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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of brow1901


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Wisconsin amber pours a dull amber to dark straw color. A hard pour produced a decent white head that disapeared before before I could say wisconsin.

S- The smell is alright. I pick up on a strong smell of fruits like grapes, some astringincy. There is a faint hint of alcohol, it really remindes me of a wine. The hops are almost non existant in the nose. And the malts aren't too strong either.

T&M- I really didn't care for the taste of this beer. I did not have any flavors that stand out. Nothing really exciting, it remindes me of a killians. There is a little hop bitterness in the back of the tounge. Nothing that really balances this though, not much other flavors. For this style I think that the taste just slightly above average. It is a really refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation is done really well I think. But it leaves the mouth too sticky compared to other ambers.

D- The beer is fair it's a good one for a hot summer night. A step up from macros but not my first choice for an amber lager. It's pretty cheap too.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 03:59:35 | More by brow1901
Photo of Thanby


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the staples of Wisconsin, I've been drinking Cap Amber for years and haven't reviewed it until now. True to the name, it's a clear and spicy amber color with a thin tan head. The nose is very robust and malty with some nutty overtones. First taste is, you guessed it, robust and malty. The malt is about the only major player here, but it has a wonderful complex value to the malt that I don't think my palate is good enough to pick out. Anyways its very drinkable and full of flavor and relatively clean. A good choice for a regular drink, especially in the fall in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:35:20 | More by Thanby
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice clear red-amber color with a thin, wispy beige head.

Aroma is malty, slightly hinting of berries, and giving off a sour milk note.

The taste brings caramel malts, biscuit, and a sour-yet fruity bitterness. Finishes with lightly roasted malts.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

An average amber ale from Capital. Not bad, but it just fits into a large sea of like-products.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:39:13 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of hopdog


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with a huge (4.5 finger) off white head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, some spices and light caramel. Tastes of caramel, grain and some oranges. Faint hops in the taste vs. the aroma.

Notes from: 1/15/06

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 18:57:50 | More by hopdog
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-orange color with a very foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrusy hops and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with a very subtle grassy hop bite.

M - it was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very easy-drinking beer and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:43:32 | More by zeff80
Photo of Slynger


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a cap of fizzy off-white fuzz.

Comes in largely toasted with a light amount of fruity and caramelness, a touch musty. Hops are light as well, coming in lightly bitter/earthy.

Not bad, but nothing special. Probably don't need to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:15:51 | More by Slynger
Photo of dstc


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Photo of Vancer


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy head pops up on dis clear amber colored ale. Sticky laces sheet the pilsner glass. No dating on the label.

Malty aroma, but with a underlying presence of hop (gentle pine and citrus), which also kicks into the quaff. Bit of a hoppy type amber ale, and it comes across well.

Easy drinking beer, would work well in the summer heat. Shipping to get a sixer down here may work against it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 01:33:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of hiikeeba


2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours up a clear amber with ruby highlights and a quickly disappearing white head.

S - some sweet malt aroma. Very faint. No hops detected

T - Butterscotch. A friend gave me this bottle, and there is obviously something wrong. I wish I had a couple more bottles to compare this against.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Not thick, but good carbonation.

D - The butterscotch isn't too bad, but I wouldn't pick up another.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 01:37:39 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of pmcadamis


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on at the wonderful Log Cabin restaurant in Galena, IL.

A - Clear amber-orange with a small white head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Hoppy and tight with a hint of yeast and alcohol. This smells taught and firm.

T - Tastes much like it smells. There is a really nice hop flavor here along with the caramely malts.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated, with a hoppy and off-dry finish.

D - Sort of average, but very drinkable. Would be a great beer to have with a burger....which I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:58:01 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Phocion


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a thin and quickly-falling frothy white head and equally squeamish lacing.

Aroma is not too strong, but definitely pleasant. Caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts. Light, earthy hops.

Flavor is a little bland compared to the nose. Very dry and bready/toasted-malts. Not quite the amount of sweetness I noticed earlier.

Lightly creamy and decently carbonated. Definitely not the most spectacular beer I've had recently, but a very tasty and easy-drinking sessionable lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 22:46:28 | More by Phocion
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber in color, off white head w/ good retention. Nicely balanced caramelness. A little heavy on the mouthfeel. This was a regular in my beer fridge for a long time, kind of burned out on it lately though. If you like malty brown ales you should certainly enjoy this one. Overall a very solid quality beer.

