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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 275
Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears an amber orange color with a three-quarter inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves a few rings of lace.

Aroma is quite mild but there's some caramel and toasty notes.

Taste has a sweet caramel flavor up front, a bit of toastiness, and a slightly fruity/spicy character then comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, somewhat crisp. An easy one to drink.

Pretty good beer I must say, I hope to try more from this brewery in the future. (517 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent crème head that fell fast. Mild fruity malts and mild hops on the nose. Flavor is slight salty with a touch of citric bite. Not abrasive by any means. Smooth and not trying to be showy. Feel is smooth in liquid. Carbonation bites a bit. Easy to drink. I'm going to peg this as a pale ale. Not too shabby. (349 characters)

Photo of abents
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pretty nice orange-red with a white head that fades quickly into the beer. Light caramel malt nose, not much too it. Taste is a mix of spices, caramel malt, and slight hoppy bitterness to it. Very well balanced interesting amber lager, much spicier than riverwest stein, but very nice. Warming sweetness in the finish makes this a wonderful candidate for a cold night. Pretty heavy carbonation adds to the drinkability of this beer. Makes it much more refreshing. (475 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Orange-amber beer is pristine and attractive. A light-tan head on top retained poorly.

S-Minimal aroma was crisp, with a distinct spiciness and a slight bread.

T-Some dank hoppy character comes into play, then spicy nuances move in. The spices are remniscent of the holiday norms (also with a hint of rye-type spiciness?), especially on the finish. Some bready malts mingle.

M-Medium-high carbonation with an uninteresting medium-light body.

D-Decent brew. Nothing too exciting as far as flavor and complexity, but it's still a tasty and easy-to-drink brew. (590 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very clear light amber with 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Citrus hops and a hint of spice in the background. Faint light caramel and toffee.
T: Fairly bland. Some banana and clove. Caramel malt and citrus hops are way in the background.
M: Heavier and more oily than I was expecting. Distracts from the rest of the beer.
D: All-around average. Not bad, but nothing special. Not a true winter warmer.
Thanks to my bro for this one...beer for Christmas! (529 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent look of pale malt looking, little head.

Not much on the nose, taste has the pale malt and mild hops, a decent session type taste but not much more.

Easy to drink, but not really satisfying, looking for more depth after one, ok in a pinch.

They should call this a nice session beer, not much to satisfy your winter needs. (332 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, a 2 finger cream colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a watery skim on top of the beer. Not much lace visible.

A predominate sweet malted aroma, with a hint of yeasty biscuit.

A lightly toasted malt flavor, backed up by a spiciness, leaving a mildly sweet flavor on the palate.

This light bodied well carbonated beer is a "wet" beer, no dryness or bittering hops evident, just the mild sweet malt with a hint of spice. I wasn't overly impressed by this. (492 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear burnt orange body with two fingers of off-white head atop it, leaving decent lacing. Shy nose, with lightly toasted malt and some caramel. The nose and taste are rather understated and, while this isn't classified as a Winter Warmer, I had hoped that it would provide some Warmer spice and bold malt flavor. Not so much. The malt isn't bad--caramel, again, easily on the radar--but this certainly lacks spice. It comes across as a pretty good macro lager. Smooth and amply carbonated, the mouthfeel helps to make up for the smell and taste.

Not bad overall, but nothing to blow the socks off. Worth giving a shot. (620 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous burnt-copper color with a thin, beige head that leaves slight tracings of lace. Visible carbonation.

S: Complex nose: caramel, floral hops, pumpkin, acorn squash and other assorted vegetal matter. An unexpected hit of soap.

T: Toasted malt with a subtle spiced hopping. Flashes of grain around the edges. Well-balanced and about as smooth as it gets: doesn't finish particularly dry or bitter. Me likey.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Creamy texture on the palate.

D: Very good winter seasonal. Highly recommended. (554 characters)

Photo of BeerCheese
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured crystal clear, light amber, big pillowy tan head. Great looking beer! Nice fresh smell with a hint of spice and citrus. Very malty taste typical of the style. Very light carbonation went nicely with the taste. Also noted a little warming as it went down, but no real noticeable taste of alcohol, which was also nice. Medium/light mouthfeel. VERY drinkable beer that I will enjoy again. (392 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Capital Brewery Bier Stube on 11/28/2008.

A= This beer poured a clear, light amber color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head dropped to a cap and maintained throughout. Not much lacing beyond a few spots.

S= This beer smelled of nutty grains, bakery malt sweetness, and a very faint spice note. Excellent aromas for a lager!

