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 ferrari29
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured: into nonic shaped pint glass.

A - Beer pours with a thick white colored head. Beer has a hazy copper colored body. Head does not hold very well, no lacing. No carbonation.

S - Fruity, citrus, straw, crisp clean lager, corn.

T - Sweet, fruity, bitter, clean straw lager taste.

M - Slightly carbonated, mild hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Average amber ale. Traditional crisp later feel and taste. Easy to drink.

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Photo of beernut7
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a nice light copper color and good off-white head. The aromas are very biscuity and roasty. The predominant flavors are sweet and roasted malt with a stale hop aftertaste. The stale aftertaste overshadows the rest of the brew. Quite disappointing.

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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 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 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 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 bnes09
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Light, transparent, orange-amber color lager. Soda-like head on the pour with little retention.

Fresh, malty aroma with hints of citrus fruits and fresh cut grass.

Slightly roasted malt flavor. Almonds and toast. Touch of caramel. Rice and corn adjuncts. Mild herbal hop.

Light body. Descent carbonation. Grainy texture.

Ok, but just doesn't have that much flavor or body. Fairly refreshing, however.

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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 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 Vixie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of a white head that doesn't stay around long, reducing down to a bit of lacing across the top.

Smell is very malty, with a bit of yeast.

Sweet and malty up from, bit of fruit as well. Has a little bit of a funky aftertaste.

Nothing special about the feel, a bit watery.

Basically an average at best beer. Nothing about it really stands out, and the funky aftertaste doesn't help matters. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of richkrull
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer. I had this one on new year's eve at Towne Inn in Jefferson, WI. Nice amber color, smelled pretty good. It was an average tasting amber beer. Good taste though, hint of orange peel, wouldn't mind trying it again sometime. It's an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours an amber/orange with a beautiful 1.5 finger pillowy head

S - smells very malty. a blend of cereal, light oats, and a touch of toastedness

T - the taste follows the nose. This is very grainy and malty - the same flavors that I smelled. There was also some faint, grassy hops and yeast present on the finish. Almost finished like a bud light, which isn't too good, but the malts made up for it.

M - as I figured from the head, this was creamy. However, it has rather thin body.

D - This was a pretty decent beer. It somehow made its way into my fridge, so I was more than happy to try it. I think I would go for something else by this brewery if I were at the store. However, I wouldn't pass it up if offered (or left in my fridge).

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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 mentor
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-top bottle obtained from John’s Grocery (Iowa City) in January 2005 and consumed the next evening. Pours almost no head…just a ring around the glass. Crystal clear light copper-orange. Smells of caramel and woody hop. Tastes sweet wet with caramel pear and just a hint of chocolate. Some hop bitter I’m not familiar with, but which I will describe as dry and woody. There is fizz on my tongue and the caramel hangs on the roof of my mouth, persisting deep into the aftertaste. The flavors are quite mild, but then, the beer is quite cold. Medium-light body and carbonated well for the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer is amber in color, 1/2" white head. Slightly thin looking.

Taste is a smooth ride, a lot in common with Oktoberfest, keeps the hops and bitterness low, mild caramel sweetness and flow.

Germanic in influence far more than some of the hoppy amber offerings in the states.

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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 marc77
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber / copper hue w/ well lagered clarity. Off white, head settles into a thin, dense layer that manages loose lace. Lightly toasted Vienna malt, mild caramel, smooth graininess and an herbal Hallertauer hop nose. Refined, somewhat understated aromawise. Mild hop bitterness upfront yields to biscuit notes and light nuttiness. Sweetness is of a light caramel malt nature and couples with the biscuit notes to form a pleasant mild toffee undertone. Subdued herbal hop flavor. Lightly bodied, but with sufficient dextrins to prevent overall weakness. Finishes, dry, clean, and perhaps a touch bland. Wisconsin Amber is a well balanced, very drinkable, but somewhat uninspired example of style. An enjoyable brew nonetheless that I could enjoy several of, though it would leave me craving ale fruitiness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to TheStretch for this bottle!

Another brew taken down during the Man's Weekend. It pours a clear reddish-amber topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest and peel, hot cinnamon, and some smoky toffee. The taste holds notes of light orange zest and light caramel. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, not much exciting going on here, but a nice enough brew to relax with.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

It blows my mind with the myriad of options before me that I've never reviewed this style of beer before, until now! This beer pours a decent deeper copper color with a good firm looking white foam head. This beer smells of orange citrus hops upfront which are quickly swallowed by a balance of caramel and clove, i also think I detected some egg and cinnamon. Though the picture I painted for the aroma may seem tasty, I just don't think it meshed well and seemed unbalanced. After smelling the aromas I was intrigued as to what this beer would taste like, the answer was "not much". That having been said there is a malty taste in the foreground that is washed away by what is seemingly no real flavor at all just vague light beer-ness, and it's all finished off with an off-putting bitterness that seems not really to be appropriate with the flavors involved. This beer is a little too watery for my liking as well though it does have some nice carbonation. As much as it may sound like I'm bashing this beer it's not really all that bad, it's just not really something I'm leaning towards getting in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper/orange-amber with a thin white head that becomes wispy. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of light caramel-ish malt/grain with slight roast.

The taste is of light malt with some sweetness, a hint of lightly toasted bread with a hint of hop dryness in the clean finish.

Crisp. Light. Clean. Smooth.

In writing the review, I've noticed a repeating word. The label says that it is medium bodied, I'm thinking light bodied - but, I suppose that it is subjective. Anyway, if this is medium-bodied, it pushes towards the light interpretation of medium. It would have been a better brew if it had more body to it. As it is, it is a basic, easy-drinking amber lager. Decent for what it is.

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Photo of deebo
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange and some cloudiness, tan head that quickly dissipates
S-yeast esters, mild roast barley malt, a little hop spiciness
T-Malty with a slight hop end note-aroma is better than the taste
M-Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel
D-Good for a couple-nothing special for this style

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is sweet, malty, with a very slight hop note, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop note, with some caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Grant's Olde Stage Station in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Pours a deep copper, not quite amber as name would suggest. Topped with a full creamy white head with lace on glass. Nose is of malty sweetness. Flavor follows the malt lead and is big and sweet, overly cloyingly sweet. Finish is long and balances the beer out.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from its silver can, this amber ale offers a nose of caramel malt, toasted malt, and molasses. Its color is orange/copper and the body is completely clear.

This beer has a flavor that leans toward the sweet side, with tastes of caramel, bread, light roast, dough, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. The hops impart a slightly herbal character, although they are buried behind the taste of the malt.

This seems like a basic amber brew with enough going for it to recommend, but not enough going for it to strike an emotional chord or otherwise stand out in one’s beer drinking memory. I warmed up to it more with repeated sips and I now appreciate this beer for what it is- an everyday amber beer that is non- pretentious and agreeable, even if not exceptional. Some may say it is underwhelming, but it does have enough going for it to recommend.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma predominantly malty with mild hop backing. Medium sized head that dissapates rather quickly. Clear with an orange-amber color. Nice soft malt beginning that builds in complexity to the mild dry hop finish. Some lingering of the hops. Mouthfeel is good with a little creaminess and noticable carbonation. This is fine for style, but I prefer others better.

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Wisconsin Amber from Capital Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
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