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Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

58 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 21.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dankster on 01-24-2012

This full-flavored amber lager delivers a complex, toasted malt body and noble hop character.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 174
Photo of akolb
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red-brown with a thin head. Bread, a little yeast, caramel, in the aroma. Simple and nice. More bread, honey, and a crisp finish to the taste, along with a pleasant malt aftertaste. Light and smooth in the mouth. A lovely little beer. Nothing particularly exciting, but it proves that a 4% ABV does not mean boring! I would definitely keep this around for a nice session brew. A pleasant surprise indeed!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a clear body and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad!

Smell: sweet and caramelly with a bready, yeasty character. A classic take on a winter lager.

Taste: sweet and bready, but with a somewhat drier finish. There's a dash of graininess and a dash of floral character here; it's actually not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of the style, but this is a nice and subtle sweet treat.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Very transparent amber colored beer with some reddish undertones. Pours out with 1/2 a finger of white head. The head does not have a ton of staying power. The good news is tha there is a clear best by date (02/26/16). The ok news is that the label says to enjoy in a tulip glass (got it). The bad news is the ABV is not listed. What? Who doesn't list an ABV. I had to look it up (4.0%). No date equals maybe loss of flavor. No ABV maybe equals losing your license...

S: [3.75] Toffee, corn, brown sugar, warm brown bread and molasses.

T: [4.00] Caramel, toffee, Christmas spices (like nutmeg). The malts linger sweetness on the finish.

M: [3.75] For 4% it is not watery. It has less than medium body - but there is something. Carbonation is right. Some malty sweetness lingers on the finish.

O: [3.75] A 4% beer sets your expectations pretty low. This beer exceeded those expectations. It has a nice flavor profile. It would be a nice beer while watching a football game during the winter by the fire. Given the ABV and the nice flavor profile this would be a good one to serve to people starting their beer journey, at a holiday party. It is enough lager to feel safe - but enough craft to be interesting. I like it.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a brassy and a touch orange with all kinds of hues in it but a solid darker amber color. Fiery sunshine golds to strong ambers. Persistent head of cream colored foam. Chill haze that cleared. Nose is shy with only a touch of bread crust for malt and a softness that isn't sweet. For hop there is but a breath on the nose if that. No diacetyl, no dms, no fruity esters. Taste is crisp and breaddy malt that is not as strong as the pilsner. it has a demure softness to it but that touch of browned bread crust is the flavor I love. Hops are shy also but herbal and they offer for flavor only a bit of their stem and light touch form that herbal sweetness. No citric tang, no spice. Beautiful! Bubbles are small and hardly bite they do tickle. Drinks smooth and flavorful with no abv on the palate. Smooth finish without even any bitterness to make you take notice until the swallow where you will find just a tingling on your tongue.

Good heavens I am in love.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I will start this off by saying that I never rate "craft beers" this low bc I don't normally find one that I would prefer a PBR over, but here we are. This beer pours a golden amber with a one finger white head. Retention is OK and there is some thin webs of lacing. Smell is nothing. There is the slightest hint of spices and bread, but very underwhelming. Taste is the same, not much to this beer at all. Feel is thin and watery. Overall pass. Give me a miller lite or a PBR.

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Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly brownish copper with almost two fingers of head. The nose is modestly bready. The flavor is malt forward but really drops off on the finish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S; sweet malt; a little apple; a little toffee;

T: sweet malt; toffee; a little nutty; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; smooth;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of NickSMpls
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Workin our way through "winter beer" available hereabouts. Regretfully, this one is just plain outclassed on all fronts. A weakly carbonated pour from a can (best by March '16) with a nice clear dark amber was pretty much the high point. No distinguishing aroma and a muddled taste. Hardly a beer for those cold nights in Utah or anywhre else. Nothing really bad, but there's better choices.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought I had this before but maybe not. It is surprisingly good. It's a little snowy outside and I just got back from the Rockies (where I skied 5 days but never fell like the fool on the can ).

It is a golden brown color with a very thin head. The aroma is faint but nice. A little malt smell. The taste is a great little balanced beer taste with sufficient malts, faintly roasty. Not very hoppy or overly flavorful, but a nice compliment to food.

This is an easy drinking, popularly price holiday beer. Recommended for your less adventurous friends or for simple refreshment or as a beverage to accompany a holiday meal.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really surprised. I think it's more Vienna lager than amber ale. Basically at 4% (same as Miller Lite) it's a session beer, and quite frankly it blows most of the "full-flavor craft sessions" away. (On a side note I still haven't found a decent "session" IPA, most are terrible in my opinion, and I love IPAs.) Great flavor, appearance and smell. A nice break from all the other heavy winter seasonals. Well done, I would drink this all year.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 3/18/16.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, black tea, floral, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, biscuit, nut, caramel, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I expected more in the way of winter spices and less in the way of a standard Vienna lager on the nose. But still, as the latter, it's okay. I get a good deal of toasted malt, gentle noble hopping, and maybe even a hint of cereal grain. It's just weak, that's all. Flavor is the same - toasted malt to start, and a little bit of hops to finish it off. The feel doesn't work, as it's too thick and lumpy for a light 4% lager, failing to sync with the light flavor profile. Still, it fills a niche - it would great to wash Mexican food down with.

2.73/5: Definitely not Uinta's finest, but not exactly worthless

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The body is a fairly clear burnt orange, on the lighter side. The head is almost meringue-like and light cream colored. The head hardly dissipates and leaves nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma: Spices and cedar wood up front, sweet maltiness, and maybe an ominous aroma of onion.

Taste: A mellow blend of cedar wood, peppery spices, and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Something is lacking. The 4% ABV makes it go down easy but probably takes away some taste. The aroma is very strange.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Vienna lager, beautiful pour, average sweet malt aroma and taste. Orange copper body and immediate fluffy head. Medium weight, but no winter spice, as others have mentioned. Pure Vienna all the way.

