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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of malcontent
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

malcontent, May 27, 2008
Photo of nightcrawler
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

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 CaptainIPA
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

CaptainIPA, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

nsmartell, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

scruffwhor, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
2.95/5  rDev -13%

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.

cdkrenz, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Strix, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

kmpitz2, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a very hazy yellow. Bottle had some yeast laying on the bottom which I swirled in. Nice rocky head.

The nose is subdued - more american wheat than a hefeweizen. I guess that is where they are going versus the old Kloster Weizen.

Yes, flavor is rather simple, lacks any banana or clove. Simple malts, smooth and easy drinking. Nice hop backing that does not take over the light charachter.

A real session beer, I prefer the Kloster Weizen, but nothing wrong here.

sweethome, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of botham
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy straw color with a few fingers of tight white head. the head dissipates into moderate lacings and a soapy ring around the brew.

smells sweet overall, with wheat malt, pale malts, citrus, and a touch of grassy hops. not too much here, just clean and honest; blends together into a solid aroma.

taste is sweet, with a touch of citrus and pale malts. very restrained and tight on the palate. not much here either, just a solid mix of flavors. ale yeast is slightly descernable, alongside a hint of mild hops on the fiinsh.

aftertaste is very light, just citrus and pale malts.

mouthfeel is clean and slick. medium-light bodied.

drinkability is great. clean flavors and a light character make this one very refreshing.

botham, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.78/5  rDev -18%

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 Derek
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

A- a foggy yellow with white head that was big and left strong lacing
S- wheaty smell, some esters and fruityness noted,
T- a slightly sweet wheaty flavor that flows well and finished cleanly
M- lighter body which goes for the style, smooth medium/light carbonation
D- A smooth drink which tastes pretty good, and 1 can easily follow the other

Atron67, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of CFbeermaker
3.9/5  rDev +15%

A - Started out light and golden but I like to take the last 1/3 of my wheat beers swirl them and add it to my pint glass. So now its a real murky yellow. Had a pretty nice head. It didn't stick around to long but there was about a 1/8 inch that held on.
S- Can smell wheat, yeast and a little citrus maybe lemon.
T - Pretty good. Tasted pretty much how it smelled to me.
M - light and creamy with decent carbonation.
D - I think this is a great session beer. I have had it in cans while on a river trip. Its good stuff.

CFbeermaker, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%

Golden beer with minimal haziness, no visible yeast. Almost no head despite all my efforts.
Nose is also faint, some yeats and bread but that is all.
Thin on the mouth, light taste of bread and alcohol, but mostly watered down.
A very unremarkable beer, will not have this one again.

brdc, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Into a pint glass, pours a nice yellow gold, a constant bubbling springs forth from below, a white cap settling down to film that looks remarkably like downtown Madison and its two lakes. The aroma is pale, wheaty malt, thats about it. Pleasant though. The taste is marginally better, some berries thrown in with the wheat. The body is pretty decent, the carbonation too low for the style. Overall, kind of a wierd American wheat, but not too shabby.

objectivemonkey, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

One of my favorites. Good old wisconsin beer, great look, taste and drinkablility.
A - Poured out orange/bronze color. Medium Head, doesn't vanish quickly.
S - Tasty. A little yeasty with hints of sweet (almost bananna) potent aroma.
T - Very good. Goes down easy, good summer beer.
M - Not as "grainy" as other wheat beers. Best served extra cold.
D - Like other wheat beers this one is refreshing. Good with almost any food, not quite a pungent aftertaste as some.

This beer ranks about 5 on my top 10. Almost everyone I know that has tried it has liked it even though most are caught up in the "Budlite" crapshoot.

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of scaliasux
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance - Clear medium yellow. Short white foamy head with some staying power.

Smell - Mild sweet maltiness. Kind of bready. Good for style.

Taste - Begins with a very sweet surge. Quickly fades into a lingering grain flavor. Quite distinct. Hops not real noticable.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. Crisp.

Drinkability - This is one of my go-to beers, particularly in the summer. Light and refreshing and local. Well made beer from a high quality producer.

scaliasux, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
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.

BeerCheese, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
2.95/5  rDev -13%

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color.

This has a yeasty smell with a high floral sweetness of banana, lemon and orange.

A very sweet beer. I taste flowers, orange, and lemon. Followed through by a heavy dose of wheat or barley biscuit flavor. It ends with a citrus tartness without much contribution of hops.

Mouth is a bit grainy (as expected) and creamy, but finishes well. Carbonation seems fine.

Drinkability: Too sweet for me, but I'm not a fan of the style. Watching others, I see it can be quite drinkable.

Although I love touring the brewery, and everyone there is really nice, I've just never been a big fan of their beers. They've always seemed just a bit similar to me. Obviously there's no way you can confuse this flavor due to its style. I also think they're being very bold with how sweet this is. This beer is also the only beer that sports a different styled logo. They KNOW that this beer is different, and are treating it so. Although it's too sweet for my liking, any wheat beer lover has GOT to try this.

terrabyte, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Very hazy amber color with a medium white head. Decent lacing. Smell is weak with only notes of pale malt and wheat. Maybe a touch of bread. Taste is also a touch weak but most beers in this style can't really be too flavorful. A touch of wheat and some citrus lemon qualities to clean the palate in the finish. There's no off flavors or flaws in here which is most important when drinking a summer quencher like an American Wheat. Capital always shines in mouthfeel and drinkability and this is no different. Smooth, long flavors. Quite refreshing. Good for the summertime as a quencher but the style just doesn't do it for me as a whole.

granger10, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of pweis909
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%

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 expatsteve
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Cloudy golden wheat color. 1/4 inch head, with heavy suds cover remaining. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Banana notes with a light bitter finish. Plenty of nice yeast and wheat freshness.

Taste: Smooth, refreshing flavor fit for summer drinking. Not overwhelming or particularly heavy, with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Light, sudsy wheat finish that reminds me of more mild weissbiers without the sweetness. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely gets points for easy-going flavor and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth and slightly creamy. Not much flavorwise to detract from the finish.

Drinkability: Great summer drinking - the light flavor is what I tend to call macro/micro flavor, but after 30+ hours of driving in the last four days, this was totally what I was looking for - a beer that cleanses the palate and invigorates. Obviously not a beer for hopheads or big beer fans, and not a beer that will stun with its flavor, but definitely a nice offering within the style. But drinking a few while grilling or having a summer meal should prove satisfying.

expatsteve, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I had this one on tap at the Beaver Pub in Adams, WI. What a great beer bar!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a cloudy dark yellow with a decent eggshell colored head.

The nose was decent but a bit faint. I picked-up some grains and bit of lemon zest.

The taste was a bit grainy with hints of citrus and a bit of grass.A touch of hops late.

I can see how this one could be a good crossover beer. It is slightly different, but close enough to a macro to be considered "safe".

The mouth is solid with a bit of slickness. Easy enough drinker, I could see having plenty of these with a fish fry or other non-spicy food.

Bottom line - well made but a bit boring.

Redrover, Jun 26, 2006
Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.