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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
Ranking:
#32,856
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
304
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A cold looking icy-light blue oval label which contains a picture of a domed building which always reminds me of the great dome of Wrens masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and politely reminds me I’m still very much a foreigner after only 30 months in the USA. The label sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label, complete with the usual health crap. I even noted that the silver crown cap was a ‘twist-off’ one – I usually miss these.

Appearance: A very nice looking lucid copper pan colored body that poured with a very appealing head, which quickly formed after the pour. A nice smooth looking uniform ½” beige covering that slowly pops and sputters to a thin halo like head after a decent amount of time. Some light lacing.

Nose: The nose was perhaps the most disappointing aspect for me at first. So much so that I ended up writing this part last after returning to it, the first time round I had only one word – malty. After the last part of the bottle warmed, and was poured, it improved no end. Spicy malts with some light pepper hints and a dark fruity aspect.

Taste: A very tasty beer that has a solid malt backbone. Balanced in the middle with a light bitterness, it drinks well. Light spices mix with fruity traits at times. This could easily make for a great session beer I’m sure – well for me at least it would.

Mouthfeel: Lots of well-aerated carbonation in the mouth, but is smooth and it lends a lively feel to this Lager in the mouth. Average body, with a nice feel that is more than sufficient to support the taste profile, and assist the quaffability of this offering.

Drinkability: Wow, the 12 ounces disappeared in no time whatsoever. I wish I had some more of this. A very enjoyable drinking Lager.

Overall: Big Thanks to BigHuge for this one, my fourth Capital Brewery beer and another good one. Worth keeping an eye out for this one.

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Photo of ethosx19
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a malty spicy smell. The taste is big on caramel malt and the hops start to come through as it warms. I can see why others might call this a lager rather than an ale. Whatever it is, I enjoyed it and I'm sure I will enjoy the remaining three.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's

I tasted this at the brewery when it first came out and enjoyed it

appearance: clean and very much clear amber-orange pour, thick and fluffy white head, spotted lacing

smell: bready, heavy caramel malts, sweet and slightly peppery, some nice red apple

taste: quite smooth and balanced...sweet caramel malts, red apple, grapes, bready, toasted malts, slightly peppery spice taste, herbal and earthy

mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, refreshing

drinkability: session

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-gold with frothy off-white head.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, cherry and spicy & floral noble hops.

Taste: Great fruity malts (cherry and some other stuff) with layers of bread, toast and biscuit. Lightly spicy, floral and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, nice dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Not exactly sure why this is a winter seasonal. But I am sure that this is an excellent Vienna-like lager - well balanced with tasty malts but a nice, dry hop kick. Capital knows how to make lagers with the best of them.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Winter Skål (pronounced "skoal" ) which is the Norski word for "cheers" is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. Skål pours up with ample carbonation that creates a creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-burnt orange body. The moderately rich malty aromatic nose has a nice cracker toastiness that's very appealing. There's just a hint of fruitiness & hop spiciness...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a soft maltiness that's laden with toastiness that seems almost exaggerated for the gravity then gives way to a firm spicy bitterness that creates a respectable clean, dry finish with some alcohol. Medium bodied with a lovely creaminess. Very enjoyable overall! Capital's Winter Skål is a finely crafted Vienna-style lager that would've made Anton Dreher proud. Suggested food pairings include browned Currywurst (curry sausage) smothered in Senf (sweet mustard) with pommes frites (thick-cut, double fried potatoes), Finnan haddie (smoked haddock) with cheese scalloped potatoes or some traditional Choucroute garni (sauerkraut, sausages & potatoes). Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright amber orange with a 1+ finger white head that left some lacing

smells well spiced with carmel/bready malts in the background

taste is solid - again spice hits you up front but the spice is not some gimmicky holiday atrificial flavor - it blends well with the bready malts

mouthfeel is light crisp some bite to it

drinkability is good - if you want a easy drinking holiday lager this will fit the bill

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange honey topped by a small, but thick, off-white head. A small layer of bubbles is retained for the majority of the time I spent with this beer. Scant blobs of lacing were left on the glass.

Smell: Biscuity, orangey, and mild banana aromas. Very clean.

Taste: Lightly toasted bread and mild nutty flavors with banana esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated. Quite crisp and refreshing. Not quite medium in body.

Drinkability: A great session beer. Capital Brewing knows how to make some damn fine lagers. Another reason to move to the Midwest, I say.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the trade.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium honey with a slight, quickly receding head. Active bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Aroma is of roasted malts, crystal or perhaps pales roasted with a sweet grainy, bready chewy backing.

