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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Reviews: 170 | Hads: 418
Photo of TechMyst
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

FRESH: Seemed to be. 60:97 April of this year? 0232140
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry 9-16-06
COST: $1.79/12Oz. Bottle
HEAD: Off-white; virtually none
LACE: Virtually none
COLOR: cloudy dark orange
AROMA: Light-roasted nuts; moderate-Hops; Slight-orange; light-dough
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium
PALATE: dry, fizzy
START-lightly sweet
MIDDLE-moderately bitter/sweet
FINISH-moderately bitter; average duration
COMMENTS: Very refreshing. Full, deep character. Definitely impressed
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR-If I have the cash

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Wisconsin Amber from a 12oz bottle poured in to a pint/nonic glass.

A: The beer poured a very brilliantly rich copper-red, with about a half inch of fluffy white head at the top. As with other Capital beers, the head does fade away quicker than I would like.

S: The aroma is mainly caramel malt with a hint of hops.

T: I mainly get caramel and toffee notes on the palate. It finishes with a well balanced hopiness that is not overwhelming on the finish.

M: Crisp, clean, a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was ok.

O: I can understand why this is one of Capital Brewery's flagship beers, it was very enjoyable. It goes down smooth and is refreshing. It is a great amber lager with character.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My thinking has brought me to the CANclusion that I want to relocate to the upper midwest. I want to get a Doctorate from U/W (Madison) and live and teach in Chicagoland. I love anything that enables me to transport myself mentally to the place I'd rather be. I got some of Capital's beers in a (rolling) trade with resi (highly recommended for his patience alone) and I have been so busy at school that I could not get to my beer. What is wrong with my priorities? I drank more as a sailor than I do as a civilian!?! I got out to have more time to myself. It ain't workin', bro.

From the CAN: "Beer for Badgers" and "An Ameri[CAN] Lager".

I wouldn't let a badger anywhere near my beer! They are fierce little creatures that would scratch your eyes out and have them for a snack. I often wonder about the Great Lakes college teams - badgers, wolverines, gophers. Bad news on a stick all the way around. Whoa! Is there a review forthcoming, or what?

Man, I CAN honestly say that I love the Crack & Glug auditory aspect of CANned beer. What great head! I mean, I got a great two-plus (!) fingers' worth of rocky, bubbly tawny head with low retention off of my pour.

Tawny Amber, I think that they used to dance at Papa's just outside the gate in Roosevelt Roads, P.R. Ah, the memories. My faves were China and Cinnamon in 1993, a couple of lovelies from the old river towns around Pittsburgh with whom I not only got along famously, but I actually danced with on a couple of occasions. I was down to skivvies, but they were down to buff. I gotta write a book ...

Color was definitely an orangish-amber, but with a refreshingly light haze. I am not a big fan of clarity, given that it strips away flavor. Natural is better in all things, especially beer and women. Nose was filled with carmel. Yum! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and it tasted like a Sugar Daddy. No boostin', yo! It was like liquid caramel. Speaking of Sugar Daddies, it was not just my good looks and sculpted build coupled with my love of Pittsburgh that attracted Cinnamon and China to me - I was making good do-re-mi on active duty. Hell, I spent most of my money on beer and women, the rest I just wasted. Finish lingered with a caramel sweetness initially, but giving 'way to a light bitterness. Ain't no badger gettin' this! I'm keeping it for myself! Samey-same with Cinnamon and China. Go find your own women!

I'm putting some of this beer in the cooler and we're headed to the lake for some skinny-dipping.

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Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a major revelation for me. I bought this on a whim, not expecting much, but when I got it home and poured it out, I was pleasantly surprised! Very nice golden/amber hue with hints of orange. Wispy off white head that formed little clusters of foam on top after dying down. Huge floral, citrus hop presence entwined with a pleasant malt thickness.

Quite a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bite. The hops were more up front as it was still cold, but as it warmed, the malts kicked in and balanced this one nicely indeed! So smooth and velvety on the tongue, it just got better as it went on. Perfect carbonation level, and quaffability is way up there. Find this and enjoy it! Recommended.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks quite like a farm field honey. Adequate froth doesn't hold real well, but the lacing is complete before it tears politely.
Smells of whole wheat crackers, and whole wheat bread with molasses.
Tastes of hard toast, and sourdough english muffin, again toasted dark. Add a dollop of beer jelly, and a little ovaltine on the side. This has a superb mouthfeel that is straight down the middle: thin but full. Has a great cocoa flavored biscotti taste with a dab of apple jelly. There's some minerals in the aftertaste, part dark roasted grain, and perhaps some drier hops.

