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 clayrock81
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to be honest, having this on tap at a local bar for $2 makes its drinkability real high (if you live in VA you know $2 drafts are considered cheap). That might spike the rating, but so be it. Received my glass and it had a small, disipating head w/ slight citrus smell and a golden body w/ minimal cloudiness. My taste buds picked up a noticeable amount of citrus and spice (I want to say pepper) and a real smooth body. It is just too bland to garner a higher score, but I don't think it is that bad of a hefe.

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noted just as "Hefeweizen" on the menu. When I asked what kind it was, I was told it was a German style...grrr. Anyway...
Appears a cloudy gold with a 1 inch white fluffy head that dissapates after a minute in the hot Chesepeake City sun. There are actually some decent webbings left on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of lemony citrus, mild wheat, yeast(the famed von Uerige yeast), and spice with a bit of an uneasy skunkiness lingering somewhere in the background.
Taste is ok. Lacks the creamy banana and vanilla notes that are present in several outstanding hefe weizens, even American versions. Taste is of citrusy lemon with a spiciness, notably clove, and some wheat. Other than that, the spice is drowning out everything else that would be remotely sweet in this.
Mouthfeel is overrun with citrus and spice in the medium bodied feel.
Drinkability is ok. If there's nothing else other than the usual suspects, it's worth a gander.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a wussy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Low carbonation. Cloudy straw color. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy but soapy. Light bodied. The ABV is 4.7% There are much better wheats out there. Contracted by Widmer Brothers Brewing with Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.32/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour included the yeast. Poured an unfiltered cloudy yellow color with a sticky white head. Aroma is a lot of yeast, wheat, and a bit of citrus. Taste is much like the smell with a large yeast presence and some citrus. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is a below average hefeweizen that lacks the banana and clove flavors of many of the top hefes. Not recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange with a foamy white head.

S: a light lemony hop aroma with some sour orange peel.

T: The initial flavor had a light sourness of oranges and citrus. The overall flavor was muted and rather bland with only a light breadiness of yeasty character. The beer finished with a light tart citrus hopping.

M: active from the lively carbonation, fizzy, and a tad rough in texture.

D: Drinks like a macro hefe. Recommend only for the adventurous macro drinker looking to try something different.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/27/12
*From notes

A: A decent pour yields a 2.25 finger white head. Cloudy golden in hue.

S: Slightly subdued. Some banana, but not a lot. A bit of nutmeg, but faint

T: Lacking a lot of the bigger characteristics you'd associate with the style. More of a crowd pleaser. Some golden malt and some banana skin. Inoffensive yet moderately tasty, I suppose.

M: Actually pretty solid. Creamy and thick enough.

O: Nowhere near the top of the American Pale Wheat heap, yet there's a lot of shit that this leaves in the dust. Not the first I'd reach for, but certainly not the last.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - from cost plus world market palm springs for 1.99

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, corn, and grains/bread. There is also some very light yeast/spice. It ends with a corn lightly spicy/tart aftertaste.

Overall - A decent appearance and a nice scent, but the taste falls flat. It has more of a pale ale taste than a pale wheat beer to me. Not undrinkable but I expected more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured opaque yellow/orange color. Nose is faint, mostly citrus smell. Tastes decent. Smooth with very faint hints of citrus which could be brought out with a small slice of lemon. Mouthfeel is not too great. Although it tastes smooth it does not feel too smooth.An average hef at best.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with a head that disapated quickly. Lacing was thin.

Smell: Only faint faint wheat malt. Hint of hops if any.

Taste: Uneventful but not bad; combination of wheat malt and phenols with some sweet aftertaste. Finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium light to light body. Smooth though.

Drinkable: Easy to drink but too light on flavor.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured cloudy, as expected, and a bit darker yellow than is typical for the style. The beer had less than an inch of fluffy white head with moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, but a little light on the banana and clove expected in a Hefe. The flavors were also what was expected, just subdued and not very popping.

The body was average for the style and drinkabilitywas OK, but with the flavors being so benign, why have more than 1 at s sitting. This beer got dinged some points because I find the brewery responsible for travesty of having a fruit slice jammed in my beer against my will.

Overall, a fairly typical beer, that is refreshing enough on a hot day.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Batborf in Annville, PA.

A: The hefeweizen is a darker color, a dirty straw hue that is overloaded with haze and sediment, so much so that it is rendered opaque. A thin head arrived, along with a lemon garnish. Neither lingered long in the glass.

S: The nose is sweet with bubblegum and wheat. The wheat has a light tartness while the bubblegum is sugary sweet. Citrusy flavors follow, fruity not hoppy.

T: Bubblegum was very strong upfront, a very sweet flavor that overtook everything else. As it warmed, more emerged, including clove and mildly tart wheat. The wheat becomes more pronounced, overtaking the weizen-like flavors, late in the game.

M: The mouthfeel is refreshing, if not overly stimulating. The wheat and citrus make the ale an enjoyable drink.

D: A decent ale, nothing to get hyped up about but a nice beer for lunch on a warm day.

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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 barczar
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%

Wheat, grain, a touch of lemon in aroma. Grainy, wheat backbone, minerally flavor, with a bitter, earthy finish. Not much hefe character. Didn't get the bottle sediment, though.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with an ivory head but leave little to no lace. Grainy aroma and taste. Has a yeasty profile but definitely American Wheat Style and not a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen as named.

A solid American wheat beer and a good transition beer to introduce people to the bavarian style.

