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 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 QuentinCall
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Justification seems like such an intriguing request -- but anyway, the beer is really nice, it does everything it attempts to do very well. It's an amber lager that tastes like an amber lager and I find that noteworthy and admirable.

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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 GilGarp
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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