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Widmer Gasthaus

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4.19/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

955 N Russell St
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1733
United States

(503) 281-3333 | map
widmerbrothers.com

Notes:
Dining room hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Bar hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
44
pDev:
8.83%
 
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Widmer straddles both sides of North Russell Street brewing over 140,000 barrels of beer annually with the capacity for even more. This makes Widmer the largest brewery in Oregon and about the 18th largest in America. They brew in several old redbrick buildings in a quirky industrial nook under the Fremont Bridge. I really like the neighborhood. From the Gasthaus you can watch freight trains in their yard or the new Max light rail go zipping past. (Light rail is the best transportation option for visiting the Gasthaus.) The views of the bridge are inspiring and just a block away is McMenamins White Eagle Saloon if you crave live music or lodging.

The restaurant serves a full compliment of entrees, pastas, pub fare, and desserts. Outdoor seating is available seasonally and children are welcome throughout. The décor at the Gasthaus is comfortable, lively, and casual with lots of redbrick, polished brass and old wood. The tall, brassy tap spigots are especially artistic though they loom obtrusively at the bar. The usual line of T-shirts and the like are available and everywhere throughout the bar you see the ubiquitous letter “W”. I like the Gasthaus and I like their beers. I’m not fond of “W”.

Those who are only familiar with Widmer’s line of ambers, blondes and flagship hefeweizen will be pleasantly surprised at the scope of Gasthaus beers. Stronger beers such as imperial stout or barley wine are often available, as are other inventive brews with only limited regional distribution. Widmer earns high praise for its Collaborator series. These are beers originally created by intrepid homebrewers that Widmer brings into full-scale production for seasonal release. They range from Irish stouts to bocks and saisons and are consistently quite good.

Widmer has maintained a “distribution and equity agreement” with Anheuser-Busch since 1997. Some would argue that the alliance between an early craft brewing pioneer and America’s uncontested industrial beer mogul is unhealthy, if not unholy. I fully concur with this sentiment. A-B has a long sordid history of aggressive marketing practices that have curtailed the efforts of micro and craft brewers to compete fairly for even the most modest of customer bases. Their tremendous market dominance gives them an unfair political and economic edge over their competitors and A-B has used this advantage to unapologetically crush their opposition and silence contrary opinions. So think before you drink.

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More User Reviews:
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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mwar
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of arhagen61
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Like new eating layout. Menu leaves much to be desired. Food selections more upscale and not for average families. Like the beer. Probably won' t go back because of food selection.

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Photo of shmooppee1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

6:00 on a Wednesday so no expectation of vibe...only for great beer. No disappointment. Had the Hefe as a warm up. It was good...nice citrus balance but hard to make an outstanding one. It hit the spot! Next up was a Marzen made with smokey hops. Had some Wisconsin name. I'm a Marzen fan so it was perfect for me. The smokiness gave it a character that was interesting as an add-on but hardly overpowering. It was a Marzen through and through. I did a sample of 2 of their IPA's just to try them side by side. Both good. I even liked the hoppier one (Glen -x) better because it had so much character than the replay even though i am not an IPA fan. Then I decided I wasn't in the mood so had the Belligerent Badger on Nitro. I just love this style. It was served too cold for my tastes as my expectation would be a 55 degree or more nitro. It did get better with time but who can hold off?

I had a nice, and cute, server. She was very efficient and helpful in her description of each style as well as bringing me samples.

Food was good but I only had a Kale salad since I was a pig on the pretzel starter. I would certainly try other stuff on a return visit and recommend this stop for a true classic beer spot. Many of the beers on the menu are only available at the pub, which makes it special. Thanks!

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Exceptionally good service on a busy Saturday afternoon. Tasty meat/cheese board, and deserts. And some of the best beer in Portland. Big screen tv had game on, and rock and roll played on...

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

one of the truly iconic fixtures of the Portland brewing scene...still going 30+ years and strong...and in such a great and historic building...

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.44/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I love the history and architecture of the building. Oh yeah, the beer was good too.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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