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Brrr | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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319 Reviews

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 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 BeerWithMike
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Perfect brew to sample last night on 1/7/15 when the temp was -2 and the wind was blowing. LOL! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a small off-white head. Ring-like lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is full or caramel malts, spice and some citrus zest. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of pine also. Good taste with a slight bitter finish. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. Overall it is a decent brew.

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Photo of BB1313
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours copper with nice clarity; fluffy off-white that sticks around leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Looks really good. The aromas have faint citrus notes and lots of caramel malts. Some orange peel in the mix. Some hints of cocoa as well. Pretty malty. The flavors have a strong sweet malt backbone, but there's still a solid bitterness. Lots of pine needles and caramel. More orange along with some grapefruit. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Mouthfeel is great and is probably the highlight, in my opinion. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; extremely creamy and fluffy. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

Widmer crafted a nice beer here, but the aromas and flavors aren't overly exciting. Nothing too special, but not bad.

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Photo of KWrightVT
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice coppery red color as poured into the glass. Slight citrus hop aromas mix with the caramel malt to create a pleasing aroma. Pretty light in the mouth, with a good balance of hop and malt flavors to keep it very smooth. No spices in this one, but a great taste overall.

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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 RenzoD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppiness. Imagine your typical winter beer with the hop presence of an Northwest pale ale. Very clean flavor, well-balanced, decently carbonated with a medium body. Predominant taste and aromas are Northwest hops (citrus aroma and flavor), Malty caramel taste, alcohol.
Over all this is a pretty decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'm glad I tried it and would definitely take it if it were offered to me.

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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 HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish brown; 1 finger creamy off white head that receded to a thick collar; moderate lacing;

S: caramel malt;

T: muted up front, then a moment of caramel sweetness that gets over taken by an earthy spiciness; moderate bitterness at finish;

M: creamy; moderate carbonation;

O: very drinkable;

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a very dark ruby brown and even though it was bottled 9/13/13 (almost a year) it still had an inch plus of tinted sticky head.
Smell is a typical old ale with no winter spices just molasses, English malts, and some subdued hop bitterness. I actually like the taste more than the bourbon version to me its like a lighter version of founders old ale without as much bitter molasses, very English bitter tasting.

Mouth feel was good medium bodied and slightly chewy.

Overall I was impressed not only for the taste but how well this beer hold up within a year possibly more. Well worth the dollar I paid for it at Beermuda clearing out their old stock.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Darkish ruby amber, almost clear with a dissipated off white head.
S: Initially onions but it soon gives way to floral hops, English in character.
T: In the mouth the hops tastes more American with that classic orange peel profile but overall it drinks like an English bitter. Nice and sharp with an astute malt backbone which leaves a nice aftertaste, again reminiscent of English bitter. Too sharp for a session beer but on cask would be a different story.
M: Sharp and prickly. It's got heartburn written all over it.
O: Very nice. I'd love to try it on cask.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely deep red color, very clear, Nice 2 finger head, very persistent with sticky lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass

Aroma is light, biscuit, floral and spice

Taste is bold, hops, winter spice, citrus, caramel malts

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Basically a red IPA with some tweaks, nicely bitter with more significant body than I expected. Visually gorgeous, a bit thin on aroma. One of the better Widdy brews I've come across the past few years.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer overall, as would be expected from a brewery such as Widmer Bros. Prototypical flavors abound for the style, malts, vanilla, caramel, some winter spices, with undertones of hops (west coast) and booze carried throughout. Beautiful nose too.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some citrus, herbs, and spicy aromas, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, citrus, malt, and spicy flavors, that make for an interesting and complex drink. Drinks much like a Pale Ale. The label lists caramel and chocolate matls, but the hops dominate this beer. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting Winter Ale. Not what I was expecting, but good.

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Photo of ranger7
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes: December 15th, 2013.

A: Dark amber, thin white head.

S: Sweetness and hops.

T: Like a lightweight APA. Not bad.

M: Thin, very easy to drink. Very light on carbonation.

O: Not bad. I'm not a fan of hoppy beers, but this was a nice departure from typically heavy and spice-loaded winter brews.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance/ Semi transparent medium amber in color. 2full fingers of light tan foam which dissipates to a thin froth after several minutes however leaving nice lacing. Nice carbonation.

Aroma / Floral, piney hops. Sweet and pleasant.

Taste / Fresh baked bread. Nice hop load but not overwhelming.

Mouth Feel / Very smooth and kind of creamy. Medium bodied with a nice smooth finish.

