Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 405
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Fcolle2
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draught in a pint glass

A: nice amber color. Not much of a head but I didn't pour it. From what I do see looks off white and frothy. Some lacing but mt alot

S: I'm getting a lot of crisp malt with a slight copper smell.

T: very drinkable, pretty malty but nothing to insane. All around its an average amber that doesnt stray too far from the flavor point you would expect.

M: nice and crisp. Refreshing, not too carbonated.

O: all around decent beer. True to the style but lacked any distinctive features. (510 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of The-Beav
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is essentially an "Amber lite", not bad but nothing special. Has a light cherry smell to it, watered down mouth feal , probably would be great if you enjoy amber type beer but want something for a hot summer evening or out on the golf course. Smooth malt with no noticeable hop bite to it. Had a half inch of foam that dissipated in less than one minute. (364 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pored a light amber, with a large foamy head. Smell was very faint, not much there, really. Taste was also mild, both the initial bitter and the sweet at the end. Just a straight average lager, nothing more, nothing less. (285 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just a good, solid, easy drinking amber/red that although it is nothing special, it is a nice, easy drinking beer to be enjoyed on a hot, summer day. I give it a slighly higher than average score because it is from Capital Brewery and they are one of my favorite local breweries. It has the normal caramel notes that I usually can taste in a red. It isn't my favorite Capital beer but like I said, a good summer option.
EDIT-Had it immediatly after a Fat Tire and when I had this one, I almost tasted a medicine like bittnerness that was not pleasant. I won't lower the score too much but when compared to something else similar I did not like this. (657 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass and isolated bubbles cling motionless to the submerged sides.

S: Biscuit and bread is dominant, with lesser refined caramel also present. Hops exhibit barely detectable herbal/anise notes.

T: Begins dry, with sharp carbonic acidity that stifles other early qualities. Fading acidity reveals uncooked bread dough into the middle with an unrefined sugary edge. Weak minty hop flavors metamorphose into more medicinal qualities during the finish, where malt flavors become thin and bitterness is minimal.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager's harsh flavor and uninspiring texture seem to be out of agreement with the relatively appealing smell. While the style as a whole seems to be defined by unremarkable features, some amber lagers are still better than this. Look to Karl Strauss' flagship amber lager as a well-executed, but still conservative example. (1,107 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Dark amber in color. No hops detected at all in the smell or taste, and the malt flavor wasn't interesting either. (158 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and a hint of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, caramel and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.  (294 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of ARoman
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

*transferred from old notes - 12/29/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into nonic. Faint traces of orange in the aroma, but mostly dough smells. Appears clear amber with a light orange colored head which dissipates quickly. It’s comes on mostly sweet, but it’s a smooth sweet as opposed to overwhelming. It’s a medium body beer with strongest notes of citrus and malt, but finishes thin and caramel-sweet - couldn’t pick up too much of the hops. It has an average carbonation, but turns flat relatively quickly as it warms in the glass. Nothing lingers in the taste,and it finishes very clean. There’s nothing overly special or surprising about this beer. Nothing filling or offensive lends itself well to a session beer. (722 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

pours clear amber with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell is faint but i pickup sweet caramel malt

taste is blah - boring - average - your standard amber with the training wheels still on

mouthfeel - medium body decent carbonation - needs to have more bite - very smooth

drinkability is not good - i will never buy this beer again and after i finish this 6 pack i highly doubt i will ever drink this again (417 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Has a semi-hazy golden amber appearance with a short-lived white foam collar, no lacing. Smells faintly of a mild biscuit malt, and that's about it. Tastes of the same mildly sweet biscuit malt, and that's about it. Hops are so far into the background as to be really close to no hopping at all...body is carbonated well and light in texture without feeling watery. But so far, this offering by Capital has been a disappointment for me. I would have liked to have tasted something a bit less... blandly one dimensional. I'd call this one a lawnmower beer. (577 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: As usual, this beer has amazing clarity. Great lagering effect. Medium lacing with an offwhite head. Wouldnt call it amber in color, more orange to red.

S: Not much doing here, husky grainy in smell.

T: What seems to be a consistent feature for this brewery is fizzy in the nose with a touch of jazz and then by the time the middle comes around, its quit. The aftertaste in the finish however has a nice nutty character to it, which I have found lacking in most of Capital's beers I recently tried.

M: carbonation fizz on the tongue, doesnt last long as I would prefer it, but very light and drinkable.

D: Wouldnt choose it for the style, but would drink it to drink in the sun. (686 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with an off white one finger head with fair retention and no lacing. Smells of grains and biscuit malt with a small hop presence.

The taste is much like the aroma. grains, biscuit malt, and a small hop presence. Nothing which really stands out. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation. Not much aftertaste. Overall. a rather ordinary unimpressive beer. (370 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
1.67/5  rDev -53.6%
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. (407 characters)

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