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 secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold, and nearly amber in color, this hefe (unfiltered wheat) ale has a fruity nose up front. That's followed by a sharp and toasty tongue and a brisk, hoppy finish. Widmer's hefeweizen is a more complex wheat beer than most, and the strong, assertive personality may not be for beginners. Excellent.

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Photo of PDX2LA
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many Hef fans might be surprised by the fact that this beer tastes nothing like a traditional German Hef. But as far as American style Hefs go, this beer is decent. It has a nice gold color and a nice cloudy appearance. There are a lot of citrus and floral characteristics on the nose. The head is decent... not great like the other hefs out there. The fruity, citrus flavor gives this beer a lot of versatility. While I find most Hefs best drunk on its own, Widmer Hef can be paired with a wide range of foods. I especially like it with burgers and fries. It also goes well with fried calamari, pizza, and mozzarella sticks. The versatility of this Hef sets it apart from the others.

While I personally prefer the taste of German Hefs, Widmer Hef is a decent alternative.

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Photo of PubliusII
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy pour which settles into an opaque, straw appearance. Chunks of brewer's yeast dot the inside of the glass. A rather depressing, one fingered head that disappears after 30 seconds.
Smell- Mild scents of grain and citrus.
Taste-Medium bodied citrus taste that compliments the wheat to create a well-balanced taste.
Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and the lightness of the beer really wrap pleasantly around the tongue. This beer leaves a surprising bite in your mouth when it slides down the throat.
Drinkability- Though the head is disappointing, and leaves little smell to detect, the beer has a great taste and is pleasant to drink. I'd give it two beers up.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a fairly-significant white head that disperses fairly quickly without the staying power I would like to see. Hazy. The nose brings banana, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum. Some grainy wheat as well. The taste is not at all dominated by any German yeast notes, and it is mostly just some like wheat and grain. A bit of bubblegum and banana. Feel is like and a tad bit creamy with good carbonation. Light and refreshing, a decent APWA.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this last week since i was craving a hefeweizen and have seen this beer many times but have never tried it so lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- This beer poured a light golden straw color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that lasted the whole time and had some nice lacing.

S- All i really pick up is a faint grainy and wheaty smell, not much going on here.

T- Pretty close to the smell, mainly faint traces of grainy wheat and just a small hint of citrus at the end. Didn't get any typical hefeweizen flavors that i was expecting. Wheres the bananas and the cloves?

M- Medium bodied and dry on the finish, a little undercarbonated.

D- It goes down easy but i didn't get any of the flavors I wanted so i wouldn't drink more then one these.

Overall I was pretty let down with this beer, I was ready for a nice refreshing hefeweizen, instead i got a bland witbeir. Will not be buying this again, guess i better stick to the German hefeweizens if i want the real deal.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a bubbly thin white head that settles to a thin veil.

S: Wheat, honey, toasted grains and a hint of spice.

T: Roasted grains and wheat in a honey sweet envelope that is soft and comforting. Some spice from the hops and yeast and finish is sweet.

M: Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and refreshing with a balance on the sweet side. It should not be percieved to have clove or banana so it is just a easy drinking wheat beer and as such it is good and easy going down.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy amber with little to no head. Might be a bit old...

S - Smells like banana, a bit of wheat, and some pale malt. Nice!

T - Kind of more bitter than I expected for the malt and the flavors don't really shine through very well but it is enjoyable. Mild if any banana flavoring.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty good.

D - Well I like other reps of the style and this one kind of falls flat. Still worth at least a B rating in my book.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.14/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Ten Mile Station

Bollocks, I say. This ain't no hefeweizen. While hazy like one should be, and even with a deceivingly dense head with great retention and moderate lacing, the nose belies this beers emasculated nature. While banana and a little clove are present, the balance and character of this beer does not remotely resemble its forebearers. It's much like comparing a McDonald's burger to a real burger, just because beef, salt and maybe a little pepper are present, it doesn't mean this is particularly acceptable. Light and watery on the palate, this beer is rather disappointing. Yes, it has a little bread, some banana and a little clove, but this is not what I was looking for. As described, this is watery, and the finish is dry, a little fruity and rather disappointing. I don't have as developed palate for wine, but I had a lot more fun deconstructing the better than average pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon that were also served at the time. This beer, OTOH, was disappointing.

