Review: Brrr from Widmer Brewing

Author: Jason Harris
December 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: Today is day ten in our Twelve Days of Christmas series on Pints and Steins – where we’ll be letting you know about a winter beer every day between now and Christmas Eve.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Brr from Widmer Brewing!

Widmer Brrr

Widmer is, well, Widmer. They’ve been around since the 80’s, they’re brothers who defined Oregon brewing. Also, they went to Oregon State…..woop woop! I must digress.

Widmer is so big that they have defied the label of ‘microbrewery’. But, they still produce beers that are respectable and are still active in the homebrewing community within Portland, the company’s home town.

Brrr is a ‘winter warmer’ style beer that is actually just a strong red ale. Coming in at 7.2% and 50 IBUs, Widmer’s winter ale pours a deep red/brownish color with a considerable tan head.

To the nose, you pick up on Brr’s deep malty and dry fruit scent, which isn’t strong.

How does it taste?

Widmer’s Brrr is not overly-malty, instead it’s more of a slight malt with dried fruit flavors (think dried cranberries) with a medium hoppy finish. I also picked up on a light toffee taste profile combined with a touch of light citrus and molasses. The medium carobnation gives a little bit of bite to to this yummy beer.

Should I buy it?

Yes – get it in a 6 pack or on draft at your local taphouse.

Review: Widmer Brrr Winter Ale

Author: Jason Harris
December 7, 2011

Autumn and winter are a special time of year. The days get shorter, the sun disappears and the cold settles in. This is why I love breaking out darker, heavier beers at this time of year. With that, let’s continue on with my series on the darker beers that winter brings to us.

Widmer Brewing is a favorite brewery in the Portland, Oregon area because their beers have a a consistent quality that transends them to the top of Portland’s brewing scene.

Brrr Winter ale is a darker beer (but not totally dark – you can see through it) comes in at 7.2% ABV and has 50 IBUs. Brrr pours dark red and give a well balanced approach to a malty winter ale.

At first sip, you can easily make out the caramel and chocolate malts that bring a slightly sweetened malty presence. Further into the drink, there’s a very smooth finish that isn’t sweet at all – more like a smooth porter, just balanced and makes you want more. This ale smells of slight hops and caramel malts, enticing you the whole time.

Some people don’t like winter dark ales because they are too malty and heavy. Brrr is not this kind of beer, it has a slight malty flavor that has a slightly sweet aftertaste that brings you back.

For those who like amber ales or brown ales, this ale will be a nice next step into the world of more flavorful beers. I like it, and I think you will too.