T= I found flavors of caramel malt, bread, and light but unrelenting hops. Though this lager was of the maltier variety, those hops gave it just the right twist. There was also a very faint spice in there that I couldn't quite identify. Possibly some form of winter warmer spice??? The finish dried just a bit but remained bready and fairly sweet.

MF=- Light side of medium bodied, with a medium or higher carbonation level.

D= A very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these and not regret it! Very sessionable! (903 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation:12 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Appearance: This beer pours a brillant bright orange/amber hue with strong carbonation and a thick ivory head that fades to a thick, sticky film with good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Not what I was expecting from an "amber lager." It's sweet, spicy, and fruity, with bready/biscuity caramel malt, fruit, and spices...almost like a cross between a Belgian amber and a Wit...interesting, and not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Sadly, doesn't hold up to what the aroma suggests. This is a decent amber lager, with a medium-bodied caramel malt presence, crisp graininess, and mild hops, but there's none of the complexity, depth, or mystery hinted at in the nose. That being said, it IS a decent amber lager, much better than say a Mich. Amber Bock, Killian's, etc.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Conclusion: Nothing's necessarily "wrong" with this beer, it's a decent amber lager in the American style...and for what it is, it's tasty and deft. a cut above some of its competitors. However, it's nothing special...perhaps a good beer to really introduce the BMC crowd into "real" beer? (1,187 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy amber color body with a small yellow tinted head.

S- caramel malt and a slight bit of hops

T- lots of caramel malt, and some piny hops at the end.

M- medium body with ample carbonation

D- easy enough to knock back a few in a sitting. not so strong so it wouldnt be a bad idea either. (297 characters)

Photo of redpuck
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In my usual hit or miss experience with beer from Capital Brewery, this one is a miss. While a crisp beer, the taste really left a lot to be desired.... as in there wasn't any taste. Of course the benefit of that is no lingering bad aftertaste though. All that being said it is a seasonal beer and who knows maybe it's just a bad recipe this year. Personally I'm waiting for Redhook's WinterHook as that consistently delivers year in and year out. (447 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium honey with a slight, quickly receding head. Active bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malts, crystal or perhaps pales roasted with a sweet grainy, bready chewy backing.

Flavor is deeply caramel malt with a sweet bready ride, nutty with a nice honey finish. Sweetness is nicely done and the nutty, grainy flavors punch up as the beer warms. Nice hop after hit that doesn't compete with the star here which is the malt. The roasted nutty flavor bounces to an almost burnt candy sugar flavor, like someone forgot the caramel on the stove. Cracker Jacks and Honey roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

Very nice offering from Capitol, well worth a try. (695 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, vibrant amber body with a thin but even head.

It's a simple style, but this beer just exudes malt. Sweet apples and honey with a little buttered bread to boot.

Ends up drinking like a good amber lager; squeaky-clean (almost too clean) amber malt body, a definite noble hop presence on board for a long, bready finish.

Clean and crisp with just enough body. Actually a really nice lager. I'd be happy to drink this for an evening. (447 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Sharp orange body with a quarter inch of pale tan head that fades fast. The receding head leaves a swirl of white at the surface and a bunch of tiny rising bubbles.

S - Raspberry, molasses, wheat and malt all mixed together. This is a tasty aroma.

T - Consistent malt flavor with a bit of spice. There is a barely recognizable hint of hops. This brew needs something...but not much.

M - Smooth texture but it really doesn't do much for the flavor. It's soft and almost too thick.

~ I was pleasantly surprised with this Capital brew. I don't think I'd pay for a six pack but I would partake in another should it cross my path down the road. (648 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber with a thick foamy head.

Smell: Very nice malt aroma and sweet hoppiness.

Taste: Sweet malt and a little hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty decent beer as the flavors improved as it warmed slightly. (368 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bubby white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a few candy crumbs hiding in there as well as a touch of breadiness and a floral, spicy hop component.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight breadiness. Mildly sweet. A firm, spice-driven bitterness battles the sweet and ultimately wins a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright beer. If you have a problem with that, why don't you go cry into your pillow? (513 characters)

Photo of churchillps
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy amber red, almost copper color, with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of a sweet malt, with hints of orange and a bit of hops to finish. Mouthfeel was very light, almost watery. Not terrible, but for the aroma I wanted a heavier silk feel. Tasted simple, but not in a bad way. Starts with the sweetness of the malt and finishes with a crisp hint of hops. Overall, a very solid offering. If the mouthfeel lived up to the aroma/taste it would be better, but still a good seasonal brew. (510 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Atron67
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (351 characters)

Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.