Wisconsin Amber
Capital Brewery

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Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #52
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,480
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 12.68%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
463
From:
Capital Brewery
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  69
SCORE
80
Good
Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber
Notes: This rich amber lager is the perfect balance of roasted caramel malts and clean hops flavors, making it a perfect choice for any occasion.
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a taster glass from draft at The Vine on August 6, 2019. Rich amber lager that has a nice balance of roasted caramel malts and clean hops. Worth a try.

Sep 10, 2019
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Creevo from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good amber. Had at a Woodchucks game 7/30/19. Very easy to drink and flavorful. You can tell they’ve refined this brew quite well into a mainstay I’m guessing. I’d order again.

Jul 31, 2019
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: farily evenly balanced mild malt and hop aromas upon popping the cap. The aromas reveal a clean fermentation character.

L: It pours brilliant orange amber with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" cream colored foam cap with moderate retention.

T: Rich malts start the flavor with a grainy spicyness that suggests cardamom. An initial malt sweetness dries slightly with some mild bitterness in the finish. It finishes with a slight sweetness.

F: The beer has medium body and medium high to high carbonation.

O: Overall the malt is a little on the low side, the carbonation is a little high, it finishes a little too sweet and it is a little low on character.

Mar 28, 2017
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fiery orange tap with a small 1 finger head that recedes to a bubbly ring. 20% opaque.

Aromas of balanced clean and roasted malts, some juicy orange lifts as its agitated.

Flavor is heavily malted, with roast and some bright floral notes.

Feel is perfect. Clean, crisp.

I'd have it again. Great beer!

Oct 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer is amber in color, 1/2" white head. Slightly thin looking.

Taste is a smooth ride, a lot in common with Oktoberfest, keeps the hops and bitterness low, mild caramel sweetness and flow.

Germanic in influence far more than some of the hoppy amber offerings in the states.

May 31, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Dark amber in color. No hops detected at all in the smell or taste, and the malt flavor wasn't interesting either.

Jun 30, 2015
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Sam_Sorrells from Mississippi

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A light amber color, taste was light caramel and noticeable hop flavor. Mouth feel was fairly thin but well balanced with the low residual sweetness.

May 09, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

*transferred from old notes - 12/29/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into nonic. Faint traces of orange in the aroma, but mostly dough smells. Appears clear amber with a light orange colored head which dissipates quickly. It’s comes on mostly sweet, but it’s a smooth sweet as opposed to overwhelming. It’s a medium body beer with strongest notes of citrus and malt, but finishes thin and caramel-sweet - couldn’t pick up too much of the hops. It has an average carbonation, but turns flat relatively quickly as it warms in the glass. Nothing lingers in the taste,and it finishes very clean. There’s nothing overly special or surprising about this beer. Nothing filling or offensive lends itself well to a session beer.

Apr 10, 2015
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Vixie from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of a white head that doesn't stay around long, reducing down to a bit of lacing across the top.

Smell is very malty, with a bit of yeast.

Sweet and malty up from, bit of fruit as well. Has a little bit of a funky aftertaste.

Nothing special about the feel, a bit watery.

Basically an average at best beer. Nothing about it really stands out, and the funky aftertaste doesn't help matters. There are better beers out there.

Feb 21, 2015
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The-Beav from North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is essentially an "Amber lite", not bad but nothing special. Has a light cherry smell to it, watered down mouth feal , probably would be great if you enjoy amber type beer but want something for a hot summer evening or out on the golf course. Smooth malt with no noticeable hop bite to it. Had a half inch of foam that dissipated in less than one minute.

Feb 10, 2015
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from its silver can, this amber ale offers a nose of caramel malt, toasted malt, and molasses. Its color is orange/copper and the body is completely clear.

This beer has a flavor that leans toward the sweet side, with tastes of caramel, bread, light roast, dough, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. The hops impart a slightly herbal character, although they are buried behind the taste of the malt.

