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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark yellow with a medium white head. The beer is a bit darker than the typical wheat beer. Some floaters present due to the lack of filtration. Aroma is fairly boring, but there isn't anything there to turn you away. Flavor is unusual for a wheat ale...not all that grainy, fairly well balanced, a pronounced hoppiness, slightly bitter, yet with a distint sweetness. Palate is medium with an unexpected spritz and a bit too dry. Overall a very good and unusual wheat ale.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with small fleeting head.

Smells like, well, wheat. With a slight hop tinge.

Tastes like....well.... wheat. Slight hops aftertaste quickly turns bready.

Solid mouthfeel, can almost feel the unfiltered-ness of it. Hits the back of your throat before your tongue.

Can drink this easily. Worth a try if you like the murky side of beers.

Overall it's probably the taste that comes to mind when people think of beer... wheaty & meaty. Would probably go well with a meal.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a thinnish yellowish white head and a little lacing. Smells of orange and wheat and a tiny bit of coriander. Tastes of a little banana, orange, and coriander and tons of wheat and malts. Mouthfeel is okay and drinkability is medium.

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Photo of epicness
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. Little to no head and very minimal lacing is present. What is present though are tons of bubbles. Seems like a super carbonated beer.

S: The scent is primarily yeast, almost biscuit-like.. if that's even a word. There's also mild citrus present mixed with a little bit of clove. Overall, it's a fairly weak scent. Albeit it's a weak taste, I'm pretty excited to try it for some reason.

T: Taste is actually pretty bland. There aren't really too many defining characteristics. It seems to have a bit of a watery taste. There is definitely wheat present and a very banana/clove finish and aftertaste, but that's about it. Not a bad taste, but much like the scent, weak.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Seems really counterproductive and odd.

D: It's still a drinkable beer. The ABV is relatively low. The taste and mouthfeel, though not outstanding, are not offensive to the point that they are a turnoff.

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Photo of weizenbob
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer "Hefeweizen" - 12 ounce bottle (dated 11/08/10) poured into a chalice just to continue the theme of misrepresenting the style. Pardon my bias; I jest. The pour yields a finger-tall bone white head that hangs out for a bit before disappearing like a ninja; however, a small amount of lacing does remain. The beer is a rich golden shade bordering on orange. Haziness is to style, but despite swirling the last bit of beer around the bottle before the final pour, there is a bit of chunky sediment suspended in the glass.

The scent is very yeasty, one might even say doughy. Mild orange citrus aroma can be noted as well as clove. Wheat is faint in the nose and is overtaken by a metallic odor emerging on the tail-end.

The taste confirms that this beer is not so much hefeweizen as it is American pale wheat ale. The hefeweizen misnomer is confirmed by the lack of several defining characteristics of the style: most notably the signature banana flavors. Misnomers aside, Widmer, uh, wheat beer, is crisp and a little bitter up front. Wheat beer flavors begin emerging slowly on the tongue. The wheat comes first, followed by some more bitter off-flavors and a surprisingly strong alcohol presence for a beer of 4.9% ABV.

The mouthfeel is a bit off for any style of wheat beer. The carbonation level is inappropriately high, even for the style, and really lightens up what should be a medium bodied beer. It just isn't helping this beer's cause at all.

In spite of its flaws, this is a wheat beer that is still drinkable. It's readily available and reasonably priced. The ABV is relatively low. The taste and mouthfeel, though not outstanding, are not offensive. All said, Widmer Hefeweizen is a pretty run of the mill wheat beer, but one could do worse.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Ich glaube nicht, geben einen Schlitz für Widmer Hefeweizen.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange with creamy head that fades fast and leaves a nice ring of lace.

S- Faint wheat, earthy tones, and muted citrus hops peaking through. Very faint.

T- Bland, wheat, watered down, citrus way in background.

M- Thin and grainy

D- Easy to drink but boring.

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Photo of slayer3604
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't actually that bad of a beer. It gets a bad rap because InBev owns and controls everything about the company, but for an every day low priced American hefe, its just about good to go.

