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 NickRivers
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a hazy yellow with a bone white two-finger head. The nose is pretty bland. Some wheat and hops thats about it.

T&M - Light and refreshing body, good carbonation, no too much wheat, not to much yeast, nice use of hops and very easy to drink.

O - A good wheat beer. I wouldn't mind having this again.

This was a hit on my Widmer sampling, their beers are so far, 2:1 in my opinion. Their Rotator IPA was terrible, all hop no malt, still tasted green, it was a miss for me. I did notice the false advertisement on this one after the first sip, which I wasn't too disappointed about for I do not care too much for Hef's. This beer was perfect for me, I don't like Hef's aftertaste, I feel theres almost too much wheat. In this beer I felt the balance was spot on, this is definitely an American style beer, easy drinkin and simple as toast. Probably wouldn't consider this to be too exotic, their Drifter Pale Ale is pretty well crafted for those looking for the brewery's better brews. Despite all the "Hooplah" its a pretty good drinker, feels like a more flavorful BMC. Excellent Lawnmower beer. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden body with yeast floating around and a white bubbly head that dissipates. Yeasty aroma of wheat, floral notes, dough, and lemon cookies. Tastes of lemon cookies, wheat, floral notes, dough, yeasty, citrus juice and a bitter, dry fInish with a yeasty coating comes through. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Love the mouthfeel and some of the flavors here.

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Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Hefeweizen 1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Hefeweizen--Bright orange golden color. Medium body with light fruit flavor and lots of yeast wheat filtrate. Not as flavorful as I remembered. Sampled 1/10/1999.

Hefeweizen Wheat Beer 2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Cloudy rich pretty orange juice golden color. Rich pellicle. Lightly spicy wheat front. Frothy rich wheat body with good texture. Minor citrus notes. Richly laced head. Easy refreshing finish. Sampled 5/1/2000.

Hefeweizen--Unfiltered Wheat Beer. 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Very cloudy rich bright lemon orange juice color. Mellow malty wheat spice front with 32 IBU’s of Cascade hops. Creamy mellow NW malty wheat spice body that overlaps into mild wheat Tettnanger hop end. 10/25/2001.

Hefeweizen--Unfiltered Wheat Beer 2003 22 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Medium lacy head. Hazy bright lemon orange juice color. Rich floral wheat mild hop spice front. Creamy clean NW malty wheat body with dry mild sweet banana citrus notes. Mellow satisfying mild hop end. Sampled 6/8/2003.

Widmer Hefeweizen Wheat Beer 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV--32 IBU.s. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Densely cloudy bright lemon color. Huge sediment. Grassy hop wheat spice ester front. Malty mild sweet creamy crisp citrus wheat body. Clean tangy mild earthy hop citrus coriander wheat end. Sampled 10/30/2006.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Widmer Hefeweizen Wheat Beer--2007--22 oz. Bottle. 4.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.0 /5.0) Hefeweizen--Mild lacy head. Dense cloudy dark lemon color. Mild wheat ester floral hop front. Mild creamy smooth refreshing mild citrus wheat thick yeast sediment body. Mild tangy citrus hop mellow refreshing end. NW! Sampled 6/5/2007.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company--Widmer Hefeweizen--Uncompromised & Unfiltered--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% ABV. 26 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy short lived mild lace white head. Thick sediment pellicle. Cloudy bright white rich refreshing looking color. Bavarian banana hint mild hop floral wheat ester front. Slightly creamy cloying hefe clean wheat mellow yeast mild citrus fruit body. Nice clean hop hint refreshing mild citrus clean hefe end. Classic NW Hefeweizen. Sampled 4/25/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $7.79 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 4/25/2011.

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Photo of shand
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Ah, time to try the much maligned Widmer "Hefeweizen." This is a pretty good looking beer, it's a very hazy golden yellow color that's absolutely loaded with floaties. Head is a modest finger that retains fairly well. Aroma is average for the style (that being Pale Wheat, not Hefeweizen), wheat and sharp lemon, not too much else. Taste follows the nose. Lemon. Wheat. A touch of hoppiness. That's it. It's good. The mouthfeel is solid, it's highly carbonated and goes down smooth. All said, I like this. It's just a simple beer, wheat, hops and lemon. Nothing else. Perfectly drinkable and delicious. I could easily see people being pissed off buying this looking for a true Hefeweizen though.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
1.73/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Note: since this beer is labeled and marketed as a hefeweizen, I'm reviewing it as a hefeweizen. If that's what the brewery says it is, then they're inviting comparisons to other hefeweizens -- comparisons which are bound to be overwhelmingly negative.

