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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Atron67
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a copperish light red crystal clear with a thin tan head on top that stayed for a little bit, with not much lacing.

S- light maltiness at the front, slightly sweet, with a little hoppiness in the finish

T- pretty solid, a smooth malty flavor at the start with a light hop finish.

M- light body, high carbonation.

D- the finish becomes a little cloying by the end but otherwise ok

Photo of sfoley333
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a copper light reddish color with a soda pop white head that fizzed away in a matter of seconds. Smell is faint malt aroma slight hop aroma. Taste creamy malt flavors with just a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel is light body but a little over carbonated. Pretty easy to drink but not my favorite of the style.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 morimech
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of budgood1
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 12 oz. twist off bottle a clear copperish colour, with a slight chunky head which leaves slight wisps of lace. clean malty aroma, grainy and a bit grassy from the hops. straight forward lagerish traits...quite malty and sweet, but not cloying to any degree. malt sweetness is delicately balanced by a nice soft floral hoppiness that is ever so slightly bitter in the back end. medium to above medium body with a full round easy going mouthfeel. finishes malty sweet making the overall drinkability top notch. quite quaffable and sessionable. a definite hearty lager that would pair well with some sausage and cheese on a cold winter's eve.

some may find this offering a bit boring for a winter seasonal, but the obvious quality and craftmanship of this well endowed amber/red lager is to be appreciated. this beer is incredibly approachable and just tastes damn great.

definitely recommended.

Photo of ibashmuck
1.53/5  rDev -58.3%
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.

Photo of botham
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head, leaving a clean glass behind.

aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel malts presiding. a grainy base serves welcome to a touch of citrus and fruity yeast. no hops present.

taste is of caramel malts, with a bit of citrus here as well, rounded out by notes of coriander and cinnamon. aftertaste is of lingering caramel and a touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is very smooth, with a light to medium body. low CO2 and alcohol add to the smooth character, with a creamy texture.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and refined brew that does not need to be bold or rich. it is solid and well proportioned, making it a perfect winter brew. cheers!

Photo of tapman
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, rich amber color with a small 1 finger off-white head. Lacing and the top of the beer are especially lovely after a good swirl, with a thin layer of bubbles forming Rorchach images on the surface of the brew.

Smells of rye bread, malty with a tang of bitter mixed in. I attribute the bitterness to American hops which I'm very confident make up the hop character in this brew. A lot of toffee in the malts, also a bland fruitiness underneath, perhaps a light apple cider.

Honey, toffee, biscuit bread, bright and savory hops are what I find in the taste. Different than the nose, this brew has an interesting malt character, nice hop balance. Roqufort-esque dry yeast finish also is very pleasant (if you've never had a Roquefort 6,8, or 10 then you havn't lived.) Finish is also a little bitter, but what can you expect from a lager. Also the bread tastes a little stale in the finish, but I think tht's due to the hops.

Crisp and bubbly, mouthfeel is a bit chewy and not at all watery for the style. Try rolling around in your mouth...velvety smooth.

I'm not a big fan of lagers. The American Macro market has destroyed my respect for the style, especially after going to Germany and finding that their standard lagers, while better than a Bud, are still lacking in every category. Recently, however, I've been privy to some outstanding lagers changing my opinion. So if you think my review is a bit high for this one, just know that I'm reviewing 80% for the style and 20%personal taste. It accomplishes something many lagers try to achieve. The hops are still important, but there is a great malt character for such a traditionaly hoppy and thin style of beer. Very nice.

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 Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant orange-copper with a creamy white head.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with a metallic edge.

Taste is very malty, initially with light fruit accents that slowly blend to an earthy nutty maltiness. Herbal hop finish with a pleasant peppery bite and a return of the metallic character from the nose.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp.

A very nice lager here. I picked it up on a whim while traveling in Wisconsin. A great session beer. Flavor is smooth and subtle.

Photo of SMark
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of brdc
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 beveritt
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is the typical Capital Brewery type, this one blue. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of off white head. This settles quickly into a few islands of foam. The beer itself is a bright orange/amber and fairly cloudy. A ring of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Slight acidic or sour tang.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malt upfront. Tastes of honey. Very little bitterness in the finish, you almost have to press your tongue against your teeth and look for it.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Notmally, not my favorite style, seems to be a catch all that catches soem crap. Howver, I found this beer to be malty and substantial.

Photo of umustdrink
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a: amber color, eigth inch tan head doesnt dissapear right away leaves some lacing
s: roasted malts floral hops very inviting
t: roasted caramel start followed by a good hop presence very good tasting i really enjoyed
m: medium bodied a little too much carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this, wasnt priced too bad i think just over $7 for a 6-pack

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin white head.

S - Caramel, toasted malt with a hint of floral hops.

T - Grainy, toasted malt with an herbal spicy hop balance. Quite a bit of lager taste/characteristic to it.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Easy drinking but nothing exciting.

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of terrabyte
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Winter Skål (pronounced "skoal" ) which is the Norski word for "cheers" is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. Skål pours up with ample carbonation that creates a creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-burnt orange body. The moderately rich malty aromatic nose has a nice cracker toastiness that's very appealing. There's just a hint of fruitiness & hop spiciness...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a soft maltiness that's laden with toastiness that seems almost exaggerated for the gravity then gives way to a firm spicy bitterness that creates a respectable clean, dry finish with some alcohol. Medium bodied with a lovely creaminess. Very enjoyable overall! Capital's Winter Skål is a finely crafted Vienna-style lager that would've made Anton Dreher proud. Suggested food pairings include browned Currywurst (curry sausage) smothered in Senf (sweet mustard) with pommes frites (thick-cut, double fried potatoes), Finnan haddie (smoked haddock) with cheese scalloped potatoes or some traditional Choucroute garni (sauerkraut, sausages & potatoes). Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of hero27
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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

Appearance: Bright rusty orange. Clear with slight chill haze. Big beige-ivory head gradually dissipates into nothingness.

Smell: Diacetyl and slightly rummy brown sugar. Toasty, nutty malts. Unexpected undercurrent of ripe banana.

Taste: Roasted almonds and Brazils, toasted grains. Floral and woody hops. Pleasantly dry hoppy-nutty finish. Rather mild-mannered and very British.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, but still creamy and chewy. Clean finish.

Drinkability: Not the most interesting or fun red ale out there, but still quite sessionable.

Photo of OldSock
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange/copper color, very clear. Only has a faint head that evaporates quickly leaving it looking a bit dull. Aroma of mild hops and bready, caramel malt hits the nose, with also a hint of peppery, citrus spice. Taste is stronger on the malt side, with a breadiness up front. The finish has a slight nutty sourness, though not bitter. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Fairly smooth, it has adequate carbonation. The flavor doesn't get you too excited, but there's not much bad you say about this brew. The alcohol seems pretty low and I would say it goes down pretty easy...

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