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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Dark amber hue with small creamy head and okay lacing. The aroma hinted of caramel, toffee, light allspice, ripe apples and pears, lighty piney and floral hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts malty sweet and the caramel character stays put for a long time. Minor bittering and acidic fruit appears briefly. The finish is spicy and vanilla heavy for the style. Smooth mouthfeel. I think Jeremy hit the nail on the head, this is more Vienna is style than just a lager. Enjoyable and quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Clear bright refractive coppery amber pour with an average fizzy white head (3+). Half-decent cereal grain aroma, mild herbal hop bitterness. The taste is nice and toasty - slightly oily, tangy roast malt, low-level dry herbal hops, somewhat minerally in the finish. Average body, solid carbonation, astringent and slightly dry in the linger. Good, simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured a light amber with a thin watery head. Rich caramel aroma. Moderately heavy flavors ... fairly alcohol-laden, sugary-malt, tinge of caramel at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Nose is that of toasted bread, some caramel malts, and a hint of iced tea. Don’t get much in the hop department except a light earthy note perhaps. Pours golden amber with a decently lasting head, no lace, but with nice big visible carbonation. Caramel up front, toast on the mid palate, light earthy and tea like notes in the finish. Drinks easily and has no flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Reddish brown, with a very slight, thin tan head. Smoky, fruity, toasty aroma - subtle but nice. Sweet note of cognac and tobacco, with note of rasin bread and jam. Smmoth and easy drinkin’. Tasty. Thanks to Jewedekind for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5752) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Copper pour with white head and lace. Pepper and paper aroma. Pepper, caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied but foamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at OF. Filtered amber-orange color. Minimal head. Sweet malty aroma. Relatively middle of the road, balanced. Sort of a mild spicy Xmas beer with a smooth, malty, lagery mouthfeel. Mellow amber-vanilla nuances. A tad too sweet as usual for CB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottlefrom Ughsmash (thanks!) - copper body with a tiny ring of lace - weak, herbal aroma, with a light, doughy sweetness - lightly sweet, with hints of vegetable and a faint hop profile - lingering breadiness in the finish -fairly unimpressive.

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