Appearance: A "weizen pour" from a 12-ounce bottle into one of my hefeweizen glasses reveals a straw-colored body, yellowish-orange with a hint of tannish-brown. A scant one-finger head recedes almost immediately, leaving a filmy cap and no lacing during the course of drinking. Sadly, this is the beer's strong suit.

Smell: Faintly soapy, although even that is a stretch. This beer has very little aroma of any kind, good or bad. If I really use my imagination, I can detect a hint of West Coast hops -- a smell that doesn't belong in a hefeweizen. None of the typical hefeweizen aromas (banana, bread, clove) are present.

Taste: This is the worst hefeweizen I've ever had. I imagine Bud Light Golden Wheat might be similar to this, although Widmer's hefeweizen packs an unsettling punch of citric/piney hop character. Since discernible hoppiness is out of keeping with the style, though, that's not really a good thing. The predominant flavor is of hops-infused water with a fleeting memory of wheaty tang (the bad, semi-rotten kind) and some sort of nondescript powder blended in -- the latter probably due to the yeast suspended in the beer. The clove/banana/bubble gum/bread esters that define the hefeweizen style are nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Slick, slippery, thin, and watery, bolstered only by the dead yeast's contribution of some palate-clinging chalkiness. This is an awful hefeweizen, with none of the vibrant carbonization or creamy yeastiness one would expect from the style.

Overall: Again, this is the worst hefeweizen I've ever had. If it were an American wheat ale (a style I dislike), maybe it would score somewhat better per style expectations. But if it's a hefeweizen (as it allegedly is, based on the label), it sucks. It's not the soul-crushingly bad experience that, say, Sam Adams Triple Bock is, but it is a pitiful, worthless hefeweizen.

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Photo of miket163
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Poured a very hazy amber, with a nice head and good lacing.

Lovely wheat beer. Some sweetness from the wheat, and some very fruity notes on the palate after each drink. There was actually a nice hop character to this brew. This would be a really nice summer beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gasthaus in a weizen glass. Cloudy golden apricot body topped with 2 fingers of dense, creamy white head. Excellent retention, plentiful lacing.

The nose is the weakest aspect of the beer, a clean but tame wheat and yeast combo. Tastes pretty lively by comparison, fresh baked bread with a respectable amount of tangy wheat and a nip of lemon. Thickish and smooth with a small lingering bite of wheat.

As an actual hefeweizen, this would score a few notches lower, but as an APWA, it's not bad at all. Pretty enjoyable, actually.

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

Cloudy yellow body with an ok head from this 12 oz bottle with yellow label poured into my snifter...I bought this as part of a Widmer 12 pack sampler, but this is the brew I've seen for sale most often from them on its own.

Nose is ok...decent wheat sharpness but not much lager funk like the German classics of this style. Head has started to dissipate by the time I'm commenting on the nose.

It's reasonably sharp on the tongue, with a moderate malt backbone. Not mind blowing or anything.

Mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional.

Ok beer overall, was an ok value. Not one I'd seek out, but drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm confused. I thought I ordered a hefeweizen, but this clearly is not.

The beer poured with a short head, but good lacing down the glass. It is a golden color with very minimal cloudiness. Smells of yeast, lemon, and faint hops. It tastes very grainy and wheaty. A bit watery with a dry finish. Lacks any kind of originality to set it apart from other wheats. It has a light body with minimal carbonation.

Overall, I am not impressed, but I am not completely turned away from it. I would probably pass on it next time because of its false advertisement of being a "hefeweizen".

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Photo of Plekto
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an American style wheat beer typical of what you'd find at a local pub or microbrewery/eatery that does their own in-house brewing. It's nothing special, mind you, but it is a good enough beer for cheap to replace the corn-based trash out there.

