Widmer Gasthaus

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My fiancee and I went to the Gasthaus on a Saturday evening in October after visiting Mount St. Helens.

The place has a great look: Lots of red brick and cherry tables with brass fittings. There are many metal signs of German beers hanging on the walls. The place was crowded when we were there. Luckily, we got seats fairly quickly, which was nice since we were pretty tired. A strange facet of this place is they have just a few toilets for such a large venue.

I had the pork chop with spaetzel, which is a German pasta-like dumpling. It was quite good. To drink, I had asked our waiter, Mike, for the hoppiest thing they had. He brought their Double IPA, Hopnosis. After dinner I had their Cherry Bomb strong ale.

My fiancee had their BBQ pulled pork sandwich. The BBQ sauce was OK. It needs more smoky flavor. The pork was fine, though. She really liked the German potato salad.

Mike was a great server. He brought us samples of Widmer's Alt. I drank both because my fiancee doesn't like beer. She enjoyed their homemade root beer, though! And Mike brought her a small root beer to drink while I had my after dinner beer.

This place is -- of course -- the best place to get Widmer's brews. There are several offerings here that you can't get anywhere else. And their prices are inexpensive. My beers were less than $4 each and the Cherry Bomb is an 11.5 percent monster! Another famous Oregon brewery *COUGH* Rogue! *COUGH* should take notes from Widmer on beer prices.

Overall this was a great place to have dinner and it was a nice end to our trip to the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

If you can find this place, stop by and grab something to eat and a Drifter on tap.

Get the Beer Cheese Soup as a starter, even if you do not normally like cheese or soup, you like beer, right? Try this and thank me later.

This is as close to a German Gasthaus as one can find anywhere outside of Germany, this is truly a great place to eat despite what your feelings are towards the Craft Brew Alliance or whatever they call themselves these days.

Drifter is what got me drinking craft beer and it is what made me want to come here 2 years ago to see what the Widmer boys could cook up for us.

My wife and I both got the pork schnitzel which was a healthy portion even if you ignored the local mushrooms and other sides that came with it. We actually brought our leftovers home and had them for breakfast the next day, notice the recyclable container they give your for your take home, gotta love Portland.

If I didn't have to drive home I would have had 2 more pitchers of Drifter, it was that damn good.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of weefisheads
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Brewlore
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 csiewert
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of gkunkle
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I wasn't keen on the feel of this place. It is one of those brewpubs which leans too far in the restaurant direction to satisfy me. I didn't even see any of the food (I sat at the bar). The location is interesting: close to mississippi ave and the industrial area, under numerous freeway overpasses, but this serves to make the anodyne (slightly germanic) feel of the interior all the more disappointing.

We were given free samples of a couple of beers. Their policy is to be rather liberal with this practice which is naturally appreciated. They have a wide selection of their own beers (I think the count may have been as many as 14) and as others have already commented many seemed vastly superior to the beers they sell to local supermarkets.

Putting suggested tip percentages on our receipts seemed a little gauche. Did they really want me to tip $1.13 anyway?

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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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