Wisconsin Amber - Capital Brewery

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 404
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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: 404
Photo of pweis909
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Very orange color seemed perfect for the halloween season. 1/4 inch head dind't have much lasting power, though.

s-Can't say much. It smelled like a beer, but neither emitted any unsually pleasing or offensive odors, nor foreshadowed flavor in anysignificant way.

t-A fairly typical malty sweetness for an amber, nicely balanced by a lightly bitter finish. Not much complexity, but pleasant.

m-Not thin, not big.

d-The taste balance makes it pretty drinkable, a good thrist quencher. Nice to know that there is more in the fridge. (545 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good representation of a Vienna, although nowhere near as good as Elliot Ness. Nice sweet malty flavor and aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied for an Amber, I would try this one again. (179 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good easy going amber. Amber in color, looks a little thin at times, but the color is good, even if viscosity isn't the greatest. Head and aroma aren't worth talking about.

Taste, pretty smooth, don't be looking for some high hopped west coast amber. No surprises, mildly sweet, caramel, drinks almost like an Oktoberfest. Almost as good as the Sprecher Amber Lager. Same vein. Good hot n humid beer to relax with. (417 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber here. Bright amber color with a smaller off white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma was of caramel malts and floral and spicy hops. Taste was quite different though as a dry grain body seemed to really dominate. Sweetness was low and hoppiness was low too. Slick, smooth body, almost too much. Drawn out finish of spicy hops and grain astringency. Nice beer, easy to drink but not the best I have ever had. (412 characters)

Photo of smibroncos
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear, ligt amber, copper color with a short white head that disapeared rather quick. Slight on the glass.

S. Malt, caramel,nuts,brown sgar, hops, alcohal

T. Caramel malt sweetness up front fades slowly to a slightly bitter taste.

M Light bodied medium carbonation.

D. A good session beer although I think it lacks character. (342 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some hops. Taste is good, hops up front, a bit of caramel and malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer. (281 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber in color with a luscious creamy white head. Aroma consisted of malt and a hint of caramel. Nothing else really stood out. Taste is on par for a Vienna-Style lager. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tangy crispness. Flavors consist of toasted malt, touch of caramel, biscuit and hops. Hop bitterness balances well with the sweetness of the malt. The nose could be a little more interesting on this one. (423 characters)

Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A light amber color, taste was light caramel and noticeable hop flavor. Mouth feel was fairly thin but well balanced with the low residual sweetness. (150 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color with a thin light head.

Smell was lightly toasted malts and breads.

Has a nice toasted malt flavor with an ever so slight coppery metallic flavor reaching through. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Not alot of flavor hear, but not bad for a lighter lager.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

A little on the light side for my taste, but good execution, and would make a good crossover beer. (425 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-orange color with a very foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrusy hops and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with a very subtle grassy hop bite.

M - it was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very easy-drinking beer and very sessionable. (359 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy deep orange with a moderate head that quickly becomes a thin sheen.

Smell is toasted caramel malt and hints of citrus fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Toasted malt is very bready and makes an impression. The finish is clean and slightly nutty with a subdued fruit character.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

This is a decent amber with character and full flavor. A good session beer. (413 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,749 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of sudz42
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (497 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of ManicD
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a six pack of bottles for $6.99 & it had a date stamp of 3136.

The beer has an orange amber appearance. Served in a mug, there was a two finger head, beige in color, that disappeared very quickly.

The aroma was a pleasant but mild malt caramel nutty combination.

The taste was caramel & malt with a bit of nuttiness and some orange citrus & a hint of spiciness come through also. The light finish left me slightly disappointed, but eager to pour another one.

The mouth feel is light, smooth & slightly creamy. A good lager. (549 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
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. (1,171 characters)

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