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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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BA SCORE
81
good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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 WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It's dry with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, malty flavor that has some breadlike notes and a light hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking red lager. It's nothing fancy, but it goes easy.

WesWes, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
1.58/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance is pretty good when first poured, the head is nice and thick and it has a little lacing on it. The amber is a little too clear, but ok. The head later disappates.

Smell is malty with a hint of hoppines. I even smell some dark fruit tones.

Taste is sour, pretty bad. I even dug in the back of the cooler at HyVee W and S in CF for one that I thought was good.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery.

Erdinger2003, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/Amber pour... smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Some decent lacing. Nothing special to look upon.

Aroma is quite good. Huge sweet malty nose. A good touch of hops detected. Grassy hay and grain. I like it!

Chocolatey overtones with a lot of banana flavor on the swallow. Malty and yeasty. Bread-like. Falls a little flat on the palate.

I wouldn't refuse one if offered, but would enjoy other capital brews before this one. Not bad, however.

Fugazme, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a fairly bright head that fell nearly instantly. Smell is very citrusy and malty. After tasting I can confirm that this beer is a couple shakes of coriander away from a belgian witbier. A bit of bitter hops with the orange-peel flavors and some round malty sweetnees, plus a teeny tiny bit of yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and slick. Overall the drinkability is high.

zjungleist, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber. Clear. Small, dirty, off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of sweet cookie dough malts with caramel notes, and spritzy, floral hop aromas. Modest, but nice. Sweet doughy malts. Lightly toasted caramel. Smooth. Good balance. Hops are spicy and herbally bitter. Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy on the palate.

alexgash, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

shbobdb, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a 1 finger head. Smell has some sweetness to it, with some citrus as well. Slight hoppiness in the background.

Taste: Bready malts jump right out in front. Orange-like citrus kick in the middle, fading near the clean, dry finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated. This one goes down reaaal easy. I could knock back a few of these with no effort. As it warms a bit the mouthfeel gets creamier and I get a bit of butterscotch in the taste.

A nice, non-offensive amber. Easy to drink and smooth as can be.

wingnutter, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well blackie decided it would be a good idea to knock the empty stone 9th anniversary bottle onto my snifter of such, so I am stuck with this guy...the damage is 1/2 bomber stone anniversary ale, 1 snifter, a beer/SPLIFF buzz, some carpet, and the side of a love seat

appearance: a pale mahogany/amber pour, fluffy beige head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: sweet and malty, bready, caramel malts, slightly peppery, faint fruity/floral hops underneath

taste: quite bready, sweet caramel malts, red apple, orange and other assorted citrus, plum, pear, toasted malt, quite floral hops in the background, a little grainy

mouthfeel: oily and sweet, above average

drinkability: pretty drinkable, good session

dirtylou, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of pweis909
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Very orange color seemed perfect for the halloween season. 1/4 inch head dind't have much lasting power, though.

s-Can't say much. It smelled like a beer, but neither emitted any unsually pleasing or offensive odors, nor foreshadowed flavor in anysignificant way.

t-A fairly typical malty sweetness for an amber, nicely balanced by a lightly bitter finish. Not much complexity, but pleasant.

m-Not thin, not big.

d-The taste balance makes it pretty drinkable, a good thrist quencher. Nice to know that there is more in the fridge.

pweis909, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear pale amber color with a small white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is the usual generic lager aroma. Sweet and crisp. The taste is more than I expected from my impressions of the aroma. It is clean, crisp, and mildly sweet...nothing spectacular. The mouthfeel is light bodied with too much carbonation. Overall, this is not a beer that I plan on drinking again. It is by no means a horrid brew, but there are better ones out there.

KarlHungus, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber here. Bright amber color with a smaller off white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma was of caramel malts and floral and spicy hops. Taste was quite different though as a dry grain body seemed to really dominate. Sweetness was low and hoppiness was low too. Slick, smooth body, almost too much. Drawn out finish of spicy hops and grain astringency. Nice beer, easy to drink but not the best I have ever had.

granger10, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kev for picking up some brew while on-site in Wisconsin...

Pours amber with 2 fingers of foamy head, very slight retention and lacing. Looks normal enough. Smells are pretty standard, some hops in there, but no skunk. Taste was not expected from the normalcy of its look and smell. Very smooth, somewhat hoppy but not gross, not skunky at all, malts round out the finish. Very good drinkability, especially out of a can.

aquatonex, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There were a bunch of cans of this left over after a party, so I thought I'd give the non-bottled version a shot.

As advertised, it's amber. White fluffy head, okay lacing. It smells and tastes pleasantly malty, not a whole lot of character, but what's there is easy enough to get along with. The hops are also there, again lightly, well-balanced with the malt. There's just not a whole lot of total flavor. Mouthfeel is good.

