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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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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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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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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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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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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,129 ratings
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