burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!!What a taste!Had a good head.Color red-amber.Aroma was hoppy.tatsed unusual biting,candy apple without the sugar.Good commercial description.I didnít taste the chocolate,though.It has a bitter aftertaste,but it also had a citrus or fruity.I will buy again,but the taste does get to be a bit much after a couple of bottles.Best to limit to 2 bottles per drinking session.Will buy again!!
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale topped with a dense, light beige foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a rich pine aroma with sweet caramel in the nose. Itís pretty full bodied, very smooth and foamy. The finish is clean and nimble. It tastes pretty bitter and a little sweet. The balance is really nice. Pine resin is the loudest flavor. The bitterness turns to something more like juniper by the time the caramel sweetness emerges just after the swallow. This one kind of took me by surprise. Itís a pretty serious beer and itís really easy to drink.
UkrainPubCrawler (92) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful citrus hoppy aroma. Opaque amber color and nice foamy head. I love the hops in this seasonal ale and that in combination with the citrus is well balanced and delicious. Nice clean finish.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully hoppy aroma. Really a nice beer throughout. Much more hoppy than what would be right if this was actually a red ale. That said, I was very pleasantly surprised by this.
kidmartinek (3574) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours multi colored like a black and tan with a small but holding
off-white head. Aroma of full bodied hops and bitter and sweet malt.
The flavor is like a good ipa with a nice malt backbone and a tinge of
sweetness. Really superb beer. Texture and body are full without being
too heavy. Body is mild and a tiny bit creamy. Lacing is heavy and
intricate. The beer finishes with a becon for the next sip.
Thisis12ptfont (829) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is generously hopped with a slight pine smell. Deep ruby/amber with a quick dissipating foam. Immense and full bodied with complex flavors of wheat, heavy caramel, molasses, brown sugar and oats. Booze is very well masked. Overall, this is absolutely fantastic. A genius winter ale with a hop dryness upfront and a very sweet finish leaving you a pleasant alcohol warmth.
Stevesie (313) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straggler from a Widmer sample pack. Nice dark copper appearance with a touch of white head. Perfect blend of hops and malt in the nose. Got this in spring, but makes me want to start a fire. Taste delivers on what the nose promised--a perfect hop-malt balance that would pair wonderfully with a hockey game or holiday get-together. After taste is rich, with a hint of chocolate or coffee. This sets the standard for winter ales.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I even pulled out my olí Widmer pint glass to give this a try. Full disclosure: Thereís very little from Widmer I actually like, and Red Ale is probably my favorite style (and I will take this time to renew my request for itís inclusion in RBís style listing!)
Great offering for the style; a mix between an Amber and an IPA. Iím going to rate it as what I consider to be a Red Ale and not an IPA.
Pours a redish amber color with a decent head which has great retention and leaves a fine lace down the sides of the pint glass. Donít know what more to ask for in appearance.
Aroma is both sweet and hoppy with some fruit esters hiding (citrus and others) with a hint of pine.
Flavor is a bit hoppy for the style, but without over doing it. Very well balanced. This probably should have been catagorized as a Strong Ale now that Iím drinking it as Iím actually reminded of some Stoneís Arrogant Bastard, but admittedly itís been a while since Iíve had that. Lots of subtle fruit flavors going around as well. Iím getting a tiny bit of oxygenation at the very end.
Palate is very thick and creamy, yet another reason this should be a SA. Nice hop bit to the finish as well. I think this would do well with some rest time as it seems a bit young.
Overall, Iím impressed. I wish Widmer would do more like their special releases instead of the mass-produced crap where they make their real money. I drink a lot of Deschutesí Cinder Cone Red during this season. This is a bit heavy to supplant that as my go-to, but Iíll certianly be buying more of this.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Clear and deep amber with a head that left behind some nice lace. Invitingly sweet nose. Soft and creamy texture, not necessarily heavy. Really tasty malts, with lovely notes of toffee, bark and nuts. Hops were vibrant, with aromatic fruit such as apricot, pear, peach, plus fresh-cut grass, spruce tips and spring flowers. The rich sweetness of hard candy and caramel offset the flowery bitterness well. Fruity alcohol lingered on the tongue and then began to warm the throat a little. I enjoyed this one. RERATE: 2008. Appealing copper color with a creamy, lasting head. Smooth and solid body. Rich on the tongue. What a great beer. Toasty, cozy and easy to drink. Hints of smoke and wood. Sweetness was reminiscent of the Boston Baked Beans candy coating. Spicy, vibrant hops were full of grass, flowers, citrus and pine. Grapefruit bitterness balanced things out. Great beer. Kind of reminded me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, but with a richer and bolder malt backbone. My new favorite seasonal.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heyyy, alright. Glorious red/amber in color with a fast moving head. Yeasty aroma with cascade hop smell. Slightly watery texture. Juicy fruit hoppiness, quite succulent, lots of sweetness, but not overwhelming. Doesnít seem to be too heavy on the crystal malts. Citric hops linger on the swallow with some residue of caramel malts. Great brew!