Winter Skål
Capital Brewery

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Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #17
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,081
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
313
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Capital Brewery
 
Wisconsin, United States
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SCORE
83
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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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Reviews by roadhouse:
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roadhouse from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appears an amber orange color with a three-quarter inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves a few rings of lace.

Aroma is quite mild but there's some caramel and toasty notes.

Taste has a sweet caramel flavor up front, a bit of toastiness, and a slightly fruity/spicy character then comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, somewhat crisp. An easy one to drink.

Pretty good beer I must say, I hope to try more from this brewery in the future.

Mar 19, 2009
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terrabyte from Wisconsin

2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color with medium-sized white head.

Aroma consisted of caramel malts and some sugar. Some lager mustiness.

Flavor consists of a mild caramel base bordering on tangy. As with the aroma, I again pick up a slight amount of lager funk and mustiness. Is this the spice people are talking about? My body is not wired to enjoy ambers.

Mouthful is just fine. Carbonation is good. It has a slight tanginess that I don’t attribute to bitterness.

Drinkability is average. Kind of depressing to drink. Winter is already depressing enough, this only adds to it. Woah, where did that come from? This beer was much thicker than a BMC, but I couldn’t help but think the flavor was similar.

Jan 03, 2007
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cdkrenz from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Sharp orange body with a quarter inch of pale tan head that fades fast. The receding head leaves a swirl of white at the surface and a bunch of tiny rising bubbles.

S - Raspberry, molasses, wheat and malt all mixed together. This is a tasty aroma.

T - Consistent malt flavor with a bit of spice. There is a barely recognizable hint of hops. This brew needs something...but not much.

M - Smooth texture but it really doesn't do much for the flavor. It's soft and almost too thick.

~ I was pleasantly surprised with this Capital brew. I don't think I'd pay for a six pack but I would partake in another should it cross my path down the road.

Apr 22, 2008
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malcontent from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, vibrant amber body with a thin but even head.

It's a simple style, but this beer just exudes malt. Sweet apples and honey with a little buttered bread to boot.

Ends up drinking like a good amber lager; squeaky-clean (almost too clean) amber malt body, a definite noble hop presence on board for a long, bready finish.

Clean and crisp with just enough body. Actually a really nice lager. I'd be happy to drink this for an evening.

May 19, 2008
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gmfessen from Michigan

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, beer is a rusty/copper color with a pillowy tan head. The nose is rather weak and non-distinct. A bit of stale grain is all that is discernable. The taste retains some caramel and biscuity flavors with a touch of hop bitterness and flavor, there is also a slight citrus sourness at the end. The mouthfeel is light in body and has a smooth, velvety carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer, it would be interesting to try this beer when it was actually in season.

Jul 27, 2009
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a decent crème head that fell fast. Mild fruity malts and mild hops on the nose. Flavor is slight salty with a touch of citric bite. Not abrasive by any means. Smooth and not trying to be showy. Feel is smooth in liquid. Carbonation bites a bit. Easy to drink. I'm going to peg this as a pale ale. Not too shabby.

Mar 09, 2009
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SMark from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 49º, this beer started out with 2 fingers of white foamy head. Lacing stayed pretty well as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a crystal clear amber with minimal bubbles.

There was a nice hint of malt aroma with hops lingering in the background. A burnt sugar or toffee bouquet seemed to rise from the glass.

Slightly sweet with malt dominating the hops to start and then a slightly bitter taste evolves. Good combination of ingredients as they meld quite nicely.

This beer lasts quite well and invites additional sips. There is a little more here than a medium bodied beverage but I would hesitate to call it full bodied. Very acceptable.

Well thought out and put together. Invites you to drink more than one.

Nov 30, 2007
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ibashmuck from Wisconsin

1.54/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Fairly uninspiring appearance, "rusty amber". Smells of malt and caramel, and tastes the same. Never a big fan of these types, and this did nothing to change my thinking. Actually managed to get worse with each drink. Really just didn't work for me on any level.

Dec 28, 2007
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umustdrink from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium orange color, completely still and devoid of any carbonation bubbles. Head is bright white and settles to a thick ring around the edge with a thick film in the center. Lacing is medium.

S - Light caramely malt aroma with a tinge of hops.

T - Taste consists of a hop bite at the beginning, which is followed by a light caramely malt with a little cinnamon and a very faint piney hop surprise.

M - Carbonation is just about right. Consistency is medium to light.

D - Overall a very solid beer, nothing terribly outstanding, but it is refreshing and relatively well-priced. Try it, its good.

Apr 07, 2007
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sfoley333 from Brazil

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a copper light reddish color with a soda pop white head that fizzed away in a matter of seconds. Smell is faint malt aroma slight hop aroma. Taste creamy malt flavors with just a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel is light body but a little over carbonated. Pretty easy to drink but not my favorite of the style.

Jan 18, 2008
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dstc from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a small tan head. Head falls to about nothing. Very thin lace.

Nice malt aroma with hops hurried in there as well. Smells like it could be good.

Rather full flavor. Nice malt taste followed by tangy hops that really bring the tongue alive. I can see drinking a few of these in one setting.

Somewhat full and smooth in the mouth with a slight bite on the tongue.

I find this to be very drinkable. Would be one I would like to have on tap and sit and drink a few.

Dec 27, 2009
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morimech from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Just a little lacing is left behind. A few bubbles continue to rise to the surface a few minutes after the pour. Nothing spectacular in the looks.

