Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 405
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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: 405
Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Dark amber in color. No hops detected at all in the smell or taste, and the malt flavor wasn't interesting either. (158 characters)

Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A light amber color, taste was light caramel and noticeable hop flavor. Mouth feel was fairly thin but well balanced with the low residual sweetness. (150 characters)

Photo of ARoman
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

*transferred from old notes - 12/29/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into nonic. Faint traces of orange in the aroma, but mostly dough smells. Appears clear amber with a light orange colored head which dissipates quickly. It’s comes on mostly sweet, but it’s a smooth sweet as opposed to overwhelming. It’s a medium body beer with strongest notes of citrus and malt, but finishes thin and caramel-sweet - couldn’t pick up too much of the hops. It has an average carbonation, but turns flat relatively quickly as it warms in the glass. Nothing lingers in the taste,and it finishes very clean. There’s nothing overly special or surprising about this beer. Nothing filling or offensive lends itself well to a session beer. (722 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of a white head that doesn't stay around long, reducing down to a bit of lacing across the top.

Smell is very malty, with a bit of yeast.

Sweet and malty up from, bit of fruit as well. Has a little bit of a funky aftertaste.

Nothing special about the feel, a bit watery.

Basically an average at best beer. Nothing about it really stands out, and the funky aftertaste doesn't help matters. There are better beers out there. (464 characters)

Photo of The-Beav
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is essentially an "Amber lite", not bad but nothing special. Has a light cherry smell to it, watered down mouth feal , probably would be great if you enjoy amber type beer but want something for a hot summer evening or out on the golf course. Smooth malt with no noticeable hop bite to it. Had a half inch of foam that dissipated in less than one minute. (364 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Light, transparent, orange-amber color lager. Soda-like head on the pour with little retention.

Fresh, malty aroma with hints of citrus fruits and fresh cut grass.

Slightly roasted malt flavor. Almonds and toast. Touch of caramel. Rice and corn adjuncts. Mild herbal hop.

Light body. Descent carbonation. Grainy texture.

Ok, but just doesn't have that much flavor or body. Fairly refreshing, however. (405 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper/orange-amber with a thin white head that becomes wispy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of light caramel-ish malt/grain with slight roast.

The taste is of light malt with some sweetness, a hint of lightly toasted bread with a hint of hop dryness in the clean finish.

Crisp. Light. Clean. Smooth.

In writing the review, I've noticed a repeating word. The label says that it is medium bodied, I'm thinking light bodied - but, I suppose that it is subjective. Anyway, if this is medium-bodied, it pushes towards the light interpretation of medium. It would have been a better brew if it had more body to it. As it is, it is a basic, easy-drinking amber lager. Decent for what it is. (705 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draught in a pint glass

A: nice amber color. Not much of a head but I didn't pour it. From what I do see looks off white and frothy. Some lacing but mt alot

S: I'm getting a lot of crisp malt with a slight copper smell.

T: very drinkable, pretty malty but nothing to insane. All around its an average amber that doesnt stray too far from the flavor point you would expect.

M: nice and crisp. Refreshing, not too carbonated.

O: all around decent beer. True to the style but lacked any distinctive features. (510 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper penny colored with white pillowy foam. Crystal clear through a standard pint glass

S: Caramel, toast and a spicy hop bite in the nose

T: A moderate earthy bitterness that blends nicley with the solid malt backbone. Bread crust, toffee and caramel from the malt. A slight mineraly flavor in the finish, but nothing stands out distinctly

M: Clean and crisp. light body with moderate carb

O: An easy drinking Amber with a good malt forward profile. I've had Ambers that run the gammet of being so bitter they were basically an IPA to very sweet and malty. This was somewhere in between and being a lager made me want to drink another pint. Prost! (657 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bertram for tossing this one in a box for me!

A. Pours a clean, clear reddish copper. Disappointing head, or lack thereof, with only a smattering of weak bubbles rimming the brew. Retention, likewise, is non-existent...within a minute, the appearance of the beer has deteriorated to that of a Killian's left out overnight on the beer pong table.

S. Clean grains, some lightly roasted malt, doughy bread, and a dash of zesty hop. For an amber lager, I dig the nose on this. It is clean with subtle hints of complexity. Nice.

T. Follows the nose very closely with spent grains/corn, caramel sweetness, some husky, fruity qualities similar to pumpernickel bread, and some very light hopping. Slightly watery on the finish, but it doesn't detract too badly. Light, clean, and pretty tasty.

M. Moderate to high carbonation, despite the aforementioned head retention issues. This beer may be a little too sweet for its own good...there is a mild astringency mixed with sweet corn on the finish. Some of the darker malts try to compete with this and round it out, but they give way to an almost artificial sweetness.

O. It's not going to win any awards, but for a low ABV amber-style lager, this ain't half bad. Toes the line dangerously close to the adjunct style with its spent grain bill and corn sweetness. Still, it succeeds in being light and refreshing, with just enough caramel and malt complexity to keep it interesting, as well. Reminds me a bit of Yuengling and I imagine this is a popular choice in Wisconsin for both the craft enthusiast caught in a non-craft setting and for the BA-in-training trying to graduate from the adjunct swill currently pedaled in Wisconsin. Happy to have had this very approachable beer from Capital. (1,749 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another treat from my surprise Christmas mixer gift.

