Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

44 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 44
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.98%
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Yard Sale Winter Lager Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 44 | Hads: 123
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 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 OrestesMethuon
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,801 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 WoostaBia
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (170 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 QuentinCall
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (233 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 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 woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (2,238 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 Jsteez
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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, along with a little bitterness, most likely from the hops.
It was medium bodied, but almost felt ultra light bodied. It is crisp, clean, and smooth. A little thin and watery, I might add. Carbonation on the medium-high side.

I could mow my lawn while drinking this beer if it weren't winter. I do think Uinta could become more creative with this one, however. I would buy it again, as Uinta makes the best beers in Utah, IMO. It was overall very standard and a little boring. But it has enough taste to go back and give it another try in the future. This would taste refreshing after a day on the ski slopes. (1,187 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (504 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (257 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 anarchia
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (304 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 Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice copper color with a big and billowy off white colored head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which pop over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Smell – The smells is mainly of a roasted malt and a light amount of a toffee sweetness. Mixed with these are subtle aromas of a citrus hop and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter roasted malt flavor with a touch of caramel. The caramel gets stronger more toward the middle of the taste, only to fade again slightly more toward the end. While the caramel changes in intensity the roasted malt flavor remains relatively constant throughout and creates a solid base for the brew. Toward the end, a bit of a bitter grapefruit citrus hop and floral hop flavors come to the tongue combining with the more roasted flavors of the brew to produce a lingering, lightly sweetened, and somewhat bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the thinner to average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner to average body and average carbonation are a nice compromise between the drinkability and lighter abv of the brew but yet still can uphold the roasted flavors of the beer.

Overall - An easy drinking and rather flavorful brew for only a 4 % abv brew. A nice session winter style lager. (1,507 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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a foamy off-white head. Retains with a creamy look that drenches the sides of the glass. Smells fresh and citrusy with a touch of spice. A firm bready presence sits along the back while a touch of earthy must hangs on the edges. The taste has a crisp and spicy bitterness along with some associated earthy citrus flavors. This is well balanced by a backbone of tight and toasted bready sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and crisp feel. Very tight in the profiles and body. This was a very flavorful and hugely drinkable Lager, with those Noble hops in particular giving this a spicy festive feel that is perfect for winter. I’ll be seeking more of this out next time around. (736 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 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 Goosehunter75
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a beautiful rust colorful amber with a slight off white head.

S - Pleasant smelling beer. Quite grainy and malty smelling with a slight hint of smoke

T - The first taste is a biscuit malty grain flavor. Very nice flavor and easy drinking. Definately had a slight bitter finish.

M - Very light beer. Not what you would expect from a Winter beer, but still very drinkable beer.

O - No reason I wouldnt drink this beer again. Tons of flavor for a lager and a very refreshing easy drinking beer. I'd pick it up again. (528 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, clear, amber color with a smallish frothy eggshell head that dissipates to leave some minimal sticky lacing.

The aromas begin with toasted/ crusty bready maltiness with some emerging caramel, toffee and maybe a hint of grainy/crackery maltiness.

The tastes begin with bready, biscuity maltiness once again with more emerging caramel and sweet toffee than was forecasted by the aromas. Some maple and nuttiness is also coming out but I could be elaborating for a lack of flavor descriptors coming to mind.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish doesn't have much to it but is semi-sweet and fairly clean which is appropriate for a lager. Thankfully it is not watery at such a low ABV for any winter style ale.

Overall this is extremely drinkable and surprisingly flavorful beer for a 4% offering. A bit one noted and underwhelming because of the advertisement of a Winter beer but I will easily/gladly finish my 6-pack but won't seek it out anytime soon. (1,004 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, quite clear amber reddish orange color.

Nose starts with nice toasty malts, hint of caramel malts, toasty and mild sweet malts, hint of toffee too, light crisp lager underneath with slight hint of fruity, similar to Sam Adams.

Taste starts similar, nice toasty malts, again mostly caramel and amber malts, light toffee almost nutty but not quite. Hops are very light, hint grassy with mild bitterness. Mild sweetness leads to light crisp lager but not much lager flavors, and faint hint of bready yeast. As it finishes fairly dry, the slight grassy mild spicy hop character with a bit more bitterness, mild sweet caramel toasty malts lingering too. Fairly crisp quick finish.

Mouth is med bodied, little crispness, decent carb.

Overall not bad, the lager flavors are more mild but it does get fairly crisp, nice malts, hops are a bit on the lighter side too. Similar to Sam Adams Boston lager overall but a bit maltier and less hoppy, and less lager like. (1,036 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.