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: 7
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 beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Quivey's Grove in Fitchburg, WI. This beer has a clear copper color with a small head. Malty aroma with a little bit of fruit and occasional bursts of alcohol in the nose. The flavor is very much like grain. Capital beers really give you a sense of the flavor of the ingredients that go into beer. Lightly fruity. Just a hint of hops in the finish. Alcohol is noticable. This beer does not have the most complex flavors, but I enjoy it. (451 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright reddish orange; polished copper I guess. The head is ecru, large and fluffysoft. Exactly the type of cap that turns out to be a poor lace generator. Sure enough, glass coverage is next to nil. The nose doesn't impress either. It's mostly lightly spicy caramel malt with toasted grain thrown into the mix.

The flavor is better than the aroma would indicate. Toasted caramel malt is paramount and has a delicious hoppy spiciness to it. It's more flavorful than most amber/red lagers and is helped by a nice firm body that carries it across the tastebuds with authority. The flavor structure holds up well throughout the long, increasingly--but still gently--bitter end.

Winter Skal is one of the best Capital beers that I've had yet. Considering the style, it's one damn fine winter seasonal. (804 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Crystal Corner (Madison). [This is just a placeholder… Come back and finish this review for real…]

[From your review on lakefront River West Stein] Thin, off-white head. Orange-amber beer, w/ very little carbonation visible. Mild, "clean" lacing that leaves nothing behind on the sides of the American pint glass.

Bready malt and Mild-mannered hops balance out well. It's a pretty hot day on the sidewalk of this restaurant, and served ice-cold, even the toasted-bread flavor come off as refreshing. Caramel and nut flavors emerge if you squint and seek them out. The hops assert themselves in the throat after one swallows.

There's hardly any carbonation on the tongue. But I could have called this "smooth", as this lack of carbonation is not a drawback here.

Excellent summer beer for a malt lover. (825 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light amber and sits bright amber in the glass with a small off white head. Spectacular gradient on this one, crisp and clean, must be served in a fluted glass of some sort.

Smells nice and malty, plenty of toasted malt (munich in here somewhere?). Hop aroma is herbal and well balanced.

Tastes lightly sweet up front and gains a big helping of hops. All herbal and mildly peppery. Toasty and filled with malty goodness. Finish is mildly bitter and keeps the herbal hop flavors flowing.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a soft and delicate carbonation in a medium body. Very easy drinking here. It fits in with most of the Capital beers though, not too exciting. (685 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (558 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 marc77
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (936 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color forming a 1/8 inch off-white head that reduces leaving a nice partly cloudy lacing. Carbonation visible and no sediment.

The aroma is a spicy and earthy hops combined with a minimal amount of malt in the background.

The taste is solid with a blend of spices, earthy hops, and a caramel malt that pops out first followed by the hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and leaves a short lived dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer. It is not something I like to have too many of but has become somewhat of a ritual in the early winter season. (689 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't tried this one in a while, but it was always a favorite.

A -- Clear, copper color with a thick, cream colored head that settles slowly leaving sticky lacing.

S -- Spicy hops -- Saaz or Tettnang. No real malts coming through.

T -- Sort of mellow, nutty malts with a mild, spicy hop character back, bready malt finish.

M -- Light-medium body with a smooth, almost creamy, mouthfeel.

D -- Very nice amber lager. Goes down nicely. (439 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of chetripley
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for a smooth winter type beer and something from the Midwest and was happy to find both in this one.
Poured from the bottle into my Guinness tulip. It had the look and aroma of a Sam Adams Winter Lager, and I was thinking it was going to taste similar, but it really turned out a lot different. Smooth and balanced, and very drinkable. Malty flavors, a little hops, no extras. It was a pleasant alternative to the other winters out there that I think try too hard to be bold or unique and ended up being too strong or too spicy.
Good job, Capital. They do things a little different there (try an Autumnal Fire some time) and I like it.
Plus, they sell it everywhere-Mariano's, Binny's and Jewel Food Store. (729 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (842 characters)

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 happygnome
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Broccah Irish Pub on the square here in Madison and enjoyed with a delicious plate of bangers and mash.

Served a bright orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Nose is musty and malty with a bit of fruity-citrus. Taste continues with an oktoberfest mustiness, some floral hoppiness, and light fruits. Mouthfeel is crisp and slick. The alcohol seemed on the high side for an amber lager but was welcome as it was about 5 degrees outside. A nice winter warmer from Capital minus the overdone spiceyness of most. (528 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Warm, inviting amber with great clarity and a moderately small ivory-cream head which shows decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet grainy, cereal malt with slight toasty biscuit, light butter toffee, and a hint of caramel. Hopping is extremely light in the aroma. Smooth and rather clean.

Flavor-Smooth caramel and cereal grain malt sweetness up front with toasted toffee. Moderate bitterness and spicy liberty hops with a little bit of floral fruit and woodiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking.

Easy drinking and pretty tasty. Refreshing and quite crushable for a beer with this much character and personality. I don't usually reach for lagers in the winter, but this is pretty tasty. (787 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (623 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 TastyTaste
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (336 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 jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber to copper with a head that doesn't last long. Some spots of lacing slide down the glass, but not much sticking.

The smell is of caramel with a faint herbal touch.

The taste is of toasted caramel with herbal/minty hops.

It is a bit fizzy on the first sip, but then becomes clean and smooth, as a lager should be. A nice aftertaste lingers.

A good amber ale. Nice mix of malt and hops for the winter season! (421 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (489 characters)

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