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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
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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BryanCarey

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: can

01-11-2014 06:03:00 | More by BryanCarey
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bnes09

Illinois

3.19/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:53:35 | More by bnes09
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 08:16:15 | More by jwc215
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 21:57:44 | More by Fcolle2
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:36:13 | More by guityler83
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:42:49 | More by siege06nd
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:46:19 | More by andrenaline
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:44:27 | More by ferrari29
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 06:56:19 | More by KickbacksSteve
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:52:22 | More by falloutsnow
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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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beagle75

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 22:58:36 | More by beagle75
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cjgator3

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:09:37 | More by cjgator3
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match1112

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 02:38:31 | More by match1112
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:00:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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CreamCity


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 18:31:56 | More by CreamCity
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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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 18:16:43 | More by WastingFreetime
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:56:08 | More by hardy008
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 02:25:18 | More by RoamingGnome
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not usually a style I seek out, but in my Wisconsin country side hotel (House on the Rock Inn) this was one of the two best beers they had on tap (out of 8).

It's a pretty color and has exceptional aroma and even taste, for the style. It is hoppy. Much more tha expected of the style, but that's good.

It has a little bit of a skunky off color taste, but it is well below the rest of the flavors. I may never get another opportunity to buy this, but I would consider it ifI did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 00:04:50 | More by schoolboy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 17:31:58 | More by WoodBrew
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I have had this both in the can and on tap, and I actually preferred it in the can. Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger head. The smell is pretty straight forward, bready malty sweetness, a little bit of caramel, and a faint amount of citrus. Tastes mainly bready and malty, caramel, and a little copper/metallic flavor. The caramel sweetness really come out as the beer warms up, tastes much better at 50-60 degrees. This finishes rather clean, fairly standard bodied beer here. Refreshing on a warm day, otherwise nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 00:53:20 | More by manitouman84
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and toffee malt notes with just a hint of herbal hop aroma.

T - Toasty malt with some toffee. A bit more caramel comes out in the middle. Finishes with plenty of caramel and sweet malt character with moderate bitterness and grassy hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty solid, if somewhat unremarkable, amber ale. Lots of malt with more than enough hop character to balance; though it isn't a hoppy, west coast red ale by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:25:55 | More by nickfl
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear copper body with an inch of frothy, persistent off-white head that leaves some nice lace. Very attractive lager.

S: This one’s all about the malt, with nutty, toasty, and caramelized malt aromas dominating. Quite nice.

T: Sweet, nutty malt opens things up, followed by some more toasted undertones and finally a mixture of fruity hops and dry lager yeast on the long, clean finish. Simple and entirely enjoyable.

M: Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation. A little too prickly.

O: I don’t have too much to say about this one: it’s a good, drinkable, flavorful lager. If you’re into that, give it a shot.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:31:36 | More by woosterbill
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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.