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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 408
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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: 408
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (395 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with good head of foam does not last long no lacing tast of malt and sweet citurs and hops, smell of malt alote of malt
and sweet bread good summer beer i like it will buy again. bought this at the brewery very nice people who work there. (253 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing amber color, foamy off white head. Sweet malty aroma, nice mild, balanced malt flavor, light on the hops, clean lasting finish, medium-light body, makes a great session brew. One of the better American Vienna style. (223 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with nary a blemish, just jet-quick bubbles that shoot off the bottom of the glass and bury themselves in the underside of what is a pretty nice looking head. Lightly toasted marshmallow in color, the cap begins life at two fingers and has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour. It's a good lacer as well.

Even though the nose is fairly simple and not all that forthcoming, I like what I smell. There's a beautiful commingling of caramel malt and woodsy, spicy hops that I'm enjoying more the more I sniff. Thankfully, the aroma comes out of its shell over time. Different and some kind of appealing.

I've only had a handful of amber lagers and don't remember what any of them tasted like. Interestingly enough, the best one by far was Capital's own Winter Skal. Will Wisconsin Amber give it a run? The short answer is yes. While not outstanding, life-changing beer, it's a pleasing little malty lager that has plenty of flavor.

The malt side of the equation is semi-sweet, well-toasted and somewhat earthy. It's almost perfectly balanced by spicy German hops that shine brightest on the finish. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that some of the spiciness comes from malted rye. There's something about this beer that reminds me of toasted, caraway-flecked rye bread.

I don't usually think in terms of ale vs. lager--I just describe what I smell, taste and feel--but it's fairly obvious to me that Wisconsin Amber is a lager. There's something about its delicate (although well-saturated) flavor and its lightly creamy body that says 'lager' to me. I can also see why Capital considers it to be a quasi-Vienna Lager.

I'm not about to criticize the body/mouthfeel for not being ale-like; that's hardly fair. As noted above, it's amazingly smooth and creamy for being so light and wispy in the mouth. A perfect amount of well-behaved carbonation doesn't hurt either.

Actually, I prefer Wisconsin Amber to Winter Skal and now consider it to be the best of the (now more than a) handful of amber lagers that I've had. I've never been blown away by this brewery, but they're beginning to impress me in a quietly competent sort of way. Wisconsin Amber might just be my favorite Capital beer to date. (2,257 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and toffee malt notes with just a hint of herbal hop aroma.

T - Toasty malt with some toffee. A bit more caramel comes out in the middle. Finishes with plenty of caramel and sweet malt character with moderate bitterness and grassy hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty solid, if somewhat unremarkable, amber ale. Lots of malt with more than enough hop character to balance; though it isn't a hoppy, west coast red ale by any stretch. (637 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great amber, i'm really impressed with the depth of flavors coming out of this. So much toasted bread, like fancy morning breads with raisons and spices and whatever else the bakery would put on bread before baking it, this beer is liquid that.
Oh yea, It's a clear reddish amber color and has no haze at all, totally clear. The body is medium and has a very appropiate level of carb, moderate.

I will probally get a pack of this over the summer and/or fall. It's really great, i would love to camp with this too. (525 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (515 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber color, head is a reserved 1/4 inch and leaves a few rings on gradual consumption (which is hard, as this is quaffable). Sweet and toasty aromas, cinnamon bread qualities. Light-medium bodied, flavor is very pleasant with a sense of roast to the malts and a trace of apple pie fruitiness. Hops balance well, not big but assert as hops. I've bypassed this one for a while, as Vienna Lagers tend toward middle of the road -- but this is tasty and drinkable and something I wouldn't turn down. (508 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. Forgot to look for a freshness date.

Beer pours a nice copper/gold. Decent head and lace. Beer was slightly hazy.

Smell is very fresh. Lots of hops/citrus notes. Almost a fresh bakery smell in there!

