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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 58
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
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 Realale
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
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 Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pretty ordinary Pils. Part of a Capital sampler pack so I am trying to work my way up the chain. Shouldn't be too hard to beat this one. Slight hops aroma, mildly smooth refreshing flavor but pretty bland overall.

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Photo of Winter
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden color with a white head. Aroma consisted of corn, malt, hops and an increasing "bready" aroma as the beer warmed. Light bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant crispness with a mildly hoppy finish. This was okay, but something I'd probably not pursue again.

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Photo of cokes
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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 sweethome
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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 hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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 ryanocerus
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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 afinepilsner
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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 Koolbreeze2
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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 hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
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 bubrewer
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color...little white lace that rims the glass...nose is subtle floral hops and sweet, almost corny maltiness...Body is about right for this style...carbonation is medium...flavor features pretty basic lager characteristics but also some breadiness...seems more of a helles lager though....finishes a little dry...Don't really like the aftertaste/finish...a bit of an odd flavor....

Overall this is OK...their Bavarian Lager is considerably better....This is better than a lot of Macros but not by a huge margin....worth trying....I won't purchase again...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed medium amber, a little darker than one usually sees in this style. The head is a shade darker than pure white, is small and falls to a barely covering film, leaving almost no lace. The aroma is unimpressive, but not unappealing. Pale malt with a prominent fresh graininess; a cut or two above a macro lager.

The flavor is just okay. It's sweet and modestly malty with a balancing hop bitterness, though without much in the way of actual hop flavor. The graininess is as evident as it was in the nose, but is tolerable. An early sweetness gives way to a dry, medium length finish. The body is acceptable for a lager and is more full than some.

Capitol 1900 is a drinkable beer, no more than that. Its good points are negated by its bad points and I'm left without strong feelings in either direction. I'd drink another if it was offered, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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 objectivemonkey
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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 beernut7
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a light golden color and a nice foamy head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is of crisp lightly toasted bready malt. The just heavier than medium body supports a delicate malt presence with a distinctly bready character to it. This is a smooth and refreshing recipe. With a mellow sweet finish.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Pleasant aroma that is primarily light malt. Product is advertised as being made with Alabama white corn grits. Fairly smooth light malt flavor with a mild dry finish. I believe this is an attempt to make a preprohibition style lager.

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Photo of alexgash
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty ho-hum appearance. Gold color, white head.
The smell has an interesting, almost woody quality to it that is kind of hard to put a finger on.
The flavor is grainy with some hint of corn, grass, and the mild flavor of a burnt something. There is a crisp finish to the beer, and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
Not a bad beer at all. Nothing too disagreeable about it, really.
Good for a summer BBQ, anyone could probably drink this. Except children, of course.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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 stoutman
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a nice gold color. Formed a nice white bubbly head that subsided and left some nice lace with a fairly steady carbonated stream of bubbles. . A citrusy aroma and taste of hops and lemon. Light malt finish. An OK beer, but there are better pilsners out there.

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Photo of ccs
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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 drizzam
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first foray into the world of the Capital brewery started with the 1900. It poured a clear gold color with a smallish white head that really didn't leave much of a lace. On drinking it I noticed it to have a thin but somewhat creamy mouthfeel, the taste being maltier and low on hops...somewhat bready as the beer warmed up a bit. I wasn't at all disappointed with this selection, I may have to partake again in the future.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.35 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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