Yard Sale Winter Lager
Uinta Brewing Company

Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #107
Ranked #45,605
3.45 | pDev: 12.46%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager
Notes: This full-flavored amber lager delivers a complex, toasted malt body and noble hop character.

22 IBU
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 215 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a narrow collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and lots of thin lacing covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthy and spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has subtle bits of sweetness from the toasted malts, but these are mostly balanced out by the earthy/spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber lager has a very nice mouthfeel and a good balance between the malts and hops in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Didn’t pour it into glass. Oops.

Caramel and toffee malts. Biscuity and earthy. Not a lot of traditional holiday spice. Tastes kind of like a bock. Medium bodied. Smooth feel.

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Photo of Namdog
1.38/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is the worst tasting beer I've ever had in my life. I'm a huge beer enthusiast and have never found a beer I couldn't at least finish a bottle of until Uinta's winter lager. First off, there was no noticeable smell coming from the beer whatsoever and that was my first red flag. Then there was one weird, disgusting flavor that overpowered everything else and it took me a really long time to put my finger on it. But suddenly it hit me: Dirty Socks. This beer tastes exactly like they marinated dirty socks in it for a month before bottling it. Truly disgusting beer and I recommend never drinking it. In fact, I'm pursuing my money back for the whole six pack and that's something I've never done before.

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Photo of rickyfinn
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique in its dark amber color for a regular lager. Smell and color I think are of fully malted barley. Very mild and balanced. Smooth palate and slightly sweet finish. No hopps bitterness in finish. Segue to another one without having to fight after-taste of the last one. Superlative session beer. Wait...Noticed a little molasses smell and mouth feel. This may be part of the karma. This beer may be molasses finished. Subtle.

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Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a slightly bigger beer for a winter lager but this is a nice sessionable red lager. Notes of bread crusts, mild caramel and a touch of spicy hops on the finish. Light bodied but tasty for the ABV. This has less alcohol than your typical light beer and has tons more flavor. Would be a great beer when watching calorie intake but still wanting a real beer flavor.

Tough to rate as it is in the red lager category but really is much lighter and less assertive than most in that category..

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a small off white head. Smells of sweet grain, slight spiciness. Tastes of darker roasted grain with slight caramel and very slight spiciness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Toasty malt, earthy spice, slightly herbal, dried fruit, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, mix of Ritz and graham crackers, earthy, slightly herbal and spicy, kinda woody, some dried fruity notes, prune, raisin, and apricot, and finished with some toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Suffers from session beer syndrome. Yes, there's flavor there, but you wish there was more, as well as a bit more body to carry it. That being said, if you wanted something to crush while hitting the slopes, without ending up like the dude on the label, there are worse options.

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Photo of Zhoxush
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking reddish in the glass but has no head to speak of. Feels very good on the tongue but once you drink it you realize it's not got substance and tastes nondescript. It's like a poor copy of Nordeast if I had to compare.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown with nice creamy head. Has nice body and malt character. Because it is a Utah session restricted to 4% abv it fall short in taste/ flavor rating. Not a bad choice if you are in a Utah restaurant that only sells 4% beer. If you go to a State liquor store try some of Uinta Brewing Company’s non 4% beers. They are so much better that this beer.

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Photo of brewale4me
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Dark golden in color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma : Malty, Biscuit, Dark dried fruit, Subtle Earth hops.
Taste : Raisins, cherries and dates.
Mouth Feel : Medium light body. Light carbonation.
Overall : Good Lager.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug: color is dark copper/light amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thin top with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is toasted malt, a good toast with a more nuanced caramel/toast aroma maybe toffee like - good especially at 4% and for a lager.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bigger toasty/toffee like malt flavor, good flavor, then moderate earthy hops, herbal at times too.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a bit sharp carbonation, and maybe a touch off due to its age (best by date is 4/6/17).

Overall a good amber lager with a greater than normal toasted/toffee quality.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at the Spring 2017 ASMF.
Clear copper colored body topped but a fine white head. Plenty of lacing.
Way more spicing in the complex nose than in the more bready flavor.
Medium-light body with lively carbonation.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really don't have much to say about this beer; it's a solid lager, but nothing to really make it stand out, in my opinion. It's main appeal is the fact that it is so sessionable, a characteristic not featured in most winter seasonal brews.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Uinta "Yard Sale"
12 oz. can, "BEST BEFORE 04/02/16"... about 2 weeks to go!

Not being a skiier I had to look up the name under skiing terms, figuring there had to be some kind of joke behind it, and there is. A "yard sale" is you take a tumble on the slopes while skiing or snowboarding and leave parts of your equipment behind you as you go.

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber/copper in color beneath an average-sized head of off-white. Average head retention with slightly better than average lacing.

