Winter Skål | Capital Brewery

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pDev:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 293
Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-rate 1-1-06

Hell of a beer...similarin some ways to SA Boston Lager but better and similar in other ways to Elliot Ness (right in the same ball park)...leans more ot the red lager side of things....Not many better than this for style(call it a viennna/red lager mix)....

6-1-03
One of the better lagers I've had...The first time I had it I was disappointed...I expected a hearty old ale...this is just a lager but a special one...it is not spiced or anything like that but I would put the quality of this lager up against anything brewed...sweet almost vienna style maltiness, but balanced with a perfect husky hoppy finish...just a splendid beer..

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, and caramel with a very faint hint of herbal hops. The taste is very sweet with a ton of caramel. The faint hop character that is noticeable in the aroma is not present in the taste, and I think that is a real shame as it might have helped things from becoming as cloying as they are. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer that I'm sure a lot of people would really like, but I can't see myself drinking it again as it is just far too cloying for my tastes.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a clear amber with a thin off-white bubbly-foamy head that fizzed away after a minute and had some light patchy lace. Smell is very nice, its a sweet fruity delight of green grapes along with a bit of apple and peach and has a smoothing sweet malt backing. The smell and taste was very close to Hales Wee Heavy Winter but just a tad lighter. The taste is mild and light with a clean, sweet, smooth malt with a very slight and mildly bright hop thats citrusy/tangy, just a bit of green grapes and apple; all very subtle and smooth. Feel is light bodied and silky smooth, has a interesting light tang hold that reminds me of a wet wine and gets barely dry in the finish. This is very drinkable and is a very subtle, intesting beer. Yep, I liked it. Thank you, may I have another.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear light amber, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Malt. Lots of it. Caramel, bread, toast. Just very malty.

T-Like the nose mainly just malt. Not getting much hop presence, just malt. Caramel and bread are there as well. But no balance because it is all malt.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery.

O-A boring, overly malty beer without much in the way of flavor.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A cold looking icy-light blue oval label which contains a picture of a domed building which always reminds me of the great dome of Wrens masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and politely reminds me I’m still very much a foreigner after only 30 months in the USA. The label sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label, complete with the usual health crap. I even noted that the silver crown cap was a ‘twist-off’ one – I usually miss these.

Appearance: A very nice looking lucid copper pan colored body that poured with a very appealing head, which quickly formed after the pour. A nice smooth looking uniform ½” beige covering that slowly pops and sputters to a thin halo like head after a decent amount of time. Some light lacing.

Nose: The nose was perhaps the most disappointing aspect for me at first. So much so that I ended up writing this part last after returning to it, the first time round I had only one word – malty. After the last part of the bottle warmed, and was poured, it improved no end. Spicy malts with some light pepper hints and a dark fruity aspect.

Taste: A very tasty beer that has a solid malt backbone. Balanced in the middle with a light bitterness, it drinks well. Light spices mix with fruity traits at times. This could easily make for a great session beer I’m sure – well for me at least it would.

Mouthfeel: Lots of well-aerated carbonation in the mouth, but is smooth and it lends a lively feel to this Lager in the mouth. Average body, with a nice feel that is more than sufficient to support the taste profile, and assist the quaffability of this offering.

Drinkability: Wow, the 12 ounces disappeared in no time whatsoever. I wish I had some more of this. A very enjoyable drinking Lager.

Overall: Big Thanks to BigHuge for this one, my fourth Capital Brewery beer and another good one. Worth keeping an eye out for this one.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a good-looking one finger light khaki head that gradually recedes. Decent retention. The beer is a medium amber in color.

smell: Toffee malts and pale grain blended with an almost fruity bourbon aroma. Not that it smells like bourbon, but the fruity aspect of bourbon aroma is here, that's what I'm getting at. Subtle, estery banana? Smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a full medium. Seems a little heavy for the carbonation level and style.

taste: Interesting at least. Sweet, lighter toasted and pale malts with notes of sweet citrus and sweet bread. Lighter, nondescript hop flavor and moderate bitterness. For some reason I can't help but be reminded of an Old Fashioned (bourbon with sugar and muddled cherries and orange), right or wrong.

drinkability: eh...good enough

single from Riley's in Madison, brought back in a suitcase

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and toasted malts (toasted caramel). Tastes of toffee, toasted malts, some nuttiness, and some breadiness.

Notes from and tasted on: 01/11/06.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color. Aroma of nuts. Winter nuts, as far as nuts go, these are all up and prominent relatively speaking.

Smooth non offensive nut brown ale. Toffee in there. Average stuff, wouldn't really describe it as an amber ale though.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter amber in color and clear. Medium and fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is very pleasant and complex with qualities of malt and hops, plus alcohol and an almost spicy quality. Has the thinner quality of a lager, yet a heartiness to it. Taste is complex too with the hop bitterness dominating, but the caramel malt helping to rounding it off and make it very smooth. Pretty dry finish and that remains for a lingering aftertaste. This is as complex a lager as I have tasted. It has the Vienna qualities of a lager with maltiness and smoothness of a California Common.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go with a nice amber brew, heady and frothy ivory head floats gently on top, leaving Brussels lace as she slides downward.

Aroma of winter spice, mostly black pepper, but with a touch of nutmeg too. Full bodied brew that drinks smoothly, full of malt with that bit of spice in the finish.

Tasty brew, glad I have several bottles as the football Sunday progesses - a real session type frosty that would work well in the summer too.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

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.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty spot on - very bready and malty with mild fruitiness. Caramel / amber malts, some burnt sugars, some indistinct hop / yeast derived fruitiness. Mild herbal spicing, but nothing in particular.

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

Overall, a fairly unmemorable winter lager from Capital Brewery. Not harsh, foul, or offensive, just very simple, and lacking in any depth or complexity. Would probably go well with a meal, I suppose. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

Capital Brewery Winter Skål ---3.5/5

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Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a very nice reddish brown. Crystal clear with a nice tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell was decent. Lots of malt, the signature Capitol yeast strain and some underlying spice.

Taste was solid. Nice use of hops and quite a bit of caramel malt flavor. Seems to have a subtle spicing. This would be a good winter beer to introduce people to the concept of holiday beers. Not overly threatening, but tasty.

Kind of a thin mouthfeel, but very easy to drink. Nice beer here!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pure amber with very minimal white head and no lace.
Aroma is spicy yeast, roasted hazelnuts and burent caramel malt.
Flavor is syrupy almost maple usgar, honey or molasses hit, some fruity and slightly burent or roasted hits and an earthy, resiny hop bittering.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a relatively intense spiciness.
Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing outstanding but well made beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - mahogany red, with brown. almost no head at all

S - intense aroma of malts, spices, and bread.

T - bread, with spices, little bite on the finish.

M - Medium body, with slightly less than average carbonation.

D - Considering I'm not a huge fan of amber ales/red lagers, this is a interesting change. Solid and worth a try; nothing earth-shattering here, but give it a go.

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Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.