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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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 434
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The third Capital brew that I received from a trade. As with all of the other Capitals it has the generic label design, this time the oval label for the Wisconsin Amber has a dark orange background. As with all the other Capital brews, it has a similar, but smaller scale, neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads. No freshness date, not strength listed either.

Appearance: I decided to use a tall thin Ourdaller Glass that I bought last year when I was in Luxembourg. It proved to be a great choice for the tall slender body of the glass perfectly displayed the lovely definitive amber body in all its glory. Massive light tan forms a tall creamy plug in the glass and threatens to escape over the top, but it slows just at it reaches the edge. Plenty of carbonation in this one! Nice head retention and some fine sticky lacing.

Nose: Sweet malts, crusty baked bread, light caramel and a fruity feel in the latter part. Lights hints of orange flavored candle oils.

Taste: Slick feel to this one. It slips down so well that at times it feels like the tastes are trying to catch up. Lovely caramel malts, light Devon toffee, thick home baked crusts from slightly over baked Cobs and some dark fruity strata in the back end. Tastes like a Terry’s Chocolate smells sometimes. Has a very delicate clean bitterness in the quick aerodynamic finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is big, but not overwhelming and this most certainly maintains an above average feel in the light but very smooth body, start to finish, as well as a toasted malt feel with licks of caramel on the cheeks.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that I found quite quaffable, and I am not that partial to Ambers, I soon get bored with them, but I could manage a couple of these quite easily. If I had any complaint it is that the finish is too sudden, however, this invites the next mouthful earlier than planned usually.

Overall: I am not a big Amber fan to be honest, but I really enjoyed this one. A solid effort from Capital, they rarely disappoint, even with styles I am not that partial to. Dependable Amber.

Nice One Huge!!

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

"Beer for Badgers"! Go figure, I like beer and I like Badgers!

A - Poured a hazy light amber in color, when held to light it has accents of orange and red. The body is topped by a foamy one finger off-white head which sports excellent retention. Nice lacing left behind.

S - Caramel malt with a slight hint of sweet toffee lingering about. Not a hugely aromatic brew overall.

T & M - Biscuit and malt body followed with smaller accents of sweet toffee and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a crisp, almost dry character. Moderate carbonation.

D - This is one of those beers that you could stock your fridge with and drink all night. I think it would also bode well with those that haven't ensconced themselves in the world of craft brews. A good starter brew to get your macro drinking friends drinking good beer. Nicely done, a good red lager.

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

Very nice...colour is a light brown or deep amber with redish highlights...no head really but a nice foamy glass ring with limited island lace.
Body is medium and carbonation is very light.
The taste is very appealing starting semi sweet with a light bitter middle and a cross over to a bitter sweet end.
Aroma is lightly flowered.
An exellent dinning brew.

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

There were a bunch of cans of this left over after a party, so I thought I'd give the non-bottled version a shot.

As advertised, it's amber. White fluffy head, okay lacing. It smells and tastes pleasantly malty, not a whole lot of character, but what's there is easy enough to get along with. The hops are also there, again lightly, well-balanced with the malt. There's just not a whole lot of total flavor. Mouthfeel is good.

This is actually better than I remember, but last time I was drinking it side-by-side with Lakefront's Riverwest Stein, which is quite good, so Wisconsin Amber ended up looking like the ugly stepsister. It's actually a solid lager, a good session beer, and, from what I hear, a popular BMC substitute--as it should be.

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

This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent carbonated light brown colored body. The aroma is a medium strength malt hop one with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight hop bite in the finish. The flavors in this brew contain elements of malt caramel and mild hops. A good beer.

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

From 10/29/11 Tasting Notes

Poured out of 12 oz can into pint glass

A) Copper color lager with a finger of white head. Okay retention, minimal lacing.

S) Nice malt presence. Little bit of caramel.

T) Lightly roasted malt, with some of the sweetness detected on the nose. There is also a nice earthy hop background. Good balance and a nice finish/aftertaste.

M) Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, but not too much. Crisp and satisfying.

O) This is an enjoyable brew. It is remarkably easy to drink. No rough edges. They're not taking any risks with the formula here, just making a good red lager, and I think that is the point.

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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 Ahhdball
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red in color, slight 1/4 inch head leaving good Brussels lacing.
Flowery hops came right out to grab the olfactory senses. Sweet malt/sugar slowly followed.
Prosperous portion of malt, good follow up with mild use of hops slightly bittering, nothing overboard.
With an average smooth as glass finish, and slight oily feel which disappeared quickly I could have it again if offered but I won't hunt it down anytime soon.

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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 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 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 falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lucent bronze hue, off-white head, reached a finger’s worth, fair retention, some spotty lace. Sweet malty nose, hints of fruit and caramel… inviting. Pleasant palate, biscuity-malt with a whisper of fruit, spice, and bitterness. Very tasty; session brew material. Nice finish, crisp, clean, tasty… with malty sweetness, some hops. The thinness and watery aspects of the mouthfeel do hamper this beer. It is drinkable… good stuff, solid... worth a try, not worth seeking out.

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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 GuinnessSmurf
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a festive bronze color into the glass (with a sign on it that reads 'drink me')

There is a nice clean, floral smell with a light hop odor too. It is strong enough to cut through a smoke filled room but subtle enough to not make your head hurt from smelling it.

The taste is very refreshing - a nice blend of hops, bready grains and sweet alcohol. It really cleans the palette.

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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 match1112
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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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 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 shand
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This one pours a healthy red amber color with a tiny head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts with a bit of graininess. Taste is a smooth, slightly earthy caramel maltiness with a bit of grains to liven it up. This one feels good going down, it's lighter bodied, but the carbonation smooths it out very well. The drinkability is also exceptional. Overall, it's a solid, drinkable Amber Lager. What else can I say?

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

Thanks Kev for picking up some brew while on-site in Wisconsin...

Pours amber with 2 fingers of foamy head, very slight retention and lacing. Looks normal enough. Smells are pretty standard, some hops in there, but no skunk. Taste was not expected from the normalcy of its look and smell. Very smooth, somewhat hoppy but not gross, not skunky at all, malts round out the finish. Very good drinkability, especially out of a can.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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