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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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BA SCORE
81
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 390 | Reviews: 167
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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!)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  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.

Photo of redmosquito
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Ahhdball
3.82/5  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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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!!

Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  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.

Photo of hotstuff
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of MJR
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.
Impressive.

Photo of jeffboo
4.02/5  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.

Photo of Loki
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.