Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-06-2005

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Photo of Airedoggie
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hoploaf
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the newest annual from Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI.

It's tag line is, "Island Wheat takes its name from wheat used in the ale and grown on Door County’s Washington Island. The island’s fertile landscape and moisture-rich climate makes for a high-quality wheat crop that is credited for the refreshing flavors found in Island Wheat."

Rumor has it that this is the beginning of a move by capital to begin using more local ingredients in their beers. I think I might just change careers and become a barley farmer.

Island Wheat is currently available on tap in Madison and Door County until this spring when it will go state wide in bottles.

On to the beer itself:

I've tried several pints of this one over the last two weeks or so and I like it.

The appearance is a fairly clear and brightly lit golden. The head is a patchwork of sticky cream lace.

Island Wheat offers a mild fruit and floral bouquet. The fruit is just a little bit overripe. There are slight hints of citrus.

Island Wheat hits the palate like ice cold skim milk on a hot day. It’s creamy, but not too creamy and it’s very refreshing. The beer is medium bodied and fairly sweet, maybe just a bit too sweet for my tastes. The carbonation is just right.

The finish is crisp and clean with a very apparent cracked wheat flavor.

Not my favorite in the style but definitely another solid brew from Capital that I will drink again and again at my favorite watering holes downtown.

Photo of deebo
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It offers yeasty bread aromas and flavors and a hint of banana. There is nice depth from the wheat but not a lot of spice. Although it does not have an immense amount of flavor, it is very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capital's newest offering, and it seems they have big plans for it. Most of it seems to involve the "dreaded" cross-over appeal, as this is distinctly un-German, as doesn't seem to fit comfortably within their portfolio.
The name comes from the fact it uses wheat from Washington Island (located off the tip of Door County).
Pours a lightly blurred, pale ochre with a flat linen foam.
Wheat bread nose, dusty with yeast, and otherwise hollow and vacant.
Begins with a mushy, wheat bread doughiness, and never vetures far from this base. Tickles of lemon and husk, but the middle only douses on more yeasty doughiness. It dries at the close, but outright hop contributions are neglegible.
This is medium-light bodied, and certainly downable in vats for those averse to strong malt or hop flavors.
This will certainly sell well, in the Spotted Cow vein. I just hope it is not at the sacrifice of other Capital tap offerings.
Klosterweizen accomplishes all this already, and so much more.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Nitty Gritty here in Madison celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. Wanted to be one of the first to review this new offering from Capital.

Pours a pale, hazy golden yellow with a small tan head. Smell is funky sour at first, a little off-putting. Taste has that same sour bite but quickly transitions into an unispiring grassy wheat which mysteriously fades to water. Kind of like Budweiser Select. I guess this makes it pretty drinkable, I was able to put a few back, but doesn't really show any character either. Seems like Capital is trying to put out a macro here. They make it seem crafty and unique in its gimmick - it's made from wheat exclusively grown on Washington Island, right off Door County - but this is probably the most boring beer I've had from Capital. It'll be a big hit among the bar crowd and macro drinkers who think they're drinking fancy beer now for sure.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital's Island Wheat delivers the typical cloudy yellow-orange body and frothy bright white head that you'd expect. The head retention is very good, and it leaves rings of lace about the glass with each sip.

The nose is wheaty and yeasty with a delicate fruitiness.

Wheatish malt makes up the largest cut of the flavor, with it's delicate fruitiness (berries, very slight lemon) rounding it out. A mild yeasty tartness appears midway, cutting through the gently sweet and grainy malt, leading to a dry finish. The maltiness kind of sticks in the mouth a bit, but it's nice, and some low-key hops that weren't able to make their way through in the mouth come out to play. It's mildly bitter, allowing it to finish dry without lingering.

Very well done! An excellent American wheat that has at least some roots in the Bavarian style.

Photo of dirtylou
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap, out of a friend's kegerator, keg purchased at Riley's

appearance: pours a pale straw yellow color with thick and foamy head but minimal lacing

smell: nothing too exciting here, real grassy and earthy, some pale wheat aromas, delicate citrus

taste: a little bready, a bit of wheat, light lemon, mild citrus...nothing too explosive here, but not a bad pale wheat

mouthfeel: minimal hoppiness, smooth, easy drinking

drinkability: definate session

So my buddy has a kegerator and its always good to keep everyone happy. I'm just glad he didnt opt for miller lite or blue moon. American Pale Wheats are a tad boring in my opinion, but this serves as a nice session. It was far better out of the keg than when i had it on draft at state street brats

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Photo of BeerCheese
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight out of the fridge. Poured form the bottle into my favorite glass. Poured surprisingly clear for a wheat, so I looked in the bottle and all the sediment was stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Medium yellow in color with thin white head. Very little head retention. Slight malty aroma, but I didn't really detect anything else. Medium/light body. Well balanced slight taste of hops and malt with a slight Citrus taste on the finish. I wonder if there may have been a more yeasty taste if I'd agitated at the finish of the pour to get the sediment into the beer? VERY drinkable beer. Alcohol not very detectable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy yellow with very little white foam. No lacing observed.

