pivo (2566) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light honey-ish nose that was weak. Cloudy, almost opaque orange-tan color that was unusual. Cracker-like taste that is overpowered by a hoppy bitterness. Thin but refreshing. Head went away too quickly, though. Not at all true to style, but for some reason I liked this.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mustard yellow color with a thick yeasty appearance. The suspended yeast seems olmost scientifically picture perfect. Aromas of sweet butter which moves towards bananas as the beer warms. Very grainy texture with citrus flavors (grapefruit?). Somewhat bitter finish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Widmer's standard. They produce a lot of it, and the quality of course is low. Drinkable, but really not that great.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 A++ for being an American brewer and actually having a heavy cloud. I have to disagree with most of you and say that this is one of the best American Wheat beers because it stays close to the tradition of a hefeweizen. Sourish, with lots of citrus flavor and a firm malt backbone. re-rate 8/24/03: I must have been a little shnockered when I rated this. Not that its bad, its just not really impressive. Cloudy but lacking any banana flavors.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Although it takes its name from a traditional German style, Widmer Hefeweizen lacks the clovey tang of the original style. It’s given some credit for popularizing the American wheat beer style--though it wasn’t the first. In Oregon, Hefeweizen has had a long history: back in the mid-80s, it was the first ’it’ beer, a yuppie signifier akin to a glass of merlot in the 90s or Shiraz now. It also sent brewers down a false road, as they all rushed to brew gentle wheaty ales to appeal to a larger audience. Still, a Widmer Hef on a hot day is a pleasant thing. Fresh and wheaty, but crisp and dry. Forget the citrus though.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up for the old lady since its hot and she wanted a refreshing beer. Readily available and not a bad brew. Love the unfiltered look - nice notes of wheat. Not overwhelming in flavor - but certainly decent.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A pretty good summer beer, but nothing outstanding. easily drinkable, good beer for beginners to start out with. but there are much better wheats out there than this
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like it better than most hefees’ but then I think most suck. It doesn’t taste like banana, cloves, or other spices, but it doesn’t taste like a whole lot else either.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Coors makes a better American wheat than this (blue moon). Overpowered by lemon in both aroma and flavour. Comporable but inferior to the sam adams summer. Bottom on my list of wheat beers. Absolutely none of the spice one would hope for from a wheat beer. Prototypical appearance which raises expectations, then dashes them with the first sip. A beer for people who do not like wheat beers.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dry and crisp. Not wheaty. Most definitely not a favorite of mine, either. Par for the course when you think of American wheats, which I think don’t stack up to their German cousins.