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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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 hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite red ales. Right up there with GF Hophead Red.

It pours a clear dark amber color, with a tan medium head that sticks around pretty good.

Smells of piney and citrus hops, with balanced sweet malt. The hops really come through in this wonderful offering.

THe taste is the same as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth.
Very drinkable.

hoplover82, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mighta given it a better rating, but it's a tad non-traditional. Nevertheless, a fine product indeed. Nice hoppy nose, not so much malt. More similar to a pale ale in style. Hazy amber color highlighted with orange and red. Flavor is great. Grapefruit is strong but not persistant. Some earthy characteristics.. A session beer for sure.

drpimento, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise hit from an otherwise mediocre/fair brewery. I'ts basically an IPA, but a bit darker and with some spices. Pine is forward in the hop profile, with citrus close behind.

Pours a rich copper with a tannish head that melts away quickly. Big hops in the aroma and taste.

Perhaps a bit too much IPA, and a bit light on the winter warming. They are onto a good thing here, and amybe just a slight tweak or two would lean this one a tad more to the spicy malt side to make it a hell of a good seasonal winter warmer.

SurlyDuff, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark caramel brown with with a large off-white head that laces well.

Smell - This one is strangely inconsistent in smell. A couple bottles smelled largely of citrus hops with a tinge of caramel, but the others were bitter piney with a musty smell to them. I'm wondering if this is a difference in batches or a bacterial infection.

Taste - Again, inconsistent. A couple bottles were beautifully crisp with a slight lingering citrus hop flavor. The others were piney with a strange caramel sweetness and almost no lingering hop.

Mouthfeel - All were in agreement here. A good dose of carbonation with a great coating mouthfeel. Definitely a strong point of the beer.

Drinkability - Due to the inconsistency, this one gets some points knocked off. If its the former of the bottles... this is one of my favorite winter beers and is an easy purchase. Unfortunately I've run into this with 2 separate 6-packs, so I likely will not be buying it again, which is a shame.

sevopie, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gasthaus. Dark copper with one finger head. Nose brings with it pine and citrus hops with some grassy tendencies in there too. Nice bitter Red Ale, no hint that there's 7.2 ABV in this one. Deceptively delicious.

I've enjoyed this both in the bottle and on tap, but tap wins.

Dubbercody, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Brrr at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours mahogany brown color and is clear. A thin white head forms, and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is a musty aroma like dirt, with a little pine scent if you really look for it.

Taste is an earthy bitter taste, with a little caramel presence on the finish. A little bit like a dark roasted IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry, ildly carbonated with a bitter aftertaste.

Not the most drinkable winter ale. I can't see myself buying this again. If (as rumored) it is really the replacement for Snowplow Milk Stout, it is a poor replacement.

RJLarse, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 14 oz glass, this beer has a slightly murky amber-brown color with a small but frothy head. The nose is full of citrus hop notes and a little sweet malt lurking around the edges. The flavor is quite full of hops as well--one would like a little more malt, more than the caramel taste that never really asserts itself.

I can't really tell any difference between this and Widmer's Broken Halo (which I generally like). More malt would go a long way to differentiating the too, if they're willing to tweak the recipe.

allengarvin, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a burnt orange/amber with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Hops, not what I was expecting in a Winter Warmer, but not a bad smell at all. Light treacle sweetness mixed with orange peel and pink grapefruit.

T: This is a beer with an identity crisis of sorts. At times it wants to be an IPA and at other times I feel it's going to the malt. Overall, it has a nice hop flavour with a sweet, sugary citrus character. Malt is relatively light bring some cookie batter and molasses, good taste all around.

M: Quite a soft feel in the mouth, almost a cask feel, but still retains a bit of a bite. Medium-bodied, lightly resiny.

D: A nice one from Widmer, don't go in expecting a spicy, malty Christmas beer, you won't get it; this is more along the lines of the Sierra Nevada Celebration type of this style.

Halcyondays, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a couple of these on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark brownish red. The cream colored head is small but sticks around for a while with a bit of lacing.

