Wisconsin Amber | Capital Brewery

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Wisconsin AmberWisconsin Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
442
Reviews:
173
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
56
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of texasspottedcow
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Tasted on 5/12/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Light amberish in color. Munich malt aroma and flavor dominate in aroma and flavor. I could not detect any hoppiness underneath but it was not overly sweet so the balance was nice. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

I'd put this in the Vienna Lager category if it were me...

Per Label : "German Style"

Per CB website: Loosely based on Vienna style, Wisconsin Amber is a rich, malty lager balanced out with mild hop bittering and enticing hop flavor. Very fulfilling. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a bottle once and really didn't like it. I contributed this to the bottle being old. After having this on tap at Capital Brewery, I would like to think it was the bottle. This was a very enjoyable beer. It is a dark amber color, nice head. Very nice flavor, not too strong or light. Definitely a fairly easy beer to drink in my opinion.

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

A - Pours a radiant brassy amber hue, and is capped with a moderately-lived head.

S - The nose is mellow, grainy, slightly sweet, with vague herbal hop notes.

T - Herbal and savory hops are more accutely apparent, with celery-ish notes proffered. Tastes good for the style intent.

M - Feels good man.

O - Capital seems to be adept at making tasty straightfoward offerings; no exception here.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

My favorite Capital so far. An absolutley clear bronze body capped by a huge gold-hued tan head that managed to stick around awhile and create some nice lacing. A full nose that gives off both caramel malt and hops aromas. The flavors are very nicely blended between the malty grain and the nicely integrated citrus-flavored hops. A very nice medium body feel that is smooth and has a crisp finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Slightly overly long aftertaste. A very nice representative of my favorite style.

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

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

Amber-orange color with a tan head. Leaves good lace-work. The aroma is of caramel malts and dark fruits. Very clean smell. The flavor up front is caramel malts which then flows to a spicy, peppery than fruity hop flavor. The bitterness is at a medium level in the finish. This is a well-balanced brew; very smooth and easy drinking. Another great beer from Capital.

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

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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 jjhardy12
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Glowing amber color, foamy off white head. Sweet malty aroma, nice mild, balanced malt flavor, light on the hops, clean lasting finish, medium-light body, makes a great session brew. One of the better American Vienna style.

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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and toffee malt notes with just a hint of herbal hop aroma.

T - Toasty malt with some toffee. A bit more caramel comes out in the middle. Finishes with plenty of caramel and sweet malt character with moderate bitterness and grassy hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty solid, if somewhat unremarkable, amber ale. Lots of malt with more than enough hop character to balance; though it isn't a hoppy, west coast red ale by any stretch.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

This is a great amber, i'm really impressed with the depth of flavors coming out of this. So much toasted bread, like fancy morning breads with raisons and spices and whatever else the bakery would put on bread before baking it, this beer is liquid that.
Oh yea, It's a clear reddish amber color and has no haze at all, totally clear. The body is medium and has a very appropiate level of carb, moderate.

I will probally get a pack of this over the summer and/or fall. It's really great, i would love to camp with this too.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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