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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Amber color with a thin head. Very grainy aroma. The taste is just plain old malt with a little spice to it. Pretty plain, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bubby white head. Smell: Pale malt aroma with a few candy crumbs hiding in there as well as a touch of breadiness and a floral, spicy hop component. Taste: Pale malts with a slight breadiness. Mildly sweet. A firm, spice-driven bitterness battles the sweet and ultimately wins a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s alright beer. If you have a problem with that, why don’t you go cry into your pillow?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4591) - 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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Bottled. Appearance is the best thing about this, lovely red with a lasting creamy head. Kind of weak smoky/peaty aroma; flavor also on the dim side, earthy with a hint of maple, little hops, smooth quick finish. Not terrible, but not up to Capital’s standards.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2008
12oz, twist-off bottle, Bavarian blue label. Copper color. Sweet floral aroma. Aromas of honey. Flavor is a bit plain. Very balanced, sweet malt/hop bitterness. A great Vienna-style lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle... Poured clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma had lots of bread tones, earthy and sweet. Not much with hops, but a little bit of hop flavors, very worry and grainy. Clean, smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Shared by MrFacto at Pre-Sex - thanks, Matt! Deep russet color on the pour, with a nice creamy head. Soft toasted caramel in the nose, along with a bit of bitter hops. Maybe a faint touch of wood in the taste. A nice balanced beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
12oz bottle. pours clear light brown with foamy white head. nose is grainy and sweet biscuity. flavor is sweet biscuity, metallic, banana. watery blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2003
I like a beer with a name like Skal--it means you have no expectations. If this had been a "winter lager" I think I would have been dismissive from the start (though I should know better with a brewery of Capital's abilities and renown). My wife loves this beer--very pleasant mouthfeel, aided by nicely balanced levels of malts and hops, with a bit of tang and a bit of spice. Yes, a very basic, yet pleasing combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Amber with a medium quickly dissolving tan head. Aroma of toasted Vienna malt and crystal malt. Taste of caramel, toasted malt, mild fruit and spices. A nicely done Vienna that goes down pretty easy.

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