Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Omission Lager (Gluten-Free)Omission Lager (Gluten-Free)

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I should feel crappy more often! I felt really nauseous and under the weather on Friday and decided not to stir out of my humble abode over the weekend. Fortunately for me, I have a massive backlog of beer awaiting review and I turned to the gluten-free beers in the hopes that I would feel better. It seems to have worked as I have run through a bunch of them and I feel somewhat better, if not perfect.

From the bottle: "It isn't just what we took out, it's what we left in[.]

Apparently, they also left out punctuation! I Pop!ped the cap and began a hard pour, which netted me ~ three fingers of foamy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a crystal-clear Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2). Nose had the honey-like sweetness that I usually associate with Lagers, but this was supposed to be G-F. WTF?!? Mind = blown. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was reminiscent of summers on the farm - honey, hay, mown grass. Clean, light, easy-drinking, this was better than many AALs that I have been exposed to and it is G-F! Holy ... Finish was clean, semi-sweet and unquestionably the best of the lot so far.

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Photo of mjurney
4.29/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, a little haze. Lots of small bubble rising up. Bright white head.

Faint aroma... I'm picking up some spicy, bready, a little lemony.

Sweet malts, bready, grassy, a little honey. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-lemony. Clean and crisp finish. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, semi dry, well carbonated.

Very good for a Light Lager.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/7/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass. On side of label: "Oct 30 14" which I am sure it was the born on date and not expired by date.

Brew pours a clear straw-yellow in color with a thin foamy/fizzy head that settles down to mostly around the sides of the glass in less than 10 minutes. Ring-lacing is seen at first then slides back down after a few sips. The aroma is of grains for the most part with a light hint of corn also. More going on with the flavor as this actually doesn't taste like the typical 'Pale Ale' and even leaning towards a Hefeweizen (wheat beer) even. Great taste and goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all unlike some pale ales. Tasty brew. Lighter+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall I liked this one and don't care if if is "Gluten-Free" or not.

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Photo of Adestria
4.09/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought lagers were usually heavier, i like the lightness of this one. Has a bit of a citrus taste like a Blue Moon, but is crispier...pretty tasty for a gluten free beer. I poured a bottled beer into a chilled mug, it was refreshing. The after taste is so so, it's better on the lips.

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Photo of manx
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the last year I've been gluten-free - and my favorites are Widmer Omission - Lager, IPA & Ale. The least bitter (and least powerful) of the three is the gold label Lager at 4.6%, with a smooth, light taste.

As most say, not bad for a gluten-free beer - I like beer but not the beer belly and hope Omission will stay available at my local - Rovers in Austin.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
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.)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - Widmer? Portland? My wife was just flipping around season 3 of Portlandia on Netflix today! Nobody really reads this shit, right?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some well spread-out sudsy and striated lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of crisp, grainy pale malt, wet saltine crackers, breakfast biscuits, watery lemon juice, ethereal petrol fumes, and leafy, earthy, and dead grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy pale malt, just a touch of corn-bred sweetness, now totally sodden discount brand soup crackers, subtle gasohol notes, and still prominent earthy, weedy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are quite understated in their plainly frothy ministrations, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a small airy creaminess manifesting, right where I was looking for something more sinister. It finishes just off-dry, the graininess of the tinkered-with malt still prominent enough to keep those apparently noble hops more or less honest.

Forget gluten-free, this is one of the better lagers, period, that I've had in a long while. Crisp, tasty, and well-rounded, with a few old-world nods, the kind that make me shake my head when I see what this is listed as here - 'light lager', really? Ok, things and recipes may have changed over the intervening years, but I think this offering deserves a whole shitload more respect than to be lumped into THAT category.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Crystal clear straw yellow body. Fizzy white head that doesn't retain much foam but lines of decent lacing hang around.

Aroma: A clean grain and malt body with just a touch of dried grass.

Taste: Some slightly metallic sourness in front followed by a clean grain body.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light.

