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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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854 Ratings

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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 dvb
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a winter sampler pack from World Market.

A - Nice tan head that vanishes quickly but leaves a nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Basically, it smells like an IPA.

T - Again, it is basically an IPA, but the malt really comes through and the bitterness is not off the charts. Balanced.

M - Very nice. Slightly sticky.

D - Sessionable.

Surprisingly drinkable for a Widmer, a brand I am normally not fond of. Even though this is classified as a winter warmer, I consider it more of an IPA and would buy it over many IPAs.

Photo of echoes
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a glass.

A: Orange-copper hue. Thick white and creamy head dissipates slowly leaving noticeable lacing. No carbonation visible once it settles.

S: Malty. Bread, caramel, ctirus and perhaps spice. Is complex enough to smell pleasant and interesting.

T: Bitterness is the first thing apparent. A lot of it for a winter warmer, in my experience. Get use to the bitterness after the first several sips. Taste is the same as the smell: malty, bready and spicy. Apparently there is dark chocolate used in it but it is hardly detectable at all to my palate and I am a dark chocolate connoisseur.

M: Thick and full bodied. Very satisfying feel to it. Perhaps slightly sticky.

D: Another wouldn't be out of the question, if I liked it enough to have another.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Great mouthfeel and smell. The taste it too bitter for a winter warmer in my opinion. When I think of the ideal winter warmer, I want crack open something nice with a complex and spicy taste, full bodied, and goes down smooth. I would say this has all of that, except for the "goes down smooth part". It is too bitter for my regular taste. Not a bad beer, probably great to some, just not my cup of tea as far as winter warmers are concerned.

Photo of notsoprobeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in color with a white head that dissipated slowly, with some lacing. Aroma of citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops. The same citrus and piney hops are also present in taste, but there's also a solid caramel malt base and some spice in the finish. Medium bodied. It has a 7.2% ABV, but I didn't taste the alcohol at all. So be careful with this one!

I consider this to be a hoppy beer with a great malt base. I really liked this beer a lot. I finished it faster than I drink most of my beers. Great job Kurt & Rob!

Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Kips in an Imperial Pint

A - Poured a clear light mahogany with about an inch of head.

S - Citrus, Malt, Hops, and caramel

T - Very Malty and Caramel in taste. Some citrus and hops for sure. Closer to an IPA than a Winter Warmer.

M - I find it to be a little heavy tasting with a good amount of carbonation.

D - For a Winter Warmer it's very drinkable. Tastes more like an IPA than a Winter Warmer. I actually drank this a few nights ago and i'm just reviewing my notes now. On my notes I thought it was a seasonal IPA, that's why I tried it. My bartender did not tell me this was a Winter Warmer. If I had known that I wouldn't have tried this at the tail end of my session. Thankfully it's only 7.2% and not 9%-12% like some warmers tend to be. Overall a pretty decent experience. Give it a shot if you get a chance.

Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: A little citrus, not much there.

Taste: Mild sweetness with a citrus finish. Seems like an IPA instead of a winter warmer.

Drinkability: I could have a couple.

Kind of strange, this one. Seems like more of a pale ale or IPA than a winter warmer. Not much in the way of maltiness or spices that I can discern. Tastes ok for a IPA though.

Photo of zagduck
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good, solid beer with a few surprises.

Appearance: pours a really deep amber color, almost a little red. has a thick creamy head that sticks around for awhile too

smell: very hoppy with some notes of carmel

taste: very strong combination of the hops and the malt initially but it finishes lightly and leaves kind of a candy aftertaste. very unique.

mouthfeel: medium body. just the right amount of carbonation.

drinkability: surprisingly easy to drink for how high of an ABV it has.
Different than your traditional winter warmer. I'd recommend it if you're looking to try something new.

Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

92nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very nice dark amber with a quality pillow topped head.

Smell- I got a big hoppy citrusy IPA backbone followed by some rich dark fruit.

Taste- A bit of a spicy bite with some very well done and balanced flavors.

Mouth- Medium body with such a good aftertaste. I was wishing for more.

Drink- Another one of those times I wish a bought a six pack and not a single.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a nice amber with a hint of orange hue and a nice frothy two finger head, very creamy and off white with pretty good lacing.

S: Big hop aroma and nice bready malt, hints of citrus and rich caramel.

T: Follows the nose with added richness and body. Lots of malt up front and the hop finish is nice and crisp with a lingering citrus presence.

M: Medium body with smooth carbonation, slightly creamy and a dry finish round things out.

D: For me this is one of the best winter ales out there, so it is incredibly drinkable. Such a great balance of hops and malt!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Meant to pick this up last year. Sounds like a good Winter Warmer.