Overall/ This was a very good beer more to the hoppy than malty side. It was a nice beer to enjoy slowly by the fireplace.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was a burnt copper color capped with a small white head. The head reduced to a thin ring with minimal lacing. This had a nice balance between the hops and malts. The finish was slightly dry and bitter. I did not pick up a lot of spices that are usually found in a winter warmer. It reminded me more of a red IPA. Nice beer on a winter night.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear dark red color with very small off-white head that left very minimal lacing.

S- Big pungent grapefruit, some pine, and big caramel malt presence.

T- Big pungent grapefruit and piney hoppy notes, caramel malt,toffee, dark cherry, and big bready notes. Pretty big hop bitterness, but the higher ABV and malt presence gives the beer some nice balance.

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, pretty smooth, and slight alcohol warming.

O- The grapefruit hop notes on this beer are so incredibly fresh, pronounced, and pungent. Probably my favorite of the Oregon winter warmer/strong ales that I have had this year.

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a clear copper color. The head is slight and white, wispy, with soapy lace. The smell is a little hoppy, with a fresh scent and a background of caramel malt. The taste is like toffee and bread....caramel and malt and some mid-taste hop bitterness. Full in body. Warming, but not boozy. This is a respectably good winter brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights. Minimal fizzy eggshell white head foams up briefly and fades to a sturdy edge layer, some tightly packed lattice.
Aroma is grainy and caramel based malt with some light fruitiness mixed into the nose.
I dont deep hop notes but some light earthiness is detected.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is sweet dark fruit with red grape and some plum mixing with the grainy caramel base.
The beer finishes with a bit of earthy and citrusy orange peel bite on each swallow.
I get just a little bit of peppery booze on the finish, but overall the beer is very drinkable.
I enjoy this beer and wouldnt mind having a second one tonite, however this is the only bottle in my posession.
Worth a shot as a nice fairly robust ale.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy amber red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Very sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Can detect some citrus, perhaps grapefruit. Nice creamy, malty taste with some piney resin, caramel and citrus. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Can definitely feel the warmness in your belly after drinking.

4.25 3.75 4.25 4.5 4.25

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Brilliant Red Ale color

S-Strong essence of pine & straw. Modest notes of grapefruit.

T-This beer tastes like...standing on the deck of a mountain house in New Hampshire during Christmas Week Wearing a winter hat, heavy peat coat and flannel lined cargos (red & black flannel lining) there's 3 feet of snow on ground and the pine trees are cloaked in snow.


O-Not like other Winter Ales that pack a strong all spice/ginger. A decent beer. Something different at the holidays

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get this every year when it comes out cause its one of my favorite winter beers. 6 pack for 7.99

Pours a deep amber/red with a 3/4 inch slight off-white head that falls to lacing quickly.

Smell is pretty faint, there is a little bit of hops and malt, some pine, generic beer smell sorta, not the best part of the beer.

Nice hop balance with some caramel and roasty malt presence. I think this beer is more malt forward, only slightly. Some sips i detect a low metallic taste, other sips i don't. This is a beer brewed for the masses and is relatively inexpensive, so rating this for what it is even though I like it. 3.75

Mouthfeel is good for the style, with it being just a little slick on the tongue, medium carb, and a small lingering aftertaste from hops.

Over all i enjoy this beer alot , and i would put it right up there with Sierra Nevada Celebration ale. Try it if you havent and like hops.

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Photo of YeastMode
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Deep cherry color, clear, robust reddish head.
S- VERY Piney, earthy and warm baked bread.
T-Extremely bitter burst that lasts a brief amount of time. withers to a sweet gingery and breadyness that warms as you drink.
M-Carbonated well,lively for what I expected out of this time of year's brews.Spicey and sweet.
O- Overall very enjoyable, done right by the holliday season. Many layers of taste from a slight peppermint to pine, off to ginger. I was surprised.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good winter warmer, a MUST! alternative to Celebration ale and others, you must try it.

A: Pours mahogany, clear amber in color, with a 1-2 finger very THICK head with lasting and tons of lacing. Sticky. Very good looking winter ale, among the best and yes it does matter.

S: At first I thought this smelled too faintly compared to the robust look and taste. But it's winter, and since we want more aroma, sip, swirl, and let it warm - then it's a great bouquet! Once warmer: hoppy, citrus, floral, bread and caramel. A flower sandwich. Great with cheese, soup, pizza.

T: Follows the smell and brings much more interest: Spice and pine. Good bitterness. Great long interesting twisting finish, twisting like a candy cane of caramel, pine and bitterness. Floral and citrus ride on core of bread and caramel. Almost a bit salty, makes me want a pretzel. I really like the orginal, muscly taste, this is what makes it a must try.

M: The body is medium as is carbonation, good weight and feel as a winter warmer must. Alcohol well hidden, but warming...

D: Widmer Winter Warmer - Well done! I really like this beer and it gets better as it warms. Lots of long-lasting flavor. My fave winter warmer this year.

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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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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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