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Brrr - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

732 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | 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

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L & 80L,
Munich 10L, Carapils, Dark Chocolate

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Simcoe & Cascade

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 10-19-2008)
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rowew

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 21:43:45 | More by rowew
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midaszero

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 19:34:03 | More by midaszero
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:21:22 | More by SirChugsAlot
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 03:24:30 | More by largadeer
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Spikester

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 02:22:44 | More by Spikester
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Docer

Washington

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:18:57 | More by Docer
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 14:33:38 | More by CHSLBrew
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bbothen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:06:36 | More by bbothen
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:28:23 | More by mothman
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Tolnik

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:12:50 | More by Tolnik
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beernut0875

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 16:22:34 | More by beernut0875
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mjryan

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 21:27:41 | More by mjryan
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dnichols

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 21:03:43 | More by dnichols
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 02:48:03 | More by champ103
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 23:57:55 | More by DrMalt
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bigbelcher

Arizona

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy amber ale, with a huge creamy white head.
Citrus hop aroma with an odd spicy aroma that I couldn't really place. Kind of like spruce but not really. Some toasted malt flavor, much like a brown ale. Surprisngly well hopped for Widmer. Long lasting bitterness on the palate. I wouldn't get a second one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 23:59:12 | More by bigbelcher
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Brown-amber in color, very clear. Moderate cap that leaves a bit of lacing.

Aromas surprised me, hoppier than expected. Lots of pine and citrus rind, with just a bit of sweet malts.

Those hop aromas are also most dominant in the flavors, although they seem less potent in taste than smell. I was hoping for more malts than what I taste. Caramel sweetness definitely coming through, but not enough to balance the hop flavors and substantial bittering at the end. In my opinion, this beer would be much improved with more balance in both the flavors and the feel. Body is thin and the bitterness leaves a jarring end to every gulp.

Drinkability not that high for me. For some reason, I lean toward a malty beer as a winter warmer. This tries too hard to be an IPA, and doesn't pull it off. On to try more winter warmers this season...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 06:34:47 | More by josiahschlender
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of Oct 15. Poured into pint glass.

Pours out copper colored with nice one finger white head with great lacing.

Smells a little roasted orange scent. Tastes very hoppy with orange overtones for this type beer. Not much of a sweet flavor to it. It is almost like an IPA.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. But there are many better winter warmers out there to choose this over them.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:43:05 | More by whoneeds8
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John_M

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Claudia's sports bar the other day.

The beer pours a beautiful copper color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose initially, but as it warms I get some citrus, light roasty malt, cinnamon and holly. On the palate this beer is a bit of a mess. There is a huge presense of hoppy bitterness, which IMO does not blend well with the spice and light malt. The beer is very much on the dry, hoppy side, with pretty noticeable alcohol. The beer is a bit heavy on the palate, and the hoppy bitterness on the finish is just too much. One can tell the alcohol is up there, though it's not hugely boozy.

An interesting beer, but I just wasn't loving it today. Probably won't get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 02:13:31 | More by John_M
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper orange color with a small amount of bone white foam leaving behind some lacing. Kind of light colored for a winter warmer perhaps? Strangely, I'm picking up a odor of pine scented air freshner, maybe from copious amounts of hops? Interesting. Also some nice bready aromas. Very nice hop flavor on this one! I was fairly surprised. Nice hop bitterness backed up by some toasty, bready malts, some spiciness. Slightly sweet, dry on the finish. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with a carbonation bite at the end. although this comes in at 7.2% ABV, it's quite drinkable and has a certain IPA quality to it/ Very nice and pleasantly surprised, although it's not what I usually expect out of a Winter Warmer. Easily the best Widmer brew I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 04:34:31 | More by KeefD
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer's newest seasonal, a winter ale that packs a 7.2% ABV punch. Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass.
Brewed on date: OCT2808.

'Warm up with a cold one' and the silver faux-label 'To: You From: Rob & Kurt' are cute holiday touches on the label. Beneath the cap: 'A PROST: To Cannonballs in the Kiddy Pool!'. Not exactly a wintry-themed prost, but let's go with it...

