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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Deep chestnut brown W/ ruby hues, (sound familiar?)decent off white head, poor retention. Sweet fruity nose with some spices too! good complex aroma. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with drawn out finish. Spicy notes kind of creep up out of nowhere. Balanced very well. One of Capitol's best bottled brews.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A hazy light amber with a medium thick off-white head. Slightly sweet malt aroma with some spices and yeast(an almost Belgian quality). Taste of caramel winter spices and malt. Creamy feel. As with all Capital beers easy drinking and well made.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2005 vintage. Clear amber ale that starts with long-lasting large off-white head. No discernable carbonation. Spicy, sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with spicy, toffee and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Good drinkable malty winter beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindadplus2 (691) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Coppery amber color with a decent sized foamy head that faded quickly. Big caramel malt aroma with a little nutty background. Flavors of roasted malt and nuts with a bit of spicy, peppery hops finishing it off. Nice medium body with a good bit of carbonation Didn’t pick up much of the sweetness from other reviews but it was very tasty, easy drinking and satisfying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass, amber with a small quickly dissipating head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was a nice balance of sweet malt and grassy hops. Overall very nice for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a clean golden color with a bit of lacing. Aroma is slightly lemon grassy hops, and a bit soapy. Taste is lemon, slightly hoppy, and finishes nutty. Very refreshing but I wouldn’t think of this when thinking about a winter seasonal. Seems like a GREAT summer brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Caramel-tinted amber body, lightly hazed, mildly carbonated under a short but persistent ecru head. Aromas herald Old Ale leanings, but that may be due to the cellaring over unknown months. Stale caramel, sour grassiness, Chinese sweet-and-sour. Full palate, both fluffy and syrupy. Flavor finds a nice Dunkel-malt sweetness (possibly a little too sweet) finished with a lemongrass sourness. I went back and changed the palate from a 4 to a 5 since Winter Skål holds true to its intention, of which I assume to be a "winter warmer". ~~~~~~~~ Purchased at Archer Liquors, Chicago, IL... quite some time ago.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3224) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2009
On tap at a hunting lodge in Spring Green, WI (yeah, weird, I know) - Pours amber with a cream colored head. The smell is wonderful -- light yeasty spice, flowery hops, and a light malt sweetness. Taste is very smooth, with some nice bready maltiness, a bit of hazelnut, and just a little spice. A light, dry floral bitterness evens it all out. There’s too much carbonation, but it’s pleasantly slick and a bit syrupy. Wonderful.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s Brookfield, 11/8/16. Slightly hazy amber, thin fizzy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of biscuity malt, toffee, floral and herbal hops. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, citrus, earthy and herbal hops. Hints of raisin. Medium bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation, mild lingering bitterness. Solid.


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