Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
75
okay
2,117 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,117
Reviews:
803
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
17.23%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
352
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,117 |  Reviews: 803
Photo of Cadiazmk78
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a regular beer.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent heff from Portland; the land of a million craft beers. Also the original american heff from one of the original craft breweries. Does not disappoint. Smooth citrusy with floral notes in the nose and finish -- decent alcohol content. Great!

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Photo of kkenagy
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B33rcules
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eire
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Falls short for the style.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a dense, hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass and medium carbonation (I think?).

SMELL: very faint to the nose, bread and faint banana and lemon citrus note.

TASTE: initially sweet bread and lemon citrus, then faint banana, everything understated.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an underwhelming example of a style I truly enjoy, it was a great looking beer but smell and taste were very faint, I would not buy this one again as there are better options available.

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Photo of killcore
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rktrat
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok. Tasted better in Cayman

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottle on June 28th 2016.

L: Hazy Banana Yellow. Finger width white head which has decent retention.

S: Yeast, Banana, Clove, Coriander, Wheat, Citrus hops.

T: Creamy tastes of clove, and yeast with a medium wheat presence of course, banana, possibly pepper? Citrus hops in the background.

F: Medium bodied and smooth, crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

O: A very good beer. Very. Good.

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Photo of Tanner_McCoon
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is my first Hefeweizen so perhaps i'm not the best judge of a good one, but I very much enjoy this beer. Poured into a glass chalice, head dissipated slowly into about a half-finger. looks like a hefe ought to, and tastes exactly how I expected one would. Very bready with a nice smooth finish. Very drinkable, and at under 5% abv, a lightweight like myself could enjoy as much of it as I wanted to.

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Photo of dosmaster5000
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A golden orange beer with a thick haze. The head is very thin.
The smell is very much like a wheat.
The taste is very smooth, with a wheat flavor with minor spices.
The beer is light and is smooth and is easy to swallow.

Overall, this been is smooth and delicious. It isn't really like your traditional Hefe, but it certainly has its own flavor that is just as pleasing.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious, this one. Had it twice. Still can't place it. Maybe because it is almost creates a new style: the American Hefe.
Widmer's is the second most rated American-made Hefe (and sixth overall including the Germans), but you have to go down to the 17th hefe to find one with a lower rating than Widmer's.
I gave it points because I like the Widmer Bros rags-to-riches rendition for craft brewers; starting in the late 1970s as home-brewers who made a cash cow (their Hefe) who, as I understand it, made riches; having been bought by a larger company envious of their large following.

Listed on the "1001" beers, it obviously is an arguable inclusion. But Michael Jackson set the tone.
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars with this telling review "Widmers Hefe enjoyed great success with its (intentionally) densely sedimented Hefe which tastes somewhere between a beer and a fresh, sweetish grapefruit juice, but deserves points for that distinction."

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Photo of JMcCoy_96
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dkemp713
1.89/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Geopoliticalkid
4.7/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBobber
4.11/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with lots of bubbles and some particles floating about. Small foamy white head that dropped down fairly quickly but still left about a half a finger of head.

Smell is deliciously clean bready smell with notes of wheat through out.

Taste is very clean with a spicy note hitting the middle of the tongue with a crisp somewhat wet finish.

Mouth feel is pretty light with the carbonation adding some nice tingle as the beer goes down.

This beer just seems so underrated with a BA score of 75 and The Bros with 80 at the time I am doing my review. This beer ranks right up towards the top of my all time favorites. An easy drinking, tasty and refreshing beer that is so consistent with it's wonderful flavor.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigchiquilin
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.25 out of 5 based on 2,117 ratings.
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