Brrr is the winter seasonal from Widmer Brothers Brewing (as you probably guessed from the Winter Warmer tag). This cold weather beer is available from late October to January and has an ABV of 7.2% with 50 IBUs.
Got the holiday blues? Out of ideas as to what to get that special someone? Don’t worry, Kurt and Rob Widmer have the answer – give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! Widmer’s hard working brewmasters have handcrafted this year’s edition special for the holiday season.
Brrr pours a reddish copper-colored with two inches of creamy head. Head retention is good with a couple of bubbles sticking around to the end. The head eventually fades to a ring of foam on the outside, with nothing but beery goodness visible in the middle. Lacing is medium to heavy.
The smell on this beer is great. I picked up caramel malts, toffee, pine, spruce and slight hints of peppermint. The sweet scents blend perfectly with the hoppy notes making this one of the better smelling beers I’ve had in a while.
And I’m glad to report that this fantastic flavor marriage also appears in the taste. Hops take the forefront, then caramel sweetness in the middle with a slight minty fade at the end. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is medium, with only the faintest bit of stickiness from the hops. It ultimately leaves your mouth a little bit dry, but with a yearning to drink more (which I did).
Brrr isn’t the most flavorful winter beer I’ve ever had, but it’s awfully tasty and sessionable. It’s my first winter seasonal of the year and it’s a winner in my book. Widmer Bros. doesn’t make a ton of different beers, but each one is a standout in its style, and Brrr is no exception!
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a WINTER WARMER: 8.5 out of 10
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