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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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297 Reviews

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 886
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 104 | 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:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 10-19-2008

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
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Photo of Libeertarian
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It says right on the bottle that it's a red ale, and it sure tastes like other red ales I've had, though perhaps less bitter. I was under the impression that winter warmers were generally more related to brown ales. I didn't really detect any additional spices. Oh well, either way it was delicious. Used a large, short-stemmed Belgian style flute (for lack of a better term). I perceived various shades of amber. A slight, but seductive haziness, although that may have been from how cold it was when served. Aromatically it seemed more akin to some black ales that I've had than to a pale or an IPA. A very sweet, perfumy hoppiness. Sweeter, but with a stronger flavor profile than many a pale, or even some IPAs. Again, reminiscent of certain of the black ale style. Rich, somewhat thick. Head was there to stay. (815 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice off-white head. The bottle is pretty nifty looking, with the three Widmer stamps on it.

Smell: Admittedly I had this about 5 months after the packaged date. Not surprisingly, the hops on the nose are a bit blunted. Still, get some resiny hops. Some spices like holiday pies as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front, which are bum-rushed by strong piney hop bitterness. An ashy hop bitterness lingering for a while after swallowing. Got better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and well carbonated.

Overall: Winter warmer, or black IPA? Either way, this is certainly flavorful. All of the aspects go together pretty well (although I wish I had gotten it a bit fresher). Considering how cheap Widmer is in stores, it is worth trying. (782 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

So I poured this in a mug and a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent dark red to somewhat close to a brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light soapy ringy lacing wove around both glasses.
The smell had a cooked cake with a light baked bready sort of ginger spice thing going on, honestly, it wasn't as pleasant as I had hoped.
The taste was basically the same - semi-sweet and somewhat bready with a lingering dulled spice of ginger going on. There's a sharp spice of aftertaste leading to a dry finish.
The mouthfeel was dry and makes me want to suck down 5 gallons of water within the first 5 minutes of drinking this. Holy dry, Batman!
Overall, this has got to be one of the driest beers I've ever had. Is this really supposed to be this way? Wish I could find a date on this somewhere on the bottle. Most likely not come back to this. (895 characters)

Photo of MartyMaltose
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good. Basically a quality NW pale ale with some spice plus a bit of extra maltiness and body. For how spiced it is, I'd say it is imbalanced toward the bitter side due to the generous hoppage. But it would be perfect with a pizza and a fun crowd after a day's skiing. (275 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear cherry wood color with less than half a finger of quickly dissipating head. Not the best and generic.

S: Nutmeg, vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, malts, booze. It's not a strong smell.

T: Tastes much better than it looks. Hearty and malty - a taste of warming winter spices with a good alcohol bite on the back end.

M: A bit slick and light. The slickness is a bit of a bother.

Tastes great, but its other qualities bring it down a notch. (446 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These are a little hazy when served very cold but they brighten right up when they warm up. I let my current bottle sit out for 20 minutes or so and it pours brilliant ruby tinted dark amber under a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight tan tint. It leaves thick lace on the glass. The malt aromas recall fruit cake with caramel, light chocolate with a touch of sweetness leading to a bitter emphasis on the finish with some mild alcohol warming. Its creamy, medium full body and medium carbonation. (499 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Perfect brew to sample last night on 1/7/15 when the temp was -2 and the wind was blowing. LOL! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a small off-white head. Ring-like lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is full or caramel malts, spice and some citrus zest. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of pine also. Good taste with a slight bitter finish. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. Overall it is a decent brew. (539 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours copper with nice clarity; fluffy off-white that sticks around leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Looks really good. The aromas have faint citrus notes and lots of caramel malts. Some orange peel in the mix. Some hints of cocoa as well. Pretty malty. The flavors have a strong sweet malt backbone, but there's still a solid bitterness. Lots of pine needles and caramel. More orange along with some grapefruit. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Mouthfeel is great and is probably the highlight, in my opinion. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; extremely creamy and fluffy. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

Widmer crafted a nice beer here, but the aromas and flavors aren't overly exciting. Nothing too special, but not bad. (820 characters)

Photo of KWrightVT
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice coppery red color as poured into the glass. Slight citrus hop aromas mix with the caramel malt to create a pleasing aroma. Pretty light in the mouth, with a good balance of hop and malt flavors to keep it very smooth. No spices in this one, but a great taste overall. (274 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Brrr is a decent beer. Starts slightly sweet then finishes bitter. The beer poured a nice amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The beer is hoppier than expected and the bitterness at the end is no overly positive. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its solid and worth a try. (330 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppiness. Imagine your typical winter beer with the hop presence of an Northwest pale ale. Very clean flavor, well-balanced, decently carbonated with a medium body. Predominant taste and aromas are Northwest hops (citrus aroma and flavor), Malty caramel taste, alcohol.
Over all this is a pretty decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm glad I tried it and would definitely take it if it were offered to me. (458 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent head and nutty, malty, dark taste. Wonderful as an "Nighttime Beer", but not bad during the day. ($34 from Brewers outlet 2/15, out of date). First tasted at a Brewers Outlet tasting in fall of .2014 (209 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish brown; 1 finger creamy off white head that receded to a thick collar; moderate lacing;

