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RATINGS: 262   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.
2014 vintage - 5.8% abv

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Draught. Clear orange-amber color with thin tan head. Caramel and subtle sprucy hop nose. Hop flavor is overwhelmed by the strong malty caramel flavor and slight sweetness. Spicy aftertase.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
In the bottle. Deep golden color. No head whatsoever. Very little carbonation. Something of a pineapple aroma with faint hops. Delightful taste. From the appearance, I wanted to hate this beer, but the flavor wins out. A richness that was unexpected from such a light colored flat beer. Discernable hop palate. I would drink this again. Thanks to Bill Baburek for the gift!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3555) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Clear amber pour with not much of a head. Aroma of crackers, caramel, grass. Good vienna malt flavors with crisp hops. Nice full mouthfeel. Fresh and lively on the palate. Really nice lager that doesn’t fuck around with goofy spices. This beer is like an agnostic’s Christmas .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3412) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 12oz bottle-An amber body with a nice one finger head which has an aroma of roasted malt, a little hops, and a little grassy. Taste was amostly malty with some faint hops and a bit grassy on this light body. Not a big fan of this style but a nice tasting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Pours an orangish color with a big head lots of bubbles and plenty of good lace. The aroma is fruity and malty with nutty notes and a light malt sweetness. The flavor is more dry than sweet, a bit boozy with some light saltiness and some good noble hops. I know my rating makes it sound like crap, but I promise this is one fantastic little malty but dry lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Given the date sampled, this is at least 7 months aged. Pours to a bronze body with a thick white rocky foamy head. Excellent lacing. Absolutely gorgeous. The aroma has tons of raw and toasted grains. The flavor is still good. Toast, hops kinda come off as cask aged even though I doubt it is. Roasted nuts. Very malty. Kinda like Smucker’s made a barley marmalade. :) Tangy (not spoiled). Tea. The palate is pretty moderate yet clean. Doesn’t leave any lingering stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 ReRate-it had been a few years since i had this beer. my best friend from back home came to my door with a 6er of this stuff. pours an orange hue with minimal white head. is it me or all of capital’s beers slightly under-carbonated? slight tea aroma-vanilla and caramel flavors in the finish. some grainy malt flavors. a good session beer for the winter months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazed, golden-copper colored body with a thin, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet, bready caramels and toffees with floral fruits and some toast. Some cookies and a very light hop. Flavor is similar. Sweeter caramel cookies and bready toffees with some toast, floral fruits, and a light, earthy bitterness. Clean and dry with a short aftertaste following a light to medium body and soft carbonation. Overall, a pleasant enough vienna. Solid, sweet malts with some toast, fruit, and light bitterness for balance. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a darkish orange/amber color. Aromas of roast malts/caramel, sweet smelling. Sweet flavors of caramel with some hops/fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3120) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 12 oz bottle (rerate)

This a rerate of this beer. I picked up another bottle while on a single run to Riley’s. My original score of 3.2 was not far off the mark. This is an average to possibly just above average beer. As it is a seasonal, wait until November/December then pick up a few bottles. If you are looking for a session beer that is not heavy but provides some flavor this is one that will be perfect.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing head resulted from an aggressive pour. When it settled not much was left floating on the top of a deep orange (possibly bronze) colored body. The nose underneath was not as strong a hint of bananas as I remember but it was there. Along with it was orange rinds, peanuts and a trace of simple hops. Some soapiness detracts from the overall experience but not by much.

Flavor / Palate - The body is very thin and watery even for a vienna. The taste of banana nut bread fills the palate briefly before it fades on the throat. An unusual taste of vegetable stew flashes across the palate before a simple finish. On the whole this is extremely unmemorable but safe. If you want something to share with non beer geeks this is a local that might be a nice gateway to other beers. Just don’t expect much from it.

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