Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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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 smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Barely a finger of head is made off the pour, with a very soapy and hardly any retention. Dissolves very quickly with a thin soapy collar. Body is opaque with a very orange appearance and classic lemon hues on the bottom. Cola like bubbles, and fast rising carbonation.

Candy like orange nose, with a sweet powdery sense. Dry penny candy. Chalky. A weak grainy character hides behind this. No sense of esters.

Taste wise improves a bite. Small chewy wheat grain body, with a nice sweetness. Orange flavors and light tang like juice seem to come over the palate. Kind of a nice bitter hop angle which mixes with the citrus orange character nicely. Candy like palate but not overboard on the sweetness, but quite wet though to go along with it. A quick sharp carbonation feel also like Perrier but flattens very quickly.

Overall nothing spectacular, but not a bad beer, I could easily drink plenty of these it's very easy drinking.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sunshine yellow with slight haze, steady stream of bubbles, and lumpy off white head that fades to film.
Big lemon cookie and banana nose - no clove.
Breadstick malts with slight toast then banana and melon following by slight grassy hop finish. Sweetens as it warms.
Starfruit finish and clean, slightly clovey linger.
Light, creamy, clingy but dry.

As one of America's Ur beers, totally stands up. Favors the fruit, but never cloying, though I can't say I get any Cascade. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in balance and could be an all-day summer beer.

Unfortunately, a few other reviews rightly point out that this is far more an American Wheat than a classic hefe, especially for the total lack of clove, so I have to knock a few points off to rate to style

Still a perennial favorite.

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Photo of seymourcox
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some craft beers taste like charade clues they're so desperate to hit all the style points, but this beer just seems like it wants to be a nice drink. In my view, it can sleep well tonight. It's doesn't try to hit the drinker over the head with bold fruitiness, or potpourri level spicing. It's cloudy, but not like pond scum. In other words, it's as if its creators said "hey, let's make a nice hefe", rather than, "let's shock the world." (Kind of reminds me of a creamsicle.)

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Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15JAN13

Turbid apricot with some a sheet of light cream atop. Smells of grain, lemon, corander, some bits of sweet bread. Flavor is grain, light malts, some sweet wheat, very simple flavor; nothing like a hefeweizen - good for an APWA. Medium on full bodied with lighter carb and dry finish. Overall a really drinkable beer, and honestly can't hate on it much, isn't exceptional in any way except the sessionability.

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

This beer came in a bottle and was poured out into a pint glass. It appeared to be light gold in colour with a hint of haze to it. Beer smelled very yeasty and tasted light & fruity with elements of citrus. Clean and crisp flavours with no lingering flavours or after tastes detected.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Widmer’s Hefeweizen opens to a crisp aroma full of fresh grains and sugars. Though light, the nose still carries nice touches of apple, orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as a shade of brown sugar, and earthy hay, toast, and biscuit notes, with a slight grapefruit counter from the hops. The aromas are light enough as to fade to near-imperceptibility within a few seconds, the beer needing a swirl to generate a fresh waft. Doing so brings about a larger sugary presence, with berries especially emphasized, as well as wildflower honey. As a whole, the aromas are very nice, having good balance, and are marred mainly by being extremely light.

On the tongue, the beer is simultaneously grainy and sugary, the former notes including fresh wet wheat, toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal, and the latter bringing apple, berry, apricot, and orange fruit esters, as well as wildflower honey. There’s also an almost Belgian-like tinge of banana and clove, which adds a nice bit of nuance, but dies off within a few seconds. Hops add a touch of pine and grapefruit. As the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, the grains become stronger, being reminiscent of honey wheat bread. The aftertaste features a return of the berry and honey sugars, with honey wheat bread and fresh wet wheat also present, as well as a light grapefruit rind and pine note from the hops, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, the flavors in this beer are very nice, and delicately balanced between grains and sugars, both ends of that spectrum featuring a good variety of flavors. The beer’s main weakness is simply its strength: at 4.9% ABV, there’s just not enough malt in here to go around, and the result comes across as weak and watery. Were this boosted up to 6.5-7%, the result would likely be amazing.

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Photo of hardy008
1.93/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Hazy amber with a small white head with poor retention and lacing. Smells like like citrus, not at all like a Hefeweizen. Tastes like lemon and not much else. Very bland. Light bodied, not much carbonation, and nothing like a Hefeweizen.

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

A solid wheat with hints of citrus, it’s refreshing and goes down easy. Could be classified as an American Pale Wheat rather than a Hef, but that’s for the experts to argue over. I’ll pour another one while they bicker.

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Photo of KKB
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A deep wheat colored body with a very slight off-white head that is fleeting even as I key this note. It is certainly somewhat lacking, though there is a healthy amount of carbonation flowing up the glass.

