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Widmer Hefeweizen

Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
32 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

Brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer have been originators in the American craft beer scene since 1984, producing a range of beers including arguably the prototypical American wheat ale, Widmer Hefeweizen. Evincing notes of nougat-like malt, Satsuma and soft chamomile, the aroma is light and unassuming, barely rising from the glass. Tim was surprised by the lack of any wheat character, but thought the light lemon-lime hints added some aromatic complexity. Though not out of style, Tim felt the nose lacked enough “character and depth” to capture the drinker’s interest. Pete also found the overall nose to be “rather neutral,” and lacking in definition. He did drag out some lightly crisp wheat notes in the background, but felt they were “buried.” A cloudy, pale yellow, bordering on hazy gold, Widmer Hefeweizen is highly effervescent and throws a large, billowing white head that collapses rather quickly. Subdued malt, a vaguely sticky, sugary sweetness, and the merest whiff of citrus fruit define this beer’s flavor. Tom jumped on the lack of wheat flavors, wondering “where is the wheat in this wheat beer?” He did, however, enjoy the candied malt and hints of navel orange and Bosc pear skulking in the background. Rick complimented the slightly viscous, faintly creamy palate, and thought the citrus notes were “mildly refreshing.” He found it a “solid” entry for those just beginning to explore craft beer. A solid example of a innocuous style, Widmer Hefeweizen has continued to please throngs of devoted drinkers for more than 20 years.