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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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of pmcadamis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on at the wonderful Log Cabin restaurant in Galena, IL.

A - Clear amber-orange with a small white head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - Hoppy and tight with a hint of yeast and alcohol. This smells taught and firm.

T - Tastes much like it smells. There is a really nice hop flavor here along with the caramely malts.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated, with a hoppy and off-dry finish.

D - Sort of average, but very drinkable. Would be a great beer to have with a burger....which I did.

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Photo of Phocion
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a thin and quickly-falling frothy white head and equally squeamish lacing.

Aroma is not too strong, but definitely pleasant. Caramel, coffee, and biscuity malts. Light, earthy hops.

Flavor is a little bland compared to the nose. Very dry and bready/toasted-malts. Not quite the amount of sweetness I noticed earlier.

Lightly creamy and decently carbonated. Definitely not the most spectacular beer I've had recently, but a very tasty and easy-drinking sessionable lager.

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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 gford217
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head that showed good retention and lacing. Smell is mainly sweet malts with caramel as well as the lighter yeast aroma with hints of citrus hops. The taste has a quick hop bite up front before settling into the sweet caramel malt backbone with a handful of spices complimenting the flavors. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly creamy for a lager. The drinkability is fantastic on this lager and I could drink this all night. I'd say this is one of the better amber lagers I've tasted.

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just realized ide never reviewed this beer.

A- poured a delicious looking malty amber colored (surprise) with a big frothy off white head. the head fell at medium rate giving a solid stickiness on the glass as it falls as well.

S- maltiness is the major player here as well, nice hop crispness on the finish as well.

T- thick bodied maltiness that has its light roughness which provides a solid platform for the maltiness to show through. the light hop character prevents it from getting sweet but other than the wisp of hop aroma, it stays on the balanced and malty character. its thick and heavy but gives a solid maltiness all over that really makes it a staple around the house

M- heavy delicious lager, medium carbonation, thick strong body with a crisp finish.

D- pretty awesome beer, makes me glad i live out in wisconsin, home of lager wonderworld Capital brewery

good job kirby

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

Loosely based on a Vienna Lager?

A: Amber with an off-white head; slight retention & lace.

S: Caramel, spice & a little fruitiness.

T: Modest bitterness allows the residual sweetness to come through & I don't particularly like the balance. Plenty of caramel with slight hints of a pleasant hop spicing and an odd fruitiness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but not for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body encircled by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Simply a light aroma of sweaty grains, bruised citrus fruits, and perhaps a slight floral touch.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a mild sweetness. Very, very slight nuttiness. Floral hint. Spicy hop character with a medium bitterness to balance. Fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: There's not much to say except that it's a nice, easy-drinking lager.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room while watching some NCAA basketball.
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Light orange/red with a nice two-finger head.

Smell: Very light and slightly hoppy.

Taste: Caramel malts and sweet with a little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: Not too shabby. The last few times I have tried a Capital brew, I wasn't that impressed, so I am pleasantly surprised at this beer. It is pretty tasty.

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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 cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Madison native last night while dining with my wife, Krista and our friends, Alex and Rachel at Mikey's in Plover.

Appearance - The brew came served in a pint glass. It was the color of molasses with a red hue and not easily seen through. The head was a half-inch tall and had some decent stamina. It was pale tan in color.

Smell - It had a sweet smell with a nice mix of malt and hops. The scent wasn't very strong though.

Taste - The taste was nice. It had a smooth and mild hoppy flavor that was just right for an Amber.

Mouthfeel - The beer was felt on the outsides of my tongue with a slight coarseness that added to the brew's appeal.

~ I had one before dinner and one with dinner. Had the crew I was with been willing to stick around for a while longer I would have enjoyed a few more. At least next time I know what I'll be having. I suggest the same to you.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium orange gold. Clear and bubbly. Short white soapy head that lingers.

Smell - Light. Toasty malt most prominent.

Taste - Pretty light. Toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with mild citrusy hops. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Finishes crisp.

Drinkability - Nothing amazing, but a very drinkable beer of a very drinkable style.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light tawny port, slightly red. Two finger head that dissipates to a nice lace and cap. Leaves decent legs on the glass.

Smell is malt with flowery hops. A little diacetyl, sour dough and honey.

Flavor is caramel malts with a honey sweetness, clover honey. Hops are present but not over the top, just enough to even out the malt. Sweet and bready leaves a nice honey on toasted sourdough on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good with a bit of carbonation biting right on the tip of the tongue. Clean and good finishing. No oil on the tongue but the malt is chewy, has substance.

