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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a slight haze. It was very bubbly with a rocky, long-lasting, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat flavors. It had a nice yeasty quality, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a pretty standard wheat ale. It tastes good and is very easy drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Significantly cloudy amber with pastel lemon borders and a huge, creamy, pale beige head. The cap is persistent and maintains a gentle, 'rounded edges' rockiness as it slowly deflates. An acceptable amount of sudsy lace finds its way to the glass and is primarily arranged in short, linear squiggles. This is a good looking pale wheat.

As expected, the nose is short on personality. It has always been hard for me to get excited about pale malt, wheat and a neutral yeast strain. At least there's some mild sweetness to go along with the untoasted graininess. More hops would be welcome, as would a little clove and banana.

Island Wheat is okay beer given the style constraints. As noted, I'm not a big fan of APWAs, but if I had to drink one, this wouldn't be a bad way to go. There isn't a whole lot of flavor (and there would be even less if I drank the beer at 45 degrees, which is probably where it should be drunk in its capacity as a summertime quencher). It's now close to 55 degrees and no real flaws have appeared, so that's something.

No flaws, that is, except for a near criminal lack of flavor interest (that might be too harsh in retrospect). However, bland beer is infinitely more desirable than flavorful, yet offensive, beer. Pale barley and wheat dominate hops to such an extent that it's hard to identify much hop flavor. There may be a hint of lemon peel, however.

The body/mouthfeel is enjoyable. Each mouthful starts out medium in heft with a pleasing airy creaminess and ends up light-medium with less creaminess and more bubbles. Given the style and the conditions under which it will be consumed, I'd say the brewers hit the bull's eye.

I prefer Capital's Kloster Weizen (Hefe Weizen) to their new Island Wheat (American Pale Wheat) simply because I prefer the former style to the latter. However, they're both good versions of their respective styles and I'm sure that both have, or soon will have, their loyal fans. Drink up, for summer is upon us!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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".

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can care of Kegatron, thanks Heath!

Poured into a snifter...honestly I don't know why since I have plenty of wheat glasses but I guess I am just being lazy tonight. This brew appears a cloudy yellow color with 2 fingers of white head. The head retains pretty well and slowly receeds leaving quite an extensive layering of lace all about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is mostly composed of a smell of fresh wheat upfront mixed with a bit of a bready aroma. Herbal hops with a slight indication of citrus character come in through the back. As it warms it has a bit of sulfuric character that was initially hidden.

The taste of this brew is mostly wheat that imparts a bit of a bready sweet taste that is balanced by a minor amount of citrus and spiced hops. Very slight fruity taste that is a bit lemon-like. It finishes with a lingering bready grain taste coupled with the slight citrus and minorly herbal note.

This is a light bodied brew with a typical moderate to high level of carbonation. It is quite drinkable but each sip seems to make this brew come across a bit watery in the feel but overall it isn't bad. This isn't a beer that I would seek out on a regular basis but it is certainly something you sit down and have a few of on a hot day.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital in a CAN! Suh-wheat! The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to receive new and unheard of CANs from hither and yon and I am appreciative to all who are involved in this madness.

From the CAN: "Refreshingly Different"; "Craft-Brewed by Capital Brewery Co., Inc., Middleton, WI Made with wheat from Washington Island, Door County, WI"

F**k it. I want to relocate to the Great Lakes region of the midwest and the sooner the better. I am deeply tired of the east coast and only time and money stand in my way! And now for a review -

Directly after the Crack & Glug, I felt as though I were looking at lemon meringue pie in a glass! The liquid was a hazy lemon-yellow and the finger-and-a-half of foam was thick and bone-white! Beautiful. Nose had a peppery tang to it and suddenly my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and there were flavors of lemon and pepper on the tongue, but both in mild forms. Refreshing, indeed! I spent the day in a humid classroom at the end of the hall because one (or more) of my jagov colleagues opened their window(s), defeating the central A/C. What I wouldn't have given for one of these beers out of a cooler at lunchtime. Sadly, as a high school English teacher, beer is frowned upon in the building. I had to wait until I got home, but it was worth the wait. I would not want a steady diet of Island Wheat, but a couple/few on a humid day would really cure what ales me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grass notes, slightly spiced. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty/grassy, a slight spice note. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +17%
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!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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.


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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, pale malt, and slight citrus. Overall, refreshing but, lacking body and complexity.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy straw, white head, no retention, very little lace.

S: Lemony citrus & wheat.

T: Lemon citrus, grainy wheat, slight spice, balance bitter-sweet-tartness. Very American flavour (not Germanic like some of their brews).

M: Light to moderate body, greater than moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clouded dull yellow. Lots of carbonation is present. Frothy white head sits on top for a while. Lace is good. The aroma seems a little smoky, a little phenolic and a little tart. Dumbed down flavors for a dumbed down beer for the dumbed down masses. But will the masses actually drink a clouded beer like this?? Don't think so. So this beer serves little purpose. Doesn't appeal to the dumbed down masses. Doesn't appeal to the knowledgeable beer fan. Stick to the Kloster Weizen. That one has some flavor. This is slightly tart and a little dry on the finish. Blandness across the board. A little acidity. Carbonation is frisky. Not much substance here. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lets out a thin head, but a strong ring o' foam around the perimeter of the beer. Very pale banana, golden hay and mild bubbling. Very small bubbles. The aroma is a little tart bananas, very faint. Smell more dry malts than anything. The taste is a little bland and tart. Almost sour, ester malts with no noticeable hops. Pretty clean palate, a little adjuncty tasting bitterness that brings the mouthfeel down a peg. But very easy to drink.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a hefe glass. Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!
(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color that produced a fantastic white fluffy head with solid retention behind it. Left stringy lacing behind as it finally subsided.

(S)- A light crisp lemon peel with a light airy honey wheat aroma.

(T)- Same as the smell. A light lemon peel with a lightly sweet honey wheat profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and airy with a light crisp feel and sweetness.

(D)- A solid refreshing beer. Light-bodied with some good flavors. A great session brew to have around.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer for when you are parched and thirsty. A little cream of wheat like flavor and a hint of sweetness throughout. Lower carbonation and ABV makes this a quick and easy drinker when a person needs to rehydrate.

To me this has to be the first beer I have or it just gets overwhelmed by whatever I drank prior to it. It also wears thin on my buds after two or three. But for two or three when thristy this is a good option and a solid version of an american wheat.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
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!

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon, Boulevard Pale Wheat, 312: unexceptional, uninspired, but indubitably drinkable and not without their charms. Also, they sell like mad. You can't blame Capital for throwing their hat into the ring.

Pours hazy yellow with a nice head. Pretty, but unexceptional. Smells more hefe-y than your typical pale wheat, decent hints of banana and pepper from a surprising yeast profile. A good blend between bitter yeast and hops and sweet wheatmalt.

This certainly isn't the Spotted Cow-killer they were hoping it would be, but it's a welcome alternative to the more unadventurous (and commercially viable) pale wheats out there.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is birhgt white, billowy, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has some mild tangy wheat, and really nothing else. The taste is as unadventurous as the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with carbonation which is annoyingly high even for a wheat beer. Overall, this is a boring beer. I cannot think of any reason why I would drink this beer again.

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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.