Yard Sale Winter Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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Yard Sale Winter LagerYard Sale Winter Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
187
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
20.75%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
41
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 187
Photo of LouZ
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yard Sale is an apropos name for this beer: it's pretty much junk that Uinta is selling to whomever will take a chance on it. Technically, this beer smells like Budweiser and tastes like a lager, but with a much darker hue. If you're into lagers, this might be somewhat interesting but it will be a lot more expensive than your typical lager. Me, I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Blargimus
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled 12/20/2011.

Color is somewhere between a pale ale and a red ale. Not much head, and no visible carbonation.

Smell is all malt and a touch of roastiness - no hops.

Taste is also mostly malt, though there is a touch of bitterness. 22 IBU sounds about right. Somewhat stale-tasting, but to be fair, this is six months old.

More carbonated than it looks. Finishes dry for how sweet it is. Creamy for a lager.

I don't know, maybe this is much better fresh. As it is, there is nothing to get excited about here.

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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 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 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 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 alli4051
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a bright, clear, amber with a frothy tan head. Head is about a finger and a half high and leaves some sticky lacing. Nose kinda disappoints, not much going on, some toasted malts and that's about it. Taste has more going on but still a bit underwhelming. Some nice fruity esters up front followed by bready, biscuity malts. Mouthfeel, again, was thinner than I expected. Overall a bit of a let down, I expected a winter lager to be a bit heavier and more flavorful. It is definitely drinkable though, finished the whole six pack and woke up pleasantly hangover free this morning.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of dankster
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

found this at my local store.

A- clear pale amber color with small white head. not much lace

S- More malt up front than anything else. some hops come up but are overshadowed. not much else going on

T- clean and crisp amber. malt and hops work well together but a little flat for a winter beer.

M- thin and a bit watery. goes down well

O- Not bad but not something to seek out. much better beers from this brewer. No info on bottle or website about the ABV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's snowing out. There's snow on the bottle. Destiny.

Amber. Persistent thin head leaves multiple lace rings around my glass. A fine looking' lager. Toasted malt and slightly nutty aroma. Tastes toasty with a balance neutral noble hop balance.

Like a slightly smoother Long Trail Ale.

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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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Yard Sale Winter Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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