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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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299 Reviews

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Reviews: 299
Hads: 891
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 29
Gots: 108 | 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,
Munich 10L, Carapils, Dark Chocolate

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Simcoe & Cascade
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Photo of tastymug
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, red amber color with a nice head and lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and malty, hints of caramel. You can also pick up on the hops.

Taste: Sweet, with a nice balance of the caramel/malty flavor and the citrusy, hoppy flavor, with a tad of spice on the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied and moderate carbonation; crisp.

Overall: I found this beer very agreeable to drink, and a nice break from the more spicy, malty winter warmers of this time of year. It has more hop than you’d expect in a winter warmer but that was ok by me! It’s well balanced and I could easily drink more than one. This was my favorite out of a sampler of four different winter beers.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular—along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of citrusy hops. There are some hints of spices in the finish. In addition to the citrus flavors, the hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't your typical winter warmer because it packs in a lot of hops, but it has some nice notes of citrus. I could see this as beer that a hophead might want to try during the colder months. It's quite drinkable because the hops cut through the malts and no alcohol is detectable in the taste.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is nut brown (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick compact off-white slowly sinks down leaving some lacing.

The smell is milder than expected. Smooth english malt; toffee and rye bread. Sweet notes of citric fruit drops, lemon peels, passion fruits and red berries. Toffee and caramel.

The taste is sweet with smooth notes of caramel, fruit candy and a light smooth clean bitterness. Some warming alcohol. Lots of mixed fruits, some of them citric, some of them exotic (especially passion fruit). Hints of banana peels and brandy. Medium body. The aftertaste is smooth with growing alcohol, caramel, more of the clean bitterness and green fruits. Spicy hints in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many mid-sized bubbles are smooth. The liquid is smooth and a little light.

A fine take on the Winter Warmer style with a modern twist. I had expected a bit more body though.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington beer glass (my favorite beer glass).

Appearance: Ehh, amber very clear light bubbles with a thick head at first settles to nada in a sip or two. On the initial pour it's about 1/3".

Smell: Slight piney scent, maybe not the best scent but still appetizing.

Taste: Nice easy complex taste that full-fiills the palates. Bitter but not too bitter it's what i would call just right. Hoppy, light malt no complaints.

Mouth: Toasted bread after taste makes the beer feel crisp, and not too mention how sticky it feels.

Overall: This beer IMHO should not be categorized as a winter warmer but as a strong cross between a Vienna Lager and American IPA. Not as bold but a touch smoother and I love it for that. Stop reading and drink up, Salud!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark red/mahogany color with a thick off-white head. The thick head fades slowly over time to leave a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is much hoppier then I would have expected. A mix of grapefruit citrus and pine are the heaviest of the nose, although there is a light earthy hop smell as well. Beyond the hop aromas there are some smells of a fruity nature of orange and cherry as well as a caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste starts out with a big hoppy and light roasted malt flavor. The hop initially is largely of a citrus nature up front with some pine mixed within. The pine hop gets stronger as the flavor advances further. While the pine increases, a light sweetness of caramel and some orange come to the tongue. The orange turns to a more orange peel flavor more toward the end with the pine getting rather strong by this time. With the advent of some light spice flavors of nutmeg and allspice, a pine heavy hopped and bitter citrus flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in its creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. The moderate body and carbonation suited the hoppy and spicy flavors well, while allowing enough sweetness to shine through and maintaining a good drinkability.

Overall – A rather hop heavy winter warmer. It is quite delicious and one to experience if you have a chance.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most hop-forward "winter warmer" that I've ever enjoyed, and a beer I will definitely attempt to seek out again.

Pours a dark and clear amber with a limited head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful pineapple and hop aroma with subtle cinnamon and a nicely caramelized malt backbone. The flavour is well balanced, but definitely leans towards hops (which is why I'm such a fan). Starts with roasted caramel and toffee, before moving to roasted pineapple and a fantastically flavourful bitter hop finish.

We're making New Year’s resolutions now and I think 2013 may be the year to finally get to Oregon to visit this brewery in person...

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, light-medium mahogany with a thick, creamy off white head. Nice lacing.

Fairly hoppy upfront for the style, with citric and pine notes. Caramel malt backing.

