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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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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
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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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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 23:30:27 | More by CRJMellor
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Reneejane

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It was poured with a very minimal head, maybe that was just the server, and it didn't really stick around or come back with swirling. It was a deep dark amber color. The aroma was subtly but mostly hoppy. The taste was strongly hoppy with a floral nature and a definite bitterness. It finished with a mild malty, sweet flavor with hints of nuttiness. I didn't think it was carbonated enough.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2004 20:20:17 | More by Reneejane
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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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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange honey topped by a small, but thick, off-white head. A small layer of bubbles is retained for the majority of the time I spent with this beer. Scant blobs of lacing were left on the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, orangey, and mild banana aromas. Very clean.

Taste: Lightly toasted bread and mild nutty flavors with banana esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated. Quite crisp and refreshing. Not quite medium in body.

Drinkability: A great session beer. Capital Brewing knows how to make some damn fine lagers. Another reason to move to the Midwest, I say.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 02:00:21 | More by ManekiNeko
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drewbage

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 ounce brown bottle provided courtesy of jackndan.

Beer pours hazy copper red with garnet highlights under a low, but tight white head.

Aroma is deeply malty with a long caramel and dried apricots.

First impressions of flavor is CO2 cutting into a soft malt with a growing hop spice that cuts into the mid palate with an agressiveness. The finish marks the arrival of the caramel hinted at in the aroma finally mixed with spicy hops and dried fruits.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 09:17:53 | More by drewbage
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Redrover

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 15:28:46 | More by Redrover
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks exactly like a glass of iced tea. Clear brown, with very little carbonation, and a white head that shrinks to just covering the top of the beer. Smells exactly like a red should. A little sour, a little malt. Tastes fruity and a little hoppy. A fine red, but not something I would reach for on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 07:37:46 | More by TastyTaste
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Murph

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper with a red tinge to it and a nice creamy off white head that trails all the way down the glass. Nicely toasty malt is the only aroma that my cold filled nose will let through. Great mellow toasty maltiness throughout that seems to just glide across your tongue with some subtle earthy hops at the end. Smooth and soft as it glides across my palate this brew is a joy to drink. I haven't been reviewing much lately but this brew may have turned that trend around. Very tasty and not heavy or cloying I could drink this all night long. A big thanks to Bighuge for sending it my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 05:05:22 | More by Murph
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep copper color with a tan head. The aroma is like caramels, with a pleasant maltiness, spicy hop smell, and also a bit of brown sugar. The flavor is of caramel malts, a slight fruity hop flavor, and a tad bit of grain. It is a medium-bodied brew that is smooth drinking. Not bad at all; quite enjoyable.

Sampled 10/3/03

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 23:13:57 | More by BeerBuilder
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maxpower

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear- amber in color, has a nice white head that doesn't last very long, light malty bready aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavor, mild hop profile it does have a nice clean finish, light to medium body, seems kind of bland and watery, overall not all that bad but average.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 14:12:39 | More by maxpower
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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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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a dark copper color on the pour. A small white head that wants to take off early. Some lacing occuring. This is an interesting concoction. Reminded me of sam adams double bock on the first taste. Some caramel taste, slight hop bitterness. Theres no listing of the alcohol content, but it might be a little higher than some. I'll say this, next winter i will pick up another 6er of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 19:47:46 | More by Tballz420
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marc77

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear ruddy bronze hue, topped by an ivory white uniformily thick, well retained head. Sparse lace remains. The aroma is dominated by a combination of grassy and pronounced spicy noble hops, underset by mellow toasty Munich and medium caramel malt sweetness. Snap of candyish sweetness is perceived upfront, then is tapered by mellow toast and mild, clean, functional hop bitterness. Hop bitterness is evanescent, allowing sweetness to quickly reemerge along with a mildly toffeeish caramel malt and melanoidin combination mid palate. Herbal hop flavor adds a mellow, chlorophyll tinged contrast. Moderately bodied overall, but a touch thin and fleeting in mouthfeel. Finishes lightly sweet and bready, but otherwise clean and crisp. Winter Skai is a unique, balanced brew. It seems to occupy a precarious niche between dunkels and hellesbocks, having elements of both. Tasty. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for sending the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 19:12:55 | More by marc77
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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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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 17:19:49 | More by Gusler
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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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 19:19:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great appearance this beer has, shiny amber and a rather large, creamy head that leaves a nice lace. Strong maltiness is in the aroma, nice caramel nature. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy, very smooth beer. Flavors of malt sweetness and caramelization hit first, and then some hops are evident through the finish. I'm very pleased with this beer. I bought it on a whim and got lucky, worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 20:32:15 | More by AudioGilz
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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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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice American amber lager that in many ways is just a hoppier version of a Marzen or Oktoberfest.

It poured a bright and sparkling amber that threw off a tremendous sticky head that slowly dropped to a steady and creamy cap. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma becomes more apparent as it warms with a toasted caramel Munich malt aroma present, along with a spicy backdrop of Crystal hops.

The taste is creamy with a very smooth Munich malt flavor that does seem to weaken in the middle somewhat. Moreover, the Crystal hops provide a nice balance.

This is a very good beer, not what I expected for a seasonal winter beer, but I warmed to it very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 18:45:48 | More by brakspear
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a light beige head. Malty aroma smells too much like the spent grain we used to feed our dairy cows when I was growing up for my liking. Nice lightly roasted malt flavor that is well balanced by the hops. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had Capital's Summer Tour Pack and felt the beers were all good and a couple were very good. This peaked my interest in their Winter Skal which thanks to Bighuge I was able to obtain. This is a solid beer, but it didn't acheive that very good to exceptional score in my book that I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 18:12:36 | More by PhantomVodoo
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ethosx19

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a malty spicy smell. The taste is big on caramel malt and the hops start to come through as it warms. I can see why others might call this a lager rather than an ale. Whatever it is, I enjoyed it and I'm sure I will enjoy the remaining three.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:58:07 | More by ethosx19
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper in color with an off - white head. Signs of carbonation present in 3 columns of small bubbles. Aroma primarily consists of malts and hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a mild carbonation tingle in the middle. Bready malt flavor with a touch of spiciness in the finish. Very reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. Not what I expected in a winter seasonal beer, but very good non-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 20:40:47 | More by Winter
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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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jackndan

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capital Winter Skal: Cripes, I know it’s the dead of summer, but they sold it to my wife last week, so its gotta be reviewed. Hey, not bad! Deep red beer, with a great big hops aroma (good sign in June) The taste was full of malt, with a pleasant spiciness, followed up with hops in the follow through and the aftertaste. Not bad for an old beer (thank you hops). I’ll look for this next Dec. 21.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 20:04:49 | More by jackndan
Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.