Island Wheat
Capital Brewery

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #559
Ranked #47,716
3.39 | pDev: 13.86%
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: An American wheat style beer, meaning a beer with a mild and approachable personality. The wheat from Wisconsin's Washington Island provides the silky smooth finish.

13 IBU
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 269 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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vainosuomi from Virginia

2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pale, somewhat cloudy amber. Medium, off white head, dissipates quickly
Smell: Sweet yeast, banana, bit of citrus
Taste: Sweet and crisp wheaty grain, zesty citrus, and hints of that banana yeast
Feel: Light to medium bodied, a little watery, moderate carbonation

The flavors don't seem fully developed. The fruitiness and sweet grains flavors are good, but it doesn't have much of a backbone. Clean and refreshing, though. You can certainly do worse.

Jun 04, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not a real impressive beer here, unless of course the goal in making it was to craft the most crushable beer out there. super low abv, really thin body, and not too much carbonation that it cant be chugged one after the next. they call it unfiltered, but its not real cloudy, less "wheaty" looking than expected, quite watery yellow color to it, some bubbles, no head after a few seconds, it all fizzes away. it smells and tastes alright, i get the wheat malt, its relatively dry, and there is enough bittering hops in it to balance without making a statement. there is a hint of yeast flavor to this, almost english and sort of out of place, but i kind of like that aspect. overall a pretty bland beer that finishes with a little metallic tickle, but nothing way off. a little creamy residue left on the tongue, maybe from the yeast, and a belly no more full than it was when the first sip was taken. i think this is by far my least favorite of the few i have had from these guys so far. nothing standout about it, but not offensive in any way. a summer slammer and nothing more.

Mar 16, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It offers yeasty bread aromas and flavors and a hint of banana. There is nice depth from the wheat but not a lot of spice. Although it does not have an immense amount of flavor, it is very refreshing and drinkable.

Mar 18, 2015
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Vixie from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a hint of orange. it forms a fairly good sized white head that quickly reduces down, leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass and more on the top of the beer.

Smell is typical of the style, malty, with hints of wheat and yeast.

Starts out with hints of banana and clove, then there is a bit of citrus to it, a bit orange like. Seems to have a bit of a funky aftertaste that lingers a bit.

Feel is ok, a but bubbly due to high carbonation.

Basically an average at best wheat beer. Nothing about it really stands out as being outstanding, and that funky taste in it doesn't help. I got this as part of a make your own six pack, glad I got to try it, and more glad I don't have 5 more of the same to drink.

Feb 18, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer for when you are parched and thirsty. A little cream of wheat like flavor and a hint of sweetness throughout. Lower carbonation and ABV makes this a quick and easy drinker when a person needs to rehydrate.

To me this has to be the first beer I have or it just gets overwhelmed by whatever I drank prior to it. It also wears thin on my buds after two or three. But for two or three when thristy this is a good option and a solid version of an american wheat.

Aug 07, 2014
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Hoploaf from Wisconsin

2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really??? How did this one ever get brewed for production? If someone told me the goal of the brewer was to make a replica of Corona I would have believed them. Capital is one of the top brewers in the nation, which is why I was shocked by this lame beer.

Apr 18, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a large white head that slowly settles to a lasting cap. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang and a hint of fresh grass.

The taste is mild, but pleasant: grain, a touch of honey and a fruity wheat tang in the clean, crisp finish.

Very quaffable, smooth and outstandingly refreshing.

It is what it was meant to be - a refreshing pale wheat ale. While it's still basic, it has more character to it. Wheat malt is well-used, and just a subtle hint of hops, yet has a dry-ish finish. Very "sessionable".

Mar 25, 2014
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cooler4life from Canada (QC)

3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a half finger white colored head that settled very quickly to a thin rim around the glass. Not much can been seen in terms of carbonation. Some lacing. Color is a clear autumn hay.

S: Light sweetness from citrus, essences of earthy grass. Yeast and wheat are the dominate scents.

T: What I would expect from a pale wheat ale. Great balance between the malt, crisp grain, delicate hints of citrus, lemon grass, and hops.

M: Great. Just the right amount of carbonation and stickiness.

O: Overall a little above average. I appreciate the gift all the way from WI. Thanks T!

