Name: Widmer Hefeweizen
Brewery: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Portland, Oregon
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.9%
First Brewed: 1986
Light, effervescent flavors dance on the tongue and refresh both the body and soul. The clean finish leaves a tingly fruit sensation. Lovely paired with salads, seafood and spice dishes.
I wanted to record a podcast, but Sheryl wanted to review a beer. We were originally going to do both, but I got busy blogging and it got late. We decided to review a beer and go to bed! I’m tired, so I am OK with that. We are going to record another podcast tomorrow, though. We plan to talk about the release of Pumpkin Porter from Four Peaks. They are canning the beer this year… Can’t wait! Dakine said it was better this year than in years past. Bring it on!
This beer is… Well, this beer is boring. I typically don’t like this style. and am not excited to drink it. But not all beers on the list can be fun, and we need to throw in a typical beer here and there. I will say I had a really good wheat beer last night at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company. Every beer they have is great, including their Superstition Coffee Stout. SO good and look for an “off the wall” review coming soon.
Let’s drink the Widmer. Cheers!
In the Glass: Where is the orange? Think Blue Moon! Of course, there is a place for that beer. But not in this house! Is Blue Moon on our list? If it is, I blame the coriander! I have had several beers from Widmer, and nothing from them has blown me away. They even have some limited release stuff, and while it is better than most of their releases, it’s nothing to write home about.
This beer does look good in the glass. It has a nice thin white head and leaves a hint of carbonated lace as I swirl this around the glass. I am trying to find the best of this beer as I drink it.
Nose: It smells like a wheat beer should. Actually, it has a weird metallic aroma that I didn’t expect. If I was going to order this style, I would order a german hefeweizen. Speaking of Germany, we are headed to Oktoberfest next year. Care to join us?
Flavor: Meh. That is actually more boring than I thought it would be. How is this beer popular? I mean, if you are new to craft beer, maybe. But man… That lacks flavor all across the board. Even in my journey with craft beer, I never liked this style. Unless it is unfiltered, I don’t care for most wheat beers. Boo!
Mouthfeel: There are a ton of bubbles here, and if I didn’t just want to finish my glass, I would spend more time with it. The flavor is that bad. Let me take that back. It’s not bad. There is nothing wrong with the production of this beer. But there is something wrong with the expectation that this is a craft beer. I can’t even move this around in my mouth as the bubbles just overwhelm my palate.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. If I am getting anything, it is a weak yeast flavor that is gone before I even realized it was there in the first place.
This is our last beer from Widmer on the list. Good! I am over this brewing company. I might not ever buy another beer from them if I can help it. If you like this beer, that’s fine. Just not my style. Cheers, people.
Widmer Hefeweizen – The bottle says: “THE BROTHER OF INNOVATION.”
I don’t know what beer this is that we are doing tonight. I suggested earlier that we do Sexual Chocolate, but then I made this peanut butter popcorn that was really sweet, so now I’m kind of on sugar overload. A chocolate beer is probably the last thing I need right now. So instead we are doing… something else. Oh well, I guess I’ll just try it and then find out what it is.
Ricky just told me it’s a hefeweizen. That’s not bad. I actually like hefeweizens pretty well. That is what it looks like. Hefeweizens are kind of like wheat beers, if I understand correctly. Or at least judging by the ones I have tried. This one looks a bit thinner than a wheat beer, so maybe that’s one way they differ. It’s about the same color, kind of a golden orange. It didn’t have a lot of head when Ricky brought it to me. It also looks a little bit carbonated, with little bubbles floating to the top. It smells like citrus, mostly lemon. A fresh lemon, not the fake lemony scent of Pledge or anything like that. Time to find out if it tastes good or not.
Well, this one is less like a wheat beer than I expected, but it is consistent with the look and scent. It tastes more carbonated and thinner than a wheat beer. It’s not bad, and it’d make a good summer beer. It’s definitely got a light, crisp citrus flavor to it. But it kind of reminds of something one of the local breweries around here might make. They do make some good beers, but in general most of the smaller breweries I’ve been to really just make kind of standard beers. I could easily see this being one of them.
This beer is ok, but nothing to write home about. I like it ok, but probably wouldn’t buy it again. I’ve tried beers of the same style that are better.