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Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice looking Hefe, trace elements of yeast flitter about ,great color murky yellow.slight lacing down glass.

S: Very sadly slight banana citrus and grain presence.

T: warm rich flavor almost creamy with banana and yeasty flavors.

M: Medium bodied and fruity/zesty, a good Hefeweizen example.

D: Very drinkable and smooth to the point could probably drink alot of these.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an average head with some lacing. The color is a healthy yellow with a few hints of orange. Not much smell besides sweet fruity malts.

Rather plain taste, there is some bitterness up front which is odd. Sweet malts, a bit like an apple or pear mixed with bread. No banana present. Definitely an American rather than a German style.

Mouth-feel is a bit rough and the alcohol is a little bit noticeable. The drink-ability is average.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Can't see through this one at all. Murky tan with an almost white hue. Nice head with the yeast swirled in. Lacing down the glass. Nice looking hefe.

S: Mild grains on the front with a banana presence and plenty of sourdough notes throughout. A trailing citrus presence is barely detectable.

T: Refreshing and light with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Lemon zest hints in the finish. Better without a lemon in it for that reason. A decent hefe taste, a little grainy overall.

D: Very drinkable. They serve it in a lot of bars for a reason; it's a nice 'introduction to hefeweizen' beer. Not too complex, but if you like this, I'd delve deeper into the world of unfiltered wheat ales.

Value: I think this is a great deal for what you get. I paid six dollars for a sixer, a buck a beer. Great!

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Photo of SteelKettle
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow orange color with one finger head which left light lacing on glass
Smell:wheaty smell with some hints of lemon
Taste: wheat with malts and lemon
mouthfeel: medium bodied with little carbonation
Drinkability: good espeacially on warm days next to the pool

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Photo of JustMikeABV
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a golden wheat color

faint citrus smell
cloudy straw appearance mouth feel is lemony

no presence of sweetness detection what so ever decent for an americian hefeweizen only slight drawback is the verry odd bitter kick in the back of the pallete

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Photo of droomyster
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a small, soda fizz head that dissipates almost immediately. Highly subdued aromas of orange juice and yeast are nothing to rave about. The yeasty orange juice carries through to the front and mid-palate, but the finish is a tad more zesty. Body and feel are normal, but not remarkable, for the style. All in all, I give this beer a shrug.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light golden color. Small head that fades quickly with trace lacing.

S: Faint grain aroma.

T: Light wheat taste with hint of citrus.

F: Light body & smooth. Sort of bland.

D: Easy drinker. Seems to compliment food as it is not overwhelming.

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Photo of Malt
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Me and my brother have just poured this beer into pint glasses. Very cloudy, no carbonation, medium head and very little to no lacing. This is the very least favorite of our Widmer products. We will post a review when we drink it straight from the bottle(tastes different that way)...

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Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at some bar...can't remember the name.

A- Pours a hazy golden color. One finger white head that shows good retention. Some spotty streaking lacing that shows up on the glass.

S- Aroma was a little faint but nothing too underwhelming. Wheaty notes blend with some yeasty aromas. Light lemony scents as well. Like I said nothing over the top but nothing underwhelming as well.

T- Follows the nose dead on. Pretty good and nothing fancy or lack there of. A easy drinking beer that shows no real blandness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Yeasty notes left on the palate with some lemon flavors in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors blend well with each other.

D- To be honest I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. Some of the other Widmer offerings I thought were bad...this though was good. Would love to have on draft again.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy golden wheat color with just a touch of head and just a trace of lacing.

