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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1078) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Clear light copper pour witha frothy head diminishing quickly. Aroma of grainy distinct malt,light sweetness,mild orange/citrus zest like fruit floral note. Taste is smooth farily sweet somewhat slick witha distinct maltiness as well as hopness there is a orange citrus quality to this.Pronounce grain taste with a light sweetness and a citrus rindy mild bittering.Hops and malt are both equally shown well taste is smooth and clean with a slight sweet stickyness,pretty sessionable and good character.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (1850) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
At Cafe Selmarie. Malty and sweetness like a week version of a heller bock. Not bad. Serving: Bottle

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2011
(draught) amber wiht small white head. Malt aroma. Flavor is caramel malt, some grassy hops; maybe it was just because it was called "winter" but I’d’ve sworn there was some spice in there as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass. Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head. Aroma: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops. Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish. Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Semi-hazy golden/amber pour with a nice fluffy white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramel malt and earthiness. Medium palate, medium carbonation. Taste is hop forward, but not overly bitter, with earthy malts backing it up. Plays like an earthy version of an APA. Pretty solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3895) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bready malts with a hint of spice in the aroma. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Decent lager, more similar to an American Oktoberfest than a Vienna, though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9864) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, bread and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (737) - Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle pours clear dark amber with brief white head and nice lacing. Aroma - not much there, a little caramel and slight hops. Taste really pretty pleasant with sweet malts, caramel and spices followed by a prolonged but mild hoppy finish. Palate thin without being watery, moderate carbonation. Alcohol not evident. Nice beer but don’t think I would seek it out. Not sure why they call this warming or a winter beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip. Pours a light bronze color and is quite transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Pretty good head with some nice lacing as it goes down. Persistent head with good retention. Nice cap as it eventually falls. The nose has a bit of light toasted bread plus a touch of caramel. Taste has a bit of grain and bread and a mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes pretty dry after a light body with higher levels of carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not my favorite style, but this does a decent job hitting the high notes that I’d consider possibilities here. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-02-2011


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