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Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Winter SkålWinter Skål

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Soneast, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ryanpj, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of vbiliyar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

vbiliyar, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of LornaLee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

LornaLee, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of skybluewater
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather light orangish-amber color. Smells nice, in that Vienna, amber lager-type way. Taste is okay, nothing really special. There's a nice maltiness, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin. It does, however, get better as it warms. (A bit of fruitiness pops through as well.)

Overall, this probably isn't a beer I'd buy again. I'd much rather drink Schell Firebrick, or even Capital's Autumnal Fire.

skybluewater, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Redrover, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head.

Scent of caramel, sugars, light spice, a hint of hops, and some citrus. A bit weak, but not bad.

Taste of sugars, caramel and some spices. It has a rather simple taste, though it is not really one dimensional. A solid beer, suitable for sessioning.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice big bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap while out for a fish fry. It arrived quite chilled in a standard pint glass.

A) A pretty dark amber. There wasn't much head, maybe half a finger. The head dissipated rather quickly. No lacing noted.

S) Mostly malt, slightly sweet. There was a hint of spice, but I could not distinguish the type.

T) Again, the malt is really at the front of the flavor. There is a hop presence, earthy/grassy, some bitterness. As mentioned above, it was served well chilled. There was some light spice that came through as it warmed.

M) The lighter side of the medium body spectrum. This is well carbonated. Nice finish, slightly dry and crisp.

O) Another highly enjoyable lager from Capital Brewery.

RoamingGnome, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of scaliasux
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber. Clear. Medium-sized, tan head that persists. Appears well carbonated.

Smell - Caramel malt. A little bit of floral hops.

Taste - Sweet light caramel malt opening. Fairly prominent, but not overwhelming hops finish. Nice mix of hops combines to provide a mildly spicy citrus character. Quite a bit lighter than most winter seasonal offerings.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. Dry finish.

Drinkability - This beer lacks the heft of others appearing this time of year, but is by no means a low quality beer. I don't find myself choosing this one often, but there's no reason someone who doesn't feel the need to spend an hour with a beer during the winter might not make this their go-to beer.

scaliasux, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Reneejane
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Reneejane, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

cdkrenz, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of battlekow
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another version of a session lager from Capital Brewery, Winter Skål pours a dark amber with little head retention or lacing. It smells rather subdued and malty at that, but tastes judiciously hopped. There's a bit of mustiness, and the mouthfeel has a significant amount of harshness. To me this feels like they just threw some hops into their Oktoberfest. Still, the hops are welcome, and this is a tasty winter beer option for those looking to escape the ranks of winter warmers.

battlekow, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of longarm
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light-amber with excellent head of fluffy foam pillows. Head retention is OK, but a little short. I suspect this is correlated with the high amount of alcohol I perceive.

Aroma is initially dominated by alcohol that covers german malts and nice hints of noble hops. I would prefer this to be a little more balanced.

Strong alcoholic flavors also dominate the first taste and not a lot follows. Given this, it's not a surprise that it has a clean finish. Several sips, however, bring-out some better, malty flavors which is somewhat representative of good mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is good. In spite of its clean finish, it still manages to coat well without cloying.

Every Capital beer I've ever had is flawed in a minor way, but these flaws are never enough to keep me from drinking several of them or trying a new Capital production or style. Easy to drink and complex enough to keep me interested, they're always very good.

longarm, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a six-pack of this at the Piccadilly off State street in Champaign, IL.

Pours a 2cm, off-white head of fairly large bubbles. Recedes to a moderate ring around the glass, remains for the entire session. Lacing is of little, light clumps around the edges. Body is a light orange-amber color, transparent, and with modest carbonation.

Scents of rich caramel malts, light herbal hops, and, curiously, some cinnamon or cinnamon-like thing.

Taste is similar to smell: fairly dense caramel malt, which ends rather abruptly and transitions to mildly bittering, herbal hops.

Body is fairly heavy, I could see this being just right for the wintertime. Carbonation somewhat light, but still suitable. Finish fairly dry, in touch with the lingering hop bitterness.

A very nice amber lager in general, I could definitely see myself having more of these with the right season.

falloutsnow, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity, almost like Juicy Fruit gum, with holiday spice aromatics

Taste: Juicy Fruit gum with holiday spice cake elements arriving by mid-palate; somewhat sweet and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well it sure is different so I will grant them kudos for creativity but I cannot say that I would care to try this again

brentk56, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of churchillps
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

churchillps, Feb 28, 2008
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.

soulgrowl, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

jackndan, Jun 28, 2002
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

blackie, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hard pour leaves me an amber brew with a billowing cap of foam which eventually settles into a pillow-like situation that left decent lacing down the glass. The aroma consists of caramel sweetness from toasted malt nicely balanced by spicy notes from the hops, clove perhaps. Sweet and grainy on the palate. The spice from the hops lingers a few seconds after the beer has been swallowed. The faintest indication of a metallic character also lingers. It is not strong enough to be off-putting but certainly exists. This light-bodied brew is good. To achieve greatness it would need added complexity and an element of uniqueness.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 10, 2009
Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.