Brrr | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

very good
321 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 Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with good clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. Fluffy off-white head has pretty good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: A very pronounced citrus and spice hop presence sits on top of some toasted malts.

T: Bitterness dominates with a pepper and clove bite that's helped along with a little citrus. Malt hides out in the background with a mild caramel sweetness. Finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness.

M: Medium body has the right amount of fizz.

D: Felt more like a strong APA than a Winter Warmer to me, but then this is a very broad beer style. Certainly enjoyable enough.

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Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium brown. Great lacing with a small creamy head. Smells of caramal, orange and other tropical fruits. Nice piney hop smell near the end. Quite sweet up front followed nicely with a well balanced bitterness and very nice hop aroma. Hints of tart fruits and caramal maltiness. Hop presence is very prominant with a nice lemony piney bitterness. Finishes quite sweet. Great carbonation for the style.

A very nice beer, medium bodied, sweet but hoppy winter warmer. Very drinkable, i could drink 6 of these easily (which i did). My favorite from Widmer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Brrr is copper with a loose, off-white head that's pretty quick to dissipate but leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy, on the pine resin side, some brightness to the malt, but a bit waxy as well, with some cat piss.

Taste is ok, moderate hop flavor, but lots of waxy phenols from the malt, which is bready, with some gingerbread, but not much depth. Hops are sour citrus, not to strong, a bit spicy. The high ABV is well hidden though, I would have guess more like 6% max.

Mouthfeel is slick, drier, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, not a bad beer but it really doesn't work for me. I'd like more sweetness from the malts, and more, or a different, hop flavor. Also not loving the plastic phenolics, but they ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, bright copper color with caramel hues. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head. Light lacing in broken rings.

S: Big piney hops up front. Citrus and spices.

T: Big floral hops that linger. Sweet caramel malts and warming alcohol. Mindful of a big APA or IPA. Hops are clean, spicy with a nice cirtrus zest.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Big, lingering hop finish.

D: Good balance. Very tasty with good hop character.

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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 RunDWP
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brrrr? More like bah-humbug!

I'm a little cool to this brew for the same reason most people seem to like it. It's pretty hoppy. Now I like hops, but for me, there's too much of it in this brew. The hops gets in a bit of a fistfight with the nutty flavor, and some savory spice notes that I can't quite put my finger on. Now I'm all for a good fistfight, but not in my brew, understand? Besides this, the execution here is pretty good.

Appearance - Dark mahogany color, nice foamy head, some lacing action on the glass. Check.

Smell - Bitter hops greet the nose. Here that's a good thing. Check.

Taste - Houston, we have a bit of a problem, with the hops clashing with the nutty, savory spices of this brew.

Mouthfeel - A bit of a harsh, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability - OK.

It somewhat works, and is technically well done. It's just what they've achieved here is just not quite my cup of tea, OK?

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I decided to try this, good choice. Nice orange color, looks like SN Celebration. Smells and tastes piney, caramel, a hoppy beer but might as well be an IPA. I like the idea of hoppy reds/ipa's during the winter, warming tasty with a bit of the caramel spice. Go buy Brrr, OB Gordon, Celebration, decorate your tree!

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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 budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a cloudy crimson colour. big frothy light tan head that sticks with lots of chunky lace. big hoppy aroma of pine and spruce accentuated by some great citric juiciness, mostly grapfruit and pineapple. the caramel and toffee maltiness stands meekly behind and in the shadows. smells fantastic. the sweetness of the malts comes through a bit more in the taste, but is soon washed over by some tremendously amped up NW hops. lots of bitterness abounds, with a mostly balanced profile of both pine and spruce and grapefruit and pineapple. again, this is incredibly hoppy in flavour and also quite bitter in nature. i love it. there is also the requisite alcohol warmth in the belly to round things out nicely. full bodied... and a mouthfeel that can best be described as "hoppy rough". it's all good. finishes sweet and hoppy. drinkability is good, just becasue it tastes good, smells good, feels good, and IS good.

this is listed as a winter warmer, but obviously should be reviewed along the lines of an IPA or highly hopped red ale. i was really impressed with this and would recommend it highly.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent winter hoppy beer. Really reminded me of the Celebration. Lots of pine, citrus, very little caramel. The bitterness of the hops tended to overtake most of it by the finish of the glass.

I'm not sure if I would get this again as I would probably get a Celebration instead.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I usually only drink Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale this time of year, this was really going out on a limb for me! I was hoping Brr would be hoppy, and was not disappointed.

The beer poured nicely into a pint glass-- the foam never completely dissipated, which was great. Although the bottle says, "has a candy sweet finish," I disagree. I can definitely still feel the hop zing after drinking. That's a good thing in my book, though- the candy sweet finish advertising sort of scared me, and I was glad it didn't live up to it!

This is much better than Snowplow-- I'm a big fan of hops!

