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 ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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 hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed pack served into a globe glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with good clarity, and bright orange amber in the light. Sports half an inch of off white foam which keeps well.

Earthy hops on the nose along with steely caramel malt and a hint of chocolate and some faint roast notes; becoming a bit smoky with warming. Lacks the often tossed in spice influence of many a Winter Warmer.

Taste is full and sweet with caramel flavors balanced with a nice level of hop spice. Finishes with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar and lingers a bit like a sweet port wine. Pleasant feel and carbonation though perhaps a bit simple in the malt body leading to a singular approach through the palate.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 deuce9259
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/copper color. Pours a nice head, and also has a good lace.

S - Get a lot of the hops in the nose. Citrus as well.

T - Good amount of hops, can't really tell the ABV is as high as it is. Has a dry finish.

M - Good carbonation, easy to drink.

O - This beer definitely surprised me. Less spice than I expected, also didn't catch much of the malt that was advertised. Thought it was very drinkable, and is a nice change of pace.

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

This Winter Warmer is a thick but opaque orange-brown. It develops a light orange head one finger tall with good retention that remains pretty thick, leaving sticky lacing behind.
I get mostly fruits (dark) and grains on the nose before a good hops presence kicks in (think a good mix of resin and citrus rind), while a bit of spiciness and toffee sit underneath.
The taste is the same with a bit of something difficult to place (tobacco leaf, almost), grains underlying, a kiss of floral hops, and a bit of caramel. It's nicely hoppy but not exceptionally so, nor is the finish "candy sweet" as the bottle claims. It's good with the exception that the way the bitterness mingles with the grains along with the chewing tobacco elementmakes for a funky flavor at the back of the throat that's almost sulfuric. Fortunately, it's not very strong and so not terribly off-putting.
The malts provide a sturdy backbone in a medium body, light carbonation is supportive but not overdone, and there's a good transition from crisp in the front to smoother in the middle and into a pretty dry finish.

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Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Pours a ½ finger off white head that dissipates to thin bubbly ring around the top, nice reddish copper color, splotchy lacing.
S- Nice hoppy aromas, spice, nice bitter sweetness, candy sweetness, nice aroma.
T- Tastes the same, really enjoyable beer, candy sweetness, nice hoppy characteristics, some spice.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, well carbonated, easy drinkability.
O- Actually was really impressed with this beer, really easy drinkability and refreshing.

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Photo of stealth
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red pour with a spicy hoppy aroma. Nice head on this pour. Very much like an IPA with its hops foundation, with some spice (don't ask me what spice, it's just spicy) thrown in. Not too bitter, but the amount of hops caught me off guard. I really enjoyed this one. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick 1 finger light tan head over a dark red amber body. Ample carbonation and a bit of yeast sediment is present. Nice lacing is present.

S- Yeast, nutmeg, all spice and almost a peach pie aroma surrounded by a nice hoppy backbone.

T- Starts out quite malty. A dry breadiness is present suround by the nutmeg allspice and again, peach notes. Very much representative of the nose.

M- Slightly higher carbonation which I like. I would have no idea that this was 7.2% ABV.

D- Pretty darn drinkable. I think the carbonation helps quite a bit there. I'm admittedly not a big winter warmer fan but this is quite good.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kjritt
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. reddish brown, good clarity

s. hoppy and slightly metallic

t. spritzy, hoppy, light, perhaps a bit spicey. a good drink on a cold day

m. smooth, tangy, slight linger in the back of the throat

o. similar to an ipa, but with an extra punch. a good dose of hop, but the spice is a nice touch to seperate it from many other brews. a fine addition the the widmer bros collection.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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