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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Added by DaPeculierDane on 09-06-2005

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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Fr0stb1te
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of benholmen
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Soneast
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of doucmehu
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of twbeecher
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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 WastingFreetime
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.


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Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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.

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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 deebo
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a thick white head. Straw colored with a cloudy haze
S-heavy wheat with a spicy yeast character, some peppery hop aroma
T-Typical wheat beer, heavy wheat character with a slight hop astringency and a touch of yeast.
M-Lots of carbonic acid-I think they could drop the CO2 in this one, otherwise decent mouthfeel
D-A nice wheat-typical of a lot of the microbrews you get in Wisconsin-thinking Winnebago wheat from Fox River Brewing

O-A good microbrew style wheat that is nice to get a 12 pack of cans to enjoy at home or for packing a cooler. A nice alternative to a lot of the domestics. Another winner from Capital-I hope they keep this one around.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wisconsin....Wisconsin....where for art tho Wisconsin!!! Oh...a lil' Capital Brewing after a hard fought hockey game...and that's what I'm talking about!!!! This beer is cloudy yellow with decent head. The hints of lemon/citrus hit the nose nicely. The taste is very good...nice wheat balanced with lemon/citrus. The mouthfeel is easy and I could mown the lawn all day with this beer! ENJOY!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw gold color, lots of little carb bubblies,filtered, small white head. Minimal lacingf. Nice light wheat scent, fairly sweet. Sweet malt start, grass, filtered wheat tones, just a peck of hops. Fairly thin and dry, a bit of acidicism.

I'll have to check after I'm done writing, but i thought Capital was all about lagers, but this is certainly a nice light filtered wheat brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a thin layer of fizzy film but does keep some creaminess on the edges that leaves back soft spotty lacing. The aroma has a sweet tang to it of bready character and citric fruit. Hops give this a grassy and spicy feel that lends this some airiness in the nose.

The taste has a crisp and sweet twang to it from the wheat, with earthy fruit mixing in and a moderately bitter hop profile that gives this some bite. Spice and rind leave back a steady lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a prickly crispness that keeps this lively feeling in the mouth. Maybe even a little bit too carbonated at times but it doesn't hinder the overall presence or drinkilbility of this.

This wasn't bad at all. Pretty well done little hoppy wheat beer here that had some kick to it but the wheat and citrus gave this a sweet smoothness that coupled with the crisp feel to keep this quite quaffable.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and citrus. Taste is a bit of sour lemon up front, some wheat and grains, not bad but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Kegatron. Thanks! Served into a tumbler at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very pale yellow, hazy, but not cloudy. Quite a lot of carbonation can be seen in the glass. An eggshell white frothy head, about 2 finger widths. Retains a small but fluffy ring, and laces well for the style.

Smell: Fairly floral and grassy, clean, simple, and has some background sweetness there too. Some lemony notes also.

Taste: Some up front sweetness, fairly indescript though. A nice burst of lemony zing, quite a bit of twang which I like. Finishes with some wheat and earth/grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: Tingly on the tongue, fairly high on the carbonation. Maybe a little much. Light body, refreshing, finishes dry.

Drinkability: Drinks great! Could knock back a few of these on a hot afternoon. No alcohol flavor to speak of. Overall a good example of the style, simple, and well made. Recommended.

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Photo of Chaz
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden in color, topped with a billowy off-white head which leaves just a trace of Brussels lace is it falls. After a couple of minutes only a slick of off-white foam covers the surface of the beer.

Nose is a musty, malty experience, with the teeniest bit of lemony citrus and broader wheat malt notes. No hops to speak of here, and it's almost like a pale lager, and this is not a bad thing at all . . .

Tangy and semi-sweet on first sip, the wheat malt dominates this one, with a zesty citrus character highlighting the aromatic portion of the palate. Quite dry and refreshing, also rather light in body and alcohol. A lemon-rind character is what lingers here in the place of what I'd expect to find a bittering hop.

Truly excellent drinkability, here, and with an ABV that feels like it's somewhere in the 3.5 ~ 4.2 range, this one is a true session beer.

Although Island Wheat no doubt will not appeal to folks who like bigger, bolder (and hoppier~!) entries in the APWA style segment, I'd say it's a hell of a beer to have around when a thirst-slaking wheat is what the doctor ordered. The fact that this one is available in 12 pack cans will have me seeking it out (over E.g. Blue Moon, Wittekerke) the next time I head out to throw some discs with friends ; )

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital in a CAN! Suh-wheat! The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to receive new and unheard of CANs from hither and yon and I am appreciative to all who are involved in this madness.

From the CAN: "Refreshingly Different"; "Craft-Brewed by Capital Brewery Co., Inc., Middleton, WI Made with wheat from Washington Island, Door County, WI"

F**k it. I want to relocate to the Great Lakes region of the midwest and the sooner the better. I am deeply tired of the east coast and only time and money stand in my way! And now for a review -

Directly after the Crack & Glug, I felt as though I were looking at lemon meringue pie in a glass! The liquid was a hazy lemon-yellow and the finger-and-a-half of foam was thick and bone-white! Beautiful. Nose had a peppery tang to it and suddenly my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and there were flavors of lemon and pepper on the tongue, but both in mild forms. Refreshing, indeed! I spent the day in a humid classroom at the end of the hall because one (or more) of my jagov colleagues opened their window(s), defeating the central A/C. What I wouldn't have given for one of these beers out of a cooler at lunchtime. Sadly, as a high school English teacher, beer is frowned upon in the building. I had to wait until I got home, but it was worth the wait. I would not want a steady diet of Island Wheat, but a couple/few on a humid day would really cure what ales me.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a hefe glass. Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!
(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color that produced a fantastic white fluffy head with solid retention behind it. Left stringy lacing behind as it finally subsided.

(S)- A light crisp lemon peel with a light airy honey wheat aroma.

(T)- Same as the smell. A light lemon peel with a lightly sweet honey wheat profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light and airy with a light crisp feel and sweetness.

(D)- A solid refreshing beer. Light-bodied with some good flavors. A great session brew to have around.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can care of Kegatron, thanks Heath!

Poured into a snifter...honestly I don't know why since I have plenty of wheat glasses but I guess I am just being lazy tonight. This brew appears a cloudy yellow color with 2 fingers of white head. The head retains pretty well and slowly receeds leaving quite an extensive layering of lace all about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is mostly composed of a smell of fresh wheat upfront mixed with a bit of a bready aroma. Herbal hops with a slight indication of citrus character come in through the back. As it warms it has a bit of sulfuric character that was initially hidden.

The taste of this brew is mostly wheat that imparts a bit of a bready sweet taste that is balanced by a minor amount of citrus and spiced hops. Very slight fruity taste that is a bit lemon-like. It finishes with a lingering bready grain taste coupled with the slight citrus and minorly herbal note.

This is a light bodied brew with a typical moderate to high level of carbonation. It is quite drinkable but each sip seems to make this brew come across a bit watery in the feel but overall it isn't bad. This isn't a beer that I would seek out on a regular basis but it is certainly something you sit down and have a few of on a hot day.

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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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