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Winter Skål | Capital Brewery

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Winter SkålWinter Skål

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 294
Photo of richkrull
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one at The Rail House in Deerfield, WI.

This was a nice medium bodied beer with goof flavor. Not overpowering. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking beer, but not one of my favorites. It's worth a try though.

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Photo of beveritt
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is the typical Capital Brewery type, this one blue. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of off white head. This settles quickly into a few islands of foam. The beer itself is a bright orange/amber and fairly cloudy. A ring of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Slight acidic or sour tang.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malt upfront. Tastes of honey. Very little bitterness in the finish, you almost have to press your tongue against your teeth and look for it.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Notmally, not my favorite style, seems to be a catch all that catches soem crap. Howver, I found this beer to be malty and substantial.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I just mentioned in my review of Capital's Oktoberfest, many of Capital's beers taste about the same to me but I do like that "taste" so I generally will give their brews favorable reviews. Some characteristics that I was able to pick out though about this offering was a fair amount of biscuit/bready maltiness and a small bit of holiday spiciness. Maybe some ginger or nutmeg?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a light bronze color and is quite transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Pretty good head with some nice lacing as it goes down. Persistent head with good retention. Nice cap as it eventually falls. The nose has a bit of light toasted bread plus a touch of caramel. Taste has a bit of grain and bread and a mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes pretty dry after a light body with higher levels of carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not my favorite style, but this does a decent job hitting the high notes that I'd consider possibilities here.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange/copper color, very clear. Only has a faint head that evaporates quickly leaving it looking a bit dull. Aroma of mild hops and bready, caramel malt hits the nose, with also a hint of peppery, citrus spice. Taste is stronger on the malt side, with a breadiness up front. The finish has a slight nutty sourness, though not bitter. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Fairly smooth, it has adequate carbonation. The flavor doesn't get you too excited, but there's not much bad you say about this brew. The alcohol seems pretty low and I would say it goes down pretty easy...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz delivered to Idaho from Archer Liquors in Chicago (Thanks again Randy for the opportunity). Poured into my small weizen glass after a proper rinsing.

Big chunky white meringue like head.... good lacing.... but funny thing here, is I can smell the hops from here... definately not what I was epecting...but very pleasing none the less. Beautiful Amber with garnet red highlites... nice.

Smell definately leans toward spicey hops... complex caramel and darker malt character.. I could just smell this one for a while.... but for the good of the beer community, I will plow on.

Flavor is spot on fantastic... very balanced malty sweetness... some low raisins and dried fruit for sure. toasted fresh bread... much more pronounced hop flavor and bitterness than other Capital brews I've tried (except the amber lager)... but still much lower than most American interpretations... carbonation and mouthfeel are above average... but barely... maybe a little to bubbly for my tastes.

Overall, Winter Skal is another very good lager... I wish more breweries had the skills to pull something like this off; it's still European in nature, but wth just a touch of the Americas to make it different.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bright red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, and caramel with a very faint hint of herbal hops. The taste is very sweet with a ton of caramel. The faint hop character that is noticeable in the aroma is not present in the taste, and I think that is a real shame as it might have helped things from becoming as cloying as they are. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer that I'm sure a lot of people would really like, but I can't see myself drinking it again as it is just far too cloying for my tastes.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - mahogany red, with brown. almost no head at all

S - intense aroma of malts, spices, and bread.

T - bread, with spices, little bite on the finish.

M - Medium body, with slightly less than average carbonation.

D - Considering I'm not a huge fan of amber ales/red lagers, this is a interesting change. Solid and worth a try; nothing earth-shattering here, but give it a go.

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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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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 ruckus232
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber coppery color with a nice amount of tan head that didn't leave much lacing on the glass

Smell: Nice fruity smell almost like raisins with a slight malt scent in the background

Taste: Not as good as the smell was. There is a nice malty flavor that is followed by a bitterness but the bitterness doesn't really compliment the sweetness for some reason. Not bad but could be better.

