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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 19:09:22 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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mentor

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 07:21:56 | More by mentor
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skybluewater

Minnesota

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!)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 05:10:04 | More by skybluewater
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 02:00:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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redmosquito

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2004 19:32:23 | More by redmosquito
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donnebaby

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 18:15:51 | More by donnebaby
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red in color, slight 1/4 inch head leaving good Brussels lacing.
Flowery hops came right out to grab the olfactory senses. Sweet malt/sugar slowly followed.
Prosperous portion of malt, good follow up with mild use of hops slightly bittering, nothing overboard.
With an average smooth as glass finish, and slight oily feel which disappeared quickly I could have it again if offered but I won't hunt it down anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 13:46:58 | More by Ahhdball
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The third Capital brew that I received from a trade. As with all of the other Capitals it has the generic label design, this time the oval label for the Wisconsin Amber has a dark orange background. As with all the other Capital brews, it has a similar, but smaller scale, neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads. No freshness date, not strength listed either.

Appearance: I decided to use a tall thin Ourdaller Glass that I bought last year when I was in Luxembourg. It proved to be a great choice for the tall slender body of the glass perfectly displayed the lovely definitive amber body in all its glory. Massive light tan forms a tall creamy plug in the glass and threatens to escape over the top, but it slows just at it reaches the edge. Plenty of carbonation in this one! Nice head retention and some fine sticky lacing.

Nose: Sweet malts, crusty baked bread, light caramel and a fruity feel in the latter part. Lights hints of orange flavored candle oils.

Taste: Slick feel to this one. It slips down so well that at times it feels like the tastes are trying to catch up. Lovely caramel malts, light Devon toffee, thick home baked crusts from slightly over baked Cobs and some dark fruity strata in the back end. Tastes like a Terry’s Chocolate smells sometimes. Has a very delicate clean bitterness in the quick aerodynamic finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is big, but not overwhelming and this most certainly maintains an above average feel in the light but very smooth body, start to finish, as well as a toasted malt feel with licks of caramel on the cheeks.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that I found quite quaffable, and I am not that partial to Ambers, I soon get bored with them, but I could manage a couple of these quite easily. If I had any complaint it is that the finish is too sudden, however, this invites the next mouthful earlier than planned usually.

Overall: I am not a big Amber fan to be honest, but I really enjoyed this one. A solid effort from Capital, they rarely disappoint, even with styles I am not that partial to. Dependable Amber.

Nice One Huge!!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 04:06:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange as the label with a good, foamy head that went down fairly quickly.

Smell - These malts have a big, orangey sweetness to them that was a bit overpowering for me. I would have liked to have seen a bit more balance in the smell.

Taste - I could pick up a slight hop note or two at the taste, but mostly this is orangey malts.

Mouthfeel - I thought this was the ale's strong point. It is very smooth and refined and very pleasing in the mouth. It is a bit bigger than light-bodied.

Drinkability - If you enjoy the flavor, this would make a terrific session ale.

Update - I originally reviewed this four years ago in 2004 so thought I'd take another crack at it after my bro-in-law was nice enough to send me another one from Wisconsin.

I liked it a little bit more this time around. The orange didn't seem as sharp and this beer has a wonderful body - medium at least maybe bigger and incredibly smooth. Also, I don't know what it looked like before (I gave it a low score) but it is a brilliant dark orange in color with a gorgeous off-white head. I raised the overall score from 3.1 to 3.7, an unusually large increase for a re-review in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 00:29:17 | More by RoyalT
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty blah and average lager. The head was virtually absent and the color was pretty flat looking. The aroma wasn't too bad with wheat, grass and malt hints. The taste was pretty dry and uneventful with a sugary finish. Not the greatest brew from capital, but then again, not too many lagers blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 23:00:16 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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stoutman

Michigan

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

This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent carbonated light brown colored body. The aroma is a medium strength malt hop one with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight hop bite in the finish. The flavors in this brew contain elements of malt caramel and mild hops. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 02:31:04 | More by stoutman
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing little malty brew. Nice beery aroma when you crack the bottle. Pours like most bottled beer, with an even head that fades to a nice little lace. A roasty malt taste brings notes of caramel or molasses. Hops flavor very mild. Again, a fine representative of the style, and I hope Capital will sometime take the chance to do something a little more extreme.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 14:23:40 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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hotstuff

Indiana

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

Even though my opinion of this beer is that it could use some character to it, it was indeed a good beer to drink and rate. It poured a small sized ivory creamy and smooth head. The body was carbonated and clear with an amber hue. The nose was malty, fruity and some caramel notes. The flavor was sweet along with a bitter taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly, thin textured, watery and light bodied. It left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 00:55:04 | More by hotstuff
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steelreign

New York

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a major revelation for me. I bought this on a whim, not expecting much, but when I got it home and poured it out, I was pleasantly surprised! Very nice golden/amber hue with hints of orange. Wispy off white head that formed little clusters of foam on top after dying down. Huge floral, citrus hop presence entwined with a pleasant malt thickness.

Quite a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bite. The hops were more up front as it was still cold, but as it warmed, the malts kicked in and balanced this one nicely indeed! So smooth and velvety on the tongue, it just got better as it went on. Perfect carbonation level, and quaffability is way up there. Find this and enjoy it! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 14:01:46 | More by steelreign
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a amber colored liquid with about a half inch tan cream colored head on the top. The aroma is a malty caramel scent. As for the taste, it is a smooth malty taste with a nice hop bite. Citrusy flavors come out as well. This is a well balanced beer, and one that i will be getting again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 21:10:55 | More by Tballz420
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MJR

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a warm amber with red highlights and perfect clarity. It's light tan head starts thick, then fades to an incomplete cap that leaves lace here and there.

Smell: The aroma is grainy with some toasted bread and Vienna malt notes. A hint of spicy German hops serves to balance everything out.

Taste: Very rich and malty, with warm toasted breadiness, faint caramel/toffee, and Vienna malt forming the grain bill. The hops adds a pinch of bitterness, along with a spicy bite. Very clean and crisp. Finishes with a fleeting bitter note.

Mouthfeel: While this brew is extremely clean, like all of Capital's offerings, they share a common flaw: thinness of body. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a solid brew that would make a great session brew. It's also good for converting people to better beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 02:34:53 | More by MJR
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

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

Pours amber in color with a good to medium head. Starts with a fruity, spicy flavor. But ends with an acidic burnt feel. At first this change in taste is desirable, but the acidic feel lingers on the back of the tongue and mouth. This lingering results in an overall disappointment in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 19:44:26 | More by BobLuvBeer
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange color with a tan head. Leaves good lace-work. The aroma is of caramel malts and dark fruits. Very clean smell. The flavor up front is caramel malts which then flows to a spicy, peppery than fruity hop flavor. The bitterness is at a medium level in the finish. This is a well-balanced brew; very smooth and easy drinking. Another great beer from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 08:11:24 | More by BeerBuilder
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.
Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 21:25:54 | More by Shiloh
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2003 19:43:17 | More by jeffboo
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Loki

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 16:46:46 | More by Loki
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 17:08:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 14:34:57 | More by PhantomVodoo
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Redrover

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 16:35:40 | More by Redrover
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 14:12:35 | More by bditty187
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.