Pretty good amber. I like the balance of the hops and malt and the sweetness paired with the floral hops gives it a predominate flavor of clover honey.

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

Golden colored with good lacing.

Smell is fairly weak, though the faint sweet smell that exists is pleasant.

It's hard for me to tell what I'm tasting here. It's refreshing and pleasant, but flavors are light. I guess that's the style. Kind of a sweet malt taste, then a little biscuity hops, and a clean refreshing finish. Balanced and drinkable, but flavors are a little weak for me.

Mouthfeel is good on this. Although the flavors are not strong, this was not watery.

Quite drinkable, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty regular looking amberlage. Medium amber, copper hue with very little head and bubbling. The aroma is a crisp biscuit and grain with some light humulus lupus. The taste has some minerally bitterness interlaced with a strong grain bill. Plenty of toasted malts to go around. The palate is smooth, refreshing but you can feel some grist in this lager. Very easy to drink for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-orange body with a thin white head that soon fades to a ring. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft lightly toasted malt flavor and a note of dry pale malt behind it.

T- This beer has a soft taste of lightly toasted malt with a light pot caramel note and a watery taste that increases as the beer warms. There is a light pine note in the finish with a note of sulfur that increases as the beer warms aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

D- This beer is smooth and has a good malt flavor but it is a bit watery in the taste.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brought back to Boise from my understanding and outstanding coworkers. Poured into a small weizen glass.

Very nice orange/amber color... very clear... only a little head but good lacing.

Aroma is clean malts... restrained but evident toasted malts.. lite caramel and only a lite dusting of earthy hops.... honestly, a pretty nice nose.

Flavor is perfectly balanced between the big malts and the spicey earthy hops... drinkable .... sessionable definately.. just enough over everything including mouthfeel to make me wish I had another... Unfortunately, this is my last Capital brew I have in my possession... I am glad I saved these for a 6-bottle flight.... Tonight, will be for a long while one of my best beer drinking nights.... Capital is an incredible brewery for somebody who tries to appreciate the ins and outs of a fine lager.... plus as an added bonus, they are made right here in the States.

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Photo of SMark
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 50º, this beer started out with 2 ½ fingers of white foamy head. A moderate amount of lacing was present as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a nice amber color with some bubbles.

Hops were detected over the malt. Smells like a good combination about to happen when this is consumed.

Tastes slightly bitter with a tinge of sweetness from the malt. Hops are predominant flavor and do quite well.

Very well rounded and invites you to take another sip, then another, and so on. Does not over stay its welcome in the mouth which invites more and more ‘tasting’.

A pleasant effort which has balanced flavor and aroma. This would be a good one to sip in their beer garden.

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Photo of morimech
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a beautiful beer. A nice white head sitting on a clear amber body. Some lacing left behind as it is consumed. The rest of the beer is rather mediocre. Nothing great and nothing bad. The sweet malt profile is evident in the aroma and taste. The sweetness isn't my favorite but it isn't overpowering so it doesn't distract too much from the beer. It also has an almost creamy mouthfeel to it that I found a bit odd. Nicely carbonated and no aftertaste to finish it off.

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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 brdc
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one will not blow you off; it is not supposed to. An amber lager is supposed to reasonably smooth and tasty, but not powerful or extreme.
And this one fits the bill quite well.
Surprise, surprise, amber-colored, with a fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.
Simple, straightforward pleasant nose, caramel, lightly toasted, mildly hopped.
Medium-bodied, easy drinking and refreshing, it has a good amount of flavor without being heavy, a nice session beer. The same caramel notes, mildly roasted hints, some hops, lightly sweet. Quite pleasant, will not blow your socks off but is a great example of an amber lager.

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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 botham
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich amber (who would have guessed?), with a couple fingers of off-white head that is frothy and eats away leaving no lacings on the glass

smell is as basic as a brew can get. very mild in malts, hops, and yeast aromas, yet very balanced. there is a very faint fruity smell, almost reminicent of grapes. overall, a touch on the sweet side of the spectrum.

taste directly reflects the aroma. nothing else to say here that hasn't already been said.

aftertaste is almost absent, only showing a touch of hops.

mouthfeel is a bit watery, but goes down smooth.

drinkability is very good due to the mild nature of the brew. the brew overall is very basic in every approach. a good starter beer, as well as a good brew for the non-adventurous drinker. overall, i would recommend the octoberfest by Capital in place of this one, much better.

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

Pours orange with good head of foam does not last long no lacing tast of malt and sweet citurs and hops, smell of malt alote of malt
and sweet bread good summer beer i like it will buy again. bought this at the brewery very nice people who work there.

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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 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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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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