Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears: Cloudy unfiltered golden orange with thin white head, sorry no lacing to speak of here. Aroma: Bland dumbeddown some banana tones in the background not much more to say has ties with A-B it's not to much of anything. Taste: A weird finish to a bland representation of one of my favorite summer styles just disappointingly inept, no flavor just so light flat. Mouthfeel: No texture thin and watery needs more body and not enough carbonation. Drinkability: So middle of the road, wow I remember this beer being so much better in a bottle last summer while living in southern California, but after trying their Kolsch I definitely loose respect for them.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, orangish yellow with a quarter of an inch of soft, loose, white head that hangs around for a while. The nose has notes of lemon zest and straw. The taste is wheaty and straw-like up front followed by a lemon zestyness and finishes with a forward yeastiness. The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, a little crisp, and smooth.

This would be a nice, light beer for the summer, but overall it's rather mediocre and average. It's enjoyable if you want a light, sessionable, mild mannered beer. If you're looking for a flavor-forward, potent beer, avoid.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Barely a finger of head is made off the pour, with a very soapy and hardly any retention. Dissolves very quickly with a thin soapy collar. Body is opaque with a very orange appearance and classic lemon hues on the bottom. Cola like bubbles, and fast rising carbonation.

Candy like orange nose, with a sweet powdery sense. Dry penny candy. Chalky. A weak grainy character hides behind this. No sense of esters.

Taste wise improves a bite. Small chewy wheat grain body, with a nice sweetness. Orange flavors and light tang like juice seem to come over the palate. Kind of a nice bitter hop angle which mixes with the citrus orange character nicely. Candy like palate but not overboard on the sweetness, but quite wet though to go along with it. A quick sharp carbonation feel also like Perrier but flattens very quickly.

Overall nothing spectacular, but not a bad beer, I could easily drink plenty of these it's very easy drinking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating prominently on the bottom of the front label. Pours cloudy darker apricot. Minor off white head, and just a few smudges of lacing, The nose is full of citrus, cloves and coriander. Pretty for the style. Pleasant enough Hefe, more lemon, clove and spice on the palate. Thirst quenching summer quaffer. Finishes with a respectable and quite drying hop crackle. Nice American Wheat. Suprised by the super low ratings for this at least respectable ale

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Photo of jwc215
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap (to make sure it wasn't just a bad tap at one place) at several places in the Washinton, DC area on a recent trip. I have not seen it in the NY/NJ area, and that's fine.
It poured a cloudy, bright yellow with a small head that quickly vanished to barely a lace, then totally disappeared.
There was not much of an aroma. Some very small hints at lemon, but that's all.
The taste was watery with some slight hints at sugared lemon. The water, however, made it less tart than it probably would have been.
The mouthfeel was clean, but the lack of taste didn't even make it very refreshing. It was very thin. The little aftertaste was somewhat remeniscent of a water lemon merangue pie.
This is not a very good example of a heffe-weisse.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief white head, pale orange color. Citrus in the nose, plus oranges, herbs. Solid body, easy mouthfeel and texture. Something's missing, though, and it's not a lemon. Soft palate, refreshing, but rather mundane. Sorry, it doesn't zap me like a good wheat ale should

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2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Weiss vase, the beer is a bright, hazy, almost opaque, straw-yellow coloring with a filmy, light, white ring around the surface. Aromas of banana bread, clove, and lemon zest. Flavors are toasty forward, with a backbone of banana and lemon blended sweetness, clove, all-spice, and nutmeg spicing, and a hint of bready characteristics. Light and smooth in mouth, with a crispness to the finish from the carbonation. Slightly cloying sweet linger in the finish.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange yellow amber. Half finger medium white head and lacing. Looks like a hefeweizen. A light bready almost pilsner aroma with faint wheat and citrus. Flavor is light, but pleasant, wheat and lemon with a decent sweet malt backbone. Light wheat and light hop finish. Surprisingly medium bodied. Pleasant and refreshing. As others note, this is not really a hefeweizen, but it is a quite pleasant wheat ale. Looks and tastes fine. I'd be happy to have another one of these.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,108 ratings.
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