The smell is strickly lager like. Malt and lager yeast being evident. Nothing surprising or unique found. Appearance and smell is very average.

Other reviewers have stated that this isn't a big, complex beer and I would agree. What you do get is a solid lager with a good taste that is satisfying and quaffable. Carbonation is spot on and is light bodied. Don't have to worry about drinking several of these in an evening and have them hurting you either.

Jan 14, 2008
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Tone from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Paul68 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 30, 2011
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Atron67 from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a copperish light red crystal clear with a thin tan head on top that stayed for a little bit, with not much lacing.

S- light maltiness at the front, slightly sweet, with a little hoppiness in the finish

T- pretty solid, a smooth malty flavor at the start with a light hop finish.

M- light body, high carbonation.

D- the finish becomes a little cloying by the end but otherwise ok

Jan 23, 2008
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BeerCheese from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured crystal clear, light amber, big pillowy tan head. Great looking beer! Nice fresh smell with a hint of spice and citrus. Very malty taste typical of the style. Very light carbonation went nicely with the taste. Also noted a little warming as it went down, but no real noticeable taste of alcohol, which was also nice. Medium/light mouthfeel. VERY drinkable beer that I will enjoy again.

Dec 06, 2008
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tapman from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, rich amber color with a small 1 finger off-white head. Lacing and the top of the beer are especially lovely after a good swirl, with a thin layer of bubbles forming Rorchach images on the surface of the brew.

Smells of rye bread, malty with a tang of bitter mixed in. I attribute the bitterness to American hops which I'm very confident make up the hop character in this brew. A lot of toffee in the malts, also a bland fruitiness underneath, perhaps a light apple cider.

Honey, toffee, biscuit bread, bright and savory hops are what I find in the taste. Different than the nose, this brew has an interesting malt character, nice hop balance. Roqufort-esque dry yeast finish also is very pleasant (if you've never had a Roquefort 6,8, or 10 then you havn't lived.) Finish is also a little bitter, but what can you expect from a lager. Also the bread tastes a little stale in the finish, but I think tht's due to the hops.

Crisp and bubbly, mouthfeel is a bit chewy and not at all watery for the style. Try rolling around in your mouth...velvety smooth.

I'm not a big fan of lagers. The American Macro market has destroyed my respect for the style, especially after going to Germany and finding that their standard lagers, while better than a Bud, are still lacking in every category. Recently, however, I've been privy to some outstanding lagers changing my opinion. So if you think my review is a bit high for this one, just know that I'm reviewing 80% for the style and 20%personal taste. It accomplishes something many lagers try to achieve. The hops are still important, but there is a great malt character for such a traditionaly hoppy and thin style of beer. Very nice.

Dec 13, 2007
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botham from New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head, leaving a clean glass behind.

aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel malts presiding. a grainy base serves welcome to a touch of citrus and fruity yeast. no hops present.

taste is of caramel malts, with a bit of citrus here as well, rounded out by notes of coriander and cinnamon. aftertaste is of lingering caramel and a touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is very smooth, with a light to medium body. low CO2 and alcohol add to the smooth character, with a creamy texture.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and refined brew that does not need to be bold or rich. it is solid and well proportioned, making it a perfect winter brew. cheers!

Dec 21, 2007
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happygnome from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a: amber color, eigth inch tan head doesnt dissapear right away leaves some lacing
s: roasted malts floral hops very inviting
t: roasted caramel start followed by a good hop presence very good tasting i really enjoyed
m: medium bodied a little too much carbonation

overall i really enjoyed this, wasnt priced too bad i think just over $7 for a 6-pack

Mar 26, 2007
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scootercrabb from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

Feb 27, 2012
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nsmartell from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber with a thick foamy head.

Smell: Very nice malt aroma and sweet hoppiness.

Taste: Sweet malt and a little hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty decent beer as the flavors improved as it warmed slightly.

Apr 09, 2008
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Yesdog from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -19.3%

Nov 27, 2014
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange color

Weak smell, grains, toasty notes.

Some toasted flavors, and a slight caramel note. The slightest hop notes in the background.

Mouthfeel average.

I was underwhelmed. Easy to drink, but I don't feel I could pick it out of a lineup.

Feb 01, 2010
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Gehrig from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear burnt orange body with two fingers of off-white head atop it, leaving decent lacing. Shy nose, with lightly toasted malt and some caramel. The nose and taste are rather understated and, while this isn't classified as a Winter Warmer, I had hoped that it would provide some Warmer spice and bold malt flavor. Not so much. The malt isn't bad--caramel, again, easily on the radar--but this certainly lacks spice. It comes across as a pretty good macro lager. Smooth and amply carbonated, the mouthfeel helps to make up for the smell and taste.

Not bad overall, but nothing to blow the socks off. Worth giving a shot.

Dec 19, 2008
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spointon from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Capital Brewery Bier Stube on 11/28/2008.

A= This beer poured a clear, light amber color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head dropped to a cap and maintained throughout. Not much lacing beyond a few spots.

S= This beer smelled of nutty grains, bakery malt sweetness, and a very faint spice note. Excellent aromas for a lager!

T= I found flavors of caramel malt, bread, and light but unrelenting hops. Though this lager was of the maltier variety, those hops gave it just the right twist. There was also a very faint spice in there that I couldn't quite identify. Possibly some form of winter warmer spice??? The finish dried just a bit but remained bready and fairly sweet.

MF=- Light side of medium bodied, with a medium or higher carbonation level.

D= A very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these and not regret it! Very sessionable!

Nov 30, 2008
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