Omission Lager (Gluten-Free)
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Lager - American
Ranked #445
Ranked #49,963
3.21 | pDev: 16.51%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent starting head but it fades to rim bubbles. Few spots. Crystal clear. Dark straw color

A touch of skunk to the otherwise raw barley grain aroma. Faint hop. Smells like a macro.

Spritzy with a thin body. There's a bit more flavor than a macro, but not by much. Very grainy. Little, if any, hop. Refreshing as in the lawnmower sense.

Jul 25, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a very good beer. It does look like a lager, albeit one with feeble carbonation. It smells like nothing and tastes like an na. Mouthfeel is ok, and the head is really pretty for a little while, so I'll give it that.

Jun 28, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DATE: January 17, 2020... OCCASION: Friday of week two in a gluten-free diet--time to try more beer!... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a swirling, almost violent explosion of bubbles amid a clear, golden body that frames its fluffy, puffy snow-white, three-fingered head... its resilience is impressive, especially considering other gluten-free offerings have flat-lined rather swiftly... crisp biscuit, bright aromatic flowery hops--lilac and hyacinth--and lemon zest... it's rather light, if not weak, but it's not off-putting... it has a basic, thin, smooth mouthfeel that approximates a light beer with dry tannins... somehow, the effervescence that showed so impressively doesn't make its way to the tongue or throat... and not as crisp as the bottle suggests--still, it does refresh... lemon dish soap, lilac, some fruitiness (berry, apple), the feint of bread malts, and a little nuttiness... this holds its own against the normal rinsers, but for a gluten-free beer, it rounds nicely into a drinkable lager...

Jan 18, 2020
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tracylovesbeer from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am so beyond happy that I found this beer! I used to be a loyal Miller light drinker before gluten issues put the kibosh on it. I tried a lot of different gluten free beers but I never found one that had that light, clean taste. This one is great substitute! The taste is slightly bolder but does the job. I can finally have that reward beer after the yard work gets done ❤️

Jun 06, 2019
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Firehazel from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager has character, it's very smooth yet every swallow has a statement to say. It's not pretentious. It's not trying to rock your world. It just wants you to enjoy.

Also, it's gluten free for those who are sensitive to that. I am not, so I am not factoring that into the review.

Mar 27, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

you cant judge something like this against all beers, but against its gluten free peers, its no doubt one of the best. its incredibly light, pure tasting to me, like when really good water has flavor, thats whats happening here, and it really makes this seem high quality in a space where a lot of these feel cheap. bright yellow color, fizzy but not a ton of head or lace along with in, and an aroma of fresh pils type malt, well achieved in here, and a light fruity hoppiness thats more than most pale lagers but makes it necessarily beery. the lager yeast is flavorless, i thought it might be more pils-esque from the nose, not i dont mind its absence, somehow the grain profile has plenty of character, and with the little bit of hops at the end, there is balance and even some depth for what this is. it drinks like beer, and thats all i really ever wanted from one of these. in its space, it has to be near the front of the pack, bubbly and light and real drinkable, i would even prefer this next to some full gluten light lagers. very well done!

Feb 27, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with two finger of five minute head. Rings of lace form the liquid level falls.
Smell is grain bin with some floral hops.
Taste is slight sweetness with balanced amount of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty easy drinking lager. Quite enjoyable .

Jan 30, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.64/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Bright slightly lazy gold body and small seafoam head with good retention and nonstick lacing.

Smell - Vaguely corn, hay, and citrus rind. 4

Taste - Thin, corny, and stale cardboardy. 2.5

Mouthfeel - Sad and sickly. 2

Overall - Just no. Get out of here. Worse than the sum of its parts. 1.5

Sep 01, 2018
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NNJ925 from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand why people are rating this low because they say it's not Hoppy...really???>> If you want hoppy then get the other Gluten Free Ale that is more like an IPA. This is not meant to taste HOPPY... If you are expecting that, you bought the wrong beer.

This tastes like a regular bud light. Its light and refreshing, and actually for a Gluten Free beer it's darn good. If you want something hoppy there are plenty of IPA GF beers. This is not one of them.

Mar 02, 2018
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Raphaellima from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got to rate in comparison to other GF beers. One of the best I have tasted in the GF category. Feels like a Budweiser lager, and for being GF there is nothing wrong with that.

Nov 25, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. "Omission Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "12:50 3 APR2517" and sampled on AUG0717
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity in a golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. Good retention and lacing.
Smell: Straightforward grainy malt with some floral, grassy, and herbal hops.
Taste: As the aroma suggests with a mild note of yeasty apple-like fruitiness. Moderately bitter but balanced leaving a short, dry finish.
Feel: Light-medium in body with a gently crisp carbonation.
Overall: Quite basic, and perhaps a little bit light overall, but clean and well balanced.

