Brrr | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by IronDjinn on 10-19-2008

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Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent head and nutty, malty, dark taste. Wonderful as an "Nighttime Beer", but not bad during the day. ($34 from Brewers outlet 2/15, out of date). First tasted at a Brewers Outlet tasting in fall of .2014

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Photo of RonKoch
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Finally today, I pulled one out of the Advent Beer Calendar that my wife made me (Thank you, Sandy).

Beautiful appearance. Warm copper-red color, followed by the kind of beautiful lacing too few of us can fully appreciate.

The aroma of fresh hops is very inviting.

The strong hops are especially interesting, predominately Grapefruit .

The caramel flavors of the malt are lip smacking good.

Widmer Brothers, who not too long ago, disappointed me greatly by discontinuing the Drifter Pale Ale, impress me anew this evening with this experience.

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Photo of GreatWeisseHope
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass tankard. 3 fingers of off-white head over a copper-orange well clarified beer. The foam slowly recedes leaving appropriate lacing down the glass interior.

Aroma of grapefruit and tangerines, pine and dark caramel malts. Back of hand rub gives a strong isovaleric aroma, expected for such a highly hopped brew.

Flavors of toasted bread, chocolate malt and crisp NW hops. Warming alcohol, finishes dry with a pleasant lingering hop resonance. Body/mouthfeel is smooth for a stronger beer.

Definitely something I could and will drink many of.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale topped with a dense, light beige foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a rich pine aroma with sweet caramel in the nose. It's pretty full bodied, very smooth and foamy. The finish is clean and nimble. It tastes pretty bitter and a little sweet. The balance is really nice. Pine resin is the loudest flavor. The bitterness turns to something more like juniper by the time the caramel sweetness emerges just after the swallow. This one kind of took me by surprise. It's a pretty serious beer and it's really easy to drink.

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Photo of denn7164
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So usually I'm not a big fan of hoppy winter seasonals. But 'Brrr' is good.

Poured into a pint glass. Looks amber, nice head. Smells like... well, hoppy beer and maybe some caramel.

The taste is some citrusy hops and malty sweetness. Not particularly complex, but balanced and delicious. The hops' flavor reminds me a lot of Widmer's Drifter Pale. Drifter is a bit cloying for my taste, but Brrr gets it right with a heavier malt presence.

Mouthfeel is nice; medium body complements lots of flavor, but it's light enough to drink.

Drinkability is... well, I'm reviewing the fourth of six, so there ya go. Holy jebums, 7.2% alcohol? Wouldn't know it; these go down like Pabst, but [even more] delicious. *hiccup*

Good Brrr. Def one of my favs.

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Photo of csiewert
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite winter seasonal of all... Pours a dark amber with a little bit of white foamy head. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The taste is a perfect balance of malt and citrus hops... With more hop flavor than malt which is the way I like it... Finishes amazingly smooth with no harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely impressed with only other Widmer was their hefe which is fine but this one really impresses.

Great aroma of juicy fruits...oranges, tangerines, peaches, mangos, papaya...simcoe all the way....great aroma..

pours a nice amber shade with a creamy head that coats the glass nicely...creamy mouthfeel too....almost like it is on nitrogen...medium bodied...

similar hops lead the way on the taste along with a very subtle toasted maltiness....

Relatively bitter but also very juicy and tasty with its hoppiness.

I'd call this an amber ale...and a good one....damn glad I bought this...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this brew from whoneeds8, Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that left sheets of tiny bubble lacing.

S - crisp, clean citrus hop aroma, wonderful.

T - citrus hop flavor from start to finish with just enough malt to keep things in check.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - waaay too easy to drink!

Final Note: this is listed as a winter warmer, but I based my review on how it tasted and I never tasted a winter warmer quite like this!

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Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper brown with pillow off white head. Malt aroma hits you hard after the pour-perhaps a hint of molasses in the aroma. Little hop aroma. Little carbonation and mouthfeel is fairly heavy. Notes of caramel, toffee in the first sip. Hop bitterness is low-with a warming finish as the alcohol hits you as the beer makes its way down your throat.

Very drinkable winter warmer-I can't believe I have passed by this in the past.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tarnished burgandy. Dense cap of white froth. The lacing is very full. Very nice nose. There's a really nice juicy hop aroma to this with a sweet, almost candy like, malt aroma underneath. Flavor is quenching, rich and satisfying. This really hits the spot. Seems like a combo of Simcoe/'Rillos for hops, which is a very nice choice if that is indeed what they chose. I get some nice juicy tangerine and grapefruit nuances. With some oily resinous characteristics as well. Great hop combo. Solid malt backing too. Sweet and fairly rich. Nicely carbonated. Medium body. Nice little surprise here. I'll get more.

I also love the fact that Widmer stamps a bottled on date on the bottle as well as the label.

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Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reading the previous reviews, i feel they really keyed in on describing this brew nicely.
"tea colored" is a perfect description of the color with an "oatmeal colored" layer of foam on top.
pine-y, citrus-y smell with a matching flavor. some malty "biscuit" is perfect in comparing the balance of tastes.
medium feel, and i get what the others said with 'buttery' and 'oily' in their reviews.
overall, i can handle this stuff nicely. the 7.2% is a surprise and the alcohol is well hidden. the pine-y-ness isnt over bearing and seems fitting for the season coming up. this one has enough depth and substance to allow more research...

