Island Wheat | Capital Brewery

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Island WheatIsland Wheat

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BierStein711
1.96/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of pweis909
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a pale golden, with a healthy white head.

Hardly any aroma at all, just a hint of grainy wheat. They must not have used a German weizen yeast -- no ester or phenol smells.

The flavor might kindly be described as delicate. Again, just enough flavor to hint that it is a wheat. No noticeable hops, esters, anything at all, really

The texture is soft, nice on the mouth, but the rest of it is bland, unremarkable. Drink it if you are afraid of beer. There is nothing here to offend you.

I am disappointed that I laid out $7.79 for this 6-pack

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Photo of Hoploaf
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of Opethsprite
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Twist-off cap, pours a vivid, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Pungent grains present in the nose, both sweet and bitter. Yeasty, grassy... Nothing special, nothing bad. Grassy and bitter to taste, fading into a macro-style sweetness, though not in a terribly overpowering way. Bitter again, with a hint of skunk at the end. Meh. Good carbonation. Not a highly drinkable beer, in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit much.

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Photo of nightcrawler
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer bored me. Nothing to make it stand out.

The color was a dark straw-like brown and the smell got me excited. But the taste was boring and the finish was not clean.

Sure. You could drink this as a session beer, but why?

It might be better with a slice of orange in it or something. But by itself, it isn't worth the price compared to other wheat beers.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger pure white foamy head that recedes to surface skim, and it leaves a small amount of spotty lacing. Body is a cloudy, straw pale gold. Looks nice, and appearance is this ale's high point.

Smell - weak aroma of toasty maltbiscuits and saltine crackers, and butterscotch.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Weak taste of toasty maltbiscuits and saltine crackers, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, and watery at times.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it is not good either, and certainly not inspiring, and so its sessionability for me is quite low.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with a one-finger head, limited retention, minimal lacing and moderate carbonation.

Grassy aroma that's more floral than wheat-based.

Metallic hit upfront followed by subtle notes of wheat and spice. Light-bodied: thin and watery mouthfeel. Absolutely no gravitas to its taste profile.

Drinkable, yes, yet too uninspiring to prove sessionable.

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Photo of kmeves
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden pale with a modest white head. The aroma is lightly sweet, yeasty, wheat, lemon, and some spice. The flavor is light honey, wheat, light and light spice. Creamy texture, very soft mouthfeel. A decent summer beer but Capital definitely makes better.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this for my wife (to accompany my sixer of bitter woman - no puns are intended... Tyranea's Bitter Woman IPA is a delicious beer and my wife is a sexy bitch) while we were on our camping trip in Gov. Dodge State Park. I smell wheat, nothing else. Taste is wheaty with a little bit of yeast. thin and kind of blah overall. Ok to drink on a hot day but overall not particularly satisfying. My main concern is that since this beer is so run-of-the-mill, I wonder if it's worth Capital's while to go out of their way to get wheat from Washington Island. Theres lots of wheat growing right around Madison, fellas.

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clouded dull yellow. Lots of carbonation is present. Frothy white head sits on top for a while. Lace is good. The aroma seems a little smoky, a little phenolic and a little tart. Dumbed down flavors for a dumbed down beer for the dumbed down masses. But will the masses actually drink a clouded beer like this?? Don't think so. So this beer serves little purpose. Doesn't appeal to the dumbed down masses. Doesn't appeal to the knowledgeable beer fan. Stick to the Kloster Weizen. That one has some flavor. This is slightly tart and a little dry on the finish. Blandness across the board. A little acidity. Carbonation is frisky. Not much substance here. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is birhgt white, billowy, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has some mild tangy wheat, and really nothing else. The taste is as unadventurous as the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with carbonation which is annoyingly high even for a wheat beer. Overall, this is a boring beer. I cannot think of any reason why I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of brdc
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden beer with minimal haziness, no visible yeast. Almost no head despite all my efforts.
Nose is also faint, some yeats and bread but that is all.
Thin on the mouth, light taste of bread and alcohol, but mostly watered down.
A very unremarkable beer, will not have this one again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My beautiful wife, Krista, picked up a six pack for herself before we went camping one weekend, so I thought I'd review one.

