Wisconsin Amber | Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 437
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber in color, off white head w/ good retention. Nicely balanced caramelness. A little heavy on the mouthfeel. This was a regular in my beer fridge for a long time, kind of burned out on it lately though. If you like malty brown ales you should certainly enjoy this one. Overall a very solid quality beer.

If you can find this in cans, please beermail me. I used to, but no longer can.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pored a light amber, with a large foamy head. Smell was very faint, not much there, really. Taste was also mild, both the initial bitter and the sweet at the end. Just a straight average lager, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the staples of Wisconsin, I've been drinking Cap Amber for years and haven't reviewed it until now. True to the name, it's a clear and spicy amber color with a thin tan head. The nose is very robust and malty with some nutty overtones. First taste is, you guessed it, robust and malty. The malt is about the only major player here, but it has a wonderful complex value to the malt that I don't think my palate is good enough to pick out. Anyways its very drinkable and full of flavor and relatively clean. A good choice for a regular drink, especially in the fall in Wisconsin.

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Photo of lester619
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They just got this on tap at my local drunkery. I dig it. I really like the look of a nice well made amber. This is pretty. Christal clear copper with about three inches of off white head that hangs around in the pint glass pretty much the whole time. The smell kind of reminds of biscuits or home made bread, with a good dose cf sweet caremel malts. You can tell there are a fair amount hops hanging around in there. It tases more or less how it smells. Dry, biscuity up front, sweetens up with a little roasty malt presence and then a little bitter after taste from the hops. This is good. It went down awesome with some hot buffalo wings.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: As usual, this beer has amazing clarity. Great lagering effect. Medium lacing with an offwhite head. Wouldnt call it amber in color, more orange to red.

S: Not much doing here, husky grainy in smell.

T: What seems to be a consistent feature for this brewery is fizzy in the nose with a touch of jazz and then by the time the middle comes around, its quit. The aftertaste in the finish however has a nice nutty character to it, which I have found lacking in most of Capital's beers I recently tried.

M: carbonation fizz on the tongue, doesnt last long as I would prefer it, but very light and drinkable.

D: Wouldnt choose it for the style, but would drink it to drink in the sun.

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Photo of brow1901
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Wisconsin amber pours a dull amber to dark straw color. A hard pour produced a decent white head that disapeared before before I could say wisconsin.

S- The smell is alright. I pick up on a strong smell of fruits like grapes, some astringincy. There is a faint hint of alcohol, it really remindes me of a wine. The hops are almost non existant in the nose. And the malts aren't too strong either.

T&M- I really didn't care for the taste of this beer. I did not have any flavors that stand out. Nothing really exciting, it remindes me of a killians. There is a little hop bitterness in the back of the tounge. Nothing that really balances this though, not much other flavors. For this style I think that the taste just slightly above average. It is a really refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation is done really well I think. But it leaves the mouth too sticky compared to other ambers.

D- The beer is fair it's a good one for a hot summer night. A step up from macros but not my first choice for an amber lager. It's pretty cheap too.

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Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a major revelation for me. I bought this on a whim, not expecting much, but when I got it home and poured it out, I was pleasantly surprised! Very nice golden/amber hue with hints of orange. Wispy off white head that formed little clusters of foam on top after dying down. Huge floral, citrus hop presence entwined with a pleasant malt thickness.

Quite a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bite. The hops were more up front as it was still cold, but as it warmed, the malts kicked in and balanced this one nicely indeed! So smooth and velvety on the tongue, it just got better as it went on. Perfect carbonation level, and quaffability is way up there. Find this and enjoy it! Recommended.

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Photo of chetripley
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tasted other Capital offerings (the American Pale Ale was a bomb) I was rather skeptical of how I would like this. It is teaching me keep an open mind because overall I was quite pleased with it.

Deep amber color with head that dissipated quickly leaft behind a small amount of lacing, and a not so pleasant aroma, more industrial and ordinary than I would expect out of a German style amber.

The taste started with a roasted presence, then a mild bitterness smoothing out to a dry taste, almost a pucker. The bitterness was perfectly balanced, and I was able to savor it and drink it slowly. Actually quite refreshing after all that complexity.

Very drinkable and I would highly recommend.

