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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a light bronze color and is quite transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Pretty good head with some nice lacing as it goes down. Persistent head with good retention. Nice cap as it eventually falls. The nose has a bit of light toasted bread plus a touch of caramel. Taste has a bit of grain and bread and a mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes pretty dry after a light body with higher levels of carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not my favorite style, but this does a decent job hitting the high notes that I'd consider possibilities here.

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity, almost like Juicy Fruit gum, with holiday spice aromatics

Taste: Juicy Fruit gum with holiday spice cake elements arriving by mid-palate; somewhat sweet and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well it sure is different so I will grant them kudos for creativity but I cannot say that I would care to try this again

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bubby white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a few candy crumbs hiding in there as well as a touch of breadiness and a floral, spicy hop component.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight breadiness. Mildly sweet. A firm, spice-driven bitterness battles the sweet and ultimately wins a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright beer. If you have a problem with that, why don't you go cry into your pillow?

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial puffy cap of foam on an amber orange body. Wet stone with sweet malt in the nose. Good lacing.

Orange spice flavor, with sturdy malt behind it. Faint residual hops that are mellow. Clean and fairly simple, the light orange is fleeting, allowing the malt to take centerstage in the middle, into the aftertaste. As full bodied as you can get with an amber, without crossing into Bock territory.

Only had a single, but several would be nice any time of the year. The unique orange spice element is reminiscent of Jenlain Noel, another winter seasonal.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a white, soapy, bubbly, one-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of toasty malt. There was also a nice grassy/hoppy nose.

T - It tasted malty, with a burnt toast-like flavor. It was fairly hoppy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice beer. Certainly worth a try during the winter season.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall pokal at The Firkin.

Freshly-tapped kegs are always attractive when skimming the board, right? This example pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, toffee, light brown sugar, and a few pinches of allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more brown sugar, some cinnamon, some light maple syrup, and a twinge of ginger. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice winter brew, nothing amazing, but a nice, easy-going brew with some mild spicing.

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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent crème head that fell fast. Mild fruity malts and mild hops on the nose. Flavor is slight salty with a touch of citric bite. Not abrasive by any means. Smooth and not trying to be showy. Feel is smooth in liquid. Carbonation bites a bit. Easy to drink. I'm going to peg this as a pale ale. Not too shabby.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is clear copper, head: thick, fluffy and very, very bubbly.
Of the aroma, I can speak of little: it's soft, sly, and suggestive of hardly thing that I can mention. Hops arrive fiercely on the palate and maintain their ground. Mouthfeel is malty, rich, and chewy. Nice spritzes of spices bounce in now and again, and they are quite welcome on the tongue. Medium body, easily drunk, but I'm curious about the ABV. A nice winter lager, for those who like that sort of thing.
10-04-03 Just had a bottle from last year's batch the other day, and must append this caveat to the above bit of diffidence. Maybe it got better over the months, or maybe my mind and tastes have been altered, but it's better than I said. Much better. When the new batch comes out, I'll do a better one.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber to copper with a head that doesn't last long. Some spots of lacing slide down the glass, but not much sticking.

The smell is of caramel with a faint herbal touch.

The taste is of toasted caramel with herbal/minty hops.

It is a bit fizzy on the first sip, but then becomes clean and smooth, as a lager should be. A nice aftertaste lingers.

A good amber ale. Nice mix of malt and hops for the winter season!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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 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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz delivered to Idaho from Archer Liquors in Chicago (Thanks again Randy for the opportunity). Poured into my small weizen glass after a proper rinsing.

Big chunky white meringue like head.... good lacing.... but funny thing here, is I can smell the hops from here... definately not what I was epecting...but very pleasing none the less. Beautiful Amber with garnet red highlites... nice.

Smell definately leans toward spicey hops... complex caramel and darker malt character.. I could just smell this one for a while.... but for the good of the beer community, I will plow on.

Flavor is spot on fantastic... very balanced malty sweetness... some low raisins and dried fruit for sure. toasted fresh bread... much more pronounced hop flavor and bitterness than other Capital brews I've tried (except the amber lager)... but still much lower than most American interpretations... carbonation and mouthfeel are above average... but barely... maybe a little to bubbly for my tastes.

Overall, Winter Skal is another very good lager... I wish more breweries had the skills to pull something like this off; it's still European in nature, but wth just a touch of the Americas to make it different.

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.

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 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 Gusler
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straight up clear amber, with a one finger head after the pour that diminishes to next to nothing pretty quick. Little to no bubbling. Somewhat sweet, toasted caramel and crystal malt aroma. Faintly citrus, bitter caramel is the aroma. Starts with a bittersweet, malty, melba toast malt. Then some well placed hop citrus hits the middle, allthe way through to the finish and linger of this beer's taste. A little spicey in the hoppy mouthfeel of this beer. Only the spicey finish and linger of this beers flavor and palate makes me think of winter. Other than that, a blind taste test would convince my tastebuds that this was a west coast amber ale. Not a Wisconsin Winter seasnal brew. VERY sessionable though. Should consider producing all year round.

Photo of Duff27
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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.

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

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.