Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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BA SCORE
80
good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Ratings: 399 | Reviews: 170
Reviews by Slynger:
Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a cap of fizzy off-white fuzz.

Comes in largely toasted with a light amount of fruity and caramelness, a touch musty. Hops are light as well, coming in lightly bitter/earthy.

Not bad, but nothing special. Probably don't need to try this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 cincybeernut
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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 deebo
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ADR
3.97/5  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
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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 rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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 zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amber lager. Not great, but good.

Bright orang/copper color. Thin white head.

Faint citrusy hop aromas. Slightly sweet malt aroma.

Taste is better than smell. Decent bitter hop taste and a presence of malty sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer just kind of watery. Not much to it.

Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A revisit.

Prime real estate.
The vista splits the difference between amber and golden. Riding atop is a fluffed ivory foam. Eventually dwindles to a mist, but remains omnipresent.
The air is perfumed with glorious lagered grandeur. Toasty, sweet Vienna malts and sultry hop spices, with an underlying cedar motif. Otherwise very clean.
An attractive neighborhood of toasty sub-caramel Vienna malt tastiness. Structured houses of sourdough with toasted white bread cornerstones. In the backyard, the kids can play in the grassy and wooded lot, building hidden hop clubhouses amongst the foliage.
Well built and solid. Practical and efficient.
Sturdy, but not cumbersome. Attractive, but not gaudy.
A welcoming place to come home to, day after day. Or hour after hour.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on at the wonderful Log Cabin restaurant in Galena, IL.

A - Clear amber-orange with a small white head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Hoppy and tight with a hint of yeast and alcohol. This smells taught and firm.

T - Tastes much like it smells. There is a really nice hop flavor here along with the caramely malts.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated, with a hoppy and off-dry finish.

D - Sort of average, but very drinkable. Would be a great beer to have with a burger....which I did.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well blackie decided it would be a good idea to knock the empty stone 9th anniversary bottle onto my snifter of such, so I am stuck with this guy...the damage is 1/2 bomber stone anniversary ale, 1 snifter, a beer/SPLIFF buzz, some carpet, and the side of a love seat

appearance: a pale mahogany/amber pour, fluffy beige head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: sweet and malty, bready, caramel malts, slightly peppery, faint fruity/floral hops underneath

taste: quite bready, sweet caramel malts, red apple, orange and other assorted citrus, plum, pear, toasted malt, quite floral hops in the background, a little grainy

mouthfeel: oily and sweet, above average

drinkability: pretty drinkable, good session

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening NFL Sunday!!! Starting with a can of Wisconsin Amber!!! Yeah baby!!! The beer is a cloudy red ale with thin white head. The smell has a slight sweet malt to it....not much else. The taste has a great malt character with touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is great...very favorful decent abv and smooth. Definitely worth teh purchase!

Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and a hint of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, caramel and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. 

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing little malty brew. Nice beery aroma when you crack the bottle. Pours like most bottled beer, with an even head that fades to a nice little lace. A roasty malt taste brings notes of caramel or molasses. Hops flavor very mild. Again, a fine representative of the style, and I hope Capital will sometime take the chance to do something a little more extreme.

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & some grainyness as this warms.

T: bready, slight caramel & toffee flavors up front, plus a touch of grainyness. Grainyness, cloying sweetness & a touch of dryness are all there as this warms, plus some leafy hops. Finishes grainy with cloying sweetness & a touch herbal hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, Starts to thin out as this warms, not that great on balance

Drinks fairly easy but lack of character makes this one boring & forgettable

Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lucent bronze hue, off-white head, reached a finger’s worth, fair retention, some spotty lace. Sweet malty nose, hints of fruit and caramel… inviting. Pleasant palate, biscuity-malt with a whisper of fruit, spice, and bitterness. Very tasty; session brew material. Nice finish, crisp, clean, tasty… with malty sweetness, some hops. The thinness and watery aspects of the mouthfeel do hamper this beer. It is drinkable… good stuff, solid... worth a try, not worth seeking out.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a tan head.
Aroma of caramel and roasted malt with hops underneath.

Nutty, caramel, and roasted with a slight smokiness. Nicely balanced. Hops keep this one from being sweet. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability: could easily have a few of these.

Overall, a good beer. I'm usually not a fan of amber lagers, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is orange and gold and depicts what I assume is the dome of the capitol building in Madison?

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/4 inch of big-bubble head. This settles slowly to a thin coating of foam and some lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper.

Smell: Sweet syrupy caramel malt.

Taste: Overly sweet malt, with heavy caramel and maple sygar undertones.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Admittedly, not my style. Just not a lot going on here. Sugary sweetness quickly becomes cloying.

Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color with a thin light head.

Smell was lightly toasted malts and breads.

Has a nice toasted malt flavor with an ever so slight coppery metallic flavor reaching through. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Not alot of flavor hear, but not bad for a lighter lager.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

A little on the light side for my taste, but good execution, and would make a good crossover beer.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.