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Capitol 1900 - Capital Brewery

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Capitol 1900Capitol 1900

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 58
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice look to this beer. A nice dark gold color and a sweet smelling aroma. There is a very smooth sweetness at first and it finishes dry. This would be a wonderful summer beer. I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers, so this would be a choice for me on a hot day! Nothing spectacular about this beer, but very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capitol's imitation lager, really. This was the kind of beer that miller light beer drinkers can quaff, but other than that, there isn't much here.

It pours a pale straw yellow suffused with plenty of bubbles to form a white head. The taste is yeasty, and it finishes with a yeast flavor afterwards.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden hue with a nice sized white head leaves behind nicely dispersed layers of lace. Aroma: Clean sweetness grainy but nice no unpleasant tones here. Taste: Biscuit malt sweetness no complaints easy drinking with some substantial hop character. Mouthfeel: Light bodied lager but crisp finish and healthy carbonation. Drinkability: Effortless not a beer I would crave but one that definitely is easily consumed.

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Photo of stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a nice gold color. Formed a nice white bubbly head that subsided and left some nice lace with a fairly steady carbonated stream of bubbles. . A citrusy aroma and taste of hops and lemon. Light malt finish. An OK beer, but there are better pilsners out there.

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Photo of chilidog
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of the fall tasting tour, I got One 1900. Capital says start with this brew, as its the more basic of the beers. It pours a clear golden straw color. The head was a upper carbonated white. It fades to a thin film, no lace is left. The aroma is grainy, bread-like. The taste is also grainy, crisp and clean. The mouth is left crisp and clean as well. I found this to be a very easy drink.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, the head was small in size with a white hue and it consisted of fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and hazy with a yellow-gold hue. The nose was malty, sweet, and fruity. The flavor was sweet and fruity tasting wtih a smooth, thin, watery texture and it was light bodied. Not a beer that I particulary cared for by this brewer.

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Photo of maxpower
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white foamy head that doesn't last long , light earthy hay and corn aromas, nice balanced grainy flavor, light bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with a light corn sweetness, a great refreshing summer beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of a gold brick, and sports a good pillow of fluffy, creamy white head. Leaves a solid patchwork of lace till the end. Some corn and grain are picked up on the nose, as well as a slight, sweet buttery aroma. In the mouth the beer is light to medium bodied with good cleansing carbonation and moderate creaminess. The flavors are again grain driven with a slight rye twang that overshadows the malt component, which does not show itself much. Apparently this is the original Schlitz recipe from before prohibition times! I applaud Capital for the research, effort, and most importantly the passion in presenting this offering. A solid beer that will wash down a dog with alacrity. Go Cubs!!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As pale American lagers go, this is better than most. No off-tastes, a fine yellow color with just a slight haze. Noticable malt presence is balanced by a just-detectable fruity hop presence. But there is a noticable touch of corn to keep the color light.

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Photo of ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color...little white lace that rims the glass...nose is subtle floral hops and sweet, almost corny maltiness...Body is about right for this style...carbonation is medium...flavor features pretty basic lager characteristics but also some breadiness...seems more of a helles lager though....finishes a little dry...Don't really like the aftertaste/finish...a bit of an odd flavor....

Overall this is OK...their Bavarian Lager is considerably better....This is better than a lot of Macros but not by a huge margin....worth trying....I won't purchase again...

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Photo of Tballz420
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is a clear golden color, with lots of little carbonation bubbles swimming around off the pour. At the top is a white head. It has a nice, crisp taste, bringing to mind a few pils iv e had recently. While there isnt much going on with this, it is much better than your average pale lager. I just wouldnt buy it again because this isnt my style of beer.

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Photo of MJR
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear gold highlighted by countless carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. What begins as a thick white head soon shrinks to a thin, mostly complete cap with random lacing.

Smell: The aroma starts out with a bready malt note, then opens up with a touch of herbal hops. Overall, the nose is quite faint and subdued, but remarkably clean.

Taste: Light and delicate, with the palate widely dominated by a light graininess and malty sweetness. There's a bit of a corn flavor, which I'd guess is from it being employed in the grainbill, rather than a DMS side-effect of the brewing process. The hops barely even show up, offering only a hint of a herbal flavor and slight bitterness. Finishes very clean with a bready, malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with a body that's light and smooth.

Drinkability: Average. This is a clean and mellow brew. It has no damning flaws, except for maybe a lack of character. While this beer goes down easily enough, I'd prefer something with more going on.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew by the Capital Brewery. Arrived as a medium golden with a lot of bubbly action which quickly disappated leaving a mild center lace with some glass ring and cling.
The body is a medium and the nose is short lived and very slight of grain.
The taste is evenly balanced with a slight edge to the mallts.
Certainly a session brew if I lived near by.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear yellow in color with lots of bubbles flowing within, has a one finger high head of bright white puffy foam with some big bubbles located on top, gets light stringy lace. Smell is sweet malts, very crisp and fresh, floral and grassy-like hops finish it off with a light toastyness. Taste is sweet, a touch of sharpness, subdued malts but still quite sweet, fresh, with a decent hop bitterness that shows a light floral quality with a bit of grass and spice. Feel is pretty full, smooth and lingering creamyness and a solid airy dryness into the finish. Quite drinkable for sure, easy going and pleasing.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear dark gold body topped with a small ultra-white head. The head dropped quickly and left a thin layer to create ring lacing that did do quite well. The nose is of light caramel malt with some grassy hints from the light hopping. The taste is much better than a typical macro, the body is perfectly appropriate to the style, and the finish is nicely crisp and clean. A very nice lager that would be good for an evening of sociable sipping.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly tawny-gold hue, translucent, small white head, fair retention, some lace. Gritty, grainy nose, sweet too… the malt is found here, as is an adjunct (corn most likely). Decent palate, sweet yet malty… the nose would indicate the taste would be grainy… it is far from it, very smooth and buttery (not in a negative way). Hints of hay, grass. The bitterness is minimal. Nicely done. Light-medium body. Drinkable. While this beer is not something I’d seek out I do realize its positive merits.