If you can find this in cans, please beermail me. I used to, but no longer can.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 21:13:06 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of gford217


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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
Photo of Atron67


4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loosely based on a Vienna Lager?

A: Amber with an off-white head; slight retention & lace.

S: Caramel, spice & a little fruitiness.

T: Modest bitterness allows the residual sweetness to come through & I don't particularly like the balance. Plenty of caramel with slight hints of a pleasant hop spicing and an odd fruitiness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 02:21:21 | More by Derek
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body encircled by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Simply a light aroma of sweaty grains, bruised citrus fruits, and perhaps a slight floral touch.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a mild sweetness. Very, very slight nuttiness. Floral hint. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness to balance. Fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: There's not much to say except that it's a nice, easy-drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:10:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of nsmartell


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while watching some NCAA basketball.
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Light orange/red with a nice two-finger head.

Smell: Very light and slightly hoppy.

Taste: Caramel malts and sweet with a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: Not too shabby. The last few times I have tried a Capital brew, I wasn't that impressed, so I am pleasantly surprised at this beer. It is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 03:04:38 | More by nsmartell
Photo of ibashmuck


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pored a light amber, with a large foamy head. Smell was very faint, not much there, really. Taste was also mild, both the initial bitter and the sweet at the end. Just a straight average lager, nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:33:35 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of cdkrenz


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Madison native last night while dining with my wife, Krista and our friends, Alex and Rachel at Mikey's in Plover.

Appearance - The brew came served in a pint glass. It was the color of molasses with a red hue and not easily seen through. The head was a half-inch tall and had some decent stamina. It was pale tan in color.

Smell - It had a sweet smell with a nice mix of malt and hops. The scent wasn't very strong though.

Taste - The taste was nice. It had a smooth and mild hoppy flavor that was just right for an Amber.

Mouthfeel - The beer was felt on the outsides of my tongue with a slight coarseness that added to the brew's appeal.

~ I had one before dinner and one with dinner. Had the crew I was with been willing to stick around for a while longer I would have enjoyed a few more. At least next time I know what I'll be having. I suggest the same to you.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 15:28:58 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of scaliasux


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium orange gold. Clear and bubbly. Short white soapy head that lingers.

Smell - Light. Toasty malt most prominent.

Taste - Pretty light. Toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with mild citrusy hops. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Finishes crisp.

Drinkability - Nothing amazing, but a very drinkable beer of a very drinkable style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 21:14:58 | More by scaliasux
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light tawny port, slightly red. Two finger head that dissipates to a nice lace and cap. Leaves decent legs on the glass.

Smell is malt with flowery hops. A little diacetyl, sour dough and honey.

Flavor is caramel malts with a honey sweetness, clover honey. Hops are present but not over the top, just enough to even out the malt. Sweet and bready leaves a nice honey on toasted sourdough on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good with a bit of carbonation biting right on the tip of the tongue. Clean and good finishing. No oil on the tongue but the malt is chewy, has substance.

Pretty good amber. I like the balance of the hops and malt and the sweetness paired with the floral hops gives it a predominate flavor of clover honey.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:27:05 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of Strix


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored with good lacing.

Smell is fairly weak, though the faint sweet smell that exists is pleasant.

It's hard for me to tell what I'm tasting here. It's refreshing and pleasant, but flavors are light. I guess that's the style. Kind of a sweet malt taste, then a little biscuity hops, and a clean refreshing finish. Balanced and drinkable, but flavors are a little weak for me.

Mouthfeel is good on this. Although the flavors are not strong, this was not watery.

Quite drinkable, but didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 01:24:56 | More by Strix
Photo of scruffwhor


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-orange body with a thin white head that soon fades to a ring. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft lightly toasted malt flavor and a note of dry pale malt behind it.

T- This beer has a soft taste of lightly toasted malt with a light pot caramel note and a watery taste that increases as the beer warms. There is a light pine note in the finish with a note of sulfur that increases as the beer warms aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer is smooth and has a good malt flavor but it is a bit watery in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 23:10:59 | More by rhoadsrage
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.