Widmer Drifter Pale Ale

Widmer Drifter Pale Ale
This past weekend was my wife’s birthday, so we threw her a party. 6 of our close friends came by for a night of drinking, card games, and the like. It was a rippin good time. For the party I picked up a ton of beer, including a Widmer mixed 12. About half way through the party, someone told me that the Drifter tasted like massive grapefruitage. I took a sip and verified, however I did not drink a full bottle until today for this review.

And saying that this beer is grapefruity is an understatement. Smells like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Tastes like you’re biting into a grapefruit. What is most interesting is that it isn’t a type of grapefruit flavor I’ve tasted in a beer before. All the grapefruity beers I’ve tried in the past were incredibly hoppy. The Drifter is much more on the sweet malty side rather than the hoppy side.

Other details?

It’s copper in color, and has an ABV of 5.7. Poured with only a little head, which dissipated quickly. Low carbonation. Easy drinking.

All around a good beer. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was a pale ale though!

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

3 thoughts on “Widmer Drifter Pale Ale”

  1. Weird, I just bought a six pack of Drifter. I quite like it. I don't find sweet though. It's thin, very drinkable with a grapefruit aroma and undertone I don't find terribly strong. For aroma they use Summit and Nelson Sauvin hops. It's also dry hopped with the above mentioned.
    Bittered with a hop I'm unfamiliar with, Alchemy.

  2. I’m with lee, drifter pale ale is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever put in my mouth. And I like beers of all kind! You might like the taste of this beer if you like the taste of sweaty armpits. Seriously

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