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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
303
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of pat61
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bread and kettle sugars on the nose and a suspicion of light fruit. It pours reddish amber with a slight orange tint under a lacy ½” white foam cap. It has a lightly malted palate with a light sweetness and a spicy dry finish with traces of anise or cardamom. Medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of stickyb
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Thick golden head, with a dark appearance. Goes down smooth, not too bitter for sure. A real solid drinking beer one can enjoy. It's a lot better than I expected.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some kind of a coded bottling date on the bottleneck. A new beer to me, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from Capital Brewery, and I'm excited to have it. My bottle lists a 5.80% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a hazed brassy orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy off-white head. Some scattered lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is bready, yeasty, dusty, and musty. Clean bready amber malt, some soapiness, some fruitiness, some buttery diacetyl, and a hint of some strange minty spicing. Faintly herbal / grassy spice rack sort of notes in there, also.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty spot on - very bready and malty with mild fruitiness. Caramel / amber malts, some burnt sugars, some indistinct hop / yeast derived fruitiness. Mild herbal spicing, but nothing in particular.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Bready maltiness on the palate with some stickiness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a fairly unmemorable winter lager from Capital Brewery. Not harsh, foul, or offensive, just very simple, and lacking in any depth or complexity. Would probably go well with a meal, I suppose. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

Capital Brewery Winter Skål ---3.5/5

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear light amber, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Malt. Lots of it. Caramel, bread, toast. Just very malty.

T-Like the nose mainly just malt. Not getting much hop presence, just malt. Caramel and bread are there as well. But no balance because it is all malt.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery.

O-A boring, overly malty beer without much in the way of flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber to copper with a head that doesn't last long. Some spots of lacing slide down the glass, but not much sticking.

The smell is of caramel with a faint herbal touch.

The taste is of toasted caramel with herbal/minty hops.

It is a bit fizzy on the first sip, but then becomes clean and smooth, as a lager should be. A nice aftertaste lingers.

A good amber ale. Nice mix of malt and hops for the winter season!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For some reason, I had this beer on my list of things to try. Exploring different styles, maybe? Tasted 19 January 2013.

Pours, well, certainly amber. Slightly reddish hue, but mostly it's pure clean ambery amber. So clear it's like looking through colored glass. A thin column of bubbles rising up in the center. One finger of off-white head, decent retention, fine lacing. Not bad.

Smell is toasty, biscuity, like a bock. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad. Warm, but kinda thin like crackers. Buttery, too. Reminds me of those petit-beurre cookies I loved as a kid. Very malt-forward, with no obvious hop or yeast aromas.

Taste is kinda, well, it's half of that good stuff above, and half this odd herbal hoppy thin light lager flavor. The flavor shifts between these two versions, 75% of one, then 75% of the other, in a kind of pulsating wave. But I wish it were all just those buttery toasty malts, as the other side just isn't doing it for me.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, a little undercarbonated. Not bad.

A decent enough beer, definitely a malt-forward lager, as it should be. But the taste is kind of a mess, with mismatched pieces crashing into each other and battling for dominance.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber than I was expecting, SRM larger than anticipated, thin head on it. Aroma was nutty, this was one of the nuttiest aromas from an amber ale I've ever had. I have no idea what "skal" means, I wish the cardboard or the bottle was a little more informative in that regard.

Taste, pretty smooth, inoffensive stuff, the nuttiness of the aroma is slightly disappointing for its lack of a coming out party on the taste buds, but its still ok. Real mello, a little bit of toffee and caramel, this is probably a good choice for drinkers who don't like hoppy or very strong beers. Filler beer is how its known at my house. I do have another situation I would recommend it though, if you just came in from the snow, but you're now sitting by a warm fire, I can see this working in the winter like that.

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Photo of guityler83
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly crystal clear orange, (think jello) with about a finger of bright white head.

S: Mostly carmel and toffee comes through in the aroma for me with a slight hint of citrus hops. The combination reminds me of a copper penny, not a bad thing per se.

T: Carmel, toffee and copper like maltyness are dominent but not over powering. I can't detect much hop flavor, but the bitterness is nicley balanced to keep the sweetness to a minimum. If i didn't look at the label I would think the winter warmy-ness vibe I get from this beer would make it a 7-8% instead of a 5.8.

M: Very dry mouthfeel, with the carbination about average.

