slowrunner77 (6634) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 "Pretty nice amber red lager with lots of little subtleties. Vanilla, Carmel, toasted malt and a nice crisp hop bite. Nice session brew that is anything but boring..."
Travlr (14777) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in Vegas, baby! Clear amber color, thick white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper. Taste spiced bitter straw.
Beerathon (1460) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
WTF is going on with this beer? I’ve never had anything like it before, so it gets points for creativity. However, I don’t really care for it. Sweet, malty, strange hop bite, an aftertaste I can’t put my finger on. Perplexing...
Emeister84 (1412) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, bran muffins, wheat bread. Amber with an orange glow, and a mostly fading off-white head. Toasty and spicy with a subtle sweetness. Light-medium bodied.
czar (5258) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours clear dark golden-orange with a small yet persistent off-white cap, some lacing traces. toasted spicy maltiness, few well-dosed caramel and nutty malts, noble grass and savant pepper, soft rounded lager fruity notes, light earthy and floral notes. moderate carbonation, light body - never watery, dry crisp herbal-grassy-peppery finish. circumstantial appreciation: it’s the first day of spring and it’s sort of snowing. highly quaffable and very well crafted.
vodka4blood (106) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried one immediately after skiing 8 runs in 4 hrs. @ Mad River Glen VT - quite restorative! Great looking and decent flavor, with appropriate balance of malt & hops. Liked their Hop Nosh in a can as well.
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg @ Sedona. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The nose is of strong caramel. Hints of cocoa. Pain au chocolate. Bready body. More cocoa. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Light body, moderate carbonation. Solid.
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, amber pour wit a frothy, off-white head. The aroma has milk chocolate, caramel, and mild vanilla. It has a light body with somewhat thin texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with quick finish.
raphael (964) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cinnamon caramel oak toast—not a new breakfast cereal but what i smell. I taste Wheat toast, lemon, non-maple syrup. Clear ruddy amber with a quick tan head A little thin in the mouth. Thin sticky finish.
Chad9976 (1343) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 3/21/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful shade of amber/magenta. Crystal clear with plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Fairly typical amber lager aroma, nothing especially unique.
Taste: I tend to get a little apprehensive about "winter lagers" since they seem to be regular, boring lagers with an abundance of spice to them. Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager is a straight up amber lager with nothing added - because it doesn’t need anything more. This is a more than solid lager with plenty of character. My only beef is that it’s a winter seasonal instead of a perennial offering.
The palette here is rather complex for a lager, though I wouldn’t describe it as particularly robust. A tasty combination of the darker golden malts - amber, honey, caramel, etc. There’s a general malty sweetness throughout the first two thirds of the swig with a touch of toasted bread flavor. It’s wraps up with just a touch of spicy/earthy bitterness on the finish. This is exactly what an amber lager should be.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager was how easy it was to drink. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but there’s some distinct crispness as it goes down. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with just a slight toasted malt flavor that fades. I’m not sure of the ABV because it’s not on the bottle or the website, so I’d estimate it to be between 5 and 6%. Plenty of body to enjoy, but still light enough to enjoy in multiple servings.