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a burnt caramel hue. About two fingers of slight tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a decent pace, leaving sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A nice burst of citrus hops followed by slight dark fruits (i.e. plums), and a definite caramel malty note at the end.

Taste - Definite bitter hops up front that mix with some great spices that then melds with the heavy almost syrupy sweet caramel backbone. Finishes more balanced than expected, and with a somewhat dry, breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively quaffable for the ABV. An interesting Winter Warmer somewhat reminiscent of SN Celebration Ale. Glad I bought the six pack but will pick up a SN Celebration Ale over this in the future.

Photo of tmcelvain
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My only gripe about this beer is that I don't taste it as a Winter Warmer. Very little spice taste, very up front hop character, and a very medium body. I would almost call it a cousin to Surly Furious, which plops it smack dab into IPA territory.
Otherwise a very drinkable and tasty beer, just not a taste that has me thinking about curling up next to a fire on a snowy winters night.

Photo of brewdub17
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thin light beige head sits atop a body that mixes light-brown with a deep copper hue. Transparent and gorgeous.

Smell: Spicy notes come forth and are balanced well with the malty character. Hints of a citrus hop are found in the back and also add pleasantly to the aroma.

Taste: Wonderful mixture of malty, spicy hops and citrus hop notes. Balance is also noticeably nice and with the style guidelines an emphasis on the spicy flavors are noted.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful balance all over the pallets and each taste-bud. Citrus and bitterness come to the front of the tongue, while the malt and spice flavors cover the back of the mouth perfectly. The slightly raised ABV can give cause to the minor warmth in mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The brew has an overall great appeal with its abundance of nicely combined flavors. The slightly high ABV may make it difficult the polish off a sixer, however many will try and few will win.

Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a very scant tan colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with a good spice smell. Strong hop aroma, all northwest type hops. Scents of grapefruit and cinnamon. Vanilla and caramel with a little bit of molasses.

Starts out bittersweet with a mild spice aftertaste. Spice never takes over here; this is an American Pale Ale with spices added.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkability. Not the best beer out there but a good one.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured just below recommended temp into a tumbler

A-Hazy brown, poured with no head and light bubble

S-hops are strong with a slight air of some fruit, figs perhaps

T-strong before it even hits your mouth. you begin to sense the caramel until the hops slam your tastebuds immediately and you get a bit of spiciness through the middle (almost peppery) and a sweet caramel finish with hops that settle in the back of your throat

M-very full body, not chewy, just full. sort of dances around in your mouth

D-a pretty tasty winter seasonal. not for the hop shy. Enjoyed it

Photo of zhanson88
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep clear copper color with amber highlights. Head is off white and about 2 fingers. Retention is pretty nice, and the lacing hangs around for the duration that the beer lasts.

Smell: First thing that can be smelled is a wave of hops and spices. There is definitely a caramel malt base underneath it, but piney hops dominate most of the smell.

Taste: Strong caramel malt base up front, with spices towards the back end and a good deal of hops at the finish. Pretty balanced, and in the end is maltier than you think it might be.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth, with very little carbonation. This is definitely not a beer that you can pound down fast. Some pretty strong flavors in this one. Overall, pretty nicely done by Widmer.

Photo of BucBasil
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large mug.

A: Very nice looking beer- a clear reddish brown color with a light tan 2 finger head that has ok retention.

S: Hops dominate the nose, piney with a slightly spicy character. Malt balacing in there, carmel and slightly bready, but mostly hoppy.

T: Sweet at first glance with plenty of caramel and brown sugar, but then hops flood the tastebuds and take over everything. Finishes with surprising balance - hoppy but with a nice bready malty character with brown sugar and spices. Hops are first and at the forefront, but not overpowering.

A good winter beer for the hop lover. Surprising from a company best known for a mediocre wit.

Photo of Popp24
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer and wasn't expecting that from Widmer. Had a nice Carmel taste and a nice little sweet taste as well but definitely not too sweet. Had a nice little hop taste to it and was really easy to drink. I am not a professional reviewer although I have been drinking good beers for at least 10 years now so I know a little. I know a good beer when I taste it and this one passes the test.

Photo of AdamWest
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty and powerful, I can find no other word that fits as well as "appreciate". I appreciate this brew as it dances across my pallet, as it dulls my emotional senses, tops off my dinner. This particular brew: 1) tastes great 2) costs less than $1.50/bottle and 3) is truly amber, placing it above 90% of the winter brews I've experienced.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - clear, slightly dark amber in color. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy in its aroma. Somewhat citrusy, and maybe some extra spices thrown in as well.

Taste - Hoppy in its taste. Maybe some subtle spices, but I can't tell which. Fairly bitter from the start, concentrating mostly on the sides and finishing on the back of the palate. Texture is pretty well on the creamy side.

