Capitol 1900 | Capital Brewery

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Capitol 1900Capitol 1900

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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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 58
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 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head, clear, pale yellow appearance. Honey and floral notes on the nose. Smooth, mellow. I'm not a lager lover, but I didn't dislike this one. Decent, if only to the point of inoffensiveness.
Not something I'd purchase again, but I won't slander it either.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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 RBorsato
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
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 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 mynie
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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 dirtylou
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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 KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 tavernjef
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 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 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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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 ADR
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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 bditty187
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 marc77
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Wildman
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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 AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 maxpower
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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 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 Dukeofearl
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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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