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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

742 Ratings

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | 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:
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 Blargimus
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottle 11/20/2011.

Deep ruby with less than a finger of head. Fades to a nice lacing. Pretty beer.

Smells hoppier than I expected. Pretty strong malt background, though.

This tastes more like a pale ale than any other winter warmer I've tried. Even more than four months old, the malts take a back seat. Don't get me wrong, it's tasty - it's just not to style, in my mind.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Again, finishes a little dry for a warmer. No detectable alcohol heat, at 7.2%.

It's a tasty beer, and I certainly don't regret the purchase. I'm not quite sure how it's a winter warmer, though.

Blargimus, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CB2maltygoodness, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of gilbert
4/5  rDev +5.3%

gilbert, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of specialkheese
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

specialkheese, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & clear amber with a nice warm red-orange hue when held to light. Small light khaki/stone cap of foam with okay amount of tight rising bubbles. Keeps a nice ring & leaves some okay lacing.

S: Quite malty with bread crust, toffee, malty & caramel sweetness, and nutty & bready base malts. A step behind are some herbal & minty hops & some soft citrus. Decent richness & strength. Reasonably inviting & almost seasonal smell. A bit hoppy for the style – with some pine & resin and some more citrus emerging as it warms.

T: Lots of bread crust & melanoidans – think dark bread crust – even more so than in the nose. Toffee / caramel malt sweetness on a largely nutty base. Hops are more balanced (which is to say fairly balanced for a WW) with fair bitterness and lots of herbal character with hints of earth & mint, and in the finish quite a bit more slightly catty citrus/grapefruit find. A slight bit of pine & resin come out in the finish. The malt and hop interplay is quite nice.

M: A little bit over medium with carbonation just the barest bit under-matched, but with a nice & fine texture. Smooth & rich with a fair bit of sticky sugars, lots of dextrins, and a good bit of texture from the hops. Stays sweet to semi-sweet despite hint of ho drying at the finish.

D: Rich & malty with nice firmly balancing hops. And this is a well melded beer – everything in interesting harmony. Not truly a warming sipper, but this one does make you think of sitting by the fire. A sort of American hop version of a Winter Warmer.

SickGnar, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Heff19, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

certainly an underrated beer on BA. pours the most sensual of redbrowns, glorious inch and a half off white head. smells of bourbon, malty sweetness, and vanilla. flavor is delicate winter spice, english medium to dark malts, and plenty of residual sugars. the hops content is a surprise too, almost red ipa there for a minute. nice hop palate. shocker. feel is solid, thick in the body and hefty in the abv, exactly what a winter warmer should be, and this one does warm you up. sessionable to, all around great beer

StonedTrippin, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of beerjeep
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

beerjeep, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark caramel brown with a half of an inch of dense, soft, brownish head that has decent retention. The nose is rather citrusy with some grapefruit aromas, and there are some faint bready malt notes. The taste is caramelly up front with some citrusy notes. The finish has a piny, spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. It finishes a little dry.

This is a decent beer, but the flavor doesn't last. The dryness of the finish diminishes the flavor on the palate. The hops were nice. It was a nice change of pace from the standard winter warmers that all seem to offer ginger and spices. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, but ultimately it wasn't enough to save this one. Nice, but underwhelming. I would probably have it again, if offered.

tdm168, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of heather625
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Atyoungberg
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -47.4%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of arff406
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

arff406, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hoolihan, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of myzamboni
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

myzamboni, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of crhensel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz into pint glass) Poured a deep amber/red with a one finger head that had very little retention, but a strong lacing on the glass. The nose is heavy on the hops with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Given the brewer's description of "not quite excessively hopped", I would hate to see a hoppy beer of theirs, since this was very bitter and hoppy for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, this was great, just not what I am used to in a winter seasonal. There was very little that was sweet, but rather a heavy hand on the hops with a hint of the warming spice and alcohol. Overall, this was an excellent beer, just a little out of the box for a winter warmer.

crhensel, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mbarnes0, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TouchOfEvil
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

TouchOfEvil, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Kornoms, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of casualfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

casualfan, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BlakeMatt
3/5  rDev -21.1%

BlakeMatt, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3/5  rDev -21.1%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +5.3%

iMilky, Jan 26, 2012
Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.