Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

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: 44 | Hads: 122
Photo of LouZ
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled 12/20/2011.

Color is somewhere between a pale ale and a red ale. Not much head, and no visible carbonation.

Smell is all malt and a touch of roastiness - no hops.

Taste is also mostly malt, though there is a touch of bitterness. 22 IBU sounds about right. Somewhat stale-tasting, but to be fair, this is six months old.

More carbonated than it looks. Finishes dry for how sweet it is. Creamy for a lager.

I don't know, maybe this is much better fresh. As it is, there is nothing to get excited about here. (555 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark cherry coloring with a slow steady rise of carbonation. The head is slight, a bit washy and doesnt hold well while the lacing is weak and minimal not leaving alot to admire.

S: Aroma of cherry skins, sweet honey caramel toasted grains and caramel apple. Low appeal.

T: Sweet caramel apple grain flavor, semi-dry cherry fruitiness with a semi-dry finish. Average, the malting seems bland and old.

M: Medium body, average rate of carbonation some syrupy appeal.

O: Overall a pretty linear experience, nothing that entices you to have another. Unexciting, a bit bland, mundane and boring, yawn. A yard sale that is sure to see fire sale prices. (656 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of alli4051
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a bright, clear, amber with a frothy tan head. Head is about a finger and a half high and leaves some sticky lacing. Nose kinda disappoints, not much going on, some toasted malts and that's about it. Taste has more going on but still a bit underwhelming. Some nice fruity esters up front followed by bready, biscuity malts. Mouthfeel, again, was thinner than I expected. Overall a bit of a let down, I expected a winter lager to be a bit heavier and more flavorful. It is definitely drinkable though, finished the whole six pack and woke up pleasantly hangover free this morning. (636 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malts with just a light hint of nuts and toasted grains.

T: There is a light amount of malt sweetness upfront with the flavors of caramel, toffee, and toasted grains. Light amounts of nuts and some earthy hops but very little bitterness and that which is present fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: There is really nothing special about this beer so I would not recommend seeking it out but it is not a bad beer - just kind of average in my mind with nothing that makes it stand out. Easy to drink and sessionable but not sure I would want to have a bunch of these as I want something with a little more complexity. (1,088 characters)

Photo of JessicaLeigh
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

How can you not love this label? The beer on the other hand, not so much. Nothing really special about this amber/red. Pours clear and bright, tastes of slightly weak malt, and too citrusy. I was expecting something more bold and roasted. A little caramel on the finish but it doesn't stay with you. Pretty average and was a bit of a let down. Sorta' like the dude on the skis. (377 characters)

Photo of maxk
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated best before 3/16/2013. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber/caramel color. Nice little head with a bit of lacing. This looks like a nice lager.

Smells like caramel and malt. Maybe a bit of a treacle aroma in there too.

Tastes nicer than I initially hoped from other reviews. By no means stellar, but it's a nice, smooth, sessionable lager. Little bit of caramel and bread taste with very subtle hops. Creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated and a good body. I'll enjoy this six pack and could see going for this every once in a while as an easy drinking winter lager. (581 characters)

Photo of dankster
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

found this at my local store.

A- clear pale amber color with small white head. not much lace

S- More malt up front than anything else. some hops come up but are overshadowed. not much else going on

T- clean and crisp amber. malt and hops work well together but a little flat for a winter beer.

M- thin and a bit watery. goes down well

O- Not bad but not something to seek out. much better beers from this brewer. No info on bottle or website about the ABV. (472 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

unimpressed. yeah, its a lager, but this is a bore. oours a very clear light brown color with a small white head. smells malty, german, crystal palts, light, but no hop at all. flavor is the same, watery a bit, but malt based and very very low key. not what id expect in a winter beer, even a lager. nothing burley or hearty or meaty or spicy. mouthfeel is fine, crisp and quaffable, but overrated in my opinion. nothing special here. (434 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber brown with one finger of white head. Head lasts quite awhile and rings of lacing.
Smell is mild biscuit.
Taste is slightly bitter hops with a good amount of grainy smokey biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel is light but alright for a lager. Carbonation is on the light side.
Overall a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a winter warmer but this is the session version.
Decent beer for what it is. Very low abv of 4%. Mildly bitter finish.
Bottled on date 11/16/2012. About 9 weeks old. (487 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains and malts. Taste is crisp, mild, malts, grains, just a touch of hops, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer. (250 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Clear amber color topped with a thick off white head, the head fades slowly and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Malty, hints of toffee with a bit of caramel mixed in for interest.

T- Very similar to the nose, mostly malt with toffee and caramel for interest. Finish has some notes of citrus and grapefruit from hops and is relatively dry.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, not as creamy or smooth as I usually expect from a winter beer. I will balance that out by noting that it is a red lager not a winter warmer.

O- It's an OK beer not exactly what I was expecting but not a disappointment either. The 4.0% ABV makes it sessionable but I don't think it would hold my interest all night. (705 characters)

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (922 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep yet still clear woody mahogany color with ruby highlights. A Fingers worth of fizzy light tan foam which doesn't last long, but leaves some spotty lacing.

S - nose is clean and malty but most of all subtle. Nut shells and coffee grinds are most prominent. Bready, crusty background sort of like nut bread crust with lots of graininess.

T - clean and yet rich malt profile. Dark doughy bread and wintery cookies. an earthy and slightly spicy hop profile blends into the malt creating a rye bread flavor. Finish is smooth and toasty with a lingering nutty/coffee flavor.

M - med. body. Smooth Creamy texture. Med carb.

O - nice beer. Nose is underwhelming but the flavors are deep. Something pleasantly drinkable for the colder months. (754 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer at Buy-Rite in Jersey City recently. I thought this was a Vienna Lager when I first gave it a whiff and taste since it was creamy and not terribly hoppy but I won't argue that this isn't categorized wrong. Just don't expect anything strong or hoppy here. This beer has session written all over it and could be enjoyed by anyone, since the taste was smooth, mellow, and easygoing.

The pour to this was almond-hued with a decent head and just a bit of lacing to boot. Not a lot of carbonation here and the aroma was weak too. Overwhelming amount of malt here, leaning towards the caramel side. Some almond, molasses,and cream in the mouthfeel but this was never sticky or spicy. The back was a bit cloying with hardly any aftertaste and nary a trace of alcohol to be found.

Even though I only bought one, it would have been easy to down 2 or 3 in a sitting. More spice would have made this more along the lines of a Winter Warmer or Wassail but instead, it's just a beer with a hint of smoke and wood that goes along with a cold winter's night by the fireplace. This isn't worth seeking out but getting stuck with a few of these isn't bad either if you love a good holiday beer to kick back with. (1,217 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear amber with a thick, foamy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose and taste are fairly similar, though the nose is just a bit subdued. Grassy, spicy hops with a caramel malt backing.

Medium+ body with mild, bubbly carbonation.

A well done amber lager, suited nicely for winter without being a big, stout or porter. (353 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 01/04/12

Pours a clean/clear reddish amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with some caramel. The taste is kinda sweet, malty, a little hop bitterness. Medium body. A nice little brew, worth checking out, I guess. (333 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (676 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - clear caramel amber with a short layer of thick, off white head that has decent retention

S - grainy, some caramel

T - caramel, some mild bitterness, faint lager yeast, slight metallic note in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This isn't a bad session lager. It has a decent though mild flavor and it has tremendous drinkability. There isn't much to separate this from other beers of this style except that it doesn't have many of the off notes of a macro. This would be a great stepping stone beer for any macro lover looking to get into craft. (572 characters)

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Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.