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Photo of Zaktcc
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear amber color with 1 1/2 finger head. Average retention and no lacing present.

S - Not much present in the aroma for me. Reminds me more of a macro brewed beer. Vague hint of hops and fairly metallic aroma.

T - A pleasant blend of malts and hops but cannot pick up on much else present. Fairly sweet beer.

M - Light bodied and little to no carbonation at all; honestly might have gone flat due to the age of the beer (purchased from liquor store the past week). Fairly smooth drink overall though.

O - I would like to try this beer again when it's fresher. It wasn't horrible all-in-all but I feel like would have enjoyed much more if it was fresher. Fairly smooth and decent taste; scent really wasn't pleasant.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale amber producing barely a single finger of frothy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves a ring of spotty & webby lace. Aroma is toasted malts, thin caramel with a hint of floral hops. Taste is a slightly more robust version of the nose with a note of yeast & more hop character emerging in the finish & lingering into the toasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lightly prickly with some drawing astringency in the aftertaste.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I honestly haven't had a huge number of Uinta's products—their Hop Notch is top notch, I've never been wild about Wyld, and I've never gotten around to trying Dubhe—but I felt good enough about the brewer and the can's artwork to pick up a few Yard Sale at a boutique beer-store in Flagstaff, on a day where wintry lagers felt especially appropriate (essentially: cold for Arizona, but not Midwest, I need-a-winter-warmer cold). I'm also always intrigued by the oft strange and somewhat unique challenge that is the Amber Lager.

And Yard Sale is true amber: not shaded to brown, as most ales in the amber-zone, but a clean, ruddy golden in which one could imagine finding prehistoric insects suspended. A little head of foam and sparse effervescence reveal a minimal, clean, swept-hay and dry-malt aroma that introduces what is a very drinkable ale that is—sad to say—otherwise unimpressive.

It tastes fairly good: there's clean, clear, softly-rich slightly-browned malt sugars, paired with a pronounced valence of toasty biscuit that is satisfying, though not especially exciting. The promised "noble hops", however, are largely lost, imparting some bitterness along the finish, but unable to entirely cover a sort of overly-starchy lingering aftertaste. The lightness of the texture, despite the browned tints and tastes, is appreciated—and makes this a beer you could easily six-pack on a Saturday watching snow fall—but it can't quite redeem this from the realm of mere decency.

Lacking anything to elevate it into the province of "really good," this is nonetheless an beer that doesn't have a lot of clear faults: at 4.0%, and darkened but still a true lager in bite and feel, it's a solid session for its intended season—and certainly a good change-of-pace sort of six-pack.

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, dark gold body; two-finger plus head, fluffy and sticky. Smells of honey and caramel; sweet breakfast cereal; fruity, apricot and peach. Thin, malt grain flavors; mildly bitter. Medium body, leaning towards lightweight; crisp and clean finish.

A lightweight winter beer that promises more in the looks and aroma than what it ultimately delivers. The flavor is pleasant but very subdued while the body likewise comes across rather weak and lifeless. Yes, there's a decent low-key grain/peach/hop combination going on, and the low ABV would makes this a decent enough sessionable winter offering, but overall, it lacks depth and punch for a winter beer.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting easy drinking lager, would definitely try again. Smooth malty flavor, not dry finish. Corn smell, reminds me of a more complex version of Pabsy blue ribbon.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Argh. I had this beer since 5 Horses ran out of Sculpin's grapefruit IPA that I heard was quite good. When the waitress said none was left, I panicked, and ordered this beer. Once I broke out my trusty beer advocate app and saw the photo, I realized I have had this before. A useful app feature would be an alarm that rings when a beer approaches I have had and don't want. Someone needs to work on this.
Anyways, this beer came and since it was a work lunch it was fine. Mildly toasty lager, with nothing that bad, but nothing that great. I don't like Winter or Yard Sale's, so I should have known better.
So to sum up, the beer app needs an alarm, and this beer is ok

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Justification seems like such an intriguing request -- but anyway, the beer is really nice, it does everything it attempts to do very well. It's an amber lager that tastes like an amber lager and I find that noteworthy and admirable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's snowing out. There's snow on the bottle. Destiny.

Amber. Persistent thin head leaves multiple lace rings around my glass. A fine looking' lager. Toasted malt and slightly nutty aroma. Tastes toasty with a balance neutral noble hop balance.

Like a slightly smoother Long Trail Ale.

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Photo of LouZ
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yard Sale is an apropos name for this beer: it's pretty much junk that Uinta is selling to whomever will take a chance on it. Technically, this beer smells like Budweiser and tastes like a lager, but with a much darker hue. If you're into lagers, this might be somewhat interesting but it will be a lot more expensive than your typical lager. Me, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Today is Sunday, 02 August 2015 and since my initial bottle review, which follows, Uinta began CANning this beer and Joe Prin, a BCCA member, was kind enough to hook me up with one in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Brewed with renewable power Wind & Solar"; "Shredded by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Don't forget to [recycle]"; "Winter Lager".

Man, the tab fought me on its Crack! and as such, it was really loud. It was another brimful craft CAN and I got some mild foaming action through the vent, but I proceeded with an inverted Glug all the same. I ended up with two fingers of eggshell-white head with limited retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the honey-like sweetness that I associate with clean, well-made lagers. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not watery, but not very notable, either. The taste was bready, biscuity, malty, but not overly sweet. It was tasty, but not really my bag. The finish was semi-dry, but I never really experienced any hops. Hey, at least the CAN's graphics were pretty cool!

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 (24 June 2014) 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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.