Feb 18, 2013
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am sure I have had this beer before since it is local but I have never sat down to actually review it. Unfortunately for the low abv, this beer was way too much work to drink. What I mean by that is I don't even mind that it is pretty low in alcohol content but it wasn't really that easy drinking of a beer. The mouthfeel was slightly harsh and it felt like there was a bunch of stuff forced into the taste of this beer. Speaking of the taste there was definitely wheat present along with some fruit and light hops. Not a great drinking experience.

Jan 19, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise Christmas gift mixer pack.

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bready wheat, hints of citrus rind and grassy hop notes, buttered bread and a hint of lemongrass.

T - Much like the nose with the bready wheat flavour dominating, bitter citrus rind, a touch of orange, pear and apple juice, sweet corn and the buttered bread notes linger alongside a grassy notes and green tea.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly going down and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty wheat ale that offers up a traditional flavour profile for the style. Nothing over the top, but easily sessioned and a perfect summer patio ale.

Dec 27, 2012
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Island Wheat pours a clear bright straw color, with a good size head. There is a slightly skunk aroma with some hints grainy wheat. The taste is crisp, clean, good full wheat flavors, with hints of a carmalized malts. Not watery, full flavor, a little too carbonated. Overall this is a solid wheat ale, clean and crisp, but on the lighter side.

Nov 21, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden yellow with some orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves lots of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of wheat malts with some light spicing. Wheat grains and pale malts with lots of yeast. Hints of biscuit and crackers. Hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Also a good scent of coriander and a slight hint of pepper. Very forward with the yeast and wheat.

Taste: Taste is crisp, wheat and yeast driven, and somewhat tart with the citrus. Starts with the wheat grains and sweet malts. Notes of yeast, biscuit,, cereal grains, and crackers. Then comes the citrus with notes of tart lemon juice and orange. On the sweeter side with no real noticeable bitterness except for some tartness. Crisp and decent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, tingly, and tart.

Overall: A pretty decent take on the wheat ale style. Some nice citrus character. Nice summer option.

Sep 19, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Date: None
Glass: New Belgium globe

Capital's Island Wheat is a version of the APWA that has more flavor than most other APWAs I've had, but that's not saying much. Bringing some evident yeast and wheat malt characters to the forefront, this is certainly drinkable, but not particularly complex or satisfying to me due to that. While it may be easily drinkable, I still have yet to find a reason to come back to this style.

Pours a 2cm head of clean, white foam, with small, dense bubbles. Retention is about average, gradually subsiding to a thin film atop the body of the glass. Head leaves modest spots of lacing as it descends and after each sip. Body is a cloudy-opaque yellow-orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow tones. Carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma is strongly of yeast, with some mushroom, soil, and light fruit esters as well. Interesting, if not the most pleasing.

Taste has wheat and mild grain in the front of the palate, transitioning to some mild lemon citrus tartness along with wheat and yeast in the mid-palate. Back of palate picks up wheat malt sweetness and yeast. Aftertaste of very mild lemon tartness and some residual sweetness.

Body is light, with fairly high carbonation, creating a crisp, sparkling mouthfeel with some slight prickliness across the palate. Closes out with a semi-dry finish, leaving some lingering sweetness and stickiness on the palate.

Aug 05, 2012
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint at a local Madison bar.

A: The beer poured a very nice cloudy, light golden-yellow with fluffy white head at the top. Only downside, the head does go away faster than expected.

S: The aroma is that of sun grown wheat field, some citrus (lemon and slight orange), with a hint of hops.

T: I mainly get wheat over- and under-tones. I believe the subtlety in this beer is its complexity. It does not over power with citrus or grain, everything seems quite well balanced. I like that every time I drink this beer I get a very consistent wheat taste.

M: Very crisp and clean. About a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was just right.

O: I really like this beer. I think this was a great addition to Capital's repertoire. It goes down smooth and is refreshing. It's not necessarily going to blow the doors off of anyone, but it is very consistent and always been good to me. Grab one on a hot summer day and enjoy!

Jun 14, 2012
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BierStein711 from Illinois

1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On draught

Beer has color of cloudy urine, no lacing and no head

Smells citrus and cooked veggies

Tastes like lemons

Feels like water

Overall, this beer is a poor example of the style, and is more so fermented lemon juice. I enjoy good wheat ales, and this is one I would have as a last resort.