Appearance - Golden yellow to honey colored body with an 1/8 of an inch of white head. This wheat is transparent with very little if any cloudiness.

Smell - Slight soapy scent associated with most wheat beers. It also has a very nice robust grain and malt aroma that gives it some character.

Taste - This is a wheat beer? Interesting. It has a grain and roasted flavor found with a good pilsner. There is tinge at a sweet tone but is finishes with a hop flavor that suits it well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth through the mouth with a watery texture. The feel of this beer doesn't help make it any better.

~ I've had this beer a couple times in the past and I never truly enjoyed it. Not to say it's a bad beer in any way because all beers have their place. This is just one I don't much enjoy.

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Photo of terrabyte
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color.

This has a yeasty smell with a high floral sweetness of banana, lemon and orange.

A very sweet beer. I taste flowers, orange, and lemon. Followed through by a heavy dose of wheat or barley biscuit flavor. It ends with a citrus tartness without much contribution of hops.

Mouth is a bit grainy (as expected) and creamy, but finishes well. Carbonation seems fine.

Drinkability: Too sweet for me, but I'm not a fan of the style. Watching others, I see it can be quite drinkable.

Although I love touring the brewery, and everyone there is really nice, I've just never been a big fan of their beers. They've always seemed just a bit similar to me. Obviously there's no way you can confuse this flavor due to its style. I also think they're being very bold with how sweet this is. This beer is also the only beer that sports a different styled logo. They KNOW that this beer is different, and are treating it so. Although it's too sweet for my liking, any wheat beer lover has GOT to try this.

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of KI9A
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pale, filtered wheat. Boring. What the heck are they trying to do?

S: Light lemon, wheat. Not much here.

T: Very light citrus, very light wheat. Again, not a whole lot going on.

M/D: Highly carbonated. Easy to drink a few of these, but, have had MUCH better wheats.

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Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Capital's newest offering, and it seems they have big plans for it. Most of it seems to involve the "dreaded" cross-over appeal, as this is distinctly un-German, as doesn't seem to fit comfortably within their portfolio.
The name comes from the fact it uses wheat from Washington Island (located off the tip of Door County).
Pours a lightly blurred, pale ochre with a flat linen foam.
Wheat bread nose, dusty with yeast, and otherwise hollow and vacant.
Begins with a mushy, wheat bread doughiness, and never vetures far from this base. Tickles of lemon and husk, but the middle only douses on more yeasty doughiness. It dries at the close, but outright hop contributions are neglegible.
This is medium-light bodied, and certainly downable in vats for those averse to strong malt or hop flavors.
This will certainly sell well, in the Spotted Cow vein. I just hope it is not at the sacrifice of other Capital tap offerings.
Klosterweizen accomplishes all this already, and so much more.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy yellow with very little white foam. No lacing observed.

Light wheaty smell, but minor.

Taste is chalky - some wheat, low carbonation - falls a little flat. Short in the mouth.

Easy to drink, finishes easily, but not too much happening here.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of malcontent
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ghostly pale straw body totally free of haze. A filtered wheat beer...what's fun about that? Attractive, sturdy head is a redeemer of sorts.

Has a lot of grainy adjunct aromas with a touch of macro-lager-like corn sweetness. Not much lemony, wheaty zing to the nose.

Better than the first two categories but still rather uninspired. Good acidity right out front with a mild wheat tang and suggestions of clove and lemon on a finish that falls into the watery category.

Crisp and not quite as thin as the aforementioned descriptors would perhaps lead you to believe. Still this is one of the least interesting beers I've had out of Middleton. Best they stick to making first-rate bocks and lagers and leave wheat beers to their brethren in New Glarus.

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