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

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

Brewed by:
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 manx
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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 aleamericanreject
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: crisp golden liquid. Forms a nice frothy white head. Appealing to the eye

Smell: Nothing too special. Citrus undertone

Taste: rather bland. Slight hop presence but overall pretty light and smooth. Easy drinking.

Mouth feel: nothing overbearing, smooth and dry. Does not stick on palate

Overall: decent. Experience not outstanding but not bad. Niche product that is drinkable and bodes well given gluten-free.

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Photo of plaid75
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of lancecenter
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear and bright straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam.

It smells typical for the style. Sweet malt, grain, a hint of some lemon, and now some bready notes.

More bread in the taste than the nose, the sweetness is somewhat subdued and there's only a hint of the lemon.

Good mouthfeel but overall, this is another very ordinary brew whose subtle-ish flavours don't do anything for my taste buds. It's about as exciting as the label on the bottle.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Omission Lager pours to a yellowish color with a slight head of foam comprised of larger bubbles. It looks okay at first, but sinks to a thin coating in a short time. The nose on this beer is one of lightly spiced hops and sweet pale malt.

As for the taste, this beer is mild, but likable. The dominant flavors are cereal grains, honey, herbal and grassy hops, and some basic fruit in the middle- namely some mild lemon and faint apple. The beer is crisp, clean, and easy drinking. The body of the beer is light and it seems very easy- going overall.

This beer prizes itself for being brewed gluten free. It uses a special process to remove the gluten and by doing so, the beer is free from an ingredient that some people cannot consume, and that makes it a beer that most anyone can consume. It is a decent effort from Widmer- certainly nothing amazing, but not bad overall.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention and looks to be leaving traces of lacing. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a clear and pale golden straw color which appears as a weak lemon hue when held up to the light. Lacing is scant.

Nose- Practically nonexistent. I get the faintest hint of grain and sweet malt but not much else. When I swirl the glass, the malt sours and I get a whiff of cornflakes. Pretty boring but to be expected from this style.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but with more presence. Heavy on the grain, cereal, and cornflakes. There is a finish of earth, grass, and herbs from the Sterling hops. Light notes of citrus (orange and lemon) from the Citra and some woodiness from the Mt. Hood. This beer is proving to have a much more complex flavor profile than I would have guessed from the nose or the style requirements. Some thinness but not as much as one would expect from a light beer. Slightly above average.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. Has a little bit of a dry finish. Some smoothness to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and much less boring than many of its brethren. Probably won't purchase again- it's a little more expensive because of its trendiness.

Overall- Slightly above average. I only bought it so I could sample a representation of the style. It perhaps fails at that but I prefer its failure to the “success” of its BMC counterparts.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a straw yellow, very clear with visible carbonation. Had a good fingers worth of head that dissipates as quickly as it appears with no lacing.

S: Smells pretty much like most Light Lagers, lightly sweet malt with a hint of fruit, not much else, pretty average for the style.

T: I'm getting sweet malt, yeast and a little breadiness right up front, then a little fruitiness kicks in at the end.

M: Very light bodied with a strangely creamy feeling as it warms up.

O: Pretty average Light Lager, but miles above the big Macro brews. Pretty low ABV makes it very drinkable. Not a bad little brew...

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Photo of KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
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 mjurney
4.29/5  rDev +32.4%
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 puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2013.

The pour is an agitated, carbonated pale yellow with a small but lasting fizzy, white head.

The aroma is akin to a pilsener or Kolsch with a lot of grainy malts, grass, bread, finished with a crispy hop note.

The body is light and mildly smooth.

The flavor is grainy with a vague hope bite finishing things off. It really is nothing out of the ordinary but would be easy to drink on a warm day.

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Photo of bashiba
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a dull clear yellow with almost no head to speak off, just a light white ring.

The smell is a touch grassy with a bit of lemon, very light.

Has a light grainy flavor with a bit of grassy mildly bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is water thin with a smidge of carbonation.

