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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Photo of chefelf
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer based on a recommendation from someone who said it was amazing. I was a little disappointed to find out it was just okay. I like hefeweizens but this one didn't really have anything that jumped out at me. It was good enough and drinkable but nothing out of the ordinary. Also, if it hadn't said hefeweizen on the label I don't know that I would have been able to identify it as such.

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Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a mug...

The beer is pale cloudy yellow with a filmy white head. The smell is mostly orange peel and wheat with a hint of lemon. It tastes smooth, wheaty and citrusy. The beer is light and soft with smooth carbonation and a nice lingering finish. This beer was alright, nothing wrong with it but it's not going to blow your mind.

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Photo of kflorence
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JUL 24, 2007

Pours a great hazy golden color with visible debris in the beer. Not really much in the aroma. Refreshing, bitter citrus and hop flavor. I was looking for something a little more wheaty and sweet, but this is still a very decent beer and not bad at all on a hot summer day. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was gold to orange and cloudy. Maybe ¾ inches of head. The film stuck around for a few minutes before you could see through the beer on the top. Smelled strong with hints of banana and wheat. Lots of different flavors (not necessarily good) in first taste. Not that carbonated. Taste was quick to go away and the aftertaste wasn’t that great. Maybe more wheat in the aftertaste? Taste didn’t get better as the beer went down. I suppose it would be much better with a lemon or an orange, but can we really call it a good beer when it needs additional flavor? I’ve tried this in the past out of the tap and have enjoyed. There’s no way I would have joined it without a lemon or an orange, though.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours out very cloudy like a true German unfiltered hefeweizen. The color is a darker yellow or almost a straw. Sadly the head from a tap pour dissipated rather quickly.

Smell - Not a lot off this beer. I swirled it around a lot to get some aroma of wheat and a very small amount of banana.

Taste - Crisp carbonation up front with some wheat and bready tastes. The flavors are not strong and dissipate quickly off the tongue. Since there's not a lot of aroma, breathing in while drinking doesn't seem to add much to the taste. My thought is that it falls flat in its attempt to replicate a German style Hefe. Definitely an American Wheat in design.

Drink - The beer is a 4.9% ABV so it's certainly a sessionable beer. Especially so with a lighter flavor profile. The beer is highly decorated from the Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, so I was a little shocked with how underwhelmed I was with the beer. Overall, it's probably just a good summer beer for after you mow the lawn

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Photo of PicoPapa
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a thin ring of head. No lacing. Aromas of orange peel, yeast, clove and banana. Taste is light. Orange peel, yeast, banana, clove and some grass. Odd aftertaste that sticks around for awhile. It's kind of like really bitter burnt orange peel. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, much like the taste. This isn't a style I drink often but there are some good ones out there. This ain't one of 'em.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy deep yellow/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head,
good lacing

S: very light aroma of clove, banana, wheat

T: sweet vanilla, banana, mild clove, wheat,

M: med/light body, tongue prick, solid carbonation, semi-dry/crisp mouth

O: Nothing special here, very light.
Good gateway hefe for newbies or adventurous date.
I love this style, so disappointed.


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Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like I expect from a wheat beer. An off gold color that's hazy to lighten the hues. Head is white, thin, and lacks retention.

Has the faintent scent of citrus.

The beer lacks flavor of than the wheat, which is earthy and spicy.

Doesn't have the sweetness or refinement of other wheat beers. The wheat ends up being a bit sour more than anything. Kind of a leathery.

A bit disappointing after having a couple good hefes lately. Too rough around the edges to be considered a good beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

A - Cloudy yellow orange body with a 1.5 finger white head. Below average head retention and no lacing.

S - Rustic wheat, mellow spices, some green banana, oranges and lemons, grassy hops.

T - Strong wheat present, tart and tangy yeast, earthy hops, lemon zest, kinda falls flat in the middle and finishes with a watery bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

Good for the style except for the finish. Heavy wheat flavors and the yeast keeps it interesting.

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Photo of Diesel76
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As someone who has been a big fan of Widmer Hefeweizen for MANY years, it has been greatly pushed aside in recent years by the craft beer movement. I listed this as being in bottles, but by far the best way to enjoy it is on tap.

Widmer American Style Hefeweizen to be is best enjoyed with NO FRUIT. I never put any fruit in any of my beer. I want to taste it how it was brewed, not make it into a funky lemonaid.

