Wild Rice - Capital Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured from a twleve ounce bottle into a pils glass.
Pours a medium straw with a smallish active head that dissipates to a light film. Laces slightly, but not heavily.
Aroma is of light malt. Malt is crackery and has an almost roasted nut aroma to it. Floral and fruity flavors from the hops as well as from the rice I would imagine. Malt has a good backbone and is present to the level of a helles or maibock.
Flavor is malt with a sweet but crackery snap. Malt keeps itslef smooth throught the middle and finish. Hops are very good and bittering is even. The fruity and floral notes from the rice almost give a noble hop flavor. The floral flavors remind me of the smell of lilacs and grassiness. The sweet fruit notes from the rice are interseting, giving the beer a nice snap of flavor. Finishes dry, with chamomile and huskey grain and dry fruityness.
Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is nice. There is a nice bit of stick on the lips.
Very complex in flavor, definately a nice session beer.
06-15-2009 00:55:46 | More by wheatyweiss
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
Bright orange with amber edges... which has to be the most common craft beer color in the world. The pour produced a compact crown of bone colored foam that looks no better than decent. The same can be said for the amount and quality of the lace. Actually, it looked a little better in the end.
There's a lot going on in the nose. It's toasted and earthy and nutty and herbal and fruity. That's what happens when several different malts, wild rice and several different American hops are in the house. This should be tasty stuff.
Wild Rice is sneakily complex beer. There's no doubt in my mind that wild rice is what makes it so. The earthy nuttiness of that grain, along with the toasted breadiness of Victory malt, along with the grapefruit zestiness of Cascade hops (Cluster and Willamette are present as well), adds up three-pronged deliciousness.
By the middle of the bottle, it's obvious that WR is even better than I initially gave it credit for. The yin and yang of sweetish malt and bitter hops is pure beer drinking pleasure. And the kaleidoscopic flavor profile is amazingly vivid for the ABV. Wow. Count me among the converted.
The body/mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. It has enough heft and enough smooth creaminess to get it done. The carbonation is slightly too tongue tingly, but time should take care of that. Trouble is, there isn't much time left because the glass is almost empty.
Wild Rice is excellent. It makes sense that Capital can't brew it year-round, but it's one of their better beers for sure. I would love to see it on local shelves during every season of the year. Bottom line: it isn't wild and crazy, it's just damn good.
12-07-2009 12:22:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Light to medium gold color with a suspended brightness to it. Stark white puffy froth reaches about a half inch before quickly settling down to a good skim and collar. Lacing coats the glass in drifts of shelvingly layered small sheets.
Measurable bready aroma of pale wild rice and dry grassy starches.
Wonderful taster with a well-disposed length to its character. Lightly bready, mostly on the back end, crisp and entirely lager-like in the front and middle with a general lightened sweetness of bread grains and white toast. Receptively sweet with malt bringing a slight fruity balance of apple/pear/banana. Tiny flavorings of wild rice make a jump, then turns right into a big grassy spice very late in the finish and holds there for a brisk stay on the palate. Love the longevity of its flavors. It just won't let go.
Feel is favorably carbonated and clean with a brief crispness and well balanced natural malt profile bringing the body to a solid medium perfection. Creamy but crispifingly satisfying all around.
Appeasingly drinkable; perpetually downable, and very likable. A exemplary nice beer from Capital. Hope this becomes more widely available.
Thanks to jeffboo for the WI hook-up!
06-15-2005 22:27:38 | More by tavernjef
4.38/5 rDev +17.4%
Clear golden. Thin cap of white foam. Retention is aveage and lace is moderate. Nice herbal nose. Backdrop of pils like maltiness. Nice lager properties first and foremost on the buds. Smooth bready malt tones with a little cracker to boot. Wild rice seems to add a little zip to the flavor. A nutty and earthy zippiness. Hops are present with a noteable bitterness. Yet this is very quenching and drinkable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer goes down smooth. Not surprising coming from this brewery.
I don't often get a chance to review a new Capital brew so I must thank cokes for this opportunity.
08-05-2005 02:42:21 | More by Bighuge
4.4/5 rDev +18%
Back is the fold after a couple years' hiatus.
Pours clear, clean gold with a brief white foam.
Scented of candied apples, juicy pears, dry prairie, and honeysuckle.
Begins with a caramel-glazed sweet apple fruitiness, towing with it pear and apricot. Flickers of nuttiness prelude caramelized ginger and a return, of sorts, to sweetened applesauce. The hops are both grassy soft and stalky sharp, juxtaposing lavender and fescue grass. Squeals of apples still exist upon the swallow.
Medium in build, inching possibly larger. The carbonation is light but persistent.
Akin to a juiced hellesbock....which is, more or less, what it is. This was a favorite of mine, and I'm ever so glad to have it back.
Delicious and basically peerless.
05-19-2005 03:38:09 | More by cokes
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
A blast from the past that is back in my hands thanks to Cokes..
One of the first micros I tried in the early to mid 90's...it went away and now it is back..thankfully...
I view this as a lager/pilsner using wild rice...the nose is spicy and inviting...great smell....taste is lightly spicy, bready and nutty...body is on the light side of medium..extremly drinkable as this bottle is just about gone before I can really describe all it's subtle qualities..
Just got another sixer and the crispness is great...very thirst quenching and tasting...would make a great beer for a summer picnic...
08-15-2005 18:51:12 | More by ZAP
Wild Rice from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.