Light wheaty smell, but minor.

Taste is chalky - some wheat, low carbonation - falls a little flat. Short in the mouth.

Easy to drink, finishes easily, but not too much happening here.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Inch of white head, but it doesn't stick around for real long. Cloudy bright yellow body.

Smell: Not much to the smell. No German wheat beer qualities, no noticeable hops. It's just bland when it comes to aroma.

Taste: Rather enjoyable, for such a typically bland style anyways. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Photo of scottg
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow, almost clear color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving very light lacing. Lots of wheat aroma with some sour yeast. Wheat also dominates the taste with some sweet malt and lemon mixed in. Light body, high carbonation, cleanses the mouth. Goes down real easy but not much to it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info.

A - This beer is incredibly carbonated. Tons of bubbles flowing up to a dense white head. Low but great retention. The color is a lightly cloudy pale straw yellow. A bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Crisp, dry wheat blowing in the summer breeze. Too bad there is a mellow straw hint in there. No hops. No real yeast either.

T - The flavor is a smooth wheat with really nothing else. No hops, no malts, no yeast. Just a plain, dare I say bland, wheat.

M - Light-bodied and really crisp, it has a sharp carbonation bite to the finish.

D - The only time I ever see myself wanting this beer ever again is on a hot summer day when i need a refreshing brew. It really lacks in flavor. There is next to nothing there. But it is what it is and for a wheat beer it's incredibly refreshing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can received in the 2nd round of the Fight Club BIF .. Czoch75 smacked me around easily. I've been sitting on this one for a while and found it on the bottom shelf of the upstairs fridge.. Thanks Clint.. I am very excited to have a "new to me" Capital brew... and it makes it even more special that it's from a can... poured into my shaped SA glass.

Very big head.. good lace for the whole glass.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden straw color..

Aroma is slightly sweet pale malts with some hidden citrus hoppiness.. really pretty flat.. not a whole lot going on.. as expected for the style.

Flavor has a mild sugar cookie essence that sorta ties everything together.. I could swear there is a lemon zest component.. but my palate could easily be wrong.. sorta seems flimsy from the get go.. very drinkable and the good carbonation helps.. but in my mind, I can only see this is a camping beer.. not anything I would buy except to put in a cooler.

Thanks for the beat down.. Clint clobbered me.. I like this beer.... but I am having a very hard time "NOT" comparing it to many of my favorite brews from Capital.


Photo of Beerman420
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Good old wisconsin beer, great look, taste and drinkablility.
A - Poured out orange/bronze color. Medium Head, doesn't vanish quickly.
S - Tasty. A little yeasty with hints of sweet (almost bananna) potent aroma.
T - Very good. Goes down easy, good summer beer.
M - Not as "grainy" as other wheat beers. Best served extra cold.
D - Like other wheat beers this one is refreshing. Good with almost any food, not quite a pungent aftertaste as some.

This beer ranks about 5 on my top 10. Almost everyone I know that has tried it has liked it even though most are caught up in the "Budlite" crapshoot.

Photo of scaliasux
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear medium yellow. Short white foamy head with some staying power.

Smell - Mild sweet maltiness. Kind of bready. Good for style.

Taste - Begins with a very sweet surge. Quickly fades into a lingering grain flavor. Quite distinct. Hops not real noticable.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Crisp.

Drinkability - This is one of my go-to beers, particularly in the summer. Light and refreshing and local. Well made beer from a high quality producer.

Photo of nightcrawler
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer bored me. Nothing to make it stand out.

The color was a dark straw-like brown and the smell got me excited. But the taste was boring and the finish was not clean.

Sure. You could drink this as a session beer, but why?

It might be better with a slice of orange in it or something. But by itself, it isn't worth the price compared to other wheat beers.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color, with a nice looking head that leaves a decent amount of lace behind.

Honestly I couldn't even smell the beer, it was so weak. There's really just not a whole lot there if it can't overcome the smell of a well kept dining facility.

Taste is on the bland side, but for a Pale Wheat Ale I guess this is to be expected. A tinge of hops mix with a pale malt/hint of wheat combo.
What's there doesn't taste bad at all, it's just that there's barely anything there. Would definitely make for an easy summer drinker if it was cold.

Photo of lurpy1
2.94/5  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.

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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.