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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company


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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%

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)
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Photo of chadjulius


2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 08:47:27 | More by chadjulius
Photo of scootpolute


2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully!

O - This one is great!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing and will get again and...…Goin’ to look for a tap ASAP!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:51:47 | More by scootpolute
Photo of midaszero


2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear amber body with one finger of white head that leaves good lacing

S - Strong hops with al little bit of malt

T - Good balance of malts and hops. Little bit of spice to taste. Slightly bad aftertaste

M - Medium body with medium light carbonation

D - Not to bad but not really a winter seasonal IMHO

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 19:34:03 | More by midaszero
Photo of bigbelcher


2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy amber ale, with a huge creamy white head.
Citrus hop aroma with an odd spicy aroma that I couldn't really place. Kind of like spruce but not really. Some toasted malt flavor, much like a brown ale. Surprisngly well hopped for Widmer. Long lasting bitterness on the palate. I wouldn't get a second one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 23:59:12 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Starting to see 12 oz Widmers in local six mixers more and more lately.

Pours light brown, see through, with a slight layer of white foam. Fruity malty nose. Cinamonn/nutmeg too.

Heavy full taste with a hop wallop. Syrupy - did someone mix in a barleywine? Subtle fade of carbonation leads to an alcohol close.

Never quite comes together - this is not how I like my winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 11:56:18 | More by KTCamm
Photo of RJLarse


2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Brrr at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours mahogany brown color and is clear. A thin white head forms, and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is a musty aroma like dirt, with a little pine scent if you really look for it.

Taste is an earthy bitter taste, with a little caramel presence on the finish. A little bit like a dark roasted IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry, ildly carbonated with a bitter aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable winter ale. I can't see myself buying this again. If (as rumored) it is really the replacement for Snowplow Milk Stout, it is a poor replacement.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:51:43 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Bradthoc


3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found the beer to a typical, nice tasting, and delicious hop flavored beer. Was drawn to it at the local beer store by it's claim to be a Seasonal Ale. It didn't quite do it for me in that department, but was priced nicely so figured I would give the 6-pack a try.

A - A nice golden to perfectly clear brown.

S - Rich hop scent, slightness of sugars

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 16:02:33 | More by Bradthoc
Photo of beertunes


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I realize that this style doesn't really have clearly defined parameters, but this beer isn't close to any of the expected aspects. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear light brown/amber with just a trace of off-white head that no retention and minimal, but decent, lacing.

The aroma was dominantly hoppy, just a hint of malt and no spice. The flavors were also very much like an IPA, not the stated style.

The body was very light for the stated style. Drinkability was very good, although not for the style. Overall, I liked this beer, but thought it was a decent IPA, not what it claims to be. Worth trying, and I'm gonna bust open my 22 of Brrbon in a few minutes.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:59:43 | More by beertunes
Photo of bkilpatr


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/13/09.

Pours a clear deep amber color with about a finger of beige head. The head dropped quickly, slight lacing. Aroma is mildly spicy, buttery sweet malt, and some floral hops.

Taste is somewhat malty with caramel, and some almost hidden spices (nutmeg maybe?). Finishes with a bitter kick of piny hops. Feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A touch of warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is okay. The bitterness lingers and the alcohol is noticeable.

Decent, but I don't really dig the spices very much. Not my favorite Widmer brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 08:05:40 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in northern Idaho, must be brand spanking new as no one else has reviewed it yet, which I find surprising. Warm up with a cold one it states.

Pours out a tansparent rich chestnut hue, splash of off white head that settles quickly to a frothy bubbley cap.

Intense hops on the nose, fresh and green along with grapefruit rind, a bit of funk hiding in the background.

I suppose I should know by now that anything brewed in the PNW, including a seasonal or winter warmer will be chock full of hops. Light chewy caramel malt, dash of spice, and a big ripe leafy citrus hop finish that lingers and lingers well into the aftertaste.

Light sticky mouthfeel, ideal for a pale ale....

Ummm, well, a winter seasonal ale that makes a pretty darn good hoppy pale ale, unless that`s what I ended up with bottled with the wrong label.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 08:46:09 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Buebie


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- It has recently been brought to my attention that the beer I consumed in this ontasp review was from last years release. I have since had it fresh and it is not even similar. Great brew as always-

Had this beer quite a bit last year. This year I'm very let down by it. What the fuck happened to the hops???!!!

Poured into a pub glass forming just around an inch of off white head. Lace is sticky draping over the entire surface of the glass, all the way down.
The beer is transparent in a brownish copper amber with golden hues when held to light.

Aroma is extra malty, caramel, brown sugar, just a touch of chocolate drifting through the background. Really no hops at the knose. I'm very upset by this, this beer was amazing last year with thunderous amounts of aroma and flavor hops.
Aroma now is subdued with really not much going on.

Taste is all malt, caramel and very very minuscule amounts of orange peel and pine.

I am absolutly dissatisfied with the changes. Although it is still not a terrible beer, it is not even the same beer, it is nothing like it was before and I cant understand how they even thought it would be ok to brew it under the same name if it is not the same beer. I looked forward to this thing all summer and now its finally here, what a let down. I ordered one more just to make sure it was the right one or maybe a bad pour. I even bought a 6 pack on my way home to make sure. But nope, its been changed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 19:44:12 | More by Buebie
Photo of IAmAPenguin


3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma: slightly herby, faint cinnamon, resinous hops. Appearance: Deep amber with little foam. Taste: toasted bread, amber malts, malty syrup, subtle hops and herbs. Overall, not too bad. A nice sessionable ale. Its slightly sweet with syrupy overtones and a nice fresh hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 08:17:03 | More by IAmAPenguin
Photo of DoubleJ


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub, on to the beer:

