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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

Island WheatIsland Wheat

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-06-2005)
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Photo of Hoploaf


2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really??? How did this one ever get brewed for production? If someone told me the goal of the brewer was to make a replica of Corona I would have believed them. Capital is one of the top brewers in the nation, which is why I was shocked by this lame beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:51:33 | More by Hoploaf
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a large white head that slowly settles to a lasting cap. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang and a hint of fresh grass.

The taste is mild, but pleasant: grain, a touch of honey and a fruity wheat tang in the clean, crisp finish.

Very quaffable, smooth and outstandingly refreshing.

It is what it was meant to be - a refreshing pale wheat ale. While it's still basic, it has more character to it. Wheat malt is well-used, and just a subtle hint of hops, yet has a dry-ish finish. Very "sessionable".

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 20:18:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a half finger white colored head that settled very quickly to a thin rim around the glass. Not much can been seen in terms of carbonation. Some lacing. Color is a clear autumn hay.

S: Light sweetness from citrus, essences of earthy grass. Yeast and wheat are the dominate scents.

T: What I would expect from a pale wheat ale. Great balance between the malt, crisp grain, delicate hints of citrus, lemon grass, and hops.

M: Great. Just the right amount of carbonation and stickiness.

O: Overall a little above average. I appreciate the gift all the way from WI. Thanks T!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 19:28:28 | More by cooler4life
Photo of mjpolzin


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am sure I have had this beer before since it is local but I have never sat down to actually review it. Unfortunately for the low abv, this beer was way too much work to drink. What I mean by that is I don't even mind that it is pretty low in alcohol content but it wasn't really that easy drinking of a beer. The mouthfeel was slightly harsh and it felt like there was a bunch of stuff forced into the taste of this beer. Speaking of the taste there was definitely wheat present along with some fruit and light hops. Not a great drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:45:24 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise Christmas gift mixer pack.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bready wheat, hints of citrus rind and grassy hop notes, buttered bread and a hint of lemongrass.

T - Much like the nose with the bready wheat flavour dominating, bitter citrus rind, a touch of orange, pear and apple juice, sweet corn and the buttered bread notes linger alongside a grassy notes and green tea.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly going down and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty wheat ale that offers up a traditional flavour profile for the style. Nothing over the top, but easily sessioned and a perfect summer patio ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:12:10 | More by andrenaline
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Island Wheat pours a clear bright straw color, with a good size head. There is a slightly skunk aroma with some hints grainy wheat. The taste is crisp, clean, good full wheat flavors, with hints of a carmalized malts. Not watery, full flavor, a little too carbonated. Overall this is a solid wheat ale, clean and crisp, but on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:53:09 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of MattyG85


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden yellow with some orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves lots of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of wheat malts with some light spicing. Wheat grains and pale malts with lots of yeast. Hints of biscuit and crackers. Hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Also a good scent of coriander and a slight hint of pepper. Very forward with the yeast and wheat.

Taste: Taste is crisp, wheat and yeast driven, and somewhat tart with the citrus. Starts with the wheat grains and sweet malts. Notes of yeast, biscuit,, cereal grains, and crackers. Then comes the citrus with notes of tart lemon juice and orange. On the sweeter side with no real noticeable bitterness except for some tartness. Crisp and decent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, tingly, and tart.

Overall: A pretty decent take on the wheat ale style. Some nice citrus character. Nice summer option.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 04:44:02 | More by MattyG85
Photo of falloutsnow


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Date: None
Glass: New Belgium globe

Capital's Island Wheat is a version of the APWA that has more flavor than most other APWAs I've had, but that's not saying much. Bringing some evident yeast and wheat malt characters to the forefront, this is certainly drinkable, but not particularly complex or satisfying to me due to that. While it may be easily drinkable, I still have yet to find a reason to come back to this style.

Pours a 2cm head of clean, white foam, with small, dense bubbles. Retention is about average, gradually subsiding to a thin film atop the body of the glass. Head leaves modest spots of lacing as it descends and after each sip. Body is a cloudy-opaque yellow-orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow tones. Carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma is strongly of yeast, with some mushroom, soil, and light fruit esters as well. Interesting, if not the most pleasing.

