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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Opethsprite

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 18:55:49 | More by Opethsprite
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Thanby

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting very pale, golden-straw color, slightly cloudy, and a thin white head with good retention. Smells like a lighter strain of wheat and northern yeast, backed by a mild orange citrus and a tiny bit of the characteristic banana you find in wheat ales. Overall the nose is very fresh and appealing. First taste is mellow yeast and wheat, with the citrus gently blended, and a tiny bit of hopping the round it out. The citrus and yeast linger into the aftertaste. Light and refreshing to a high degree, but still medium in body and full-flavored, it's easy to see why this is one of Capital's key brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:37:05 | More by Thanby
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 14:41:50 | More by zeff80
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of lemons and wheat. Tastes of wheat and lemons. Straight forward wheat beer that I found to be refreshing and can see drinking this on a hot day.

Notes from: 7/31/06

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:52:49 | More by hopdog
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in Baraboo, WI

Pours a golden yellow with a 1 finger, white head.

This is definitely an American style wheat beer. Not much smell but mild banana and bread dough.

There is a very light banana and grain taste and some mild hops. The hops clears quickly on the pallet but I was left with a slightly stale, tart taste.

Medium-strong carbonation and light mouthfeel.

This was an unremarkable but refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 20:09:52 | More by Tucquan
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spointon

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This wheat ale poured the color of very pale yellow straw. Even with an aggressive pour, the head was thin (1/4 inch) but it did stick around for a decent while. The head eventually dropped to zero and left minimal lace.

S= The aroma was the weakest point of this beer in my opinion. There was a decent wheat malt sweetness, but that was overshadowed by a sulfur smell I found displeasing. Fortunately, all of the aromas were muted.

T= Slightly sweet wheat malt flavor tinged by the sulfur-y notes described in the aroma. Not a lot of flavor to speak of, but certainly not a lot to object to either.

MF= Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D= This was a relatively weak flavored wheat ale but that is by definition dead-on for the style. Thus its pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 05:46:50 | More by spointon
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a moderate to light cloud. Head retention is short lived.

Smell is of granny smith apples and lemon. Slight whiff of wheat and crystal malt. Smallish hint of yeast.

Taste is sour apples and lemon. Smallish taste of wheat and crystal malts, with not much of a hop back. Almost tastes of a cider, with nothing much else to the profile.

Mouthgeel is average. Carbonation is adequate, finish is thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:16:24 | More by wheatyweiss
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srandycarter

California

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light Straw, not much head or lacing.

S - Tinnish, light sharp malt. Some slight barn qualities.

T - Malt, wheat, thin. Like drinking a nice macro substitute.

M - Medium to light. Good carb, not much coating.

D - Easy to session. Just not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 04:39:27 | More by srandycarter
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopefully this bottle isn't too old to give this a fair shot.
Light malty sweet aroma with mild wheat in the background, but also a surprising Am. lager quality in the touch of sourness. Seems like some German hops in the fold too (I could be wrong, but is seems hold that quality).
Pours attractively with nice white head that full, semi-dense with some creaminess. Clear and gold with lots of rising bubbles (Sam Adams glass).
Light and soft malt flavors of both light barley and soft wheat. Really nice mouthfeel of soft creaminess and a perfect amount of carbonation enhancing the best qualities of this beer. Mild sourness (again like and Am. lager) and a really quick drink with very slight dryness/bitterness lingering for an incredibly short time.
Drinkability is very high on this. Goes down easily and flavorfully. Great with food (like my salad). Nicely done. Seems best when cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 17:02:32 | More by garymuchow
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scottg

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 21:10:35 | More by scottg
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation to be seen. The head is about 1.5 fingers thick and has good retention. There is no film or lacing on the glass.

S: Scent is not so much of wheat or bread, but kinda a rice smell. There is a very slight lemon scent as well. Not really very complex and kinda boring.

T: There isn't anything special with the taste either. Flavors seem to be a combination of yeast and rice. Seems to miss the bready/wheat flavors the beer style goes for. There is a stronger force behind the lemon in the flavor, especially in the aftertaste. It mixes with the yeast and rice to give it a balanced flavor.

M: Light Bodied beer with some carbonation detectable on the tongue. Doesn't leave an oily feel behind.

D: Wouldn't mind having a few of them, but would probably get bored drinking it, unless drinking for quantity.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:23:02 | More by bilyboy65
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a slightly hazy pale straw/golden color. It had a one finger white head and a massive amount of activity rising up from the bottom of the Weizen glass.

It had a bitter sour-wheat smell.

It had a crisp wheat taste with a slight hop finish. It was medium bodied and went down smooth.

