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
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
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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More User Reviews:
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 ryanocerus
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Threes across the board on this one. Just average. It poured a clear golden with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was highly bitter and hoppy. This carried through into the flavor, which as it warmed, became more astringent. There are much better pils available.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale color, frothy head. Thin in the mouth, very little taste one way or the other...Charged with bubbles like some macros. Malt flavors are pretty fleeting and faintly sweet and hops give a pretty ordinary bitterness. Should be very drinkable in warm weather. If this is brewed with a 1900 recipe, it may reflect the transition to an American Pilsner/Lager style that appeals to all types of nationalities, similar to what the macros did but, in this case, retaining good ingredients with a little corn for sweetness and because it was readily on hand.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden hue with a nice sized white head leaves behind nicely dispersed layers of lace. Aroma: Clean sweetness grainy but nice no unpleasant tones here. Taste: Biscuit malt sweetness no complaints easy drinking with some substantial hop character. Mouthfeel: Light bodied lager but crisp finish and healthy carbonation. Drinkability: Effortless not a beer I would crave but one that definitely is easily consumed.

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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 cokes
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty lackluster brew considering who it comes from. Deep golden color with nice bubbly head.
Slight malt aromas. Some malt taste, but relatively nondescript, it needs more hops too. Pretty thin mouthfeel as well. Not offensive, but certainly not remarkable.

Had this out on the golf course today. Best thing they offered on the beverage cart. It was passable, but the way my game was going, I needed several big barleywines.

Drink this on a hot day, just to quench your thirst, otherwise, don't bother seeking this one.

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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 DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As pale American lagers go, this is better than most. No off-tastes, a fine yellow color with just a slight haze. Noticable malt presence is balanced by a just-detectable fruity hop presence. But there is a noticable touch of corn to keep the color light.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly tawny-gold hue, translucent, small white head, fair retention, some lace. Gritty, grainy nose, sweet too… the malt is found here, as is an adjunct (corn most likely). Decent palate, sweet yet malty… the nose would indicate the taste would be grainy… it is far from it, very smooth and buttery (not in a negative way). Hints of hay, grass. The bitterness is minimal. Nicely done. Light-medium body. Drinkable. While this beer is not something I’d seek out I do realize its positive merits.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, the head was small in size with a white hue and it consisted of fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was carbonated and hazy with a yellow-gold hue. The nose was malty, sweet, and fruity. The flavor was sweet and fruity tasting wtih a smooth, thin, watery texture and it was light bodied. Not a beer that I particulary cared for by this brewer.

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Photo of MJR
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear gold highlighted by countless carbonation bubbles fighting their way to the top. What begins as a thick white head soon shrinks to a thin, mostly complete cap with random lacing.

Smell: The aroma starts out with a bready malt note, then opens up with a touch of herbal hops. Overall, the nose is quite faint and subdued, but remarkably clean.

Taste: Light and delicate, with the palate widely dominated by a light graininess and malty sweetness. There's a bit of a corn flavor, which I'd guess is from it being employed in the grainbill, rather than a DMS side-effect of the brewing process. The hops barely even show up, offering only a hint of a herbal flavor and slight bitterness. Finishes very clean with a bready, malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with a body that's light and smooth.

Drinkability: Average. This is a clean and mellow brew. It has no damning flaws, except for maybe a lack of character. While this beer goes down easily enough, I'd prefer something with more going on.

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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 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 marc77
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear golden hue, topped by a dense one fingered head that leaves loose lace. Sweet, white bread like malt hits the nose initially, then is ceded by a floral hop nose and light toastiness. Flavorwise, notes of sweet corn quickly give way to mellow graininess and residual malt sweetness due to the paltry hop bitterness. The continental base malt backbone is lightly buttery, (non diacetyl derived), and is akin to that of a Munich Helles. Hop bitterness falls short of providing balance, leaving an overall sweet impression to this classic American pilsner. Trace grassy hop flavor undertone. Lightly bodied, but quite smooth and dextrinous in mouthfeel for style. Finishes mildly bready and sweet, but otherwise clean. 1900 is an tasty pre prohibition pilsner with a relatively rich malt profile, but would be even better with a more pronounced hop bitterness. It's reminescent of a Helles with corn in the grist.

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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 Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew by the Capital Brewery. Arrived as a medium golden with a lot of bubbly action which quickly disappated leaving a mild center lace with some glass ring and cling.
The body is a medium and the nose is short lived and very slight of grain.
The taste is evenly balanced with a slight edge to the mallts.
Certainly a session brew if I lived near by.

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

Capitol's imitation lager, really. This was the kind of beer that miller light beer drinkers can quaff, but other than that, there isn't much here.

It pours a pale straw yellow suffused with plenty of bubbles to form a white head. The taste is yeasty, and it finishes with a yeast flavor afterwards.

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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 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 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 Realale
2.39/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice full golden color. Head dissipates quite quickly.

Nose is very malty sweet, with a good dose of creamed corn. Little hop present at all.

Palate is very grainy. Lots of malt and definitely a detectable element of corn. Quite sweet initially, although not as sweet as it smells, but balances out somewhat by the finish. This tastes like it did not ferment out fully, and someone forgot at least one of the hop additions!

Certainly accomplishes the ramped-up malt and corn profile of a pre-prohibition American lager, but this was definitely out of balance. Hopefully, just batch variation (based on reading other BA reviews) and not a permanent change to the recipe, but this was not a good beer, and certainly not up to the standard of other Capital offerings I've had. I tasted a second bottle from the same six pack, and it tasted the same. Purchased in Wisconsin, only about 60 miles from the brewery.

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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 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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Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 58 ratings