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just realized ide never reviewed this beer.

A- poured a delicious looking malty amber colored (surprise) with a big frothy off white head. the head fell at medium rate giving a solid stickiness on the glass as it falls as well.

S- maltiness is the major player here as well, nice hop crispness on the finish as well.

T- thick bodied maltiness that has its light roughness which provides a solid platform for the maltiness to show through. the light hop character prevents it from getting sweet but other than the wisp of hop aroma, it stays on the balanced and malty character. its thick and heavy but gives a solid maltiness all over that really makes it a staple around the house

M- heavy delicious lager, medium carbonation, thick strong body with a crisp finish.

D- pretty awesome beer, makes me glad i live out in wisconsin, home of lager wonderworld Capital brewery

good job kirby

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent white sticky head that has good retention. A really nice deep sweet maltiness on the nose. Very nice toasted quality. A nice clean caramel malt presence. Very little hop presence. Medium body and very drinkable. Definitely one of my favorite Amber Lagers. Another great lager from Capital.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. A simple (and I mean that in the best way possible) beer from Capital.

The toasted flavour from the malt mingles with the soft, spicy hop presence to form a delightful drink. Nothin' to hide here, but a delightful brew. Sip, quaff, enjoy, just don't over-intellectualize it and you'll have a fine night.

Mmmm-mmmm good.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A little light for an amber, more of a rich golden. I've seen pale ales darker than this. The head is a nice off white, three+ fingers, again, a little much. Great clarity and pretty good active carbonation.

S: Not much for aroma here, but there's a little cooked bread and caramel. While it doesn't need a lot, it needs more than this.

T: Taste is where this beer really goes WIN for me. It's not earth shattering, but it's very nice, and very simple, and very refreshing. A little toast, some very mild hops. I like it.

M: could use like 1% more body and carbonation.

D Superb.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Wedges in Janesville, WI for $3 in early 2012.

Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with about an inch of a frothy white head. Scent of toasted malts and caramel malts. The taste is mostly of toast malts that are slightly crisp and bitter mixed with some hints of citrus as well. Finishes with a slight dry after taste. Definitely much better than I was expecting. An overall great amber brew!

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head that showed good retention and lacing. Smell is mainly sweet malts with caramel as well as the lighter yeast aroma with hints of citrus hops. The taste has a quick hop bite up front before settling into the sweet caramel malt backbone with a handful of spices complimenting the flavors. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly creamy for a lager. The drinkability is fantastic on this lager and I could drink this all night. I'd say this is one of the better amber lagers I've tasted.

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Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Vienna...not quite in Elliot Ness territory but close...it is an extremely clean looking dark gold in color...it pours a frothy white head....nice malty biscuit aroma...the mouthfeel is outstanding...a great balance...you get virtually no hops on the nose but they are definitely present on the palate....german style flavor of hops...very thirst quenching...some nice toastiness on the buds..an excellent beer...

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty regular looking amberlage. Medium amber, copper hue with very little head and bubbling. The aroma is a crisp biscuit and grain with some light humulus lupus. The taste has some minerally bitterness interlaced with a strong grain bill. Plenty of toasted malts to go around. The palate is smooth, refreshing but you can feel some grist in this lager. Very easy to drink for me.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a beautiful foamy off-white head that falls slow. Thin lacing.

Sweet caramel malts in the nose as well as pleasant hops.

Nice full maltiness up front with a pleasant hoppy finish. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied with simple carbonation.

I found this to be a very easy drinking and refreshing beer. Very nice.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a copper orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves no lacing whatsoever. The aroma of this beer is pretty malty. Sweet toffee, caramel, and toasty bread. Pretty solid. The flavor follows suit with caramel and toffee leading the way with toast and biscuits, earth and grassy hops all coming through. This is a really drinkable lager. Nice and malt with some subtle grassy hops. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is light with a nice finishing dryness. Its really tasty. I wish this were available in the KC area, it could easily become a summer drinker.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with moderate white puffy head.

