Winter Skål
Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #21
Ranked #25,682
3.66 | pDev: 12.3%
Feb 12, 2022
Feb 02, 2002
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Notes: A full bodied beer with a warm amber hue showing off its rich malt heritage. Mildly bittered featuring a hop presence that compliments and rounds out the malt overtones.
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Rated: 3.62 by jrflynniv

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I didn't pick up a lot of scent after popping the top. It poured a transparent amber and generated a 3-finger, slightly off-white head... which lasted a good couple minutes. In the glass, there's definite citrus coming off, maybe some honey and apricot, too. Decently citrusy, but very smooth - almost creamy - with a hint of bitterness at the end. I didn't know what to expect, and this is a pleasant surprise.... more than some over-hopped beverage and having an unexpected body too it. Slight, but that works for me.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by Jcreek from Illinois

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by jchanley from Illinois

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red amber with a fluffy off white head. Smells of caramelized grain with sweet candy-like notes, very fresh and inviting. Tastes of sweet caramelized grain, almost too sweet, with some nutty notes. Beer is light/medium bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Taste: smooth caramel malts, sweet bread some hops. Mild sweet bready nose. Copper/Amber hue, clear, tan foamy head, some lace. Medium body, easy to drink. 30 IBUs
Aug 30, 2019
Rated: 3.42 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 2.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2019
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Rated by badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Overall good dark rich winter brew. Didnt really want multiple beers but good for 1-2 during holiday revelry
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It reminded me more of a english brown ale with a little bit more of a hop bite and it's less sweet. It's a little flat offering a one note nutty/grainy flavor and unremarkable finish. I expected more, overall not bad, but I'm disappointed. It doesn't have enough bite or depth for the coldest times of year, which is what I tend to look for in a winter seasonal.
Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 3/11/18.

Pours a medium copper color, with a one inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, dates, some honey, light yeast. Has a fairly sweet smell. The taste is malt, caramel, some honey. A little floral, a light hop bitterness. Smooth, a touch creamy, well carbonated, a good medium body.

Honestly, this was better than expected. Very good aroma, nice use and blend of malt and caramel overall.
Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2017
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Reviewed by BSiegs from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.
Dec 21, 2016
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.
Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by ZachyZach from Illinois

Dec 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Alan_Bats from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.
Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by dcotom from Iowa

Dec 03, 2016
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.
Sep 21, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by RichardARoss from Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by SanWrencho from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.
Feb 06, 2016
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Reviewed by bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 3.35 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Jan 31, 2016
Rated: 3.36 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 2.87 by Juicelaw from Wisconsin

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by simplejj81 from Wisconsin

Jan 21, 2016
Rated: 3.41 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2016
Rated: 3.35 by Donkster46 from Washington

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
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.
Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by EdFed from Illinois

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Nov 29, 2015
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