Taste has wheat and mild grain in the front of the palate, transitioning to some mild lemon citrus tartness along with wheat and yeast in the mid-palate. Back of palate picks up wheat malt sweetness and yeast. Aftertaste of very mild lemon tartness and some residual sweetness.

Body is light, with fairly high carbonation, creating a crisp, sparkling mouthfeel with some slight prickliness across the palate. Closes out with a semi-dry finish, leaving some lingering sweetness and stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:02:13 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of TX-Badger


4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint at a local Madison bar.

A: The beer poured a very nice cloudy, light golden-yellow with fluffy white head at the top. Only downside, the head does go away faster than expected.

S: The aroma is that of sun grown wheat field, some citrus (lemon and slight orange), with a hint of hops.

T: I mainly get wheat over- and under-tones. I believe the subtlety in this beer is its complexity. It does not over power with citrus or grain, everything seems quite well balanced. I like that every time I drink this beer I get a very consistent wheat taste.

M: Very crisp and clean. About a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was just right.

O: I really like this beer. I think this was a great addition to Capital's repertoire. It goes down smooth and is refreshing. It's not necessarily going to blow the doors off of anyone, but it is very consistent and always been good to me. Grab one on a hot summer day and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 18:08:13 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of BierStein711


1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On draught

Beer has color of cloudy urine, no lacing and no head

Smells citrus and cooked veggies

Tastes like lemons

Feels like water

Overall, this beer is a poor example of the style, and is more so fermented lemon juice. I enjoy good wheat ales, and this is one I would have as a last resort.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 18:38:54 | More by BierStein711
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very poundable lighter beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:17:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Airedoggie


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow, semi-cloudy with a thin head

S: Predominantly wheat, and a hint of citrus

T: Wheat and grain, no citrus

M: Light to medium body, fresh and crisp with a nice fizz

O: Refreshing and very drinkable. Especially enjoyable on a warm day

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 17:49:05 | More by Airedoggie
Photo of chefhatt


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer when poured into a pint glass, has a yellowish body with a thin white head. The smell is grainy with not fruit smell. The taste is a little better, some wheat taste with a little bit of citrus. The mouth feel is ok and overall, is a average beer, good for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:11:12 | More by chefhatt
Photo of lurpy1


2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bottle in Chicago over New Year's Eve.

The pour is totally univiting - cloudy lemonade, cold Campbell's chicken soup, ramen runoff, take your pick. The sniffer offers a little bit of bakery, pleasantly grainy, but not real powerful. Ditto on the taste, not much in the way of spices, or of citrus. Not bad, just, well, there. Mouthfeel was thin, healthy amount of carbonation.

Mild beer that won't knock anybody's socks off. Good summer beer, but overall I wasn't terribly impressed by it. Gets a C: drinkable, passable, that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 21:39:57 | More by lurpy1
Photo of TMoney2591


2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Don't know how many islands there are in the lakes surrounding Madison, but I'm pretty sure that not much wheat would grow there regardless. Still, this stuff pours a slightly hazy pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light puffed rice, and the vague notion of lemon peel. The taste holds notes of damp wheat, grass, musty lemon rind, and light powdered sugar. Something very unappealing about this flavor combination... The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a weak beer all-around, one I'll probably never seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:56:11 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TheQuietMan22


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade with an orange tone. The head was absolutely pathetic, probably because I poured it too carefully. A finger of white foam dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge and a wispy lacing.

Smell: It does not exhibit the usual wheat qualities I want, but it has a very unique, industrial baked wheat bread smell to it — especially the kind sprinkled with flakes of whatever-that-stuff-is on the top for aesthetics. Lots o’ wheat. Other than there is a faint aroma of lemon and orange citrus in the background.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, but the citrus is much more prominent.

