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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 237
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 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
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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 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.

WastingFreetime, Jun 24, 2011
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.


BeerLover99, May 30, 2011
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.

Infamous7100, May 22, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
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.

BasementBer, Apr 30, 2011
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.

deebo, Apr 14, 2011
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!

WoodBrew, Mar 27, 2011
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.

Tballz420, Mar 11, 2011
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.

Kegatron, Dec 29, 2010
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.

tone77, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Kegatron. Thanks! Served into a tumbler at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very pale yellow, hazy, but not cloudy. Quite a lot of carbonation can be seen in the glass. An eggshell white frothy head, about 2 finger widths. Retains a small but fluffy ring, and laces well for the style.

Smell: Fairly floral and grassy, clean, simple, and has some background sweetness there too. Some lemony notes also.

Taste: Some up front sweetness, fairly indescript though. A nice burst of lemony zing, quite a bit of twang which I like. Finishes with some wheat and earth/grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: Tingly on the tongue, fairly high on the carbonation. Maybe a little much. Light body, refreshing, finishes dry.

Drinkability: Drinks great! Could knock back a few of these on a hot afternoon. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Overall a good example of the style, simple, and well made. Recommended.

Bubba83, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Chaz
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden in color, topped with a billowy off-white head which leaves just a trace of Brussels lace is it falls. After a couple of minutes only a slick of off-white foam covers the surface of the beer.

Nose is a musty, malty experience, with the teeniest bit of lemony citrus and broader wheat malt notes. No hops to speak of here, and it's almost like a pale lager, and this is not a bad thing at all . . .

Tangy and semi-sweet on first sip, the wheat malt dominates this one, with a zesty citrus character highlighting the aromatic portion of the palate. Quite dry and refreshing, also rather light in body and alcohol. A lemon-rind character is what lingers here in the place of what I'd expect to find a bittering hop.

Truly excellent drinkability, here, and with an ABV that feels like it's somewhere in the 3.5 ~ 4.2 range, this one is a true session beer.

Although Island Wheat no doubt will not appeal to folks who like bigger, bolder (and hoppier~!) entries in the APWA style segment, I'd say it's a hell of a beer to have around when a thirst-slaking wheat is what the doctor ordered. The fact that this one is available in 12 pack cans will have me seeking it out (over E.g. Blue Moon, Wittekerke) the next time I head out to throw some discs with friends ; )

Chaz, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

woodychandler, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

sweemzander, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

stakem, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Island Wheat beer from Capital Brewery. It is a light wheat beer, comparable to something like Boulevard Wheat. It is a light shade of gold, almost yellow. You can detect a bit of citrus in the smell and taste. My girlfriend really liked this beer, so I would say the drinkability is very high as well. This beer won't blow your mind, but it is definitely worth the try.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a golden straw color with a good amount of haze to it. A finger and a half worth of head that leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big amount of wheat, probably some crystal malts and a touch of yeast. Maybe just a hint of sweetness.

T- A good amount of wheat, a small amount of sugar and some yeast. The malt doesn't really come in to play all that much.

M- Medium bodied that is very smooth. The carbonation gives a nice little tickle on the tongue.

D- A run of the mill beer that could be a good lawnmower beer now that it comes in a can. Nothing really spectacular about this beer, average all around.

Wisconsinality, May 23, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Wasatch, May 09, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

KTCamm, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

AmberMan22, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of association330
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, which proudly sources the wheat from Washington Island, WI. No freshness date.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a fleeting, soapy, eggshell-colored head. Thin ring of bubbles with virtually no lace.

S - Gentle and sweet overall. Clean wheat with a bare hint of citrus.

T - Seems to follow the nose. Moderately sweet, then notes of husky wheat. Finishes with a gentle hop bitterness and a suggestion of lemon peel.

M - Carbonation is snappy and refreshing, though not forced. Mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and light-ish.

D - Fits well with the style, which is to say most (though not all) APWAs are simple, mediocre, and designed to convert the macro drinker's palate. Not a bad choice for a "premium" lawnmower beer though.

association330, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours an almost white color. It's a really really pale yellow that is hazy as hell. The head is a nice two finger high with big bubbles in it. Soapy looking almost with the bubbles on it. The head falls a little fast for a wheat but the lacing is great on this one.

S= Very wheaty. A nice wheat smell. A little citrus in it which is typical from most wheats but this one has a strong wheat smell.

T= Again strong wheat taste to it. Really nice. When I look for a wheat beer this is sort of what I want. A little citrus taste to it but nothing artificial at all. The flavors are very spot on for a wheat in my opinion. A lot of wheat beers these days are hopped up but this one lets the wheat take the front seat and just tastes good.

M= Smooth and crisp. I'll be drinking a lot of this during the summer. This is a refreshing beer. I'm impressed.

D= Great. This beer didn't let me down at all. I'm not a real big fan of the brewery at all but this beer is really good. Smooth and crisp. Nice wheat forward beer with great flavors and still lets the wheat take the front seat. Awesome job. I'll but this again any day I got a cravin for a wheat.

jjanega08, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of jtinks
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I first sampled this on draft in Washington Island, Wisconsin, the island for which the beer is named. All the wheat used in the brewing grown organically on the island. Kind of an awesome thing since it helps a pretty remote rural community to maintain its agricultural industry. Every place we went on the island (I think there are only four bars anyway) had it on tap, and I drank many pints.

Jump forward a year or so, I'm at Sahar Liquors in Chicago on the way to a party, and six pack bottles are available! I pick it up, even though the price is steep ($11+tax). Still good but not as good as I remember.

Last weekend in Wisconsin I stopped at my favorite beer store to marvel at low low Wisconsin prices. A 12-pack of bottles is $14, but I am inexplicably drawn to beer in cans...blame my dad, I guess. So I see this in cans and I'm like, "There is no way I can't buy that."

I bring it home, crack one open, and I think I like it better from a can than a bottle. Very mild, very drinkable. I could probably put a few of these away in a sitting if it was better available down here.

jtinks, Dec 15, 2009
Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.