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RATINGS: 265   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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2.8
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear, deep amber lager with a small, creamy, white head. The nose has some light chocolate and butterscotch notes. Well-balanced flavor, but light-bodied and thin. Silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

3.2
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Name: Winter Skal
Date: 03/15/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet bready aroma with a caramel sweetness,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, mice bready character, light earthyness adds a touch of balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

4.1
DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Continuing my tour of Capital and Schell, thanks again to Duane. This one is orange with slight ruby edges and a small head. Aroma of big fruit, some spice, caramel malt, and a sweet berry component. I even sensed black pepper and a first aroma trait for me.....CANTELOUPE! Marvelous aroma. Tastes caramel malty, fruity, spicy, black peppery, with a cabernet/finish. I love the aroma, I love the taste, and I love this beer.

3.3
BVery (10327) - 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.

3.3
JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2007
Foxy-orange, clear beer with small yellowish head. Grapey nose, with some hops, white wine, sugars, a bit cookies malt, quite restrained. Malty, cookies, bit of caramel, sweet bread, and just a hint at hops (quite neutral ones, while the malts are essentialy sweet). BIt roasted taste, but no burning coming over in the MF. Medium bodied, a bit liqueurish-slick in texture. Technically well-made, but there’s so little to enjoy. A beer for the technicians and the sales, rather than for the geeks - American Proef? Thanks, David.

3.3
arminjewell (9584) - 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.

3.5
3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Draft pint at Dotty’s in Madison. Last drink on the trip before I ended up sick as death around 6 hours later and we gave up on the last two days and just drove home. Has a ruby, bright orange color. Tangy, spicy winter witbier is what I first thought, I don’t exactly know why. It has some spicy Belgian ale qualities, and also some spicy orange and coriander notes like a witbier, but with a twang of alcohol. I understand this sounds like complete rubbish given that this is supposed to be a 5.4% Vienna, but hey, that’s what I tasted.

3
drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
I’ve had this on tap at the brewpub and in the bottle elsewhere. Alright, but doesn’t stand up against other Winter selections. Reminds me of a pale ale but with extra malt to make it sweet.

3.2
PorterPounder (7893) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice sparkling, medium copper with a light off- white head. Aroma has some nutty accents to, a trace of fresh lake water. Crisp flavor with some nuttiness, a bit of maple syrup sweetness, a trace of dates and molasses. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent.

3.5
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottled. Poured a medium caramel-amber with an inch or so of white head. Nose was of heavier grains, caramel, and fruity malts.. quite pleasant. Flavor was caramel malt-driven... a tad sticky, but never cloying. Sweet light fruits and a Marzen-like leafy hop profile. Smooth on the palate and lighter-bodied.. with a crisp finish. Very tasty, easy-drinkin’ brew.


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