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Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

Added by Todd on 07-17-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,586
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
2,129
pDev:
16.87%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pretty good. Looks like a hefeweizen or an American Belgian-style wheat ale. Fairly pale overall.

Smell: Not much here. Some faint hops and lemon. Watery.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well-balanced between banana and orange zest. Citrus hops as well. I'm impressed. Full-bodied as well. I tried this a second time on tap, and didn't like it as much. Very bland.

Drinkability: Definitely enjoyable.

Overall: Got a good deal on this and would take it again without the deal anyday.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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 CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Philousa
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, tawny yellow in the glass with one finger of head. Some lacing on the glass as you sip. I get coriander, lemon, pale pilsner malt, really no hops to speak of in the nose. A bit of funk as well. Pale malt, citurs, and a bit nutty flavor. Very light mouthfeel,, watery, well carbonated.

This is a solid hef. I'm not a fan of the wheat ale category, but this is a good stand by. The nuttiness really stands out to me and separates it from the other hefs on the market. The other major factor that separates it is the fact that it isn't all lemon or too funky. Can we get the hefeweizens a little more balanced, people? Would be very good on a hot day or with a mild fish. Good to have to mix things up.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very murky golden, which is understandable since it is unfiltered. There is a one finger head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Smells of hops and pine resins, a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: It's pretty ok. There is a taste of wheat and hops in the forefront with a following of citrus/fruitiness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation.

Overall: A beer that I would try again for sure. It's nothing amazing but it certainly doesn't suck.

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Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a sampler pack that was packaged June 26, 2011. Purchased from Happy Harry's 45th St. Fargo, ND. Bottle BB Aug, 2011.

A: A hint of orange in the hazy yellow body. Lots of white head and tons of lacing.
S: Light hints of banana, some vegetal comes through over time. Very light on the nose.
T: Once again alight body for flavour. Hints of banana, some spiciness in there, perhaps from the hops. Enjoyable enough, though one dimensional and nothing to write home about.
M: Fairly viscous, light sweetness.
O: I love a good Hefeweizen, and this is certainly no hefe... I can see why they describe it otherwise here... Good enough for what it is, but more banana, more clove!

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Photo of Bigbadbudman
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lived in Germany for several years drank several different Heffes family brewed and commercially brewed. And this beer is probably one of the best heffes I have drank. I would match this beer blind taste against any of the "major" heffe brews. This beer has a incredibility smooth taste on the front of the tongue all the way to the back, and its not as heavy as most heffes.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snifter pour and made sure to swirl the last quarter for more goodness. Pours a very cloudy straw color with a massive foamy white head that stays for awhile. Very light lacing. The smell has some minor wheat and slight melons and lemons but nothing special. The taste has some light fruit and a lemon kick on the swallow. More wheat in the mix too but not really digging the combo. Bitter aftertaste. Overall I have had this a few times and each time I have not been impressed. Probably just not my style. Better Hefe's out there as well as wheat brews. But of course...no lemon allowed.

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Photo of DM1293
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pint Glass; no wedge used here.

Appearance: a light orange tint on your typical golden cloudy wheat.

Smell: Bright citrus hoppy smells ontop of your typical wheat.

Taste: ...It says hefeweizen, but its not the same style since as listed above, its a pale wheat. And it DEFINITELY tastes like one. You got bright bitter hops up front ontop the citrus, with the wheat finishing up after. A light hint of clove and banana are there but its difficult to pick them out when the hops are kinda throwing the balance off.

Mouthfeel: Lingers after waking up your tongue. A bit thick, but doesn't last too long.

Overall: Well if you like wheats and you like pale ales, this pretty much accomplishes both...but it leans more in favor of the pale ale. Its smoother than pale ales I've tried before too. Its worth a try I suppose, but I don't particularly like the two styles mixed here...

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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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