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 industrialswill
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +0.9%
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 -4.6%
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 +17.8%
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 -9.8%
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 +11.7%
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 +10.5%
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 -14.8%
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 -13.2%
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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Photo of CBlack85
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy golden orange color. Very little head and virtually no retention, leaves very little lacing.

Nose is very light, and is dominantly citrus with hints of banana. There is also a vague hint of yeast.

Light and fruity at first, comprised mainly of citrus. Very little in the way of traditional hefeweizen flavors. There is some wheat malt flavor present, but not much. Almost seems more like a pale ale. Light/medium bodied moderately carbonated and finishes sweet and sticky.

It seems like they haven't decided what they are going for with this one. Not a terrible beer, but not one I would search out.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American-style pint glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden in color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't really leave much lace.

Smell: Sweet banana and clove aromas, with hints of grain and wheat. However, the smell is weak overall.

Taste: Light flavor at the beginning, but slight fruity sweetness. In the finish there is pronounced wheat and yeast, with some citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with light carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but pretty average overall. This could be a good drink in quantity or something to have once in a while- especially when it's hot out.

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Photo of Briken
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow-orange with a thin frothy head. Strong yeast and wheat aroma with just a hint of orange peel. The aroma mirrors the taste: yeast and wheat with just a little more lemon than orange. A good yeasty mouthfeel that's kind of heavy with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. It defininitely sits heavy in the stomach as well!

A good wheat beer, nothing really surprising but easy to drink.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery in Portland, OR on 2009-03-05

A - Cloudy gold with a 1-finger white head. Served with a lemon, which I didn't use.

S - Mild yeast and citrus

T - At the brewery, this was very tasty. I've had it in bottles and on tap at many other places and it was never as good as here. It is somewhere between an American Wheat and a Hefeweizen. Flavors include wheat, yeast, slight citrus, some banana but no clove. There's a bit of a sourdough aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation

D - Here at the brewery (which this review is based on) it is very drinkable. Out of the bottle around the country; not so much.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11/04/09 tasted on 4/16/10

Aroma - Spicy and lemon with a noticeable sweetness

Appearance - Cloudy golden yellow

Taste - Well spiced hefe with a lot of sweetness. Some level of orange fruitiness but the level of sweetness was overbearing

Notes - Good mouthfeel but the high lee of sweetness lead me to believe this beer isn't the most drinkable

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Photo of goblue3509
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a faint white head and a little visible carbonation. The smell was off, it kinda smelt like burnt hair or sex panther cologne. The smell didn't match the flavor. The taste was solid, not very complex, a hint of wheat, and a hint of banana, but a little more corn and adjunct taste than I expected. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated which I felt was off for a hef. The drinkability was slightly below average, there was an okay quality to the flavor but the smell and mouthfeel were off for the class. Maybe lightening up on the carbonation and doing a little with the smell would help.

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Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my perfect pint glass, though I soon learned this beer didn't deserve that kind of respect.

Under the light, this Hef is the color and texture of pineapple juice, topped by a head of pure white. Some visible carbonation and some floating sediment. Bubbles atop seem a different consistency from the liquid, like oil and water. Almost like saliva. Unappetizing. Visible bubbles. Hazy. Milky. A little bit of spattered lacing, but it's not enough to save this one.

Graininess. Pale Malt. Rice. Slight dry wheat. Rye. Unexpectedly light, akin to a light lager.

Again, the taste of an adjunct lager overpowers. Wheat is there, but with none of the richness I want. the faintest hint of sweet banana yeast. Dry finish.

Super-high carbonation, bordering on painful, like toothpaste. Medium body, smooth.

In the realm of wheat beers, I'd call this the chaff. Cheap, good on a summer day, but if you're looking for classic hefeweizen flavors, it'll leave you unsatisfied.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Poures a deep, hazy orange with a creamy off-white head that boasts some pretty nice lacing.

Smells of wheat, bready yeasts and mild bananas.

Tastes of wheat, mild bananas and some mild citrus bitterness. This is ok, but is way too mild overall for my liking. Not that I would expect a hefeweizen to necessarily be huge, but this is simply too weak comparatively.