This is actually better than I remember, but last time I was drinking it side-by-side with Lakefront's Riverwest Stein, which is quite good, so Wisconsin Amber ended up looking like the ugly stepsister. It's actually a solid lager, a good session beer, and, from what I hear, a popular BMC substitute--as it should be.

battlekow, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Hazed copper body, head is never very much, just a little wisp on the top of the beer. Smell is very nice, sweet carmel malts, floral hops, which are both also reflected in the flavor. Swet and malty, bready, but the hop finish is above average for the style. Could use more carbonation, but still a good beer.

TastyTaste, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Heaven on 7. Pours a nice golden-orange with one finger of foam. Sweet, highly malty aroma. Tasty, extra sweet slam of caramel maltiness. Slightly fruity as well. Minimal hop bitterness, oh well. Highly drinkable, this made for a quality session beer. Could have used a bit more bitterness, but it was a tasty lager in its own right.

thechaacster, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I had to pour it pretty aggressively to get a head on it. The beer is a super clear reddish-orange color with very few bubbles rising. The half-inch head that I gained by the aggressive pour disappeared within about a minute to a very small ring around the glass.

Aroma: I get some fruity esters that mix pretty pleasantly with the caramel notes in the aroma. This example may have a bit of age on it, as it has a slight sherry note to it.

Taste: Very fruity flavor. Not that I can really pick any one out, but it is a nice medley of fruit presence. There is a bit of cardboard that is definitely discernable in this beer...further leading me to believe that the beer is past it's prime. There is no date present on the bottle...bummer.

Opinion: This seems like it was a lot nicer beer in it's prime, but since it is such a light-flavored beer, it is showing the first signs of age. It tastes clean enough that I would keep an eye out for it to try again sometime...especially in Wisconsin.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Grant's Olde Stage Station in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Pours a deep copper, not quite amber as name would suggest. Topped with a full creamy white head with lace on glass. Nose is of malty sweetness. Flavor follows the malt lead and is big and sweet, overly cloyingly sweet. Finish is long and balances the beer out.

jimbotrost, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/12/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Light amberish in color. Munich malt aroma and flavor dominate in aroma and flavor. I could not detect any hoppiness underneath but it was not overly sweet so the balance was nice. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

I'd put this in the Vienna Lager category if it were me...

Per Label : "German Style"

Per CB website: Loosely based on Vienna style, Wisconsin Amber is a rich, malty lager balanced out with mild hop bittering and enticing hop flavor. Very fulfilling. Very drinkable.

RBorsato, May 31, 2005
Photo of Gruntlumber
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not usually a big fan of Ambers, probably because there's a large variety of popular bad ones out there. This may be one of my favorites however (up there with Bell's). It looks meaty in the glass compared to more typical ambers; a good start. "Malted caramel" seems to be mentioned a lot in these reviews, and I certainly agree that is the overall defining characteristic of this tastey brew. A few intangibles don't seem quite perfect about this overall, but it's still high on my list of dependable ambers. Capital does a great job with so many beers, and this is one of them.

Gruntlumber, May 21, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a festive bronze color into the glass (with a sign on it that reads 'drink me')

There is a nice clean, floral smell with a light hop odor too. It is strong enough to cut through a smoke filled room but subtle enough to not make your head hurt from smelling it.

The taste is very refreshing - a nice blend of hops, bready grains and sweet alcohol. It really cleans the palette.

GuinnessSmurf, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-top bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed the next evening. Pours almost no head…just a ring around the glass. Crystal clear light copper-orange. Smells of caramel and woody hop. Tastes sweet wet with caramel pear and just a hint of chocolate. Some hop bitter I’m not familiar with, but which I will describe as dry and woody. There is fizz on my tongue and the caramel hangs on the roof of my mouth, persisting deep into the aftertaste. The flavors are quite mild, but then, the beer is quite cold. Medium-light body and carbonated well for the style.

mentor, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color. Not much lace. Smells of toffeeish malt. Taste is very nice, almost like Autumnal Fire, but with more of a thin mouthfeel, which isn't a big deal at all.

Overall, this is a darn good beer, very sessionable, and a darn good choice for conversion purposes. (It even comes in cans!)

skybluewater, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of redmosquito
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to orange in color with a nice head whitish head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with light flowery hops. Clean and sweet in flavor and it finishes very smooth. This beer is refreshing and goes down really easy. This is a good crossover beer for anybody new to craft brews.

redmosquito, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark bronze, nice and dark for an amber. Off-white and sticky uneven foam. Spicy medium malt nose, not really too wild.

Taste takes back seat to the smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation, which bubbles the brew down before some lingering grainy maltiness. Ample maltiness in the mouth, however, with some accents of honey.

Nicely put together somewhat complex amber.

donnebaby, Sep 07, 2004
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.