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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

235 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 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.

BierStein711, May 05, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
2/5  rDev -41%

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Soneast
2/5  rDev -41%

Soneast, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Lombardian
2/5  rDev -41%

Lombardian, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of pweis909
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a pale golden, with a healthy white head.

Hardly any aroma at all, just a hint of grainy wheat. They must not have used a German weizen yeast -- no ester or phenol smells.

The flavor might kindly be described as delicate. Again, just enough flavor to hint that it is a wheat. No noticeable hops, esters, anything at all, really

The texture is soft, nice on the mouth, but the rest of it is bland, unremarkable. Drink it if you are afraid of beer. There is nothing here to offend you.

I am disappointed that I laid out $7.79 for this 6-pack

pweis909, Aug 08, 2006
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.

Hoploaf, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of superfriend
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

superfriend, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Dactrius, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of scottwurst
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

scottwurst, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Westuh
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Westuh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of nightcrawler
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

nightcrawler, May 22, 2008
Photo of Opethsprite
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Twist-off cap, pours a vivid, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Pungent grains present in the nose, both sweet and bitter. Yeasty, grassy... Nothing special, nothing bad. Grassy and bitter to taste, fading into a macro-style sweetness, though not in a terribly overpowering way. Bitter again, with a hint of skunk at the end. Meh. Good carbonation. Not a highly drinkable beer, in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit much.

Opethsprite, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Gonzoillini, Jan 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Lurkerson, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of kdwruck
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

kdwruck, Jul 09, 2013
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.

TheQuietMan22, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of pooogy
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

pooogy, Aug 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

seeswo, Mar 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Polycarp, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Stef422
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Stef422, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger pure white foamy head that recedes to surface skim, and it leaves a small amount of spotty lacing. Body is a cloudy, straw pale gold. Looks nice, and appearance is this ale's high point.

Smell - weak aroma of toasty maltbiscuits and saltine crackers, and butterscotch.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Weak taste of toasty maltbiscuits and saltine crackers, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, and watery at times.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it is not good either, and certainly not inspiring, and so its sessionability for me is quite low.

ultralarry2006, Aug 19, 2007
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 15, 2011
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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.