The Ambier was a dark straw color with a very light malt and hop flavor, it finished cleanly. The Weizen was golden, with a nice malty flavor, medium body, and overall very clean. The Blackbier appeared a very dark brown, it was medium-bodied, with a dry light chocolately flavor. The Hefeweizen was a hazy dark gold color with a medium body, light wheat flavor and overall, evenly balanced. The Weizenberry had a dark amber hue to accompany its serious carbonation and light head. The most lasting impression, its intense raspberry flavor. At the non-alcoholic end of the spectrum was the Rootbeer with its medium but clean sweet flavor and great mouthfeel. The Altbier was a dark amber color, lightly-carbonated with a dry malty flavor, chocolate?, with a very clean hoppy flavor. The brewpub's German influence was also apparent in the menu selections: Vorspeisen (Appetizers), Salate (Salads), Suppen (Soups), Würste (Sausages), Nachspeisen, Getranke, Wines, Biers, Hauptspeisen (Entrees), and Belegte Brote (Sandwiches). The kitchen is open for mittagessen (Lunch) from 11 AM to 4 PM, and Abendessen (Dinner) from 4 PM to 10 PM. Sampling was encouraged by the $2.95 price of the five beer sampler tray. Pitchers cost $9, a "Mass krug" was $5.75, a "large" $4.25, "eine halbe" $2.95, and a "small" $1.95. The half dozen upholstered booths offered a relaxing setting to soak up the atmosphere and the lager-style brews. Hours of operation were 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM Friday, and 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday. Tours are available Saturdays at noon and 1 PM, and the facility is wheelchair-accessible. Long popular in their own region, look for Widmer beers to become more prevalent outside of Oregon as their Micro ramps up its capacity.
929 North Russell Street
Portland, Oregon 97227
(503)281-2437, Fax (503)281-1496
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996