A-Cloudy pale yellowish gold with a decent white head and some minimal lacing on the glass.

S-Smells profusely of carbonation and a slight wisp of wheat...Slight amounts of fruit and biscuit in the background.

T-Tastes surprisingly bland for the appearance, but has a traditional diastic-inspired mouthfeel with some caramel/fruit that comes after a wave of effervescent co2.

M-Chunky beer, light/medium body, clean finish and a pretty good palate cleanser for cheese tastings, by the way.

D-Very drinkable by nature, but has a malty aftertaste that lasts until you crack something different.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Years ago, back in Escondido, my sister swore by this beer, referring to it (as did many others) as hefeweizen (with no brewery designation). It was served at more than one of her pool parties, softball games and get togethers (though thankfully not at her wedding, where we were treated to the long lost Blind Pig Golden Ale). With nostalgia on my mind, I decided to try this one again, and much to my surprise, it did not impress me in the least.

Widmer pours a lovely cloudy golden orange into my proper hefeweizen glass. Orange yeast and cinnamon hits my nose before gliding down my throat. Lemon mingles with the orange and lightly bitter hop spice to add a bit of tartness to the hefe. Easily drinkable, there is a bit of chewy yeasty wheat goodness which lasts throughout the beer. A hefty body to carry the orange, lemon rind zest and hop spice zing which encompasses the Widmer Hefeweizen. Hazy yellow color, a little citrus, no noticeable banana or clove aromas/flavors. Drinkable to be certain, and obviously Americanized (for better or worse), this one left me feeling indifferent, maybe a bit nostalgic for the middle nineties in SoCal, when it was all about Social D, Sierra Nevada (or Blind Pig/Sam Adams/AleSmith ESB/hefeweizen/Portland Brewing, etc) and a good place to party for the night, maybe a bit sad that this beer still retains the popularity which it does. Oh well, whatever.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow and cloudy. Some sediment in bottle that had to be avoided pouring into glass. Not a lot of head or lacing.

Had a typically hefe yeast, clove and wheat smell, but not real strongly so.

Tasted a bit more like a mixture of a wheat and pilsner than a typical hef, but wasn't bad. There were some wheat and clove flavors, and some yeast, but it wasn't terribly impressive. Not bad either tho. Just nothing outstanding.

Feel wise it was again quite typical, tho a bit dry for the style. Light bodied and ample carbonation led to a decent feel for this beer.

Very average for the style. Not going to search it out, but wouldn't mind at all if someone handed me a cold one either.

ETA: Second time around I like it a little better, ratings slightly bumped. It's a decent hef, although not world class by any means.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured first half of bottle and it was pretty clear, swirl swirl swirl & poured the rest. Nice white head with minimal lacing. Hazy light golden straw color.
Bready yeasty aromas accompanied by some lemon citrus.
Again I am getting a bready yeasty flavor with a nice lemon citrus that has a very light astringent finish. Seems to be a dry finish too.Refreshing elixer in summer months for sure.
Low carbonation and a slight dryness in the mouth.
Under the correct conditions I would drink this one after another, some! Not great but good and at the right price point would help

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Photo of fsimcox
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Two-finger white foamy head dissipates quickly. A thin layer of foam remains for the duration. Very little lacing.

Smells of banana, and cloves, but not very strong.

Carbonation up front, some malt, perhaps a hint of banana, but not much. Some carbonation at the end, and a little citrus zest in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonation up front, and a little thin.

I have not had this beer in a while, and so I was a bit surprised that it does not taste like a traditional German Hefe. Reminds me more of a Belgium Wit. Would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Andrew644
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light gold with a white head, it is cloudy because it is unfiltered which fits the style closely.

S- no malt smell but the main aroma in the beer is banana, cloves are almost non existent in the smell.

T- lacks a lot of flavor, the malt doesn't come through very much and the only hop flavor that comes though are a slight banana and cloves taste. Overall though flavor is lacking a little.

M- nice amount of carbonation and feels nice in the mouth.