S: Nice pop of spicy/pine hops right away, even served in a regular pint glass. I can't really detect much else there, though.

T: Hops, hops, hops! If you like your winter warmers to be sweet and malty, stay away from this one. There's a bit of bready malt in the background, but the strong pine/grapefruit hop flavor dominates. No lingering sweetness- the finish is crisp and biscuity.

M: Medium bodied, but very interesting as the high carbonation level and the hops work nicely together.

D: I really enjoyed the beer, but my palate was pretty wrecked after a couple of them. Did I mention it's hoppy! Tasty, but kinda one-dimensional for a winter warmer.

PDXHops, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of pine, caramel, some malts, and finishes with some spice.

taste is of caramel, some malts, slightly metallic, touch of spice, some pine, and ends a little on the bitter side.

froghop, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, red label. No inidication of style, but abv and date are clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours reddish edging towards brown, with an average head, good retention/.

Smell: Hops, a bit of pine and some grassy aromas. A bit of bready malt in there too, more obvious as it warms.

Taste: Nice combination of hoppy flavors, with a good amount of bitterness without being overpowering. The malt takes second stage, but still makes a good appearance.

Overall impression: This appears to be a direct response to Celebration as a seasonal. That being said, its great to see some variety in the winter beer market, and this is a nice offering.

rowew, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of midaszero
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear amber body with one finger of white head that leaves good lacing

S - Strong hops with al little bit of malt

T - Good balance of malts and hops. Little bit of spice to taste. Slightly bad aftertaste

M - Medium body with medium light carbonation

D - Not to bad but not really a winter seasonal IMHO

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper / red color with a finger off white head which slowly receded and leaves decent lacing.

This baby smells quite hoppy with a bit of pine and slight flowers.

Taste like an IPA that's for sure. Floral hops dominate this one with undertones of citrus and malts.

the carbonation is decent with nice hop aftertaste. the 7.2% is hidden pretty well

Not the idea i had of the winter warmer, but still a pretty well balanced IPA

SirChugsAlot, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a pretty stupid name for a beer, and the packaging does nothing to indicate what style it is. On the bright side, there's a clearly printed bottling date (10/15/08).

Appearance: Copper-colored, amber highlights. A solid two finger head forms and retains well, leaving streaks of lace on the glass.

Smell: Spicy hops, citrus and pine, hints of tobacco and spruce. It seems safe to assume that this is an IPA of sorts, and most definitely a dry hopped one.

Taste & mouthfeel: Yep, an IPA it is. A pretty damn decent one too. Resiny, floral hops up front with a pleasantly dry and biscuity malt backbone. There's a bit of citrusy orange flavor in there too, leading into a finish that's got just the right amount of bitterness. Winter Warmer? Nah, this is just an American IPA. I'm pleasantly surprised though.

largadeer, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle that was filled about five weeks ago. (Thanks for the bottling date Widmer.)
Pours nice reddish amber with a small off-white head. Modest amount of lacing.
Aroma is floral hops and pine needles.
Taste is bitter grapefruit, resinous, astringent, sweet full malts that cannot balance the hops. The big flavors mask the 7.2%abv quite well. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very nice winter warmer.

Spikester, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a native Portlander, I have never been too big on Widmer except for occasionally drinking some of their Hefe..

I am glad they came out with this seasonal. This is such a smooth drinkable beer at just the right time.

No burn with its hefty 7.2% Alc. content... and glad that some local/domestic beers are finally catching up with the big dogs. I'm tired of weak flavorless beers. Six of these go down just great too if you plan on getting a bit tipsy. Two will do the trick for most. But be careful, it sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

Great Hop notes... as hops are always what I am looking for in an Ale. Not a huge Lager/Pilsner fan here... just a downright good Ale like this one.

A Prost: To Widmer Brrr!

Docer, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint mug.

A-Arrived with a thick, off-white head, which slowly reduced to sparse, thin bubbles. Some lacing. Beer was deep amber and clear.

S-Strong floral and citrusy hops right away, but quickly dissipated to almost no aroma.