Drinkability - Not terribly complex, but a good-tasting brew. Maybe a little too bitter for me to get a six-pack of, but good for bottle or two.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I realize that this style doesn't really have clearly defined parameters, but this beer isn't close to any of the expected aspects. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clear light brown/amber with just a trace of off-white head that no retention and minimal, but decent, lacing.

The aroma was dominantly hoppy, just a hint of malt and no spice. The flavors were also very much like an IPA, not the stated style.

The body was very light for the stated style. Drinkability was very good, although not for the style. Overall, I liked this beer, but thought it was a decent IPA, not what it claims to be. Worth trying, and I'm gonna bust open my 22 of Brrbon in a few minutes.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark maple syrup color with a white drifting head.

Smells of hops and grapefruit very floral.

Taste is very good, decent hop load balanced with berry fruit in the background and sweet sort of malt front.

Strong medium body with mini carbonation firecrackers yum!

Very drinkable and great for a holiday season for sure.

Good beer fro the price sixer for 9 bones.

Photo of denflyr
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a my Sierra Nevada glass and it comes out a very nice burnt orange color with a persistent 1/4" to 1/2" head and just a tad of lacing.

Smell is just as the 6 pack carrier advertises. Bold hoppiness and sweet candy finish. You get a very nice sense of that on the nose of this beer.

Taste is very nice as well. Medium bodied with substantial hops and sweet finish of hops and malt. The sweetness is not cloying in anyway!

Mouthfeel is nice as well. Medium body and not heavy at all. Medium carbonation and overall a very pleasing beer to drink.

I could have plenty of these and it is one my favorite seasonal beers!

Photo of Elimination
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one beer from widmer that I truely look forward to every year.

Pours a deep red, glowing with brightness, dark but still can see through with a crystal white head.

Smell is sharp malt, slight hops, sweet candy like, fruity notes of strawberries.

Taste is quite good, spicy, sweet, brown sugar, has a bit of a kick almost like all spice, very candy like almost minty.

Mouthfeel is very thick, sharp carb, plus a great after presence.

This is honestly more of a red, or imperial red to me, very superb overall.

Photo of gkunkle
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent red/brown color with an off white or light tan head. Smells roasty with some citrus. Tastes of caramel malt and has a little bit of hops and spice. Mouthfeel is medium, it has very light carbonation. Although I am not a big fan of this style, I am trying to learn to like it more. If you enjoy a good winter warmer, you should definitely give this a try.

Photo of chumba526
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a reddish amber color with a slightly tan small head.

It smells of caramel, mint and flowers. There is a nice sweet almost candy like flavor that dominates the smell.

It tastes quite sweet and citrusy. There is a strong orange flavor to the beer. A slight hoppy bitterness arrives in the after taste. It provides a nice balance to the beer.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is about average for the style. I could drink a few of these, I guess. I would normally just stick with one or two glasses of this though.

Overall slight better than the average winter beer. The flavor is good but it's not that impressive. Overall a nice beer though.

Photo of philbertk
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W'06 N.W. Red Ale--Brewmasters' Release 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV--65 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lace head. Clear thin bronze red color. Rich earthy toasted floral hop front. Crisp earthy crusty toasted toffee caramel dry sweet mild fruit biscuit body. Clean bold bitter hop spice citrus end. Sampled 3/2/2006.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd. Brrr Seasonal Ale--Bold Hop Flavor, Candy Sweet Finish--Warm up with a cold one--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial--Mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright rich amber ruby red color. Toasted floral fruit hop front. Dry sweet crisp tangy mild sweet Winter spice hint burnt fruit biscuit body. Tangy hop malt spice Winter candy crisp clean mild hot end. Hoppy Winter Red! Sampled 12/16/2008. 6-Pack $8.99.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Brrr Seasonal Ale--Warm Up With A Cold One--To: You; From: Rob / Kurt W--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA--Thin mild lace white head. Clear rich bright amber red color. Sweet floral malt hop front. Smooth mellow sweet light toffee caramel vanilla hint rich malty mild fruit hop body. Clean crisp mild hop spice rich cloying mild earthy pine malt end. Rich smooth Red. Sampled 11/29/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Brrr Seasonal Ale--Warm Up With A Cold One--To: You; From: Rob / Kurt W--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 50 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA. Thin mild lace off white head. Thin clear bright rich red gold color. Crisp floral toasted Cascade hop front. Tangy spicy cinnamon malt clove caramel dry toasted body. Hot malt Winter spice bitter Alchemy hop end. No spice added--cinnamon nutmeg Malt. Sampled 10/7/2010. 12-Pack purchased @ The Ballard Market for $ 12.99 on 9/30/2010.

Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.