S – The smell is almost not even worth noting. It is bereft of almost any sort of character, I literally cannot pinpoint a smell. It is just somewhat bland with a slight wheat/barley element in it and a vague tartness.

T – Thankfully the beer is better than the nose. But honestly, water would be an improvement upon this aroma. It is very mild and I could literally drink ten of these it is so calm tempered, yet it is really not bad; there is certainly something to be said for drinkability—basically meaning that it’s not flat out bad. It is entirely ok. The beer lover in me rejoices even at sipping this because it is somewhat well made and tastes mild but slightly enticing, but my reason compels me to say that this beer, when it comes to flavor, is incredibly mediocre. Wheat, perhaps a nice yeastiness sure, but where are the defining characteristics? Where is the banana, the clove, the spice? Still there is something to be said for drinkability and this is compulsively sippable (just found out this is not a word, but it’s stupid that it’s not, sippable should absolutely be a word).

M – I mean, the mouthfeel is nice enough, but it isn’t great either, and offers little redemption. It is light to medium bodied, good carbonation, sticks on the palate for a moment and has a relative smoothness; but not much else to say.

O – Eh…In fact, that should be the name of this beer. “‘Eh’ the mildest, most flavorless beer this side of the Mississippi—and we don’t care what side you’re on!’ Not highly recommended. It is not bad at all, don’t get me wrong, but it is a far cry from great...PS this beer deserves better than the score it has received from me. I gave it a 4 overall and it hovers around that, even though each of it's parts falls short of that.

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

lemony smell... some citrus...
appearance is orange and unimpressive.
taste is even more unimpressive... it sat in the back of my fridge for some time, so it may be too cold... so i'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say that it's not that bad...

my buddy Steve added this to a Case Swap... love him... not this beer selection... no offense Steve... it might as well be from Brooklyn Brewery....

where's the spice?
i know it's an american version of this style, but please... step it up... i think Widmer Brothers "uncompromised and unfiltered" has been compromised...

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Photo of jimmah120
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle labeled july 2012

couldy, pale gold/pumpkin color with a small film that barely passes as a head. smell is wheat, yeast, some spice, hint of banana. taste follows, very light and bready, but with a terrific finish of orange marmalade and spice. Feel is too crisp and frothy, it detracts from the taste.

This was a filling hefe, maybe the ageing put some meat on it's bones. Good take by widmer.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. Taken from a Widmer Brothers variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw color. Has a smallish, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a wheaty, citrusy aroma, like most hefeweizens.

Taste: Mildly bitter. Has a fruity, citrusy flavor backed by a spicy wheatiness and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall: A pretty run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Nothing offensive, but there a definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Johnlikeshefe
5/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great American wheat. It's smooth and refreshing. It's not as spicy as a traditional hefe, but it's a smooth, tasty wheat. It's so smooth it can be dangerous because it goes down so easy...so beware...you could over-indulge. this is my favorite everyday hefe. A very nice brewery...Their Drop Top Amber is very smooth too. If you want a smooth balanced wheat, this is a perfect beer.... Not as spicy as a traditional Bavarian style hefe though.

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

A random procured on a trip to Minnesota.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Scent is mild, buttery caramel with hints of cotton candy with a metallic wheat and grassy finish.

T - Much like the nose with some sweet wheat and lemon grass, the buttery caramel comes through with a hint of orange citrus.

M - A tad thin and watery, smooth and a tad dry on the finish.

O - A tasty pale wheat ale, nothing mind blowing, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, served sans lemon.

LOOK: Opaque pale amber, excellent head.

SMELL: Bready wheat, faint bubble gum, vague ripe fruit, neutral yeast and some pizza dough

TASTE: Heavenly smoothness, moderate body, bready, grainy, assertive hop bitterness, slightly herbal, ripe fruit, spice, bubble gum, light tartness, yeast, drying finish

A highly underrated beer style or perhaps an overly disliked or misunderstood style. For what it is, Widmer brews a great one.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light-copper hue with a frothy, white, 2-finger hue which quickly dissolves into nothing – not even a trace of a lace.

S: Bready biscuity aroma with faints hints of fruits.

T: Light crisp and clean flavor with that same bready flavor. Slightly spices with hints of bubblegum.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a good Hefeweizen. Not my favorite style of beer but this was probably one of the better I've had.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with almost no head. With almost no head upon pouring there was almost no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat with some lighter notes of orange and yeast. Mixed with these is a slightly bready smell. Overall the aroma is rather light.

