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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz twist off bottle. It pours an amber/orange, like an oktoberfest. The smell is clean with a big grainy smell. There is a hint of diacetyl in the smell, it smells buttery. The taste is very basic, the diacetyl is still there though. It is basic and grainy. This beer is about as basic as it gets, with little flavor. Like a watered down butterier oktoberfest beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-01-2010 22:45:01

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2011
On tap at Wicked Hop, pours dark reddish brown, white head. Aroma has notes of earthy hops, caramel, some spice, biscuit with some spice. Taste is some warm caramel, spice, touch of earthy hops, and a slightly bitter slightly sweet finish. Nice brew, tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Draft pint at Dotty’s in Madison. Last drink on the trip before I ended up sick as death around 6 hours later and we gave up on the last two days and just drove home. Has a ruby, bright orange color. Tangy, spicy winter witbier is what I first thought, I don’t exactly know why. It has some spicy Belgian ale qualities, and also some spicy orange and coriander notes like a witbier, but with a twang of alcohol. I understand this sounds like complete rubbish given that this is supposed to be a 5.4% Vienna, but hey, that’s what I tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8800) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2007
Foxy-orange, clear beer with small yellowish head. Grapey nose, with some hops, white wine, sugars, a bit cookies malt, quite restrained. Malty, cookies, bit of caramel, sweet bread, and just a hint at hops (quite neutral ones, while the malts are essentialy sweet). BIt roasted taste, but no burning coming over in the MF. Medium bodied, a bit liqueurish-slick in texture. Technically well-made, but there’s so little to enjoy. A beer for the technicians and the sales, rather than for the geeks - American Proef? Thanks, David.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Continuing my tour of Capital and Schell, thanks again to Duane. This one is orange with slight ruby edges and a small head. Aroma of big fruit, some spice, caramel malt, and a sweet berry component. I even sensed black pepper and a first aroma trait for me.....CANTELOUPE! Marvelous aroma. Tastes caramel malty, fruity, spicy, black peppery, with a cabernet/finish. I love the aroma, I love the taste, and I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottled. Poured a medium caramel-amber with an inch or so of white head. Nose was of heavier grains, caramel, and fruity malts.. quite pleasant. Flavor was caramel malt-driven... a tad sticky, but never cloying. Sweet light fruits and a Marzen-like leafy hop profile. Smooth on the palate and lighter-bodied.. with a crisp finish. Very tasty, easy-drinkin’ brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Interesting, moderately malty and hoppy aroma. Has a touch of spice to it, but is otherwise standard and kinda dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
I’ve had this on tap at the brewpub and in the bottle elsewhere. Alright, but doesn’t stand up against other Winter selections. Reminds me of a pale ale but with extra malt to make it sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle: Tawny orange, translucent, mediocre light beige head, attractive lacing, soft carbonation.   Caramel malt aroma, slight grain/oatiness, a tad wheat breadish.   Mild malted flavor, hints of fig or dates on buttered and toasted wheat bread.   A tad sweet, but wishing it were a bit sweeter.   Medium bodied, with a fairly average mouthfeel.   Clean finish, but somewhat abrupt.   Wishing this one was a bit bigger.   Still decent, just a tad too light.

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