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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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83
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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For some reason, I had this beer on my list of things to try. Exploring different styles, maybe? Tasted 19 January 2013.

Pours, well, certainly amber. Slightly reddish hue, but mostly it's pure clean ambery amber. So clear it's like looking through colored glass. A thin column of bubbles rising up in the center. One finger of off-white head, decent retention, fine lacing. Not bad.

Smell is toasty, biscuity, like a bock. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad. Warm, but kinda thin like crackers. Buttery, too. Reminds me of those petit-beurre cookies I loved as a kid. Very malt-forward, with no obvious hop or yeast aromas.

Taste is kinda, well, it's half of that good stuff above, and half this odd herbal hoppy thin light lager flavor. The flavor shifts between these two versions, 75% of one, then 75% of the other, in a kind of pulsating wave. But I wish it were all just those buttery toasty malts, as the other side just isn't doing it for me.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, a little undercarbonated. Not bad.

A decent enough beer, definitely a malt-forward lager, as it should be. But the taste is kind of a mess, with mismatched pieces crashing into each other and battling for dominance.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:27:31 | More by zeledonia
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12 oz. bottle, with some kind of a coded bottling date on the bottleneck. A new beer to me, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from Capital Brewery, and I'm excited to have it. My bottle lists a 5.80% abv.

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A - Pours a hazed brassy orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy off-white head. Some scattered lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is bready, yeasty, dusty, and musty. Clean bready amber malt, some soapiness, some fruitiness, some buttery diacetyl, and a hint of some strange minty spicing. Faintly herbal / grassy spice rack sort of notes in there, also.

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M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Bready maltiness on the palate with some stickiness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.