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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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4157) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4126) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Cereal-malt aroma, with a UK hop/ale thing going. Clear, tawny gold with a formidable, long-lasting white head. Great label, only appearance ding was for the twistoff. Mellow, malty swig. Implied diacetyl -- like a Bohemian Pilsener done right. Sweetish, mildly bittered, very lightly briny, a little tangy. Mouthy. Just damn enjoyable. Look, I dont like lagers much -- Im an ale man -- dont like bock, dont like pils, dont like anything much but schwarzbier. Ive had a lot of different beers - I just want to go on record as saying that the Capital guys are the best in the business when it comes to lagers. This is top-notch, without being pretentious. Capital guys - stick this feather in your cap. Im going back for a sixpack.

3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3949) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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. Its 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3804) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3667) - 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.


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