Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
Taps: 15 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
955 N Russell St
phone: (503) 281-3333
Dining room hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
(Place added by: weefisheads)
Ratings & Reviews
next › last »
| Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Widmer Brothers have created one of the country's better microbreweries with national distribution - of course, this fact shouldn't prevent any thirsty Beeradvocate from making the trip. Widmers Brewery and Gasthaus are situated in an industrial area and very accessible by MAX Light Rail (Yellow Line-Albina/Mississipi Station, which is about 2 or 3 blocks away - in fact, the train frequently rumbles past). There is a large brick-wall dining room directly on the left upon entry and a small bar area off to the right. The menu is heavy on sausages -very good and hearty. I enjoyed the tasty meatloaf sandwich with potato salad. The Gasthaus offers primary Widmer beers (8-9 taps) to quench a raging thirst. I had their Alt and the IPA Broken Halo, the latter having been also offered at the Brewers' Bruncher. Great Happy Hour prices and pretty pleasing ambience, makes Widmers worth the trip to Portland, AKA Beervana.
The big building across the street is the brewery. Widmers is up the street from McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon and Hotel and an additional 10-minute walk from Amnesia Brewing Company.
07-29-2008 19:24:06 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was very excited to visit here. Awesome brick building located right near the water. The two times we went there parking wasn't much of an issue.
Inside the place resembles that an German pub (as another reviewer mentioned). Small area with a nice bar and comfy seats.
We were seated and served quite quickly and both servers were quite pleasant. Food wise, this place is grand! I had the Chicken Schnitzel the first time around and the Vegetarian Pasta the next. Both were excellent. I was very happy with the food here.
On to the beer. Of course, since this is Widmer you're going to great some very solid beers on tap. I had the W'08 seasonal Crimson Wheat. Very good beer. Their Drop Top Amber Ale and O'Casey's Irish Stout were both just as good.
A must go pub if you're in the Portland area.
04-21-2008 18:07:33 |
More by Brewlore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a very good brewery pub that features great, fresh beer. The Hef can't be beat and the Broken Halo is a nice IPA. There are typically 10+ brews to choose from.
The food is very good as well. I've never had a disappointing meal. The Pretzel appetizer comes with a great local mustard (Beaver Brand). My favorites are the Blackened Chicken Sandwich and the Ratskeller Burger. It's a tough choice.
The only down side for me is that the bar area is small and it can be tough to get a seat. They're usually full with off duty brewery and restaurant staff. But I guess that's not a bad sign. The bar staff is great (Lance in particular).
You'll find more Widmer styles than you can get through in a night. It's well worth the visit.
04-14-2008 00:37:48 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Okay, so this is a massive brick building, right down by the waterfront on the east side.
Parking isn't the greatest, but it is definitly worth a visit despite. A small 'gated' parking area directly behind the building offers free parking for 15 cars or so, otherwise you'll need to find streetside.
Widmer brews a nice hef, and they have lots of seasonals and whatnot avaialble. Get their sampler and make sure it includes all seasonals/specials.
The Widmer Gasthaus maintains an old-school German pub feel despite its size and sports bar inklings.
Their menu features a good selection of authentic German food. Schnitzle, Brats, etc. I recommend the Schnitzle w/Spaetzle noodles highly! Even if you've never tried German food, you'll fall in love.
Staff/services was apparently hit-or-miss for me. I've been three times. Once our waitress was kinda flaky, we hardly saw her and she didn't know the beers. Another time (when it was busier no less) we had an amazing gal who we ended up tipping like 30% because she was just really knowledgable and fast. So in a whole, i'd say the service is good.
Prices are $10-$20 for meals, pints are reasonable.
So far, this is the biggest brewpub/publichouse in P'town I have visited. I would recommend first timers checking out a smaller joint like Alameda, Lampoc, Lucky Lab, etc if you've only got time for one. Otherwise, give Widmer a visit!!!
02-16-2008 01:29:23 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Being a couple minutes late for the tour, we rushed in, sat, watched a short bit on their history and brewing procedur; were given samples of the Okto, IPA, and their well-known Hefe Weizen; then got a full tour of the brewing facility, from the fermenting tanks to the bottling line, with a knowledgeable guide to boot. So far, so good. The free glass and keychain were appreciated bonuses.
