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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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312 Reviews

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 934
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.73%
Wants: 31
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 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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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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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.