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RATINGS: 263   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.
2014 vintage - 5.8% abv


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Poured a dark golden color with a small white head and some lacing. Lemon, straw, vanilla spice aroma. Taste was dominated by vanilla malt and some alcohol that slightly coated the mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
I got a lot of flavor out of this. It had a nice big bocky quality, with light berry notes coming in from all over the place. Nuanced and nicely balanced.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Amber color with a large white head. Malty but needs something to balance the flavor. Weak finish. Overall good but not the best beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear amber body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, berry fruity, light toffee. Taste is pretty sweet, berry fruity, some caramel, light toffee and earthy. Medium palate.

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 (309) - 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.


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