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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company


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714 Ratings

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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 Brewsky29


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

This beer pours a deep yellow to orange in color very clear with half an inch of head and minimal lacing.

This beer has a nice aroma of fruity hops and sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit hops followed by sweet maltiness and followed by grapefruit again.

Mouthfeel is smooth and little carbonation.

Overall one of the few hop forward winter seasonals that is very nice and enjoyable, a beer I will purchase again

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:36:11 | More by Brewsky29
Photo of NuclearDolphin


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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Nice Red Color with some mild carbonation. Head pours around 2 fingers with a brown tint and has decent acing

Smell - Caramel, Malts, Some Slight Figs, Chocolate and Barley. More Brown Ale than Winter Warmer in my opinion.

Taste - Piney Hops, Caramel Malts, Figs, and Chocolate. Fairly hoppy Winter Warmer and it tastes a little boozy. Decent Flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - Moderate Weighted Body and carbonation. For some reason, the moderate carbonation and body weight match the style quite well. With that said, this is more of a sipper than anything else.

Overall - A another decent Winter Warmer from Widmer Brothers, but I'd rather drink their
Barrel Aged Brrrbon, which is a better interpretation of a Winter Warmer (not to mention tastier)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:46:41 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of chickenflea


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting amber. Clear, reddish-amber body with a thin, off-white head. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains 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. Long bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within. Coats the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:33:56 | More by chickenflea
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Think lacing on the rim. Bright red in color with excellent carbonation.

Smell: Biscuit, pear, and herbs. (Chamomile?) Excellent smell on this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong pine. Tastes like the Pacific Northwest. Extremely resiny mouthfeel. Rugged stuff for the rugged winter.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent, excellent beer. Definitely better than Widmer's hef.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 22:55:36 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, some spices and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, nuts, spices and some fruit. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:22:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of TMoney2591


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not quite cold enough for me to make this noise, but it's getting close. This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a half-finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises apricot peel, light honeydew shell, sweet caramel, and a bit of pine resin. These elements don't really go together all that well, frankly, but the combination is interesting enough. The taste holds notes of pine resin, orange peel, light peach, dusty toffee, and a touch of toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this ain't a bad hoppy winter warmer right here. I think the hop combination could've been honed a little better, but this stuff really ain't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:09:03 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers : Brrr

LOOK: Deep amber colored brew with an off white soapy head. Leaves a lot of lace behind.

SMELL: Rich malty aroma full of caramel, brown sugar, and even chocolate notes.

TASTE: Toasted malt, caramel, cocoa, pine, slight peppery spice and lots of sugary malts. There is a good balance between the malts and hops. Moderate bitterness keeps things in check. Little alcohol flavor, this is mainly about sweet malts and a mildly spicy and earthy hop character.

FEEL: Full bodied brew, with medium carbonation and a thick, chewy feel.

OVERALL: This is a solid winter offering from Widmer Brothers. Mellow, agreeable flavors and a bit of warmth behind it. Certainly well within the style, and a good example of such.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 19:17:00 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of mckenziac

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Widmer Brothers variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells hoppy with predominantly Simcoe and Cascade hops. Has a bit of caramel sweetness in the aroma as well.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness, almost IPA-ish in character. Finishes with a strong, sweet caramel malt flavor. Very well-balanced, hearty flavors. Almost like a wintery IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation. A perfect feel for the style.

Overall: An excellent winter seasonal. While it eschews many of the typical winter warmer spices, like cinnamon and cloves, the intense hop bitterness and strong caramel malts give this beer a real heartiness that would definitely be warming on a cold, winter evening. A very pleasant surprise and something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 21:26:54 | More by mckenziac
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brrr pours a clear brown color, with a nice small head. There is a floral aroma, with some spices, and hints of smokey malts. The taste has a slightly smokey taste, with a nice floral taste. Good full flavor, and yet easy to drink. Overall a very solid full beer, enjoyable and nice int he winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:33:51 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of BucannonXC5


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

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $13.99 as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 15, 2012). Dark caramel amber with 1 ½ fingers of off white head. Very good foamy white retention on the sides and decent on the top.

Smelled a surprising healthy dose of sweet rye hops up front. Reminded me of sugary iced tea. Also some dark fruits. Smelled lots of malts and some caramel hops.. A little bit of grape juice, too.

Tasted a lot like the smell, but with maltiness ruling the world. Still got the rye hops and iced tea taste like the smell. Sugary malts. Some piny hops with a bit of grapefruit.

Medium body. Thinner texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Astringent oily bitter finish.

