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Island Wheat - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 236
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:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 09-06-2005)
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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Winter
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy yellow in appearance with a white head. Aroma was somewhat lacking... hints of wheat malt with some feint lemon tartness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty clean overall. Wheat malt flavor from the get-go. Some mild citrusey (lemon) tartness midway. A mild graininess settles toward the back. The finish is crisp and clean for the most part. Lacking in hop bitterness.

I had put off purchasing this because I feared it would be nearly identical to Goose Island's Urban 312 from last year. For me that wasn't too far from the truth, but for some reason, I happen to like Island Wheat a tad better. Like others have said though, and the same thing I wrote about in my review of the 312 last year, this is probably created to appeal to the Spotted Cow and Cattail Ale group. A beer designed to cater to the masses.

Winter, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this for my wife (to accompany my sixer of bitter woman - no puns are intended... Tyranea's Bitter Woman IPA is a delicious beer and my wife is a sexy bitch) while we were on our camping trip in Gov. Dodge State Park. I smell wheat, nothing else. Taste is wheaty with a little bit of yeast. thin and kind of blah overall. Ok to drink on a hot day but overall not particularly satisfying. My main concern is that since this beer is so run-of-the-mill, I wonder if it's worth Capital's while to go out of their way to get wheat from Washington Island. Theres lots of wheat growing right around Madison, fellas.

aforbes10, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

BuckeyeNation, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Bighuge, May 14, 2006
Photo of lampkins
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite beer from Capital Brewery. Beer resembles a hefe weiss in appearance and aroma, but does not have the spiciness of that particular style of beer. Nonetheless this beer is a great session beer and one that I will enjoy in the upcoming summer months. Taste was a refereshing lighter beer that reminds me of a light white bread/angel food type cake. Give this beer a try.

lampkins, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Island Wheat pours out a cloudy yellow color with a big, white head. Strong wheat aroma with some citrus. The tangy wheat flavor is light and totally inoffensive. The wheat flavor dominates. Just a bit lemony. I taste no hops. Finish is watery. No sign at all of alcohol. A poundable beer, indeed. This is a decent enough brew, if not this beer drinker's cup of tea. It's certainly worth trying once.

beveragecaptain, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  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

dirtylou, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Nitty Gritty here in Madison celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. Wanted to be one of the first to review this new offering from Capital.

Pours a pale, hazy golden yellow with a small tan head. Smell is funky sour at first, a little off-putting. Taste has that same sour bite but quickly transitions into an unispiring grassy wheat which mysteriously fades to water. Kind of like Budweiser Select. I guess this makes it pretty drinkable, I was able to put a few back, but doesn't really show any character either. Seems like Capital is trying to put out a macro here. They make it seem crafty and unique in its gimmick - it's made from wheat exclusively grown on Washington Island, right off Door County - but this is probably the most boring beer I've had from Capital. It'll be a big hit among the bar crowd and macro drinkers who think they're drinking fancy beer now for sure.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capital's newest offering, and it seems they have big plans for it. Most of it seems to involve the "dreaded" cross-over appeal, as this is distinctly un-German, as doesn't seem to fit comfortably within their portfolio.
The name comes from the fact it uses wheat from Washington Island (located off the tip of Door County).
Pours a lightly blurred, pale ochre with a flat linen foam.
Wheat bread nose, dusty with yeast, and otherwise hollow and vacant.
Begins with a mushy, wheat bread doughiness, and never vetures far from this base. Tickles of lemon and husk, but the middle only douses on more yeasty doughiness. It dries at the close, but outright hop contributions are neglegible.
This is medium-light bodied, and certainly downable in vats for those averse to strong malt or hop flavors.
This will certainly sell well, in the Spotted Cow vein. I just hope it is not at the sacrifice of other Capital tap offerings.
Klosterweizen accomplishes all this already, and so much more.

cokes, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the newest annual from Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI.

It's tag line is, "Island Wheat takes its name from wheat used in the ale and grown on Door County’s Washington Island. The island’s fertile landscape and moisture-rich climate makes for a high-quality wheat crop that is credited for the refreshing flavors found in Island Wheat."

Rumor has it that this is the beginning of a move by capital to begin using more local ingredients in their beers. I think I might just change careers and become a barley farmer.

Island Wheat is currently available on tap in Madison and Door County until this spring when it will go state wide in bottles.

On to the beer itself:

I've tried several pints of this one over the last two weeks or so and I like it.

The appearance is a fairly clear and brightly lit golden. The head is a patchwork of sticky cream lace.

Island Wheat offers a mild fruit and floral bouquet. The fruit is just a little bit overripe. There are slight hints of citrus.

Island Wheat hits the palate like ice cold skim milk on a hot day. It’s creamy, but not too creamy and it’s very refreshing. The beer is medium bodied and fairly sweet, maybe just a bit too sweet for my tastes. The carbonation is just right.

The finish is crisp and clean with a very apparent cracked wheat flavor.

Not my favorite in the style but definitely another solid brew from Capital that I will drink again and again at my favorite watering holes downtown.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 06, 2005
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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
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