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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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299 Reviews

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Reviews: 299
Hads: 892
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 29
Gots: 109 | 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,
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Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Simcoe & Cascade
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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.31/5  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

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get this every year when it comes out cause its one of my favorite winter beers. 6 pack for 7.99

Pours a deep amber/red with a 3/4 inch slight off-white head that falls to lacing quickly.

Smell is pretty faint, there is a little bit of hops and malt, some pine, generic beer smell sorta, not the best part of the beer.

Nice hop balance with some caramel and roasty malt presence. I think this beer is more malt forward, only slightly. Some sips i detect a low metallic taste, other sips i don't. This is a beer brewed for the masses and is relatively inexpensive, so rating this for what it is even though I like it. 3.75

Mouthfeel is good for the style, with it being just a little slick on the tongue, medium carb, and a small lingering aftertaste from hops.

Over all i enjoy this beer alot , and i would put it right up there with Sierra Nevada Celebration ale. Try it if you havent and like hops.

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Photo of YeastMode
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Deep cherry color, clear, robust reddish head.
S- VERY Piney, earthy and warm baked bread.
T-Extremely bitter burst that lasts a brief amount of time. withers to a sweet gingery and breadyness that warms as you drink.
M-Carbonated well,lively for what I expected out of this time of year's brews.Spicey and sweet.
O- Overall very enjoyable, done right by the holliday season. Many layers of taste from a slight peppermint to pine, off to ginger. I was surprised.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good winter warmer, a MUST! alternative to Celebration ale and others, you must try it.

A: Pours mahogany, clear amber in color, with a 1-2 finger very THICK head with lasting and tons of lacing. Sticky. Very good looking winter ale, among the best and yes it does matter.

S: At first I thought this smelled too faintly compared to the robust look and taste. But it's winter, and since we want more aroma, sip, swirl, and let it warm - then it's a great bouquet! Once warmer: hoppy, citrus, floral, bread and caramel. A flower sandwich. Great with cheese, soup, pizza.

T: Follows the smell and brings much more interest: Spice and pine. Good bitterness. Great long interesting twisting finish, twisting like a candy cane of caramel, pine and bitterness. Floral and citrus ride on core of bread and caramel. Almost a bit salty, makes me want a pretzel. I really like the orginal, muscly taste, this is what makes it a must try.

M: The body is medium as is carbonation, good weight and feel as a winter warmer must. Alcohol well hidden, but warming...

D: Widmer Winter Warmer - Well done! I really like this beer and it gets better as it warms. Lots of long-lasting flavor. My fave winter warmer this year.

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Photo of RonKoch
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Finally today, I pulled one out of the Advent Beer Calendar that my wife made me (Thank you, Sandy).

Beautiful appearance. Warm copper-red color, followed by the kind of beautiful lacing too few of us can fully appreciate.

The aroma of fresh hops is very inviting.

The strong hops are especially interesting, predominately Grapefruit .

The caramel flavors of the malt are lip smacking good.

Widmer Brothers, who not too long ago, disappointed me greatly by discontinuing the Drifter Pale Ale, impress me anew this evening with this experience.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber with a white one finger head that clears out fast, leaving tiny bubbles in its wake. Decent lacing.

S: Grassy hops, grapefruit, straw, with a backdrop of caramel.

T: Grassy hops arrive with a semi-sweetness. Grapefruit and light spices. A clean, malty backbone.

M: medium with a medium,semi- frothy carbonation.

O: not what I was hoping for. This winter warmer is too hoppy for my taste. I was wishing for more malts under my tree. This Brrr is kinda Blahhh.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with good clarity and tiny bubbles racing toward the top. The head is better than average in size and the lacing is pretty good.

Smell: There's a good balance in the smell of caramel malts and hops, with the malt taking the edge. There's also a touch of spices and some pluma aromas, along with alcohol which is mostly disguised.

Taste: This one starts off sweet, with the caramel malt coming out in full force along with brown sugar and other spices reminiscent of the holidays. It finishes bitter and dry. The alcohol stays mostly in the background throughout for 7+% but still plays a role in the taste. This is a touch hoppier than the average winter warmer and somewhat less spicy, but it is certainly sweet.

Mouthfeel: The thickness is spot on and the crispness is appreciated, but the beer does finish sticky, something that makes the bitter finish rather offensive.