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These are a little hazy when served very cold but they brighten right up when they warm up. I let my current bottle sit out for 20 minutes or so and it pours brilliant ruby tinted dark amber under a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight tan tint. It leaves thick lace on the glass. The malt aromas recall fruit cake with caramel, light chocolate with a touch of sweetness leading to a bitter emphasis on the finish with some mild alcohol warming. Its creamy, medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of loren01
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice clear reddish color, good sized head with great lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is nice and hoppy, more of the piney variety but also some citrusy scents in there as well
T: Pretty good malt/caramel flavor up front with a piney/citrusy hop bite at the end.
M: Medium to heavy body, goes down real smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.
D: This is my favorite winter beer, and my favorite Widmer beer...I always look forward to this beer coming out every winter.

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Photo of madtappers
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one word WOW!

Great change of pace in the winter seasonals, a summit hopped red ipa???

Love this beer from the floral aroma to great drinkablity.

Widmer made a wise choice dumping Snowplow for BRRR!

Can see Widmer making this a year round beer with the great response this beer gets at the pubs and the stores.

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Photo of chezztone
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see other reviewers "get" this beer! Because I've heard comments from people about how it's too hoppy, too thin, too something to be a good winter seasonal. Plus I guess people miss Snowplow, Widmer's terrific previous winter seasonal (and apparently Widmer realized that and brought it back out in addition to Brrr). Well, Brrr is a great beer, whether or not it is appropriate as a winter seasonal. And it does taste good in the winter. Makes a great Christmas gift. And yes, I wouldn't mind if they'd keep making it year-round. So...if you're looking for a barleywine or a spiced beer, this isn't it. But if you want to try a well-hopped, well-balanced, big (but not huge) red ale, give it a try.

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Photo of AdamWest
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
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 hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a tavern in the Denver Tech Center. Arrived in a pint glass. The beer is a deep mahogany red amber color with a 1 finger light tannish color head. Good retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is very hop forward with the typical west coast citrus hop aroma along with hints of spice: all spice and nutmeg come to mind. The beer starts with a full toasted malt flavor with bready flavors as well as hints of the spice found in the nose. The hops burst through immediately and swarm the palette with citrus flavors and a medium bitterness. The beer finishes with a lingering sweetness, mild bitterness, and toasty flavor, slightly dry. Hides the alcohol extremely well and is very drinkable. Medium bodied.

Overall, this beer is very good. I have had it in bottles in years past but was really impressed with the draft offering. Recommended.

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Photo of ricke49
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This years release (2012) continues the excellence of this well-balanced winter warmer. Perfect bitter / malt balance. Exceptionally smooth to drink. Just the right amount of 'warmth'.

Currently available at only $5.99 per 6-pack (Bi-Mart in Oregon). Who could ask for more? 2016 update: amazingly complex winter warmer at a budget price from a NW "OG" brewer.

I love the other widely available Oregon produced winter warmer too (Deschutes Jubelale)....but at this price point - just wow.

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Photo of mckenziac
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Widmer Brothers variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells hoppy with predominantly Simcoe and Cascade hops. Has a bit of caramel sweetness in the aroma as well.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness, almost IPA-ish in character. Finishes with a strong, sweet caramel malt flavor. Very well-balanced, hearty flavors. Almost like a wintery IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation. A perfect feel for the style.

Overall: An excellent winter seasonal. While it eschews many of the typical winter warmer spices, like cinnamon and cloves, the intense hop bitterness and strong caramel malts give this beer a real heartiness that would definitely be warming on a cold, winter evening. A very pleasant surprise and something I highly recommend.

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Photo of stercomm
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A dark, clear mahogany in color, a slight off white ocean froth head that lingers for a bit, nice glass lacing.

S - Strong pine and citrus notes with a nice malt backbone.

T - Get the hops coming through with pine resin and citrus, also a nice spicy thread with a good malty finish, with just a hint of sweetness and chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Have yet to have a bad brew from these guys, this is no exception. An excellent winter warmer, lots of body and good depth of flavors, hops and spices are very nice.

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Photo of KeefD
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just found this bottle at the bottom of an old trade box received from msubulldog25 several months ago. A great surprise.

Deep copper/amber color, rusty and only mildly hazed, with a small-ish head and a few dots of lace here and there.

Really nice hop-centered aroma. Very much reminds of Sierra Nevada's Celebration. There's a general fruitiness pervading, with some cinnamon and a pinch of white pepper too.

Flavor and mouthfeel work together as a team here, even more than most beers. Hard to consider one without the other. Has a creamy, round, chewy texture that brings in the sweetness of fresh cream, amplifying a base that recalls any number of red fruits and a hop-heavy character. Malts are big yet somehow stealthy against all that other stuff. Then I wonder if the sweeter, gooier flavor is playing tricks on me, because there's a decidedly pricklier side to the mouthfeel. That matches up with the hops nicely, and overall the candy-like finish reminds me of gooey cherry or raspberry taffy. With an extra spice kick.

This is a wonderful beer. And unique. It's not the first Widmer Bros. offering I've had, but it's easily the best.

[The name of this beer should be kind of funny to fans of old Helloween who really know their trivia--I know you're out there! Otherwise, it's just a cool name--no pun intended.]

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/07/09- Purcahsed at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date stamped on the front label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper colored pour with a very slight rim of a spritzy head. Does, however, leave some decent spotty and light streaks of lace behind.

Smell- Lightly bold with some spicy hoiday scents. Maybe some nutmeg and cinnimon plus a nice caramel note.

Taste- Really nice assortment of flavors that meld together. Very light cinnimon, but a heavier clove and nutmeg flavor. Caramel malt dropback with a nice handful of piney hops thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a middle range carbonation level. Light aftertaste of hops and a somewhat chewy and higher mouthfeel with caramel aftertaste abounding.

Drinkability- Greatly impressed by this Widmer effort. I'm usually turned of by the flagship line, but their seasonal line usually does good for me. Like a combo of Celebration and OSA, well melded.

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