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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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382 Ratings

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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 beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of nsmartell
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while watching some NCAA basketball.
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Light orange/red with a nice two-finger head.

Smell: Very light and slightly hoppy.

Taste: Caramel malts and sweet with a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: Not too shabby. The last few times I have tried a Capital brew, I wasn't that impressed, so I am pleasantly surprised at this beer. It is pretty tasty.

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 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 wingnutter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a 1 finger head. Smell has some sweetness to it, with some citrus as well. Slight hoppiness in the background.

Taste: Bready malts jump right out in front. Orange-like citrus kick in the middle, fading near the clean, dry finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated. This one goes down reaaal easy. I could knock back a few of these with no effort. As it warms a bit the mouthfeel gets creamier and I get a bit of butterscotch in the taste.

A nice, non-offensive amber. Easy to drink and smooth as can be.

Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored with good lacing.

Smell is fairly weak, though the faint sweet smell that exists is pleasant.

It's hard for me to tell what I'm tasting here. It's refreshing and pleasant, but flavors are light. I guess that's the style. Kind of a sweet malt taste, then a little biscuity hops, and a clean refreshing finish. Balanced and drinkable, but flavors are a little weak for me.

Mouthfeel is good on this. Although the flavors are not strong, this was not watery.

Quite drinkable, but didn't blow me away.

Photo of manitouman84
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I have had this both in the can and on tap, and I actually preferred it in the can. Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger head. The smell is pretty straight forward, bready malty sweetness, a little bit of caramel, and a faint amount of citrus. Tastes mainly bready and malty, caramel, and a little copper/metallic flavor. The caramel sweetness really come out as the beer warms up, tastes much better at 50-60 degrees. This finishes rather clean, fairly standard bodied beer here. Refreshing on a warm day, otherwise nothing to write home about.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thechaacster
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Heaven on 7. Pours a nice golden-orange with one finger of foam. Sweet, highly malty aroma. Tasty, extra sweet slam of caramel maltiness. Slightly fruity as well. Minimal hop bitterness, oh well. Highly drinkable, this made for a quality session beer. Could have used a bit more bitterness, but it was a tasty lager in its own right.

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 tjkurz
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cincybeernut
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Wisconsin I picked up a sixer of Wisconsin Amber, I enjoy tasting local beers not available in my neck of the woods and when in Rome. The bottle pictured above is out of date, the new label has "drink beer naked" across the bottom encoded in Naval communication flags. After going through the trouble of decoding the message I discovered the message is explained right on the bottom of the six pack holder.

Anyway, on to the beer...

"Beer for badgers" is a tasty amber. Has a nicer amber color to it and a head that quickly dissolves to nothing. Smell matches the taste, nothing over powering or out of place. Overall it's a good beer, not the best amber I've ever tried but in no way bad. I would drink it again but I am bringing home 2 mixed cases of local Wisconsin beers that I've tried while here and this one didn't make the cut, only because it's nothing too special.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening NFL Sunday!!! Starting with a can of Wisconsin Amber!!! Yeah baby!!! The beer is a cloudy red ale with thin white head. The smell has a slight sweet malt to it....not much else. The taste has a great malt character with touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is great...very favorful decent abv and smooth. Definitely worth teh purchase!

Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Madison native last night while dining with my wife, Krista and our friends, Alex and Rachel at Mikey's in Plover.

Appearance - The brew came served in a pint glass. It was the color of molasses with a red hue and not easily seen through. The head was a half-inch tall and had some decent stamina. It was pale tan in color.

Smell - It had a sweet smell with a nice mix of malt and hops. The scent wasn't very strong though.

Taste - The taste was nice. It had a smooth and mild hoppy flavor that was just right for an Amber.

Mouthfeel - The beer was felt on the outsides of my tongue with a slight coarseness that added to the brew's appeal.

~ I had one before dinner and one with dinner. Had the crew I was with been willing to stick around for a while longer I would have enjoyed a few more. At least next time I know what I'll be having. I suggest the same to you.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body encircled by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Simply a light aroma of sweaty grains, bruised citrus fruits, and perhaps a slight floral touch.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a mild sweetness. Very, very slight nuttiness. Floral hint. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness to balance. Fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: There's not much to say except that it's a nice, easy-drinking lager.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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

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 cyclonece09
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of navanzile
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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 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 homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color, clear, thin white head, decent retention

S: mild sweet malts, caramel, faint smoke character

T: sweet malts, some corn character, mild earthy hop character, nice balance

Mf: light body, medium carbonation, smooth texture

O: nice malty lager, a little sweet, good drinkability

Photo of Fugazme
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/Amber pour... smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Some decent lacing. Nothing special to look upon.

Aroma is quite good. Huge sweet malty nose. A good touch of hops detected. Grassy hay and grain. I like it!

Chocolatey overtones with a lot of banana flavor on the swallow. Malty and yeasty. Bread-like. Falls a little flat on the palate.

I wouldn't refuse one if offered, but would enjoy other capital brews before this one. Not bad, however.

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