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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 431
Photo of happygnome
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: orange color, three quarter inch fluffy head disapears moderatly fast leaving very little lacing
s: roasted caramel malts and citrusy hops
t: sweet start a very nice bitter finish
m: sharp caronation medium bodied very enjoyable

overall this is a really nice enjoyable beer

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is orange and gold and depicts what I assume is the dome of the capitol building in Madison?

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/4 inch of big-bubble head. This settles slowly to a thin coating of foam and some lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a clear copper.

Smell: Sweet syrupy caramel malt.

Taste: Overly sweet malt, with heavy caramel and maple sygar undertones.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Admittedly, not my style. Just not a lot going on here. Sugary sweetness quickly becomes cloying.

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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 shadow1961
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Capital Brewery's Wisconsin Amber pours out a big fluffy
head over a clear amber brew. Nose is primarily of malt
and there is little carbonation. Flavor is a bit of malt and a bit
of hop. Their website says this is an amber laager. Now, laagers
aren't really my thing, but this one is quite drinkable and flavorful.
The site doesn't say it, but I would be surprised if this one comes
to more than 4 or 5% alcohol by volume. Really decent!

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Photo of terrabyte
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright orange copper. Beautiful when shining a light through it. A large light-yellow head disappears quickly.

Aroma is quite small. I can pick up caramel, wood, and quite a bit of spice.

Flavor is earthy, has a caramel flavor without much of the normal sweetness. Hops add a surprising tart bitterness I wasn't expecting.

Mouthful is quite carbonated. A little heavy which is surprising based on the flavor.

I'm not a big fan of Red Lagers, they seem a bit boring. This one certainly brings something to the table. However, overall I'm still bored.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

FRESH: Seemed to be. 60:97 April of this year? 0232140
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry 9-16-06
COST: $1.79/12Oz. Bottle
HEAD: Off-white; virtually none
LACE: Virtually none
COLOR: cloudy dark orange
AROMA: Light-roasted nuts; moderate-Hops; Slight-orange; light-dough
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium
PALATE: dry, fizzy
START-lightly sweet
MIDDLE-moderately bitter/sweet
FINISH-moderately bitter; average duration
COMMENTS: Very refreshing. Full, deep character. Definitely impressed
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR-If I have the cash

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy deep orange with a moderate head that quickly becomes a thin sheen.

Smell is toasted caramel malt and hints of citrus fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Toasted malt is very bready and makes an impression. The finish is clean and slightly nutty with a subdued fruit character.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

This is a decent amber with character and full flavor. A good session beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber color with a thin light head.

Smell was lightly toasted malts and breads.

Has a nice toasted malt flavor with an ever so slight coppery metallic flavor reaching through. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Not alot of flavor hear, but not bad for a lighter lager.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

A little on the light side for my taste, but good execution, and would make a good crossover beer.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Capital Wisconsin Amber is orange amber in color with a thick white head. It had decent retention and left lacicing. The aroma was lightly hoppy with light malt. The taste was lightly malty with a hop backround and hops in the finish. The body was light to medium with medium carbonation. Pretty good, would work for a session beer.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks quite like a farm field honey. Adequate froth doesn't hold real well, but the lacing is complete before it tears politely.
Smells of whole wheat crackers, and whole wheat bread with molasses.
Tastes of hard toast, and sourdough english muffin, again toasted dark. Add a dollop of beer jelly, and a little ovaltine on the side. This has a superb mouthfeel that is straight down the middle: thin but full. Has a great cocoa flavored biscotti taste with a dab of apple jelly. There's some minerals in the aftertaste, part dark roasted grain, and perhaps some drier hops.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and light=medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, some sweetness with hops mainly in background, dry finish, tolerable amber. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with nary a blemish, just jet-quick bubbles that shoot off the bottom of the glass and bury themselves in the underside of what is a pretty nice looking head. Lightly toasted marshmallow in color, the cap begins life at two fingers and has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour. It's a good lacer as well.

Even though the nose is fairly simple and not all that forthcoming, I like what I smell. There's a beautiful commingling of caramel malt and woodsy, spicy hops that I'm enjoying more the more I sniff. Thankfully, the aroma comes out of its shell over time. Different and some kind of appealing.

I've only had a handful of amber lagers and don't remember what any of them tasted like. Interestingly enough, the best one by far was Capital's own Winter Skal. Will Wisconsin Amber give it a run? The short answer is yes. While not outstanding, life-changing beer, it's a pleasing little malty lager that has plenty of flavor.

The malt side of the equation is semi-sweet, well-toasted and somewhat earthy. It's almost perfectly balanced by spicy German hops that shine brightest on the finish. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that some of the spiciness comes from malted rye. There's something about this beer that reminds me of toasted, caraway-flecked rye bread.

I don't usually think in terms of ale vs. lager--I just describe what I smell, taste and feel--but it's fairly obvious to me that Wisconsin Amber is a lager. There's something about its delicate (although well-saturated) flavor and its lightly creamy body that says 'lager' to me. I can also see why Capital considers it to be a quasi-Vienna Lager.

I'm not about to criticize the body/mouthfeel for not being ale-like; that's hardly fair. As noted above, it's amazingly smooth and creamy for being so light and wispy in the mouth. A perfect amount of well-behaved carbonation doesn't hurt either.