O: While this wasn't what I expected with a name like 'winter skal', I enjoyed it overall and would recomend it to any BMC drinker that wants something more complex without going to far away from the comfort zone.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head that isn't overly persistent. Sweet malt melds with floral hops and caramel notes in the nose. A lovely gold-amber color. Starts with a nice hop bitterness, builds into a medium-low bitterness, then RAPIDLY downshifts into malt city. Finish has notes of biscuit, caramel, and floral hop.

A very excellent balance of hop and malt; enough hops to keep you satisfied, and a strong enough malt to really impress you. One of my favorites from Capital.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skal pours a dark amber color, with a nice size head. There is a strong malty aroma, with hints of floral notes. The taste has a nice malty backbone like most red lagers, but has a strong hoppy flavor. Good full flavor, enjoy the hop flavors, finishes bitter. Overall I found this a very good and interesting Amber, the bitterness really makes this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of beagle75
2.37/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crystal malt is diluted by threads of acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide. A trace of cinnamon adds earthy spice.

T: Begins dry, with early astringency that gives way to much more sweet Munich pale malt. Green plant stems are faint into the middle, with mild acidity, where some elements of fruit punch are suggestive of estery metabolites. Astringency returns alongside over-toasted grain in the drying finish, where mild herbaceous bitterness is present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, mild astringency is less felt than tasted, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Wisconsin's Capital Brewery is generally pretty good at letting the quality of its beers establish it as a very conservative, but proficient, producer. This beer is a departure, with discordant qualities and a wildly-oscillating level of sweetness that is never able to become comfortable on the palate. It is a seasonal whose useful lifespan has elapsed.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle had been languishing in the back of my fridge, forgotten in the land of misfit beers. Out you come my child! This is your chance to shine.

Frankly, it's pretty hard to impress me with an amber lager. The pour is, however, a beautiful clear amber, with just the right amount of head. From there, though, the beer begins to live down to my expectations. Aromatically, a little grain comes through, not much spice, but overall, this is the smell of spilled beer in the basement of some random frat house. Gah. The taste is flat, watery, vaguely saisonish. And y'know, it seems to get worse as we go. The heavy carbonation doesn't help either.

Maybe I left this in the fridge too long. Best I can say is it freed up some space in the fridge.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity, almost like Juicy Fruit gum, with holiday spice aromatics

Taste: Juicy Fruit gum with holiday spice cake elements arriving by mid-palate; somewhat sweet and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well it sure is different so I will grant them kudos for creativity but I cannot say that I would care to try this again

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Photo of Duff27
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 2011 bottle

A- Inch tall white dense head. Beer is a very light ambvr color. Above average head retention and good lacing.

S- Lemon grass in the nose, very bready.

T- Bready sweet malts up front with a just a tocuh of caramel. Skunky bitterness on the tail end...I could do without that part.

M- Medium to medium-thin, adequately carbonated for the style.

D/O- Very drinkable, although just one step above a macro for me. I do not think I would have this again as I wasn't a big fan.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a standard amber in color with a one finger head that lasts impressively for nearly five entire minutes but doesn't leave much lacing at all on the sides of my glass. Smells of sweet toffee malts seasoned with cinnamon and turmeric with a dollop of herbal hops / spicing. Really nice. In flavor, there is a warm nuttiness combined with the caramel malts and your full daily recommended nutritional allowance of noble hopping. At room temperature, it presents a mild Simcoe-styled "caramelized onion garnish" on top of the mid-sip. Finishes semi-dry and crisp with a subtle powdered ginger-like spicy heat that lingers gently for a minute or so, could use a tad bit more carbonation however.

The main memorable feature I am left with is that here is a 'spiced winter' themed brew that keeps things restrained and subtle on the spicing. It does not taste like pumpkin pie spicing nor like spicy chinese takeout, as other heavily herbed/spiced winter warmers often do. So, if you prefer your spiced beer lighter on the spice factor than most, this is the easy-drinking brew for you.

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Photo of Treebs
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber, very bubbly and lively throughout, with a one finger, white colored head forming on the pour. The head had some nice retention as it receded to a thin collar, but no substantial lace was left on the glass.

S: The smell was very mild, but solid. Pale malts with a little bit of nuttiness and a little bit of roast. There was some mild citrus flavors in the background.

T: The taste was much like the nose. Pale malts that were slightly grainy in nature with a little bit of caramel sweetness as well. Mild citrus rinds and light hoppiness round it out.

M: Medium bodied with a very lively mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little much for a beer that supposed to remind me of winter.

O: This beer had some decent flavors, but it could have benefited from a little more caramel malt flavors and a little less carbonation. Overall a solid beer though.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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