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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2003
The color on the pour a limpid deep copper, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and a nice light tan color, as it dissipates the lace left behind seals off the glass. Personally I think this a sign of a well-brewed beer, along with the bazillion tiny bubbles lifting from the bottom of the glass. Nose malt and lightly sweet, musty and a tad yeasty, fresh and pleasing the nose on this beer. Start sweet, lots of malt top moderate in its feel, finish has a delightful hop spicy presence, the carbonation tolerable and the aftertaste somewhat dry, quite a quaffable brew it is true.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4130) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Never had a skal before. I like it. Thin head but with a pleasant dark apple juice color. Sweet, somewhat fruity nose. A bit of peppery spice hits the tip of your toung first followed by some sweet malts. Smooth mouthfeel, typical of the brewer. Wonderful crisp finish with some lingering spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Very balanced and enjoyable to drink. Quite fruity for a lager with a pleasant bitterness to ass. Malty and a good relaxing brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Nice nose, very malty. Clear, slightly amber in color. Good sized head that fades away quickly. Malty in that British nutty-toffee sort of way. Finishes unpleasantly medicinal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Smooth and creamy palate. Flavors were an alcoholic Werthers toffee with added herbs. Not unpleasant, but too sweet after awhile.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (2125) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Nice heady malt aroma. Good clear appearance slight head. Very nice malty taste. Good mouthfeel. Nice flavor. Great finish. A wonderful winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Vienna-like maltiness with a slight, peppery hop finish. Beautiful head, dull amber color. Nice warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Perfumy, heavy hop aroma. Small, off-white, mostly diminishing head with fair lacing. Hazy, sparkling, amber body. Moderately bitter, features notes of peat reminiscent of those in Shiner’s Winter Ale. Mellows a bit as it warms. Not bad.


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