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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 422
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews: 170 | Hads: 422
Photo of Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice...colour is a light brown or deep amber with redish highlights...no head really but a nice foamy glass ring with limited island lace.
Body is medium and carbonation is very light.
The taste is very appealing starting semi sweet with a light bitter middle and a cross over to a bitter sweet end.
Aroma is lightly flowered.
An exellent dinning brew.

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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 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 AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. Forgot to look for a freshness date.

Beer pours a nice copper/gold. Decent head and lace. Beer was slightly hazy.

Smell is very fresh. Lots of hops/citrus notes. Almost a fresh bakery smell in there!

Taste is brisk and refreshing. Hops lead the way and the malt adds just a touch of sweetness. Nice piney type taste. Carbonation seems just about perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. This is a very tasty beer from a brewery that seems to really have their house in order. One of the better ambers I have had!

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Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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 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 Winter
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber in color with a luscious creamy white head. Aroma consisted of malt and a hint of caramel. Nothing else really stood out. Taste is on par for a Vienna-Style lager. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tangy crispness. Flavors consist of toasted malt, touch of caramel, biscuit and hops. Hop bitterness balances well with the sweetness of the malt. The nose could be a little more interesting on this one.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good representation of a Vienna, although nowhere near as good as Elliot Ness. Nice sweet malty flavor and aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied for an Amber, I would try this one again.

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Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber / copper hue w/ well lagered clarity. Off white, head settles into a thin, dense layer that manages loose lace. Lightly toasted Vienna malt, mild caramel, smooth graininess and an herbal Hallertauer hop nose. Refined, somewhat understated aromawise. Mild hop bitterness upfront yields to biscuit notes and light nuttiness. Sweetness is of a light caramel malt nature and couples with the biscuit notes to form a pleasant mild toffee undertone. Subdued herbal hop flavor. Lightly bodied, but with sufficient dextrins to prevent overall weakness. Finishes, dry, clean, and perhaps a touch bland. Wisconsin Amber is a well balanced, very drinkable, but somewhat uninspired example of style. An enjoyable brew nonetheless that I could enjoy several of, though it would leave me craving ale fruitiness.

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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 beernut7
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a nice light copper color and good off-white head. The aromas are very biscuity and roasty. The predominant flavors are sweet and roasted malt with a stale hop aftertaste. The stale aftertaste overshadows the rest of the brew. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a medium copper color and formed a nice, white bubbly head. Left little lace. An aroma of hops and citrus. It had a flavor of hops and malt with some citrus. It had a slightly hoppy finish. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma predominantly malty with mild hop backing. Medium sized head that dissapates rather quickly. Clear with an orange-amber color. Nice soft malt beginning that builds in complexity to the mild dry hop finish. Some lingering of the hops. Mouthfeel is good with a little creaminess and noticable carbonation. This is fine for style, but I prefer others better.

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Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good amber. Excellent malt presence with a lighter than expected finish. I can see this being a session brew for folks in Wisconsin while watching Badger football games. Reminded me of a lighter version of New Belgium's Fat Tire.

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