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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A pleasingly warming beer with it's amber hue showing off it's rich malt heritage. Mildly bittered with a smooth hop flavor complementing the malt. Winter Skal makes a person welcome the onslaught of the cold. Available November through January.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear sparkling amber with a nice creamy head. Big assertive lager malt aroma. The flavor is sweet and malty up front then a nice bit of grassy hops. Nicely balanced. Medium dry body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I have had a couple of different experiences with this beer. Out of the tap it had a great spice flavor. It had a great balance of malt and hops and was moderately sweet. The finish was smooth. However, I recently had one out of the bottle and was disappointed with the aftertaste. It had a little bit of a cough syrupy aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2003
An excellent, fairly mild spice flavor, much less imposing than the other winter beers I've had, and probably my favorite of the bunch.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Pleasantly sweet aroma with a hint of warm spice. Leafy, spicy hops without the sweet malt onslaught that I was expecting from a "winter" lager. A simple enough brew, but I really enjoyed this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2003
A clear copper/amber color with a thin white head. Very good nose of malt, caramel and a hint of fruit. The flavor is roughly the same with a bit of green apple. A good beer, although uninspiring.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Gourgoeous copper color. Nice malty, caramel aroma that is very sturdy and appealing. Medium carbonation and a spritzy head that fades fast. Nice malty back bone, with some very subtle spice notes. Little if any hops, but that seems appropriate in this beer. It's nice having a winter beer that's not all cloves, spices and hops for a change. Nicely done, by a great brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
12 oz bottle pours visual and nicely clear amber with a good head and some lace. The aroma is pretty malty with some spice for the winter. The flavor is malty and warming with very little to balance in the way of hops. The palate is rich. Overall, this is good for a plain Lager. I'm glad I got the bottle to try, but I'm even happier I don't have a sixer to finish off.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2003
I have to play this one from memory.I had only one bottle of it and drank it last night and never rated it,DOH.I guess the main thing that i remember is that it was quite good in color taste and over all would be a decent brew to have more of but in this case my Bro-In-Law dropped the ball and gave me only one Sigh so I will rerate after i manage to procure more in sept.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Perhaps its a lager, but it comes off more like a poorly made pale ale (too many esters and burgeoning flavors). Color is a deep amber, topped with a frothy, big-bubbled head. Flavor is light maltiness, apple (?), and a bit of leather. Aroma is Brach's Milk Maid caramels left on your dashboard all summer, wrapped up in faux Smucker's Butterscotch ice cream topping. Enshrouding all is a sort of dank moldiness...which is somewhat interesting, as is the light touch of sourness. Sweet with no purpose (like pain with no gain). Passable, but nothing special. I can't believe this was fermented at lager temps. I don't know what the alcohol content is, but the ethanol is prominent throughout the aroma, flavor, and finish. Finishing bitterness but just a smidgeon of non-resinous hop flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is a clear amber with a thin off-white bubbly-foamy head that fizzed away after a minute and had some light patchy lace. Smell is very nice, its a sweet fruity delight of green grapes along with a bit of apple and peach and has a smoothing sweet malt backing. The smell and taste was very close to Hales Wee Heavy Winter but just a tad lighter. The taste is mild and light with a clean, sweet, smooth malt with a very slight and mildly bright hop thats citrusy/tangy, just a bit of green grapes and apple; all very subtle and smooth. Feel is light bodied and silky smooth, has a interesting light tang hold that reminds me of a wet wine and gets barely dry in the finish. This is very drinkable and is a very subtle, intesting beer.


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