Overall: A completely refreshing, tasty lager. Probably wouldn't choose this over a cheapest macro though due to the price.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%

(bottling date: Jun 16 2014 - poured into a fluted goblet)

A: pale, faded yellow liquid... crystal-clear... tall, off-white, oily-looking foam crops up on the pour... a bit rocky and mashed-potato in appearance... thin shots of lace

S: classic, familiar sulfury aroma of adjunct lagers - I mean, it's dead on - did they use a Bud or Miller yeast on this?... lightly floral with a faint hint of pilsner malt... wet sidewalk... as it warms, it takes on a more fresh-baked bread quality

T: brief sweet corn note up front, but almost immediately the flavors following that indicate that this is an all-malt, Euro-style pale lager - a touch heftier on the malt and its balance than said lagers... strange note of pre-ground black pepper in the finish... vaguely doughy malt and a semi-firm, mineral hop bite lingers in the aftertaste

M: dancing around medium-bodied, marginally rigid edges, but with a fairly dry, mildly parching finish

O: lowering the gluten ppm or not, they made a fine lager here... can't say if the extra malt heft will turn off those who prefer their lagers to taste damn near like water, but the rest of it's close enough!... a "light" lager that drinks more like an import German helles?...

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess the catch here is gluten free? Doesn't apply to me, but we will see how it goes.

Appearance : fluffy, webby head - stark white in appearance, very small head. Body is pale straw in appearance.

Aroma : sweet, hoppy wheat aroma! This is nice. Some rice. Slight soapiness. Nice bouquet.

Flavor : lots going on here. Honey sweetened wheat, rye, light oatmeal, braided honey pretzel. Biscuit malts. I like what's going on here, it's different than any other lager and borders on a pale wheat ale or a honey Weiss. In fact if they caled this "honey lager" it would be an accurate name.

Mouthfeel : zippy, light bodied, lightly creamy.

Overall : this surprised me. I can't help but view it throught the lens of gimmick by being gluten free, but on its own it's just a damn good lager. I like it and would have it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a banana yellow color. Below average carbonation throughout. About half a finger of head on the pour which did not retain well. Pretty regular looking overall.

Smell: Bread, yeast, some fresh greens, banana peel, and some nutty tones. Very interesting, much more then I had expected. Light and sweet, really makes you stick your nose in and enjoy.

Taste: Some of the pleasant yeasty banana sweetness on the front on this brew. The body dissolves into a slightly lacking yeast presence which has a sort of hollow taste. Finish is an interesting sticky leafy greens flavor with some lingering yeast sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Super easy drinking and very enjoyable.

Overall: A really solid brew. Nothing to run out and go get but if you can pick it up in a mix six some time I would definitely recommend it. Nice afternoon beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Dark golden body with a thin white head. Minimal lacing, poor retention.

S - Fruity grain, lemons, not much

T - Spicy hops wrap honey kissed grain, golden delicious apples, sweet but dries out on the finish. Strong yeast presence, finishes crisp and clean.

M - Medium full body, ample carbonation, clean finish.

This was a clean flavorful lager that I would totally rock if I had to drink gluten free. One of the best gluten free beers I've had to date.
I think people are forgetting the style of this beer. This beer kills most anything in it's style category.

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Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)

- Very clear and light straw colored lager. Quickly fizzing white head settled to a bubbly almost macro-lager-like brew. Subtle spots above the brew where the bubbles chose to reside. Pretty basic. Looks like another session lager.

Smell: (3.0)

- Crisp bittering hops, as well as a slight floral presence. There is a biscuit-like grain and light sweet malt aroma. The yeast plays a bready role while yet an adjunct presence seems only slightly likely. I only say that because I know this is a gluten-free beer, though I don't know if an adjunct exists.

Taste: (3.5)

- This tastes like a refreshing lager. Light grain, and light sweetness from the grain, and perhaps a corn maize affect. Light bitter pine and herbal hops, and a rather floral finish. This is solid, and yet again another lager that could steer a BMC fan away from the macro, and into the crafto. Being gluten-free is just a bonus, because you wouldn't guess it with this beer.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- A standard light bodied lager with a great dry finish. The use of hops create a nice dry finish to a beer that otherwise could be a little thin and syrupy. A little chewy yet, but cloying as well.

Overall: (4.0)

- I am astounded that this is gluten-free. Yet it is still a stand-out lager in the craft world. You could hand this beer to someone, and never mention the fact that it is gluten-free... and I bet they would still thoroughly enjoy it more so than any canned macro on the market. Kudos to Widmer. I hope they continue to stay on this awesome path they have paved.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pale, straw color. Slightly hazy. 2 fingers of head that settles quick in to a fine ring. No lacing.