We ventured into the restaurant, which seemed a little small considering the packed Sat. afternoon crowd. A bit more of a family-style atmosphere than you normally see in a brewpub. Shared the beer sampler with our hosts, and found the beers ranging from okay to great. The food was plate-licking good, and we only ordered appetizers.
More power to this brewery, one of the longer-running ones in this brewery-packed town. Glad to find the hefe-weizen was actually good, as the tap I had of it in Lynchburg, VA (at the Depot) didn't do it justice at all.
09-30-2007 23:16:14 |
More by Metalmonk
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I wasn't keen on the feel of this place. It is one of those brewpubs which leans too far in the restaurant direction to satisfy me. I didn't even see any of the food (I sat at the bar). The location is interesting: close to mississippi ave and the industrial area, under numerous freeway overpasses, but this serves to make the anodyne (slightly germanic) feel of the interior all the more disappointing.
We were given free samples of a couple of beers. Their policy is to be rather liberal with this practice which is naturally appreciated. They have a wide selection of their own beers (I think the count may have been as many as 14) and as others have already commented many seemed vastly superior to the beers they sell to local supermarkets.
Putting suggested tip percentages on our receipts seemed a little gauche. Did they really want me to tip $1.13 anyway?
01-20-2006 04:35:23 |
More by charlatan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
My fiancee and I went to the Gasthaus on a Saturday evening in October after visiting Mount St. Helens.
The place has a great look: Lots of red brick and cherry tables with brass fittings. There are many metal signs of German beers hanging on the walls. The place was crowded when we were there. Luckily, we got seats fairly quickly, which was nice since we were pretty tired. A strange facet of this place is they have just a few toilets for such a large venue.
I had the pork chop with spaetzel, which is a German pasta-like dumpling. It was quite good. To drink, I had asked our waiter, Mike, for the hoppiest thing they had. He brought their Double IPA, Hopnosis. After dinner I had their Cherry Bomb strong ale.
My fiancee had their BBQ pulled pork sandwich. The BBQ sauce was OK. It needs more smoky flavor. The pork was fine, though. She really liked the German potato salad.
Mike was a great server. He brought us samples of Widmer's Alt. I drank both because my fiancee doesn't like beer. She enjoyed their homemade root beer, though! And Mike brought her a small root beer to drink while I had my after dinner beer.
This place is -- of course -- the best place to get Widmer's brews. There are several offerings here that you can't get anywhere else. And their prices are inexpensive. My beers were less than $4 each and the Cherry Bomb is an 11.5 percent monster! Another famous Oregon brewery *COUGH* Rogue! *COUGH* should take notes from Widmer on beer prices.
Overall this was a great place to have dinner and it was a nice end to our trip to the Pacific Northwest.
10-13-2005 06:13:04 |
More by Shaw
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Widmer straddles both sides of North Russell Street brewing over 140,000 barrels of beer annually with the capacity for even more. This makes Widmer the largest brewery in Oregon and about the 18th largest in America. They brew in several old redbrick buildings in a quirky industrial nook under the Fremont Bridge. I really like the neighborhood. From the Gasthaus you can watch freight trains in their yard or the new Max light rail go zipping past. (Light rail is the best transportation option for visiting the Gasthaus.) The views of the bridge are inspiring and just a block away is McMenamins White Eagle Saloon if you crave live music or lodging.
The restaurant serves a full compliment of entrees, pastas, pub fare, and desserts. Outdoor seating is available seasonally and children are welcome throughout. The décor at the Gasthaus is comfortable, lively, and casual with lots of redbrick, polished brass and old wood. The tall, brassy tap spigots are especially artistic though they loom obtrusively at the bar. The usual line of T-shirts and the like are available and everywhere throughout the bar you see the ubiquitous letter W. I like the Gasthaus and I like their beers. Im not fond of W.
