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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Reviews: 170 | Hads: 418
Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & some grainyness as this warms.

T: bready, slight caramel & toffee flavors up front, plus a touch of grainyness. Grainyness, cloying sweetness & a touch of dryness are all there as this warms, plus some leafy hops. Finishes grainy with cloying sweetness & a touch herbal hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, Starts to thin out as this warms, not that great on balance

Drinks fairly easy but lack of character makes this one boring & forgettable

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Photo of AmberMan22
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the Gritty.

Pours a textbook amber, with vibrant orange highlights. Head is a creme brulee color, not a whole lotta lacing sticks along the way though.

Smell is fairly one dimensional, caramel and pale malt dominating. Hence a very sweet smell, maybe just a slight twang of hops at the end.

Tastes creamy, malty, and sweet -- but not to the point of being candied.

Surprising heft to this one (for the style), carbonation seemed kind of weak.

Definitely a nice beer by capital. An easy drinker that strikes all the right notes.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a bottle once and really didn't like it. I contributed this to the bottle being old. After having this on tap at Capital Brewery, I would like to think it was the bottle. This was a very enjoyable beer. It is a dark amber color, nice head. Very nice flavor, not too strong or light. Definitely a fairly easy beer to drink in my opinion.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a copper orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves no lacing whatsoever. The aroma of this beer is pretty malty. Sweet toffee, caramel, and toasty bread. Pretty solid. The flavor follows suit with caramel and toffee leading the way with toast and biscuits, earth and grassy hops all coming through. This is a really drinkable lager. Nice and malt with some subtle grassy hops. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is light with a nice finishing dryness. Its really tasty. I wish this were available in the KC area, it could easily become a summer drinker.

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Photo of birchstick
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours an amber/orange with a beautiful 1.5 finger pillowy head

S - smells very malty. a blend of cereal, light oats, and a touch of toastedness

T - the taste follows the nose. This is very grainy and malty - the same flavors that I smelled. There was also some faint, grassy hops and yeast present on the finish. Almost finished like a bud light, which isn't too good, but the malts made up for it.

M - as I figured from the head, this was creamy. However, it has rather thin body.

D - This was a pretty decent beer. It somehow made its way into my fridge, so I was more than happy to try it. I think I would go for something else by this brewery if I were at the store. However, I wouldn't pass it up if offered (or left in my fridge).

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Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild nose of grainy/toasty malt and spicy hops.

Tastes of slightly sweet and toasty malt with caramel edges. Hop bitterness evenly balances the malt and has a spicy edge to it. Finish is relatively dry and carbonation seems adequate.

A decent enough Amber Lager. The overall flavor profile could probably be beefed up a little bit, but I have no other real complaints.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass. "Beer for Badgers." "An American Lager." 5.2% ABV, 1689 on bottom.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this can!

A - Light amber and clear, a tall pour unleashes a three-finger head with decent retention. The off-white foam left little as afar as lace.

S - The nose is lightly malty. Pale with a low sweetness. Mainly hops come out. Dry and a bit floral. There is also a light metallic and mineral nose to it. Crisp overall.

T - A good balance of pale malts and dry, floral hops is upset by a metallic mineral finish that just ruins the whole thing.

M - Dry and crisp but slightly flat feeling. The metallic thing just gives a bad feel to it. Light-medium bodied.

D - Not very pleasant but straight from the can at a tale gate party, it would work. Better from a bottle it seems.

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Photo of lester619
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They just got this on tap at my local drunkery. I dig it. I really like the look of a nice well made amber. This is pretty. Christal clear copper with about three inches of off white head that hangs around in the pint glass pretty much the whole time. The smell kind of reminds of biscuits or home made bread, with a good dose cf sweet caremel malts. You can tell there are a fair amount hops hanging around in there. It tases more or less how it smells. Dry, biscuity up front, sweetens up with a little roasty malt presence and then a little bitter after taste from the hops. This is good. It went down awesome with some hot buffalo wings.

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Photo of chetripley
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tasted other Capital offerings (the American Pale Ale was a bomb) I was rather skeptical of how I would like this. It is teaching me keep an open mind because overall I was quite pleased with it.

Deep amber color with head that dissipated quickly leaft behind a small amount of lacing, and a not so pleasant aroma, more industrial and ordinary than I would expect out of a German style amber.

The taste started with a roasted presence, then a mild bitterness smoothing out to a dry taste, almost a pucker. The bitterness was perfectly balanced, and I was able to savor it and drink it slowly. Actually quite refreshing after all that complexity.

Very drinkable and I would highly recommend.

Living in Chicago it is not always so easy to find a wide variety of Wisconsin beers (I drive to Milwaukee to buy East Side Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery and more than just the two offerings of Sprecher I can get here). But this one I have found here and I think it is a winner.

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Photo of MrGraybeard
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a refrigerated can into a 14-ounce tumbler. The head rose quickly, causing me to pause while filling the glass. Three fingers of rocky foam took 5 minutes to dissipate to about 1/2 inch.

The brew is a clear amber, looking a lot like a Munich oktoberfest. Aroma is mild, with little indication of the beer's hoppy palate.

Wisconsin Amber has a lot of the drinking characteristics of a pilsner jazzed up with some medium-roasted malts. The mouthfeel is the best part, very creamy considering the beer's relatively light body.

Wisconsin Amber is a great session beer, a light-bodied brew with toasted malt up front to make things interesting.

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden / copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, yeast, slight grain, and slight metallic. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight grain, and hints of sweet malt. Overall, a very hoppy lager with little else as far as flavor.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear, ligt amber, copper color with a short white head that disapeared rather quick. Slight on the glass.

S. Malt, caramel,nuts,brown sgar, hops, alcohal

T. Caramel malt sweetness up front fades slowly to a slightly bitter taste.

M Light bodied medium carbonation.

D. A good session beer although I think it lacks character.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spent the last four days crushing can after can of this beer while camping so I might as well review it.

It pours a brownish red color with a nice amount of tan head. The smell is malty with hints of hops. The taste is very nice. Malty with a bit of caramel and nice hop bite on the finish. The beer is very tame in the mouth. It's light and easy on the palate. I polished off a case of this in four days so if that's not a vote for good drinkabilty then I don't know what is.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this for old times sake - this and Sprecher were the first micros that got me into beer. Looks good poured into a pint glass amber/orange tight head a couple fingers, no lace though. Smells of grain and some toast malt. Tastes malty with not a lot of hops certainly not deep - finishes higher in the buds than more heavily hopped and more bitter beers - more dry and clean. Mouthfeel is decently carbed lighter body and very drinkable.

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Photo of brow1901
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  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

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.