Capitol 1900 | Capital Brewery

Capitol 1900Capitol 1900
58 Ratings
Capitol 1900Capitol 1900

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 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 Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is golden in color and has some slight chill haze. A nice frothy white head sits on top and sticks around for awhile. Smells of spicy hops (seems like Saaz) with a nice underlying sweet malt aroma. There's a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The body is about medium. Taste is very smooth as well. Subdued malt characteristics blend nicely with spicy hop accents. I could throw back 6 of these no an hour.

Apparantly, Capital researched brewing styles from the turn of the century to develop this American-style pilsner. It comes from an old Wisconsin recipe, circa 1900. Rumor has it that this beer is based on the old Schlitz recipe.

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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 tavernjef
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear yellow in color with lots of bubbles flowing within, has a one finger high head of bright white puffy foam with some big bubbles located on top, gets light stringy lace. Smell is sweet malts, very crisp and fresh, floral and grassy-like hops finish it off with a light toastyness. Taste is sweet, a touch of sharpness, subdued malts but still quite sweet, fresh, with a decent hop bitterness that shows a light floral quality with a bit of grass and spice. Feel is pretty full, smooth and lingering creamyness and a solid airy dryness into the finish. Quite drinkable for sure, easy going and pleasing.

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Photo of brakspear
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer gets lower reviews than it deserves because there is now a prejudice against any beer using corn adjuncts. But this isn't a modern macro, but a pre-prohibition American pilsner that is a fine representation of a classic Middle Western American beer style. This is probably similar to what our great grandparents drank in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit before being called up to fight the Kaiser.

The beer pours golden with nice carbonation and a soft white head that lingered long in my glass. Very nice.

The aroma is a smooth blend of malty six-row barley, corn sweetness and unasuming hop spice.

I really thought the taste was refreshing, a much maltier beer than modern American lagers, the corn was evident, but it actually makes the beer rather tasty. The hops are not as noticeable as I would like, but are present to a greater degree than modern beers.

Capital has re-discovered a very nice beer style, refreshing, easily drinkable, but still full-flavored. I may add this as a regular to my beer cave.

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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 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 chilidog
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of the fall tasting tour, I got One 1900. Capital says start with this brew, as its the more basic of the beers. It pours a clear golden straw color. The head was a upper carbonated white. It fades to a thin film, no lace is left. The aroma is grainy, bread-like. The taste is also grainy, crisp and clean. The mouth is left crisp and clean as well. I found this to be a very easy drink.

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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 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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice look to this beer. A nice dark gold color and a sweet smelling aroma. There is a very smooth sweetness at first and it finishes dry. This would be a wonderful summer beer. I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers, so this would be a choice for me on a hot day! Nothing spectacular about this beer, but very smooth and refreshing.

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

A crystal clear dark gold body topped with a small ultra-white head. The head dropped quickly and left a thin layer to create ring lacing that did do quite well. The nose is of light caramel malt with some grassy hints from the light hopping. The taste is much better than a typical macro, the body is perfectly appropriate to the style, and the finish is nicely crisp and clean. A very nice lager that would be good for an evening of sociable sipping.

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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 maxpower
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white foamy head that doesn't last long , light earthy hay and corn aromas, nice balanced grainy flavor, light bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with a light corn sweetness, a great refreshing summer beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a nice gold color. Formed a nice white bubbly head that subsided and left some nice lace. An aroma of hops and lemon. It had a tast of hops and lemon. Light finish. An alright beer, but there are better pilsners out there.

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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 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 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 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 moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of a gold brick, and sports a good pillow of fluffy, creamy white head. Leaves a solid patchwork of lace till the end. Some corn and grain are picked up on the nose, as well as a slight, sweet buttery aroma. In the mouth the beer is light to medium bodied with good cleansing carbonation and moderate creaminess. The flavors are again grain driven with a slight rye twang that overshadows the malt component, which does not show itself much. Apparently this is the original Schlitz recipe from before prohibition times! I applaud Capital for the research, effort, and most importantly the passion in presenting this offering. A solid beer that will wash down a dog with alacrity. Go Cubs!!

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