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

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with about one finger of white head that dissapated quickly. Also noted that when pouring it had sediment on the bottom that broke up making the beer have what looked like pepper throughout it. Checked for a freshness date and could not find one the bottle or pacakge. Alos noted that when poured it had the fizz sound like pouring a soda.

Smell: Light grassy and banana smell.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Watered down taste with just some light grassy notes.

Overall: My friend swears by this beer, personally I don't find it very good at all. Not much flavor for an unfiltered wheat, and the fact of the sediment at the bottom with no freshness date really did not help. this is not a beer I will go and buy again, very dissappointed.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: I'm reviewing this beer with an organe wedge. Yes a loss to its head retention, but a boon to its taste.

Appearance: Looks great. Lacing could be better (even pre orange wedge).

Smell: Not much here, orange improves it greatly

Taste: Very much an average

Mouthfeel: decent

Overall: decent overall beer from the 9th largest brewery in the states. Nothing to write home about.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Rogue Chocolate Stout, Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beer styles I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of Jsteez
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just an overall average beer. It is watery with little carbonation. The appearance is yellow with the classic cloudy look. The head dissipates and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing to write home about. The taste is slightly fruity with a flat and dry aftertaste. It is not a true hefeweizen in my book. It is just an average beer, not good, not bad.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Ram 71 tumbler.

A: Slightly hazy gold color, with a thin filmy white head.

S: Yeast and wheat notes, bready grains and some malt sweetness, hints of citrus with lemon and orange peel notes.

T: Follows the nose, wheat and malt hit first followed smooth and subdued citrus notes. Orange peel and faint spices. Minimal hop presence or bitterness.

MF: Crisp carbonation on a creamy but still light body, finishing with a slight but sharp dryness.

O: Not impressive but an easy drinker. Flavors and aromas are light, but it is refreshing.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’d say this was a disappointing take on a hefewiezen but to be honest I wasn’t expecting much to begin with. Pours hazy light gold with a finger of white head but not much retention or lacing to speak of. The appearance was a bit lacking, I’m afraid, as the better examples of this style usually have a big fluffy head that hangs around a while. The nose further alerted me to what would be a mediocre overall experience; where was the banana and clove and all the other yeasty esters one expects in this style? Instead I got very grainy malt, wheat, and a bit of lemony citrus.

The taste followed the nose; all of those yeasty flavors were either muted or totally absent; despite the label this beer is classified correctly here; it’s an American Pale Wheat Ale, not a Hefe; all I get is grainy malt and wheat; a bit of mild citrus hopping. Sweetness is fortunately low and the finish is pretty dry. Still, the body was medium and the carbonation was pretty moderate, screwing up the mouthfeel so that it lacked crispness and the clean drinking refreshment of the better beers of either style. This one just didn’t do it for me at all, and I wouldn’t have this again. Sorry Widmer, this ain’t cutting it.

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

A: This poured a cloudy gold with bits of sediment and a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint lemon and herbal hops, with a bit of orange peel and coriander and wild honey.
T: It tasted like lemon and orange zest, with some metallic and stale bread malt. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This had a decent scent and taste and body. Really nothing impressive, but it was mild enough that it was easy to drink. Meh.

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

Got cloudier (translated: better) with each pint our table ordered. Sitting outside on an evening in the low 90s I had no intention of drinking anything but hefs or wits. Being the only hef on the slate and having heard decent things I dove right in and wasn't disappointed. Not the least bit offensive and extremely sessionable. Got much tastier as the sediment started flowing. Doesn't compare to the German big guns but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : bottle

Pours a hazy, golden-apricot color with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Grainy wheat, lemony grass notes.

Wheat, with light fruity, lemony notes. Simple, but enjoyable.

Medium body, soft carbonation.

Well done for the style. As I mentioned above, simple, but quite tasty.

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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 Drinkerofales
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very cloudy light gold, almost yellow. A huge, almost white head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, wheat and yeast.

Taste of light citrus, and wheaty malts, but not much yeasty tang.

Feels very smooth, with a lighter texture and very easy to drink.

I was never a fan of this version of wheat beers. The beer is easy to drink, and not offensive in flavor/aroma, but those aren't what you aim for...


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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Botttled March 2nd, 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: cloudy golden-yellow colored body with a small one finger fluffy white head that dies within ten seconds. Some spotty lacing is found trickling around the sides of the glass. Some light carbonation is seen rising.

S: centered around the wheat with a mix of banana, pepper, and lemon.

T: basically the same, even after the beer warms.

M: light with about a moderate carbonation, quite drinkable

O: this is a decent beer. I would say this is good for this time of year. Nothing outstanding yet nothing bad

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Photo of estlinska
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in pilsner glass, bottle. When you pour it, it pours a deep orange color. Adding the yeast gives it a wonderful hazy golden color; exactly what I expect for the style. There is honey and apricot on the nose, but it is very subtle and opens up more over several minutes. Apricot again on the taste and a little banana. Flowery hops that take a big center stage, more than I would expect. Thin mouthfeel with a crisp finish that disappears suddenly. Overall a good beer, just different than other hefeweizens I have had.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The heads fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat with a bit of banana, pepper, yeast, and some lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of some sweet wheat with some lemon zest and banana. Through the middle, some yeast comes through with some pepper. The finish is a mix of lemon zest, with some yeast character and a bit of wheat.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. A bit watery and mild, but very crisp and refreshing.

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

Widmer Hefewiesen: Had a chance to try this beer at the in-laws. Hard to review beers well amist conversation of a social gathering, but here goes. Proper hefe color and head. The aroma has the expected citrus prominence. Decent flavor overall, the citrus comes through, the wheat is there, the light malt sweetness is well balanced. A good effort. Not on par with the German imports of this style, but on target. If in need of a hefe, the Widmer will do!