Aroma: Toasty caramelish malt with just a passing whiff of herbal hops and subtle fruit in the background.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests, the toasty, medium-golden caramelish malt is the dominant note to this beer, and it's a good one. The spicy and herbal hops back it, and balance it nicely along with a stiff bitterness. I can't help but feel it's got a little bit of a German pedigree to it in it's hoppiness, although the malt is clearly done more in the American vein. It's malty, and what I'd call mildly bitter, or at least median, which is enough for me to call it a winter beer - but the spicy and herbal hops also give it a kind of an "icy" edge which seals the deal. It's malty, but in the end it finishes dry. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous feel and a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Overall: As a winter ale I think it works quite nicely, but if it was intended for any other time of the year I'd probably find it too malty. Nice. Somewhat unique.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed orange golden color with off-white head. Spice, vanilla, and some malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice, vanilla, roast. Not bad.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed amber copper color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and half a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty caramel. Light mineral with earthy lager yeast. Bready maltiness. Maybe a hint of apple fruitiness. Malty yet refreshing.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Toastiness and caramel are the strongest flavors. Mild mineral, earthy, and bready tones. Apple and pear fruitiness.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good richness and velvety texture, especially given the ABV.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Doesn't blow me away, but is easily drinkable.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was more copper than amber, little bit of a miss there. The aroma was faint, flavor had some slight molasses and toasted malt. Mouthfeel was definitely smooth. Fairly average amber lager.

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Photo of akolb
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red-brown with a thin head. Bread, a little yeast, caramel, in the aroma. Simple and nice. More bread, honey, and a crisp finish to the taste, along with a pleasant malt aftertaste. Light and smooth in the mouth. A lovely little beer. Nothing particularly exciting, but it proves that a 4% ABV does not mean boring! I would definitely keep this around for a nice session brew. A pleasant surprise indeed!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a clear body and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad!

Smell: sweet and caramelly with a bready, yeasty character. A classic take on a winter lager.

Taste: sweet and bready, but with a somewhat drier finish. There's a dash of graininess and a dash of floral character here; it's actually not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of the style, but this is a nice and subtle sweet treat.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Very transparent amber colored beer with some reddish undertones. Pours out with 1/2 a finger of white head. The head does not have a ton of staying power. The good news is tha there is a clear best by date (02/26/16). The ok news is that the label says to enjoy in a tulip glass (got it). The bad news is the ABV is not listed. What? Who doesn't list an ABV. I had to look it up (4.0%). No date equals maybe loss of flavor. No ABV maybe equals losing your license...

S: [3.75] Toffee, corn, brown sugar, warm brown bread and molasses.

T: [4.00] Caramel, toffee, Christmas spices (like nutmeg). The malts linger sweetness on the finish.

M: [3.75] For 4% it is not watery. It has less than medium body - but there is something. Carbonation is right. Some malty sweetness lingers on the finish.

O: [3.75] A 4% beer sets your expectations pretty low. This beer exceeded those expectations. It has a nice flavor profile. It would be a nice beer while watching a football game during the winter by the fire. Given the ABV and the nice flavor profile this would be a good one to serve to people starting their beer journey, at a holiday party. It is enough lager to feel safe - but enough craft to be interesting. I like it.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a brassy and a touch orange with all kinds of hues in it but a solid darker amber color. Fiery sunshine golds to strong ambers. Persistent head of cream colored foam. Chill haze that cleared. Nose is shy with only a touch of bread crust for malt and a softness that isn't sweet. For hop there is but a breath on the nose if that. No diacetyl, no dms, no fruity esters. Taste is crisp and breaddy malt that is not as strong as the pilsner. it has a demure softness to it but that touch of browned bread crust is the flavor I love. Hops are shy also but herbal and they offer for flavor only a bit of their stem and light touch form that herbal sweetness. No citric tang, no spice. Beautiful! Bubbles are small and hardly bite they do tickle. Drinks smooth and flavorful with no abv on the palate. Smooth finish without even any bitterness to make you take notice until the swallow where you will find just a tingling on your tongue.

Good heavens I am in love.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I will start this off by saying that I never rate "craft beers" this low bc I don't normally find one that I would prefer a PBR over, but here we are. This beer pours a golden amber with a one finger white head. Retention is OK and there is some thin webs of lacing. Smell is nothing. There is the slightest hint of spices and bread, but very underwhelming. Taste is the same, not much to this beer at all. Feel is thin and watery. Overall pass. Give me a miller lite or a PBR.

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Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly brownish copper with almost two fingers of head. The nose is modestly bready. The flavor is malt forward but really drops off on the finish.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S; sweet malt; a little apple; a little toffee;

T: sweet malt; toffee; a little nutty; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; smooth;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of NickSMpls
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Workin our way through "winter beer" available hereabouts. Regretfully, this one is just plain outclassed on all fronts. A weakly carbonated pour from a can (best by March '16) with a nice clear dark amber was pretty much the high point. No distinguishing aroma and a muddled taste. Hardly a beer for those cold nights in Utah or anywhre else. Nothing really bad, but there's better choices.

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Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 215 ratings