Actually, I prefer Wisconsin Amber to Winter Skal and now consider it to be the best of the (now more than a) handful of amber lagers that I've had. I've never been blown away by this brewery, but they're beginning to impress me in a quietly competent sort of way. Wisconsin Amber might just be my favorite Capital beer to date.

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Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- good appearance, decent head, red amber color, decent lacing
S- smells like plums and dark fruit right up front and then a bit of alcohol and malt
T- decent tastes like plums, then a bit skunky though
M- Good smooth a bit heavier but by no means syrupy
D- the skunkiness through me but not bad

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Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good amber lager. Not great, but good.

Bright orang/copper color. Thin white head.

Faint citrusy hop aromas. Slightly sweet malt aroma.

Taste is better than smell. Decent bitter hop taste and a presence of malty sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer just kind of watery. Not much to it.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tough one to review. I’ve had so much of this over the years. I have a hard time thinking about it.

A: Dark Amber body. Ultra thin white head. Large bubbles.

N: Bready, loads of sweet caramel, the Capital German je ne se qua, hints of orange.

T: Caramel and Toffee, a pinch of bitterness

MF: A touch sweetish, Big carbonation (biting in the bottle but not on tap or in a can), light and smooth body

D: As easy to drink as PBR (high)

Note: Considerably better canned or tapped than in a bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It's dry with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, malty flavor that has some breadlike notes and a light hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking red lager. It's nothing fancy, but it goes easy.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
1.67/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance is pretty good when first poured, the head is nice and thick and it has a little lacing on it. The amber is a little too clear, but ok. The head later disappates.

Smell is malty with a hint of hoppines. I even smell some dark fruit tones.

Taste is sour, pretty bad. I even dug in the back of the cooler at HyVee W and S in CF for one that I thought was good.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/Amber pour... smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Some decent lacing. Nothing special to look upon.

Aroma is quite good. Huge sweet malty nose. A good touch of hops detected. Grassy hay and grain. I like it!

Chocolatey overtones with a lot of banana flavor on the swallow. Malty and yeasty. Bread-like. Falls a little flat on the palate.

I wouldn't refuse one if offered, but would enjoy other capital brews before this one. Not bad, however.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a fairly bright head that fell nearly instantly. Smell is very citrusy and malty. After tasting I can confirm that this beer is a couple shakes of coriander away from a belgian witbier. A bit of bitter hops with the orange-peel flavors and some round malty sweetnees, plus a teeny tiny bit of yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and slick. Overall the drinkability is high.

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Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber. Clear. Small, dirty, off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of sweet cookie dough malts with caramel notes, and spritzy, floral hop aromas. Modest, but nice. Sweet doughy malts. Lightly toasted caramel. Smooth. Good balance. Hops are spicy and herbally bitter. Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy on the palate.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. A simple (and I mean that in the best way possible) beer from Capital.

The toasted flavour from the malt mingles with the soft, spicy hop presence to form a delightful drink. Nothin' to hide here, but a delightful brew. Sip, quaff, enjoy, just don't over-intellectualize it and you'll have a fine night.

Mmmm-mmmm good.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a 1 finger head. Smell has some sweetness to it, with some citrus as well. Slight hoppiness in the background.

Taste: Bready malts jump right out in front. Orange-like citrus kick in the middle, fading near the clean, dry finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated. This one goes down reaaal easy. I could knock back a few of these with no effort. As it warms a bit the mouthfeel gets creamier and I get a bit of butterscotch in the taste.

A nice, non-offensive amber. Easy to drink and smooth as can be.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well blackie decided it would be a good idea to knock the empty stone 9th anniversary bottle onto my snifter of such, so I am stuck with this guy...the damage is 1/2 bomber stone anniversary ale, 1 snifter, a beer/SPLIFF buzz, some carpet, and the side of a love seat

appearance: a pale mahogany/amber pour, fluffy beige head, decent lacing around the rim

smell: sweet and malty, bready, caramel malts, slightly peppery, faint fruity/floral hops underneath

taste: quite bready, sweet caramel malts, red apple, orange and other assorted citrus, plum, pear, toasted malt, quite floral hops in the background, a little grainy

mouthfeel: oily and sweet, above average

drinkability: pretty drinkable, good session

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Photo of pweis909
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-Very orange color seemed perfect for the halloween season. 1/4 inch head dind't have much lasting power, though.

s-Can't say much. It smelled like a beer, but neither emitted any unsually pleasing or offensive odors, nor foreshadowed flavor in anysignificant way.

t-A fairly typical malty sweetness for an amber, nicely balanced by a lightly bitter finish. Not much complexity, but pleasant.

m-Not thin, not big.

d-The taste balance makes it pretty drinkable, a good thrist quencher. Nice to know that there is more in the fridge.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear pale amber color with a small white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is the usual generic lager aroma. Sweet and crisp. The taste is more than I expected from my impressions of the aroma. It is clean, crisp, and mildly sweet...nothing spectacular. The mouthfeel is light bodied with too much carbonation. Overall, this is not a beer that I plan on drinking again. It is by no means a horrid brew, but there are better ones out there.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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