The "hefeweizen" on the label is marketing nonsense, but beyond that, it's a real wheat beer.

For people like myself who have problems with corn-based beer, this is about as inexpensive as wheat beer gets. Think of it a MGD with a wheat taste to it and you'll be fine. Sometimes you just don't want a dark and bitter wheat beer.

Alcohol content is spot-on with typical American and Mexican beers like MGD, Corona and so on - perfect for get-togethers or with a hot dog or pizza.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Widmer Hefeweizen is an uncommonly clear, golden color. The head is white and about two fingers tall with decent retention and lacing at best.

A hint of yeast in the aroma, but mostly a heavy grain scent. Light hop notes.

The flavor is a lot like the aroma, and it definitely is more of an American Wheat than a hefeweizen. Lots of grainy, cereal-like flavors with a hint of wheat twang. Just a touch of pepper and bubble gum from the yeast, but you have to work hard to get it. There is a hint of American hops floating around also.

Light, fairly crisp body.

If this is supposed to be a hefeweizen, it misses by a large margin. If it is supposed to be an American Pale Wheat, it is just a fairly poor wheat beer. The bottle says hefeweizen, BA says APWA, ,my guess would be APWA. It's a toss up.

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Photo of Erish
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Bottled on 02/10/11.

A: cloudy golden color, the one-finger eggshell head quickly falls into a good cap with above average lacing.

S: some wheat funkiness, tart lemon, light cracker-like backbone.

T: the funk and citrus hit up front, the middle features a pleasant dry wheat bread character, and the finish is lightly tart and features lightly floral/herbal hops.

M: light-bodied, watery to silky texture, carbonation is moderate.

O: while not really offensive, this beer is not memorable. I have to deduct something for false advertising: don't call it a hefeweizen if it isn't a hefeweizen!

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually avoid hefeweizens because it's not my favorite style of beer but I was at a bar recently where this was the only beer on draft. It pretty much met my expectations but wasn't terrible.

The look was typical of the style, straw colored and very cloudy with a large fluffy head.

Aroma was a little weak but did include the banana and esthers that you would expect from it.

Flavor was a little sweet, but included a very esthery taste and went down quite smoothly.

Don't think I'll have this again unless I find myself in a similar situation where it's my only choice.

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Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The label has a bottled on date but no abv%.

Appearance: The body has a cloudy orange/yellow body with fine yeast sediment hanging in suspension. On top sits a modest one inch tall collar of creamy white foam. This head quickly settles down to thin film layer that make some slick glass lacing.

Smell: I get a light lemon like citrus and wheat bready character with some mild clove and a very slight bubble gum and banana.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a light and sweet wheat base. From there it adds some citrusy orange and lemon character as well as some very slight bubble gum and banana. (The classic Hefeweizen bubble gum/banana notes are much thinner than I would like to see.) It then finishes with some dry spice and a nice balance of leafy hop bitterness. The palate is fairly crisp and very quaffable.

Notes: As a Hefeweizen it is average but as an American Wheat Ale it is very well made.

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Photo of CrustyLoinz
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once poured this beer had a decent 1.5 - 2 finger head with pretty good retention. Smelled and tasted more wheat-y and less spice-y than I would have liked. Despite this the beer actually tasted pretty good with marginal malts and more hops. One of the strong points I though this beer had was the smooth finish and drinkability. Overall it is an above average American hefeweizen, but nothing to call home about.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

366th review on BA
on tap to plastic cup

App- A very plain hazy soft yellow, one finger head that receded quickly. A little lace.

Smell- Grainy with a small trace of wheat. Not much here at all.

Drink- I find this to be a good craft intro beer where the wheat can convert some people from AAL. This had no backbone. A little watery and a little dry.

Mouth- Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Flavors don't retain well and leaves no trace of flavor or want to take another sip.

Drink- Eh, just bland and watery but does the trick while watching some horse races. Probably won't have this again, the bro-in-law bought it and I needed the review from a beer a long time ago.

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

Thick off white foamy head with a hazy dark straw colouring with orange highlights. Some nice orange blossom and honey notes on the nose. The taste is a little flat and nondescript. The mouthfeel is creamy but dry. I'm not a super fan of this style but I would say it was good.