I kind of liked this beer overall. Nice mixture of different flavors. Got the amber, pale ale and IPA feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 06:45:49 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of pkalix


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reading the previous reviews, i feel they really keyed in on describing this brew nicely.
"tea colored" is a perfect description of the color with an "oatmeal colored" layer of foam on top.
pine-y, citrus-y smell with a matching flavor. some malty "biscuit" is perfect in comparing the balance of tastes.
medium feel, and i get what the others said with 'buttery' and 'oily' in their reviews.
overall, i can handle this stuff nicely. the 7.2% is a surprise and the alcohol is well hidden. the pine-y-ness isnt over bearing and seems fitting for the season coming up. this one has enough depth and substance to allow more research...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:24:26 | More by pkalix
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Beautiful burnt Orange glow with good clarity and about an inch of sticky holiday white head. Reasonably piney and grapefruity nose. Fainted toasted biscuity malts, with toffee and butter.

Buttery mouthfeel, rich with toffee and toast flavor malts, rising bitterness to a crisp finish. Long lasting buttery and hoppy flavors linger. Bitterness is actually higher than expected for a winter warmer but I welcome. Overall nicely done with good simple flavors that cascade well over the tongue. Not a touch of detectable alcohol as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:59:05 | More by jtierney89
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 bashiba


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

Poured a nice reddish amber with a thick white head.

Has a light pine nose with a light bit of mustiness.

The flavor is very malty up front with a rye spiciness and a bit of bread. Has a dry medicinal hop bitterness. Very balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is dry With just a touch of lingering hop oil.

Not to bad. Its like an imperial amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:05:03 | More by bashiba
Photo of ricke49


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This years release continues the excellence of this well-balanced winter warmer. Perfect bitter / malt balance. Exceptionally smooth to drink. Just the right amount of 'warmth'.

Currently available at only $5.99 per 6-pack (Bi-Mart in Oregon). Who could ask for more?

I love the other widely available Oregon produced winter warmer too (Deschutes Jubelale)....but at this price point - just wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 18:53:33 | More by ricke49
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear medium amber gold and produced a creamy beige head about one and a half fingers high. Great retention and good lacing.
The smell is fruity, some peach and citrus flavors, caramel and some pine.
Tasting this outstanding beer, the pine flavors dominate the front, being mildewed by some more fruity tones like mentioned above. Great hop balance! The malt backbone in itself is balanced and not taking over the palette. This is a surprise beer, better than I ever expected! Very smooth finish, great mouthfeel!
Definetely will buy this one again! Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:06:55 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale topped with a dense, light beige foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a rich pine aroma with sweet caramel in the nose. It's pretty full bodied, very smooth and foamy. The finish is clean and nimble. It tastes pretty bitter and a little sweet. The balance is really nice. Pine resin is the loudest flavor. The bitterness turns to something more like juniper by the time the caramel sweetness emerges just after the swallow. This one kind of took me by surprise. It's a pretty serious beer and it's really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:19:23 | More by yesyouam
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Nov 26 11 on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a 2 finger puffy off white head. Not much visible carbonation, head sticks around as you sip.-
A good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: First I get dark fruits and hops with a carmely brown sugar backing. I like the over-ripened sweet fruit smell. Roasty chocolaty malts. Alcohol is faint in the background.

T: Sweet candied taste with a strong hop bittering. Flavor is smooth from start to finish leaving a twangy hop taste on the tongue. The chocolate malts are a great touch and kick in as it warms up.

M: Fairly flat on the palate. Low carbonation and a little thin. Has the warming of a good winter beer.

Overall I think it would be better fresher but I can still enjoy its qualities. With a name like Brrr sounds like it needs some bourbon aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 20:55:44 | More by CloudStrife
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 barnzy78


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, picked this one up late in the season as part of a mix six. Pours brown with some orangey-red hues, thin beige head that sticks around as a foam atop the ale. Good lacing on the glass. Aromas are citric hops, brown sugar, caramel, and some spiciness, cinnamony perhaps, although I don't think any cinnamon was used in the brewing process...imagination? Tastes are very well balanced and complex with notes of spicy hops, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange rind, toasted grains, chocolate and a nice smack of bitter pine resin on the finish. Mouth-feel is on the fuller side of medium and nice and creamy while being slightly oily on the finish. Overall, a very nice surprise from Widmer Brothers! I really enjoyed this one; loads of complexity, bitter, but tons of malty at the same time. Worth getting again...maybe earlier in the season next year, although this would be nice and refreshing for a warmer day too. That being said, it is not what I'd expect from the winter warmer style it is in.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:40:42 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Blargimus


3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:34:23 | More by Blargimus
Photo of SickGnar


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:41:06 | More by SickGnar
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 07:28:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:12:56 | More by tdm168
Photo of crhensel

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:47:38 | More by crhensel
Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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