Yard Sale Winter Lager - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-16-2013 03:02:16 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
03-21-2013 19:31:56 | More by Kegatron
3.71/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-21-2013 03:15:07 | More by jlindros
3.18/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
01-27-2012 06:42:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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
3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
12-23-2012 20:34:00 | More by dbrauneis
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-03-2012 01:30:06 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
12-09-2012 07:09:39 | More by BARFLYB
2.83/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
03-23-2013 12:57:34 | More by beerthulhu
3.56/5 rDev +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.
01-20-2013 00:20:49 | More by tdm168
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
3.31/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-02-2013 10:03:58 | More by tone77
3.71/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-22-2013 19:58:03 | More by claspada
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
04-04-2012 02:03:14 | More by ArrogantB
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
03-26-2013 00:56:56 | More by Darkmagus82
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-27-2012 04:41:59 | More by cbutova
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
05-22-2012 20:25:59 | More by GilGarp
Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.