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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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Island Wheat beer from Capital Brewery. It is a light wheat beer, comparable to something like Boulevard Wheat. It is a light shade of gold, almost yellow. You can detect a bit of citrus in the smell and taste. My girlfriend really liked this beer, so I would say the drinkability is very high as well. This beer won't blow your mind, but it is definitely worth the try.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a golden straw color with a good amount of haze to it. A finger and a half worth of head that leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big amount of wheat, probably some crystal malts and a touch of yeast. Maybe just a hint of sweetness.

T- A good amount of wheat, a small amount of sugar and some yeast. The malt doesn't really come in to play all that much.

M- Medium bodied that is very smooth. The carbonation gives a nice little tickle on the tongue.

D- A run of the mill beer that could be a good lawnmower beer now that it comes in a can. Nothing really spectacular about this beer, average all around.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grass notes, slightly spiced. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty/grassy, a slight spice note. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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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 AmberMan22
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color, with a nice looking head that leaves a decent amount of lace behind.

Honestly I couldn't even smell the beer, it was so weak. There's really just not a whole lot there if it can't overcome the smell of a well kept dining facility.

Taste is on the bland side, but for a Pale Wheat Ale I guess this is to be expected. A tinge of hops mix with a pale malt/hint of wheat combo.
What's there doesn't taste bad at all, it's just that there's barely anything there. Would definitely make for an easy summer drinker if it was cold.

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Photo of association330
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, which proudly sources the wheat from Washington Island, WI. No freshness date.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a fleeting, soapy, eggshell-colored head. Thin ring of bubbles with virtually no lace.

S - Gentle and sweet overall. Clean wheat with a bare hint of citrus.

T - Seems to follow the nose. Moderately sweet, then notes of husky wheat. Finishes with a gentle hop bitterness and a suggestion of lemon peel.

M - Carbonation is snappy and refreshing, though not forced. Mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and light-ish.

D - Fits well with the style, which is to say most (though not all) APWAs are simple, mediocre, and designed to convert the macro drinker's palate. Not a bad choice for a "premium" lawnmower beer though.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours an almost white color. It's a really really pale yellow that is hazy as hell. The head is a nice two finger high with big bubbles in it. Soapy looking almost with the bubbles on it. The head falls a little fast for a wheat but the lacing is great on this one.

S= Very wheaty. A nice wheat smell. A little citrus in it which is typical from most wheats but this one has a strong wheat smell.

T= Again strong wheat taste to it. Really nice. When I look for a wheat beer this is sort of what I want. A little citrus taste to it but nothing artificial at all. The flavors are very spot on for a wheat in my opinion. A lot of wheat beers these days are hopped up but this one lets the wheat take the front seat and just tastes good.

M= Smooth and crisp. I'll be drinking a lot of this during the summer. This is a refreshing beer. I'm impressed.

D= Great. This beer didn't let me down at all. I'm not a real big fan of the brewery at all but this beer is really good. Smooth and crisp. Nice wheat forward beer with great flavors and still lets the wheat take the front seat. Awesome job. I'll but this again any day I got a cravin for a wheat.

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Photo of jtinks
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I first sampled this on draft in Washington Island, Wisconsin, the island for which the beer is named. All the wheat used in the brewing grown organically on the island. Kind of an awesome thing since it helps a pretty remote rural community to maintain its agricultural industry. Every place we went on the island (I think there are only four bars anyway) had it on tap, and I drank many pints.

Jump forward a year or so, I'm at Sahar Liquors in Chicago on the way to a party, and six pack bottles are available! I pick it up, even though the price is steep ($11+tax). Still good but not as good as I remember.

Last weekend in Wisconsin I stopped at my favorite beer store to marvel at low low Wisconsin prices. A 12-pack of bottles is $14, but I am inexplicably drawn to beer in cans...blame my dad, I guess. So I see this in cans and I'm like, "There is no way I can't buy that."

I bring it home, crack one open, and I think I like it better from a can than a bottle. Very mild, very drinkable. I could probably put a few of these away in a sitting if it was better available down here.

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Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Inch of white head, but it doesn't stick around for real long. Cloudy bright yellow body.

Smell: Not much to the smell. No German wheat beer qualities, no noticeable hops. It's just bland when it comes to aroma.

Taste: Rather enjoyable, for such a typically bland style anyways. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info.

A - This beer is incredibly carbonated. Tons of bubbles flowing up to a dense white head. Low but great retention. The color is a lightly cloudy pale straw yellow. A bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Crisp, dry wheat blowing in the summer breeze. Too bad there is a mellow straw hint in there. No hops. No real yeast either.

T - The flavor is a smooth wheat with really nothing else. No hops, no malts, no yeast. Just a plain, dare I say bland, wheat.

M - Light-bodied and really crisp, it has a sharp carbonation bite to the finish.

D - The only time I ever see myself wanting this beer ever again is on a hot summer day when i need a refreshing brew. It really lacks in flavor. There is next to nothing there. But it is what it is and for a wheat beer it's incredibly refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, wheat, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, pale malt, and slight citrus. Overall, refreshing but, lacking body and complexity.

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Photo of Florida9
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a traditional pint glass with about 1/8" of white head. Head reduces to just a surfaced coating. No lacing. Color is very hazy straw.

S: Light lemon and some sour yeast.

T: Strong lemon with some light bread-like flavors. Surprisingly long finish. Reminds me of carbonated lemonade.

M: Light in body with high carbonation that tingles the tongue.

D: This is a very refreshing beer, though not a very complex one. Easy drinker for a summer day.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow liquid with some streams of rising carbonation. The white head is splotchy and thin.

S- Some light itrus and white bread. Pretty light, but hey, it's about right for the style.

