W'08 Crimson Wheat | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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W'08 Crimson WheatW'08 Crimson Wheat
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W'08 Crimson WheatW'08 Crimson Wheat

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RJLarse on 01-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by mattster:
Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 Fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Poured a nice head of ½" atop a red (er crimson) ale that was slightly hazy with some good bubble action.

Smell was somewhat light, mostly wheat notes. Taste has a really good balance of wheat and a little bit of malt. Very refreshing on these hot summer Arizona nights. Bubbles are active on palate, but not overwhelming. Good finish, but slight aftertaste. Otherwise, I wish I had another 2 or three of these to finish of the evening.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It look pretty decent coming out of the bottle nice ruby red color without much head. Smell was malty and some mild fruit/citrus hops but unremarkable to me. Taste was similiar to smell with a bigger malt taste-unremarkable and underpar. Where was the wheat taste? Wheat beer for me are usually a refreshing kind of beer and I was interested to try one that may have a little more depth, but this one was not a good effort. Hardly seemed like a wheat beer at all.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

The "W" Brewmaster's Release Series is a chance for the brewers to really experiment. Along with the Two-Row Pale Ale Malt, there is Dark Wheat, Caramel Wheat and Red Wheat, so right off the bat you know it's not going to be your typical Pale Wheat Ale.

Tiny, tightly beaded bubbles make up the thin lacing. Bright and clear amber color. Sweet and bready, healthy breakfast cereal and a hint of caramel in the nose. Extremely smooth with a semi-lush medium body. Big malt character, some sweetness up front with more of a bready biscuity mix and caramel undertone. The wheat stays very clean throughout. Hoppiness is modest with just enough bitterness for balance. Mild fruitiness of pears and mealy apples. Big bready overtone in the slightly dry finish.

A very complex malt bomb from Widmer, they obviously know how to handle their wheat, and we'd love to see them expand with more wheaty beers. As for Crimson, we give it the thumbs up.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a reddish brown with a thick, two finger head. The smell was slightly fruity, but other than that I couldn't really place what the beer smelled like. The taste was not anything like I expected it to be, as it was a lot maltier than any other wheat beer I had ever tasted. There was only a slight fruit taste to the beer. Overall, not a bad beer, but I wouldn't classify it as a wheat and I probably wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white head quickly dies over a golden amber colored beer.

Caramel malts and hints of wheat in the aroma.

The wheat and caramel malts blend well in the taste of this Crimson Wheat.

A slightly dryish aftertaste with a bit of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

A pretty strong tasting beer for a wheat, if your into wheats you should try seek this one out.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh MAN, they have to have this one available this summer.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish amber with a nice off white to tan head that leaves pretty lacing as you drain the glass.

Aromas are subtle but definitely sweet amber malt and bready yeast with a touch of earthiness.

Flavor is all about the wheat. YES, Widmer...you got it right. Lots and lots of wheat. You need to do this with your rye beer now. Sweet caramel toasted malt to start gives way to toasted wheat and some peppery spices. Lightly hopped on the end to finish nice and dry.

Very light and refreshing beer at at 4% this is a GREAT session brew.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep but transparent red/brown with ok white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of very faint malt. Taste is more malty than it should be for a wheat ale. Very faint bananaish flavor and slight spice, mostly a very malty kind of a cheap scotch ale taste. mouthfeel is good, not too thin, drinkability is ok, but I really struggle with the amount of malt funk in here as far as refreshment and drinkability. An OK wheat offering from widmer, I think last years APA offering was much much better.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-orange color, topped by a small, wispy, creamy white head. Aroma of mildly sweet malt, some slightly sweet, fruity hops, and a bit of mellow dark wheat. Palate is malty up front, becoming more balanced before the swallow. The hops come through on the finish, providing some nice, lingering bitterness, tempered somewhat by the mellowness of the wheat. Body is smooth and a touch silky, thanks to the wheat. While not a spectacular offering, this is certainly a decent, refreshing beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with 2+ fingers of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint caramel & cereal, caramel is a little more prominent as this warms

T: Faint pear & apricots, faint herbal hops up front. Slight orange peel & some grainyness as this warms. Some caramel & biscuitty malt in the finish

MF: Light bodied, vigirous carbonation that tones down as this warms

Drinks alright, but not much flavor here, would do in a pinch. Was better on draft

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Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly red amber with decent clarity. Half inch of off white head dissipates quickly and yields some minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of light sweet malts, a bit more smoky/earthy when agitated.

A slightly sweet roasted malt flavor overrides any wheat presence. Finishes with a touch of bitterness with well balanced carbonation. Strong Amber/Bock flavors for a wheat based beer.

Drinkability suffers in my opinion from an excessive malt sweetness in the finish. This is a relatively light brew that doesn't need to mask it's alcohol content, yet the finish seems oddly out of place.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TAMU99
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheerful bottle with a promising selection from the Portland prodigies. Pours a rich reddish brown. There's a medium tan creamy head that leaves a nice lace. Smell is citrus, corriander and wheat (go figure). Hops are prominent with a decent malt backing, but almost leave you wanting a bit more. The bitterness is more reminiscent of orange peel rather than clean hops. This is minor. Overall a good tasting, drinkable beer that I'll be picking up for the next get together. I'm not a big fan of reds, but this has been my favorite of the genre.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from racerx.

A: The wheat beer has a dark red, amber color. The depth makes clarity an issue but it doesn't appear as though there is any sediment. A finger or so of head welled up on pour but it didn't linger.

