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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of dstc


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

11-06-2008 13:54:45 | More by dstc
Photo of hwwty4


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

02-02-2010 01:45:56 | More by hwwty4
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

07-25-2008 22:51:31 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tavernjef


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

Solid offering of an Amber style. Color of an average amber, orangey glow with a nice light frothy head that fizzles to lay around the top. Good smell of malt with a spice lightness of fresh hops. Tastes pretty good, sure had me fooled, I was expecting a watery version but it was pretty solid. Well balanced hop and malt flavors that settle into a teriffic solid pine finish with out being to strong or bitter. Good body, had nice little tingle in the mouth. The malt was pleasing. Very drinkable solid offering.

03-18-2003 10:59:35 | More by tavernjef
Photo of MJR


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

08-05-2003 02:34:53 | More by MJR
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

06-06-2003 16:46:46 | More by Loki
Photo of brdc


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

This one will not blow you off; it is not supposed to. An amber lager is supposed to reasonably smooth and tasty, but not powerful or extreme.
And this one fits the bill quite well.
Surprise, surprise, amber-colored, with a fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.
Simple, straightforward pleasant nose, caramel, lightly toasted, mildly hopped.
Medium-bodied, easy drinking and refreshing, it has a good amount of flavor without being heavy, a nice session beer. The same caramel notes, mildly roasted hints, some hops, lightly sweet. Quite pleasant, will not blow your socks off but is a great example of an amber lager.

10-23-2007 01:58:24 | More by brdc
Photo of jeffboo


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

06-09-2003 19:43:17 | More by jeffboo
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

10-27-2004 02:00:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4/5  rDev +12.7%

A tough one to review. I’ve had so much of this over the years. I have a hard time thinking about it.

A: Dark Amber body. Ultra thin white head. Large bubbles.

N: Bready, loads of sweet caramel, the Capital German je ne se qua, hints of orange.

T: Caramel and Toffee, a pinch of bitterness

MF: A touch sweetish, Big carbonation (biting in the bottle but not on tap or in a can), light and smooth body

D: As easy to drink as PBR (high)

Note: Considerably better canned or tapped than in a bottle.

06-07-2006 20:40:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of VikingsFan1215


4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-03-2013 20:01:01 | More by VikingsFan1215
Photo of Stigs


4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-23-2011 01:59:53 | More by Stigs
Photo of Fr0stb1te


4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-30-2012 00:18:48 | More by Fr0stb1te
Photo of Synergy87


4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-05-2013 01:30:05 | More by Synergy87
Photo of Sconi_tom


4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-23-2014 14:02:14 | More by Sconi_tom
Photo of Will1508


4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-30-2014 17:56:54 | More by Will1508
Photo of AndrewBV


4/5  rDev +12.7%

04-01-2013 03:42:11 | More by AndrewBV
Photo of AmberMan22


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

03-10-2010 15:54:03 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of texasspottedcow


4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-01-2014 22:26:42 | More by texasspottedcow
Photo of RBorsato


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

05-31-2005 18:28:41 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Cubsfan1087


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

02-14-2010 06:08:08 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of ktrillionaire


4/5  rDev +12.7%

A - Pours a radiant brassy amber hue, and is capped with a moderately-lived head.

S - The nose is mellow, grainy, slightly sweet, with vague herbal hop notes.

T - Herbal and savory hops are more accutely apparent, with celery-ish notes proffered. Tastes good for the style intent.

M - Feels good man.

O - Capital seems to be adept at making tasty straightfoward offerings; no exception here.

06-15-2011 15:45:31 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Crstumpf


4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-11-2012 05:58:27 | More by Crstumpf
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

05-15-2003 17:08:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Nofear048


4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-19-2011 04:13:38 | More by Nofear048
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.