Flavor is deeply caramel malt with a sweet bready ride, nutty with a nice honey finish. Sweetness is nicely done and the nutty, grainy flavors punch up as the beer warms. Nice hop after hit that doesn't compete with the star here which is the malt. The roasted nutty flavor bounces to an almost burnt candy sugar flavor, like someone forgot the caramel on the stove. Cracker Jacks and Honey roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

Very nice offering from Capitol, well worth a try.

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Photo of malcontent
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber with a sticky, light khaki head. Nose is filled with caramelized vegetables, brown sugar, faint spice, and spicy, vegetal hops. Taste is much like the smell. Very vegetable-y, yet sweet with caramally malts. Hops provide ample balance--spicy and green. Finish is sweetish with light bitterness. Nice, light carbonation enhances the full, thick mouthfeel. Robust amber lager but goes down easily.

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Photo of hero27
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Mostly clear golden amber. Creamy off-white layer of foam.
Slightly spicy aroma with a hefty use of Vienna malts. What's the abv here? I can't pick up a hint of alcohol in the flavor..just a tasty, rich toffee malt with some hops playing as it's loyal sidekick. Remarkably smooth...this goes down like Paris Hilton after a couple drinks..
A believable take on German brewing that really hits the spot.

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Photo of dhannes
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A=Nice reddish amber with a thick, foamy head.

T=A crisp, somewhat bitter flavor with strong hops, and a touch of herbs, perhaps cloves? First half of the glass was much more enjoyable than the second half, which had a less enjoyable flavor and seemed like it had more alcohol.

M=Nice...not too thick, not too watery...just right.

D=Again, was very drinkable at the outset but flavor turned funky as I drank more.

2/13: Revisited this beer and lowered all my previous rankings by .25.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Photo of Alan_Bats
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - A tall but quiet pour brings out a small, one-finger, slightly off-white head. Moderate retention leaves some fingers of lacing above the clear and beautiful warm honey golden orange-colored beer.

S - The nose begins with a honey-drizzled biscuit malty sweetness with husky pale notes and a touch of caramel sweetness. A well balanced hop aroma is complimentary, offering up a noble nose of floral and light citrus hints.

T - The flavor mirrors the nose to a T. Malty flavors start first with an overarching honey and caramel sweetness and move right along into a floral and lightly spicy noble hop nose with a faint white grape finish. Husky pale malt provides a good base while keeping it from being too sweet.

M - Hard and crisp, sprtizy carbonation dances on the tongue but the beer is quite smooth feeling. The finish becomes dry though the sweetness is very well balanced.

O - Winter Skål is a fairly straight-forward malty amber lager with subtle floral hop nuances that provide good balance for an easy drinking and smooth winter lager.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ZachyZach
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AudioGilz
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great appearance this beer has, shiny amber and a rather large, creamy head that leaves a nice lace. Strong maltiness is in the aroma, nice caramel nature. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy, very smooth beer. Flavors of malt sweetness and caramelization hit first, and then some hops are evident through the finish. I'm very pleased with this beer. I bought it on a whim and got lucky, worth a try for sure.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my spoils from Wisconsin. The beer pours a nice red/amber color with 2 fingers of head that is rather fleeting. Pretty much what I would expect here. The nose is caramel sweetness, with a hint of what a marzen smells like. Touches of the funk of a lager, but not offensive as other lagers can be. The flavor is nice, for a lager. The flavor is caramel and some hints of toffee. Its like a Killians Red, but actually good. The feel is right at the interface between moderate and thick, with hints of a creamy texture in there. Good good beer. Drinkability is good as well. The aftertaste sticks on sweet and a hint grainey. It keeps me coming back for more. I do like the beer a lot. Not neceassarily what I want in a winter beer, but it is very good non the less.

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Photo of jeffdr123
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with somewhat orange highlights, this one has a nice color but very little white head, that has close to no retention.
Aroma is delicate, but malty, with some hint of hops.
Medium bodied, it is also malty on the tongue, mildly caramelized, grainy, lightly sweet, well balanced by some hoppy bitterness.
It is not powerful, extreme or complex, but still has a nice flavor to it, easy to drink, quite pleasant.

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Photo of Culley
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerCheese
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of garymuchow
Pours a nice orangey/amber color with a one finger head, that dissapated very quickly. Carbonation seems to be okay.
Smell is somewhat lacking, I had a hard time distinguishing some of the aromas. I was able to get a toasty, fruity and toffee like character from this one.
The beer itself was fruity and hoppy, with a very mild hop spiciness and toffee-like quality. There is definitely a characteristic lager crispness to this which makes it kind of refreshing.
Overall, I would say that as far as a winter offering is concerned, this is certainly interesting. A good beer.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 304 ratings
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