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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: 30 | 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 Jsteez
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of anarchia
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of ToddT
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of JessicaLeigh
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with a semi rocky off white head that upon thinning out leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts, light citrusy aroma with a minor dryness in the nose. A few tropical fruits here and there. Faint notes of milk chocolate.

Taste: A fairly malty backbone, caramel malts, full bodied, few chocolate bits, hops are floral but carry an touch of piney and grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel has a bready bite but somewhat smooth.

Notes: A good all around offering from Uinta very drinkable anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of maxk
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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