Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #53
Ranked #25,788
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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 stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber with foamy beige head., decent lacing. Aroma of malt and mulling spices, taste is also spicy, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, mild lingering tartness/spiciness on the palate. Slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of TRZ83
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Because this beer is self-described as a “Hoppy Red”, I would say that it is a little lacking in the hops flavor, but the hops blend very well with the malty redness, giving it a solid back-end, making it very drinkable out of a can.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with little carbonation and a finger of light beige head.

Dark toasted maltiness. Caramel and toffee.

Caramel and toffee, dark toasted, burnt notes, and light red fruit notes.

Medium, sticky body, with moderate carbonation.

Purchased in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Jan 23rd, 2019.

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Photo of Fowdy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: filtered dark amber, almost brown with a caramel quick dissipating head.

Smell: subdued malts.

Taste: malts with mild hops.

Feel: smooth beer with a balanced taste.

Overall: looks heavy but is an easy drinking tasty brew.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - nice deep opaque amber/red/brown with minimal tan head
S - malty and dried fruit but definitely not a strong smell
T - malty with dried fruit flavors with a nice medium hoppy finish
F - rich, medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O - overall a very solid holiday ale with the traditional malty and dried fruit/spice character of the style but with more hops than traditionally found in the style which is definitely a welcome addition

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Photo of Griffin2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Poured a hazy reddish brown with a medium white head that lingers.
S - Smells of maltiness.
T - Medium hoppiness with maltiness to match. getting a little spiciness on the finish.
F - Nicely carbonated.
O - This is a nice beer for a cold night.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice quality beer in terms of body, drinks about perfect for a winter beer. There's a suggestion of winter "spice" but it's hardly there, and might simply be some classic red malt flavor. The amount of hops flavoring is surprising for a winter ale, and actually tastes very good. Could use a bit more malt and/or body, but I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice warmer pours a brilliant copper color with a thick off white head of dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of toasted malts, spicy hops, and a touch of citrus. Flavors exceed the nose with light toffee and roasted malts on the front and middle of the taste. Spicy hops break into the middle to the back with a touch of citrus and light molasses finishing with a mild bitterness that is long and pleasant. Very English with a touch of American hop flair. Excellent mouth feel with medium prickly carbonation and a medium bitter finish. Overall an excellent warmer.

Thanks to a friend from work for this one---Kevin!


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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper beer with thick beige head, nice retention.
Smell - hops and toasted malts.
Taste - excellent combination of hop character (citrusy, piney, zesty) and toasted malts (biscuity, nutty)
Medium body and carbonation, complex, balanced, delicious
Nice strong ale.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed Oct. 2015 ---
Aggressive pour into an ale glass produced a 3 to 3 1/2 finger off-white head, : slow dissipation and good lacing. The aggressive pour softened the initial hops bitterness and made it a much more enjoyable drink. Great carbonation. Bought a 12 pack on the cheap ($7.98). Can't go wrong at that price...would be worth it at regular price.

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Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopper than most winter seasonals, crisp on the start but a mellower rounded finish and aftertaste. There is a little of the purported "candy flavor" at the beginning, but quickly overshadowed by the hops.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 9/3/15. Pours clear light amber with a medium off-white head; lots of small carbonation bubbles. Smells of mostly pine/citrus hops and sweet malt with some subtle spices sand honey. The taste follows with lots of hops, some malt, and little spice. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Somewhat thin body and above average carbonation. It's a good beer, but not very true to the style. It could use less hops, more malt, and some more body.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it was more pale than i expected it to be. i expected the chocolate and caramel to come through more than they did but i still enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/19/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Great appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Red IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottling date: 26 August 2015.
Pours wih a dark red-brown body that’s initially covered by a good size bone-colored head. The head, however, soon reduces to a thin top coat. Very good lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: hoppy red ale

Flavor: more bitter and hoppy than expected (I didn’t read the deScription first), but mild-moderate levels of each.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

Overall: a Red IPA that works well as a winter seasonal.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thulsa doom.

Pours a nice jewel amber color, with a creamy and lacy head. Opacity is 80%.

Aromas of brown sugar, honey, pine needles, and citrus. Medium bouquet.

