Widmer Gasthaus

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

44 Ratings
Widmer GasthausWidmer Gasthaus
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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
Score:
92
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 23
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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jjboesen
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Widmer Brothers have created one of the country's better microbreweries with national distribution - of course, this fact shouldn't prevent any thirsty Beeradvocate from making the trip. Widmers Brewery and Gasthaus are situated in an industrial area and very accessible by MAX Light Rail (Yellow Line-Albina/Mississipi Station, which is about 2 or 3 blocks away - in fact, the train frequently rumbles past). There is a large brick-wall dining room directly on the left upon entry and a small bar area off to the right. The menu is heavy on sausages -very good and hearty. I enjoyed the tasty meatloaf sandwich with potato salad. The Gasthaus offers primary Widmer beers (8-9 taps) to quench a raging thirst. I had their Alt and the IPA Broken Halo, the latter having been also offered at the Brewers' Bruncher. Great Happy Hour prices and pretty pleasing ambience, makes Widmers worth the trip to Portland, AKA Beervana.

The big building across the street is the brewery. Widmers is up the street from McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon and Hotel and an additional 10-minute walk from Amnesia Brewing Company.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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 PaulStoneAnchor
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Definitely a great place to come sit down and enjoy a beer and burger. The food is really great and reasonably priced, and also they have a great selection as well. The service is amazing, I dont know if it was our particular waitress, but our waitress was amazing; she even brought a sample of root beer for my fiancee who was the DD without us even having to ask. The beer was absolutely amazing. I know a lot are just to having the Widmer Hefeweizen, but their other beers are really amazing, especially their Collaborator India Pale Lager. This is definitely a great place to come and watch Timbers and other sports games. Definitely a great place to come and enjoy a beer and burger.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of shmooppee1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of tylerstravis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dbriesemeister
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Took the train from airport and showed up with all of our luggage, the staff was very helpful. They have a beautiful bar with a nice selection of their beers including a collaboration tap from home brewers, cool. The food was REAL good and reasonable. These cats do it right for sure & the brewery is very high tech.

The atmosphere was nice and warm with lots of people coming and going.The highest quality was maintained up and down the board. The staff was very knowledgeable about the brews and the food. Widmer has something for everyone on tap. Care was taken in preparation and presentation of the food for sure. The prices are on par with GOOD food and GOOD beer.

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Photo of csiewert
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place rocks! The location is right next to the brewery and out of the way of the craziness of downtown. Right next to a max stop, which makes having to have a sober driver is not needed, which is a plus because you'll have a hard time getting out of there sober if you're a big craft beer fan. The selection is great... Widmer beers only served so you don't have to bother with all the light beer wussies. The selection rotates regularly so there is always something new to try, and all the beers are of great quality. The food fits in perfectly, with a sort of German theme, with some American classics like an amazing hamburger. The prices are great for the quality and the service is pretty good most of the time. The place is a little smallish, so get there early to get a seat.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Brewlore
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was very excited to visit here. Awesome brick building located right near the water. The two times we went there parking wasn't much of an issue.

Inside the place resembles that an German pub (as another reviewer mentioned). Small area with a nice bar and comfy seats.

We were seated and served quite quickly and both servers were quite pleasant. Food wise, this place is grand! I had the Chicken Schnitzel the first time around and the Vegetarian Pasta the next. Both were excellent. I was very happy with the food here.

On to the beer. Of course, since this is Widmer you're going to great some very solid beers on tap. I had the W'08 seasonal Crimson Wheat. Very good beer. Their Drop Top Amber Ale and O'Casey's Irish Stout were both just as good.

A must go pub if you're in the Portland area.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Okay, so this is a massive brick building, right down by the waterfront on the east side.

Parking isn't the greatest, but it is definitly worth a visit despite. A small 'gated' parking area directly behind the building offers free parking for 15 cars or so, otherwise you'll need to find streetside.

Widmer brews a nice hef, and they have lots of seasonals and whatnot avaialble. Get their sampler and make sure it includes all seasonals/specials.

The Widmer Gasthaus maintains an old-school German pub feel despite its size and sports bar inklings.

Their menu features a good selection of authentic German food. Schnitzle, Brats, etc. I recommend the Schnitzle w/Spaetzle noodles highly! Even if you've never tried German food, you'll fall in love.

Staff/services was apparently hit-or-miss for me. I've been three times. Once our waitress was kinda flaky, we hardly saw her and she didn't know the beers. Another time (when it was busier no less) we had an amazing gal who we ended up tipping like 30% because she was just really knowledgable and fast. So in a whole, i'd say the service is good.
Prices are $10-$20 for meals, pints are reasonable.

So far, this is the biggest brewpub/publichouse in P'town I have visited. I would recommend first timers checking out a smaller joint like Alameda, Lampoc, Lucky Lab, etc if you've only got time for one. Otherwise, give Widmer a visit!!!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Non-American Bavarian Weissbier - now that's a REAL hefe-weizen and I guess you can only get it here at the Gasthaus. I admit, I despise Wider's so-called Hefe-Weizen (which is NOT a real hefe-weizen) but they had other options which were quite good.

Servers were a bit sketchy with the tattoos and piercings but I guess this is Portland so it's more normal. Food was alright and priced within reasonable limits. Beer samplers weren't too pricey.

Place has an obvious warehouse feel which is quite nice, and reminded me of some of the old buildings at A-B in St. Louis.