Light and crisp, easy going. Carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok, but there are so many others that offer much bigger flavors. Make this a double hef and you'd probably have something really good.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours totally hazy butterscotch orange with a small head that settles to a film, no lace, kind of disappointing for a hefeweizen, I always expect a nice head, even though it is listen here as a Pale Wheat Ale, they claim it has a Hefe

S: Nice bright wheaty malt aroma, some slight spice and citrus, but nothing super brilliant, about average

T: Light wheaty base with a good dose of citrus, builds in intensity until some bitterness comes in, not really overly lemony like some can be though

M: Feel is nice and light, about what you'd expect

D: Alright, the ability to drink it is high, but the desire to is just average

Notes: I like this beer better than Shock Top. It has a little more character. It doesn't measure up to some of the really good Hefe's, however it is better than the other comparable mid-range options (Shock Top, BLGW).

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of wheat and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a mix of malt, wheat, and lemon citrus. A slight bitterness from the hops also comes across.
M: The flavor is light bodied, crisp, and smooth on the palate.
D: It's rather light and refreshing, but not quite as thirst quenching as some German hefeweizens.

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

On-tap poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange/amber color with minimal head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Wheat and grains upfront with hints of spices and citrus.

T - Wheaty and bready upfront with a slight tartness towards finish.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good and low in abv. Makes a good session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A solid hefe. Good haze, vibrant yellow. Good aroma, citrus, like lemons.

Taste, suprising pucker factor for what it is. Good amount of flavor, wheat and lemon. A little sweetness. Mouthfeel, the impressiveness subcedes, but it doesn't devolve into anything nasty. Drinkable, priced a little more than I'd like to see for something relatively cheaper to make than a lot of the $8 6ers out there.

I'm not particularly into the authentic German hefe yeast, so this is probably a little more up my alley than a traditionalist. The yeast has more tang, less banana than its Euro counterpart(s).

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

Pours an orangy amber color, full frothy white head, dicipated quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is light citrus, light stale wet hay-like whiffs, faint hint of peppery spice. Taste follows scent - decent blend of light hay, light citrus, light spice and light yeasting... the one thing i give this beer credit for is the avoidance of an overpowering, fake sweet citrus flavor seen in other mass produced "wit" beers. Light bodied, decent carbonation. Ok beer, nothing outstanding but doesnt do much wrong.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with some decent white head, pretty good retention. just some sparadic lacing. some particles visible as well.

kinda of a weak aroma. citrus, slight bannana and clove from the yeast and maybe some faint yeast.

a little better in the taste, but not much. citrus comes in strong, some spice perhaps from the hops. some pale wheat malts towards the finish. ends slightly bitter. definately no traditional hefe yeast characteristics though which is quite dissappointing. no bannana. no clove. reminds me of a macro.

light body. decent carbonation. light, dry mouthfeel after the finish. average mouthfeel, nothing special.

kind of a pour example of a hefe. definatly more of a pale wheat and has some sort of macro like funk going on. i wouldntmind drinking this after a hot summers baseball game, a few of these cold would actually go down nicely in that situation, but i definatly would not seek this out again.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice orange color, almost no foam at all!

Smell: Lots of wheat, also a faint orange smell.

Taste: Wheat and a nice citrus taste, also good bite of hops.

Mouthfeel: Kind of weak, doesn't stay in your mouth long enough after your done.

Drink: Average, nothing really that smooth about this beer. I was looking for this beer, because it was mentioned in a Modern Marvels episode: "Wheat."

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Photo of MrHadack
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard bar pint glass with a wedge of lemon that was promptly discarded.

(A): Pure white 1-finger head. Cloudy orange / golden brown color. Over the course of the tasting it left halos and lacing on the way down the glass.

(S): Some citrus notes, scant hops. Nothing too prominent. Really had to breathe deeply to get anything out of it.

(T): Hop spiciness up front that lingered the entire time. Citrus flavors showed up immediately after this (some lemon and orange, mostly the latter) accompanied by yeast flavors.

(M): Thick, low carbonation, slippery on the palate.

(D): I rated it above average in this area because while it falls short of what I would really like to find in a good Hefe, it was a reasonable American version. Nothing more than that, though.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,118 ratings.
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