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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

382 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brought back to Boise from my understanding and outstanding coworkers. Poured into a small weizen glass.

Very nice orange/amber color... very clear... only a little head but good lacing.

Aroma is clean malts... restrained but evident toasted malts.. lite caramel and only a lite dusting of earthy hops.... honestly, a pretty nice nose.

Flavor is perfectly balanced between the big malts and the spicey earthy hops... drinkable .... sessionable definately.. just enough over everything including mouthfeel to make me wish I had another... Unfortunately, this is my last Capital brew I have in my possession... I am glad I saved these for a 6-bottle flight.... Tonight, will be for a long while one of my best beer drinking nights.... Capital is an incredible brewery for somebody who tries to appreciate the ins and outs of a fine lager.... plus as an added bonus, they are made right here in the States.

Photo of SMark
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 50º, this beer started out with 2 ½ fingers of white foamy head. A moderate amount of lacing was present as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a nice amber color with some bubbles.

Hops were detected over the malt. Smells like a good combination about to happen when this is consumed.

Tastes slightly bitter with a tinge of sweetness from the malt. Hops are predominant flavor and do quite well.

Very well rounded and invites you to take another sip, then another, and so on. Does not over stay its welcome in the mouth which invites more and more ‘tasting’.

A pleasant effort which has balanced flavor and aroma. This would be a good one to sip in their beer garden.

Photo of morimech
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a beautiful beer. A nice white head sitting on a clear amber body. Some lacing left behind as it is consumed. The rest of the beer is rather mediocre. Nothing great and nothing bad. The sweet malt profile is evident in the aroma and taste. The sweetness isn't my favorite but it isn't overpowering so it doesn't distract too much from the beer. It also has an almost creamy mouthfeel to it that I found a bit odd. Nicely carbonated and no aftertaste to finish it off.

Photo of ianrca19
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wisconsin Amber pours a bright golden amber color. This is a very pretty looking beer. A rich, sweet grainy head rises above the brew. Your tongue is met a yeasty sweet/sour flavor, which then moves to the roof of your mouth as you begin to feel the medium body and rich malty sweetness take over. Just a slight dry fruity twinge lingers on the back of your tongue, and then you're left with the same sweet grainy flavor that you started with in the head. This is a relaxing, easy sipper and a really good place to start with Wisconsin micros.

Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one will not blow you off; it is not supposed to. An amber lager is supposed to reasonably smooth and tasty, but not powerful or extreme.
And this one fits the bill quite well.
Surprise, surprise, amber-colored, with a fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.
Simple, straightforward pleasant nose, caramel, lightly toasted, mildly hopped.
Medium-bodied, easy drinking and refreshing, it has a good amount of flavor without being heavy, a nice session beer. The same caramel notes, mildly roasted hints, some hops, lightly sweet. Quite pleasant, will not blow your socks off but is a great example of an amber lager.

Photo of sudz42
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and sweetish, as mentioned in other reviews, but a good lager. Would have like to have tried their pilsener during my stay in Mad City.

What really defined this beer for me was the setting of returning to Wisconsin after many years and sharing a 6-er with an old friend.

There used to be a rich lager called Eau Claire All Malt which blew the doors off this lager, but alas the brewery is no longer.

Photo of botham
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich amber (who would have guessed?), with a couple fingers of off-white head that is frothy and eats away leaving no lacings on the glass

smell is as basic as a brew can get. very mild in malts, hops, and yeast aromas, yet very balanced. there is a very faint fruity smell, almost reminicent of grapes. overall, a touch on the sweet side of the spectrum.

taste directly reflects the aroma. nothing else to say here that hasn't already been said.

aftertaste is almost absent, only showing a touch of hops.

mouthfeel is a bit watery, but goes down smooth.

drinkability is very good due to the mild nature of the brew. the brew overall is very basic in every approach. a good starter beer, as well as a good brew for the non-adventurous drinker. overall, i would recommend the octoberfest by Capital in place of this one, much better.