S - Cereal grains, grass, and lemon.

T/M - Light and crisp. Lots of lemon grass. Mild, citrusy hop finish.

O - This is not half bad for the style. Gluten or not, I'd put this neck above the big three any day.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Really pale yellow. Looks kind of like Mt. Dew (almost on that neon side). The pour yields a small white head that is gone quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (4.6%). Made 7/9/14 - so it is 6 months old.

S: [3.25] Malts, breadiness and some caramel tones.

T: [3.50] The flavor is very neutral. Some hints of malt and breadiness.

M: [3.50] Carbonation and mouth feel are right for the style.

O: [3.50] This is a beer you could transition someone from BMC to craft with. It has a mild taste but is slightly more complex than an AAL. This would be great on a hot day. If I had Celiacs I would be all over this. It doesn't seem to be missing anything in the flavor profile.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost the palest golden that I have ever seen. Head is one finger and lasts quite well and leave some lacing.
S- Clean aroma but grainy and a hint of lemon.
T- Sweeter on the tongue than I expected. Sweet, bready, and a hint of lemon in there.
M- Light as to be expected, but nice even carbonation.
O- Good by light lager standards. Clean with decent flavors.

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The foam fades rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - A very light, grainy aroma.

T - A bit of lightly sweet malt up front, some grainy notes in the middle, and a finish of dry malt and herbal hops.

M - a light body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - For what it is, it is actually pretty well done. It doesnt compare to a truly full flavored beer, Ii it is intended to be a gluten free substitute for light lager it's a home run as there is nothing about it that (other than the poor foam) that screams gluten free and I would say it actually tastes like real beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super hot day, hope this is refreshing. Never found a gluten free beer that I liked so far, so hopefully this will get there.

Pours a light fizzy almost one finger head that fades fairly quickly over crystal clear watery honey golden color.

Nose has a big crisp fruity lager, quite fruity but some typical lager and some over fruity, light malts with a hint graininess, light of what seems like a golden malt like profile and hint of fruity hops.

Taste has a light honey flavor, light golden toasty malt like profile again surprisingly. Just a hint of sweetness, as the lager flavors kick in, hint of lager fruit and nice crispness. Juicy flavors and on a hot day quite a thirst quencher. Light grassy hops. There is also a bit of a husk or grainy flavor. Finish is dry and crisp, light lingering bitterness and hint of floral fruity hops as well as lager flavors.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, light overall but quite drinkable and thirst quenching. Nice malt-like flavors although lighter and not quite the same as if they used real malts, hops are practically non existent, but nice lagering as well. So pretty decent for a gluten free beer, or possible just because I was so thirsty and it was so hot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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-

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't buy this because it's gluten free, in fact I didn't know until I came to do this review, so they truly accomplished a normal beer without gluten. Poured only an 1/8" inch white head which didn't last long. The body is a clear straw yellow with very little effervescence. Smells of malt and grass. The taste mirrors the smell yet I'd say it's richer and creamier than mainstream lagers. Short finish but fairly long aftertaste. Better than I'd have expected.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up at Wegman's poured chilled in a pils glass from the brown 12oz bottle.
The color is straw with very transparent clarity with thick white head that settles to a ring of beads with ring of lace that sticks. The smell has a light malt scent with slight hint of yeast aroma and almost grainy corn-like aroma. The feel is very carbonated but nice body with light sweetness and mild bitterness, the finish is dry.

The taste of this lager is lightly grainy with a very light toasted accent with slight hint of yeast adding a mild fruit element with light grass almost a spice-like flavor as it finishes. Overall I like this about as well as most other light lagers, but this seems to have a little more body than most which makes it a skosh more enjoyable I would probably not be able to tell it is a gluten free product if I tried this blind, but I probably would not purchase this again even though it is ok for the most part.

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Photo of plaid75
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a faint noble hop.

The taste was well balanced with a light fermentable, herbal noble hop, lemon and green apple.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty decent gluten free beer.

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Omission Lager (Gluten-Free) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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