Winter Skål - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops.

Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them. (625 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tall pokal at The Firkin.

Freshly-tapped kegs are always attractive when skimming the board, right? This example pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, toffee, light brown sugar, and a few pinches of allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more brown sugar, some cinnamon, some light maple syrup, and a twinge of ginger. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice winter brew, nothing amazing, but a nice, easy-going brew with some mild spicing. (609 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina. Not a bad beer, but it's an American amber lager with holiday spices added. It's not a bad mix, but I'd enjoy the beer just as much without it. The malt gives a dry, crisp bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The lager feels a little off and lacks the fruity esters of a winter warmer. Though I guess if we're calling it an amber lager, it does alright. Worth a try. (408 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I just mentioned in my review of Capital's Oktoberfest, many of Capital's beers taste about the same to me but I do like that "taste" so I generally will give their brews favorable reviews. Some characteristics that I was able to pick out though about this offering was a fair amount of biscuit/bready maltiness and a small bit of holiday spiciness. Maybe some ginger or nutmeg? (381 characters)

Photo of EpicWI
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Deep amber in color. Even with an fairly aggressive pour there's very little head.

S. Malty, with a hint of hops. Most distinctive is a strong spice scent.

T. Sweet, and again malty and spicy, with the hops much more prominent than in the smell. The smell and taste greatly compliment each other.

M. Nothing incredibly distinctive here. Stronger carbonation than I prefer.

O. A great wintertime beer. I can see myself enjoying several of these next to a fire on a sleepy snowed-in weekend. Couldn't see myself drinking these outside the late fall/winter months (but it's a seasonal brew anyway. (603 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending a few days in the TN mountains with some friends, and one of them brought a sixer of this. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick 2-finger beige head. Light lace left behind. Nose is bready with light yeast, sugar. Faint floral hops noted as well.

Good crisp mouth, that mellows to a moderate fullness. Toasted caramel, toast, light juicy hops. Finish is bready and full. This is a pretty good lager here. Not one of my favorite styles, but a good representation. I'm continually impressed with Capital. Keep it up. (562 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one at The Rail House in Deerfield, WI.

This was a nice medium bodied beer with goof flavor. Not overpowering. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking beer, but not one of my favorites. It's worth a try though. (262 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, and caramel with a very faint hint of herbal hops. The taste is very sweet with a ton of caramel. The faint hop character that is noticeable in the aroma is not present in the taste, and I think that is a real shame as it might have helped things from becoming as cloying as they are. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer that I'm sure a lot of people would really like, but I can't see myself drinking it again as it is just far too cloying for my tastes. (657 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a light bronze color and is quite transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Pretty good head with some nice lacing as it goes down. Persistent head with good retention. Nice cap as it eventually falls. The nose has a bit of light toasted bread plus a touch of caramel. Taste has a bit of grain and bread and a mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes pretty dry after a light body with higher levels of carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not my favorite style, but this does a decent job hitting the high notes that I'd consider possibilities here. (632 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 dhannes
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A=Nice reddish amber with a thick, foamy head.

T=A crisp, somewhat bitter flavor with strong hops, and a touch of herbs, perhaps cloves? First half of the glass was much more enjoyable than the second half, which had a less enjoyable flavor and seemed like it had more alcohol.

M=Nice...not too thick, not too watery...just right.

D=Again, was very drinkable at the outset but flavor turned funky as I drank more.

2/13: Revisited this beer and lowered all my previous rankings by .25. (488 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - mahogany red, with brown. almost no head at all

S - intense aroma of malts, spices, and bread.

T - bread, with spices, little bite on the finish.

M - Medium body, with slightly less than average carbonation.

D - Considering I'm not a huge fan of amber ales/red lagers, this is a interesting change. Solid and worth a try; nothing earth-shattering here, but give it a go. (379 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist off bottle.

It pours an amber/orange, like an oktoberfest.

The smell is clean with a big grainy smell. There is a hint of diacetyl in the smell, it smells buttery.

The taste is very basic, the diacetyl is still there though. It is basic and grainy.

This beer is about as basic as it gets, with little flavor. Like a watered down butterier oktoberfest beer. (372 characters)

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with an orange tint. Hardly any head on this one. More just like a white film. Surprisingly leaves a little lacing. Moderate carbonation bubbles heading to the top. This beer leaves something to be desired.

S - A pretty good nose on this one. Toasted malts, mixed with caramel, hazelnut, cinnamon. Pretty strong too. Pleasantly surprised.

T - Nice, toasty, caramel malts at first. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. A little bit too much alcohol in the aftertaste though.

M - A little less carbonation than I would like. Makes for a more than medium body, but not in a good way.

D - Not hard to drink, but doesn't have me running back to the fridge. Could have one or two more though. (710 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange color

Weak smell, grains, toasty notes.

Some toasted flavors, and a slight caramel note. The slightest hop notes in the background.

Mouthfeel average.

I was underwhelmed. Easy to drink, but I don't feel I could pick it out of a lineup. (251 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap last night at the Echo Tap.

after looking at some of the other reviews, I almost feel like the guy poured me the wrong beer.

Mine was overwhelmingly dominated by a honey taste, though a solid amber style taste was discernible for about the 1st second of every sip. The color looked like a fairly light orange, not dark enough for amber and nowhere near red. I was pretty disappointed with this one, since I felt like I was drinking out of a beehive. (468 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber coppery color with a nice amount of tan head that didn't leave much lacing on the glass

Smell: Nice fruity smell almost like raisins with a slight malt scent in the background

Taste: Not as good as the smell was. There is a nice malty flavor that is followed by a bitterness but the bitterness doesn't really compliment the sweetness for some reason. Not bad but could be better. (447 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go with a nice amber brew, heady and frothy ivory head floats gently on top, leaving Brussels lace as she slides downward.

Aroma of winter spice, mostly black pepper, but with a touch of nutmeg too. Full bodied brew that drinks smoothly, full of malt with that bit of spice in the finish.

Tasty brew, glad I have several bottles as the football Sunday progesses - a real session type frosty that would work well in the summer too. (441 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 dstc
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a small tan head. Head falls to about nothing. Very thin lace.

Nice malt aroma with hops hurried in there as well. Smells like it could be good.

Rather full flavor. Nice malt taste followed by tangy hops that really bring the tongue alive. I can see drinking a few of these in one setting.

Somewhat full and smooth in the mouth with a slight bite on the tongue.

I find this to be very drinkable. Would be one I would like to have on tap and sit and drink a few. (500 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystal clear golden red hue. The bright white head burst to a full inch then fades almost as quick. Not much lace at all is left behind.

The aroma is sweet spicy malt at the forefront. Mild hops with a grassy earthy hint. Smells very marzen like.

The flavor is malty spicy hops. A mix of fresh cut grass and wheat biscuit dominate the finish. If I didn't know any better I would say this is a oktoberfest if anything.

Medium to light body. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall I was told this was a great seasonal. Well I beg to differ. This was just another "marzen" to throw on the pile. Nothing really distinguishable about this beer at all. (663 characters)

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