They did a good job of making a gluten free version of the a typical bad American light beer, but otherwise nothing to see here.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Continuing the expansion of my gluten-free beer horizons. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is nearly nonexistent, though there's a wafting of pure cellulose, like the water dripping from a piece of split celery. I can't say it's necessarily a bad thing, just a feeling like they weren't at all trying here. The taste holds notes of light wheat, light flowers, dried honey, and a vague sense of something sweet-ish that I can't quite put my finger on. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty weak brew, one that seems to compound some of the negative things I've heard about GF beers.

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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 beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale brass colored, washy off white head that succumbed to total dissipation almost immediately after the pour. Visible effervesce was light, misty, while the lacing was sudsy and weak.

S: Pale lemons, moderate backing.

T: A bit washy, lemon, pale grain, fair crispness but nothing that really stands out. Tart lemon fade, not as good as the nose, pretty linear in transistion, rather mundane character.

M: fairly crisp being a stretch, one of the few highlights, a touch acidic, light bodied.

O: Overall an average drink. Really nothing to brag about, no chance at repeat, less chance of a reccommendation.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roths Sunnyslope Market in Salem. $1.67 Actually quite nice looking for a lager golden yellow with a good sized bubbly white head. Fine honeyish,grassy aromas. OK Clean slightly grassy hop, semi sweet taste,perfectly reasonable. Mouthfeel is strange it starts OK but trails off to a wateriness..with a strange bitterness. Overall though an OK lager and a good gluten free.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is mainly of grains with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that isn't too bad but nothing I would want to drink again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is almost completely clear, with a tinge of yellow-gold and no head whatsoever. I could read one of those optometrist's eye charts through this thing. Wow, very clean. Aromas of toasted grains, a slight buttery highlight, and some floral notes. Flavors of grain and cereal initially, with a slight roasting on the tail-end of the palate. Very light and clean in mouth, with a crisp, almost sharp finish. Roasty, slightly grainy aftertaste. This beer is clean and very well put together, but it just lacks a lot of substance. Interesting idea behind this line of brews, though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light straw color with a very light haze. Upon pouring there is a rather big pure white head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is for the most part bready with a light citrus aroma present as well.

Taste – The taste starts out of a bready nature with some lighter yeasty tastes. Mixed with these flavors are a light caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades fast with some citrus flavors coming to the flavor profile at the end. With the citrus and the bready base a rather crisp and more lemon flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter side in terms of creaminess with the carbonation level being quite average.

Overall – Nothing too really go out of the way for.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a clear and straw colored, topped with a thin, white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing at the top of the glass. Aromas are typical for the style - lager yeast, grassy hop. Tastes are grassy, biscuity, sharp & clean, finishes semi-dry. Mouth-feel is rather thin and watery. This is better than the macro offerings of a light lager, but still not worth another purchase.

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Photo of palma
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow body. virtually no head or lacing. Spicy hop aroma. Slight skunk, off aroma starts to develop as the beer warms. Clean taste. Bready. Mellow tasting. Nice lager. I didn't know this was gluten free until I started this review. An excellent gluten free beer. Drink cold.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave this to me to try but I didn't realize it was gluten free until now. Pours a crystal clear deep golden straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spicy hops and sweet bready pilsner malt with a bit of a strange tartness that I can't put my finger on. The flavor holds a bit of spicy noble hops, a bit of pilsner like malt flavor and again a strange tartness that I wasn't expecting. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery spritz y mouthfeel. Decent beer, really nothing special but probably the best GF beer I've tried. I rated this a bit higher just for the gluten free factor, If I were gluten intolerant I would probably get used to this.

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Photo of avalon07
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma here, but traces of grain and hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a mild amount), malt (again, a mild amount), grain, and corn in the finish. Not exactly what you might call a complex beer, this one tasted like a slightly better version of a Bud Light. That's not a compliment. There's simply not a lot going on in the flavor here.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: To be fair, the Light Lager style does not allow brewers to make a truly great beer. That being said, this one succeeds in making a beer true to the style, but doesn't do anything more than that. Kind of a misfire.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, golden color with two fingers of head.
Faint smell of dry grain.
Mild bitter taste, slightly metallic, watery overall.
Crisp and light body, low to moderate carbonation.
For a light, gluten-free lager I applaud the result. By all appearances it is a superior product to most other light lagers, but it still doesn't make me want another one.

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