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 EwaldEichstaett
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 -10.5%
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 -0.6%
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 -17.2%
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 +13.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -20.5%
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 -9.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -8.7%
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 -7.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -4.8%
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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Photo of industrialswill
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer on the shelves for many years....just now giving it a try. There isn't much aroma, the flavor is mild. It has a nice flavor, goes down nicely, invites future pours...but as a beer rated against it's peers it is worthy of a C in my book. I paid almost $10 for a six pack of this at a convenience store as it sat next to some true craft brews a dollar or 2 less expensive. I place what I've got here somewhere between macro and craft.
As rated without the price in mind, but just as a beer, I'll give it a B because it is quite good.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is nice and cloudy. Has a very nice, thick head.

Smell: Has a mild wheat smell as the backbone with the slightest hint of banana. A little more bland than I expected.

Taste: Wheat base with a little bit of banana and citrus. Again, more bland than I expected. While I still liked it, it was somewhat disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin given the yeast.

Drinkability: It's okay. I could certainly have it again, but there are several other beers of the same style that I would prefer.

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Photo of uustal
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon, banana, orange and clove flavor, in that order. Nothing really comes out to dominate the beer, almost a passive hefeweizen. Very mild wheat taste all the way until the end. Light body. Leaves a little to be desired and a miss in my opinion.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with about a half inch head. Smells wheat-ey with a little bit of citrus and i think i can catch that banana note that others have spoken of. (i don't have a great sniffer) Taste is a good wheat beer but it has a slightly bitter aftertaste that i am not a big fan of. I tend to favor wheat beers, this one isn't a super traditional hefe, but its a little different and fun. Overall, I enjoyed drinking this and would drink it again if it was offered to me.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours and almost-clear golden color, with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around long.

S: The aroma is pretty straightforward: grassy hops and a little bit of citrus. There's not much spice or anything else.

T: A little watery for me. This hefe lacks most of the funky flavors that I love from wheat beers. There's a very slight lemon flavor and some sweet wheat, but it's all very subdued.

M: Very thin and watery with a dry finish. There's not enough carbonation here to keep the flavors on the palate for long, but the hop bitterness does stick around.

D: I'll have to pass on this one in the future. There are many more impressive representatives of the style that are just as easily available. I consider this slightly above the level of Bud Light Wheat.

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Photo of masterkush
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice hazy appearance as expected of this style. Smell is somewhat one note, a hint a of citrus. Taste is about the same, the dry 'off-flavor' of a typical wheat with a hint of citrus. Basically a one-note wheat beer, but it's definitely drinkable.

I bought this beer on a whim, was on-sale and I never had it before, so i picked it up. I read some of the reviews once I got home and saw such descriptors as skunky and undrinkable and I have to disagree.

I have to say that this is not nearly as good as many of the wheat beers out there, but I would say this is refreshing and goes down smooth. Add a slice of orange and I think you could do a lot worse for a session beer on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of KazikliBey
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another hefeweizen that's very good on hot summer days. It definitely has that citrusy tang that's common with the style. It's very drinkable, and priced reasonably in this part of the USA.

Alcohol is respectable at a little under 5.0% ABV.

The downsides: It could have a bit more carbonation, and feels a little thin on the mouth.

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Photo of coati858
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If I was hot and thirsty, and one was offered to me, I'd drink it. But I can't imagine buying this for myself. As a hefeweizen, this is lacking in the clove-ey goodness that I treasure in beers that call themselves hefewizens. Whatever Sierra Nevada is doing right with theirs, Widmer is not doing here.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 5-15-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy citrus yellow, slight orange lacing ring, carbonation present

S - Wheat, citrus, slight malt aroma with a some hop back bone

T - Bready taste followed with malt, no real hop taste even though I picked it up with my nose. Some citrus taste but was really weak

M/D - Pale in flavor, not much grabbed me to have another. Won't seek this brew out again but I am glad I tried it

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 2,134 ratings