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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Winter SkålWinter Skål

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of ibashmuck
1.53/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Fairly uninspiring appearance, "rusty amber". Smells of malt and caramel, and tastes the same. Never a big fan of these types, and this did nothing to change my thinking. Actually managed to get worse with each drink. Really just didn't work for me on any level.

ibashmuck, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Nachos4two
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Nachos4two, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of StoughtonGuy
2/5  rDev -45.7%

StoughtonGuy, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of beagle75
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crystal malt is diluted by threads of acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide. A trace of cinnamon adds earthy spice.

T: Begins dry, with early astringency that gives way to much more sweet Munich pale malt. Green plant stems are faint into the middle, with mild acidity, where some elements of fruit punch are suggestive of estery metabolites. Astringency returns alongside over-toasted grain in the drying finish, where mild herbaceous bitterness is present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, mild astringency is less felt than tasted, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Wisconsin's Capital Brewery is generally pretty good at letting the quality of its beers establish it as a very conservative, but proficient, producer. This beer is a departure, with discordant qualities and a wildly-oscillating level of sweetness that is never able to become comfortable on the palate. It is a seasonal whose useful lifespan has elapsed.

beagle75, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of hardy008
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with a small off white head with fair retention and little lacing. The aroma has light toasted malt and a little caramel. Not a very strong aroma.

The taste has light toasted bread, caramel, and some hop bitterness at the end. Not my favorite American Amber. Would have been better with more caramel flavor.

Light bodied with high carbonation and it finishes dry. Not much to like about this beer. I won't go out of my way to find it again.

hardy008, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of cet128
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

cet128, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of lurpy1
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle had been languishing in the back of my fridge, forgotten in the land of misfit beers. Out you come my child! This is your chance to shine.

Frankly, it's pretty hard to impress me with an amber lager. The pour is, however, a beautiful clear amber, with just the right amount of head. From there, though, the beer begins to live down to my expectations. Aromatically, a little grain comes through, not much spice, but overall, this is the smell of spilled beer in the basement of some random frat house. Gah. The taste is flat, watery, vaguely saisonish. And y'know, it seems to get worse as we go. The heavy carbonation doesn't help either.

Maybe I left this in the fridge too long. Best I can say is it freed up some space in the fridge.

lurpy1, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of redpuck
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In my usual hit or miss experience with beer from Capital Brewery, this one is a miss. While a crisp beer, the taste really left a lot to be desired.... as in there wasn't any taste. Of course the benefit of that is no lingering bad aftertaste though. All that being said it is a seasonal beer and who knows maybe it's just a bad recipe this year. Personally I'm waiting for Redhook's WinterHook as that consistently delivers year in and year out.

redpuck, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of vinny21bal
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

vinny21bal, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of terrabyte
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color with medium-sized white head.

Aroma consisted of caramel malts and some sugar. Some lager mustiness.

Flavor consists of a mild caramel base bordering on tangy. As with the aroma, I again pick up a slight amount of lager funk and mustiness. Is this the spice people are talking about? My body is not wired to enjoy ambers.

Mouthful is just fine. Carbonation is good. It has a slight tanginess that I don’t attribute to bitterness.

Drinkability is average. Kind of depressing to drink. Winter is already depressing enough, this only adds to it. Woah, where did that come from? This beer was much thicker than a BMC, but I couldn’t help but think the flavor was similar.

terrabyte, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of AmberMan22
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap last night at the Echo Tap.

after looking at some of the other reviews, I almost feel like the guy poured me the wrong beer.

Mine was overwhelmingly dominated by a honey taste, though a solid amber style taste was discernible for about the 1st second of every sip. The color looked like a fairly light orange, not dark enough for amber and nowhere near red. I was pretty disappointed with this one, since I felt like I was drinking out of a beehive.

AmberMan22, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Duff27
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 2011 bottle

A- Inch tall white dense head. Beer is a very light ambvr color. Above average head retention and good lacing.

S- Lemon grass in the nose, very bready.

T- Bready sweet malts up front with a just a tocuh of caramel. Skunky bitterness on the tail end...I could do without that part.

M- Medium to medium-thin, adequately carbonated for the style.

D/O- Very drinkable, although just one step above a macro for me. I do not think I would have this again as I wasn't a big fan.

Duff27, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jubie921
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jubie921, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of beerbrute
3/5  rDev -18.5%

beerbrute, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -18.5%

tbone64, May 26, 2014
Photo of Cam9191
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Cam9191, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Nihilistkid
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Nihilistkid, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of AmandaSchaefer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

AmandaSchaefer, May 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

MadTownDrinker, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

asafarc2, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Skillz, Jan 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

fuzzcherry, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of RichH55
3/5  rDev -18.5%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2011
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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.