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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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:
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 06:24:46 | More by scruffwhor
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 14:44:25 | More by tavernjef
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-01-2013 15:54:45 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:44:51 | More by WoodBrew
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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..

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 21:23:15 | More by ZAP
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Duff27

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:08:14 | More by Duff27
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-25-2011 04:19:42 | More by barnzy78
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 04:26:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2003 10:48:37 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-05-2012 12:55:31 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:56:58 | More by blackie
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-14-2013 00:50:00 | More by enelson
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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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:26:27 | More by KarlHungus
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:38:37 | More by hopdog
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-14-2011 17:04:45 | More by bpfrush
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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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Vancer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:50:23 | More by Vancer
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morimech

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:44:14 | More by morimech
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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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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-11-2012 01:24:56 | More by crobinso
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2002 23:12:26 | More by garymuchow
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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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bditty187

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze-amber hue, translucent, smallish white head, soapy retention, no lace. Sweetish nose, toasty caramel malt mingles with slightly alcoholic notes. The palate has a malty foundation; alcoholic, sweet, little hops for bittering, somewhat spicy though. The finish is sweet, candy-like yet clean. Balanced enough. I found the body to be a little thin; this might be influenced by the meager carbonation... of course this adds to the drinkability… quite the double-edged sword. Overall, this beer is good enough to drink again, but its unspectacular… a solid session brew but not hearty enough for the winter.

Try one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 17:29:18 | More by bditty187
Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.