This seems like a basic amber brew with enough going for it to recommend, but not enough going for it to strike an emotional chord or otherwise stand out in one’s beer drinking memory. I warmed up to it more with repeated sips and I now appreciate this beer for what it is- an everyday amber beer that is non- pretentious and agreeable, even if not exceptional. Some may say it is underwhelming, but it does have enough going for it to recommend.

Jan 11, 2014
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Light, transparent, orange-amber color lager. Soda-like head on the pour with little retention.

Fresh, malty aroma with hints of citrus fruits and fresh cut grass.

Slightly roasted malt flavor. Almonds and toast. Touch of caramel. Rice and corn adjuncts. Mild herbal hop.

Light body. Descent carbonation. Grainy texture.

Ok, but just doesn't have that much flavor or body. Fairly refreshing, however.

Jan 05, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper/orange-amber with a thin white head that becomes wispy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of light caramel-ish malt/grain with slight roast.

The taste is of light malt with some sweetness, a hint of lightly toasted bread with a hint of hop dryness in the clean finish.

Crisp. Light. Clean. Smooth.

In writing the review, I've noticed a repeating word. The label says that it is medium bodied, I'm thinking light bodied - but, I suppose that it is subjective. Anyway, if this is medium-bodied, it pushes towards the light interpretation of medium. It would have been a better brew if it had more body to it. As it is, it is a basic, easy-drinking amber lager. Decent for what it is.

Nov 24, 2013
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draught in a pint glass

A: nice amber color. Not much of a head but I didn't pour it. From what I do see looks off white and frothy. Some lacing but mt alot

S: I'm getting a lot of crisp malt with a slight copper smell.

T: very drinkable, pretty malty but nothing to insane. All around its an average amber that doesnt stray too far from the flavor point you would expect.

M: nice and crisp. Refreshing, not too carbonated.

O: all around decent beer. True to the style but lacked any distinctive features.

May 18, 2013
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper penny colored with white pillowy foam. Crystal clear through a standard pint glass

S: Caramel, toast and a spicy hop bite in the nose

T: A moderate earthy bitterness that blends nicley with the solid malt backbone. Bread crust, toffee and caramel from the malt. A slight mineraly flavor in the finish, but nothing stands out distinctly

M: Clean and crisp. light body with moderate carb

O: An easy drinking Amber with a good malt forward profile. I've had Ambers that run the gammet of being so bitter they were basically an IPA to very sweet and malty. This was somewhere in between and being a lager made me want to drink another pint. Prost!

Apr 05, 2013
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siege06nd from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bertram for tossing this one in a box for me!

A. Pours a clean, clear reddish copper. Disappointing head, or lack thereof, with only a smattering of weak bubbles rimming the brew. Retention, likewise, is non-existent...within a minute, the appearance of the beer has deteriorated to that of a Killian's left out overnight on the beer pong table.

S. Clean grains, some lightly roasted malt, doughy bread, and a dash of zesty hop. For an amber lager, I dig the nose on this. It is clean with subtle hints of complexity. Nice.

T. Follows the nose very closely with spent grains/corn, caramel sweetness, some husky, fruity qualities similar to pumpernickel bread, and some very light hopping. Slightly watery on the finish, but it doesn't detract too badly. Light, clean, and pretty tasty.

M. Moderate to high carbonation, despite the aforementioned head retention issues. This beer may be a little too sweet for its own good...there is a mild astringency mixed with sweet corn on the finish. Some of the darker malts try to compete with this and round it out, but they give way to an almost artificial sweetness.

O. It's not going to win any awards, but for a low ABV amber-style lager, this ain't half bad. Toes the line dangerously close to the adjunct style with its spent grain bill and corn sweetness. Still, it succeeds in being light and refreshing, with just enough caramel and malt complexity to keep it interesting, as well. Reminds me a bit of Yuengling and I imagine this is a popular choice in Wisconsin for both the craft enthusiast caught in a non-craft setting and for the BA-in-training trying to graduate from the adjunct swill currently pedaled in Wisconsin. Happy to have had this very approachable beer from Capital.

Feb 17, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another treat from my surprise Christmas mixer gift.

A - Pours a clear light amber colour with a copper hue, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee, candied pears, burnt brown sugar and buttered bread on the finish.

