Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.49/5 rDev +2.9%
I had purchased this at The Friendly Greek with every intent of drinking it over the past Winter, but now that we are a few days into the Summer of 2014, I feel compelled to reduce some of my backlog.
From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Shredded by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Brewed with renewable power Wind & Solar"; "Winter Lager".
I was anxious to get started, so I went with an aggro pour, initially, backing off only when the pseudo-cascade began to create so much head that I had to back off. In fact, I got a small amount of overflow as a result. The upshot was three solid fingers of dense, tawny head with persistent retention. Color was a deep copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool, minty quality, but I was expecting spices or some such from a "Winter" beer. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was minty with a caramel malt undertone. Nice, but not really "Wintry". Finish was semi-sweet and pleasant, but there is no way that I would risk a horrific skiing accident for more of it.
06-24-2014 00:11:54 | More by woodychandler
3.51/5 rDev +3.5%
Picked this up in the mixed six section at the House of 1,000 beers
A - Pours a bit dark for a lager more IPA color with a 1/2 inch of sticky head which doesn't seem to fizz out. Good lacing.
S - Lager tones, cereal grains, some hops. Not really picking up why this is a "winter" lager...
T - Very malty in fact I can see why some note Brown malts used that surely would explain the taste and color. Not much skunk flavor and finish is not sweet or harsh.
M - Light to medium it does drink a bit heavy for the session ABV.
Overall like most of these beers its hit or miss and I really don't like this one. I am sure this would appeal to low ABV lovers but I see nothing "winter" about this lager.
02-13-2014 06:49:49 | More by DrDemento456
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a nonic pint glass.
Toasty; 2-finger head; brown with some orange, it almost looked like a brown ale. Quite translucent. Creamy beige head; sticky cream lace. Smelled like Uinta's own fall/winter seasonal brown ale release (even though this is a lager): toasty; malty; malted cereal; sweet toffee notes. Pretty basic, in my opinion.
The taste is similar to the nose: sweet toffee, caramel, toasted malt; toasted bread; toasted cereal grains; the aftertaste had a dry quality to it, which I found to be quite nice. A light spicy-grain lingered in the aftertaste, most likely from the hops.
It was medium bodied, but almost felt ultra light bodied. Perhaps this is because it is a lager. It is crisp, clean, and smooth. A little thin and watery, I might add. Carbonation on the medium-high side, which made it feel like the lager it is.
It is a sessionable beer that needs some tweaking to the recipe. I do think Uinta could become more creative with this one. They need to create a unique winter lager, rather than a lager that smells and tastes like its very own brown ale. I would buy this again however, as Uinta makes the best beers in Utah, IMO. It was overall very standard and a little boring. But it had enough taste to go back and give it another try. This would taste refreshing after a day on the ski slopes.
01-29-2014 19:01:15 | More by Jsteez
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
Amber red with an orangish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a respectable, thick white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap that left a ladder of sticky lacings down the glass. Toasted malt, earthy grain and bready aromas. Medium bodied with a slightly thin, oily feel up front followed by assertive tangy carbonation through the middle. Caramel and toasted malt flavors with tangy, herbal hops through the middle that taper near the end. Finishes cleanly with a light bready, grainy aftertaste.
01-04-2014 23:50:11 | More by IronLover
3.64/5 rDev +7.4%
Nice foany head atop amber colored, clear beer. Aroma is interesting. A little smoky and spiced with bock-like maltiness. A little husky. Flavor is very lagery with yeast and spice. Pretty decent and interestingly festive. Dirty tasting, earthy, and rustic.
12-27-2013 23:24:37 | More by tastybeer
3.33/5 rDev -1.8%
A decent beer, of equal quality, malty but tastes like im drinking it out of a straw of dirty pennies that are a decade old. There is flavor, both good and bad that seem to battle it out on the pallet. I can't disern which one wins the fight as Im torn from sip to sip. The alcohol is low at 4.0, so this is swiggable if you're looking to keep pace with the Bud Light drinkers at an event but want something with a little more substance. I'd naturally assume the taste improves the more you drink but I have a tough time kicking the filthy copper aftertaste. I'm not going to rush back to get this beer, but it's comparable to say a Sam Adams Light, nothing wrong with it, but it doesn't pop out with flavor. Creative label that beckons to a 50's retro look with a skier taking a dixie on a downward slope. It's snowing as I write this, and theres a crackling fire in front of me. I;d suggest enjoying in a simular fasion.
12-17-2013 03:42:38 | More by MikeyBadnews
3.71/5 rDev +9.4%
Light brown beer with near-perfect clarity. Biscuity aroma with some toffee & smokey(faint) notes. Biscuity-caramel taste with a slight metallic tang to it. Very dry finish. Not terribly fascinating but hey, it tastes good and makes you want another. Nice to see a "winter beer" that is also sessionable.
12-17-2013 02:47:50 | More by anarchia
Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.