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Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 waughbrew
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly-hazy yellow, medium head with good stickiness. Smell has a lot of German (tettnanger) hops that amount to a spicy and almost metallic aroma and flavor to this brew. Nice, but possibly a bit too much. Slight tartness, spritzy feel. Less esters than one would expect. A very enjoyable brew, very drinkable. There are better american hefewiezens out there, but this is certainly good.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one refreshing brew. It's appearance was pretty cool, with the cloudy orangey/amber color and the frothy off white head. The smell was quite nice as well. It was a wheaty beginning, but then changed over to a citrusy smell. The taste was similar to the smell, which was a very nice experience. I guess the most predominant thing with the taste is the citrus body. Overall this was one great brew and it was very refreshing.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.01/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer. The color was a densely cloudy yellow. There's something about a light colored beer that you can't see through that I just love.

Now for the bad news: they served it in a frosted pint glass! After removing ice chips from the side of my glass, I took a sip and froze the inside of my mouth. Oh well. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer after it warmed up a little. I don't go for the hefes too often, but this is the best one I've had.

The taste was bready and well balanced in every aspect. I'll return to this beer if I return to the bar.

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Photo of ADR
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Contract brewed in New Hampshire. Cloudy, cloudy peach color, better appearance than Harpoon Hefe. Head is somewhat minimal, hanging as a skin for over a minute. Punctuation mark lace. Aroma is light, some sense of pear. Thickish, lots of yeast caught in suspension. So the set-up looks very good. Unfortunately, the taste is close to nothing, maybe a slog of yeastiness and some cinnamon and maple -- but essentially I'm magnifying these properties. Just sits in neutral in so many ways, finish is just slightly lemony. Not much to see here folks. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for delivering it.

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Photo of bobinverted
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Is this a macro brew? It's not horrible if you ignore the fact that it says Hefewizen on the bottle. But their website says, "ours has been the standard by which all other Hefeweizens are judged." Hahaha! Sorry, think again. Where is the clove spicness and banana fruitiness? Compare to Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier, Schneider Weisse, Ayinger Bräu Weisse or even Arcadia Whitsun Ale and you'll see the vast difference. Widmer is weak.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I dunno, this was an OK beer, nothing outstanding, but not to bad, all things considered. It poured very hazy, with a meduim yelly orange, and some head, not to much lace going down though. It smelled sweet enough, but nothing over-powering. Taste has a little bit of spice to it. A little lemon, a little sweetness, not real hop/malt/wheat/whatever balance to speak of. But he, this is ok, all around. But let's call a spade a spade and a macro a macro. This is a macro, but people might find this to be their bridge, so get some for your next party, you know, to float some bait out there for them.

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

I loved some of this bier, but yet there was a bit lacking from it as well. It poured from the tap a hazy golden colour. I was expecting somethign that would wow me with wheat and all of its splendor. However, the aroma was decent, at best, and the flavor just left me wanting a bit more...more anything. Still, this is a refreshing Hefeweizen that is worth a try, should you be able to find it.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of nomad
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very paled and extremely hazy orange, as the yeast really browned out the lustre. Had a thin foam head with consistent texture and depth, pretty good lacing. But, the yeast is big, chunky, and very unattractive, a shame considering the rest is nice.

Smelled of honey, soft and fluffy malt, small and light clove notes, and some hay and grass scents, like as if from the hops typically found in pilseners. Taste was lemony paired with a tight bitterness that was oily and tartly fresh. Malt was fair, not too wheaty, grainy, tart, or juicy, just plain fair. Nasty finish from some wrong yeast - is it really hefeweizen yeast? Very watery mouthfeel.

Drinkable if not considered as a hefeweizen, drinkable like a macro beer is - I’ll pass on it.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light copper in color and cloudy with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma is very faint. There’s a touch of yeast in there but the dominant scent is orange/citrus. There’s also some light spicing.

Taste – Where’s the wheat? The orange flavors come out more followed by a hop backbone. Ist das ein hefeweizen?

Mouthfeel – Where’s the carbonation? This bottle is flat as a pancake. It’s very thin in the mouth and uninspiring.

Drinkability – I can’t imagine ever wanting to buy another one of these. This was lousy.

Sinkability – I rate this a 4.5 here. It has a very good chance of cleaning my kitchen pipes tonight.

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

pours a cloudy medium straw colour with a the typical cloudy look of a hefe. However, looks can be decieving. There is not much of a nose. perhaps a whiff of grain and clove, but thats it. The taste is pretty light and bland. None of the malty banana flavours that one expects. The finish is a bit over hopped in my opinon. The mouthfeel is filling, but is lacking in depth. Drinkabliity is OK. This hefe is a C student who is trying hard but just cant seem to get over the hump

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. A light bodied wheat beer. Light malts and hops. Good flavor, well balanced. Slight banana and clove taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is mostly neutral. Excellent beer. BUT not as good as it used to be.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Portsmouth, N.H.

I thought it was something esoteric, then realized it was brewed by Red Hook.

It was one of the first Hefeweizens I ever had, and I like the style, so I guess that speaks well for it.

Poured a clody gold, short head. A real bite to this beer and one that you could sit and enjoy for a while.

I will have to get a six-pack of this to really think it through.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one while in Eugene, OR this week. Great bottle and label, nice packaging.

Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow. Not quite the look of a real hefe here. Seems a little off. Smell is ok, but a little week. Not enough clove/spice notes here.

