Beer Review 0333: Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager
Cheers to another brewery producing a winter seasonal that’s not a Winter Warmer.
The Uinta Brewing Company produces beer out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and have been doing so since late 1993. Named after an east-west mountain range in Utah, the brewery operates in a 100% wind-powered facility, becoming the first Utah company to achieve this environmentally friendly goal.
Uinta split their beers into three different lines — a Classic Line, an Organic Line, and a Crooked Line, which is reserved for big ABV (alcohol by volume) beers in larger bottles. The beer we’re looking at today, Yard Sale, is part of the Classic Line, and sees availability in December-March.
Yard Sale is a Lager that comes in at a mere 4% ABV and 22 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). It is named after the skiing term “yard sale,” which is slang for when a skier falls down a slope and loses his or her gear, typically scattered down the mountain. See the label for an example.
The pour produced a very small, unimpressive thin head, soapy and fast fading. The color of the beer was amber, and the body was exceptionally clear, free of all particles and sediment. Lacing was unexplainably good, leaving wispy trails down the glass, similar to alcohol legs.
On the nose, Yard Sale has very simple aromas of bready, caramel malts, with just a slight edge of citrus hops. There simply isn’t much else to be said. As it warmed, the aromas faded quite a bit, making this not the most fragrant beer you’re ever going to experience.
The taste tends to follow the aroma, especially at first; there’s ample wheat bread and caramel malt, before the beer opens up a bit to some cashews and a toasty, whole wheat bread finish, with a sweet background of clover honey. Quite pleasant for a lager, it’s just simply flavored and not challenging for a more experienced tongue. Light-bodied, with a thin, foamy mouthfeel and a slightly drying finish.
Easy drinking and not complex, Yard Sale drinks exactly like an Amber Ale except it’s a lager. And the simplicity isn’t to be discarded — the non-offensive nature of this drink is part of the charm. While not anything outstanding, it goes down easy and is pleasant. A transition drink for the non-craft drinker? I’d say yes. Seasoned drinkers might be surprised but probably won’t endeavor to revisit.
If only we could have this beer for all those times the only thing to pick from are the big three.
Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager, 82 points. Price: $1.99 US for one twelve ounce bottle.