Winter Skål | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
305
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 305 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSiegs
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer, amber to mild red in color with excellent clarity. One finger of white head with moderate retention. The aroma is malty and rich. Very mild earthy hop aroma as well. The taste is similar, with the rich malt body showcased. Bready, earthy, slight caramel and toast. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, and very smooth. Balanced finish. Overall, a good seasonal from Capital.

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Photo of Ri0
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a Wiezen glass. Clear copper in color with a sandy white 2.5 finger head that leaves behind thick rings of lacing on my glass. It has a bready malt forward aroma and smooth caramel tones. The flavor is also bready with some notes of caramel and honey. The hops are in the background to give it a touch of floral. The hops are present enough to lend a balance against the backdrop of the malt. It has a smooth lighter feel with terrific carbonation.

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Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus hops, wheat, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty cyrstal clear amber pour, but low carbonation and little head. Light malt aroma, indistinct and vaguely bitter and sharp taste. There's not much going on here. Bottled on Oct. 5th if I read the date code correctly, but tastes a bit past its prime.

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Photo of ZachyZach
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alan_Bats
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- nothing really wrong with the look here, Perhaps could be a bit darker. Nice clarity and red color to it
S- malt dominates and hops are present in the background,
T- The caramel notes that come through are impressive. The malty finish is exactly what I am looking for with an amber. It is well-rounded with a slight hop presence at the beginning balanced by sweet character and a caramel malty finish.
F - Could use a little more body. Carbonation is nice
O - An impressive beer for a seasonal special. One of capital's best for sure. Best balance they have achieved in a beer I think and it has a nice clean malty taste. I'm a fan for sure.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on winter lagers. A bit too bubbly on the tongue to be drunk by itself, but certainly that helps clear the palate for foods.

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Photo of dcotom
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffdr123
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid entry. Nice mix of malt, caramel, and a little hops. More of a brown than an amber, in my book, but either way, it's tastie. Got it on sale at Island Time, but I'd pay full price next time.

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Photo of MeIquiades
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichardARoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanWrencho
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An almost perfect balance of hops and malt, a complex toasty malt is complimented by appealing hop overtones that are subtle but rich. This beer should be available all year rather than just in winter, as the style is very drinkable and would be great with hearty foods like cheese and sausage. This brewery makes some awesome IPA's but this brew is truly one of the best craft beers for the money.

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Photo of bwood06
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a beer mug

A - The beer came to the table with a 1 finger off-white, almost a slightly tan head that dissipated to a thin lacing rather quickly. Beer is clear and bright amber in color with light to moderate carbonation based on visible bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. 4/5

S - Aroma is very typical of an amber lager. Caramel and a rich maltiness dominate the nose along with a toasted white bread note as well as grassy hops and a bit of sugary sweetness. Somewhat subdued. 3.5/5

T - Caramel and that same rich maltiness from the aroma hit the tastebuds right up front and transition to a bit of an earthy leatheriness as well as a musty hay note. A bit of buttered white bread makes up the middle before transitioning to herbal and grassy hops with a bit of green apple. No real lingering bitterness to the beer, with the bitterness being light and mainly on the back end. 4/5

M - Light to medium bodied amber that is smooth and creamy throughout. Slight carbonation burn up front but this disappears rather quickly with a smooth creaminess remaining. Leaves the palate nice and wet upon swallowing with no real lingering feeling to the beer. 4/5

O - Good amber offering from Capital that is a bit more complex than an okbtoberfest/marzen but still retains a very similar sweetness to it. The light bitterness on the back end as well as the earthy middle helps to balance out the sweetness of this beer. 3.75/5

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of d5001986
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Juicelaw
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of simplejj81
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cola color. Aroma of nuts. Winter nuts, as far as nuts go, these are all up and prominent relatively speaking.

Smooth non offensive nut brown ale. Toffee in there. Average stuff, wouldn't really describe it as an amber ale though.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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