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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! The Widmer Brothers have handcrafted a special ale for the holiday season: a generous red ale. Not quite excessively hopped, with candy sweetness and a velvety finish. Perfect for celebrations. Prost!

Formerly known as W06 NW Red Ale


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Approachable East coast-style Amber with muddled hop flavor on top of light caramel malt base.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors really satisfying. Good slow drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz bottle from Thriftway - Very nice citrus hops aroma. Very sweet flavor, and not grainy like a lot of ambers. A bit oily on the palate, but it works for this beer. Mmmm. Brrr.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hero12 (183) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany color with heavy hops aroma and a hint of nutty malt. Tastes like a toned down IPA, but the bitterness is still there, finish is very nutty/earthy, unlike anything I’ve had before. Light/medium bodied and noticeable carbonation. Doesn’t seem like this beer should be a winter seasonal considering how bitter it is, wish rb had an IBU rating on this guy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Pours clear ruby amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma toffee, floral and citrus hops, lots of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is nice, there is a good amount of sweet malt and sweet and bitter hop flavors. Lots of flavor. Medium body, full carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Nice malty bready nose. Deep golden brown color. Very smooth malty taste and flavor. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Draught. Very pleasant hop filled aroma on this one. One of the thickest lacing heads that I have ever seen. Fairly bitter taste throughout that seemed a bit unbalanced, especially for the usually tame amber ale style. Pretty decent seasonal if not at all what I was expecting from a widmer seasonal. EDIT: After having enjoyed quite a lot of this the last few months It is definitely the best winter seasonal that I have had this year. It is also in my opinion mis-characterized as an amber ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
12oz bottle -

Review from old notes:

Aroma is light biscuity/doughy malts, nice grapefruit hop...slight honey too. Flavor has a nice grapefruit snap to it, cereal-like malts with a really light toasted grain note. Mouthfeel slightly tingly with a nice smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottled on October 14. Poured into a glass mug. Pours a dark orange/brown color with a small layer of head, but it leaves good lacing. Smell is of sweet spicy hops. Taste is of high floral hops with toasted malts. Mouthfeel is very bitter, but yet smooth. Carbonation level is low and leaves a dry flavor in mouth. Overall, this tastes a lot like an IPA, but with spices added. Very great beer from Widmer and I’d recommend it to anybody for the price. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-18-2008 04:28:23


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