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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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Ratings: 966 |  Reviews: 322
Photo of firkingroovin
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PJCarnell
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleSweetsema
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into thulsa doom.

Pours a nice jewel amber color, with a creamy and lacy head. Opacity is 80%.

Aromas of brown sugar, honey, pine needles, and citrus. Medium bouquet.

Drinks like a hoppy red ale, with a robust malt presence followed by a punch of pine, honey, sugars, and grapefruit. It starts with caramel, malts, slight monkey bread, and then the honey/sugars/pine/citrus hit. Slight sesame on the finish.

Feel is creamy and dense, with especially sharp carbonation, ending with a noticeable parch.

Overall this beer feels too intense, I keep wanting to drink it like an amber/red or an ipa, but it's more of a sipper which confuses both my brain and my palate. To some I can see this being a knock-out ale...for me, it's just too confusing.

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Photo of jak
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarko579
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IdrinkBeerinCollege
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - amber/copper colored beer with white head

Smell - caramel sweetness, pine

Taste - caramel, citrus, butterscotch

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, hop bitterness to round out the finish

Overall - decent, inoffensive beer. Worth a try.

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HouseBrew
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is Widmer's seasonal winter ale. A red ale with a decent 50 IBU hop punch and 7.2% ABV. Pours a deep amber/copper and has a moderate hop aroma among caramel and chocolate malt scents. The taste is fairly balanced between malt and hop, but it leaves something to be desired in both fields. Has an alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Brandon632
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Tamuras 6 pack $7.99. Dark amber color, medium mouthfeel, strong hops taste, medicine aftertaste. Has lots of flavor, but I don't care for that medicine after taste. Not for me.

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Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brrr, is a winter warmer brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 7.20% The brew pours out of a bottle a nice light brown color, with a nice off white head. Brrr has a nice thick head that says around. This brew is ICE Cold. I really like the look of this brew. The smell is rich with grains,malts and hops. Also there is a nice citrus smell to this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. You pick up on rosted grans, and malts in this brew. There is also a nice bite of hops and citrus at the end of the taste. What can I say, Brrr has a nice even blance to it, there is nothing really overpowering about this brew. You really can't pick up on the 7.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Brrr, is rich , bold , clean , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Brrr, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, did a real nice job on this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nose does a fine job of living up to what the label says - I get a decent amount of citrusy hops, yet gentle notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate reveal themselves. It's like Arrogant Bastard if it were actually balanced! Despite the nice balance, I find the aroma too mild in its intensity. It tastes much the same way, for better or worse. Some nice citrusy and floral flavors open it up, trailing off near the middle to give the malts breathing room. Mainly, I'm picking up notes of dried nuts, caramel, and a touch of vanilla. It's a subtle-tasting brew with good balance - even some depth. While it feels full on the tongue, it actually finishes fairly dry due to the hops. I have to say that I enjoy this one. It doesn't strike me as impressive initially, but it rewards a patient drinker. This would make a nice every-day brew in the wintertime.

3.46/5: More enjoyable than Gucci Mane

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Photo of coastiebob
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ritwingr
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems hoppy for the style. Mine was very hop forward, Thin looking light copper pour with a modest head that disappears instantly leaving zero lacing.

To be honest, it tastes like an IPA. All wrong for the style. Inoffensive enough. But I expected more. No seasonal spice notes - that I could detect anyway.

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Photo of hman43
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours deep amber color with ruby tinges and a head that is full and leaves plenty of lacing.

It has aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits, some grass hops, and some wood flavors.

It has flavors of dark fruits that produce a sweet sensation to start the flavor with and other flavors of piney hops, grassy hop, and malts.

The other effect on the palate is smooth with moderate bitterness.

Overall this product is not overly hoppy like many others in this category, but does bring out the true flavor of the ingredients which work well together.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(EDITED on 1/2017) 12oz, dated Aug 26, 15. Chilled, then allowed to warm. Pours a light amber color, with a very nice frothy head. Taking three separate sniffs (at room temperature) I got something different every time (impressive): malt, fruits (like a white wine), and something else. The taste is reasonably malty, followed with a decent amount of hop flavor, and it finishes with something pleasant and sweet. Mouth-feel is just about right for the style.

This is a good beer, and is easy to drink, but to me with all of the other BIG ABV beers out there, this one seems a little dwarfed by them. Still, if I'm looking for a mid-range ABV beer (at 7.2%) then this one is worth getting again.

UPDATE: 1/2017: a good, hoppy, red ale, as advertised.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nuebs
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brrr from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 966 ratings
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