Drinks like a hoppy red ale, with a robust malt presence followed by a punch of pine, honey, sugars, and grapefruit. It starts with caramel, malts, slight monkey bread, and then the honey/sugars/pine/citrus hit. Slight sesame on the finish.

Feel is creamy and dense, with especially sharp carbonation, ending with a noticeable parch.

Overall this beer feels too intense, I keep wanting to drink it like an amber/red or an ipa, but it's more of a sipper which confuses both my brain and my palate. To some I can see this being a knock-out ale...for me, it's just too confusing.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - amber/copper colored beer with white head

Smell - caramel sweetness, pine

Taste - caramel, citrus, butterscotch

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, hop bitterness to round out the finish

Overall - decent, inoffensive beer. Worth a try.

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of HouseBrew
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is Widmer's seasonal winter ale. A red ale with a decent 50 IBU hop punch and 7.2% ABV. Pours a deep amber/copper and has a moderate hop aroma among caramel and chocolate malt scents. The taste is fairly balanced between malt and hop, but it leaves something to be desired in both fields. Has an alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Tamuras 6 pack $7.99. Dark amber color, medium mouthfeel, strong hops taste, medicine aftertaste. Has lots of flavor, but I don't care for that medicine after taste. Not for me.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brrr, is a winter warmer brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 7.20% The brew pours out of a bottle a nice light brown color, with a nice off white head. Brrr has a nice thick head that says around. This brew is ICE Cold. I really like the look of this brew. The smell is rich with grains,malts and hops. Also there is a nice citrus smell to this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on rosted grans, and malts in this brew. There is also a nice bite of hops and citrus at the end of the taste. What can I say, Brrr has a nice even blance to it, there is nothing really overpowering about this brew. You really can't pick up on the 7.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Brrr, is rich , bold , clean , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Brrr, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, did a real nice job on this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose does a fine job of living up to what the label says - I get a decent amount of citrusy hops, yet gentle notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate reveal themselves. It's like Arrogant Bastard if it were actually balanced! Despite the nice balance, I find the aroma too mild in its intensity. It tastes much the same way, for better or worse. Some nice citrusy and floral flavors open it up, trailing off near the middle to give the malts breathing room. Mainly, I'm picking up notes of dried nuts, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. It's a subtle-tasting brew with good balance - even some depth. While it feels full on the tongue, it actually finishes fairly dry due to the hops. I have to say that I enjoy this one. It doesn't strike me as impressive initially, but it rewards a patient drinker. This would make a nice every-day brew in the wintertime.

3.46/5: More enjoyable than Gucci Mane

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Photo of ritwingr
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems hoppy for the style. Mine was very hop forward, Thin looking light copper pour with a modest head that disappears instantly leaving zero lacing.

To be honest, it tastes like an IPA. All wrong for the style. Inoffensive enough. But I expected more. No seasonal spice notes - that I could detect anyway.

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Photo of hman43
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours deep amber color with ruby tinges and a head that is full and leaves plenty of lacing.

It has aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits, some grass hops, and some wood flavors.

It has flavors of dark fruits that produce a sweet sensation to start the flavor with and other flavors of piney hops, grassy hop, and malts.

The other effect on the palate is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Overall this product is not overly hoppy like many others in this category, but does bring out the true flavor of the ingredients which work well together.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(EDITED on 1/2017) 12oz, dated Aug 26, 15. Chilled, then allowed to warm. Pours a light amber color, with a very nice frothy head. Taking three separate sniffs (at room temperature) I got something different every time (impressive): malt, fruits (like a white wine), and something else. The taste is reasonably malty, followed with a decent amount of hop flavor, and it finishes with something pleasant and sweet. Mouth-feel is just about right for the style.

This is a good beer, and is easy to drink, but to me with all of the other BIG ABV beers out there, this one seems a little dwarfed by them. Still, if I'm looking for a mid-range ABV beer (at 7.2%) then this one is worth getting again.

UPDATE: 1/2017: a good, hoppy, red ale, as advertised.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First week in October and the seasonal ales are rolling out. This is one of my favorite. Try to drink it fresh because the hops play so well with the candy sweet malt and subtle booze bite. In my opinion widmer bros best.

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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 972 ratings