Living in Chicago it is not always so easy to find a wide variety of Wisconsin beers (I drive to Milwaukee to buy East Side Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery and more than just the two offerings of Sprecher I can get here). But this one I have found here and I think it is a winner.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with a good to medium head. Starts with a fruity, spicy flavor. But ends with an acidic burnt feel. At first this change in taste is desirable, but the acidic feel lingers on the back of the tongue and mouth. This lingering results in an overall disappointment in the beer.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this for old times sake - this and Sprecher were the first micros that got me into beer. Looks good poured into a pint glass amber/orange tight head a couple fingers, no lace though. Smells of grain and some toast malt. Tastes malty with not a lot of hops certainly not deep - finishes higher in the buds than more heavily hopped and more bitter beers - more dry and clean. Mouthfeel is decently carbed lighter body and very drinkable.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Heaven on 7. Pours a nice golden-orange with one finger of foam. Sweet, highly malty aroma. Tasty, extra sweet slam of caramel maltiness. Slightly fruity as well. Minimal hop bitterness, oh well. Highly drinkable, this made for a quality session beer. Could have used a bit more bitterness, but it was a tasty lager in its own right.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not usually a big fan of Ambers, probably because there's a large variety of popular bad ones out there. This may be one of my favorites however (up there with Bell's). It looks meaty in the glass compared to more typical ambers; a good start. "Malted caramel" seems to be mentioned a lot in these reviews, and I certainly agree that is the overall defining characteristic of this tastey brew. A few intangibles don't seem quite perfect about this overall, but it's still high on my list of dependable ambers. Capital does a great job with so many beers, and this is one of them.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I have had this both in the can and on tap, and I actually preferred it in the can. Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger head. The smell is pretty straight forward, bready malty sweetness, a little bit of caramel, and a faint amount of citrus. Tastes mainly bready and malty, caramel, and a little copper/metallic flavor. The caramel sweetness really come out as the beer warms up, tastes much better at 50-60 degrees. This finishes rather clean, fairly standard bodied beer here. Refreshing on a warm day, otherwise nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer for Badgers poured a golden amber into my pint glass. The thin egg white head quickly left not leaving much lacing.

The smell was faint but okay with caramel and burnt sugar. The tase was of caramel malt, a little bit of toffee, and some bitter hops that rounded out this brew nicely. Rather pleasing but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel was not too thick, not too thin. I rather liked this beer. It would be in the rotation in my fridge if I lived in Wisconsin.

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Photo of sudz42
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and sweetish, as mentioned in other reviews, but a good lager. Would have like to have tried their pilsener during my stay in Mad City.

What really defined this beer for me was the setting of returning to Wisconsin after many years and sharing a 6-er with an old friend.

There used to be a rich lager called Eau Claire All Malt which blew the doors off this lager, but alas the brewery is no longer.

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Photo of MrGraybeard
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a refrigerated can into a 14-ounce tumbler. The head rose quickly, causing me to pause while filling the glass. Three fingers of rocky foam took 5 minutes to dissipate to about 1/2 inch.

The brew is a clear amber, looking a lot like a Munich oktoberfest. Aroma is mild, with little indication of the beer's hoppy palate.

Wisconsin Amber has a lot of the drinking characteristics of a pilsner jazzed up with some medium-roasted malts. The mouthfeel is the best part, very creamy considering the beer's relatively light body.

Wisconsin Amber is a great session beer, a light-bodied brew with toasted malt up front to make things interesting.

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Photo of ianrca19
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wisconsin Amber pours a bright golden amber color. This is a very pretty looking beer. A rich, sweet grainy head rises above the brew. Your tongue is met a yeasty sweet/sour flavor, which then moves to the roof of your mouth as you begin to feel the medium body and rich malty sweetness take over. Just a slight dry fruity twinge lingers on the back of your tongue, and then you're left with the same sweet grainy flavor that you started with in the head. This is a relaxing, easy sipper and a really good place to start with Wisconsin micros.

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Photo of ManicD
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a six pack of bottles for $6.99 & it had a date stamp of 3136.

The beer has an orange amber appearance. Served in a mug, there was a two finger head, beige in color, that disappeared very quickly.

The aroma was a pleasant but mild malt caramel nutty combination.

The taste was caramel & malt with a bit of nuttiness and some orange citrus & a hint of spiciness come through also. The light finish left me slightly disappointed, but eager to pour another one.

The mouth feel is light, smooth & slightly creamy. A good lager.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A- Half finger head. Dissipates quickly. Watered down amber color. More orange than anything. Minimal lacing. Mild carbonation.

S- Extremely faint. What I could detect were trace amounts of caramel and sweet malts.

T- Grassy hops. Pretty bitter; almost acidic. Hint of sweetness but overall malty.

M- Again, felt a little watered down, but it was crisp and refreshing.

O- Hoppier than most amber lagers. Goes flat rather quickly. Overall sweet and bitter with faint aromas.

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Photo of CFbeermaker
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with an orange tint and a 1/4 inch off white head with little to no lacing down the glass. It has a sweet malt and citrus scent. The taste is quite similar to the smell. I do get little hop flavor toward the end, which is nice. Mouthfeel is light and is carbonated decently. Honestly for the sweetness you get at the beginning it seems like it would almost be the fruitier type beer that I do not care for, but it comes together at the end and balances itself out to the point where I think I could even drink one or two more.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of The-Beav
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of cincybeernut
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Wisconsin I picked up a sixer of Wisconsin Amber, I enjoy tasting local beers not available in my neck of the woods and when in Rome. The bottle pictured above is out of date, the new label has "drink beer naked" across the bottom encoded in Naval communication flags. After going through the trouble of decoding the message I discovered the message is explained right on the bottom of the six pack holder.

Anyway, on to the beer...

"Beer for badgers" is a tasty amber. Has a nicer amber color to it and a head that quickly dissolves to nothing. Smell matches the taste, nothing over powering or out of place. Overall it's a good beer, not the best amber I've ever tried but in no way bad. I would drink it again but I am bringing home 2 mixed cases of local Wisconsin beers that I've tried while here and this one didn't make the cut, only because it's nothing too special.

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