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with good head of foam does not last long no lacing tast of malt and sweet citurs and hops, smell of malt alote of malt
and sweet bread good summer beer i like it will buy again. bought this at the brewery very nice people who work there.

Photo of CFbeermaker
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with an orange tint and a 1/4 inch off white head with little to no lacing down the glass. It has a sweet malt and citrus scent. The taste is quite similar to the smell. I do get little hop flavor toward the end, which is nice. Mouthfeel is light and is carbonated decently. Honestly for the sweetness you get at the beginning it seems like it would almost be the fruitier type beer that I do not care for, but it comes together at the end and balances itself out to the point where I think I could even drink one or two more.

Photo of happygnome
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: orange color, three quarter inch fluffy head disapears moderatly fast leaving very little lacing
s: roasted caramel malts and citrusy hops
t: sweet start a very nice bitter finish
m: sharp caronation medium bodied very enjoyable

overall this is a really nice enjoyable beer

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is orange and gold and depicts what I assume is the dome of the capitol building in Madison?

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/4 inch of big-bubble head. This settles slowly to a thin coating of foam and some lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper.

Smell: Sweet syrupy caramel malt.

Taste: Overly sweet malt, with heavy caramel and maple sygar undertones.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Admittedly, not my style. Just not a lot going on here. Sugary sweetness quickly becomes cloying.

Photo of ManicD
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a six pack of bottles for $6.99 & it had a date stamp of 3136.

The beer has an orange amber appearance. Served in a mug, there was a two finger head, beige in color, that disappeared very quickly.

The aroma was a pleasant but mild malt caramel nutty combination.

The taste was caramel & malt with a bit of nuttiness and some orange citrus & a hint of spiciness come through also. The light finish left me slightly disappointed, but eager to pour another one.

The mouth feel is light, smooth & slightly creamy. A good lager.

Photo of shadow1961
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Capital Brewery's Wisconsin Amber pours out a big fluffy
head over a clear amber brew. Nose is primarily of malt
and there is little carbonation. Flavor is a bit of malt and a bit
of hop. Their website says this is an amber laager. Now, laagers
aren't really my thing, but this one is quite drinkable and flavorful.
The site doesn't say it, but I would be surprised if this one comes
to more than 4 or 5% alcohol by volume. Really decent!

Photo of terrabyte
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright orange copper. Beautiful when shining a light through it. A large light-yellow head disappears quickly.

Aroma is quite small. I can pick up caramel, wood, and quite a bit of spice.

Flavor is earthy, has a caramel flavor without much of the normal sweetness. Hops add a surprising tart bitterness I wasn't expecting.

Mouthful is quite carbonated. A little heavy which is surprising based on the flavor.

I'm not a big fan of Red Lagers, they seem a bit boring. This one certainly brings something to the table. However, overall I'm still bored.

Photo of TechMyst
4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle
FRESH: Seemed to be. 60:97 April of this year? 0232140
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry 9-16-06
COST: $1.79/12Oz. Bottle
HEAD: Off-white; virtually none
LACE: Virtually none
COLOR: cloudy dark orange
AROMA: Light-roasted nuts; moderate-Hops; Slight-orange; light-dough
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium
PALATE: dry, fizzy
TASTE:
START-lightly sweet
MIDDLE-moderately bitter/sweet
FINISH-moderately bitter; average duration
COMMENTS: Very refreshing. Full, deep character. Definitely impressed
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR-If I have the cash
WITH FRIENDS-Yes
SIPPING-y
GET MY BUZZ ON-y

Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy deep orange with a moderate head that quickly becomes a thin sheen.

Smell is toasted caramel malt and hints of citrus fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Toasted malt is very bready and makes an impression. The finish is clean and slightly nutty with a subdued fruit character.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

This is a decent amber with character and full flavor. A good session beer.

Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color with a thin light head.

Smell was lightly toasted malts and breads.

