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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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 +5.8%
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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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 superspak
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +1.6%
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 Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with a finger of off-white head. This retains very nicely, with nearly a full finger of flare-up when swirled and leaves back a good bit of sticky spotty froth behind. The aroma smells floral and piney, with spice, citrus, and a sticky smelling candied presence along the back. A little bit of toasty edge emerges as well as this warms. This has a quite flavorful presence in the nose, with pine and spice really standing out to me.

The taste starts with a green bitter citrus profile, which is supported underneath by a backbone of sweet toffee and then a lightly toasted feeling backend. The dry finish here is mostly hops, with pithy feeling citrus, resins, and spice all lingering for a good bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue but does smooth out considerably as this moves out across the palate. The feel here is just what this needs to keep those flavors accessible.

I liked this. It didn’t necessarily feel like a Winter Warmer to me but more like a hoppy American Amber with some festive feeling spicing added to it. Or at least a REALLY hoppy take on the Winter Warmer style. At any rate, I’d still go back to this one. It’s a tasty winter seasonal.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, some spices and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, nuts, spices and some fruit. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and nutty with a great hop flavor. The sweet malt is a great way to start, and it finishes with a zesty bitterness. Red amber in the tall tulip with just the right creamy white head. Even starts with a nice aroma of Cascade hops. More malt in the middle but not overly sweet. Full body with plenty of roasted flavors.

This has turned out to be a favorite of mine, along with Hibernation and Isolation from Colo. Well balanced and high on drinkability. Brewed date on bottle is Sep 28, 2011.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, reddish-amber body with a slim, near white head. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Steely resins, crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains given a good shake, a good toss with an additional hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Amply sweet crystal maltiness with some toast, some graininess, and a hint of light-colored brown sugar. Moderate sweetness overall. Resiny hops, some pithy-accented citrus and fair degree of bitterness. Tiny flourish of berry. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within.

Overall: Reminded me a bit like a long-lost, equally illegitimate second cousin to Stone's Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty tangerine with bright Sunkist borders. The upper one third of the glass is occupied by a sandstone colored lid that is impressively creamilicious. Surface bubbles pop... pop... pop in slow motion, leading to a good look for a good long while. Abundant and attractive lace is a bonus.

Who needs spices in a well-brewed winter warmer? Well, it smells well-brewed anyway. Caramel malt is wonderfully accented by tropical fruity hops. Simcoe and Cascade (along with Alchemy) were terrific choices. So far, I'm reminded of a poor man's Celebration Ale. Let's hope it tastes even close to that good.

Brrr is damn fine beer and is the best thing that Widmer has ever produced (if I'm allowed to say that after having had only a fraction of their offerings). Incidently, this beer is the same as W '06 N.W. Red Ale. It's good to see a brewery bring back a crowd favorite.

Winter warmer... big red ale... even caramel-malted IPA isn't far off the mark. I'm telling you, Sierra Nevada Celebration is most likely the inspiration for this surprisingly hoppy ale (must be the pine and grapefruit zestiness of the hops). 50 IBUs is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the bitterness is accompanied by such tasty Simcoe and Cascade flavor. No appreciable alcohol is a plus and drinkability is through the roof.

As far as mouthfeel, think IPA. It's at least medium for the ABV, if not medium-full, and has a lushness born of perfect carbonation. There are absolutely no chinks in the armor.

If I had known how delicious Brrr is, I would have purchased more than this single bottle and would have cracked the cap long before today. Another plus is that it looks like each year's release will last until the following year's release. Here's hoping the brewery keeps this one around for many a winter to come.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper/caramel with 1+ finger of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit

T: Grapefruit, a slight breadyness, then a load pineyness up front. Breadyness competes with the grapefruit hoppyness as this warms, plus some leafy hops as well. Finishes with a flourish of leafy & grapefruitty hops, orange slices & a bit of caramel; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Pretty chewy, restrained carbonation, balances nicely, but the body thins out as this warms

Drinks very easy despite the ABV & hoppyness; Widmer, you are on to a winner here. Keep this one in the line-up!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours amber in color, maybe copper, with a thin layer of soapy off-white head.

S: Smells quite hoppy, which I wasn't expecting. Quite a bit of citrus, plenty of floral hops as well. The other bit of the nose is made up of bread and toffee, maybe a bit of brown sugar.

T: A moderate level of pine and bitterness. Floral and citrus hops on top of the bread and toffee. A touch of fruit, maybe some peaches, and a bit of brown sugar and toasted malts.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was surprised by this. Usually I don't have very high expectations of Widmer beers, but this was pretty solid.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not quite cold enough for me to make this noise, but it's getting close. This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a half-finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises apricot peel, light honeydew shell, sweet caramel, and a bit of pine resin. These elements don't really go together all that well, frankly, but the combination is interesting enough. The taste holds notes of pine resin, orange peel, light peach, dusty toffee, and a touch of toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this ain't a bad hoppy winter warmer right here. I think the hop combination could've been honed a little better, but this stuff really ain't too bad.

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

The Brrr is a decent beer. Starts slightly sweet then finishes bitter. The beer poured a nice amber with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The beer is hoppier than expected and the bitterness at the end is no overly positive. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall its solid and worth a try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark caramel brown with a half of an inch of dense, soft, brownish head that has decent retention. The nose is rather citrusy with some grapefruit aromas, and there are some faint bready malt notes. The taste is caramelly up front with some citrusy notes. The finish has a piny, spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. It finishes a little dry.

This is a decent beer, but the flavor doesn't last. The dryness of the finish diminishes the flavor on the palate. The hops were nice. It was a nice change of pace from the standard winter warmers that all seem to offer ginger and spices. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, but ultimately it wasn't enough to save this one. Nice, but underwhelming. I would probably have it again, if offered.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Hey maybe out of season, but so it goes...

A very creamy tan while head, manages two fingers tall on the pour, with a fluffy retention top. Body is absolutely crystal clear copper, with light red hues of amber. Not much visible carbonation.

Mild toasty grains, a little bit of chemical heat but some nice spicy character as well. Hints of chewy fruit and cinnamon, but a little mild. Fairly solid.

Palate hits with a real odd experience. For a warmer this incredibly watery, but most surprisingly very hoppy, and devoid of any malt sweetness or presence. Watery grain with a bitter pine washes over real quick. Aftertaste fades incredibly quickly, Hop quick front that fades, but also not boozy tasting either.

This tastes like a strange IPA, and has no warmer character style to me at all. It's missing a big boost of malt depth.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hued, highlyhazed...lush, creamy toned froth up on top.

Citric hops meet caramel malt in the nose. Bitter and sweet and mellow. Sweet on top of bitter. Nice.

In the taste, it reiterates, sweetness matches with crisp, citric hops all the way through. Medium bodied, long hoppy sweet finish.

This doesn't have what I look for, usually in a winter warmer, but it does have plenty of the things I like in a beer. Good job, Widmer.

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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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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buebie for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, thanks Brian.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, alchohol is present. Taste is a good bit boozy, some malts, a hint of spice, more alcohol. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but a bit to boozy for me.

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