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Photo of a2marzman83
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale orange-yellow with one finger of cream colored head. Head dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lace. This is a good looking beer.

A faint wheat smell with a touch of lemon zest, not much else going on. If I try really hard I can make out the faintest hint of cloves. Not a bad nose but its not getting me too exited either.

Wheat and mild hoppiness hit the pallet first. Further sips reveal a subtle spicy clove flavor. Seems more pale wheat ale than hef. Nothing particularly wrong with the flavor I would go as far as to call it tasty. Boring for sure, but tasty none the less.

Medium body. The carbonation is bordering on the edge of soday, but it holds together ok.

WB Hefeweizen is a decent drink. Slightly off style (but it's the "original") while at the same time not breaking any molds, but if you are outside on a warm day you could do a lot worse.

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

Incredibly disappointed...ordered it as my first drink after a whole day of craving a nice crisp hefeweizen and this one fell short. The yeast used just didn't have that banana and clove aroma and flavor...and with hefe that leaves you with a bland beer.

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Photo of Bachledk
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark golden yellow color with about a two finger head that dissipated very quickly. The color looked perfect for a wheat beer.

S: Smelled mildly of orange peels, and of course wheat.

T: Tastes mildly of wheat, not much else.

M: Goes down smooth, but it is very light. I know it is supposed to be light, but it is not that much heavier than an American lager.

D: Could drink this on occasion, but I think I need to pair it with something other than a sub, maybe even by itself.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy straw yellow/orange body. Thick foamy head with good retention and lacing.

Smell - Orange peel and grass.

Taste - Orange peel and grass. Bone dry. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Perfect.

Drinkability - The combination of creaminess and dryness is a peculiar and interesting deviation from the norm. Easy to drink. Great drinkability overall.

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

Draft pint served in a standard pint glass. Shimmery, yellow color, very cloudy, with a short white head. Suprisingly good retention leaving thin lace. Aroma was very wheaty and yeasty, with some citrus as well. Light spicy bite, with wheat malt and more orange / lemony finish. Slightlt tart yeast finish, with a nice hoppiness. Quite a refreshing mouthfeel, thin and therefore easily drinkable body, good for the style. A pleasant suprise.

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Photo of Rodrickor
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Weihenstephaner weizen glass to which I will be apologizing after writing this review.

A: Nice color, sort of cloudy yellow-orange with a quickly-dissipating head and some pretty lacing.

S: Citrus as advertised, pleasant and subtle which suits the style.

T: Average. A corn husk is all that is keeping this from being called "Widmer Lite" and it really fails to live up to the hefeweizen name. Sure, it has citrus in it somewhere, but I shouldn't need to put a lemon wedge on it. The finish is nothing. The beer disappears the second it goes down your throat.

M: Far too wispy and light, even for the style. Where's the beer?

D: Given that it goes down like Perrier, you could drink this all night, if you don't get bored to sleep first.

Overall, disappointment - there are many American beers that live up to the style better. Now I have to go comfort an upset beer glass by filling it with a real hefeweizen.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

It poured a hazy medium yellow with an amber hue and had a small (less than 1 finger) white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was of light grain malts, a grassy hop and a nice strong earthy yeast with a hint of citrus and cloves.

It tasted bitter-sweet in the beginning with a nice citrus note. It then proceeded to have a light hoppy finish with a dose of spice at the end. The flavor stayed with you for an average amount of time leaving almost no taste of the brew a few minutes after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was creamy yet watery in texture and medium in body with a lively carbonation.

Overall a decent wheat beer and would be great as a session beer. It’s a light refreshing brew and nice served with a slice of lemon. But nothing really stands out to make this beer anything overly special.

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Photo of Frothboss
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange yellow in color, cloudy and solid, cant see through it. Not really any head. Lacing is decent and leaves a ring everything below the ring falls away at a comfortable pace. Smells a little citrus sublime, was served with a lemon but didnt use it. Tastes pretty citrusy too but not a very deep weat flavor. Pretty light and airy. Sits on the tounge well carbonated. Pretty light for the style but a nice light citrusy twist to this variety.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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