D- it wouldn't be hard to have a few of these to say the least.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow "wheat" color. Small white head (???). Not much lacings left (a real Hefeweizen would have a huge head)

S: Very discreet to a "Hefeweizen" beer. It does not smells the traditional "banana & cloves". It smells malt and hops. Not bad but...

T: Follows the nose. It does not taste like a Hefeweizen, It's a malty and refreshing beer but that's all

M: Light body and low carbonation

D: Not bad

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Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This used to be one of my favorite beers for quite some time. It is not the typical hefeweizen, with a distinct lack of that banana and clove taste that most traditional hefeweizens have. It goes down smooth and is great on a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is a little harsh, but not terrible. Decent hop aroma and flavor... everything is very well balanced.

I should note that it seems as if the recipe has changed recently and has made the beer taste cheaper, which really disappointed me the past few times I was able to get my hands on it. Also, the batches brewed in the Oregon brewery are much better than the ones brewed in New Hampshire... in case you have a choice.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with a bottle on date. Pours out with a deep golden hue and is cloudy like a wheat beer should be. Wispy head and pour retention not very wheat like. Carbonation is active and appropriate to style.

Smells of banana and bready malts. Correct to style again but not as pungent as most wheats. Clean overall.

Tastes like banana, bread, banana-bread, and some spicy hops. Well done. Assertive hopping for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is light for a wheat and tingly as it should be. Slightly drying.

I will drink another. I like it.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this at City Cafe in San Fransisco. Served on tap cold. in a hefeweizen glass.

A-Hazy wheat color and thin white head

S-Grainy and floral

T-corn chip and some yeast flavor

M-Light medium

D-not bad but far from distinctive. I would pass on this in the future.

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

Saw this beer all over the west coast on my trip, but finally was at a place with absolutely no craft beer other than this so decided to give it a try. Spicy clove with some wheat aroma. Quite refreshing on a hot day, but I don't plan to buy again unless I'm in a similar situation. I ended up having 2 of these before switching to hard liquor.

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Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured cloudy, as expected, and a bit darker yellow than is typical for the style. The beer had less than an inch of fluffy white head with moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, but a little light on the banana and clove expected in a Hefe. The flavors were also what was expected, just subdued and not very popping.

The body was average for the style and drinkabilitywas OK, but with the flavors being so benign, why have more than 1 at s sitting. This beer got dinged some points because I find the brewery responsible for travesty of having a fruit slice jammed in my beer against my will.

Overall, a fairly typical beer, that is refreshing enough on a hot day.

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Photo of frederichar
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is the best beer at old dominion tap room on 9th street in the district. on tap. it is a little citrisy, but very flavorful, tangy, a nice finish that is crisp and very drinkable. my wife and i vied over finishing the last glass -- we both love it.

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Photo of socon67
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours yellow with a decent amount of white foam. Very lively.

S - Smells yeasty. Nothing really special.

T - Not a great Hef. It has an okay taste, but I like more wheat flavor and hops and citurs. Not nearly enough of any of that. I guess the best way to describe it is a "watered down" Hefeweizen.

M - Light body, good amount of carbonation.

D - Yes, you could drink many of these. However, it is a weak Hef and not a recommended choice.

I've had much worse, but this is not a good representative of the style.

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Photo of nickfl
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam that collapses rapidly and leaves decent lace. The body is a very hazy dark golden color.

S - Musty wheat, light, spicy hops, and lots of bready yeast with an odd, metallic note.

T - Earthy wheat and yeast up front with a coppery metallic bite. Musty hops come out in the middle with more creamy yeast flavor. The beer finishes with a light note of toasty malt and more tangy wheat along with the every present yeast flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This beer pretty much just tastes like bread yeast. The aroma is remenicent of raw bread dough and the flavor is quite similar. The wheat and hops both add earthy notes that echo the yeast and do nothing to relieve the monotony. The beer is fairly inoffensive except for a metallic note that I get mostly in the aroma, but there really isn't much to enjoy here either. If you enjoy the flavor and aroma of yeast starters, then you will love this one, if you like actual beer you may want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +13%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.2%
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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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,139 ratings