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