Taste – The taste starts out with some malt, yeast and a wheat flavor. These flavors create a base for eh beer and remain relatively consistent throughout the taste. While initially not present, some citrus of orange and lemon come to the tongue in the middle of the taste. In the end a lighter orange taste comes to the tongue and sweetens it a bit. With this orange flavor a yeasty, wheat orange flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body for the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and it has a carbonation level that is just slightly above normal. Good for the flavors and style, but nothing all that exceptional.

Overall – It was an alright hefeweizen, but really noting to go out of your way for. Just OK.

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O: This is a good beer to introduce to someone who is normally less adventurous in beer choice; someone who perhaps thinks that the only beers worth drinking come in a 24 pack of either red, blue or silver cans. I bought it on a whim and I'll probably buy it again.

A: Hazy apricot to gold, lacing disipating instantly, thin barely-there head.

S: Bready and yeasty like a bakery that made a lemon pound cake yesterday, the faint lemon notes add to the aroma.

T: Drinkable for mostly anyone. A good on hand beer from company. A perfect Tuesday or Thursday night brew. Sweet enough to make it easy to pass up the diet coke.

M: Smooth and Light.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Beppe and Gianni's Trattoria

A- Poured a super hazy and dark orange, looks just like orange juice, small soapy head left some very light lacing

S- Almost no aroma, very light orange and wheat notes

T- Lots of wheat and bready notes, light orange citrus and lemon notes

M- Smooth, medium body, prickly carbonation, finished dry

O- A very average beer and definitely not a traditional hefeweizen in any way.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with about one finger of white head that dissapated quickly. Also noted that when pouring it had sediment on the bottom that broke up making the beer have what looked like pepper throughout it. Checked for a freshness date and could not find one the bottle or pacakge. Alos noted that when poured it had the fizz sound like pouring a soda.

Smell: Light grassy and banana smell.

Motuhfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Watered down taste with just some light grassy notes.

Overall: My friend swears by this beer, personally I don't find it very good at all. Not much flavor for an unfiltered wheat, and the fact of the sediment at the bottom with no freshness date really did not help. this is not a beer I will go and buy again, very dissappointed.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: I'm reviewing this beer with an organe wedge. Yes a loss to its head retention, but a boon to its taste.

Appearance: Looks great. Lacing could be better (even pre orange wedge).

Smell: Not much here, orange improves it greatly

Taste: Very much an average

Mouthfeel: decent

Overall: decent overall beer from the 9th largest brewery in the states. Nothing to write home about.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Rogue Chocolate Stout, Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beer styles I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of Jsteez
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just an overall average beer. It is watery with little carbonation. The appearance is yellow with the classic cloudy look. The head dissipates and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The smell is nothing to write home about. The taste is slightly fruity with a flat and dry aftertaste. It is not a true hefeweizen in my book. It is just an average beer, not good, not bad.

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

12oz bottle to Ram 71 tumbler.

A: Slightly hazy gold color, with a thin filmy white head.

S: Yeast and wheat notes, bready grains and some malt sweetness, hints of citrus with lemon and orange peel notes.

T: Follows the nose, wheat and malt hit first followed smooth and subdued citrus notes. Orange peel and faint spices. Minimal hop presence or bitterness.

MF: Crisp carbonation on a creamy but still light body, finishing with a slight but sharp dryness.

O: Not impressive but an easy drinker. Flavors and aromas are light, but it is refreshing.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’d say this was a disappointing take on a hefewiezen but to be honest I wasn’t expecting much to begin with. Pours hazy light gold with a finger of white head but not much retention or lacing to speak of. The appearance was a bit lacking, I’m afraid, as the better examples of this style usually have a big fluffy head that hangs around a while. The nose further alerted me to what would be a mediocre overall experience; where was the banana and clove and all the other yeasty esters one expects in this style? Instead I got very grainy malt, wheat, and a bit of lemony citrus.

The taste followed the nose; all of those yeasty flavors were either muted or totally absent; despite the label this beer is classified correctly here; it’s an American Pale Wheat Ale, not a Hefe; all I get is grainy malt and wheat; a bit of mild citrus hopping. Sweetness is fortunately low and the finish is pretty dry. Still, the body was medium and the carbonation was pretty moderate, screwing up the mouthfeel so that it lacked crispness and the clean drinking refreshment of the better beers of either style. This one just didn’t do it for me at all, and I wouldn’t have this again. Sorry Widmer, this ain’t cutting it.

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

A: This poured a cloudy gold with bits of sediment and a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint lemon and herbal hops, with a bit of orange peel and coriander and wild honey.
T: It tasted like lemon and orange zest, with some metallic and stale bread malt. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This had a decent scent and taste and body. Really nothing impressive, but it was mild enough that it was easy to drink. Meh.

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Widmer Hefeweizen from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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