Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Winter SkålWinter Skål

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edit as of March 23, 2002: I still consider this an incredible lager, but after rating many more brews, I am going to try and stay away from rating any beer perfect. So I will adjust my ratings accordingly.

This is just an outstanding lager. It IS my favorite lager of all time. It has a beautiful appearance and smell, delicious taste and a smooth clean finish. Could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather light orangish-amber color. Smells nice, in that Vienna, amber lager-type way. Taste is okay, nothing really special. There's a nice maltiness, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin. It does, however, get better as it warms. (A bit of fruitiness pops through as well.)

Overall, this probably isn't a beer I'd buy again. I'd much rather drink Schell Firebrick, or even Capital's Autumnal Fire.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish-copper in color with a short-lived layer of thick off-white head. Sparse glass lacing. Zesty wintertime nose of spices, caramel sweetness, and some grassy hops. Flavor starts off sweet, much like a Heath bar. A spicy toffee flavor that fades once the hops arrive. Nothing lingering in the aftertaste. Nothing harsh or unsettling in the flavor. Well-balanced. Mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly thin. Still, a very tasty winter brew. I'd seek this one out again.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops.

Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them.

Photo of pat61
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bread and kettle sugars on the nose and a suspicion of light fruit. It pours reddish amber with a slight orange tint under a lacy ½” white foam cap. It has a lightly malted palate with a light sweetness and a spicy dry finish with traces of anise or cardamom. Medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber than I was expecting, SRM larger than anticipated, thin head on it. Aroma was nutty, this was one of the nuttiest aromas from an amber ale I've ever had. I have no idea what "skal" means, I wish the cardboard or the bottle was a little more informative in that regard.

Taste, pretty smooth, inoffensive stuff, the nuttiness of the aroma is slightly disappointing for its lack of a coming out party on the taste buds, but its still ok. Real mello, a little bit of toffee and caramel, this is probably a good choice for drinkers who don't like hoppy or very strong beers. Filler beer is how its known at my house. I do have another situation I would recommend it though, if you just came in from the snow, but you're now sitting by a warm fire, I can see this working in the winter like that.

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, not much head to describe, just a trace in 45 seconds. Firm but not heavy sense of caramel to the malty aroma. Satiny mouthfeel, sense of brown sugar and good toast impressions. Hop sparkle close to the swallow. What's somewhat dissappointing is the mid-mouth flavor. The early malty tastes seem to vanish, giving this beer an awkward pause in the middle. This beer is good, and a step away from being truly solid.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a warm pecan brown body that is a slight bit dense and might be due to a strong carbonation swirling around in the glass. There is a thick head of light tan foam that last and turns rocky after a bit.

S- This beer has a sulfury noble hop smell and as it warms there is a soft note of Munich malt that comes through.

T- The taste of lightly toasted malt with a slight dry honey malt hint is smooth with a bigger biscuit malt taste mix in the flavor. There is a slight tartness before the dry bitter hop note at the finish. As it warms there is a hint of a watery taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is made a bit more full while the head lasts.

D- This beer is very clean and has some nice flavors but the tartness is a bit off and breaks up the balance of malt and hops.

Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one at The Rail House in Deerfield, WI.

This was a nice medium bodied beer with goof flavor. Not overpowering. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking beer, but not one of my favorites. It's worth a try though.

Photo of SMark
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 49º, this beer started out with 2 fingers of white foamy head. Lacing stayed pretty well as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a crystal clear amber with minimal bubbles.

There was a nice hint of malt aroma with hops lingering in the background. A burnt sugar or toffee bouquet seemed to rise from the glass.

Slightly sweet with malt dominating the hops to start and then a slightly bitter taste evolves. Good combination of ingredients as they meld quite nicely.

This beer lasts quite well and invites additional sips. There is a little more here than a medium bodied beverage but I would hesitate to call it full bodied. Very acceptable.

Well thought out and put together. Invites you to drink more than one.

Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deeply bronzed golden hue with pale-yellow foam.
Malted aroma gummi bears and black cherries in the air, along with metal and toast.
Munich malts and black cherries up front. Bock-ish, sort of. Stays static, yet enjoyable for a while, then fades to touches of blackened toast topped with caramel. Turns grainier midway. Rides out like the setting sun across the steppe. Grassy, herbal and lingering.
Medium smooth body with intermediate carbonation.
This is a personal local favorite and a nice winter session.
A marzen on skis.
And especially gorgeous on tap.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Broccah Irish Pub on the square here in Madison and enjoyed with a delicious plate of bangers and mash.

Served a bright orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Nose is musty and malty with a bit of fruity-citrus. Taste continues with an oktoberfest mustiness, some floral hoppiness, and light fruits. Mouthfeel is crisp and slick. The alcohol seemed on the high side for an amber lager but was welcome as it was about 5 degrees outside. A nice winter warmer from Capital minus the overdone spiceyness of most.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and satisfying, Capital Brewery's Winter Skal delivers a straght-forward Oktoberfest/bock-like lager that's captivating and drinkable! It's clear auburn body rests gently beneath a short head of off-white foam that drops steadily to an average collar and leaves only traces of lace about the glass. It's distinctly malty in the aroma with only a hint of floral hops in the background. The body is decidedly medium, and combines with its moderate carbonation to leaves it silky smooth and creamy across the palate. Rich, grainy, Munich malt dominates the flavor. It's well-balanced by a firm bitterness and tempered by its mild, floral and spicy hop flavors. The alcohol never becomes apparent; and although it's not particularily complex, it never fails to satisfy. An exceptional winter seasonal that doesn't have to rely on spices or fruit to earn it's place at your table or gathering.

Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's

I tasted this at the brewery when it first came out and enjoyed it

appearance: clean and very much clear amber-orange pour, thick and fluffy white head, spotted lacing

smell: bready, heavy caramel malts, sweet and slightly peppery, some nice red apple

taste: quite smooth and balanced...sweet caramel malts, red apple, grapes, bready, toasted malts, slightly peppery spice taste, herbal and earthy

mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, refreshing

drinkability: session

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The capital city brewery winter skal is a decent beer. The appearance was a rich amber with very thin white head. The scent has spice and malt which was decent. The taste had ginger/nutmeg which provides a nice wintery delight. The mouthfeel was decent and would be perfect of cold nights. I recommend this for those that want good flavor without being to heavy.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina. Not a bad beer, but it's an American amber lager with holiday spices added. It's not a bad mix, but I'd enjoy the beer just as much without it. The malt gives a dry, crisp bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The lager feels a little off and lacks the fruity esters of a winter warmer. Though I guess if we're calling it an amber lager, it does alright. Worth a try.

Photo of plfahey
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Warm, inviting amber with great clarity and a moderately small ivory-cream head which shows decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet grainy, cereal malt with slight toasty biscuit, light butter toffee, and a hint of caramel. Hopping is extremely light in the aroma. Smooth and rather clean.

Flavor-Smooth caramel and cereal grain malt sweetness up front with toasted toffee. Moderate bitterness and spicy liberty hops with a little bit of floral fruit and woodiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking.

Easy drinking and pretty tasty. Refreshing and quite crushable for a beer with this much character and personality. I don't usually reach for lagers in the winter, but this is pretty tasty.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured crystal clear, light amber, big pillowy tan head. Great looking beer! Nice fresh smell with a hint of spice and citrus. Very malty taste typical of the style. Very light carbonation went nicely with the taste. Also noted a little warming as it went down, but no real noticeable taste of alcohol, which was also nice. Medium/light mouthfeel. VERY drinkable beer that I will enjoy again.

Photo of jackndan
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capital Winter Skal: Cripes, I know it’s the dead of summer, but they sold it to my wife last week, so its gotta be reviewed. Hey, not bad! Deep red beer, with a great big hops aroma (good sign in June) The taste was full of malt, with a pleasant spiciness, followed up with hops in the follow through and the aftertaste. Not bad for an old beer (thank you hops). I’ll look for this next Dec. 21.

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze-amber hue, translucent, smallish white head, soapy retention, no lace. Sweetish nose, toasty caramel malt mingles with slightly alcoholic notes. The palate has a malty foundation; alcoholic, sweet, little hops for bittering, somewhat spicy though. The finish is sweet, candy-like yet clean. Balanced enough. I found the body to be a little thin; this might be influenced by the meager carbonation... of course this adds to the drinkability… quite the double-edged sword. Overall, this beer is good enough to drink again, but its unspectacular… a solid session brew but not hearty enough for the winter.

Try one.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a light beige head. Malty aroma smells too much like the spent grain we used to feed our dairy cows when I was growing up for my liking. Nice lightly roasted malt flavor that is well balanced by the hops. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had Capital's Summer Tour Pack and felt the beers were all good and a couple were very good. This peaked my interest in their Winter Skal which thanks to Bighuge I was able to obtain. This is a solid beer, but it didn't acheive that very good to exceptional score in my book that I was hoping for.

Photo of beveritt
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is the typical Capital Brewery type, this one blue. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of off white head. This settles quickly into a few islands of foam. The beer itself is a bright orange/amber and fairly cloudy. A ring of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Slight acidic or sour tang.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malt upfront. Tastes of honey. Very little bitterness in the finish, you almost have to press your tongue against your teeth and look for it.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Notmally, not my favorite style, seems to be a catch all that catches soem crap. Howver, I found this beer to be malty and substantial.

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Just a little lacing is left behind. A few bubbles continue to rise to the surface a few minutes after the pour. Nothing spectacular in the looks.

The smell is strickly lager like. Malt and lager yeast being evident. Nothing surprising or unique found. Appearance and smell is very average.

Other reviewers have stated that this isn't a big, complex beer and I would agree. What you do get is a solid lager with a good taste that is satisfying and quaffable. Carbonation is spot on and is light bodied. Don't have to worry about drinking several of these in an evening and have them hurting you either.

Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Winter Skål (pronounced "skoal" ) which is the Norski word for "cheers" is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. Skål pours up with ample carbonation that creates a creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-burnt orange body. The moderately rich malty aromatic nose has a nice cracker toastiness that's very appealing. There's just a hint of fruitiness & hop spiciness...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a soft maltiness that's laden with toastiness that seems almost exaggerated for the gravity then gives way to a firm spicy bitterness that creates a respectable clean, dry finish with some alcohol. Medium bodied with a lovely creaminess. Very enjoyable overall! Capital's Winter Skål is a finely crafted Vienna-style lager that would've made Anton Dreher proud. Suggested food pairings include browned Currywurst (curry sausage) smothered in Senf (sweet mustard) with pommes frites (thick-cut, double fried potatoes), Finnan haddie (smoked haddock) with cheese scalloped potatoes or some traditional Choucroute garni (sauerkraut, sausages & potatoes). Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of dhannes
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A=Nice reddish amber with a thick, foamy head.

T=A crisp, somewhat bitter flavor with strong hops, and a touch of herbs, perhaps cloves? First half of the glass was much more enjoyable than the second half, which had a less enjoyable flavor and seemed like it had more alcohol.

M=Nice...not too thick, not too watery...just right.

D=Again, was very drinkable at the outset but flavor turned funky as I drank more.

2/13: Revisited this beer and lowered all my previous rankings by .25.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.