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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

Winter SkålWinter Skål

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83
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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%


Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
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jsh420

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright amber orange with a 1+ finger white head that left some lacing

smells well spiced with carmel/bready malts in the background

taste is solid - again spice hits you up front but the spice is not some gimmicky holiday atrificial flavor - it blends well with the bready malts

mouthfeel is light crisp some bite to it

drinkability is good - if you want a easy drinking holiday lager this will fit the bill

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:53:25 | More by jsh420
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:52:22 | More by bsp77
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber with a sticky, light khaki head. Nose is filled with caramelized vegetables, brown sugar, faint spice, and spicy, vegetal hops. Taste is much like the smell. Very vegetable-y, yet sweet with caramally malts. Hops provide ample balance--spicy and green. Finish is sweetish with light bitterness. Nice, light carbonation enhances the full, thick mouthfeel. Robust amber lager but goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 04:05:28 | More by alexgash
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hero27

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Mostly clear golden amber. Creamy off-white layer of foam.
Slightly spicy aroma with a hefty use of Vienna malts. What's the abv here? I can't pick up a hint of alcohol in the flavor..just a tasty, rich toffee malt with some hops playing as it's loyal sidekick. Remarkably smooth...this goes down like Paris Hilton after a couple drinks..
A believable take on German brewing that really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:39:24 | More by hero27
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium orange color, completely still and devoid of any carbonation bubbles. Head is bright white and settles to a thick ring around the edge with a thick film in the center. Lacing is medium.

S - Light caramely malt aroma with a tinge of hops.

T - Taste consists of a hop bite at the beginning, which is followed by a light caramely malt with a little cinnamon and a very faint piney hop surprise.

M - Carbonation is just about right. Consistency is medium to light.

D - Overall a very solid beer, nothing terribly outstanding, but it is refreshing and relatively well-priced. Try it, its good.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 04:39:21 | More by umustdrink
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 01:10:33 | More by dhannes
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Capital Brewery Bier Stube on 11/28/2008.

A= This beer poured a clear, light amber color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head dropped to a cap and maintained throughout. Not much lacing beyond a few spots.

S= This beer smelled of nutty grains, bakery malt sweetness, and a very faint spice note. Excellent aromas for a lager!

T= I found flavors of caramel malt, bread, and light but unrelenting hops. Though this lager was of the maltier variety, those hops gave it just the right twist. There was also a very faint spice in there that I couldn't quite identify. Possibly some form of winter warmer spice??? The finish dried just a bit but remained bready and fairly sweet.

MF=- Light side of medium bodied, with a medium or higher carbonation level.

D= A very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these and not regret it! Very sessionable!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 08:25:21 | More by spointon
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - A tall but quiet pour brings out a small, one-finger, slightly off-white head. Moderate retention leaves some fingers of lacing above the clear and beautiful warm honey golden orange-colored beer.

S - The nose begins with a honey-drizzled biscuit malty sweetness with husky pale notes and a touch of caramel sweetness. A well balanced hop aroma is complimentary, offering up a noble nose of floral and light citrus hints.

T - The flavor mirrors the nose to a T. Malty flavors start first with an overarching honey and caramel sweetness and move right along into a floral and lightly spicy noble hop nose with a faint white grape finish. Husky pale malt provides a good base while keeping it from being too sweet.

M - Hard and crisp, sprtizy carbonation dances on the tongue but the beer is quite smooth feeling. The finish becomes dry though the sweetness is very well balanced.

O - Winter Skål is a fairly straight-forward malty amber lager with subtle floral hop nuances that provide good balance for an easy drinking and smooth winter lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 00:44:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great appearance this beer has, shiny amber and a rather large, creamy head that leaves a nice lace. Strong maltiness is in the aroma, nice caramel nature. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy, very smooth beer. Flavors of malt sweetness and caramelization hit first, and then some hops are evident through the finish. I'm very pleased with this beer. I bought it on a whim and got lucky, worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 20:32:15 | More by AudioGilz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my spoils from Wisconsin. The beer pours a nice red/amber color with 2 fingers of head that is rather fleeting. Pretty much what I would expect here. The nose is caramel sweetness, with a hint of what a marzen smells like. Touches of the funk of a lager, but not offensive as other lagers can be. The flavor is nice, for a lager. The flavor is caramel and some hints of toffee. Its like a Killians Red, but actually good. The feel is right at the interface between moderate and thick, with hints of a creamy texture in there. Good good beer. Drinkability is good as well. The aftertaste sticks on sweet and a hint grainey. It keeps me coming back for more. I do like the beer a lot. Not neceassarily what I want in a winter beer, but it is very good non the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 18:02:04 | More by kmpitz2
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of garymuchow
Pours a nice orangey/amber color with a one finger head, that dissapated very quickly. Carbonation seems to be okay.
Smell is somewhat lacking, I had a hard time distinguishing some of the aromas. I was able to get a toasty, fruity and toffee like character from this one.
The beer itself was fruity and hoppy, with a very mild hop spiciness and toffee-like quality. There is definitely a characteristic lager crispness to this which makes it kind of refreshing.
Overall, I would say that as far as a winter offering is concerned, this is certainly interesting. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 02:11:11 | More by LuckySevens82
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with somewhat orange highlights, this one has a nice color but very little white head, that has close to no retention.
Aroma is delicate, but malty, with some hint of hops.
Medium bodied, it is also malty on the tongue, mildly caramelized, grainy, lightly sweet, well balanced by some hoppy bitterness.
It is not powerful, extreme or complex, but still has a nice flavor to it, easy to drink, quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 01:31:50 | More by brdc
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malcontent

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, vibrant amber body with a thin but even head.