Has a nice toasted malt flavor with an ever so slight coppery metallic flavor reaching through. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Not alot of flavor hear, but not bad for a lighter lager.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

A little on the light side for my taste, but good execution, and would make a good crossover beer.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Capital Wisconsin Amber is orange amber in color with a thick white head. It had decent retention and left lacicing. The aroma was lightly hoppy with light malt. The taste was lightly malty with a hop backround and hops in the finish. The body was light to medium with medium carbonation. Pretty good, would work for a session beer.

Photo of gbontrag
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks quite like a farm field honey. Adequate froth doesn't hold real well, but the lacing is complete before it tears politely.
Smells of whole wheat crackers, and whole wheat bread with molasses.
Tastes of hard toast, and sourdough english muffin, again toasted dark. Add a dollop of beer jelly, and a little ovaltine on the side. This has a superb mouthfeel that is straight down the middle: thin but full. Has a great cocoa flavored biscotti taste with a dab of apple jelly. There's some minerals in the aftertaste, part dark roasted grain, and perhaps some drier hops.

Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and light=medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, some sweetness with hops mainly in background, dry finish, tolerable amber. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with nary a blemish, just jet-quick bubbles that shoot off the bottom of the glass and bury themselves in the underside of what is a pretty nice looking head. Lightly toasted marshmallow in color, the cap begins life at two fingers and has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour. It's a good lacer as well.

Even though the nose is fairly simple and not all that forthcoming, I like what I smell. There's a beautiful commingling of caramel malt and woodsy, spicy hops that I'm enjoying more the more I sniff. Thankfully, the aroma comes out of its shell over time. Different and some kind of appealing.

I've only had a handful of amber lagers and don't remember what any of them tasted like. Interestingly enough, the best one by far was Capital's own Winter Skal. Will Wisconsin Amber give it a run? The short answer is yes. While not outstanding, life-changing beer, it's a pleasing little malty lager that has plenty of flavor.

The malt side of the equation is semi-sweet, well-toasted and somewhat earthy. It's almost perfectly balanced by spicy German hops that shine brightest on the finish. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that some of the spiciness comes from malted rye. There's something about this beer that reminds me of toasted, caraway-flecked rye bread.

I don't usually think in terms of ale vs. lager--I just describe what I smell, taste and feel--but it's fairly obvious to me that Wisconsin Amber is a lager. There's something about its delicate (although well-saturated) flavor and its lightly creamy body that says 'lager' to me. I can also see why Capital considers it to be a quasi-Vienna Lager.

I'm not about to criticize the body/mouthfeel for not being ale-like; that's hardly fair. As noted above, it's amazingly smooth and creamy for being so light and wispy in the mouth. A perfect amount of well-behaved carbonation doesn't hurt either.

Actually, I prefer Wisconsin Amber to Winter Skal and now consider it to be the best of the (now more than a) handful of amber lagers that I've had. I've never been blown away by this brewery, but they're beginning to impress me in a quietly competent sort of way. Wisconsin Amber might just be my favorite Capital beer to date.

Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- good appearance, decent head, red amber color, decent lacing
S- smells like plums and dark fruit right up front and then a bit of alcohol and malt
T- decent tastes like plums, then a bit skunky though
M- Good smooth a bit heavier but by no means syrupy
D- the skunkiness through me but not bad

Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amber lager. Not great, but good.

Bright orang/copper color. Thin white head.

Faint citrusy hop aromas. Slightly sweet malt aroma.

Taste is better than smell. Decent bitter hop taste and a presence of malty sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer just kind of watery. Not much to it.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tough one to review. I’ve had so much of this over the years. I have a hard time thinking about it.

A: Dark Amber body. Ultra thin white head. Large bubbles.

N: Bready, loads of sweet caramel, the Capital German je ne se qua, hints of orange.

T: Caramel and Toffee, a pinch of bitterness

MF: A touch sweetish, Big carbonation (biting in the bottle but not on tap or in a can), light and smooth body

D: As easy to drink as PBR (high)

Note: Considerably better canned or tapped than in a bottle.

Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.