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RATINGS: 263   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
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Interesting, moderately malty and hoppy aroma. Has a touch of spice to it, but is otherwise standard and kinda dull.

3.3
HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle (12oz). Clear bright refractive coppery amber pour with an average fizzy white head (3+). Half-decent cereal grain aroma, mild herbal hop bitterness. The taste is nice and toasty - slightly oily, tangy roast malt, low-level dry herbal hops, somewhat minerally in the finish. Average body, solid carbonation, astringent and slightly dry in the linger. Good, simple.

3.5
wlajwl (7006) - 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
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle: Tawny orange, translucent, mediocre light beige head, attractive lacing, soft carbonation.   Caramel malt aroma, slight grain/oatiness, a tad wheat breadish.   Mild malted flavor, hints of fig or dates on buttered and toasted wheat bread.   A tad sweet, but wishing it were a bit sweeter.   Medium bodied, with a fairly average mouthfeel.   Clean finish, but somewhat abrupt.   Wishing this one was a bit bigger.   Still decent, just a tad too light.


3.5
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 2004 bottle from Robertsreality, thanks man! Pour is a deep amber-orange, with light cherry red hues. Transluscent, low filtration. It’s very refreshing to see light filtration on a lager. Off-white head is small and rapidly receding to a cluster of large bubbles. Aroma of yeast, bits of burnt grains, lots of toasted grain, a hint of acidity and perhaps some light strawberry-like fruitiness. Flavor begins with a meaty, sourish yeast, somewhat crisp on the end, with lightly bitter/nutty hops, very low in apparency. The main show, is the malt, which is well-done and shows plenty of husky, toasty, biscuity vienna malt. Only moderately sweet, it is made that much more of a session beer, with some light honey and marmalade tones as it warms. Toasted grains finish, with light yeast and bread. Lightly watery body, low, lazy carbonation. I could definitely drink a number of these.

3.6
Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured a light amber with a thin watery head. Rich caramel aroma. Moderately heavy flavors ... fairly alcohol-laden, sugary-malt, tinge of caramel at the finish.

3.5
egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Poured a dark golden color with a small white head and some lacing. Lemon, straw, vanilla spice aroma. Taste was dominated by vanilla malt and some alcohol that slightly coated the mouth.

3.6
vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours clear copper / amber with a large dense beige head. The aroma has very toasty malt, light spice and a bit of must. It is very clean and a bit dry. Medium body that is a touch grainy and lush with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts with nice toasty nutty lager malt and some spice. The finish has dry spices and some cracker. This was a nice enjoyable beer that I wish I could get locally.

3.4
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Dark amber hue with small creamy head and okay lacing. The aroma hinted of caramel, toffee, light allspice, ripe apples and pears, lighty piney and floral hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts malty sweet and the caramel character stays put for a long time. Minor bittering and acidic fruit appears briefly. The finish is spicy and vanilla heavy for the style. Smooth mouthfeel. I think Jeremy hit the nail on the head, this is more Vienna is style than just a lager. Enjoyable and quaffable.

3.6
Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Reddish brown, with a very slight, thin tan head. Smoky, fruity, toasty aroma - subtle but nice. Sweet note of cognac and tobacco, with note of rasin bread and jam. Smmoth and easy drinkin’. Tasty. Thanks to Jewedekind for the trade!


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