Capitol 1900 | Capital Brewery

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Capitol 1900Capitol 1900

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and lightly cloudy golden color with a very small sized white head. Aromas of floralness with some carmel and citrus.. Tastes of grain, floral with a very light grassy finish. Aromas and tastes on the lighter side. Thin and watery body.

Notes from: 11/21/05

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Photo of shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Brewery's 1900 pours one finger of white head over a slightly
cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose
is malt and yeast. The flavor is sweetish malt up front with a grainy
finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost velvety, but cleansing. It has
a very subdued hop presence- just enough to make the brew crisp
and quenching. It's not overly complex, but like Capital's other brews,
it's well balanced and solid. This is just the kind of beer I could drink
all day. It's a pity they stopped making it in '06 so be sure and get
some before it's all gone.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light yellow with decent white head and stringy lacing. Aroma is typical lager grainy malt, pretty stock. Taste is rather grainy like the nose, the mouth about average body, maybe a little better, but overall a pretty average beer. Something to glad to have tried, but nothing I'll be grabbing again.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour. Dark gold lager jewelry with a very pretty foamy head. Not rocky or soapy, just white and thick and retentive as all get out.

Smells fruity with a pronounced hop that made me think this was a Euro pils. Solid and complex, but still light and refreshing.

Tastes like gentle fruity malts upfront that give way into an uncomplicated, dry hop. It's a nice balance, and the higher quality malts really shine through.

A fine example of its style, which is pretty much par for the course with Capital.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Capital 1900 was a slightly hazy golden color. It had a small off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. The aroma lightly malty. The taste was mainly malty and a bit sweet, but dries out some in the finish. It was medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. It was a pretty average beer, drinkable, but there are alot of better choices out there. I will not puchase again.

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Photo of ccs
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is just one of those mostly-unremarkable ones that I have every so often. It's a pretty gold color, smells like a lager with no hops in the nose. Taste--well, it's better than a macro in this respect...there is much more flavor and more body than most macro lagers. But it's not as remarkable as some of the other micros I've tried. this would bee a great beer to introduce a macro drinker to micros with...just a nice clean beer that's not a style which may offend. I liked it--but not enough to want more.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden straw color, with a minimal head and no lacing. Good visibility. Low viscosity.

Aroma: A little corn, a lot of yeast and a little metallic hops.

Taste: Straw, corn and a little metallic finish. Sweet but grainy. Very much like a mellow slightly underdeveloped pilsner, and slightly reminiscent of NG Yokel. Very faint, mild sour notes in places, but overall a refreshing beer that manages to draw on some pilsner elements without becoming too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with a light body and low carbonation. Easy on the way down with a slightly bready finish.

Drinkability: Good. An easy drinker, if not the most remarkable of Capital's offering.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy yellow body with a big carbonation that supports a thin soapy white head.

S- The light dry malt flavor has a faint sulfuric hop note in the finish.

T- The dry malt is very pale in taste with a faint hint of pot caramel and a slight sweetness. The sulfur note in the finish reminds me of a kolsch flavor with a very light bitterness in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizz in the finish that is a bit to much.

D- This beer is light with some nice characteristics and with a little tweaking could be a good solid beer. A little less carbonation and a little more malt depth without the pot caramel flavors.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color with a little haze and a good white head. Smell and taste are mainly malt, with little to no hops, but also a strange charecter present in both that reminds me of sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is average, bubbly. Drinkability is good. Overall this beer has a unique charecter, but I think I would prefer a pale ale.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.05/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This hazy pale straw beer has no head or nose. The taste has herbal hops up front with a sweet bready malt base and a super dry finish. There is a bitter, skunky aftertaste. I suppose its diffferent enough to warrant a taste but I don't really recomend it, nor do I feel that it can be too representative of an antiquated brewing style as the marketing implies. Really it is just kind of a funky tasting macro. Bitterness, aftertaste, and syrupy mouthfeel inhibit drinkability.

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Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law gave me a bottle of this during his visit from Wisconsin.

Appearence: A very light yellow, pale beer. Some head attached but nothing special

Smell: Some malt and a little hoppy smell.

Taste: Malty and refreshing. Pleasent taste. No after taste.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for my taste but on a hot Summer day it could hit the spot.

Drinkability: Not my choice to spend money on but like I said, on a hot Summer day I could do a few of these if my brother-in-law was buying. Better than Bud.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear dark straw color. The head is a quarter inch in height, but recedes within seconds into thin lacing. The aroma is a bit more than I would expect from this style. There is a fairly strong sweet caramel aroma that is intriguing. The taste is also rather big for an all-malt lager. It is sweet without being sticky. It would be nice to see a little hop profile. The mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew, but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Capital 1900 pours out a dull gold color with a samll head. Leaves some nice lacing on my glass. Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of fruity coconut. Doughy malt flavor. I taste soem coconut, which seems strange, but it gives this beer an interesting flavor. Spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Good drinkability. This beer probably won't impress the knurdiest of beer fans, but it has a clean, tasty flavor, and I could drink 3 or 4 of these at a time.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, from Riley's, served in my capital pint glass picked up from the tour last friday...if you take the tour you know there is a trivia question on the naming of the tanks...frank zappa tunes, duh!

