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Brrr | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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315 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by IronDjinn on 10-19-2008

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Photo of KWrightVT
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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 ($34 from Brewers outlet 2/15, out of date).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

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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;

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of ranger7
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -13.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -0.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +23.9%
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 -8.7%
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 -2.1%
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 +2.9%
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 NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out favorite Widmer beer. A nice rich amber pour, the color of dark maple syrup, but not sweet! Nice aroma of malt and a whiff of hops. As a winter warmer, this does the job. A rich malt forward taste with a hoppy backbone. Let this warm a bit, easy to get right in cooler weather to get the full range of flavors. Nice lingering aftertaste, very smooth. Be just right with a Shepard's pie on a chilly afternoon.

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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.