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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
12oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear medium amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Nose was quite hoppy and had some sweet malt in the back drop. This is by far the best beer I’ve had from Widmer.....good stuff!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle... Poured reddish with a white head. Aroma was spicy with herbal hops. A little bolder than most amber ales, but the taste was somewhat off. Seemed very unbalanced with an awkward sourness. Cracker malt flavors with tangy hops that seemed not fresh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle from ilovedarkbeer. Pours with a hazy amber body and an off-white head that goes. Aroma of citrus and spruce like hops, and a decent malt presence, a bit catty. Seems like an attempt at SN Celebration. Taste is hoppy and a bit catty with some citrusy pinesol. Kind of creamy...sort of.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilovedarkbeer (2287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Nose: ammonia, catty hops. Taste:biscuit, metal, salt, and pine. I don’t like it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. light amber pour with some white froth. hoppy nose with some good citrus notes. smooth on the palate with a good fresh hop flavor. slight bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2008
On tap at Boise Front Door. Pours out a nice amber topped with a tall cream head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Tast more of the rich malts and hops. A tasty amber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2008
12oz bottle: appearance is a dark amber brown with quick fading off white head, aroma has a good amount of hops in it with a hint of malt, flavor is very hoppy for an amber but none the less still very good. glad to see them bring back the W06 under a different name.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Just like the description. A malty, hoppy, red with a velvety finish. Nice lacing, amber color.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
12oz. bottle. I remember the W’06 red ale, though I wasn’t rating beer at the time that came out, and I don’t religiously take notes like I should. This is not a traditional seasonal style, although Sierra Nevada’s Celebration is comparable. The body here is very light, and given the alcohol content, that can mean trouble. I recall the W’06 as being hoppier. Celebration ages nicely, and I’m going to try cellaring some of this. Hopefully there’s enough hops to carry it down the road.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buckyp (32) - Macon, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Clear, toffee pour with nice head that dissipates from frothy to thin quickly. Beautiful lacing. Nice hoppy initial aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. Slightly spiced flavor but not overly so for a seasonal. Nice hop/malt balance as glass warms. Not overly complex. Little bit of alcohol bite at end if not finished quickly. I like it better than most other seasonal ales from regional brewers.


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