Widmer Brothers Brrr

When the wind is a blowin’ and the snow is a fallin’, you need a strong drink to warm you up. You need a winter warmer. You need Widmer Brother’s Brrr. Especially since it is the coldest it has been in Chicago in two years. A winter warmer is a vaguely defined beer style. The only rules are that it is usually malt forward, and it always has a high alcohol content. A Christmas version brewed in America might also throw in a bunch of spices. Notice how I said Winter Warmers are  “usually”  malt forward. Widmer Brothers Brrr is its own creature.

It is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head and good lacing. The Aroma is straight American hops. Grapefruit, other citrus, and general American Amber Aleness abounds. After tasting, you immediately notice the intense dry bitterness of the beer.  A lot of hops (like I said, its own creature). A resin, grass, grapefruit character followed by a toasty, biscuit grain flavor.