Capitol 1900 | Capital Brewery

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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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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 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 beernut7
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 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 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 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 garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev -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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Capitol 1900 from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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