T-Initially a citrus flavor, but his quickly leads to earthy and resinous hop flavors. As the hop flavors fade, a able-bodied bitterness settles in over a mix of nutty, toasty, and biscuity malts. Finishes clean with a refreshing bitter.

M-Light-medium body. Medium-high carbonation, feels enjoyably alive. May have felt watery if less carbonation present.

D-A highly drinkable beer. This one is very flavorful and was my pleasure to drink it down.

CHSLBrew, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber/red color with a small 1 finger deep thick & bubbly head.

Unexpected big hoppy aroma. Piney, flowery, earthy, spruce, citric. Smells like a good one.

Strong hops up front, smooth & sweet caramel maltiness, more big pine & citris hoppy finish. A fine tasting beer right here.

Creamy, smooth, moderate carbonation, medium bodied, lingering hoppiness.

Sessionable. Let's go. No worries having a few of these. Quite tasty.

A fine offering from Pyramid, a brewery I honestly don't seek out or drink alot of. Nice work. I'll be buying another sixer of this before the hops go away.

bbothen, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 14. Poured into a glass mug.

Pours a dark orange/brown color with a small layer of head, but it leaves good lacing.

Smell is of sweet spicy hops. Taste is of high floral hops with toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, but yet smooth. Carbonation level is low and leaves a dry flavor in mouth.

Overall, this tastes a lot like an IPA, but with spices added. Very great beer from Widmer and I'd recommend it to anybody for the price.

mothman, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this darker amber colored beer into a pint glass. The foam was just about two fingers and reduced to a steady covering over the beer. The smell of pine and citrus greet your nose. While the first taste is a hoppy, caramel flavoring with hints of citrus and pines. However the aftertaste of a toffee comes forth.

Tolnik, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of beernut0875
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearence to this brew. Slight redddish tint, a lot lighter than the "English Winter Warmers" with tight robust head on top. nose is sweet, with some spices coming through. Lots of grapefruit coming through up front with a smooth finish. I like the mouthfeel and drinkability of this product, as it made me want to have another.

beernut0875, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this is not a winter warmer. Its a hopped up amber ale. Smells great! Pine and citrus with a nice sweet caramel aroma in the back. Flavour is at first hoppy with nice PNW hops showcased. The hops give way to a sweet caramel and toffee flavour that rides on mild biscuit malts. The finish is smoothly bitter with a touch of toffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer, and hope the Widmers send more of their beers my way.

mjryan, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was poured a pint from the tap at Uncle Sams in Kennewick, WA.

A: It poured a bright copper body with a one finger tan head that retained well then fell to an even cover over the liquid. It had a dense, even and layered lacing.

S: It had a sweet malt front, floral hops, apple cider and sharp spices (cloves).

T: It had a well balanced blend of floral and bittering hops with undercurrents of apples and oranges and hints of caramel malts and cloves. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It was tangy and zesty on the tongue. It was a bit watery and ended with a bite that lingered as a bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a warming and well balanced brew that makes a fine session beer.

dnichols, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber brown color. A small white head forms with light lace.
S: Caramel malt and lots of citrus hops. Much more hops than I thought for a Winter Warmer.
T: Again, caramel and lots of citrus hops. For the style, too much. More like a hoppy pale ale or amber.
M/D: This has a medium body. A little over carbonated for my tastes, and a bit watery. Not hard to drink, though one is plenty.

Not my favorite of the style, but not bad at all. Something to try once, and if there is nothing else good to be had.

champ103, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of DrMalt
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/copper color with minimal head, although a more agressive pour may assist. Not alot of lacing.

Loads of aroma with traditional hop,citrousy smell.

Taste is superb, with a hop explosion yet balanced by crystal malt. Very flavourful.

Somewhat thin but overall good body/mouthfeel.

Drinkability is undoubted for anyone who likes a hoppy beer. For me it stands besides a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Haven't tasted it side by side but I had a Celebration a few days ago & this is definitely comparable.

A worthwhile purchase & worth trying again in future years to come.

DrMalt, Nov 12, 2008
Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.