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

A- Very light Straw, not much head or lacing.

S - Tinnish, light sharp malt. Some slight barn qualities.

T - Malt, wheat, thin. Like drinking a nice macro substitute.

M - Medium to light. Good carb, not much coating.

D - Easy to session. Just not very interesting.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopefully this bottle isn't too old to give this a fair shot.
Light malty sweet aroma with mild wheat in the background, but also a surprising Am. lager quality in the touch of sourness. Seems like some German hops in the fold too (I could be wrong, but is seems hold that quality).
Pours attractively with nice white head that full, semi-dense with some creaminess. Clear and gold with lots of rising bubbles (Sam Adams glass).
Light and soft malt flavors of both light barley and soft wheat. Really nice mouthfeel of soft creaminess and a perfect amount of carbonation enhancing the best qualities of this beer. Mild sourness (again like and Am. lager) and a really quick drink with very slight dryness/bitterness lingering for an incredibly short time.
Drinkability is very high on this. Goes down easily and flavorfully. Great with food (like my salad). Nicely done. Seems best when cold.

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Photo of scottg
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow, almost clear color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving very light lacing. Lots of wheat aroma with some sour yeast. Wheat also dominates the taste with some sweet malt and lemon mixed in. Light body, high carbonation, cleanses the mouth. Goes down real easy but not much to it.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a crisp white head and lots of carbonation to be seen. The head is about 1.5 fingers thick and has good retention. There is no film or lacing on the glass.

S: Scent is not so much of wheat or bread, but kinda a rice smell. There is a very slight lemon scent as well. Not really very complex and kinda boring.

T: There isn't anything special with the taste either. Flavors seem to be a combination of yeast and rice. Seems to miss the bready/wheat flavors the beer style goes for. There is a stronger force behind the lemon in the flavor, especially in the aftertaste. It mixes with the yeast and rice to give it a balanced flavor.

M: Light Bodied beer with some carbonation detectable on the tongue. Doesn't leave an oily feel behind.

D: Wouldn't mind having a few of them, but would probably get bored drinking it, unless drinking for quantity.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a slightly hazy pale straw/golden color. It had a one finger white head and a massive amount of activity rising up from the bottom of the Weizen glass.

It had a bitter sour-wheat smell.

It had a crisp wheat taste with a slight hop finish. It was medium bodied and went down smooth.

It was pretty good to drink. I found it refreshing and easy going. The sum of all of its qualities makes this very drinkable.

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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 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 johanvond
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat ale pours a clear light golden body with a quickly dissipating white head. There is a strong dry wheat aroma from the local wheat. Your first taste is a big toasty wheat nose and a good amount of carbonation to support the dry after taste. There is no loss in the zip department, with a some pepper and lemon zest. There is a lot going on here and the flavor profile does a good job of highlighting the locally grown wheat. The other flavors support and balance out the wheat. Light, refreshing bit of terior, but with wheat instead of hops. Try with a lawn chair at the end of a hot day or a basic freshly grilled fish taco.

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

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Light yellow color, white frothy head that doesn't linger very long. Super refreshing, light light fruityness. These disappear in my fridge way too quick.

Goes great with anything. Drinkability is off the freaking chart. Has a clearly identifiable wheat taste that lingers somewhat. It's a nice change of pace beer.

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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 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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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 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 nsmartell
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours very light yellow with a nice thick head.

Smell: Light wheat smell with some fruitiness.

Taste: Light wheat and not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: If you are looking for a light wheat beer, this will be for you. However, I like more flavors in my wheat beers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lets out a thin head, but a strong ring o' foam around the perimeter of the beer. Very pale banana, golden hay and mild bubbling. Very small bubbles. The aroma is a little tart bananas, very faint. Smell more dry malts than anything. The taste is a little bland and tart. Almost sour, ester malts with no noticeable hops. Pretty clean palate, a little adjuncty tasting bitterness that brings the mouthfeel down a peg. But very easy to drink.

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

Smell has a slight citrus tinge to it. Taste has a pale lemon flavor to it, hops and malt blend weak in the background. If you're in the mood for a light tasting beer, this is pretty good. It's straightforward, but it tastes good. Despite the fairly light and smooth taste, it does not give me the impression of being watery. There's nothing too remarkable about it, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew is very light yellow in color with a sparse coat over top of the brew. There is a steady carbonation and the clarity is excellent on this one. Looking at the bottom of the bottle, I should have swirled this one during the pour, as there is a lot of yeast in there. The aroma is husky and wheaty with strong fruity overtones. Taking a sip, I get a light wheat, light herbal hop with a tailing bitterness, hat clings to the side of my tongue. It is extremely clean without a lot to it. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate to strong carbonation that stings a little on my tongue. I'm torn with this brew because it has been such a nice one to take camping for sitting around the fire and for enjoying in the heat of the day. It is one that I can really sit down and just enjoy without having to do a lot of thinking, so I think it carries through on what it is meant to be. I enjoy it.

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Photo of sweethome
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellow. Bottle had some yeast laying on the bottom which I swirled in. Nice rocky head.

The nose is subdued - more american wheat than a hefeweizen. I guess that is where they are going versus the old Kloster Weizen.

Yes, flavor is rather simple, lacks any banana or clove. Simple malts, smooth and easy drinking. Nice hop backing that does not take over the light charachter.

A real session beer, I prefer the Kloster Weizen, but nothing wrong here.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy straw color with a few fingers of tight white head. the head dissipates into moderate lacings and a soapy ring around the brew.

smells sweet overall, with wheat malt, pale malts, citrus, and a touch of grassy hops. not too much here, just clean and honest; blends together into a solid aroma.

taste is sweet, with a touch of citrus and pale malts. very restrained and tight on the palate. not much here either, just a solid mix of flavors. ale yeast is slightly descernable, alongside a hint of mild hops on the fiinsh.

aftertaste is very light, just citrus and pale malts.

mouthfeel is clean and slick. medium-light bodied.

drinkability is great. clean flavors and a light character make this one very refreshing.

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

A: Slightly hazy straw, white head, no retention, very little lace.

S: Lemony citrus & wheat.

T: Lemon citrus, grainy wheat, slight spice, balance bitter-sweet-tartness. Very American flavour (not Germanic like some of their brews).

M: Light to moderate body, greater than moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

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Photo of Atron67
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- a foggy yellow with white head that was big and left strong lacing
S- wheaty smell, some esters and fruityness noted,
T- a slightly sweet wheaty flavor that flows well and finished cleanly
M- lighter body which goes for the style, smooth medium/light carbonation
D- A smooth drink which tastes pretty good, and 1 can easily follow the other

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Photo of CFbeermaker
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Started out light and golden but I like to take the last 1/3 of my wheat beers swirl them and add it to my pint glass. So now its a real murky yellow. Had a pretty nice head. It didn't stick around to long but there was about a 1/8 inch that held on.
S- Can smell wheat, yeast and a little citrus maybe lemon.
T - Pretty good. Tasted pretty much how it smelled to me.
M - light and creamy with decent carbonation.
D - I think this is a great session beer. I have had it in cans while on a river trip. Its good stuff.

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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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Island Wheat from Capital Brewery
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