Smell shows a nice light fruitiness.

Taste also demonstrates a nice fruity character with touch of dryness in the background.

Finish is sweet, yet the dryness compliment sit nicely.

Very easy to drink, Extremely refreshing. Great beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid offering of an Amber style. Color of an average amber, orangey glow with a nice light frothy head that fizzles to lay around the top. Good smell of malt with a spice lightness of fresh hops. Tastes pretty good, sure had me fooled, I was expecting a watery version but it was pretty solid. Well balanced hop and malt flavors that settle into a teriffic solid pine finish with out being to strong or bitter. Good body, had nice little tingle in the mouth. The malt was pleasing. Very drinkable solid offering.

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Photo of MJR
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a warm amber with red highlights and perfect clarity. It's light tan head starts thick, then fades to an incomplete cap that leaves lace here and there.

Smell: The aroma is grainy with some toasted bread and Vienna malt notes. A hint of spicy German hops serves to balance everything out.

Taste: Very rich and malty, with warm toasted breadiness, faint caramel/toffee, and Vienna malt forming the grain bill. The hops adds a pinch of bitterness, along with a spicy bite. Very clean and crisp. Finishes with a fleeting bitter note.

Mouthfeel: While this brew is extremely clean, like all of Capital's offerings, they share a common flaw: thinness of body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a solid brew that would make a great session brew. It's also good for converting people to better beer.

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Photo of Loki
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a dark copper color with a fair head. The head faded quickly leaving a thin covering that is easily rivived with a quick swirl. Leave minimal lacing, but it is definitely there.

Aromas of sweet fruit, malt, and Hallertauer hops on the nose.

Taste sweet caramel upfront, with mild hops, biscuity yeast, and some mild fruit that is nice on the pallette. Medium-light body and light carbonation. Very clean and crisp body and finish. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one will not blow you off; it is not supposed to. An amber lager is supposed to reasonably smooth and tasty, but not powerful or extreme.
And this one fits the bill quite well.
Surprise, surprise, amber-colored, with a fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.
Simple, straightforward pleasant nose, caramel, lightly toasted, mildly hopped.
Medium-bodied, easy drinking and refreshing, it has a good amount of flavor without being heavy, a nice session beer. The same caramel notes, mildly roasted hints, some hops, lightly sweet. Quite pleasant, will not blow your socks off but is a great example of an amber lager.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid and versatile brew that's in bottles and cans, and goes well solo or with many foods.

This is what I would expect out of an amber, solid red color with a battle between earthy hops and caramel malt on the nose. I'll call it a draw with the rematch in the flavor circle. Again it's solid toasted,caramel malts and erthy hop flavors duking out into extra rounds with no clear winner except maybe me, the drinker. It boasts a medium/light body and a crisp toasty finish. This one could keep you busy for a while. Just get the golf courses to carry this and I'm set.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent bronze appearance, short-lived, slim off-white head.
Nose is a bouquet of caramel malt sweetness, with herbal, grassy notes, as well...rich and arousing.
Caramel and toffee tones return on the palate, big and brash in taste, sticks long in the senses, before slipping away. Medium-bodied, long, slick finish. Full-forward sweetness, a constant pleasure and easy as pie to travel down the throat.
Unbeatable, as far as Vienna lagers go.
I'd take one any time.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the Gritty.

Pours a textbook amber, with vibrant orange highlights. Head is a creme brulee color, not a whole lotta lacing sticks along the way though.

Smell is fairly one dimensional, caramel and pale malt dominating. Hence a very sweet smell, maybe just a slight twang of hops at the end.

Tastes creamy, malty, and sweet -- but not to the point of being candied.

Surprising heft to this one (for the style), carbonation seemed kind of weak.

Definitely a nice beer by capital. An easy drinker that strikes all the right notes.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/12/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Light amberish in color. Munich malt aroma and flavor dominate in aroma and flavor. I could not detect any hoppiness underneath but it was not overly sweet so the balance was nice. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

I'd put this in the Vienna Lager category if it were me...

Per Label : "German Style"

Per CB website: Loosely based on Vienna style, Wisconsin Amber is a rich, malty lager balanced out with mild hop bittering and enticing hop flavor. Very fulfilling. Very drinkable.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.