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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/8/11.

Pours a murky brown with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops up front that becomes sweet with malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that sticks to the tongue after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer that is quite hoppy for the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

certainly an underrated beer on BA. pours the most sensual of redbrowns, glorious inch and a half off white head. smells of bourbon, malty sweetness, and vanilla. flavor is delicate winter spice, english medium to dark malts, and plenty of residual sugars. the hops content is a surprise too, almost red ipa there for a minute. nice hop palate. shocker. feel is solid, thick in the body and hefty in the abv, exactly what a winter warmer should be, and this one does warm you up. sessionable to, all around great beer

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular—along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of citrusy hops. There are some hints of spices in the finish. In addition to the citrus flavors, the hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't your typical winter warmer because it packs in a lot of hops, but it has some nice notes of citrus. I could see this as beer that a hophead might want to try during the colder months. It's quite drinkable because the hops cut through the malts and no alcohol is detectable in the taste.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how much of a Winter Warmer this is but it's a great hop-forward Amber that makes me wish for summer.

Medium maltiness all the way through with fresh baked bread crusts, light toast, over caramelized toffees (not quite burnt), along with a fresh sun-kissed grain taste. Light grains give a touch of vegitables as the beer warms.

Hops are quite assertive from the nose to finish. Resiny and pine-like up front with pungent earthiness and a touch of catty notes; maybe from Simcoe hops. Flavor and aroma turns bitter in a hurry with a dry citrus finish.

Malty up front with hop aromas that catch on and take hold quickly. The increasing intensity of hops never let up leading to a bitter and crisp bitterness in the end. A mild metalic aroma and taste from time to time is the only real distraciton.

A good beer by Widmer, and perhaps a fair alternative to Celebration Ale.

Thanks Gary!

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. A subtle nutty and roasted malt aroma emerged as it warmed.

T - This was very hoppy and delicious. Good bitter hops were balanced out by a smooth caramel malt flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the best winter warmers I've ever had. It certainly is one of the hoppiest.

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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a pancake batter head that sticks rather nicely and leave quite a bit of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, pine resin and hemp

Taste: The piney/hempy hops make there presence felt from the outset, while the amber, caramel flavors fight for equality; after the swallow, the sweeter malts manage to increase their presence though the finish carries considerably piney weight

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This has to be one of the most piney beers I have encountered; not bad, but a bit too much in that direction for my palate

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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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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