Easy to find off the public transportation stop.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited here with a friend a few weeks ago to catch up. It was during the dinner rush and I think it was right before a blazer game, so it was a little busy. I think we waited about 25 minutes for a table. Server was nice, genaerally helpful, disn't ask her many beer questions, though I think she did make a suggestion to my friend. I had a sampler of 5 or 6 beers. There were at least 15 beera to choose from. As with a sampler, most of the beers were good, one of two were lacking. There are not a lot of really big beers available, but when it comes to pairing beer with food there are lots of options. I had a burger that was decent, didn't blow my socks off, but i've had a lot of burgers in my life. Price was Just above average, but you are gatting a pretty decent meal.

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Photo of Zach122
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have always enjoyed Widmer beers, but this is my first time actually visiting them in Portland. Walking in, service was immediately present and ready to seat us at the bar. Bartender was also very friendly and happy to answer my questions on picking up a couple bottles of the recently released Old Embalmer Brothers' Reserve beer. The general environment inside was cozy and inviting, giving off the feel of an older establishment that's been around for a while. I ordered a glass of the Pitch Black IPA and had the hummus plate starter. Both reasonably priced and very good. The tap selection, assuming you're there to drink Widmer beers, is excellent. Pretty much every beer they have out on the market you can get there fresh in a glass. Definitely recommend visiting this pub if you're in Portland and take the brewery tour if you have the time (I did not).

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Photo of fitius5150
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of weefisheads
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Whether you know what a Gasthaus is before you enter or not, it's readily apparent when approach Widmer that this place is about beer. The facade of the building is what you'd expect from an oldtime bewery - all brick! - and the smell of brewing always permeates the surrounding neighborhood.

The decor of the Gasthaus is pretty minimal, but the open and wide layout of the restaurant and bar area create a really nice atmosphere.

Though I give the service pretty high marks, it's actually an average of both times I've been to the Gasthaus - the first time GREAT service, and the second time when getting service was a struggle. However, the place was really hopping the second time, and when we were helped the server was pretty nice, so I'm inclined to believe that overall the service is quite good.

But this is Widmer, and going to a brewery should be all about the beer. Despite the selection being mostly limited to Widmer beers, I still gave the selection a good rating because there are a few beers you can get here that you won't find anywhere else. As I usually do when I get the opportunity, I ordered the sampler and was thrilled that I got to choose the beers I wanted. Amoung the choices were a Dopplebock, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and a Barleywine, none of which are bottled or readily available. Although a few of Widmers mainstream beers are ho-hum, I still rated the quality as good because everything I tried was very fresh and the above mentioned hard-to-find drink were all fantastic.

Although the intent of going to Widmer was to have a few brews and food was but a second thought, the next time I go to Widmer it will be for the food first. Widmer has gone to great lengths to make their Gasthaus as German as possible, and though this isn't reflected in its decor, it certainly is in its food. Along with some more traditional options like steaks, seafood, and pasta, the menu also has some schnitzel, sauerbraten, and several sausage choices, all at very reasonable prices. I also loved the appetizer menu and opted for the Pretzel with Fondue dip for $2.50, though folks I was with raved about the Bourbon Bock wings and the artichoke brie dip. Yum!

All in all, Widmer is definitly a place I'll go back to. Like a few larger breweries in Portland (MacTarnahan's, Bridgeport), it's too bad that it's not in a more convenient location, but for a great dining and beer experience, it's worth the detour (especially if you take the tour as well - loads of freebies!)

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Photo of Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm glad I had a GPS to find this place! I would describe the neighborhood as industrial. Located on the corner, this is a great use of an older space. There is good light from the large windows and that combined with the high ceilings give this place a very airy feeling.

As you enter, you will see the bar straight ahead. It is in a part of the space that is slightly elevated. The bar seats about a dozen and there are some tiny booths and larger tables in the bar area. Check out the kegs on display behind the glass wall.

The rest of the main room is dinning area and is a combo of large booths and tables. The semi-open kitchen is also in this area. There are more rooms behind the bar.

There is a large expanse of exposed brick walls, there are well worn hardwood floors and older German and Widmer beer decorations.
I arrived at 11:45 am on a Wednesday and the place was at least 3/4s full. It was an even mix of women and men and all ages were represented. The place had a friendly buzz going. It is great to see people really enjoying themselves.

There are a couple of TVs tuned to sports and they had classic rock on at low volume levels.

My food was very good and fresh. Try the chili! Note there are plenty of fresh and green options, but only a handful of German offerings.

The bar has three tap towers each offering 5 different beers (by my public school math that is 15 choices). The selection is a mix of regulars and specials. I had a nice Drifter APA and a unique black IPA.

The service was friendly & quick. They also gave unasked for samples, you got to like that. The bartender was talking beer with several folks and he did a great job of steering them to some new choices.

I was impressed by just about everything here and it is well worth a stop.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I first visited this nearly 3 years ago when I moved to Portland and had a good time, enjoyed my beer, and really enjoyed the food. This time I hopped on the brewery tour before dropping by the bar.

The Brewery tour is interesting in that you get to see Widmer's rather attractive and shiny brewery. The hop room was my favorite, though the whole brewery is well designed. Plus, after the tour you get to try several of their beers - for free!

The Gasthaus is also an attractive building with a well kept look to it. The walls are decorated with interesting German brewery signs that give it a very classy charm. The abundance of wood creates a warm atmosphere, which is complimented by the stream of people moving through the place. It was quite popular on a Saturday afternoon.

The beer selection is pretty varied, including some spectacular beers I didn't even know were in Widmer's repertoire. There's also wine if you're in to that kind of thing.

The staff all seem quite competent, and the bartender I yammered with seemed to know beer intimately. He could have easily used another pair of arms as busy as it was.

I didn't have any food this time, despite the amazing looking reuben that seemed to be following me around. However, the last visit left me with a fondness for their food.

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Photo of tjcamm
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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