It was pretty good to drink. I found it refreshing and easy going. The sum of all of its qualities makes this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:00:54 | More by Rennpferd
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 20:14:20 | More by KarlHungus
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden pale with a modest white head. The aroma is lightly sweet, yeasty, wheat, lemon, and some spice. The flavor is light honey, wheat, light and light spice. Creamy texture, very soft mouthfeel. A decent summer beer but Capital definitely makes better.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 17:16:24 | More by kmeves
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johanvond

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat ale pours a clear light golden body with a quickly dissipating white head. There is a strong dry wheat aroma from the local wheat. Your first taste is a big toasty wheat nose and a good amount of carbonation to support the dry after taste. There is no loss in the zip department, with a some pepper and lemon zest. There is a lot going on here and the flavor profile does a good job of highlighting the locally grown wheat. The other flavors support and balance out the wheat. Light, refreshing bit of terior, but with wheat instead of hops. Try with a lawn chair at the end of a hot day or a basic freshly grilled fish taco.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 00:16:55 | More by johanvond
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Light yellow color, white frothy head that doesn't linger very long. Super refreshing, light light fruityness. These disappear in my fridge way too quick.

Goes great with anything. Drinkability is off the freaking chart. Has a clearly identifiable wheat taste that lingers somewhat. It's a nice change of pace beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 21:29:56 | More by Chugmonkey
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KI9A

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pale, filtered wheat. Boring. What the heck are they trying to do?

S: Light lemon, wheat. Not much here.

T: Very light citrus, very light wheat. Again, not a whole lot going on.

M/D: Highly carbonated. Easy to drink a few of these, but, have had MUCH better wheats.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 15:25:17 | More by KI9A
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malcontent

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ghostly pale straw body totally free of haze. A filtered wheat beer...what's fun about that? Attractive, sturdy head is a redeemer of sorts.

Has a lot of grainy adjunct aromas with a touch of macro-lager-like corn sweetness. Not much lemony, wheaty zing to the nose.

Better than the first two categories but still rather uninspired. Good acidity right out front with a mild wheat tang and suggestions of clove and lemon on a finish that falls into the watery category.

Crisp and not quite as thin as the aforementioned descriptors would perhaps lead you to believe. Still this is one of the least interesting beers I've had out of Middleton. Best they stick to making first-rate bocks and lagers and leave wheat beers to their brethren in New Glarus.

Serving type: can

05-27-2008 18:31:11 | More by malcontent
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nightcrawler

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 14:59:12 | More by nightcrawler
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with a one-finger head, limited retention, minimal lacing and moderate carbonation.

Grassy aroma that's more floral than wheat-based.

Metallic hit upfront followed by subtle notes of wheat and spice. Light-bodied: thin and watery mouthfeel. Absolutely no gravitas to its taste profile.

Drinkable, yes, yet too uninspiring to prove sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 02:39:56 | More by CaptainIPA
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours very light yellow with a nice thick head.

Smell: Light wheat smell with some fruitiness.

Taste: Light wheat and not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: If you are looking for a light wheat beer, this will be for you. However, I like more flavors in my wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:13:07 | More by nsmartell
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:52:20 | More by scruffwhor
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My beautiful wife, Krista, picked up a six pack for herself before we went camping one weekend, so I thought I'd review one.

Appearance - Golden yellow to honey colored body with an 1/8 of an inch of white head. This wheat is transparent with very little if any cloudiness.

Smell - Slight soapy scent associated with most wheat beers. It also has a very nice robust grain and malt aroma that gives it some character.

Taste - This is a wheat beer? Interesting. It has a grain and roasted flavor found with a good pilsner. There is tinge at a sweet tone but is finishes with a hop flavor that suits it well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth through the mouth with a watery texture. The feel of this beer doesn't help make it any better.

~ I've had this beer a couple times in the past and I never truly enjoyed it. Not to say it's a bad beer in any way because all beers have their place. This is just one I don't much enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:39:25 | More by cdkrenz
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell has a slight citrus tinge to it. Taste has a pale lemon flavor to it, hops and malt blend weak in the background. If you're in the mood for a light tasting beer, this is pretty good. It's straightforward, but it tastes good. Despite the fairly light and smooth taste, it does not give me the impression of being watery. There's nothing too remarkable about it, but pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:08:22 | More by Strix
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew is very light yellow in color with a sparse coat over top of the brew. There is a steady carbonation and the clarity is excellent on this one. Looking at the bottom of the bottle, I should have swirled this one during the pour, as there is a lot of yeast in there. The aroma is husky and wheaty with strong fruity overtones. Taking a sip, I get a light wheat, light herbal hop with a tailing bitterness, hat clings to the side of my tongue. It is extremely clean without a lot to it. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate to strong carbonation that stings a little on my tongue. I'm torn with this brew because it has been such a nice one to take camping for sitting around the fire and for enjoying in the heat of the day. It is one that I can really sit down and just enjoy without having to do a lot of thinking, so I think it carries through on what it is meant to be. I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 00:57:22 | More by kmpitz2
Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.