Aug 07, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant gold with rapidly rising bubbles joining a white frothy cap with poor retention

S: smells like light grains, a hint of apple, some grainy earthiness, and some floral and spicy hop aromas

T: slightly tart with earthy grain flavors and a hint of vegetable and very faint apple

F: light to medium light highly carbonated beverage

O: a decent gluten-free substitute for a standard American lager

Jul 22, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is yellow-gold. Head pours out nicely but then settles to a thin rim. Lacing is minimal but present. Aroma is mediumintensity; lemons pie crust, funky rosemary hops, basil, oregano, vegetal, interesting. Palate is yeasty, doughy, stale sourdough bread, pine needles, herbaceous, honey. Body is thick with some doughy richness- not super crisp. Pros kinda complex on nose, kinda complex on palate, gluten free, not bitter, fairly easy drinking. Cons no head remains, aroma is kinda vegetal and not super appetizing, palate is stale, overalls bready, and kinda sticky sweet and rich. 78/100.

Jun 08, 2017
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stcules from Italy

2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Greenish yellow, lightly veiled. Avrage white foam.
Not much in the smell. A bit of green apple.
In the taste a light malt and cereal note. No hop.
Normal lager, avoidable.

Mar 26, 2017
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Bryan12345 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent lager. I don't know about the gluten-free or what effect it has, but this has good aroma, a nice corny flavor, and a crisp finish. Well balanced.

Edit: "A craft Natty Ice?" Aw, c'mon. Deserves better than that.

Mar 19, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear and rather unappealing macro-like dull yellow with a finger of off-white foam.

Toasted malt dominates the nose with a barely noticeable hoppy herbalness.

While somewhat appealing in aroma, this is a swing and a miss in flavor. Very light, toasted malt flavor with next to no hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, bland, watery.

Overall, a beer that goes down with ease, but nothing to discuss. This is quite the lackluster lager.

Nov 19, 2016
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Dakin from Utah

2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: Flat light yellow color, no head, no carbonation.

Smell: Smells like Natural Ice.

Taste: Tastes like Natural Ice. Not as watered down maybe?

Feel: Light flat feel.

Overall: Basically a craft Natural Ice. Not worth trying in my opinion. Only upside is it's gluten-free I guess. Skip this one. 3/10.

Nov 07, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/5/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very good Pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 01, 2016
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joe12pk from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty, sweet, hoppy lager. Crisp and refreshing! Hard to believe that this is a gluten-removed brew; I would not have known it except for the labeling and knowing about the brand already. This is not anything like Redbridge, New Grist, or Bard's. This tastes really good! (Warning: people with Celiac Sprue Disease should be wary as this beer does not claim to be 100% gluten free.)

Aug 02, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (12:14 3 APR 19 16) drained into a perfect pint is a clear straw yellow floating a tight 1/4in white head.
The only aroma, other than stale beer, I can detect is sour. That can't be good for a lager.
The taste is fine, malt and sans bitter.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean.
If I had to.....

Jul 23, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner glass
From: Brother-in-Law Ron
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 26, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 4, 2015 at 6:48 p.m.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good amount of uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention. A great looking beer. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled normal lager malts - corn, cereal, sourdough, honey, light grass, crackers and faint apple. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was nowhere as good as the nose. Got a toned down watery version, leading with corn cereal (Kix or Corn Pops), followed by honey and light grassy grains. Unimpressed. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. (Feel - 3.25)

I might have overrated this a tad, but it had its moments. Would not have it again on purpose though. (Overall - 3.25)

3.35 | 77 | B-

Dec 30, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Aroma is slightly sweet, with crisp lager yeast character and a bit of a corn note.

Flavor is lightly metallic, a touch sweet, finishing fairly doughy and lightly bitter. The lager yeast is really prevalent. Better than a lot of the macro lagers.

Dec 18, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear very light yellow.
Smell of corn (?) Buscuit.
Taste is of hay dry grass. Not much else. Feel is extremely light. Not much to this at all.

Oct 26, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

1.97/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got a sample bottle of this the other day at work.... not much cold around the house so thought I'd give it a try... (Does anyone else find it humorous when you have to precede a rating with your disclosure of why you would be drinking something of that nature in the first place?)

Pours a weak yellow color. Aroma is difficult to find. The flavor is almost non-existent throughout the sip. It does somehow remind me more of beer than, say, tonic water, but I cannot explain exactly how. The only real notable flavor is a bready aftertaste. Even that disappears quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, but the beer is nicely carbonated.

* I feel as if I was rating this specifically compared to other Gluten-Free beers (which I have never tried), there is an opportunity this would be getting a much better rating from me. However, since it is being listed as an American Pale Lager, I am rating this while considering it as such.

Aug 29, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer actually has a very nice look to it. The beer has a bubble head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a flat out solid gold color. The look is pretty nice.

The smell is pretty nice and simple. Sweet barley note with a light bitter hopness to it. Nothing super complicated but still good.

The taste is nothing spectacular compared to all of the other beers on the market but still good in its own right. The beer has a very sweet malty taste and light but bitter hop note. The hop note is fairly light but strong to keep the taste from being too malty.

The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic and great. The beer has a light body but with enough weight to give it some body and depth. The crisp carbonation feel makes it fairly refreshing. Overall, a pretty good feel for a lager.

Overall, a much better beer than the ratings let on and certainly light years beyond any adjunct lager. Definitely worth picking up on a hot day or if you're looking for something simple to drink with flavor.

Jul 21, 2015
Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 370 ratings