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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from its silver can, this amber ale offers a nose of caramel malt, toasted malt, and molasses. Its color is orange/copper and the body is completely clear.

This beer has a flavor that leans toward the sweet side, with tastes of caramel, bread, light roast, dough, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. The hops impart a slightly herbal character, although they are buried behind the taste of the malt.

This seems like a basic amber brew with enough going for it to recommend, but not enough going for it to strike an emotional chord or otherwise stand out in one’s beer drinking memory. I warmed up to it more with repeated sips and I now appreciate this beer for what it is- an everyday amber beer that is non- pretentious and agreeable, even if not exceptional. Some may say it is underwhelming, but it does have enough going for it to recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange as the label with a good, foamy head that went down fairly quickly.

Smell - These malts have a big, orangey sweetness to them that was a bit overpowering for me. I would have liked to have seen a bit more balance in the smell.

Taste - I could pick up a slight hop note or two at the taste, but mostly this is orangey malts.

Mouthfeel - I thought this was the ale's strong point. It is very smooth and refined and very pleasing in the mouth. It is a bit bigger than light-bodied.

Drinkability - If you enjoy the flavor, this would make a terrific session ale.

Update - I originally reviewed this four years ago in 2004 so thought I'd take another crack at it after my bro-in-law was nice enough to send me another one from Wisconsin.

I liked it a little bit more this time around. The orange didn't seem as sharp and this beer has a wonderful body - medium at least maybe bigger and incredibly smooth. Also, I don't know what it looked like before (I gave it a low score) but it is a brilliant dark orange in color with a gorgeous off-white head. I raised the overall score from 3.1 to 3.7, an unusually large increase for a re-review in my book.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tough one to review. I’ve had so much of this over the years. I have a hard time thinking about it.

A: Dark Amber body. Ultra thin white head. Large bubbles.

N: Bready, loads of sweet caramel, the Capital German je ne se qua, hints of orange.

T: Caramel and Toffee, a pinch of bitterness

MF: A touch sweetish, Big carbonation (biting in the bottle but not on tap or in a can), light and smooth body

D: As easy to drink as PBR (high)

Note: Considerably better canned or tapped than in a bottle.

Photo of skybluewater
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color. Not much lace. Smells of toffeeish malt. Taste is very nice, almost like Autumnal Fire, but with more of a thin mouthfeel, which isn't a big deal at all.

Overall, this is a darn good beer, very sessionable, and a darn good choice for conversion purposes. (It even comes in cans!)

Photo of Jason
2.84/5  rDev -20%

Photo of cincybeernut
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Wisconsin I picked up a sixer of Wisconsin Amber, I enjoy tasting local beers not available in my neck of the woods and when in Rome. The bottle pictured above is out of date, the new label has "drink beer naked" across the bottom encoded in Naval communication flags. After going through the trouble of decoding the message I discovered the message is explained right on the bottom of the six pack holder.

Anyway, on to the beer...

"Beer for badgers" is a tasty amber. Has a nicer amber color to it and a head that quickly dissolves to nothing. Smell matches the taste, nothing over powering or out of place. Overall it's a good beer, not the best amber I've ever tried but in no way bad. I would drink it again but I am bringing home 2 mixed cases of local Wisconsin beers that I've tried while here and this one didn't make the cut, only because it's nothing too special.

Photo of NoetheMatt
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of deebo
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange and some cloudiness, tan head that quickly dissipates
S-yeast esters, mild roast barley malt, a little hop spiciness
T-Malty with a slight hop end note-aroma is better than the taste
M-Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel
D-Good for a couple-nothing special for this style

Photo of NilocRellim
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Nemers
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good easy going amber. Amber in color, looks a little thin at times, but the color is good, even if viscosity isn't the greatest. Head and aroma aren't worth talking about.

Taste, pretty smooth, don't be looking for some high hopped west coast amber. No surprises, mildly sweet, caramel, drinks almost like an Oktoberfest. Almost as good as the Sprecher Amber Lager. Same vein. Good hot n humid beer to relax with.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber color, head is a reserved 1/4 inch and leaves a few rings on gradual consumption (which is hard, as this is quaffable). Sweet and toasty aromas, cinnamon bread qualities. Light-medium bodied, flavor is very pleasant with a sense of roast to the malts and a trace of apple pie fruitiness. Hops balance well, not big but assert as hops. I've bypassed this one for a while, as Vienna Lagers tend toward middle of the road -- but this is tasty and drinkable and something I wouldn't turn down.

Photo of brow1901
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Wisconsin amber pours a dull amber to dark straw color. A hard pour produced a decent white head that disapeared before before I could say wisconsin.

S- The smell is alright. I pick up on a strong smell of fruits like grapes, some astringincy. There is a faint hint of alcohol, it really remindes me of a wine. The hops are almost non existant in the nose. And the malts aren't too strong either.

T&M- I really didn't care for the taste of this beer. I did not have any flavors that stand out. Nothing really exciting, it remindes me of a killians. There is a little hop bitterness in the back of the tounge. Nothing that really balances this though, not much other flavors. For this style I think that the taste just slightly above average. It is a really refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation is done really well I think. But it leaves the mouth too sticky compared to other ambers.

D- The beer is fair it's a good one for a hot summer night. A step up from macros but not my first choice for an amber lager. It's pretty cheap too.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of VikingsFan1215
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of sgttibbs
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-orange body with a thin white head that soon fades to a ring. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft lightly toasted malt flavor and a note of dry pale malt behind it.

T- This beer has a soft taste of lightly toasted malt with a light pot caramel note and a watery taste that increases as the beer warms. There is a light pine note in the finish with a note of sulfur that increases as the beer warms aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer is smooth and has a good malt flavor but it is a bit watery in the taste.

Photo of richkrull
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. I had this one on new year's eve at Towne Inn in Jefferson, WI. Nice amber color, smelled pretty good. It was an average tasting amber beer. Good taste though, hint of orange peel, wouldn't mind trying it again sometime. It's an easy drinking beer.

Photo of BigMac59
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zjungleist
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a fairly bright head that fell nearly instantly. Smell is very citrusy and malty. After tasting I can confirm that this beer is a couple shakes of coriander away from a belgian witbier. A bit of bitter hops with the orange-peel flavors and some round malty sweetnees, plus a teeny tiny bit of yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and slick. Overall the drinkability is high.

Photo of SMark
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 50º, this beer started out with 2 ½ fingers of white foamy head. A moderate amount of lacing was present as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a nice amber color with some bubbles.

Hops were detected over the malt. Smells like a good combination about to happen when this is consumed.

Tastes slightly bitter with a tinge of sweetness from the malt. Hops are predominant flavor and do quite well.

Very well rounded and invites you to take another sip, then another, and so on. Does not over stay its welcome in the mouth which invites more and more ‘tasting’.

A pleasant effort which has balanced flavor and aroma. This would be a good one to sip in their beer garden.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.