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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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81
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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Nofear048
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of JHenning87
4/5  rDev +12.4%

JHenning87, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

BeerBuilder, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Ejayz, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of HefeRules
4/5  rDev +12.4%

HefeRules, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +12.4%

twbeecher, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev +12.4%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

scootercrabb, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of jjhardy12
4/5  rDev +12.4%

jjhardy12, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of pebbs
4/5  rDev +12.4%

pebbs, May 27, 2012
Photo of Akrueg7272
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Akrueg7272, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of tmarq9
4/5  rDev +12.4%

tmarq9, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

maxpower, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

nickfl, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Kyrojack, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

ChadQuest, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of chuckiecss
4/5  rDev +12.4%

chuckiecss, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

ADR, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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

dirtylou, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

PhantomVodoo, May 02, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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!

Redrover, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Wildman, Jul 13, 2002
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Phocion, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Tballz420, Sep 07, 2003
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.