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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%


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)
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TechMyst

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle
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
TASTE:
START-lightly sweet
MIDDLE-moderately bitter/sweet
FINISH-moderately bitter; average duration
COMMENTS: Very refreshing. Full, deep character. Definitely impressed
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR-If I have the cash
WITH FRIENDS-Yes
SIPPING-y
GET MY BUZZ ON-y

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 08:16:05 | More by TechMyst
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:06:09 | More by TX-Badger
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-31-2010 14:14:50 | More by woodychandler
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steelreign

New York

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 14:01:46 | More by steelreign
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 17:07:29 | More by gbontrag
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 23:39:55 | More by Atron67
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 23:49:32 | More by mdwalsh
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 04:01:02 | More by Lemke10
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 20:36:14 | More by Bighuge
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 03:30:40 | More by gford217
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 22:19:07 | More by ZAP
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 19:43:21 | More by shbobdb
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 03:43:55 | More by scruffwhor
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 15:16:57 | More by cokes
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 22:51:31 | More by tgbljb
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dstc

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 13:54:45 | More by dstc
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:45:56 | More by hwwty4
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 10:59:35 | More by tavernjef
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MJR

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 02:34:53 | More by MJR
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Loki

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 16:46:46 | More by Loki
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2003 19:43:17 | More by jeffboo
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 02:00:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:58:24 | More by brdc
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing amber color, foamy off white head. Sweet malty aroma, nice mild, balanced malt flavor, light on the hops, clean lasting finish, medium-light body, makes a great session brew. One of the better American Vienna style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 07:03:07 | More by maxpower
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Capital so far. An absolutley clear bronze body capped by a huge gold-hued tan head that managed to stick around awhile and create some nice lacing. A full nose that gives off both caramel malt and hops aromas. The flavors are very nicely blended between the malty grain and the nicely integrated citrus-flavored hops. A very nice medium body feel that is smooth and has a crisp finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Slightly overly long aftertaste. A very nice representative of my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 17:08:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.