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RATINGS: 264   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


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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Somewhat hazy golden color. Quite a bit of carbonation, not Belgian Ale carbonation, but a fair amount none the less. Quickly diminishing head. Sweet aroma, kind of like a cider. For being a lager, this tastes great. Slightly hoppy bitter with some malt characters. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Copper color with a small head. Malt and caramel aroma. Flavor of malt, caramel, hops and some bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20689) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 Bottled. Amber coloured with creamy head. Roasty and malty with clean mouthfeel and grassy bitter finish. Good to see a Swedish word on an American label...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2003
The color on the pour a limpid deep copper, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and a nice light tan color, as it dissipates the lace left behind seals off the glass. Personally I think this a sign of a well-brewed beer, along with the bazillion tiny bubbles lifting from the bottom of the glass. Nose malt and lightly sweet, musty and a tad yeasty, fresh and pleasing the nose on this beer. Start sweet, lots of malt top moderate in its feel, finish has a delightful hop spicy presence, the carbonation tolerable and the aftertaste somewhat dry, quite a quaffable brew it is true.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2003
I like a beer with a name like Skal--it means you have no expectations. If this had been a "winter lager" I think I would have been dismissive from the start (though I should know better with a brewery of Capital's abilities and renown). My wife loves this beer--very pleasant mouthfeel, aided by nicely balanced levels of malts and hops, with a bit of tang and a bit of spice. Yes, a very basic, yet pleasing combination.


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