May 05, 2012
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very poundable lighter beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Apr 13, 2012
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Airedoggie from Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow, semi-cloudy with a thin head

S: Predominantly wheat, and a hint of citrus

T: Wheat and grain, no citrus

M: Light to medium body, fresh and crisp with a nice fizz

O: Refreshing and very drinkable. Especially enjoyable on a warm day

Mar 26, 2012
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer when poured into a pint glass, has a yellowish body with a thin white head. The smell is grainy with not fruit smell. The taste is a little better, some wheat taste with a little bit of citrus. The mouth feel is ok and overall, is a average beer, good for the summer.

Jan 24, 2012
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bottle in Chicago over New Year's Eve.

The pour is totally univiting - cloudy lemonade, cold Campbell's chicken soup, ramen runoff, take your pick. The sniffer offers a little bit of bakery, pleasantly grainy, but not real powerful. Ditto on the taste, not much in the way of spices, or of citrus. Not bad, just, well, there. Mouthfeel was thin, healthy amount of carbonation.

Mild beer that won't knock anybody's socks off. Good summer beer, but overall I wasn't terribly impressed by it. Gets a C: drinkable, passable, that's about it.

Jan 03, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Don't know how many islands there are in the lakes surrounding Madison, but I'm pretty sure that not much wheat would grow there regardless. Still, this stuff pours a slightly hazy pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light puffed rice, and the vague notion of lemon peel. The taste holds notes of damp wheat, grass, musty lemon rind, and light powdered sugar. Something very unappealing about this flavor combination... The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a weak beer all-around, one I'll probably never seek out again.

Nov 15, 2011
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade with an orange tone. The head was absolutely pathetic, probably because I poured it too carefully. A finger of white foam dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge and a wispy lacing.

Smell: It does not exhibit the usual wheat qualities I want, but it has a very unique, industrial baked wheat bread smell to it — especially the kind sprinkled with flakes of whatever-that-stuff-is on the top for aesthetics. Lots o’ wheat. Other than there is a faint aroma of lemon and orange citrus in the background.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, but the citrus is much more prominent.

Drinkability: This is nothing to write home about. With so many real, Bavarian wheat beers available, I have no clue why I should even bother with the pale American versions. It is definitely drinkable, and true to style, but it lacks the flavor and aroma experience I want from wheat beer.

Sep 10, 2011
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes.
Looks like a hazy light golden straw color. Very nice head which sticks due to ample carbonation, but not exactly a gusher either. Smells faintly of wheat with light citric hopping, tastes of the same. Very nice, clean and smooth with a "less is more" approach. Still, it has just barely enough flavor to justify as being better than water for your thirst-quenching needs, and certainly is not as satisfying as a hefeweizen. I'm trying hard to review to a style that is not necessarily my favorite, here. I will say that they have hit precisely the right level of hop accent to amplify what wheat malt flavor exists, and does everything right in terms of spritzy mouthfeel...I just was left wanting more out of this.
So I suppose sometimes "less is more" is not the best idea.

Jun 24, 2011
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light golden semi-cloudy body, fluffy 2 fingers, little lacing

S: light wheat, hint of sweet citrus maybe orange peel/peach

T: light sweet citrus, mild wheat middle, hint of spice in finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, tad dry mouth

O: I really enjoy Capital's bock beers (Autumnal Fire is one
of my favorite beers PERIOD), but this is just a
fair summer back-up beer.
It's not going to wow you, neither is it yak piss.
Good gateway/newbie brew for your friends.


May 30, 2011
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Infamous7100 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours clear and golden in my pils glass. A very thin head. Nothing remarkable here, thought it would be unfiltered.
S: smells like sweet wheat bread with some faint hints of citrus. Very pleasant.
T: a refreshing blends of the bread and citrus mentioned before. A slight spice is present as well. Very tasty.
M: nicely carbonated and medium bodied. A slightly bitter hang, but a nice finish.
O: not the best of this style I have tried, but nothings wrong here. Certainly a candidate for a session brew and a good effort.

May 22, 2011
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BasementBer from Canada (MB)

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with good bone-white head retention.

S: Wheaties and grains with a slight floral note.

T: Tastes very light with a clean wheat finish. Ever so slight bitterness in the rear.

M: Soft coating on the tongue with decent carbonation fizz.

D: I dont think I would choose this beer for this purpose, but its definitely a summer beer that you could put back a bunch of as a session with light character.

Apr 30, 2011
Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 269 ratings