S: caramel malt;

T: muted up front, then a moment of caramel sweetness that gets over taken by an earthy spiciness; moderate bitterness at finish;

M: creamy; moderate carbonation;

O: very drinkable; (315 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a very dark ruby brown and even though it was bottled 9/13/13 (almost a year) it still had an inch plus of tinted sticky head.
Smell is a typical old ale with no winter spices just molasses, English malts, and some subdued hop bitterness. I actually like the taste more than the bourbon version to me its like a lighter version of founders old ale without as much bitter molasses, very English bitter tasting.

Mouth feel was good medium bodied and slightly chewy.

Overall I was impressed not only for the taste but how well this beer hold up within a year possibly more. Well worth the dollar I paid for it at Beermuda clearing out their old stock. (657 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Darkish ruby amber, almost clear with a dissipated off white head.
S: Initially onions but it soon gives way to floral hops, English in character.
T: In the mouth the hops tastes more American with that classic orange peel profile but overall it drinks like an English bitter. Nice and sharp with an astute malt backbone which leaves a nice aftertaste, again reminiscent of English bitter. Too sharp for a session beer but on cask would be a different story.
M: Sharp and prickly. It's got heartburn written all over it.
O: Very nice. I'd love to try it on cask. (565 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely deep red color, very clear, Nice 2 finger head, very persistent with sticky lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass

Aroma is light, biscuit, floral and spice

Taste is bold, hops, winter spice, citrus, caramel malts

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Basically a red IPA with some tweaks, nicely bitter with more significant body than I expected. Visually gorgeous, a bit thin on aroma. One of the better Widdy brews I've come across the past few years. (465 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer overall, as would be expected from a brewery such as Widmer Bros. Prototypical flavors abound for the style, malts, vanilla, caramel, some winter spices, with undertones of hops (west coast) and booze carried throughout. Beautiful nose too. (251 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some citrus, herbs, and spicy aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, citrus, malt, and spicy flavors, that make for an interesting and complex drink. Drinks much like a Pale Ale. The label lists caramel and chocolate matls, but the hops dominate this beer. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Winter Ale. Not what I was expecting, but good. (737 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes: December 15th, 2013.

A: Dark amber, thin white head.

S: Sweetness and hops.

T: Like a lightweight APA. Not bad.

M: Thin, very easy to drink. Very light on carbonation.

O: Not bad. I'm not a fan of hoppy beers, but this was a nice departure from typically heavy and spice-loaded winter brews. (378 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance/ Semi transparent medium amber in color. 2full fingers of light tan foam which dissipates to a thin froth after several minutes however leaving nice lacing. Nice carbonation.

Aroma / Floral, piney hops. Sweet and pleasant.

Taste / Fresh baked bread. Nice hop load but not overwhelming.

Mouth Feel / Very smooth and kind of creamy. Medium bodied with a nice smooth finish.

Overall/ This was a very good beer more to the hoppy than malty side. It was a nice beer to enjoy slowly by the fireplace. (555 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was a burnt copper color capped with a small white head. The head reduced to a thin ring with minimal lacing. This had a nice balance between the hops and malts. The finish was slightly dry and bitter. I did not pick up a lot of spices that are usually found in a winter warmer. It reminded me more of a red IPA. Nice beer on a winter night. (352 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear dark red color with very small off-white head that left very minimal lacing.

S- Big pungent grapefruit, some pine, and big caramel malt presence.

T- Big pungent grapefruit and piney hoppy notes, caramel malt,toffee, dark cherry, and big bready notes. Pretty big hop bitterness, but the higher ABV and malt presence gives the beer some nice balance.

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, pretty smooth, and slight alcohol warming.

O- The grapefruit hop notes on this beer are so incredibly fresh, pronounced, and pungent. Probably my favorite of the Oregon winter warmer/strong ales that I have had this year. (683 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a clear copper color. The head is slight and white, wispy, with soapy lace. The smell is a little hoppy, with a fresh scent and a background of caramel malt. The taste is like toffee and bread....caramel and malt and some mid-taste hop bitterness. Full in body. Warming, but not boozy. This is a respectably good winter brew. (338 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights. Minimal fizzy eggshell white head foams up briefly and fades to a sturdy edge layer, some tightly packed lattice.
Aroma is grainy and caramel based malt with some light fruitiness mixed into the nose.
I dont deep hop notes but some light earthiness is detected.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is sweet dark fruit with red grape and some plum mixing with the grainy caramel base.
The beer finishes with a bit of earthy and citrusy orange peel bite on each swallow.
I get just a little bit of peppery booze on the finish, but overall the beer is very drinkable.
I enjoy this beer and wouldnt mind having a second one tonite, however this is the only bottle in my posession.
Worth a shot as a nice fairly robust ale. (896 characters)

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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 (492 characters)

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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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