Overall: I've been drinking Great Lakes Christmas Ale this year and it's hard to compare this beer to that one, but this is pretty good. I like the balance here and there's some good flavors, and I like that it doesn't get too carried away with the spices or the alcohol. But again, the stickiness in the finish doesn't sit well with me. I'll call this a good buy for $7.99-$8.99/six pack, but it's not top notch.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Took several years to finally get around to this one, but today is the right day as winter is pretty much officially here with cold and some snow and short days.
Surprisingly tame aroma. Pretty solid malt and some soft spicy quality.
Reddish and seasonal appearance. Firm and dense tan head.
Nice malt richness, but also a clear and strong streak of hop flavor that moves to unexpected strong bitterness. There is a spicy quality to the flavor and it works well with the prickly carbonation. Good moderate feel with enough girth to match the needs of this cold weather.
This is pretty solid and enjoyable. As noted, stronger hop presence than I anticipated, but it's done well, making it closer in taste to an Am. amber ale than a traditional English Winter Warmer, but it will do today.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a rich copper color with brilliant clarity. Plenty of carbonation makes for a pretty site, too bad the foamy cap was so small. It put a damper on an otherwisw nice looking beer.
The aroma smelled of fresh hops. The malts had a caramel and biscuit aroma.
The taste was quite good. Like in the nose, the hops were bold and fresh but with subtle confidence. The malts were sweet with a subtle hint of spices.
Finishes a little bitter.
Very good beer here.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a deep reddish amber with a foamy off white head with good retention
S-sweet caramel, roasted malt, spicy cinnamon
T-more sweet caramel flavor with good hop balance and spice in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-really tasty, easy drinking brew. Highly recommend

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear ruby amber with a fingers worth of white head

S-light caramel malt, brown sugar, and citrus hops

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone, brown sugar, spices become more apparent as the beer warms, and citric hops

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste

Overall very easy to drink and better than expected.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a reddish brown with a fluffy white one finger head and fairly think lacing on the glass until the end.

The smell is hop heavy, thick with grapefruit, orange and pine. There is also a sweet malt backbone. A little chocolate as well.

The taste starts with grapefruit then moves to orange and pine. The sweet and chocolate malts then come in then finishes with a slight piney taste. The alcohol is completely masked.

The feel is thick and chewy but also a little oily on the back end. Some hope oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced winter warmer. There is a great balance of citrus hops and sweet, chocolate malts. This is definitely going on my favorites list.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 9/25/13 3 months before the big day, nice thinking bro's. Pours a deep slightly hazy red, with a one inch off white head, with attractive lace. Smell is caramel, pine, tangerine, and toffee. Taste is that, with a slight grapefruit bitterness. Body is medium large, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice. So far I have had a red ale and a brown ale this late fall that are going to be my holiday staples.

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Photo of Beerme5
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget how spoiled I am to live in Portland, and how often I overlook Widmer beers as they're so readily available. I won't make the mistake again. Had Brrr a number of years in a row, but this years bottle tastes like a Wet Hop IPA with a hint of spiciness. Upon opening, it has a much hoppier aroma than year's past, but that's not a bad thing. A lil' bit of head led to some nice lacing on the frozen pint glass it was poured into. But the flavor was very rich--in my opinion--the way an IPA should taste and lean towards in the colder months--very wet hops balanced with a decent malt flavor and a few spices for good measure. Definitely didn't feel like a red ale this time around--much closer to an IPA, but a good one for the fall and winter months ahead!

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Photo of jimmah120
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of jjboesen
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed Widmer Brothers beers in Portland, Oregon, I was most pleased to find it available here in the Washington, DC area. I stumbled upon Brrrr, seasonal ale – the label was the giveaway. While not a hearty acolyte of such beers that list towards the candy-sweet side, I nevertheless found much going on with this one.

It pours quickly; there is a frothy head that immediately dissipates to leave a glimmery film capping a copper body with moderate carbonation, but little lacing. Take a whiff and detect notes of apple cider, honey and plum. I thought the initial sip doppled the palate in a subtle wisp of semi-sweet hoppiness with a bitter finish.
It begins sweetly, yet ends bitterly – is this a metaphor for marriage?

In any case, this seasonal beer pleased me. And to those who avoid these beers for their spiciness or their sweetness, I will attest to the fact that the Widmers do not over do it with this one. (I can offer no opinion on any other of their holiday beers.)

This is a pleasant sessional seasonal; while not spectacular, it is a comfortable rendition and a nice to supplement the Widmer Family of fine craft beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass. The bottle has a date of November 2012, which I think is probably a bottling date (reviewed on May 1, 2013). A steady, medium pour produces a one inch thick head, that sticks to the sides of the glass in puffs and windrows of creamy froth. The color is pale brown, with golden highlights.

