone757
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,126 ratings
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