This was...interesting. Orange copper color in my pint glass, the beer was leaving good initial lacing on the glass as I drank it. The aroma was quite good, hops, dry malt, bready, a bit of orange. As for the taste....it had potential here. It certainly was strong tasting, but lacked depth. Strong piney hops with some caramel to balance here...so far so good...but within a quarter of the way it was all bitter hops and no malt to be tasted. I can enjoy a strong hoppy beer, even unbalanced ones, but this one needs to be tweeked to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 05:03:25 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of jjanega08


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= deep amber almost brown but still see through. Tall 2 finger head and average lacing
S=you can smell the hops coming through very nicely but the biggest character is the toasted malt... smells pretty good
T= big hops up front followed by the malt which is quickly swallowed by alcohol. The alcohol is not overpowering but its there.
M= sharp and crisp. Not too bad but nothing great
D= average. The flavor cools down quite a bit as this one warms. But a decent beer I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 23:39:23 | More by jjanega08
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, alchohol is present. Taste is a good bit boozy, some malts, a hint of spice, more alcohol. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but a bit to boozy for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 09:44:14 | More by tone77
Photo of smakawhat


3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Hey maybe out of season, but so it goes...

A very creamy tan while head, manages two fingers tall on the pour, with a fluffy retention top. Body is absolutely crystal clear copper, with light red hues of amber. Not much visible carbonation.

Mild toasty grains, a little bit of chemical heat but some nice spicy character as well. Hints of chewy fruit and cinnamon, but a little mild. Fairly solid.

Palate hits with a real odd experience. For a warmer this incredibly watery, but most surprisingly very hoppy, and devoid of any malt sweetness or presence. Watery grain with a bitter pine washes over real quick. Aftertaste fades incredibly quickly, Hop quick front that fades, but also not boozy tasting either.

This tastes like a strange IPA, and has no warmer character style to me at all. It's missing a big boost of malt depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:18:28 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Tolnik


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this darker amber colored beer into a pint glass. The foam was just about two fingers and reduced to a steady covering over the beer. The smell of pine and citrus greet your nose. While the first taste is a hoppy, caramel flavoring with hints of citrus and pines. However the aftertaste of a toffee comes forth.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:12:50 | More by Tolnik
Photo of sevopie


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark caramel brown with with a large off-white head that laces well.

Smell - This one is strangely inconsistent in smell. A couple bottles smelled largely of citrus hops with a tinge of caramel, but the others were bitter piney with a musty smell to them. I'm wondering if this is a difference in batches or a bacterial infection.

Taste - Again, inconsistent. A couple bottles were beautifully crisp with a slight lingering citrus hop flavor. The others were piney with a strange caramel sweetness and almost no lingering hop.

Mouthfeel - All were in agreement here. A good dose of carbonation with a great coating mouthfeel. Definitely a strong point of the beer.

Drinkability - Due to the inconsistency, this one gets some points knocked off. If its the former of the bottles... this is one of my favorite winter beers and is an easy purchase. Unfortunately I've run into this with 2 separate 6-packs, so I likely will not be buying it again, which is a shame.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 11:24:46 | More by sevopie
Photo of cadenwhitaker


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent winter hoppy beer. Really reminded me of the Celebration. Lots of pine, citrus, very little caramel. The bitterness of the hops tended to overtake most of it by the finish of the glass.

I'm not sure if I would get this again as I would probably get a Celebration instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:42:27 | More by cadenwhitaker
Photo of harrymel


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours an amber beer with exceptional clarity. Two finger head with light latte color and loose density. This falls to a think quilt leaving a cobweb of lacing. Good looker.

S: Hmm, didn't expect this, but up front plenty of hops. Pine, resiny hops. then a decent caramel malting beneath.

T: Very sweet beer. The aromas deceive me. Malt, no alcohol, little hops. I know this isn't very articulate, but this beer is 'okay'.

M: Medium body with light carb. Leaves quite a slick on the palate.

O: Decent beer, far from my favorite winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 15:46:08 | More by harrymel
Photo of Murrhey


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Finger off-white head. Deep brown color. Sticky thick lacing.

S- Brandy type smells and brewing spices. Warm and complete.

T- Spicy and hoppy with warm malts.

M- Medium bodied and slightly vinous.

O- Decent. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:00:46 | More by Murrhey
Photo of tastymug


3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, red amber color with a nice head and lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and malty, hints of caramel. You can also pick up on the hops.

Taste: Sweet, with a nice balance of the caramel/malty flavor and the citrusy, hoppy flavor, with a tad of spice on the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied and moderate carbonation; crisp.

Overall: I found this beer very agreeable to drink, and a nice break from the more spicy, malty winter warmers of this time of year. It has more hop than you’d expect in a winter warmer but that was ok by me! It’s well balanced and I could easily drink more than one. This was my favorite out of a sampler of four different winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 17:18:55 | More by tastymug
Photo of Nerudamann


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - clear, slightly dark amber in color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy in its aroma. Somewhat citrusy, and maybe some extra spices thrown in as well.

Taste - Hoppy in its taste. Maybe some subtle spices, but I can't tell which. Fairly bitter from the start, concentrating mostly on the sides and finishing on the back of the palate. Texture is pretty well on the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not terribly complex, but a good-tasting brew. Maybe a little too bitter for me to get a six-pack of, but good for bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 06:13:07 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of BigMarty1980


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:34:18 | More by BigMarty1980
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2008.

Tried in shaker pint. Huge beige head, lasts almost entire beer. Clear ruby brown color. Lots of hops, cherries and cloves in the aroma. Starts a bit astringent, nutty. Hints of clove and nutmeg. Finish is quite hoppy, dry and bitter. Aftertaste is warm and bittersweet. Medium body. Alcohol moderate.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 23:04:10 | More by htomsirveaux
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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.