appearance: pours a very pale and watery orange/dull yellow, straw like, with a slight bubbly white head

smell: bready, malty, earthy, musty, midwestern corn...sweet bready malts are matched by a faint earthy hop aroma...good for the style

taste: lots of malt, sweet and bready, corn evident which you come to expect from midwestern lagers, only a slgiht hoppiness, earthy and musty

mouthfeel: thin and light bodied

drinkability: definately could be a session

certainly not my favorite style but that is fairly enjoyable

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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold body, with a small white head (actually just wisps of foam). Smell is straight bready malt, not much else, just a plain beer with no gimmicks. Hops are present and moderate. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated as it should be. This is very drinkable, however unexciting, lager that is better than most in the category.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz screw top bottle, served at home after a long trip from Wisconsin in carry-on luggage.

Color is pale straw, with some orange hints. Head is large bubbles and collapses fast. Aroma is grainy corn. Low bitterness, some grainy character in the flavor. Might be some low sourness, but that is debatable.

Around the tasting table, the comment that came up most is "this is just regular beer." Nothing wrong, but likewise nothing there to make this a beer to seek out either.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle brought back from a Madison vacation by my good friend (OK, his wife actually brought it back- thanks Laurie!).

Pours a medium golden, clear, with little carbonation or head. Nice but nothing special. Aroma is almost all malt grain. Flavor continues the malt profile, but a slight hoppiness aftertaste comes around. A pretty simple flavored beer, but pleasant and palate pleasing.

Nice and full in the mouth without being heavy. This is a good drinking beer, easy to quickly down it.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear straw yellow with a wispy white head and little to no carbonation. Nice grainy aroma and flavor. Medium-light bodied and certainly nothing weak in this one.

Not bad but not one I would really be drawn to by choice with other alternatives...

Per Label" Circa 1900 Recipe

Per CB website:
After researching brewing styles from the turn of the last century, Capital has created an outstanding, mild, American-style beer. This pilsner beer comes from an old Wisconsin recipe, circa 1900, and has a smoothness that the big beer companies will envy.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Pours a bright and clear yellow in color with a fairly dense white head that quickly disappears. Sparse lacing. Aromas are sweet and bread-like. Flavor sees more of the bready-wheat flavor, with some muted floral hoppy bitterness and some grainy sweetness near the end. Finished with a discernible "corn" taste. Crisp and snappy finish. Nothing lingering on the palate. Not very big on the palate. Easy-to-drink.

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Photo of longarm
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored yellow with hints of orange if the light hits it just right. Might indicate some more interesting malts than a typical American Lager. The head drops somewhat quickly, but doesn't flatten.

Nice aromas permeate out of this. If there are any adjuncts, they don't take over the nose at all. An unassuming Pils character is checked with another German malt, possibly Vienna malt. Has subtle hops aroma.

The taste is pleasantly light with enough complexity to keep it interesting. A slightly bitter finish is not overwhelming.

The brew coats well with a solid mouthfeel completely out of character compared to basic U.S. macros...and significantly better!!! If they were making lagers like this in 1900, what the hell happened in this country. Arrgh!!

Very drinkable. Seems as if it would be especially tasty on a hot summer day (which unfortunately, I'm drinking it when it's 12 degrees here in Madison).

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Photo of sweethome
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I start with a question - why did so many breweries think it was a good idea to do a pre-prohibition beer? We're at the high point of american brewing, why go back?

This beer pours with a light golden color, slight haze. Medium rocky head. The nose is a bit metalic, like a can of Genny. The flavor is light, more than a modern day macro, but not particularly complex. It is clean, no real flaws.

I again conlcude that if this is what beer was in pre-pro days, I'm thankful for what we have in the 21st century. I have no real problem with the beer - just the style.

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Photo of alexgash
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This "pre-prohibition style lager" pours a yellow-straw with a thin, white head that doesn't stick around too long. Smells of muted cereal malts with some sulurous, slightly metallic hops. Taste starts off with sweetish, biscuity malt and hints of cereal. Crisp, clean feel. Hop balance kicks in and fades into a slightly bitter finish with lingering doughy malts. Not bad. Goes down very easy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Makes me feel like I'm living in 1900 Wisconsin, or am I...

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Photo of hero27
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-yellow color. Thin white cap but leaves a nice lacing on the glass as you drink.

Smell: Aroma is not very distinct at all. Hard for me to pick up anything, let alone tell what it smells like. Very slight malty aroma

Taste: Best quality of this brew, in my opinion. Sweet taste and finishes just slightly bitter. Didn't expect it to taste this good considering the aroma was virtually nonexistant. I'm a sucker for malts, and they are very apparent here.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, average mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing going down.

Drinkability: It's a pretty good thirstquencher. Good flavor and decent body. Overall, a decent lager which would be a nice summer session beer. I'll have to try more varieties of Capital to compare them with this.

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Capitol 1900 from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 58 ratings