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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company


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very good

715 Ratings

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Ratings: 715
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 jimmah120


3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at carbone's in mound-town, minnesota. notes from ~6mo ago, two days before christmas

ruby color, not too dark, clear. smell is spicy and gingerbreadish, uh oh here we go... taste is good tho, bitter and hoppy, with some roasted characteristics. some holiday spice and sweetness, but not too much

good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 06:00:35 | More by jimmah120
Photo of BeerCon5


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with very little white head with poor retention.

The scent is of bitter citrus hops, some caramel malt, and notes of fruit.

The taste is again of bitter citrus hops, caramel malt, some toffee, notes of pineapple.

Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a good beer overall, lots of nice balanced flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 20:53:30 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this seasonal brew is a tea
leaning amber color with a very nice 2-finger-ish light oat colored head and
plentiful lacing. The nose hit includes piney hops blended tastefully with lemon
yeast and light cereal grain. Very pleasing. The flavor comes out with more
hops, a tad more grassy pine with a bit of a spruce/herbal quality with caramel
malt lingering in the background. This seems like a decent DIPA to me, with a
likeable, medium body, medium carbonation and slightly oily feel, though not to
the point of hurting the drinkability. A very nice surprise!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 03:57:42 | More by Durge
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, reddish-amber body with a slim, near white head. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Steely resins, crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains given a good shake, a good toss with an additional hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Amply sweet crystal maltiness with some toast, some graininess, and a hint of light-colored brown sugar. Moderate sweetness overall. Resiny hops, some pithy-accented citrus and fair degree of bitterness. Tiny flourish of berry. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within.

Overall: Reminded me a bit like a long-lost, equally illegitimate second cousin to Stone's Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 20:29:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a tavern in the Denver Tech Center. Arrived in a pint glass. The beer is a deep mahogany red amber color with a 1 finger light tannish color head. Good retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is very hop forward with the typical west coast citrus hop aroma along with hints of spice: all spice and nutmeg come to mind. The beer starts with a full toasted malt flavor with bready flavors as well as hints of the spice found in the nose. The hops burst through immediately and swarm the palette with citrus flavors and a medium bitterness. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness, mild bitterness, and toasty flavor, slightly dry. Hides the alcohol extremely well and is very drinkable. Medium bodied.

Overall, this beer is very good. I have had it in bottles in years past but was really impressed with the draft offering. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 14:14:43 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of deuce9259


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/copper color. Pours a nice head, and also has a good lace.

S - Get a lot of the hops in the nose. Citrus as well.

T - Good amount of hops, can't really tell the ABV is as high as it is. Has a dry finish.

M - Good carbonation, easy to drink.

O - This beer definitely surprised me. Less spice than I expected, also didn't catch much of the malt that was advertised. Thought it was very drinkable, and is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 03:33:55 | More by deuce9259
Photo of stealth


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red pour with a spicy hoppy aroma. Nice head on this pour. Very much like an IPA with its hops foundation, with some spice (don't ask me what spice, it's just spicy) thrown in. Not too bitter, but the amount of hops caught me off guard. I really enjoyed this one. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 09:38:10 | More by stealth
Photo of Scotchboy


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Firehouse Pub & Grill, Meridian ID. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber body, relatively transparent with a creamy off-white head that leaves decent lace on the glass.

S: Dig the malt & hop profile, lots of malt sweetness and American hops; caramel sweetness, fruity esters, pine, grapefruit, citrus...a touch resinous and bitter.

T: Right in line with the nose, hop bitterness and piney citrus are backed with a sturdy amount of toasted caramel malt and mix with oily herbal notes from the hops. Loads of flavors and warmth.

MF: Sticky and sugary, medium-bodied, good residual dryness.

O: Right up my alley, this beer seems like a toned-down version of Double Bastard. The American hops and higher malt profile work together well for this Winter Warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 14:59:34 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Randomly on tap at a local Irish pub...poured into standard pint. Deep amber brown color with about a finger worth of white-ish head. Actually some nice lacing. Smell is of winter spices...malt, candied fruit, slight hoppyness.
Taste is pretty mild, but caramel and spices dominate, malty aftertaste. Easy and decent seasonal drink. Definitely the best choice at the pub I was at.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 13:33:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of csiewert


4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite winter seasonal of all... Pours a dark amber with a little bit of white foamy head. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The taste is a perfect balance of malt and citrus hops... With more hop flavor than malt which is the way I like it... Finishes amazingly smooth with no harsh aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 21:07:13 | More by csiewert
Photo of TheDudeBeers


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Kips in an Imperial Pint

A - Poured a clear light mahogany with about an inch of head.

S - Citrus, Malt, Hops, and caramel

T - Very Malty and Caramel in taste. Some citrus and hops for sure. Closer to an IPA than a Winter Warmer.

M - I find it to be a little heavy tasting with a good amount of carbonation.