A: Pretty auburn color, crowned with a little more than a finger of dense light-tan cream. Doesn't last very long, head dropping to a bubbly cluster within 30 seconds; lots of clinging lace in wide bands. Not much visible carbonation, very clear/well-filtered pour.

S: Pine-scented hop aroma with a mild cinnamon roll-sweetness, fleeting sweet citrus.

T: A fairly bold burst of resinous and orange/citrus hops, spicy and fresh/green. Toasted malt backing with a crusty, almost sourdough pretzel twang. Biscuity beneath the hops - could be mistaken for a malty IPA.

M: Creamy, rather smooth carbonation. Really no indication of the alcohol strength. Maltiness sticks around and spicy dryness; finishes surprisingly clean, a little thin.

D: Drinks easily, almost too easily for a beer of this magnitude. For $6.49 (on-sale), a 6-pack would be a nice winter warmer indeed, and at a good price. An accessible seasonal that is a welcome new release - well done, Widmer (RIP Snowplow).

PS: I can't stand the NAME of this beer...yeah, that's finicky of me, but it gives me shivers [pun intended]...really...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 04:02:49 | More by msubulldog25
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich, bright amber color, topped by a lively stark-white head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet, bready malt (carapils?) and some mild fruity hops. Palate is an agreeable balance of lightly bitter fruity hops and a good dose of bready malt, with notes of light caramel and pine lingering in the back of the mouth. Finish is a bit hot, but not overwhelming.
Body is actually a little thin for a winter warmer of this strength, but doesn't seem out of place given the flavors. While not the most exciting offering this holiday season, this is a decent warmer that is more than adequate for an evening by the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:25:56 | More by ElGordo
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Bookseeb

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a light brown amber with a thin head, but good lace. Smell of bold hops, pine and citrus. Taste has a good upfront piney hoppiness, grapefruit, spice and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick going down with just the right amount of carbonation. though the ABV is not evident in taste, it is a bold drinker, one that the palate warms up to.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 23:32:25 | More by Bookseeb
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon popping the cap of my first bottle of Brrr (before the pour even) I was greeted with the splendid aroma of love, hop love. I knew this was going to be good...

Clear antique copper color with nice creamy head and lace.

Aroma is mostly hops with some sweet malts only further accenting the juicy hop bouqet. Resiny and earthy pine and citrus dominate and do a good job of hiding the 7.2% kick, which is present in the nose behind the hops and sweet malts. Very cascadish with a little extra bang. Simcoe?

Smooth mild caramel and pale malts with hints of roasted barley do their best to balance out the heavy dose of bittering hops. Very nice beer that drinks like an Imperial Red.

Medium-heavy weight and pretty creamy carbonation keep this winter brew smooth and very drinkable. Sweet, yes, but never gets too sticky.

Wow Widmer, you guys really surprised me with this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 03:37:04 | More by BeerZack
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. poured a beautiful rich amber with a solid frothy two finger head of an eggshell white, that slowly fell down to a thin foam, leaving some fairly decent lacing. Off to a good start.

s. Hops, pine, juniper, and some definite rich malt with some maple syrup notes. Smells strong... smells good.

t. Hops, mostly of pine and some grapefruit and mandarin orange, play perfectly into the malt backbone with notes of toffee, caramel, and light rye bread. As it warms, the hops come forward with a pine and grapefruit kick, but so does the maple and honey of the malts. Impressive and fairly complex for a red. I can't pinpoint if there are any extra spices, or if it's just the complexity of the hops and malts blending. Either way, it's solid.

m. The carbonation is full, yielding a fairly thick, almost bordering on chewy body, but there's still some lightness mixed in. It's neither dry nor oily, and feels pretty damn nice to drink.

d. Wow. A nice drink that hides its high abv incredibly well. I started out this review horribly biased since Brrr replaced my winter standby Snowplow. that being said, I'm impressed. It's not really a Winter Warmer...which irks me a bit, because it's a pretty solid red and I would have enjoyed it in the late summer myself. Seems like an improvement over the W'06 (which this is supposedly based off of). It's definitely worth a shot, and I know I'll be drinking a few more packs before the winter's over... even though I still kind of wish it was a bit more winter warmer-ish.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 18:48:49 | More by djeucalyptus
Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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