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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Cam9191

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-20-2013 06:23:01 | More by Cam9191
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Klimm

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2013 01:39:44 | More by Klimm
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

02-13-2013 23:54:38 | More by tyleeis
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zachary80

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-12-2013 18:20:32 | More by zachary80
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matjack85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-11-2013 06:04:42 | More by matjack85
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Nachos4two

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

02-07-2013 21:26:16 | More by Nachos4two
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

02-02-2013 23:52:38 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For some reason, I had this beer on my list of things to try. Exploring different styles, maybe? Tasted 19 January 2013.

Pours, well, certainly amber. Slightly reddish hue, but mostly it's pure clean ambery amber. So clear it's like looking through colored glass. A thin column of bubbles rising up in the center. One finger of off-white head, decent retention, fine lacing. Not bad.

Smell is toasty, biscuity, like a bock. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad. Warm, but kinda thin like crackers. Buttery, too. Reminds me of those petit-beurre cookies I loved as a kid. Very malt-forward, with no obvious hop or yeast aromas.

Taste is kinda, well, it's half of that good stuff above, and half this odd herbal hoppy thin light lager flavor. The flavor shifts between these two versions, 75% of one, then 75% of the other, in a kind of pulsating wave. But I wish it were all just those buttery toasty malts, as the other side just isn't doing it for me.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, a little undercarbonated. Not bad.

A decent enough beer, definitely a malt-forward lager, as it should be. But the taste is kind of a mess, with mismatched pieces crashing into each other and battling for dominance.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:27:31 | More by zeledonia
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-17-2013 06:04:05 | More by BrownAleMale
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-14-2013 02:12:57 | More by twbeecher
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cet128

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-09-2013 13:46:14 | More by cet128
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-02-2013 08:05:49 | More by bismarksays
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MinnTwins

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-02-2013 07:18:02 | More by MinnTwins
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Melicita

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2012 21:31:47 | More by Melicita
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:13:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly crystal clear orange, (think jello) with about a finger of bright white head.

S: Mostly carmel and toffee comes through in the aroma for me with a slight hint of citrus hops. The combination reminds me of a copper penny, not a bad thing per se.

T: Carmel, toffee and copper like maltyness are dominent but not over powering. I can't detect much hop flavor, but the bitterness is nicley balanced to keep the sweetness to a minimum. If i didn't look at the label I would think the winter warmy-ness vibe I get from this beer would make it a 7-8% instead of a 5.8.

M: Very dry mouthfeel, with the carbination about average.

O: While this wasn't what I expected with a name like 'winter skal', I enjoyed it overall and would recomend it to any BMC drinker that wants something more complex without going to far away from the comfort zone.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:52:58 | More by guityler83
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-21-2012 02:55:52 | More by ryanpj
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-16-2012 05:46:21 | More by TX-Badger
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-09-2012 03:34:52 | More by MN_Beerticker
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TheMcTwaten

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-05-2012 04:14:16 | More by TheMcTwaten
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head that isn't overly persistent. Sweet malt melds with floral hops and caramel notes in the nose. A lovely gold-amber color. Starts with a nice hop bitterness, builds into a medium-low bitterness, then RAPIDLY downshifts into malt city. Finish has notes of biscuit, caramel, and floral hop.

A very excellent balance of hop and malt; enough hops to keep you satisfied, and a strong enough malt to really impress you. One of my favorites from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:20:39 | More by TheSSG
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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

Skal pours a dark amber color, with a nice size head. There is a strong malty aroma, with hints of floral notes. The taste has a nice malty backbone like most red lagers, but has a strong hoppy flavor. Good full flavor, enjoy the hop flavors, finishes bitter. Overall I found this a very good and interesting Amber, the bitterness really makes this beer enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:09:47 | More by vette2006c5r
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-18-2012 17:42:58 | More by NilocRellim
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-16-2012 02:06:35 | More by Kunstman
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wigoalie1

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-22-2012 02:43:48 | More by wigoalie1
Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.