Beer Review Week: End of the Line with Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen

Tonight’s test beer is the Hefeweizen by Widmer Brothers. Say it with me — Not My Usual Dark Brew.

Poured, this beer looks a nice deep gold, with medium white head. The beer seems a bit “cloudy” — it looks thick. Smells very much like a beer — somewhat hoppy.

And oh the taste. It’s not as bitter as an IPA but it is definitely hoppy. It tastes a lot like an American style beer — not like the German or Belgian stuff I’ve had recently. Not My Usual Dark Brew has now been upgraded to Not The Kind of Beer I Drink. If you like that sort of beer — this is for you. If you like IPAs you might like it. If you like American wheat beers, this is for you.

To sum up, for the week:
1. Beck’s German Sapphire
2. (tie) Blue Moon Rounder Belgian Pale Ale
2. (tie) Redbridge
2. (tie) O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Beer — on further reflection, I’m upgrading this one.
5. Abita’s Andygator
6. Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen

There is a good amount of preference space between 1 and the 2s, and the 2s and the 5, and then again between 5 and 6. It’s almost like the Richter scale, where each number is exponentially further from the last. But that’s my preference — I’m not a fan of hoppy beers.