Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

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

malts:
Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

Added by Todd on 07-17-1999

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#42,930
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
2,126
pDev:
16.87%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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Photo of MillySox
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looked ok at the pour, but I was a little concerned when I didn't smell much.

The taste was just like nothing at all. Appropriate mouthfeel for the wheat style. After thinking about the taste for 2-1/2 beers I just settled on "dust". It definately avoids any sour german hefe-w flavors, but there's nothing left.

Mine was brewed in NH ot OR. I'm in Chicago, so I guess as freshness goes I'm in the worst spot for this one. Right in between their 2 breweries.

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Photo of daythree16
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the Widmer weizen glass that came free with the six-pack. Cloudy orange-yellow with a big 2.5 finger head and tons of lace.

Smell is mostly orange peel with an weird metallic aroma. Taste is some orange and lemon, again with that nasty metallic taste. Pretty bland, and not hefeweizen-like at all. No phenols. No creaminess.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, and this would make a fine beer for consuming in large quantities, but it's really just middle-of-the-road.

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

Basically not enjoying being a law student, so I decided to review a beer (and screw around on BA awhile) to cheer me up.

Appearance - Like a glass of apple cider, with about as much head.

Smell - A weak maltiness with the barest hint of citrus.

Taste - Cool refreshing water up front. Finally followed by a mellow malt with that citrus again. A little sweet, then the malt.

Mouthfeel - Not as much body as the aforementioned cider, but not terrible either.

Drinkability - I mean, I could drink several. There's not even enough to offend.

I don't even dislike this beer. It's just I have almost no opinion. It's kind of there, and when I feel like having a bev, and it's handy, I'm happy enough to have one.

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

Poured this yellowish orange beer into a pint glass. It appeared with a lingering slight lacing. The aromas of wheat great the nose with a touch of lemon zing. The taste is that of cloves and with an aftertaste of lemon. Overall a good hefeweizen to drink on a warm day.

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

Yellow-orange color, hazed, with a whitish tan head. Spotty lacing, although the head that sticks around is just a thin collar.

Soapy, wan bouquet of light malt flavor with very little yeast notes. The flavor is similarly weak, with some input from Cascade hops, keeping the bitterness a little bit above the sweetness.

Medium thin body, not much substance in general. Not impressed.

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Photo of praufs01
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy almost milky orange yellow color with a creamy white head.

Aroma - Wheaty, not much I can detect.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

Taste - Light lemon with a little clove in the finish.

Overall - Not bad, but not great. A little boring.

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Photo of n00tz
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden bronze body that's a little hazy with a taut white head that leaves some thin lacing. Light to steady carbonation.

S - Honey malts with wheat on top of a bed of citrus.

T - A little bit of maltiness touches through the citrusy wheat flavors.

M - Thin, light body that is pleasant: none of the pale wheat aftertaste and no burning citrus either.

D - Pretty good ale that I'd add to my list of impressive wheats.

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Photo of bobsy
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden pour with a tidy white head. Clean grainy aroma with a touch of citrus. I'm not quite sure how this can call itself a hefeweizen - it obviously still has the yeast, but it has very little of the qualities I would look for. No banana, no clove, very limited citrus profile. Taste is fairly clean drying grain, and very little else. Body is about par for a hefe, and the carbonation is medium.

This seems to be a fairly simple, non-complex brew, and I could appreciate it for its crispness in the summer, but it really doesn't hold a candle to the other hefeweizens on the market.

Thanks to Shadman for this brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pseudo hazy light golden color with a thin head, even with a vigorous pour. Foam does leave a decent film throughout though.

Smell is mostly of citrusy wheat, some lemony notes as well. A pleasant hint of sourness. Overall, a pretty faint nose.

Taste is somewhere in between an American wheat and a hefeweizen. Not enough citrusy and yeasty flavors for a true hefe. Wheat is there in abundance.

I have been a bit disappointed in most of Widmers offerings, but this one is somewhat enjoyable - just a simple, refreshing summertime quencher that doesn't try to do too much.

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Photo of MBABJJ
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I was really excited about this beer after purchasing a hefe glass to drink it in and I had previously heard good things. The pour was very nice its really cloudy and has a large orange top that fades to yellow at the bottom of the glass. Minimal head that disappears quicker than I blow it.

S - Strong honey scent with orange and actually a little malty. Smells and looks yummy at this point.

T - A sheet Houston we've got a problem. It tastes like Bud Light. Actually it tastes like Budweiser ya know the "heavy stuff" I wanted a freakin' wheat beer and what happened to the honey and orange. Quality Assurance missed this bottle apparently.

