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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Cereal-malt aroma, with a UK hop/ale thing going. Clear, tawny gold with a formidable, long-lasting white head. Great label, only appearance ding was for the twistoff. Mellow, malty swig. Implied diacetyl -- like a Bohemian Pilsener done right. Sweetish, mildly bittered, very lightly briny, a little tangy. Mouthy. Just damn enjoyable. Look, I don’t like lagers much -- I’m an ale man -- don’t like bock, don’t like pils, don’t like anything much but schwarzbier. I’ve had a lot of different beers - I just want to go on record as saying that the Capital guys are the best in the business when it comes to lagers. This is top-notch, without being pretentious. Capital guys - stick this feather in your cap. I’m going back for a sixpack.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (694) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Light brown pour. Smells of malt and spices. Tastes sweet with slight spice finish. Good winter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
starewich (140) - - JAN 1, 2013
Pours clear, light brown. Nose of orange peel and cinnamon. Taste is nutty and sour. Good; better colder.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle - educated guess suggests about a 45-48F pour, so I would have liked it to start off a bit colder, but actually worked nicely. Pour is a dark amber and has a thin off-white head that lasts pretty nicely. Aroma is full and sweet - heavy malt with some roasty character, light spice, hint of hops, bit of brown sugar. Flavor is similarly very malt forward, but with a good balance between the sweet and roasted feel. Hints of brown sugar, spice and a slight caramel note keep this one very enjoyable. Palate is a bit high on the carbonation for the style, but not bad. This one really surprised me in a good way - an easy drinker that is a very good rendition of the style - would drink this one frequently!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Not overwhelmingly great, but a good solid pint of beer. Pours darkish amber with a bit of a white head. Good lacing down the glass. More heavy malted, roasted flavors and a bit of bitter in the end to balance it out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (397) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Amber colored, light head. Cereal aroma and malt. Taste is malt heavy with some bitterness for balance.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illiniphil (127) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. Poured a golden copper with a one finger head (aggressive pour). Taste is as advertised. Nice malt flavor with a bitter finish. It's frustrating to read reviews by people that don't seem to know the style of beer they are reviewing. This beer is a good example of it's style. Period. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (1725) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Tap at Old Chicago-Uptown. Pours a clear copper. Aroma is spices. Flavor is meh, at best. Nothing too special here. Lots of spices and malts but nothing stands out.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (199) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
On tap @ Siver Creek. (11/30). Pours a light, warm copper. No noticeable head or even residual foam. Faint aroma of bready yeast and even fainter, hops. Hops is the first thing to hit the tonque, followed by a mellowing malt; hints of cumin and pepper. Flavors linger nicely on the tonque. Medium body. Overall - very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Ok, see that ratings are all over the map for this one. I happen to like it, more than I’d have guessed. Nice light malt, a small amount of barnyard, some light but interesting spice, easy drinking, but with enough alcohol to proclaim "I’m a beer." Even the doughy aftertaste is ok.


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