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Photo of drizzam
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first foray into the world of the Capital brewery started with the 1900. It poured a clear gold color with a smallish white head that really didn't leave much of a lace. On drinking it I noticed it to have a thin but somewhat creamy mouthfeel, the taste being maltier and low on hops...somewhat bready as the beer warmed up a bit. I wasn't at all disappointed with this selection, I may have to partake again in the future.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden color, with a white head. Leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is grainy and sweet. The flavor has a bit of a grain taste, but also a bready flavor. It has more malt flavor than most American lagers. The hop bitterness is evident, but low. Overall it is an easy drinking, smooth beer; a tasty brew with more flavor than most American lagers.

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Photo of brakspear
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer gets lower reviews than it deserves because there is now a prejudice against any beer using corn adjuncts. But this isn't a modern macro, but a pre-prohibition American pilsner that is a fine representation of a classic Middle Western American beer style. This is probably similar to what our great grandparents drank in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit before being called up to fight the Kaiser.

The beer pours golden with nice carbonation and a soft white head that lingered long in my glass. Very nice.

The aroma is a smooth blend of malty six-row barley, corn sweetness and unasuming hop spice.

I really thought the taste was refreshing, a much maltier beer than modern American lagers, the corn was evident, but it actually makes the beer rather tasty. The hops are not as noticeable as I would like, but are present to a greater degree than modern beers.

Capital has re-discovered a very nice beer style, refreshing, easily drinkable, but still full-flavored. I may add this as a regular to my beer cave.

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Photo of Winter
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden color with a white head. Aroma consisted of corn, malt, hops and an increasing "bready" aroma as the beer warmed. Light bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant crispness with a mildly hoppy finish. This was okay, but something I'd probably not pursue again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head, clear, pale yellow appearance. Honey and floral notes on the nose. Smooth, mellow. I'm not a lager lover, but I didn't dislike this one. Decent, if only to the point of inoffensiveness.
Not something I'd purchase again, but I won't slander it either.

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Photo of Realale
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice full golden color. Head dissipates quite quickly.

Nose is very malty sweet, with a good dose of creamed corn. Little hop present at all.

Palate is very grainy. Lots of malt and definitely a detectable element of corn. Quite sweet initially, although not as sweet as it smells, but balances out somewhat by the finish. This tastes like it did not ferment out fully, and someone forgot at least one of the hop additions!

Certainly accomplishes the ramped-up malt and corn profile of a pre-prohibition American lager, but this was definitely out of balance. Hopefully, just batch variation (based on reading other BA reviews) and not a permanent change to the recipe, but this was not a good beer, and certainly not up to the standard of other Capital offerings I've had. I tasted a second bottle from the same six pack, and it tasted the same. Purchased in Wisconsin, only about 60 miles from the brewery.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pretty ordinary Pils. Part of a Capital sampler pack so I am trying to work my way up the chain. Shouldn't be too hard to beat this one. Slight hops aroma, mildly smooth refreshing flavor but pretty bland overall.

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Photo of marc77
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear golden hue, topped by a dense one fingered head that leaves loose lace. Sweet, white bread like malt hits the nose initially, then is ceded by a floral hop nose and light toastiness. Flavorwise, notes of sweet corn quickly give way to mellow graininess and residual malt sweetness due to the paltry hop bitterness. The continental base malt backbone is lightly buttery, (non diacetyl derived), and is akin to that of a Munich Helles. Hop bitterness falls short of providing balance, leaving an overall sweet impression to this classic American pilsner. Trace grassy hop flavor undertone. Lightly bodied, but quite smooth and dextrinous in mouthfeel for style. Finishes mildly bready and sweet, but otherwise clean. 1900 is an tasty pre prohibition pilsner with a relatively rich malt profile, but would be even better with a more pronounced hop bitterness. It's reminescent of a Helles with corn in the grist.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is golden in color and has some slight chill haze. A nice frothy white head sits on top and sticks around for awhile. Smells of spicy hops (seems like Saaz) with a nice underlying sweet malt aroma. There's a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The body is about medium. Taste is very smooth as well. Subdued malt characteristics blend nicely with spicy hop accents. I could throw back 6 of these no problem..in an hour.

Apparantly, Capital researched brewing styles from the turn of the century to develop this American-style pilsner. It comes from an old Wisconsin recipe, circa 1900. Rumor has it that this beer is based on the old Schlitz recipe.

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Capitol 1900 from Capital Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.