M - Well it least it quenches my thirst, but it really needs an orange or lemon to give it some sort of appeal to my tongue.

D - Sure...on a summer afternoon after I get off work and want to sit in the sun. But no on a fall day in Minnesota. This is actually like the Corona of hefe. Crap by itself, but give it a training wheel and suddenly it blossoms.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My second pour at the Prudential Center Newark NJ for the Devils/Islanders game. I was quite happy to see a west coast craft brewry on tap, and a heffeweizen to boot! I've had Widmer in the past when in Seattle for the tulip festival and didn't remember much so this was a good time to give it another go.

A: The fine lass, a Bronx woman I might add, poured a foggy dark orange into a quality plastic stadium pint cup with the foggyness around the edges. Bigboy dark creamy rich two finger head falling quickly thereafter to a small cap. Impressive sticky legs turning to crescnts as it reached the cap. A good start as compared to the see through versions you mostly get from American brewers.

S: As this is a Porland brew, (I've done my homework on the ingredients as well as knowing a chef in the city that has had this on tap for years) the multiple malts mixture had me intrigued. Pre-expectations can be the killer I reckon because I didn't smell any of what I would consider to be basic tenants of a Heffe, such as yeast, banana and cloves. Mostly pale malts and spices was what I got after multiple nose dives.

T: I was positive the woman served me the wrong beer after my first quaf. A few more gingerly sipps and I looked over to my friend and asked him if this was an IPA or a wheat. The classification does not lie with Pale and Ale with Wheat in the middle to confuse. Your pallet gets smashed with classic west coast hop bomb with just about each drink. Now mind you, there are minor accents of cloves and spices but almost as an afterthought or simply to comply with the style ingredients. Too much malt, with four of them, you could argue this was nearing a Quad but easily an American Wheat Ale more than anything else. To reiterate, there are copious amounts of malts (Cascade) and even more hops in this brew, which is not bad to set the record straight, just too much and more bitterness than I would prefer.

M: Nedium mouthfeel with a powerful carbonation level and retention, but works well due to the over abundance of malts. ABV level is not overpowering and a good brew for a hot day in the yard or a day long festival.

D: The Widmer brothers can lay claim to one of the oldest American Wheats around, and heffe I reckon. Again, this is a malt/hop influenced Heffe and another good example of the West coast amalgam of styles and ingredients. An enjoyable drink and one I would recommend to IPA gents not fond of Heffe's due to banana/yeast flavors (which this one lacks for the most part)

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Photo of ndekke39
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a 12 oz. bottle of this. Decanted into a pint glass. It's very cloudy and looks like a honeycomb. Thin white head, okay retention.

Smells like honey and bananas. A little yeasty. A touch of sweet hops.

Tastes aren't as bold as I would like them. A little bit of the honey, some breadiness. The flavors kinda disappear in the middle, then return with a brief hoppy bitterness, then vanish altogether.

Mouthfeel is good - a little watery, but not bad.

I'm curious why this grouped on BA as an American Wheat, when the label says hefeweizen. But this is a pretty drinkable beer, nothing special, but not at all bad - worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This looked okay, it was a pale hazy golden color. It was drier and a bit more bitter than I'm used to. There weren't really any banana notes to be found here at all. Not a very good example of the style in my opinion. This seemed tame and a little thin.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a light orange pint with a decent off-white head and some lacing. Fished out the lemon the bar-keep dropped in. She didn't look like a beer drinker anyway.

Scents of sweet wheat, some sweet fruit and a little faint spice.

Odd mix of sweet grain, fruitiness, and raw grain here. You get that yeasty edge too, but this is a bit of a jumbled mix.

Lightly carbonated with a bit of a sour finish.

Not the best representation of the style or, well, just good craft brewing. Some unevenness that will keep me from going back. No horrific at all, but not doing it for me either. Just OK.

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Photo of techtatu
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy beer with about a finger width of head, served with a lemon wedge. Really heavy on the wheat almost a chewable beer. Not much of a citrus kick and no sweetness.

One of the more flavorful Hefeweizens that I've had in a while. It's a slow drink but enjoyable. Definitely a drink to have while consuming hot wings.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my offerings to the monthly poker game.

Pours an orange juice gold. Agressive pour yields a big bubbled head that tries to last, but can't hang that long.

Semi-pleasant, light fragrance of citrus, oranges.

Taste of citrus, orange peel. Fair flavor.

Feel is better than expected, ligth carbonation. Completely drinkable.