Label states "Unfiltered Wheat Beer"

Aug/04/01 printed on neck. Tasted 01/03 (old) -- Will look to taste again fresh but have had this one many times and it's a keeper.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lighter orange color. Light cap. A bit creamy and only small lacing dots. Transparent with mellow bubbles rising.

S-Definitely doesn't smell much like a Hefeweizen. Now seeing that this beer is labeled as a American Pale Wheat Ale, I understand the nose more.

T-Clearly an APWA. Much more assertive and hoppy than A Hefeweizen. That being said, there is some nice, bright citrus hops. Grains and wheat too. Lemony citrus accompanies the wheat on the back end. Lightly bitter, but still decently sweet as well.

M-Crisp, but more sturdy in the body. A bit dry. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

O/D-Does not taste like a Hefeweizen. Definitely more like an APWA. Either way, I actually did enjoy this one. I liked their IPA on tap better, but this was not bad either. Not expecting what I got but I liked it.

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Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a light, golden color and a somewhat thick texture. Also had a half inch head and no lacing.

The smell was vaguely citrusy and wheaty, but wasn't very well-defined.

Had a lemon flavor, along with the wheat, but it was far too thin. Not much complexity. It isn't a terrible taste, but not very good either.

There's a low carbonation rate and an oily finish that make for a below average mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an uninteresting example of this style. It's not complex enough. Not a bad beer, but doesn't rise above the fray.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with little to no head. Might be a bit old...

S - Smells like banana, a bit of wheat, and some pale malt. Nice!

T - Kind of more bitter than I expected for the malt and the flavors don't really shine through very well but it is enjoyable. Mild if any banana flavoring.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty good.

D - Well I like other reps of the style and this one kind of falls flat. Still worth at least a B rating in my book.

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

Pours an orangy amber color, full frothy white head, dicipated quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is light citrus, light stale wet hay-like whiffs, faint hint of peppery spice. Taste follows scent - decent blend of light hay, light citrus, light spice and light yeasting... the one thing i give this beer credit for is the avoidance of an overpowering, fake sweet citrus flavor seen in other mass produced "wit" beers. Light bodied, decent carbonation. Ok beer, nothing outstanding but doesnt do much wrong.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance- Light, fizzy head with some alright lacing. Colro is a deep, yet somewhat golden sunshine. Almost a light egg yolk color.

Smell- A little cloves and bubblegum, but mostly lighly tangent malts and saaz hop aroma.

Taste- Pretty refreshing saaz hop balance with lightly toasted malts. This would be a great beer to sit and drink with a couple of buddies on the front porch during a balmy summer evening bullshitting. This was a very refreshing beer, hence the drinkability score.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.14/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Ten Mile Station

Bollocks, I say. This ain't no hefeweizen. While hazy like one should be, and even with a deceivingly dense head with great retention and moderate lacing, the nose belies this beers emasculated nature. While banana and a little clove are present, the balance and character of this beer does not remotely resemble its forebearers. It's much like comparing a McDonald's burger to a real burger, just because beef, salt and maybe a little pepper are present, it doesn't mean this is particularly acceptable. Light and watery on the palate, this beer is rather disappointing. Yes, it has a little bread, some banana and a little clove, but this is not what I was looking for. As described, this is watery, and the finish is dry, a little fruity and rather disappointing. I don't have as developed palate for wine, but I had a lot more fun deconstructing the better than average pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon that were also served at the time. This beer, OTOH, was disappointing.

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Photo of Brad007
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright but cloudy orange/blond color with a one-finger head. Aroma has light hints of orange and banana with the malt showing through as well. Taste is thin and watery upfront with no hint of orange or banana. Unpleasant towards the back of the throat. It's missing a lot of substance that would add credence to the claim of being a hefeweizen.

If this is Widmer's flagship beer, it's mediocre.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky, cloudy orange/yellow/vanilla appearance. Slight white foam leaves minimal amounts of lace. A zesty lemon twang is noted in the aroma. A little citrus and yeast as well. The taste is plaesing enough but lacks real character. Lemon citrus thing going on. Very slight vanilla. Wheat spice is detectable. Mouthfeel could use a little boost in the CO2 deparatment. Body is a little better than medium. Decent enough, but not one I'd necessarily need to return to soon.

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy yellow, honey coloured, decent head and good lace. Smells like sweet dried banana chips and bubblegum. Tastes kind of bananaish, bitterness at the end, kind of tart. Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, kind of pleasant but not really that great, theres many better hefe's out there. Thanks sammy.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a murky orange-gold with a soapy slick of foam and a thin, tight white band around the edges; no lacing present during the session. Copious yeast particles present in solution. Mild nose; perhaps a little grassy with a light citrus quality. Taste consistent with nose; citrus astringency is a little more pronounced, due to carbobnation level, but nothing really pops. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a decent amount of carbonation, but comes off a little heavier than anticipated for the abv and style. Very drinkable brew. Nice session summer session beer. Flavor is a little muted, but not terribly so, and quite easy drinking; good for grilling.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid hefe. Good haze, vibrant yellow. Good aroma, citrus, like lemons.

Taste, suprising pucker factor for what it is. Good amount of flavor, wheat and lemon. A little sweetness. Mouthfeel, the impressiveness subcedes, but it doesn't devolve into anything nasty. Drinkable, priced a little more than I'd like to see for something relatively cheaper to make than a lot of the $8 6ers out there.

I'm not particularly into the authentic German hefe yeast, so this is probably a little more up my alley than a traditionalist. The yeast has more tang, less banana than its Euro counterpart(s).

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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