It's a simple style, but this beer just exudes malt. Sweet apples and honey with a little buttered bread to boot.

Ends up drinking like a good amber lager; squeaky-clean (almost too clean) amber malt body, a definite noble hop presence on board for a long, bready finish.

Clean and crisp with just enough body. Actually a really nice lager. I'd be happy to drink this for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 19:13:28 | More by malcontent
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:21:03 | More by BeerCheese
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle, many thanks to grynder33 for the bottle. Pours a clear sunset-amber with a one-finger stark-white head. The head falls pretty quickly without leaving any lacing.

Smell – Some toasted Vienna malt with spicy hops. Sweetness comes to the front after the hops fade. There is a bit of off-aroma, can't put my finger on it exactly maybe a wisp of DMS. As it warms I get a hint of alcohol, I wonder how strong this is?

Taste – Luckily whatever that was in the nose faded after my first sip. Delightful clean maltiness with some spicy hops to balance it out. The finish is a bit mineral in a good way. The favor certainly doesn't overflow with complexity, but it is a clean well executed blend of traditional ingredients and style.

Mouthfeel – medium body with medium carbonation for an American craft lager.

Drinkability & Notes – So smooth and easy to drink with a solid flavor profile. I like this beer, but its not really heavy enough to be a winter beer, more of a fall beer in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 00:42:09 | More by OldSock
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this while in Green Bay last December (with a nod to BigHuge for the tip)....
Poured crystal clear, medium golden in color, with some intermittent carbonation rising within. Head initially about 1/2", but fades quickly to a fine layer, and is off-white hued. Has a very bready malt nose, with suggestions of hop spice lurking in the rear. Could be more pronounced, though. Body is nicely medium, with good smoothness and a touch of chewiness. Flavor, too, is bready and toasty. Nice, subtle sweetness coats the tongue, and hops are spicy, and a bit biting in nature. This a tasty, solid offering, and I wish I had 3 bottles to fill a Maß-krug with!

Zum Wohl!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

798

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 22:48:50 | More by Bierman9
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-syle glass. It pours a slightly hazy light amber color with two fingers of head that have good retention. Nice lacing too. The smell has a pilsener malty aroma to it, with a decent amount of hops. Nice and full for a lager. The taste is also malty at first, with a good caramel flavor. There's a little bit of biscuit malt as well. The finish is nice and hoppy. It's very well balanced. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is very nice. A big thanks to Kev for this solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:42:13 | More by SheepNutz
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a nice foamy head that lasts for about 2 minutes and shrinks to a thin film, with the first pour lacing lasting but none down the glass. Don't get much from the smell, but I do get a hop and slightly peppery presense and a good pilsner malt aroma. Taste-wise, a good hop presense with bready malt and some carmelization, mildly fruity and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is good, and it feels like a good deal of alcohol, enough to feel like a winter warmer. Another good session beer from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 01:52:35 | More by objectivemonkey
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending a few days in the TN mountains with some friends, and one of them brought a sixer of this. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick 2-finger beige head. Light lace left behind. Nose is bready with light yeast, sugar. Faint floral hops noted as well.

Good crisp mouth, that mellows to a moderate fullness. Toasted caramel, toast, light juicy hops. Finish is bready and full. This is a pretty good lager here. Not one of my favorite styles, but a good representation. I'm continually impressed with Capital. Keep it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:19:28 | More by Onenote81
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SMark

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 01:43:04 | More by SMark
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EpicWI

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Deep amber in color. Even with an fairly aggressive pour there's very little head.

S. Malty, with a hint of hops. Most distinctive is a strong spice scent.

T. Sweet, and again malty and spicy, with the hops much more prominent than in the smell. The smell and taste greatly compliment each other.

M. Nothing incredibly distinctive here. Stronger carbonation than I prefer.

O. A great wintertime beer. I can see myself enjoying several of these next to a fire on a sleepy snowed-in weekend. Couldn't see myself drinking these outside the late fall/winter months (but it's a seasonal brew anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:02:50 | More by EpicWI
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 06:56:21 | More by ADR
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second of the new breweries today, a rarity for me if I may be so modest, just goes to show you that in the “World of Beer”, there’s always something new and exciting, guess that’s why I’m still at it after 45 plus years and 5400 beers lifetime.

The color on the pour a limpid deep copper, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and a nice light tan color, as it dissipates the lace left behind seals off the glass. Personally I think this a sign of a well-brewed beer, along with the bazillion tiny bubbles lifting from the bottom of the glass. Nose malt and lightly sweet, musty and a tad yeasty, fresh and pleasing the nose on this beer. Start sweet, lots of malt top moderate in its feel, finish has a delightful hop spicy presence, the carbonation tolerable and the aftertaste somewhat dry, quite a quaffable brew it is true.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 17:19:49 | More by Gusler
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright reddish orange; polished copper I guess. The head is ecru, large and fluffysoft. Exactly the type of cap that turns out to be a poor lace generator. Sure enough, glass coverage is next to nil. The nose doesn't impress either. It's mostly lightly spicy caramel malt with toasted grain thrown into the mix.

The flavor is better than the aroma would indicate. Toasted caramel malt is paramount and has a delicious hoppy spiciness to it. It's more flavorful than most amber/red lagers and is helped by a nice firm body that carries it across the tastebuds with authority. The flavor structure holds up well throughout the long, increasingly--but still gently--bitter end.

Winter Skal is one of the best Capital beers that I've had yet. Considering the style, it's one damn fine winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 17:42:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 14:39:22 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.