thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich deep amber color with very nice white head that has good retention and produces some of the best lacing I have seen in a while. Nose is full of a good mix of bold hop aroma and solid maltiness. Flavor falls off a bit for me. There is a slightly stale malt flavor going on in here. The finish is a little short too. mouthfeel is nice though. Not bad, better than some Widmer beers I’ve had but not nearly as good as the hefe.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear copper pour with a thin head. Biscuity malt aroma. Flavor starts with sweet maltiness and ends with some mild hops. Being a winter seasonal, I was expecting more spice from it but found none. Decent beer, but with all the winter seasonals to pick from, this would not be one I would grab.
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big sweet and floral aroma. Hoppy but a little sweet and carmal malt flavor. Palate is a little thin and the finish is too bitter.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 10/22/08. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel and fruity. A medium bodied American strong Ale. It tasted like a ramped up amber ale. It does not have any of the Xmas spices I might have been expecting. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are piney and floral. Interesting beer. Fairly smooth tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
BeerThinker (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and Chocolate malts pair up to give this beer an intense deep, glowing red color and a billowy head fueled by the ample carbonation. The nose is all of citrus and candy-sweet malt up front and slowly yields to a warmer, more subdued malt character. The palate follows suit and offers a very nice interplay between sweet malt and bitter hops. While predominantly a hoppy beer, this one finishes clean, crisp and surprisingly well balanced. Strong carbonation provides some body, but the mouth feel is just bit thin, if anything. Otherwise, very drinkable and not the least bit boozy from the relatively high ABV. My samples were enjoyable and somewhat reminiscent of another cold weather favorite of mine - Schlafly Christmas Ale - particularly in the aggressive hop profile. Kudos to Kurt and Rob Widmer on what should be a welcome addition to the craft winter seasonals lineup for winter ’08!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orangish amber with medium head. Nice mild sweetness with assertive citrus hops. Finishes with moderate bready malts. Enjoyable, and not at all what I expected for some reason. Actually, a bit too bitter to finish and could stand a little more balance. Solid.
Reid (1784) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber ale, with a huge creamy eggshell white head.
Hoppy aroma mostly, citric.Some toasted malt.Hoppy, lemony ,good bitterness at and, but body of the beer is well supported by busicuity malts.
Good enough on the palate..i like the very long lasting hop bitterness.
Nice beer, pretty similar to the W06..maybe a bit spicier though.
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2006 Total Score: 3.4
New offering from Widmer..same simple styled label as the W’05.
Dark coppery red, clear, with a small tan head.
The aroma is rather on the subdued side, what there is is mainlly malty with a hint of piney hoppiness in the back.
this is a rather malt dominated ale to start off..semi sweet then the hops take over and leave a long lingering bitterness.
Not bad mouthfeel atg all..quite good in fack.
Not a bad beer at all from Widmer, i had three.
This is a good shot at a Red ale..but still nowere near as good as Deschutes Cinder Cone Red.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured deep red with foamy white head. Aroma of hop and citrus. Hop, citrys and a bit of candy in the flavour. Medium hop finish. Not quite like a strong.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rumor is that this is just one of the W series beers relabeled, but I’m not sure on that. Pours darker copper with a tall white head. Malty start with a big citrus hop finish. Notes of caramel and chocolate. Pretty nice big malty IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2004 Total Score: 3.2
On tap at the Widmer Brewery. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Light fruity hoping in the aorma, some citrus hops. Flavor starts with just a touch of fruity malt, finished off by a bigger bitterness. Citrusy hop finish, with slight grapefruit notes. This was a nice hoppy brew, easy drinking and smooth. This brew should replace the springrun IPA as their bottled spring brew.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Re-packaged under the "Brr" nametag for the 08 Holiday season. Someday maybe Widmer will actually make a beer that I enjoy drinking. This wasn’t it.