Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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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: 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
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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 122
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 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 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)

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark rusty amber hue, slight haze, excellent head

SMELL: Toasty, bread crust, mineral, white cherries, dried grass

TASTE: Very smooth, moderate body, toasted bread, slightly biscuity, hay, herbal, modest hop bitterness, faint caramel, biscuity drying finish

A tasty brew though if it was cleaned up a bit it would be nothing short of great. Still worth a go and definitely one I'll revisit each winter. (453 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 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 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)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is about two weeks old. Gotta applaud Unita for getting fresh product out here on the east coast.

Yard Sale is a normal beer, a straight up American amber, traditional in the sense. I've been getting back to my roots lately and just digging on simple styles more and more. I like the back and forth. Yard Sale has a nice dark bronze semi brown look with the color and a frothy inch of off white/tan bubbles up top. Typical lager look. A nice dose of European hops, earthy, grassy, a caramel base, some grain, bold and to the point, a lager. Taste is a refined amber, a fuller body, not as watery than your average Yuengling. I get some bread, caramel, some earthy hops and all together malty. Not too much else to say here, it delivers per the style, just gotta jump on it fresh. Body is towards low with a nice carb build, glides down the gullet. A tasty beer, simple and fresh. (920 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 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 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 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 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 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 ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/8/12. Nice red color, good head. Smells malty, grains, lager-like I guess. The taste had a very interesting cereal flavor without being too grainy. I actually liked it. Overall it was nothing too crazy but I wouldn't turn down a bottle if someone offered me another. (276 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber-red body. A bubbly off-white head forms to about a finger in size and has decent retention. A nice cloud remains atop the beer and lace is spotty but plentiful.

S- Malts jump out at me right away with a highly toasted and slightly roasty profile. Hints of toffee, caramel, nuts and some raisin-like fruits.

T- Like the nose, this delivers on the malty and yeasty side of things in a mild manner. Malts make up most of the flavor with a toasted, nutty, caramel, honey and slightly roast feel. Yeast delivers a shot of fresh bread hints. The hop profile is tame but can be sought out with floral, spicy and earthy notes. I also pick up toffee, raisin and spice hints.

MF- Light end body with a consistency right down the middle between creamy and watery, which isn't a surprise or a negative thing in a 4% lager. Carbonation is somewhere on the higher end and it is just a tad bitter.

A pretty mild beer but delivers a lot of different flavors. I especially like the use of malts here in a lower ABV lager. (1,054 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 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 GilGarp
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March, 2012.

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Yard Sale is a redish amber color with great clarity. It has thin white head that is short-lived and does not leave lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted grain.

Flavor is similar to that of a mild English brown ale. Slightly sweet, lightly roasted malts, very low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and balanced. Easy drinking and not by any means bland.

Overall a nice suprise. It may be a winter seasonal but I wouldn't mind having this year-round. (580 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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