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RATINGS: 264   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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3.1
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Amber brown with short choppy head and some spotty lacing. Mellow, subdued malty aroma. Flavor is quite rich, with a highly carbonated malt base and an ample supply of balancing hops. Not too much complexity though, maybe some honey and light grain in the background. Finish is rather the same as the flavor itself. Seems like this would be a good beer for a midwinter mild spell.

3.3
MaltOne (371) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
On tap @ Siver Creek. (11/30). Pours a light, warm copper. No noticeable head or even residual foam. Faint aroma of bready yeast and even fainter, hops. Hops is the first thing to hit the tonque, followed by a mellowing malt; hints of cumin and pepper. Flavors linger nicely on the tonque. Medium body. Overall - very drinkable.

3
dekester1 (366) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Poured a nice red-amber with a minimal head and lace. Aroma of mainly malt with tinge of sweetness and grain. Taste was mainly malty with grains and a touch of hay. It finished with low-moderate hops and a slight sour twist. Palate was real nice. Overall, a decent seasonal effort from the folks at Capital.

2.7
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2012
12 oz bottle drom steves madison. Ar: Dominant malt aroma. Bread dough, biscuit malt and a touch of caramel. A bit overly malty sweet aroma for me. Touch of apicyness. Ap: Pours a clear amber with a one inch off white head. Decent retention and nice rings of lace. T: Pretty sweet corn and biacuity and caramel malt flavora. Hop profike is very mild, what character is there is a touch of vlack pepper and some grassy coriander. P: Medium body with assertive carbonation. O: Not nearly as into thisnbeer as i am with cap amber. Just too much sticky zweet malt.

3.5
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
drank this a while ago. I remeber it being fairly smooth. Drinkable for sure. Poured a light amber color with a white head, aroma was pleasing. Some hops but not a ton. I enjoyed this beer but didn’t blow me away!

4.2
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 A truly complex beer. Each sip goes through a myriad of flavor stages. A distinct roasted flavor and the thin red-amber color give this away as a winter seasonal, but what truly stands out is its intricate aftertaste. Going from roasted, to tangy and mellow, and then to slightly sweet and crisp, this beer packs in a bewildering amount of taste, although nothing stands out in paticular besides the roast. The taste is disarmingly nice, faints hints of everything, but nothing overpowering. A distinct treat.

3.6
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Translucent amber color with quickly dissipating white head. Somewhat piney & malty aroma, although weak. Moderate hoppy taste with a decent amount of bitterness, a little too carbonated for my tastes. Overall, good & drinkable. One of the better Capital brews.

4.1
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2003
An excellent, fairly mild spice flavor, much less imposing than the other winter beers I've had, and probably my favorite of the bunch.

3.1
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
I love winter seasonals, but this doesnt measure up in my book. Not quite as smooth as I was expecting - although still quite smooth. Could use a little more spiciness, but maybe thats not the goal here. I think for winter beers I like it when the brewer goes all out.

2.9
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
This was my second beer of the night at West Bend’s Riverside Brewpub, and I really don’t remember much of it. I wasn’t drunk, just that it’s pretty nondescript. I recall an amber hue with thin offwhite lacings on top of the beer. A little hoppy spiciness, but overall dominated by malts. It was tasty enough, but ultimately quite forgettable.


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