S: Caramel, darker malt and a soft wheat tartness create a nose full of graininess. There is little in the way of hops.

T: Lots of wheat works to create a pretty good taste. Darker flavors create a dunkel-like flavor with sweeter chocolate and caramel flavors that don't overwhelm. The malt flavors are bready with a nice finish.

M: The strength of the wheat flavors makes for a nice sip. The flavors are not overwhelming or earth-shattering but they create a good sip.

D: A dunkel wheat kicked up a level or two. I'd drink another one of these if given the chance.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

Short lasting head and just a touch of spotty lacing atop a deep amber red brew.

Aroma is all pale malts.. smells "soft" .. smooth graininess.

Palate is very smooth... sorta silky. Toaste pale malts and a very light husky flavor.. very slight floral hop flavor.. The best thing about this beer is definately the body... nice and medium but again soooo smooth for a beer with this low of an ABV.

This is really a pretty good brew... much better than most American Pale Wheats that I've had... The style itself really doesn't do it for me that often, but I will probably buy this again while it's available.

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Photo of hiikeeba
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours up a Clear red mahogany color with a quickly dissipating white head.

S - Some caramel aroma, but very faint. Not much aroma.

T - Initial flavor is faint. Finishes with a nutty flavor. Not much flavor, either.

M - There is not much to this beer.

D - Nothing objectionable to stop you from drinking a lot of this. Nothing desirable to keep you drinking it, though.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely looking ale, dark amber with a large handsome light tan,thick creamy head. Aroma is quite fruity and full of wheat, Semi-sweet malts dominate, some berry like flavours are blended in, a touch of the hop near the end, getting some slight caramel undertones as well. Very nice on the palate, a great smooth easy to drink mouthfeel to this one. Overall a surprising beer, given the last three"0" beers from Widmer, i hope this is still around in the summer as it would do great then.

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, this tastes like a drier version of Widmer's Hefe to me. I expected it to be much more red and the head didnt last too long. A pretty average wheat with good drinkability. I think I was expecting a dark and cloudy red hefeweizen given the name "Crimson Wheat." Fans of Widmer should definitely check this out, others may want to bum one off a friend since the price of six-packs just seem to be going up and up.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Light brownish-red coloration. Head was a decent two tip layer which settled to a thin covering. Lacing was spotted.

S - Sweet caramel malt aroma with some faint cherry notes.

T - Sweet body, no real hop presence, rich malty backbone, not bad but a bit one sided.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation level, crisp finish.

D - Not a bad brew at all, and a good one to enjoy sitting around a campfire deep in the mountains of Nevada, where I had the pleasure of knocking back quite a few of these. Good beer for the price, as I recall a sixer was around $7.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is a little sour and wheaty with lemon/lemongrass notes. Notes of chocolate and caramel/toffee. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep toffee brown, good clarity, moderate creamy head. Looks good.

Mild chocolate, mild sourness, some grape-like fruit, some lemongrass. It's creamy, tart, and sour just as I'd expect a wheat beer to be. Slightly dry and grainy with mild malty sweetness. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of Boozehounds
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. Usually most of the Widmer brews aren't very surprising, but the Crimson Wheat is malty and delicious.

A: With a standard pour, you get a thin layer of dense lacy head. The beer is a dark translucent amber.

S: I was a unprepared for the smell, as the malts had a big impact. If I was pressed for details (I suppose that's the point here) I could pinpoint some caramel.

T: I think the flavor of this beer is gorgeous. It hits all the right parts of the palette without being overpowering. You should check out this beer, if you like a sweet finish. Don't let that push you away though, because it isn't a kriek by any means.

M: The beer manages to be more "lively" in your mouth than appearance would dictate. The smoothness combined with a bittersweet punch makes for a surprising twist.

D: Overall, I would definitely purchase this stuff again. Kudos to the Widmer brothers. You have done an excellent job.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep amber color, not really crimson, tan head, very carbonated and bubbly. Head reduces to a film. Fairly cloudy, interesting looking beer, especially for a wheat beer.

S: Definite wheat malt smells, sort of a caramel hint as well.

T: There are a lot of different sweet malt flavors going on, and a nice roasted character as well. A faint hint of clean hops at the end, not too bad tasting at all. Nothing remarkable, but decent nonetheless.

M: Nicely carbonated still pretty smooth though, fairly thick as well. Pretty good in the mouth.

D: It isn't offensive, but it isn't exactly great either. I think a few more hops would really make it an ace beer. Pretty drinkable though and not too bad.

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Photo of elniko
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Very little head, deep crimson color as the name implies. Not impressed with the appearance.

S: Wheat tones, strong alcohol on the nose as well. Solid on the nose with some hints of caramel.

T & M: Definite caramel and mild chocolate tones in the taste. A little sweet with a slightly watery aftertaste.

D: Drinkable, but wouldn't go out of my way to have again. Similar to other Widmer in that it is very average.

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Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a very light beige head. Smell is kind of funky and fruity. Taste is more malty and toasty and richer than expected in an American wheat beer. Perhaps a light wheat flavor in there, along with caramel, but not identifiable as a wheat, really. Very drinkable, simple gateway beer.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep reddish amber color, white head settles very quickly, light lacing. Smell is as expected heavy on the wheat, faint yeast. Flavor is nice and wheaty, very little hop presence to speak of. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but smooth finish. A Very drinkable brew. Better than any widmer brew i've had in recent memory.

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W'08 Crimson Wheat from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 46 ratings