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

Poured with a good head...wait...make that a bit of lace.

A nice golden color, smell, and hoppiness of a Pilsner, except this is supposed to be a Hefeweizen, no?

No. It's not a Franziskaner or Paulaner or anything remotely like a Heffe. Hops are wrong as is the carbonation. This beer is a charlatan. The hoppy bitterness is unlike any Heffe I've ever tasted, and Widmer is a total misrepresentation of the style.

Not a bad beer, but it takes more than a bit of wheat in the wert to be a Heffe, and being a lover of this style, as well as the Belgian wittes, I wouldn't purchase this stuff again.

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

Widmer, another Hefeweizen i've had on tap, trying it in the bottle for the first time.

A: Excellent golden amber color with a fingers worth of head. Dissipates to light lacing around the edges with patches of lace all around.

S: Wheats and grain on the nose with a bit of citrus. Catching some bready yeast scents as well towards the end but they are very faint.

T: Nice wheat and corn flavoring. Can taste the maltyness and grain as you could catch with the nose earlier. Citrus flavors are def. noticeable but the usual spice notes are very very faint towards the end.

M: Light carbonation works well with the flavors. Smooth and creamy feeling left on the palette on the aftertaste.

O: Not bad a bad Hefe, but i'm used to more fruit flavors and spice. This is a great beer for those looking to get into this style of beer. Much better had on tap though.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a pale amber color, produced a nice white head, average retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale consists of bread, fruity yeast. Light in body, this wheat beer has a foundation of grain and bread. There is some hop bittering and it finishes dry. Overall, I was only mildly impressed with this beer- It gets a lot of buzz about being one of the founding craft beers- I was expecting a lot more. BTW...This is not a Hefeweizen..Geez. Prost!

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Photo of pwf316
4.97/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is the best Hefeweizen in the country. I will admit I am a little biased being that I am from the west coast and am a big fan of west coast brewers. This is great with a little orange peel or even just by itself. It is a great summer beer and can be enjoyed just sitting out grilling.

It provides a nice smooth flavor with a slightly cloudy look. Though the Wilamette hops are some of the best in the world and just enhance the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 23 Aug. 2011 poured into a snifter.

A: Initial pour was clear but some cloudy liquid towards the bottom of the bottle was added as well. Golden apricot color with almost no head and little lacing.

S: Yeasty and quite fruity with a touch of light malt. No clove and only a vague hint of banana or here, and very little in the taste.

T: Slightly malty with a light hop presence, a bit of citrus, lightly nutty, and little of the yeastiness expected in a hefeweizen; but then I see BA has classified this as an American Pale Wheat Ale, which seems more fitting. Light sweetness up front turns mildly bitter by the finish.

M: near medium body; very good carbonation level; light dryness in the finish.

O: A good, easy-to-drink, unfiltered wheat beer, lacking the pronounced banana/clove yeastiness I'm not very fond of anyway. Excellent with Chinese food.

(revisited with slightly more favorable impression in July 2013).

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Sparse, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Primarily wheat, with very faint banana sitting behind this.

Taste - A strong, lemon zest and wheat flavor dominates. Bitter lemon rind in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery. Carbonation is moderate. Decent bite.

Overall - As a beer it passes as average, as a hefeweizen it's a joke. Any banana detected on the nose does not translate to tongue. Lots of lemon citrus and wheat.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold - so hazy that it nears opacity. One finger's worth of white head, and a modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy wheat, lemon and coriander, with a bit of spicy and grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose. Wheat grains, citrus (orange flavors predominate), and the citrus & grassy hops. Some pilsner malt character as well. Dry and grainy at the finish.

M: Medium body for style, low carbonation sensation, and alcohol presence is minimal.

O: Nothing objectionable here, but it doesn't stand out. A reasonable summer brew.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Virtually no head, but plenty of carbonation present on sight. No real lacing to speak of. A pale and hazy straw color that looks weak and watery.

A weak banana and spicy clove aroma in addition to pretty strong grain and wheat smells. Nothing overpowering in terms of aroma.

The flavors begin with a bit of lemon that quickly gives way to a mild banana. That quickly gives way to a sharp clove spiciness. The strength of the clove surprised me compared to the ale's other watered down components. There's also a lot of wheat flavors, some of which aren't too flattering. The right flavor aspects are present, just out of balance.

Grainy mouthfeel, but still light on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's a light and refreshing beer for the summer, but I couldn't see myself having more than one of these a sitting, nor would I really go back to it in the future. This is not a beer to seek out in terms of representing the style.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into chilled weizen glass. Served cold. From notes taken 4/5/12

A: Cloudy gold color with almost no head and a little bit of lacing from the bubble ring.

S: Yeasty with a touch of light malt, hardly any hops on the nose, just enough to keep it from smelling sweet.

T: Slightly malty with an ever so light hop presence, not noticeably bitter at all. Not as much yeast at first as on the nose but leaves a yeasty aftertaste that rivals the nose. Not really that complex.

M: Sort of thin but has that unique sludgy feel like yeast proofing in water for baking that comes from the being full of suspended yeast.

O: A decent unfiltered wheat beer. No wonder it is so popular, it is easy to drink. Went surprisingly well with the ribs I was eating.

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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 Hex
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy golden-rod color with a quarter head of soap suddy, froth that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing.

Smells like a beer. Nothing really to point out hear. A bit bready...

Taste citrusy. Some Orange peel is in there somewhere... Surprisingly has a soft bit to it which is I find interesting.

Has really comfortable mild carbonation and leave a clean refreshing mouthfeel. I will quite possibly be having more of these. Isn't the prettiest beer but better than other wheats.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,103 ratings.
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