Yard Sale Winter Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-flavored amber lager delivers a complex, toasted malt body and noble hop character.

22 IBU

Added by dankster on 01-24-2012

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +12.4%
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 -13.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -8.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +10.7%
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 +15.3%
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 -18.2%
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 +3.2%
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 HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -15%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought I had this before but maybe not. It is surprisingly good. It's a little snowy outside and I just got back from the Rockies (where I skied 5 days but never fell like the fool on the can ).

It is a golden brown color with a very thin head. The aroma is faint but nice. A little malt smell. The taste is a great little balanced beer taste with sufficient malts, faintly roasty. Not very hoppy or overly flavorful, but a nice compliment to food.

This is an easy drinking, popularly price holiday beer. Recommended for your less adventurous friends or for simple refreshment or as a beverage to accompany a holiday meal.

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

This beer really surprised. I think it's more Vienna lager than amber ale. Basically at 4% (same as Miller Lite) it's a session beer, and quite frankly it blows most of the "full-flavor craft sessions" away. (On a side note I still haven't found a decent "session" IPA, most are terrible in my opinion, and I love IPAs.) Great flavor, appearance and smell. A nice break from all the other heavy winter seasonals. Well done, I would drink this all year.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before 3/18/16.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, black tea, floral, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, biscuit, nut, caramel, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I expected more in the way of winter spices and less in the way of a standard Vienna lager on the nose. But still, as the latter, it's okay. I get a good deal of toasted malt, gentle noble hopping, and maybe even a hint of cereal grain. It's just weak, that's all. Flavor is the same - toasted malt to start, and a little bit of hops to finish it off. The feel doesn't work, as it's too thick and lumpy for a light 4% lager, failing to sync with the light flavor profile. Still, it fills a niche - it would great to wash Mexican food down with.

2.73/5: Definitely not Uinta's finest, but not exactly worthless

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The body is a fairly clear burnt orange, on the lighter side. The head is almost meringue-like and light cream colored. The head hardly dissipates and leaves nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma: Spices and cedar wood up front, sweet maltiness, and maybe an ominous aroma of onion.

Taste: A mellow blend of cedar wood, peppery spices, and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Something is lacking. The 4% ABV makes it go down easy but probably takes away some taste. The aroma is very strange.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Vienna lager, beautiful pour, average sweet malt aroma and taste. Orange copper body and immediate fluffy head. Medium weight, but no winter spice, as others have mentioned. Pure Vienna all the way.

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Photo of Zaktcc
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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