Archive for the ‘Widmer Brothers Brewing Company’ Category

Val picked out this beer awhile back. It is a summer seasonal from Widmer, which I don’t see around all that much. I know that it seems like I waited way too long to drink this, keep in mind that I schedule my posts awhile in advance, although I don’t think drinking this fresh would have helped it much.

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ABV: 4.2%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “HEFE SHANDY IS A BRIGHT, REFRESHING AND SESSIONABLE BEER BREWED FOR THE SUMMER. THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN HEFEWEIZEN GETS A BOLD, NEW CITRUSY AROMA AND FLAVOR FROM LEMON DROP HOPS AND NATURAL LEMONADE FLAVOR. HEFE SHANDY IS 4.2% ABV AND 12 IBU.”

Random: I really like the mug they have on their website. Generally speaking, their merchandise is attractive, although I’m not sure as to the validity of their claim as “Oregon’s favorite craft beer.”

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation but lots of visible floaties. The nose had an odd lemon note that was like artificial lemon syrup. There wasn’t much wheat. The taste was like lemons that had gone rancid. It reminded me of old lemonade and I couldn’t stomach more than one or two sips. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick with the same awful lemon taste. A bottle of this was $1.49 at Half Time in New York, which came to $.12 per ounce. This is one of the worst beers that I’ve had in recent memory.

Untappd Rating: 0.5/5.0

It’s Monday and I’m stuck at work. The only good thing is that I’m off on Saturday for 4th of July. It’s really dead at work since we only have 15 trucks, so I can probably leave at a decent time and mow my lawn. Let’s get to the beer.

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ABV: 9.4%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “BARREL AGED BRRRBON IS AN IMPERIAL VERSION OF OUR BRRR SEASONAL ALE AGED IN KENTUCKY BOURBON BARRELS. THIS SMOOTH WINTER WARMER COMBINES A RICH MALTY SWEETNESS WITH COMPLEX OAK, VANILLA, AND CARAMEL CHARACTERS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AS THE BEER AGES.”

Random: This was brewed in 2010 and has been aging since 2011.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on the top of the body. The body itself was a dark and hazy brown color with no visible carbonation. It did have a lot of floaties. The nose was all bourbon and vanilla, which was very strong. The taste had notes of smoke and more bourbon. There was also a lot of vanilla and maple, which was really strong. It had a thick body and no carbonation to speak of. The booze was also really well-hidden. I think the age has something to do with that, but it may have been aged just a little too much. It had a long bourbon and vanilla finish. I really wanted to enjoy this one since I aged it so long, but it just didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, TGI Fridays has this whole new section on the menu of craft beer. I’ll save you the trip, most is either junk or it’s macro stuff thinly veiled as craft beer. This was one of the only decent selections on the menu, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
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ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “O’RYELY IPA IS A BIG, PUNCHY IPA WITH NOTABLE HOPPINESS AND JUST A TOUCH OF CARAMEL MALTY SWEETNESS. BREWED WITH RYE AND NELSON SAUVIN HOPS IMPORTED FROM NEW ZEALANDS SOUTH ISLAND, THE BEER FEATURES SUBTLE RYE SPICINESS AND FRUITY, BERRY-LIKE AROMA AND FLAVOR.”

Random: All caps for the description Widmer? Why are you screaming?

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the oversized pint glass. The body was a dark, clear amber color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was relatively mild. I got some citrus, yet no real rye. The taste had a bit more spice and some noticeable rye coupled with grapefruit citrus. But, neither came through enough and the beer just missed the mark for me. Some malt came through at the end, but it didn’t help my opinion of the beer. The body was on the thicker side and had heavy carbonation. The finish was long and spicy with rye. Given the other choices at the bar, this was okay. But, this is a great example of a beer that throws in rye just because it’s trendy right now. It’s worth a shot, but it won’t wow you.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0