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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.5
DuffMan (10429) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle.Hazy orange amber, long lasting beige head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, tangerine peel, underlying caramel. A decently hoppy amber with a satisfying malt body, in the same tradition as Rogue American, Stone Levitation, and Brewdog 5 a.m. Saint, but not as big or as bold as any of them. Still a great session brew, and one that continues to redefine my definition of and expectation of an amber ale. 

3
Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Weird yellowy green head but the beer itself is a lovely red colour. A very dusty and dry English hoppy nose. Strong, fruity yeast dominates the flavour. It’s kinda funky. Very smooth but the flavour is unsettling in a ’past it’ kinda way. I think I liked this better on the 2011 batch. A little warmer and more roasty than I remember it.

2.9
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Malt sweetness with faint floral, lemon aroma. A deep copper pour with small white head. Bready malt flavor that is low on hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol warms the finish. A drinkable red, but lacking on hop flavor to balance properly.

3.5
Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
I was surprised to see such a high rated and good sounding Widmer beer. I was expecting Mac and Jacks but didn’t get it. This is still quite good. I can’t pull much off the aroma, but the flavor is well bananced biscuity sweetness and lingering bitterness. I found this kind of out of season, but I’m happy that I did. Next season I’ll be more aware.

3.6
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color, maybe copper, with a thin layer of soapy off-white head. S: Smells quite hoppy, which I wasn’t expecting. Quite a bit of citrus, plenty of floral hops as well. The other bit of the nose is made up of bread and toffee, maybe a bit of brown sugar. T: A moderate level of pine and bitterness. Floral and citrus hops on top of the bread and toffee. A touch of fruit, maybe some peaches, and a bit of brown sugar and toasted malts. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was surprised by this. Usually I don’t have very high expectations of Widmer beers, but this was pretty solid.

3.4
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pours a very clear orange amber. thick white head. Aroma is very strong of brown sugar, cinnamon, spices, and hops. good lacing. medium bodied with sugary sweet syrupy mouth feel. Nice dry finishing hop helps balance the sweetness of this beer. better than I expected and a good reasonably priced winter/spiced beer.

3.3
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
04-May-09 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 18-Nov-08: Purchased at BevMo in Solana Beach) This is a pleasant, flavorful winter brew. It’s malty, medium sweet, caramely, fruity, figgy, somewhat toasty and balanced by moderately bitter, floral and piney hops. The bitterness starts out pretty easy, but builds over several sips to take up permanent residence on the tongue without becoming overbearing. The nose is toasty, grainy and floral, but unfortunately, a bit cheesy too. Medium-full bodied on the palate with no thinning in the finish. Carbonation is moderate. The hoppy bitterness is fairly crisp on the palate, but the malt body sticks with you. Amber in color, fairly clear in appearance, and capped by a quarter-inch, off-white head that shows significant contrast with the darker body. Head retention is average, fading to a ring. Overall, pleasant enough to drink a few each winter, but probably wouldn’t be on my radar for six-pack purchases.

23-Apr-06 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 23-Feb-06: Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA) I was expecting more mediocrity from Widmer with their new W’06 seasonal, but the immediate burst of sweet orange citrus and grapefruit aromas are a really nice introduction to this beer. Taking my first sip, what I notice first is the wonderful balance. Very flavorful, plenty of bright, citrusy hops and bitterness, balanced by lots of sweet, caramel maltiness. Mild vegetal character from the hops, and that shows up in the nose after awhile too. It has that pleasant chalkiness in the flavor and mouthfeel that I enjoy. Medium-full in body, a coating mouthfeel, semi-dry and crisp finish, well-carbonated. Slow-to-form head is off-white in color and short-lived, subsiding to a filmy layer, yet the head leaves a ring of lace near the top of the glass with vertical streaks hanging down. To me, this is one of the finest Widmer products I’ve had in a bottle ever. Not mind-blowing or anything, but a very solid, well-constructed and tasty offering from the Bros. Don’t skip this one because it’s a Widmer product. (7, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.7)

3.4
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Mmmmm great seasonal beer. Aroma is like a sweet candy. Has a medium head. This is a good corpo seasonal beer

3.5
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Sampled from a six pack. A nice amber. Really well flavored. A nice winter brew but could go for most of the year. Well made brew.

3.6
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Thanks to my Secret Santa for this one!Brownish copper, thin but dense beige head. Kind of citrusy aroma - Citrus in the flavor at first, with some spicy notes, as well. Pretty good, actually - some pine, some floral notes, too., with some vague, undefined spiciness in the finish.


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