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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-24-2012 20:53:53 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Hoploaf

Wisconsin

2.34/5  rDev -31%

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.

04-18-2014 20:51:33 | More by Hoploaf
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

09-06-2005 20:23:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-26-2013 15:23:55 | More by NoetheMatt
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deebo

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

04-14-2011 01:06:23 | More by deebo
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

09-29-2012 04:06:46 | More by NilocRellim
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 16:48:38 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

09-19-2012 04:44:02 | More by MattyG85
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

04-16-2014 03:05:20 | More by tyleeis
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-22-2013 12:40:15 | More by williamjbauer
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12-12-2012 14:10:36 | More by mrosenfeld32
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-17-2013 04:57:58 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2014 14:24:58 | More by richkrull
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Alex_Weinard

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-16-2014 15:46:22 | More by Alex_Weinard
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

05-23-2013 02:14:35 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

09-08-2005 04:34:15 | More by cokes
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-10-2005 20:43:58 | More by Golden2wenty1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18%

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.

01-20-2007 23:35:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

11-01-2005 05:54:15 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%

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!

03-27-2011 01:44:14 | More by WoodBrew
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 22:11:28 | More by cliff1066
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

01-25-2007 03:16:05 | More by BeerCheese
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

01-04-2013 04:33:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

12-29-2010 17:10:38 | More by Kegatron
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

05-22-2011 19:15:55 | More by Infamous7100
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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.