Those who are only familiar with Widmers line of ambers, blondes and flagship hefeweizen will be pleasantly surprised at the scope of Gasthaus beers. Stronger beers such as imperial stout or barley wine are often available, as are other inventive brews with only limited regional distribution. Widmer earns high praise for its Collaborator series. These are beers originally created by intrepid homebrewers that Widmer brings into full-scale production for seasonal release. They range from Irish stouts to bocks and saisons and are consistently quite good.
Widmer has maintained a distribution and equity agreement with Anheuser-Busch since 1997. Some would argue that the alliance between an early craft brewing pioneer and Americas uncontested industrial beer mogul is unhealthy, if not unholy. I fully concur with this sentiment. A-B has a long sordid history of aggressive marketing practices that have curtailed the efforts of micro and craft brewers to compete fairly for even the most modest of customer bases. Their tremendous market dominance gives them an unfair political and economic edge over their competitors and A-B has used this advantage to unapologetically crush their opposition and silence contrary opinions. So think before you drink.
09-19-2004 23:07:47 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I first visited this nearly 3 years ago when I moved to Portland and had a good time, enjoyed my beer, and really enjoyed the food. This time I hopped on the brewery tour before dropping by the bar.
The Brewery tour is interesting in that you get to see Widmer's rather attractive and shiny brewery. The hop room was my favorite, though the whole brewery is well designed. Plus, after the tour you get to try several of their beers - for free!
The Gasthaus is also an attractive building with a well kept look to it. The walls are decorated with interesting German brewery signs that give it a very classy charm. The abundance of wood creates a warm atmosphere, which is complimented by the stream of people moving through the place. It was quite popular on a Saturday afternoon.
The beer selection is pretty varied, including some spectacular beers I didn't even know were in Widmer's repertoire. There's also wine if you're in to that kind of thing.
The staff all seem quite competent, and the bartender I yammered with seemed to know beer intimately. He could have easily used another pair of arms as busy as it was.
I didn't have any food this time, despite the amazing looking reuben that seemed to be following me around. However, the last visit left me with a fondness for their food.
08-08-2004 03:44:55 |
More by freed
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Whether you know what a Gasthaus is before you enter or not, it's readily apparent when approach Widmer that this place is about beer. The facade of the building is what you'd expect from an oldtime bewery - all brick! - and the smell of brewing always permeates the surrounding neighborhood.
The decor of the Gasthaus is pretty minimal, but the open and wide layout of the restaurant and bar area create a really nice atmosphere.
Though I give the service pretty high marks, it's actually an average of both times I've been to the Gasthaus - the first time GREAT service, and the second time when getting service was a struggle. However, the place was really hopping the second time, and when we were helped the server was pretty nice, so I'm inclined to believe that overall the service is quite good.
But this is Widmer, and going to a brewery should be all about the beer. Despite the selection being mostly limited to Widmer beers, I still gave the selection a good rating because there are a few beers you can get here that you won't find anywhere else. As I usually do when I get the opportunity, I ordered the sampler and was thrilled that I got to choose the beers I wanted. Amoung the choices were a Dopplebock, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and a Barleywine, none of which are bottled or readily available. Although a few of Widmers mainstream beers are ho-hum, I still rated the quality as good because everything I tried was very fresh and the above mentioned hard-to-find drink were all fantastic.
Although the intent of going to Widmer was to have a few brews and food was but a second thought, the next time I go to Widmer it will be for the food first. Widmer has gone to great lengths to make their Gasthaus as German as possible, and though this isn't reflected in its decor, it certainly is in its food. Along with some more traditional options like steaks, seafood, and pasta, the menu also has some schnitzel, sauerbraten, and several sausage choices, all at very reasonable prices. I also loved the appetizer menu and opted for the Pretzel with Fondue dip for $2.50, though folks I was with raved about the Bourbon Bock wings and the artichoke brie dip. Yum!
All in all, Widmer is definitly a place I'll go back to. Like a few larger breweries in Portland (MacTarnahan's, Bridgeport), it's too bad that it's not in a more convenient location, but for a great dining and beer experience, it's worth the detour (especially if you take the tour as well - loads of freebies!)
02-25-2004 20:01:20 |
More by weefisheads
next › last »
Widmer Gasthaus in Portland, OR
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address