D - For a Winter Warmer it's very drinkable. Tastes more like an IPA than a Winter Warmer. I actually drank this a few nights ago and i'm just reviewing my notes now. On my notes I thought it was a seasonal IPA, that's why I tried it. My bartender did not tell me this was a Winter Warmer. If I had known that I wouldn't have tried this at the tail end of my session. Thankfully it's only 7.2% and not 9%-12% like some warmers tend to be. Overall a pretty decent experience. Give it a shot if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 15:31:37 | More by TheDudeBeers
Photo of tmcelvain


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My only gripe about this beer is that I don't taste it as a Winter Warmer. Very little spice taste, very up front hop character, and a very medium body. I would almost call it a cousin to Surly Furious, which plops it smack dab into IPA territory.
Otherwise a very drinkable and tasty beer, just not a taste that has me thinking about curling up next to a fire on a snowy winters night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 20:57:16 | More by tmcelvain
Photo of jdense


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into chilled pint glass (ugh) at EOU faculty lounge 1/4/10.

1/3 finger white head over reddish clear copper amber body. Nose features bready malts and a big spicy hop hit. Taste is a pretty big hop presence for WW, more spicy than citrusy , but no noticeable spices, Pretty well balanced, especially on the back end when sweetish malts come through. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, average carbonation, a bit sticky from the malts, not too heavy. Damn drinkable.One of the better Widmer brews pretty drinkable and quite tasty. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 02:26:38 | More by jdense
Photo of Tucquan


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in the Portland brew pub on 2009-12-14

This seasonal ale is a clear, dark red with a short, off-white head.

There's a light smell of hops and grain.

The initial taste is of citrus. As a comparison, this doesn't have as much bitterness as the Rogue Dry-Hopped Red Ale. The bitterness transitions to a candy-like sweetness and quick finish. There are hints of caramel and chocolate in the malt. The high ABV certainly warms the belly.

The mouthfeel is mildly creamy with mild-medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 12:54:42 | More by Tucquan
Photo of kruse


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with an fluffy off-white head.
S - Lovely hop aroma, both piney and catty notes readily apparent.
T - Assertively hopped with malt coming through in the middle. Very hoppy finish.
M - Good, but a little thin.
D - Very drinkable, but with the 7.2% ABV, you probably don't want to drink too many.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 19:37:13 | More by kruse
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 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 tmoneyba


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft sample at Freakin Frog, Las Vegas.

A - Poured a clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate allspice citrus hop aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 13:46:54 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. A subtle nutty and roasted malt aroma emerged as it warmed.

T - This was very hoppy and delicious. Good bitter hops were balanced out by a smooth caramel malt flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the best winter warmers I've ever had. It certainly is one of the hoppiest.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 03:31:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of chrisweingart


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this beer in a imperial pint glass at O'Bannon's Taphouse in College Station. My first review but here I go...

Appearance - Pours a nice copper/amber color. Nice head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell - I love the aroma, nice floral characteristics with a piny smell as well.

Taste - Sweet at first sip, almost like an orange. Not sure if that is from the citrus character imparted from the hop resins but married with the malt profile, it begins to taste like a orange, but clearly moves on to the bitterness expected from the strong hop aroma.

Mouthfeel - Lingers long after the first sip. Finishes very dry almost requiring you to take another drink.

Drinkability - Would definitely have another and can look to trying this again next year. A shame this is only a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 00:45:39 | More by chrisweingart
Photo of madtappers


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one word WOW!

Great change of pace in the winter seasonals, a summit hopped red ipa???

Love this beer from the floral aroma to great drinkablity.

Widmer made a wise choice dumping Snowplow for BRRR!

Can see Widmer making this a year round beer with the great response this beer gets at the pubs and the stores.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 22:54:14 | More by madtappers
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 supercolter


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent beer but kind of off on the style in my opinion.
Appearance is a copper/amber color with a small head and some decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar. Reminds me a lot of an APA, sweeter malt with a decent hop backbone. Mouthfeel is on par with where it should be, dry feel, medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 05:58:57 | More by supercolter
Photo of Dubbercody


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gasthaus. Dark copper with one finger head. Nose brings with it pine and citrus hops with some grassy tendencies in there too. Nice bitter Red Ale, no hint that there's 7.2 ABV in this one. Deceptively delicious.

I've enjoyed this both in the bottle and on tap, but tap wins.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 06:00:22 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a couple of these on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark brownish red. The cream colored head is small but sticks around for a while with a bit of lacing.

S: Nice pop of spicy/pine hops right away, even served in a regular pint glass. I can't really detect much else there, though.

T: Hops, hops, hops! If you like your winter warmers to be sweet and malty, stay away from this one. There's a bit of bready malt in the background, but the strong pine/grapefruit hop flavor dominates. No lingering sweetness- the finish is crisp and biscuity.

M: Medium bodied, but very interesting as the high carbonation level and the hops work nicely together.

D: I really enjoyed the beer, but my palate was pretty wrecked after a couple of them. Did I mention it's hoppy! Tasty, but kinda one-dimensional for a winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 17:07:01 | More by PDXHops
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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.