You can really smell and taste this hoppy brew- the hops are oily, citrusy and very floral, and not overly bitter. I also get a faint taste of dark fruit, especially in the aftertaste. Mellow and sweet malt flavors find their way to the taste buds and nose, despite the IBUs. I find the bottom of the glass quickly approaching (somewhat dangerous with an ABV of 7.2).

I was drinking some of this around the holidays, and thought I'd review it before it's gone for the season. When I originally sampled it, I thought it a bit hoppy for my taste- it seemed to obscure the malt flavors a bit much. I think I like it better now that it's had time to mellow. I could see storing some of this in the cellar for next Fall.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange body with cornsilk yellow head that leaves lots of snowy, lacey wisps.
Surprising hoppy citrus nose with some cherry cough drop underneath.
Red plum jam, some light caramel, a speak of chocolate, then lots of bright orange hard candy hops with a touch of pine.
Tangerine finish and long cleanly bitter fruit stone linger.
Medium, chewy, slight fizz, some burn.

Unexpected - winter fruit malts with Cali hop ending, tho I don't get much Simcoe. Balanced and layered. Almost plays like a poor man's SN Celebration (tho much maltier.) [honestly, I did not read Buckeye Nation's review when I wrote this - weird!] Approaches Cascazilla if you take it as an amber.

Probably the best thing I've tasted from Craft Brewers Alliance.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up the last of a case of singles of this beer at my local establishment. Can't wait to indulge.

Appearance: Pours an amber, dark, robust, tangerine rust. Leaves behind a sensible, half-inch froth of head and nice overall lacing. Pretty inviting with it's robust coloring.

Smell: Has a great sense of caramel flavorings and moderate spices that really bring out the essences. Some fruity flavors also compliment this beer well. Mild aroma of malts comes together.

Taste: Very good bitterness comes along with a mild tang of citrus hops and some roasted malts. Some brown sugar seems to linger with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Has medium carbonation with a quite nice medium body.

Overall: Actually enjoyed this beer, but it did lack a few minor qualites of individuality. This beer was good, but reminded me of every other winter-warm type of beers like Sierra Nevada's Celebration. Wasn't exactly thrilled with the results. I did enjoy it however, but it would've been better if there was a hint of difference. I may try again, but most likely will stick to a more familiar beer with similar taste. Only reason this beer was given a reasonable score was due to the fact it fit well in the category. Cheers!.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from their seasonal mix case into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Pours a semi-transparent dark amber color with some ruddy brown tones to it. I got about a half finger thick of dark khaki head that retained for a few minutes leaving the glass frosted with some dots and scattered lace.

S: The nose is comprised mostly of orange and grapefruit with a real zesty citrus quality to it. I pick up on the sweet malts and a light breading from there. Aroma is nice and more hop forward than expected. Floral with some underlying evergreens noted.

T: Taste brings forth the hops as the nose suggests with a nice combination of orange citrus and lemony pine flavors. The nutty caramel malt base holds firm without becoming overly sweet revealing a bit of bread crust as well. I get dark toffee notes with some soft hints of fig and plum like esters. There is a moderate amount of overall bitterness to the beer and not much alcohol flavor coming through at all. A slight metallic tinge in the finish but overall it is not too distracting. A surprisingly nice beer and pleasantly hopped for a Winter Warmer.

M: Nice light and frothy mouth feel gives a smooth texture to the beer’s consistency. Moderate body overall that starts to gain some heft towards the finish. There is some light alcohol warming and an even ratio of wet to dry. Nice sapping linger of hop oils after the drink.

D: This is a nice little beer that I rather enjoyed. Much hoppier than I was anticipating with some nice balance of malts and flavors overall. Nothing ground breaking but hits the spot in drinkability.

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Photo of EORS
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown with ruby hints when held to the light. A quarter inch of head, doesn't stick around for long. The beer is smooth and balanced between malt and alcohol, but doesn't have the corresponding hop aroma or flavor. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but mostly sweet malt and a bit of warming alcohol. A good example of the style, without being an exceptional one.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great winter brew. Pours a dark amber color with a slight foamy head, leaving a trace of lacing throughout. The smell is excellent -- hints of pine, citrus, hops. Full-bodied. The taste is bitter yet not astringent and pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV. Relatively easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.