T- Some light citrus with white bread and wheat. Pretty simple, smooth, and tasty.

M- Creamy smooth with a nice carbonation bite. Enjoyable.

D- A nice sessionable beer that would be great on a summer day out on the lake. I can't imagine the alcohol being all that high, but it would still be nice to know what I am dealing with here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can received in the 2nd round of the Fight Club BIF .. Czoch75 smacked me around easily. I've been sitting on this one for a while and found it on the bottom shelf of the upstairs fridge.. Thanks Clint.. I am very excited to have a "new to me" Capital brew... and it makes it even more special that it's from a can... poured into my shaped SA glass.

Very big head.. good lace for the whole glass.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden straw color..

Aroma is slightly sweet pale malts with some hidden citrus hoppiness.. really pretty flat.. not a whole lot going on.. as expected for the style.

Flavor has a mild sugar cookie essence that sorta ties everything together.. I could swear there is a lemon zest component.. but my palate could easily be wrong.. sorta seems flimsy from the get go.. very drinkable and the good carbonation helps.. but in my mind, I can only see this is a camping beer.. not anything I would buy except to put in a cooler.

Thanks for the beat down.. Clint clobbered me.. I like this beer.... but I am having a very hard time "NOT" comparing it to many of my favorite brews from Capital.


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Photo of beerwolf77
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital is hyped quite a bit in my area yet this is the first beer I've had from them.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice amount of thick white head about a half inch high. Golden straw color with moderate cloudiness.

The smell of this beer was very inviting. A light yeasty/wheat fragrance with a bit of citrus.

I really enjoy the taste of this beer. I'm a fan of wheat beers in general. It's very smooth and has such a pleasant flavor. There's a hint of fruit with a nice malty backend.

This beer dances nicley on your tongue then washes down easy.

Overall a nice session beer for my taste. I will be picking up more of these.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Moon, Boulevard Pale Wheat, 312: unexceptional, uninspired, but indubitably drinkable and not without their charms. Also, they sell like mad. You can't blame Capital for throwing their hat into the ring.

Pours hazy yellow with a nice head. Pretty, but unexceptional. Smells more hefe-y than your typical pale wheat, decent hints of banana and pepper from a surprising yeast profile. A good blend between bitter yeast and hops and sweet wheatmalt.

This certainly isn't the Spotted Cow-killer they were hoping it would be, but it's a welcome alternative to the more unadventurous (and commercially viable) pale wheats out there.

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

Presentation: 16oz pint

Appearance: Light cloudy straw colored beer with a thin white cap from a weak pour.

Smell: Mild vague citrus fruit and crisp wheat

Taste: Mild orange flavors, with very mild vague spice and esters...this ends with a mild yeasty twang and just a hint of floral qualities

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied; fairly crisp

Drinkability: Pretty good

Conclusion: This is an average American Wheat...the only thing that puts it slightly over others like it is the floral notes on the finish

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw gold, half finger head.

S- Bready, grainy malt with grassy notes.

T- The malt is mostly bready with some very light biscuity and caramel notes adding depth. Some extremely light hop bitterness comes in to just barely offset the sweetness with out detracting from the overall bready profile of this beer. Finishes smooth and semi sweet.

M- Light bodied without being watery, spritzy carbonation.

D- Not a "go to" persay but I could put back a few of these come summer.

A great example of the sytle. Be sure to check it out when the weather gets warm.

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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 Thanby
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting very pale, golden-straw color, slightly cloudy, and a thin white head with good retention. Smells like a lighter strain of wheat and northern yeast, backed by a mild orange citrus and a tiny bit of the characteristic banana you find in wheat ales. Overall the nose is very fresh and appealing. First taste is mellow yeast and wheat, with the citrus gently blended, and a tiny bit of hopping the round it out. The citrus and yeast linger into the aftertaste. Light and refreshing to a high degree, but still medium in body and full-flavored, it's easy to see why this is one of Capital's key brews.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a slight haze. It was very bubbly with a rocky, long-lasting, white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat flavors. It had a nice yeasty quality, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a pretty standard wheat ale. It tastes good and is very easy drinking.

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Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of lemons and wheat. Tastes of wheat and lemons. Straight forward wheat beer that I found to be refreshing and can see drinking this on a hot day.

Notes from: 7/31/06

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Photo of Tucquan
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in Baraboo, WI

Pours a golden yellow with a 1 finger, white head.

This is definitely an American style wheat beer. Not much smell but mild banana and bread dough.

There is a very light banana and grain taste and some mild hops. The hops clears quickly on the pallet but I was left with a slightly stale, tart taste.

Medium-strong carbonation and light mouthfeel.

This was an unremarkable but refreshing beer.

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Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This wheat ale poured the color of very pale yellow straw. Even with an aggressive pour, the head was thin (1/4 inch) but it did stick around for a decent while. The head eventually dropped to zero and left minimal lace.

S= The aroma was the weakest point of this beer in my opinion. There was a decent wheat malt sweetness, but that was overshadowed by a sulfur smell I found displeasing. Fortunately, all of the aromas were muted.

T= Slightly sweet wheat malt flavor tinged by the sulfur-y notes described in the aroma. Not a lot of flavor to speak of, but certainly not a lot to object to either.

MF= Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

D= This was a relatively weak flavored wheat ale but that is by definition dead-on for the style. Thus its pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a moderate to light cloud. Head retention is short lived.

Smell is of granny smith apples and lemon. Slight whiff of wheat and crystal malt. Smallish hint of yeast.

Taste is sour apples and lemon. Smallish taste of wheat and crystal malts, with not much of a hop back. Almost tastes of a cider, with nothing much else to the profile.

Mouthgeel is average. Carbonation is adequate, finish is thin.

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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
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