I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 3/21/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful shade of amber/magenta. Crystal clear with plenty
of carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces
and retains extremely well.
Smell: Fairly typical amber lager aroma, nothing especially unique.
Taste: I tend to get a little apprehensive about "winter lagers" since
they seem to be regular, boring lagers with an abundance of spice to
them. Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager is a straight up amber lager with
nothing added - because it doesn’t need anything more. This is a more
than solid lager with plenty of character. My only beef is that it’s a
winter seasonal instead of a perennial offering.
The palette here is rather complex for a lager, though I wouldn’t
describe it as particularly robust. A tasty combination of the darker
golden malts - amber, honey, caramel, etc. There’s a general malty
sweetness throughout the first two thirds of the swig with a touch of
toasted bread flavor. It’s wraps up with just a touch of spicy/earthy
bitterness on the finish. This is exactly what an amber lager should be.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Uinta Yard Sale Winter
Lager was how easy it was to drink. The mouthfeel is on the thinner
side, but there’s some distinct crispness as it goes down. The
aftertaste is fairly clean, with just a slight toasted malt flavor that
fades. I’m not sure of the ABV because it’s not on the bottle or the
website, so I’d estimate it to be between 5 and 6%. Plenty of body to
enjoy, but still light enough to enjoy in multiple servings.