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Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear- amber in color, has a nice white head that doesn't last very long, light malty bready aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavor, mild hop profile it does have a nice clean finish, light to medium body, seems kind of bland and watery, overall not all that bad but average.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina. Not a bad beer, but it's an American amber lager with holiday spices added. It's not a bad mix, but I'd enjoy the beer just as much without it. The malt gives a dry, crisp bready caramel with a hint of toffee. The lager feels a little off and lacks the fruity esters of a winter warmer. Though I guess if we're calling it an amber lager, it does alright. Worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a white, soapy, bubbly, one-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of toasty malt. There was also a nice grassy/hoppy nose.

T - It tasted malty, with a burnt toast-like flavor. It was fairly hoppy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice beer. Certainly worth a try during the winter season.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation:12 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Appearance: This beer pours a brillant bright orange/amber hue with strong carbonation and a thick ivory head that fades to a thick, sticky film with good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Not what I was expecting from an "amber lager." It's sweet, spicy, and fruity, with bready/biscuity caramel malt, fruit, and spices...almost like a cross between a Belgian amber and a Wit...interesting, and not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Sadly, doesn't hold up to what the aroma suggests. This is a decent amber lager, with a medium-bodied caramel malt presence, crisp graininess, and mild hops, but there's none of the complexity, depth, or mystery hinted at in the nose. That being said, it IS a decent amber lager, much better than say a Mich. Amber Bock, Killian's, etc.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Conclusion: Nothing's necessarily "wrong" with this beer, it's a decent amber lager in the American style...and for what it is, it's tasty and deft. a cut above some of its competitors. However, it's nothing special...perhaps a good beer to really introduce the BMC crowd into "real" beer?

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Orange-amber beer is pristine and attractive. A light-tan head on top retained poorly.

S-Minimal aroma was crisp, with a distinct spiciness and a slight bread.

T-Some dank hoppy character comes into play, then spicy nuances move in. The spices are remniscent of the holiday norms (also with a hint of rye-type spiciness?), especially on the finish. Some bready malts mingle.

M-Medium-high carbonation with an uninteresting medium-light body.

D-Decent brew. Nothing too exciting as far as flavor and complexity, but it's still a tasty and easy-to-drink brew.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with an orange tint. Hardly any head on this one. More just like a white film. Surprisingly leaves a little lacing. Moderate carbonation bubbles heading to the top. This beer leaves something to be desired.

S - A pretty good nose on this one. Toasted malts, mixed with caramel, hazelnut, cinnamon. Pretty strong too. Pleasantly surprised.

T - Nice, toasty, caramel malts at first. Maybe a hint of cinnamon. A little bit too much alcohol in the aftertaste though.

M - A little less carbonation than I would like. Makes for a more than medium body, but not in a good way.

D - Not hard to drink, but doesn't have me running back to the fridge. Could have one or two more though.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pure amber with very minimal white head and no lace.
Aroma is spicy yeast, roasted hazelnuts and burent caramel malt.
Flavor is syrupy almost maple usgar, honey or molasses hit, some fruity and slightly burent or roasted hits and an earthy, resiny hop bittering.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a relatively intense spiciness.
Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing outstanding but well made beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capital Winter Skal: Cripes, I know it’s the dead of summer, but they sold it to my wife last week, so its gotta be reviewed. Hey, not bad! Deep red beer, with a great big hops aroma (good sign in June) The taste was full of malt, with a pleasant spiciness, followed up with hops in the follow through and the aftertaste. Not bad for an old beer (thank you hops). I’ll look for this next Dec. 21.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy amber color body with a small yellow tinted head.

S- caramel malt and a slight bit of hops

T- lots of caramel malt, and some piny hops at the end.

M- medium body with ample carbonation

D- easy enough to knock back a few in a sitting. not so strong so it wouldnt be a bad idea either.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin white head.

S - Caramel, toasted malt with a hint of floral hops.

T - Grainy, toasted malt with an herbal spicy hop balance. Quite a bit of lager taste/characteristic to it.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Easy drinking but nothing exciting.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The capital city brewery winter skal is a decent beer. The appearance was a rich amber with very thin white head. The scent has spice and malt which was decent. The taste had ginger/nutmeg which provides a nice wintery delight. The mouthfeel was decent and would be perfect of cold nights. I recommend this for those that want good flavor without being to heavy.

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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