A - Pours a clear light amber colour with a copper hue, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee, candied pears, burnt brown sugar and buttered bread on the finish.

T - The caramel and toffee notes come through alongside some sweet corn, candied apple, bready malts and a lingering fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Another tasty brew that offers up the basics of the style without overwhelming the palette. Easy drinking and a session ale that I could easily take down a few pints at a time. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty nonetheless. (673 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured: into nonic shaped pint glass.

A - Beer pours with a thick white colored head. Beer has a hazy copper colored body. Head does not hold very well, no lacing. No carbonation.

S - Fruity, citrus, straw, crisp clean lager, corn.

T - Sweet, fruity, bitter, clean straw lager taste.

M - Slightly carbonated, mild hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Average amber ale. Traditional crisp later feel and taste. Easy to drink. (428 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Moderate, off-white head, average retention, suddsy lacing. Aroma includes caramel malts, mild brown sugar, maybe a touch of butter (unfortunately). Taste also with a bit of mild sweetness, mainly caramel, very low bitterness. Pretty easy to drink, maybe just a touch of off flavor on the back end but not a bad beer, just not spectacular. (397 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Date: "00212A12211" stamped on bottom
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of densely packed, off-white bubbles, with average retention, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass and leaving little to no lacing. Body is a red-brown color, essentially amber, and hazy from sediment. Carbonation is visible in center of glass, though somewhat sluggish.

Aroma is primarily bread-like, somewhat sweet, with notable hints of caramel. Hops are very subdued, if noticeable at all. Reminiscent of a bock recipe using ale yeast.

Taste is primarily of sweet malts, fairly complex between toasted, pale, and some caramel characters. Slight spice characters, a bit like weak cinnamon. Overall, an interesting interplay between yeast byproducts and malt base; if you enjoy the bock style, you will likely find this pleasant, too.

Beer is medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation that leads this to foam up substantially on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is somewhat frothy and creamy, with a semi-dry finish. (1,041 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass and isolated bubbles cling motionless to the submerged sides.

S: Biscuit and bread is dominant, with lesser refined caramel also present. Hops exhibit barely detectable herbal/anise notes.

T: Begins dry, with sharp carbonic acidity that stifles other early qualities. Fading acidity reveals uncooked bread dough into the middle with an unrefined sugary edge. Weak minty hop flavors metamorphose into more medicinal qualities during the finish, where malt flavors become thin and bitterness is minimal.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager's harsh flavor and uninspiring texture seem to be out of agreement with the relatively appealing smell. While the style as a whole seems to be defined by unremarkable features, some amber lagers are still better than this. Look to Karl Strauss' flagship amber lager as a well-executed, but still conservative example. (1,107 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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.  (294 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at kellehers and got a free glass with it! a nice clear amber body with a fingers worth of head that has good staying power. nose is hoppy and sweet. taste is caramel and hops. mouthfeel feels a tad thin and watery, most lagers taste that way to me though. overall not a bad beer, but i dont usually go for lagers or reds, but enjoyed this one. (355 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer worth drinking for a while. (819 characters)

Photo of CreamCity
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A- Half finger head. Dissipates quickly. Watered down amber color. More orange than anything. Minimal lacing. Mild carbonation.

S- Extremely faint. What I could detect were trace amounts of caramel and sweet malts.

T- Grassy hops. Pretty bitter; almost acidic. Hint of sweetness but overall malty.

M- Again, felt a little watered down, but it was crisp and refreshing.

O- Hoppier than most amber lagers. Goes flat rather quickly. Overall sweet and bitter with faint aromas. (502 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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! (411 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Has a semi-hazy golden amber appearance with a short-lived white foam collar, no lacing. Smells faintly of a mild biscuit malt, and that's about it. Tastes of the same mildly sweet biscuit malt, and that's about it. Hops are so far into the background as to be really close to no hopping at all...body is carbonated well and light in texture without feeling watery. But so far, this offering by Capital has been a disappointment for me. I would have liked to have tasted something a bit less... blandly one dimensional. I'd call this one a lawnmower beer. (577 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with an off white one finger head with fair retention and no lacing. Smells of grains and biscuit malt with a small hop presence.

The taste is much like the aroma. grains, biscuit malt, and a small hop presence. Nothing which really stands out. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation. Not much aftertaste. Overall. a rather ordinary unimpressive beer. (370 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 Tasting Notes

Poured out of 12 oz can into pint glass

A) Copper color lager with a finger of white head. Okay retention, minimal lacing.

S) Nice malt presence. Little bit of caramel.

T) Lightly roasted malt, with some of the sweetness detected on the nose. There is also a nice earthy hop background. Good balance and a nice finish/aftertaste.

M) Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. Crisp and satisfying.

O) This is an enjoyable brew. It is remarkably easy to drink. No rough edges. They're not taking any risks with the formula here, just making a good red lager, and I think that is the point. (646 characters)

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