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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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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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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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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1/5  rDev -69.2%

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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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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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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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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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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,118 ratings.
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