Medium body, fizzy medium carbonation.

A very nice, hop-forward winter warmer with just enough caramel and chocolate malt notes to make it fit quite nicely in winter.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room temp Imperial pint glass.

A- Red-amber-cinnamon color with a lit golden touch. The dense 1-plus finger head gently fades to a thick ring and leaves plenty of lacing. Bubbles softly rise throughout. It is beautiful.

S- I took a whiff from the bottle as soon as I opened it and picked up the strong citrus hops.That hop aroma finds balance in the glass as it warms: caramel malt, a bit of sweetness, hints of alcohol and spice.

T-The caramel malt and spice flavors are first up, with the citrus hoppiness finishing up, a little grapefruit and orange.

M- Gentle cabonation, smooth as silk, yet the body holds up nicely. The finish and linger are dominated by the hop bitterness and the 7.2% abv: I like that rather than warmer heaviness.

O- Put this beer in a "hybrid" catagory and I'd rate it even higher, it's great on its own. As a warmer, it's a little outside the box, smart.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured a rich, amber colour with a foamy egg-shell head. The smell is of hops and citrus. The taste was sweet and malty right away, then turns to a clean-hop flavour, and follows with a very bitter aftertaste. Much like an IPA, but the bitterness is a bit much for me.

Would I buy it again? No. It wasn't that bad, but I probably will not buy it again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of fairly dense plush slightly off-white colored head comprised of medium sized bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a full lacing and thick collar... The color is a pale ruby red with a big medium gold hue when properly back lit... A good bit of carbonation rises throughout at a moderate to fairly rapid pace... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Surprisingly hop forward... Lots of citrus and pine mostly in equal proportions right off the bat... Beneath the surface are some fruity notes... Cranberry and cherry are most noticeable... Light caramel and toffee as well... Very pleasant...

T - The hops are also at the forefront on the palate... They take on a slightly more piney character though there are still some light citrusy notes throughout... The is a strong malt base of doughy bread and caramel that lies beneath the surface and helps provide excellent balance... Buried between the hops and malts are some very refreshing fruit notes in the form of cherries and cranberries...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly lush... Smooth... A bit sticky... Limited carbonation... The finish is a touch dry... The slightly puckering hop bite lingers on the finish...

D - A very nice winter seasonal... Hop forward but with lots of seasonal charm and complexity mixed it... Widmer Brothers is a brewery I often pass over for not particular reason, but offerings like Brrr have me making a mental note to try more... This is a seasonal offering that I'll gladly invest in each and every holiday season...

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, near burnt orange color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Excellent retention. Phenomenal amount of lacing, showing good stick.

Smell - Aroma is aggressively hopped, hitting on strong grapefruit character. Underlying notes of bread and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose to a T. Grapefruit hop character dominates much of the profile, while lesser notes of caramel peak through somewhere toward the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with fair carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy on the swallow.

Overall - This is a lot closer to a winter seasonal IPA than it is a Winter Warmer. Think Sierra Nevada Celebration, and you've got a good idea about what this beer is, though I prefer the latter.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with copper highlights and a solid one inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is dominated initially by dank, skunky hops, with an underpinning of grapefruit. There's a slightly sweet caramel bready malt character, along with some floral hops at the finish.

Flavor is pretty citrusy upfront. Grapefruit and tangerine are accompanied at some point by a basil-like herbal hop character. The mid palate flavor is cut short by bitter hops.
Malt is present in a subtle sweetness and bready dryness, but the hops shine. Some of that dankness comes out as it warms.

Body is a touch light and worty, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is felt, but not overwhelmingly so.

Pretty hoppy for a winter warmer. Lacks the spice character of most, which is great.
Definitely a warming beer. Citrus and dankness dominate. There's a metallic taste that surfaces and is offputting.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a cap of foam that leaves decent lacing. Smell is sourdough bread, quite malty. Taste is malt, bread, crackers initially with a pungent floral resin-spicy character then blooms mid palate, then a nice washing of hops reigns in the sweetness. Medium body, zingy carbonation. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, alchohol is present. Taste is a good bit boozy, some malts, a hint of spice, more alcohol. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but a bit to boozy for me.

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Photo of Brewsky29
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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)

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Photo of chickenflea
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of mckenziac
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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