Taste is brisk and refreshing. Hops lead the way and the malt adds just a touch of sweetness. Nice piney type taste. Carbonation seems just about perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. This is a very tasty beer from a brewery that seems to really have their house in order. One of the better ambers I have had! (568 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a medium copper color and formed a nice, white bubbly head. Left little lace. An aroma of hops and citrus. It had a flavor of hops and malt with some citrus. It had a slightly hoppy finish. Not a bad beer. (220 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not usually a style I seek out, but in my Wisconsin country side hotel (House on the Rock Inn) this was one of the two best beers they had on tap (out of 8).

It's a pretty color and has exceptional aroma and even taste, for the style. It is hoppy. Much more tha expected of the style, but that's good.

It has a little bit of a skunky off color taste, but it is well below the rest of the flavors. I may never get another opportunity to buy this, but I would consider it ifI did. (488 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber. Clear. Small, dirty, off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of sweet cookie dough malts with caramel notes, and spritzy, floral hop aromas. Modest, but nice. Sweet doughy malts. Lightly toasted caramel. Smooth. Good balance. Hops are spicy and herbally bitter. Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy on the palate. (317 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a thin and quickly-falling frothy white head and equally squeamish lacing.

Aroma is not too strong, but definitely pleasant. Caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts. Light, earthy hops.

Flavor is a little bland compared to the nose. Very dry and bready/toasted-malts. Not quite the amount of sweetness I noticed earlier.

Lightly creamy and decently carbonated. Definitely not the most spectacular beer I've had recently, but a very tasty and easy-drinking sessionable lager. (493 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light tawny port, slightly red. Two finger head that dissipates to a nice lace and cap. Leaves decent legs on the glass.

Smell is malt with flowery hops. A little diacetyl, sour dough and honey.

Flavor is caramel malts with a honey sweetness, clover honey. Hops are present but not over the top, just enough to even out the malt. Sweet and bready leaves a nice honey on toasted sourdough on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good with a bit of carbonation biting right on the tip of the tongue. Clean and good finishing. No oil on the tongue but the malt is chewy, has substance.

Pretty good amber. I like the balance of the hops and malt and the sweetness paired with the floral hops gives it a predominate flavor of clover honey. (786 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well blackie decided it would be a good idea to knock the empty stone 9th anniversary bottle onto my snifter of such, so I am stuck with this guy...the damage is 1/2 bomber stone anniversary ale, 1 snifter, a beer/SPLIFF buzz, some carpet, and the side of a love seat

appearance: a pale mahogany/amber pour, fluffy beige head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: sweet and malty, bready, caramel malts, slightly peppery, faint fruity/floral hops underneath

taste: quite bready, sweet caramel malts, red apple, orange and other assorted citrus, plum, pear, toasted malt, quite floral hops in the background, a little grainy

mouthfeel: oily and sweet, above average

drinkability: pretty drinkable, good session (723 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear copper body with an inch of frothy, persistent off-white head that leaves some nice lace. Very attractive lager.

S: This one’s all about the malt, with nutty, toasty, and caramelized malt aromas dominating. Quite nice.

T: Sweet, nutty malt opens things up, followed by some more toasted undertones and finally a mixture of fruity hops and dry lager yeast on the long, clean finish. Simple and entirely enjoyable.

M: Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation. A little too prickly.

O: I don’t have too much to say about this one: it’s a good, drinkable, flavorful lager. If you’re into that, give it a shot.

Cheers! (668 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a fairly bright head that fell nearly instantly. Smell is very citrusy and malty. After tasting I can confirm that this beer is a couple shakes of coriander away from a belgian witbier. A bit of bitter hops with the orange-peel flavors and some round malty sweetnees, plus a teeny tiny bit of yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and slick. Overall the drinkability is high. (414 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Hazed copper body, head is never very much, just a little wisp on the top of the beer. Smell is very nice, sweet carmel malts, floral hops, which are both also reflected in the flavor. Swet and malty, bready, but the hop finish is above average for the style. Could use more carbonation, but still a good beer. (344 characters)

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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!) (315 characters)

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (583 characters)

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