So, that all said, it pours nice thick dark yellow... with a minimal head... A great and refreshing summer brew... I use to rank this pretty high over the mass produced crap out of Colorado or Milwaukee... but now, it is right there with the rest of them.... higher quality than the fizzy yellow stuff... but can not compair to its smaller craft brewed counterparts.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

You have to understand that when I go on a bottle shop run, I am either on a mission or scouring for CANs or both, but rarely do I buy random, individual BTs. I am *TRYING* to get onboard with the Hefe program in light of the upcoming summer, but I only like the clove esters, vice the banana split nonsense. Help!

From the bottle: "This naturally cloudy brew starts with the highest quality malted wheat. Its bold, clean flavor and pronounced citrus and floral aromas are what define American Hefeweizen. Prost! to the original. [undersigned] Kent (?) & Rob".

This will be reviewed as a Hefe, BTW.

Dude, where's my head?!? I poured, looked away and it was gone! Filmy, white wisps were all that remained. Color was a foggy orange-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was all bananas, dang it. Mouthfeel was very thin and the taste was minimal with clove actually making it to the forefront, but not in any capacity that would make me embrace it. Finish was equally ho-hum with a light clove spiciness as the prevalent taste. Let's see, I got my wish and it still was not enough. Wow! Either I am the typical over-the-top AmeriCAN or this was a weak sister. I'm going with the latter. I definitely did not get my money's worth.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden with a couple fingers worth of soapy head. A lace lingers for a short while. Only light notes of wheat and spicy yeast in the nose. The flavor is light like the nose with a semi-sweet malt a peppery bland yeast. The finish scratched at the back of my throat.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an antique pils glass.

Pours with a bountiful white billowy head that caps a cloudy pale orange body.

Smells of slightly biting grassy hops and a bit of malts (not noticeably wheat malt). More hoppy in the nose than I expected, with the character of those hops being more astringent than I expected as well.

This almost could be a hoppier blonde ale expect for the smooth maltiness imparted by the wheat. Overall rather fresh and pleasing flavors, very appropriate for summer tastes. The hops are not complex, and taste a bit uniform and generic, but are still tasty and fairly clean. Bitterness on the tongue is muted, and the malts make a showing (without being especially remarkable). There is a quenching dryness to this beer that is pleasing.

The mouthfeel is carbonated to an appropriate level, and is overall on the light side of medium bodied. Goes down without leaving much aftertaste or any other feeling in the mouth.

Conclusion: This beer is much better than expected from the raitings. This isn't world class, but it is a solid summer-style offering with a particularly quenching quality. Bear in mind however, that this isn't a hefeweizen. I find it a bit shameful that an American company labels its beer as something that it clearly isn't.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on Feb. 16 so definitely at the end of its shelf life. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with one finger of lumpy foam. No carbonation evident. Decent lacing. Nose of sweet malt and a little yeast. A little bit of banana. Supple mouthfeel with no carbo. Lightly syrupy, not heavy. Palate shows a bit of banana but is too sweet to be as refreshing as the really good hefs. I'm sure this presents better when it is fresher but as it is it makes a decent little session beer. The chicks at your next party will dig it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - wheaty-looking golden color, murky, with very little foam which dissipates quickly anyway.

Smell - not much of a smell, what's there does have a bit of a Hefe smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little more of a malt taste, bittered a little by hops in the end of the tasting. Very slight muskiness in the taste. Texture is pretty well balanced, but ends a little creamier than it started.

Overall - in general not a horrible beer, but not very interesting to sample.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on May 17, 2011. The place where I had this on tap served it to me with a lemon wedge firmly attached to the rim of the glass without checking with me first. So my impressions are already marred by the lemon aroma wafting from the murky, cloudy pale yellow pour. I got a little wheat but the lemon took over everything. The body was light and the taste had wheat and grains with a touch of tart hops. There are better ones out there.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden yellow, quite a bit of sediment. White head settles at about a half finger leaving a bit o' lacing.

Nothing displeasing in the nose, but not much to rave about either. Pale malt, wheat, lemon and light spice.

Taste is mostly the same, opening with weak flavors of mostly wheat and slight graininess, lemon, herbal and some orangey spice. Unlike many American wheat beers this improved alot with warmth.

A bit of a spiky mouthfeel but not too bad, decent body to it.

As expected, 'hefeweizen' is misleading, this is an American wheat all the way. Really bland until it warms a bit and becomes alright, doesn't get much further than that. Still, for the style, not bad.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +17.5%
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 +16.9%
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 +7.2%
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 -47.9%
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 +13.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -2.7%
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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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,134 ratings