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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 its amber hue showing off its 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass. Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head. Aroma: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops. Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish. Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (10050) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Semi-hazy golden/amber pour with a nice fluffy white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramel malt and earthiness. Medium palate, medium carbonation. Taste is hop forward, but not overly bitter, with earthy malts backing it up. Plays like an earthy version of an APA. Pretty solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (6195) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14246) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, bread and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle pours clear dark amber with brief white head and nice lacing. Aroma - not much there, a little caramel and slight hops. Taste really pretty pleasant with sweet malts, caramel and spices followed by a prolonged but mild hoppy finish. Palate thin without being watery, moderate carbonation. Alcohol not evident. Nice beer but dont think I would seek it out. Not sure why they call this warming or a winter beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip. Pours a light bronze color and is quite transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Pretty good head with some nice lacing as it goes down. Persistent head with good retention. Nice cap as it eventually falls. The nose has a bit of light toasted bread plus a touch of caramel. Taste has a bit of grain and bread and a mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes pretty dry after a light body with higher levels of carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not my favorite style, but this does a decent job hitting the high notes that Id consider possibilities here. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-02-2011

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a nice off-white head that fades quite rapidly. Aroma is very, very weak when first poured. Toasted malt really comes out as it warms, which is one dimensional, but I really like it. Taste is pretty nice, with lots of toasted malt again, very faint citrus notes in the background, an undefinable sweetness (I wanted to say caramel, but that tends to be a catchall for me, and this is a little different), and a separate, light estery sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, good finish length. Overall, a simple, albeit enjoyable beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (12125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz twist off bottle. It pours an amber/orange, like an oktoberfest. The smell is clean with a big grainy smell. There is a hint of diacetyl in the smell, it smells buttery. The taste is very basic, the diacetyl is still there though. It is basic and grainy. This beer is about as basic as it gets, with little flavor. Like a watered down butterier oktoberfest beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-01-2010 22:45:01

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9553) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2011
On tap at Wicked Hop, pours dark reddish brown, white head. Aroma has notes of earthy hops, caramel, some spice, biscuit with some spice. Taste is some warm caramel, spice, touch of earthy hops, and a slightly bitter slightly sweet finish. Nice brew, tasty and drinkable.


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