Drinkability: This is nothing to write home about. With so many real, Bavarian wheat beers available, I have no clue why I should even bother with the pale American versions. It is definitely drinkable, and true to style, but it lacks the flavor and aroma experience I want from wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 05:45:30 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes.
Looks like a hazy light golden straw color. Very nice head which sticks due to ample carbonation, but not exactly a gusher either. Smells faintly of wheat with light citric hopping, tastes of the same. Very nice, clean and smooth with a "less is more" approach. Still, it has just barely enough flavor to justify as being better than water for your thirst-quenching needs, and certainly is not as satisfying as a hefeweizen. I'm trying hard to review to a style that is not necessarily my favorite, here. I will say that they have hit precisely the right level of hop accent to amplify what wheat malt flavor exists, and does everything right in terms of spritzy mouthfeel...I just was left wanting more out of this.
So I suppose sometimes "less is more" is not the best idea.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:02:19 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of BeerLover99


3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light golden semi-cloudy body, fluffy 2 fingers, little lacing

S: light wheat, hint of sweet citrus maybe orange peel/peach

T: light sweet citrus, mild wheat middle, hint of spice in finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, tad dry mouth

O: I really enjoy Capital's bock beers (Autumnal Fire is one
of my favorite beers PERIOD), but this is just a
fair summer back-up beer.
It's not going to wow you, neither is it yak piss.
Good gateway/newbie brew for your friends.


Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 15:41:07 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Infamous7100


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear and golden in my pils glass. A very thin head. Nothing remarkable here, thought it would be unfiltered.
S: smells like sweet wheat bread with some faint hints of citrus. Very pleasant.
T: a refreshing blends of the bread and citrus mentioned before. A slight spice is present as well. Very tasty.
M: nicely carbonated and medium bodied. A slightly bitter hang, but a nice finish.
O: not the best of this style I have tried, but nothings wrong here. Certainly a candidate for a session brew and a good effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:15:55 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with good bone-white head retention.

S: Wheaties and grains with a slight floral note.

T: Tastes very light with a clean wheat finish. Ever so slight bitterness in the rear.

M: Soft coating on the tongue with decent carbonation fizz.

D: I dont think I would choose this beer for this purpose, but its definitely a summer beer that you could put back a bunch of as a session with light character.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 20:27:32 | More by BasementBer
Photo of deebo


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a thick white head. Straw colored with a cloudy haze
S-heavy wheat with a spicy yeast character, some peppery hop aroma
T-Typical wheat beer, heavy wheat character with a slight hop astringency and a touch of yeast.
M-Lots of carbonic acid-I think they could drop the CO2 in this one, otherwise decent mouthfeel
D-A nice wheat-typical of a lot of the microbrews you get in Wisconsin-thinking Winnebago wheat from Fox River Brewing

O-A good microbrew style wheat that is nice to get a 12 pack of cans to enjoy at home or for packing a cooler. A nice alternative to a lot of the domestics. Another winner from Capital-I hope they keep this one around.

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 01:06:23 | More by deebo
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wisconsin....Wisconsin....where for art tho Wisconsin!!! Oh...a lil' Capital Brewing after a hard fought hockey game...and that's what I'm talking about!!!! This beer is cloudy yellow with decent head. The hints of lemon/citrus hit the nose nicely. The taste is very good...nice wheat balanced with lemon/citrus. The mouthfeel is easy and I could mown the lawn all day with this beer! ENJOY!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:44:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Tballz420


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw gold color, lots of little carb bubblies,filtered, small white head. Minimal lacingf. Nice light wheat scent, fairly sweet. Sweet malt start, grass, filtered wheat tones, just a peck of hops. Fairly thin and dry, a bit of acidicism.

I'll have to check after I'm done writing, but i thought Capital was all about lagers, but this is certainly a nice light filtered wheat brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:00:26 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Kegatron


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a thin layer of fizzy film but does keep some creaminess on the edges that leaves back soft spotty lacing. The aroma has a sweet tang to it of bready character and citric fruit. Hops give this a grassy and spicy feel that lends this some airiness in the nose.

The taste has a crisp and sweet twang to it from the wheat, with earthy fruit mixing in and a moderately bitter hop profile that gives this some bite. Spice and rind leave back a steady lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a prickly crispness that keeps this lively feeling in the mouth. Maybe even a little bit too carbonated at times but it doesn't hinder the overall presence or drinkilbility of this.

This wasn't bad at all. Pretty well done little hoppy wheat beer here that had some kick to it but the wheat and citrus gave this a sweet smoothness that coupled with the crisp feel to keep this quite quaffable.

Serving type: can

12-29-2010 17:10:38 | More by Kegatron
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and citrus. Taste is a bit of sour lemon up front, some wheat and grains, not bad but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 15:55:22 | More by tone77
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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.