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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Very large rocky head. Copper colored. Strange chemical aroma with malt. Flavor is malt, sweet carmel, and a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Egads, this delivers a heavy snootful and mouthful of sweet doughy malt. With a mere touch of caramel. Reddish amber in body with a filmy head, this is all about the malt. A light earthy hop bitterness prevents one from drowning in the sweetness. Nice example of the tasty Vienna style lager.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Copper tinted amber body with a thick dense tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, nuts, piney hops and a bit of some raisin/pit fruit presence. Medium-bodied; Strong caramel and malt flavour with a bit of the sweetness popping through and becoming very noticeable. A light toasted malt taste becomes evident in the palate after a few seconds of tasting it. Overall, a very nice beer-MUCH more of a Vienna than a 'Lager', but very recommended! I was lucky enough to get a twelve ounce bottle of this in a local trade from BigBadBear63, Cheers Mike! I sampled this beer on 15-December-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (5500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5465) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours clear copper / amber with a large dense beige head. The aroma has very toasty malt, light spice and a bit of must. It is very clean and a bit dry. Medium body that is a touch grainy and lush with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts with nice toasty nutty lager malt and some spice. The finish has dry spices and some cracker. This was a nice enjoyable beer that I wish I could get locally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2007
This is a first Skål for me. Comparing to other Skål will be a bit challenging. I now have a starting point to compare. Straight from a bottle, it pours a dark copper, with a nice white head. Very nice balanced aroma of malt and nuts with some floral hops.. Good malt flavor of bread and then nut, with mild bitterness. It finishes with a slight spice and caramel aftertaste. A definite late winter (Wisconsin February) brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2002
I’ll rate the 2001 version. I really like this recipe. A nice copper color with a solid head. This year’s seems to be a little young and could have used a few more weeks of lagering, ah the pressures of getting shelf space. A really nice malt flavor, I believe begium aromatic malts give this smooth mouth feel (kind of like rye). I look forward to tapping the keg in my refrigerator in a few weeks to see if the extra aging help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 2004 bottle from Robertsreality, thanks man! Pour is a deep amber-orange, with light cherry red hues. Transluscent, low filtration. It’s very refreshing to see light filtration on a lager. Off-white head is small and rapidly receding to a cluster of large bubbles. Aroma of yeast, bits of burnt grains, lots of toasted grain, a hint of acidity and perhaps some light strawberry-like fruitiness. Flavor begins with a meaty, sourish yeast, somewhat crisp on the end, with lightly bitter/nutty hops, very low in apparency. The main show, is the malt, which is well-done and shows plenty of husky, toasty, biscuity vienna malt. Only moderately sweet, it is made that much more of a session beer, with some light honey and marmalade tones as it warms. Toasted grains finish, with light yeast and bread. Lightly watery body, low, lazy carbonation. I could definitely drink a number of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2004
A nice off-white head. Nice overall flavor with a little pine, apple and hops. The flavor has a little spice and some cherry. Nice full mouthfeel and a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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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