Had on tap a few times and will continue to do so in establishments without a generous beer list if you know what I'm saying. Since it actually has some flavor, it makes a good go-to beer.

Overall: not bad

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange color with a generous, two-finger head that quickly fades to lacing. Plenty of suspended sediment floating at bottom of glass.

S: Light citrus, spicy hops and yeast.

T: Opens with a subtle citrus flavor with hints of lemon zest. Moves into biscuit and yeast with notes of light wheat, grain, and spiced hops. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

D: Easy drinking, yet bland and somewhat middle-of-the-road in character.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle

Pours a tan orange with a finger of white head. Leaves some decent lace. Very cloudy beer. Looks decent.

Smell is very citrusy and a lot of "lemonness" going on here. The smell isn't very appealing. It is very musky. The taste is of wheat and there is a flavor that citrus and fruit going on here. Very bland flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, medium bodied and decent carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall this is a decent brew, nothing to special, not up to my standards for the style. Cheap and decent I guess.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rich for the opportunity to sample this beer. Served at just over fridge temperature in a weissbier glass, this has the date 061808 raised on the label. This East Coast example was bottle at Redhook.

Appearance- A heavily cloudy, murky gold beer glugs into the glass... this is as opaque as any hefeweizen I've seen. The head rises two fingers and stays put for many minutes, lacing well.

Smell- While the wheat malt and aromatic hops are present, the usual components of banana, bubblegum and clove are almost completely obscured... if not absent. The nose is one of lemon, wheat, and doughy bread.

Taste- Husky and wheaty in flavor, this beer goes straight to grain and barely offers up the truly enjoyable attributes of a weissbier. There is no banana, no clove, but a spiciness and hop bittering comes through in the finish. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A thin beer that struggles to becomes slick and creamy... the carbonation is easy and nondescript, providing a mild texture without emphasizing the ingredients. Overall, I'd suggest passing this over completely in favor of the real deal from Germany or several other offerings from the States.

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Photo of stephens101
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought I would grab this one while in Hawaii since we don't get it in my state. Pours a hazy pale orange with a one-finger off-white quickly fading head. Smells grassy and lemony. Tastes of bananas, oranges and malts with some spice thrown in for goo dmeasure. Mouth-feel is a little creamy and very drinkable. The good thing about rating beers on vacation is that sometimes you can't "internet check" your ratings to see what others are thinking about a particular brew. I rated it a C+, damn us BA's all think alike.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a murky orange-gold with a soapy slick of foam and a thin, tight white band around the edges; no lacing present during the session. Copious yeast particles present in solution. Mild nose; perhaps a little grassy with a light citrus quality. Taste consistent with nose; citrus astringency is a little more pronounced, due to carbobnation level, but nothing really pops. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a decent amount of carbonation, but comes off a little heavier than anticipated for the abv and style. Very drinkable brew. Nice session summer session beer. Flavor is a little muted, but not terribly so, and quite easy drinking; good for grilling.

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

Bought single 12 oz at whole foods. Poured into 16 oz. pilsner glass, Nice head retention , followed by decent lacing around top.

This beer actually looks alot better than it tastes, prolly one of the worst hefeweizens i've tasted. Doesnt contain the light refreshing taste that you would expect from a wheat beer, good thing i also bought a six pack of Franziskaner while at the store

ps. Tried this acouple months later on draft and it was significantly
better. Dont know if i got a bad bottle or what but the one i had tasted like old ladies perfume

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

Certainly has that Hefe look about it. Very cloudy/hazy yellow orange with a brilliant white head of fine foam.

Aroma of a solid wheat malt backbone with a hint of floral citrus.

Strong wheat flavor with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness in the back end. Thick, smooth mouthfeel..felt like I could almost chew this beer.

I might be the slight minority, but I liked this beer. On a hot summer day after playing in the mountains of Montana it would hit the spot.

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Photo of changeup45
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not the best looking beer. Very cloudy and seemed to pour kind of heavy with not really any head at all. Looked like orange juice, or maybe an orange grapefruit juice. It's got a real strong fruity taste to it and on top of that they serve it with a lemon. Outside of that though it was a rather bland beer, that halfway through I was ready to try something else.

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Photo of treyrab
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Olive & Twist in Pittsburgh

A: The appearance is exactly like that of a Blue Moon, very cloudy and orange colored

S: Tons of wheat malts, and a slight citrus smell as well in the nose.

T: The taste is very clean and refreshing. There is definite orange, lemon, and slight spices.

Overall, a decent wheat beer, but not much hops. Very refreshing on a summer day, but only a decent APWA.

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