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface. Strong aroma of hops. Citrus and pine dominate in the nose. The flavor is more balanced as the malt adds a little sweetness to the bitter hops. Still finishes bitter though. The body is quite nice with a semi creamy texture but it feels a little thin for something trying to carry the ABV and the hops. If you like hopped up red ales, like I do, then this beer will be appealing. Knocked the drinkability down a little because of the high ABV.

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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 sabinelr
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect. After being grossed out by punkin beer, cinnamon beer, coriander beer, and what have you, I was afraid I'd find another precious seasonal. So I held my breath, and started knocking this down. Oo-wee, man, it reminds me of the spruce gum the relatives used to send us from Nova Scotia. The label says it winds up with a candy aftertaste, but the spruce gum drove that right away. Then, after I recovered from what happened, I said. Man, what happened, I gotta down another swig and figure this out. It's like DMT for the timid. Go get this stuff if you are ready for repeated trips to the far borders of beer taste but want to come back for a rest.

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Photo of mnapier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Temperature, 45 degrees farenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Saw this release and guessed I would finally give this a shot. This pours with a light burgundy clarity and with a initial medium white frothy head that leave little islands of lace both along the glass as well as floating on top.
The nose is interesting with the dance between the pine and citrus hops that are only accented with the roasted-ness.
The mouth is equally matched by the nose with the play of pine and citrus hops along with a little bit of toasted malt, overall mouth is mild to medium.

A nice revisiting of their classic from a couple years back, might crack another one open at a family get together when there is only BW or MGD laying around.


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Photo of chrisweingart
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this beer in a imperial pint glass at O'Bannon's Taphouse in College Station. My first review but here I go...

Appearance - Pours a nice copper/amber color. Nice head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell - I love the aroma, nice floral characteristics with a piny smell as well.

Taste - Sweet at first sip, almost like an orange. Not sure if that is from the citrus character imparted from the hop resins but married with the malt profile, it begins to taste like a orange, but clearly moves on to the bitterness expected from the strong hop aroma.

Mouthfeel - Lingers long after the first sip. Finishes very dry almost requiring you to take another drink.

Drinkability - Would definitely have another and can look to trying this again next year. A shame this is only a seasonal.

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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 Bagman007
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice copper coloring with a bit of head.

S- Very nice, hoppy smell. The spices stand out a little bit. Very crisp with a hint of malts. Not too yeast smelling at all.

T- Not as hoppy as it smells. Crisp and spicy is a good way to describe it. A tad hoppy on the aftertaste, but pretty smooth for the most part.

M- Tingly because of the hops. Nice carbonation to this beer.

D- Very drinkable beer. Not too bitter and not overly carbonated. Can have several in one night.

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Photo of Schwarz04
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice overall, a bit cloudy. Head is ok, has a nice lace however. Very hoppy smell, strong floral scent. Somewhat bitter in taste, not too bad though...Mouthfeel enhances the presence of hopps and bitterness which is definatly an acquired taste. I'd definatly drink this beer again...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Draft Picks Pizza Pub, on to the beer:

This was...interesting. Orange copper color in my pint glass, the beer was leaving good initial lacing on the glass as I drank it. The aroma was quite good, hops, dry malt, bready, a bit of orange. As for the had potential here. It certainly was strong tasting, but lacked depth. Strong piney hops with some caramel to balance far so good...but within a quarter of the way it was all bitter hops and no malt to be tasted. I can enjoy a strong hoppy beer, even unbalanced ones, but this one needs to be tweeked to be enjoyable.

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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 Offa
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, nicely rich beer.

Red-brown, it has a medium tan head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring and wisps. it leaves nice rings of lace.

The aromais grapefruit, lime, pineapple, plus sweet fruit and a little toastiness.

The taste is much richer and more complex, it's very hoppy in flavour with citrus - grapefruit and orange zest, but caramelly-sweet fruit, toasted grain, with a dry leafy hint in the finish. It is actually rather sweet with some spicey warmth and a litght bitterness that is more prominent in the aftertaste. It's full-bodied, smooth, slightly oily yet zesty, and very drinkable.

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Photo of supercolter
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent beer but kind of off on the style in my opinion.
Appearance is a copper/amber color with a small head and some decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar. Reminds me a lot of an APA, sweeter malt with a decent hop backbone. Mouthfeel is on par with where it should be, dry feel, medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of patobandito
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red-amber color with good head retention. The aroma gives off hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is spicy, with a hoppy finish. Almost no malt flavors in my opinion. Not exaclt a winter ale in my opinion, but closer to an APA. A little bitter for my tastes, but very drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brrr poured an amber color with a nice 2 finger foam head with some solid lacing which was sticky and all around. Good head retention.

The aroma was candy sweet and full of malty goodness. A little bit of hopiness in the back end of the nose. The taste was really spicy just about all the way through. There was some sweetness at the finish. This was a pleasant surprise from Widmer. Besides the Hefe I have thought most of their offering although stoic have been middle of the road. This was definitely solid and worth the price of admission.

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Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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