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Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-23-2014 04:56:55 | More by kvgomps
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tipabu

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-04-2014 00:38:40 | More by tipabu
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild nose of grainy/toasty malt and spicy hops.

Tastes of slightly sweet and toasty malt with caramel edges. Hop bitterness evenly balances the malt and has a spicy edge to it. Finish is relatively dry and carbonation seems adequate.

A decent enough Amber Lager. The overall flavor profile could probably be beefed up a little bit, but I have no other real complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:59:23 | More by bump8628
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-07-2012 20:03:11 | More by rolltide8425
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bravefan44

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-10-2014 18:07:42 | More by bravefan44
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-16-2013 00:43:13 | More by MeisterMayhem
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stuttg4rt


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-27-2012 03:36:25 | More by stuttg4rt
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amishbooze

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-26-2013 23:19:41 | More by amishbooze
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-27-2014 01:35:05 | More by DaveMiller
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JimGlonke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-01-2012 02:44:52 | More by JimGlonke
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-22-2014 02:30:10 | More by derkfromwi
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-22-2013 04:57:40 | More by XmnwildX12
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-25-2011 04:19:59 | More by barnzy78
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bertram for tossing this one in a box for me!

A. Pours a clean, clear reddish copper. Disappointing head, or lack thereof, with only a smattering of weak bubbles rimming the brew. Retention, likewise, is non-existent...within a minute, the appearance of the beer has deteriorated to that of a Killian's left out overnight on the beer pong table.

S. Clean grains, some lightly roasted malt, doughy bread, and a dash of zesty hop. For an amber lager, I dig the nose on this. It is clean with subtle hints of complexity. Nice.

T. Follows the nose very closely with spent grains/corn, caramel sweetness, some husky, fruity qualities similar to pumpernickel bread, and some very light hopping. Slightly watery on the finish, but it doesn't detract too badly. Light, clean, and pretty tasty.

M. Moderate to high carbonation, despite the aforementioned head retention issues. This beer may be a little too sweet for its own good...there is a mild astringency mixed with sweet corn on the finish. Some of the darker malts try to compete with this and round it out, but they give way to an almost artificial sweetness.

O. It's not going to win any awards, but for a low ABV amber-style lager, this ain't half bad. Toes the line dangerously close to the adjunct style with its spent grain bill and corn sweetness. Still, it succeeds in being light and refreshing, with just enough caramel and malt complexity to keep it interesting, as well. Reminds me a bit of Yuengling and I imagine this is a popular choice in Wisconsin for both the craft enthusiast caught in a non-craft setting and for the BA-in-training trying to graduate from the adjunct swill currently pedaled in Wisconsin. Happy to have had this very approachable beer from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:42:49 | More by siege06nd
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing little malty brew. Nice beery aroma when you crack the bottle. Pours like most bottled beer, with an even head that fades to a nice little lace. A roasty malt taste brings notes of caramel or molasses. Hops flavor very mild. Again, a fine representative of the style, and I hope Capital will sometime take the chance to do something a little more extreme.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 14:23:40 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice clear red-amber color with a thin, wispy beige head.

Aroma is malty, slightly hinting of berries, and giving off a sour milk note.

The taste brings caramel malts, biscuit, and a sour-yet fruity bitterness. Finishes with lightly roasted malts.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

An average amber ale from Capital. Not bad, but it just fits into a large sea of like-products.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:39:13 | More by Monkeyknife
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another treat from my surprise Christmas mixer gift.

A - Pours a clear light amber colour with a copper hue, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee, candied pears, burnt brown sugar and buttered bread on the finish.

T - The caramel and toffee notes come through alongside some sweet corn, candied apple, bready malts and a lingering fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Another tasty brew that offers up the basics of the style without overwhelming the palette. Easy drinking and a session ale that I could easily take down a few pints at a time. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:46:19 | More by andrenaline
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Vancer

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy head pops up on dis clear amber colored ale. Sticky laces sheet the pilsner glass. No dating on the label.

Malty aroma, but with a underlying presence of hop (gentle pine and citrus), which also kicks into the quaff. Bit of a hoppy type amber ale, and it comes across well.

Easy drinking beer, would work well in the summer heat. Shipping to get a sixer down here may work against it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 01:33:46 | More by Vancer
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proc

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good amber. Excellent malt presence with a lighter than expected finish. I can see this being a session brew for folks in Wisconsin while watching Badger football games. Reminded me of a lighter version of New Belgium's Fat Tire.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 05:51:50 | More by proc
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sudz42

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and sweetish, as mentioned in other reviews, but a good lager. Would have like to have tried their pilsener during my stay in Mad City.

What really defined this beer for me was the setting of returning to Wisconsin after many years and sharing a 6-er with an old friend.

There used to be a rich lager called Eau Claire All Malt which blew the doors off this lager, but alas the brewery is no longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 21:22:28 | More by sudz42
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deereless

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head is thick and tightly packed with good retention, lots of activity in the beer, deep gold to light amber in color - 4.00, S: Mild caramelly sweetness, a touch of nuttiness to the nose, faint fruit maybe some pear as well as some breadiness, light bubble gum - 3.50, Lots of malty caramels, mild hop bite, very light molasses or brown sugar, quite toasty, a solid amber ale - 3.50, M: Medium bodied, smooth finish - 3.50, D: A nice version of the style - pretty solid, quite drinkable - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:49:15 | More by deereless
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amber lager. Not great, but good.

Bright orang/copper color. Thin white head.

Faint citrusy hop aromas. Slightly sweet malt aroma.

Taste is better than smell. Decent bitter hop taste and a presence of malty sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer just kind of watery. Not much to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 20:32:08 | More by BillyB
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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 19:10:36 | More by Fugazme
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 00:29:17 | More by RoyalT
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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden / copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, yeast, slight grain, and slight metallic. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight grain, and hints of sweet malt. Overall, a very hoppy lager with little else as far as flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:54:03 | More by Tone
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.