Taste is ok, but again, not great. Some spicy notes, but seems slightly washed out. Not a bad beer, but not one I would actively search out

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Photo of palliko
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers: my hat is off. Everything a wheat beer should be but rarely is. It doesn’t overwhelm one with LEMON!! Like some I could name. The appearance is a cloudy orange mist. Creamy head, mild aromas of yeast, and just a hint of citrus. A tad grapefruit in initial taste, offset with yeast. Very understated: much an American Wheat beer, not a true Hefeweizen. Dry finish, with a mildly sweet after taste, leaving a clean palate. Great for a summer outing or a picnic.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears: Cloudy unfiltered golden orange with thin white head, sorry no lacing to speak of here. Aroma: Bland dumbeddown some banana tones in the background not much more to say has ties with A-B it's not to much of anything. Taste: A weird finish to a bland representation of one of my favorite summer styles just disappointingly inept, no flavor just so light flat. Mouthfeel: No texture thin and watery needs more body and not enough carbonation. Drinkability: So middle of the road, wow I remember this beer being so much better in a bottle last summer while living in southern California, but after trying their Kolsch I definitely loose respect for them.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a wussy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Low carbonation. Cloudy straw color. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy but soapy. Light bodied. The ABV is 4.7% There are much better wheats out there. Contracted by Widmer Brothers Brewing with Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 3 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This brew pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head.
Aroma: There are slight hints of banana & clove in the nose.
Mouthfeel:this is a middle of the road hefe. I was expecting higher quality fm Widmer. I'm a bit disappointed in this one. This would ok to drink on a hot summer day

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.09/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a big disappointment. I am a fan of Hefeweizens, and I was hoping that this would actually be a decent American Hefe, something that I've never had before. This was also the first Hefe that I've ever had off tap. Its had a lot of hype in my area, and was as expensive as decent imported beers. I was excited... and then I got the glass. This beer looked like puke. It was an odd, orangish color, and very cloudy. The wierdest thing about this hefe was that it had NO HEAD! Now I know that it may have been the man who poured the beer's fault, but a hefe without a head is ridiculous. Its flavor was bland,not at all like a German hefe. It replaced the hefe flavor that it should of had with an alcohol taste. This beer was not worth $4.50. I say stay away from this unless you can get it for free. If you like hefes, stick with Weihenstphaner, Ayinger, Franziskaner, etc. They actually have a flavor, and you can buy a bottle for $3.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really something of a dissapointment. It's a sort of strange orange color, and is really lacking any scent past a hint of citrus. Likewise, it's rather bland. It's one of those strange beers that seems to be all aftertaste, though it has a decent, mildly hoppy finish. Near the end of the glass, I did notice the lacing sticks around very nicely though.

Drinkable, sure, but there's better out there. Find yourself an actual German Weizen, and you'll do fine.

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Photo of Loki
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draught at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe in Lake Beuna Vista (aka Orlando), FL.

First is was served in a traditional pint glass, not a hefe glass, and I had to ask for a non-chilled glass. And then they put an orange slice.

Served an incredibly cloudy, opaque orange-yellow. This was cloudier than I've ever seen a hefe. Had a decent white head with good lacing around the glass.

The aromas were not to strong, but were citrus, orange, malt, and wheat. Nothing really stong, but nothing unpleasant or unexpected.

The taste started with sweet citrus and malt then orange and wheat, with a slight hop finish for some balance. Medium body, with a clean finish and fair balance. Not a bad hefe, but not that exceptional. Just slightly better than average IMHO.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer arrived looking nice and cloudy, opaque even, with a bright yellow straw color, and a light fluffy white head. It's looking pretty authentic so far. The head dies to absolutely nothing about halfway through the glass.
Aroma has some of the banana/bubblegum to it, but it seems more than a little light and underdeveloped. Fair wheat maltiness, but no real complexity. Fairly hoppy, with hop aroma being apparent.
Flavor is decent, albeit a bit bland. Some mild banana and bubblegum, bit not enough. Mostly it's that bland dry american wheat beer flavor. Hopping is pretty agressive for the style. I can actually taste it. I'm not sure that's a good thing, but i really don't mind. Carbonation is moderate and suits the style well. It's a pretty good beer, I guess a little better than your average american wheat, but I think I'll stick to the german breweries when it comes to hefeweisen.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This comes from the tap with a very cloudy orange color. More hazy that most "Hefeweizen's". Nice white head, unfortunately the bartender's serving this in a pint glass rather than a weizen glass, and is having trouble managing the head vs. beer ratio. No strong aromas here, some yeast, a little citrus. Tastes like grapefruit to me. Strong grapefruit flavors, a little yeast as well. Where are the cloves, banana, and spice? Call this an American Wheat beer, not a Hefeweizen.

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

Appearance: Cloudy bright golden color. Nice off-white head.

Aroma: Banana is certainly present in the aromatics. This beer smells yeasty and bready with hints of spices.

Taste: Finish is dry, with a sweet finish. Fruit evident, with banana taking charge of the flavors. Sweet fades to dry, leaving a very clean beer.

Notes: Good beer. Would be a great choice for a summer afternoon, or paired with a salad. Good example of an American Heffeweisen.

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Photo of bigbelcher
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The nicest thing I can say about this beer is that I'm glad I live in Phoenix where we have a plethora of Hefe's to choose from. Widmer just cannot hold up to any of the German Hefe's or to any of my local favorites. If it is the only beer available at some macro beer bar than fine I'll drink it. Not a true Hefeweiss so why do they call it one?

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Photo of granger10
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish-orange in color and quite cloudy with minimal lace. Aroma of freshly baked bread. Taste has two components: bready malts and spicy yeast. These guys intermingle back and forth while drinking this. Finishes long and dry. One refreshing brew.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.
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