T - The caramel and toffee notes come through alongside some sweet corn, candied apple, bready malts and a lingering fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Another tasty brew that offers up the basics of the style without overwhelming the palette. Easy drinking and a session ale that I could easily take down a few pints at a time. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty nonetheless.

Dec 27, 2012
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ferrari29 from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured: into nonic shaped pint glass.

A - Beer pours with a thick white colored head. Beer has a hazy copper colored body. Head does not hold very well, no lacing. No carbonation.

S - Fruity, citrus, straw, crisp clean lager, corn.

T - Sweet, fruity, bitter, clean straw lager taste.

M - Slightly carbonated, mild hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Average amber ale. Traditional crisp later feel and taste. Easy to drink.

Nov 17, 2012
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour. Smells like figs and caramel malts, a little spicey, sweet and heavy. Tastes like caramel and figs, hints of autumnal spices, quite sweet, med-heavy bodied, nm else.

Sep 29, 2012
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Moderate, off-white head, average retention, suddsy lacing. Aroma includes caramel malts, mild brown sugar, maybe a touch of butter (unfortunately). Taste also with a bit of mild sweetness, mainly caramel, very low bitterness. Pretty easy to drink, maybe just a touch of off flavor on the back end but not a bad beer, just not spectacular.

Sep 24, 2012
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falloutsnow from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Date: "00212A12211" stamped on bottom
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2cm head of densely packed, off-white bubbles, with average retention, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass and leaving little to no lacing. Body is a red-brown color, essentially amber, and hazy from sediment. Carbonation is visible in center of glass, though somewhat sluggish.

Aroma is primarily bread-like, somewhat sweet, with notable hints of caramel. Hops are very subdued, if noticeable at all. Reminiscent of a bock recipe using ale yeast.

Taste is primarily of sweet malts, fairly complex between toasted, pale, and some caramel characters. Slight spice characters, a bit like weak cinnamon. Overall, an interesting interplay between yeast byproducts and malt base; if you enjoy the bock style, you will likely find this pleasant, too.

Beer is medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation that leads this to foam up substantially on the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is somewhat frothy and creamy, with a semi-dry finish.

Aug 16, 2012
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Wisconsin Amber from a 12oz bottle poured in to a pint/nonic glass.

A: The beer poured a very brilliantly rich copper-red, with about a half inch of fluffy white head at the top. As with other Capital beers, the head does fade away quicker than I would like.

S: The aroma is mainly caramel malt with a hint of hops.

T: I mainly get caramel and toffee notes on the palate. It finishes with a well balanced hopiness that is not overwhelming on the finish.

M: Crisp, clean, a medium-bodied beer, carbonation was ok.

O: I can understand why this is one of Capital Brewery's flagship beers, it was very enjoyable. It goes down smooth and is refreshing. It is a great amber lager with character.

Jul 04, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass and isolated bubbles cling motionless to the submerged sides.

S: Biscuit and bread is dominant, with lesser refined caramel also present. Hops exhibit barely detectable herbal/anise notes.

T: Begins dry, with sharp carbonic acidity that stifles other early qualities. Fading acidity reveals uncooked bread dough into the middle with an unrefined sugary edge. Weak minty hop flavors metamorphose into more medicinal qualities during the finish, where malt flavors become thin and bitterness is minimal.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager's harsh flavor and uninspiring texture seem to be out of agreement with the relatively appealing smell. While the style as a whole seems to be defined by unremarkable features, some amber lagers are still better than this. Look to Karl Strauss' flagship amber lager as a well-executed, but still conservative example.

Jun 05, 2012
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and a hint of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, caramel and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. 

May 23, 2012
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match1112 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at kellehers and got a free glass with it! a nice clear amber body with a fingers worth of head that has good staying power. nose is hoppy and sweet. taste is caramel and hops. mouthfeel feels a tad thin and watery, most lagers taste that way to me though. overall not a bad beer, but i dont usually go for lagers or reds, but enjoyed this one.

Apr 14, 2012
Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 463 ratings