S - Well its faint at best but typical wheaty smell.

T - Subtle wheat taste with just a touch of citrus.

M - Dry. Thin with not much carbonation.

D - Good. Its a fair wheat ale. Feel free to have a few on a hot summer night.

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Photo of mklinger
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on draft at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg in the German section of the park. Modest head, very cloudy with a pale bronze color to it. Not a lot of lacing left behind.

Aroma was pretty bland. Mostly just a bit of yeasty aroma rolling off this one.

Taste was also a bit underwhelming. Not much that's hefeweizen like here, at least nothing like a German hefe. Very yeasty taste, but not German yeasty -- none of those interesting phenols & esters, just yeasty. This was combined with some graininess & no real hop presence. The body was much lighter than I expected, almost Budweiser like with pretty high carbonation. Not a beer I'll reorder any time soon, not because it was bad -- it just wasn't good.

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Photo of thecarster1
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a weizen, one finger fades fast to a spotty layer of lace, hazy lemon wheat coloring.

s- floral, some sweet light banana, otherwise, not much else.

t- very light, not much bananan, wheat, light pepper. again, not to belabor the point, it's light.

m- light in the mouth.

d- ok drinkability here, this is just a blah, average wheat ale, i got a single of this for free, i wouldn't pick it up again though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured somewhere in the PACNW in the last few days.

This beer pours a fairly cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of rocky and densely soapy bone-white head, which leaves a nice hanging canopy of lace around the glass as it lazily disappears.

It smells of spicy wheat grain, some further pale maltiness, watery citrus rind, a bit of light table-top pepper mill output, faint banana esters, and some mildly testy yeastiness. The taste is musty, sweet wheat malt, a touch of caramel isolate, clove and mixed peppercorn spice, some additional pale breadiness, and a sort of grassy, leafy, and weedy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the low side, via its dialed-in frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying dearly to get off the ground. It finishes a bit off-dry, the mixed malt contending with some indeterminate bitterness rearing up, post last call.

Overall, this comes across as a little weak and underwhelming for a so-called world beater for the style, but still tasty and drinkable enough for a sunny summer day. And the grocery store single serving prices down here don't hurt a bit, I gotta say!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden with marginal head on it.
S- Smell is pretty weak but is wheat based, with some bready yeast smells.
T- Wheat with a little bit of yeast and lemon zest.
M- Thin and medium carbed.
D- This beer seems much weaker bottled than on tap. maybe it's just me. In any case, this beer still has a role as a gateway beer, but there is nothing extremely standout or remarkable about this one.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Hazy golden color with a two-fingered white head that retains decently and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemony/citrusy, yeasty, and a bit wheaty. No real hops to speak of, and rather faint.

Taste: Pretty much like the smell in every way: starts of with a sweet wheat kick which gives way into a yeasty and citrusy note and finishes with no hop bitterness. Not much to it, rather simple, and pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down OK, but this beer just isn't doing it for me.

Final Notes: As with pretty much every other American Hefeweizen I've tried, this beer leaves me feeling highly unimpressed.

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

On tap hand pump at niece's wedding 7.10.2010.

Not much difference than bottle version, though given the wickedly hot day I can say that this beer is best served cold. Same hazy banana color profile as bottle version, and the lack of lemon wedge let the full wheat flavor and floral hops come through. Quite thin mouthfeel. A decent summer quaffer, but needs to be served cold IMO.

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Photo of velosuds
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled April 2010 and purchased two weeks ago from national chain grocer in Lincoln City, Oregon.

A-Poured a cloudy golden hue with a one finger creamy white head that quickly dissipated leaving virtually no lace.

S-Aroma is disappointingly lacking, and what is there smells like freshly cut wet grass.

T-Mildly bitter and only a slight wheat grass taste. Kind of bland, which may explain its regional popularity among those who favor lighter beers.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated. Refreshing on a summer day.

D-Only average without much distinction. A good alternative to BMC light beers.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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