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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

774 Ratings

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 22
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
availability: Late Oct. - Early Jan.
bitterness: 50 IBU
alcohol by volume: 7.2%
original gravity: 17° PLATO

Pale, Caramel 10L & 80L,
Munich 10L, Carapils, Dark Chocolate

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Simcoe & Cascade

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 10-19-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by fostwal:
Photo of fostwal
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really nice winter beer. The appearance is a nice clear amber color. The spices are pleasing to the nose. The beer is really well balanced between hops, spices, and malt flavors. You can definitely taste each one, but none of them are overpowering. They rather compliment each other. Definitely a complex beer to be savored rather than chugged.

fostwal, Jan 05, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerjeep
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

beerjeep, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Great formation of head with great retention to support it, brownish amber color that is bright and clear. Big and flamboyant hop nose of pine resin, grapefruit zest, hemp seeds and a hint of dark tobacco. All of that barely lets the malt transmit anything to the aroma. Creamy, smooth, medium body. Whoa, momma, yes indeed there are some hops here, and what we mean by "some," is a lot. Sporting an Ameri-hop character throughout it starts with a big splash of bitterness and then moves more into flavoring with suggestions of evergreen, grapefruit rind, hemp oil and fresh cut grass. The malt backbone is pretty damn sturdy and while it may be shadowed by the hops, it mostly lays a blankets of caramel and toasted grain on the palate. A tad fruity with a clean, warming alcohol middle to end; quick flash of raisins and plums. Finishes a little bitter and leans toward dry.

A lovely holiday beer, very well balanced and straight, aimed at the style. The Christmas Goose may have met its match.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.25/5  rDev -67%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BigMarty1980
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Brilliant Red Ale color

S-Strong essence of pine & straw. Modest notes of grapefruit.

T-This beer tastes like...standing on the deck of a mountain house in New Hampshire during Christmas Week Wearing a winter hat, heavy peat coat and flannel lined cargos (red & black flannel lining) there's 3 feet of snow on ground and the pine trees are cloaked in snow.


O-Not like other Winter Ales that pack a strong all spice/ginger. A decent beer. Something different at the holidays

BigMarty1980, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SunDevilBeer, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TTripp725, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.5%

TimoP, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and biscuit malt with a little bit of piney hops mixed in. A very nice aroma overall. The flavor is heavier on the hops than I expected. I get a lot of pine as well as some caramel malt. Low bitterness and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice take on a winter warmer.

Mora2000, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lostandwandering, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ryancl, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +5.5%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chadjulius
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I do not know the lingo for these beers. But I do know that I generally enjoy anything Widmer Borthers release. The seasonal is hit or miss, and this is for a reason (that is, if they were as good as Drifter, then they would be offered year-round). "Brrr" had me excited; I was in the Christmas mood and their advertisements claimed that the beer had a "candy" taste. Now I do not believe advertising 97.3% of the time, but I did this time, due to company reputation.

Big mistake. This beer is repulsive to the taste. It looks good, smells good, and is strong at over 7% alcohol, but my god, it tastes horrible. I've never had it with a meal, a lemon or lime, but it disappoints every time and I will never try it again....unless I'm already drunk.

chadjulius, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of NOLTERN
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured a rich, amber colour with a foamy egg-shell head. The smell is of hops and citrus. The taste was sweet and malty right away, then turns to a clean-hop flavour, and follows with a very bitter aftertaste. Much like an IPA, but the bitterness is a bit much for me.

Would I buy it again? No. It wasn't that bad, but I probably will not buy it again.

NilocRellim, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of rhinonau
4/5  rDev +5.5%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of harryragg
3/5  rDev -20.8%

harryragg, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of ufmj
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ufmj, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mj001jk
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with little foam that quickly disappears.

Malty aroma with slight hints of sweetness and dried fruit, figs and apple with quite a bit of hops shining through. I actually like the heavy hops since it gives the beer some structure to deal with the high alcohol level.

Flavors are not too complex, decent malts, not as sweet as I imagined and there is a pretty high level of bittering as the nose suggests. A tiny bit of astringent harshness in the back of the throat and not very complex.

The finish is not very exciting but not bad, the drinkability (sum of the parts) is a little higher than the various components would suggest on their own. It is keeping me warm during the cold so at least it has that thing going for it.

mj001jk, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and ruby colored liquid, light beige head, around 1" and had a decent amount of lace throughout the drinking experience. Aroma was brown malt, brown sugar, who's that? Brown. . . and a respectable degree of hops.

Taste, pleasantly surprised, this ain't no boring brown ale or winter warmer, it really melds a whole lot of different flavors leading to the conclusion that this is actually a decently complex offering at a great price (5.49/6pack). Plenty of malt flavor, plenty of adjunct sugar flavor, plenty of hop additions.

The waves of different beer flavors all in one makes this plenty enjoyable. A little of everything for the winter time.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of Oct 15. Poured into pint glass.

Pours out copper colored with nice one finger white head with great lacing.

Smells a little roasted orange scent. Tastes very hoppy with orange overtones for this type beer. Not much of a sweet flavor to it. It is almost like an IPA.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. But there are many better winter warmers out there to choose this over them.

whoneeds8, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jeffwildcat, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Oelschlager, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.