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

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

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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 redpuck
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In my usual hit or miss experience with beer from Capital Brewery, this one is a miss. While a crisp beer, the taste really left a lot to be desired.... as in there wasn't any taste. Of course the benefit of that is no lingering bad aftertaste though. All that being said it is a seasonal beer and who knows maybe it's just a bad recipe this year. Personally I'm waiting for Redhook's WinterHook as that consistently delivers year in and year out.

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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 cdkrenz
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bubby white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a few candy crumbs hiding in there as well as a touch of breadiness and a floral, spicy hop component.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight breadiness. Mildly sweet. A firm, spice-driven bitterness battles the sweet and ultimately wins a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright beer. If you have a problem with that, why don't you go cry into your pillow?

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Photo of churchillps
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy amber red, almost copper color, with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of a sweet malt, with hints of orange and a bit of hops to finish. Mouthfeel was very light, almost watery. Not terrible, but for the aroma I wanted a heavier silk feel. Tasted simple, but not in a bad way. Starts with the sweetness of the malt and finishes with a crisp hint of hops. Overall, a very solid offering. If the mouthfeel lived up to the aroma/taste it would be better, but still a good seasonal brew.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial puffy cap of foam on an amber orange body. Wet stone with sweet malt in the nose. Good lacing.

Orange spice flavor, with sturdy malt behind it. Faint residual hops that are mellow. Clean and fairly simple, the light orange is fleeting, allowing the malt to take centerstage in the middle, into the aftertaste. As full bodied as you can get with an amber, without crossing into Bock territory.

Only had a single, but several would be nice any time of the year. The unique orange spice element is reminiscent of Jenlain Noel, another winter seasonal.

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Photo of Atron67
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of sfoley333
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 morimech
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 12 oz. twist off bottle a clear copperish colour, with a slight chunky head which leaves slight wisps of lace. clean malty aroma, grainy and a bit grassy from the hops. straight forward lagerish traits...quite malty and sweet, but not cloying to any degree. malt sweetness is delicately balanced by a nice soft floral hoppiness that is ever so slightly bitter in the back end. medium to above medium body with a full round easy going mouthfeel. finishes malty sweet making the overall drinkability top notch. quite quaffable and sessionable. a definite hearty lager that would pair well with some sausage and cheese on a cold winter's eve.

some may find this offering a bit boring for a winter seasonal, but the obvious quality and craftmanship of this well endowed amber/red lager is to be appreciated. this beer is incredibly approachable and just tastes damn great.

definitely recommended.

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Photo of ibashmuck
1.54/5  rDev -57.9%
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.

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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 tapman
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant orange-copper with a creamy white head.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with a metallic edge.

Taste is very malty, initially with light fruit accents that slowly blend to an earthy nutty maltiness. Herbal hop finish with a pleasant peppery bite and a return of the metallic character from the nose.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp.

A very nice lager here. I picked it up on a whim while traveling in Wisconsin. A great session beer. Flavor is smooth and subtle.

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Photo of SMark
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a warm pecan brown body that is a slight bit dense and might be due to a strong carbonation swirling around in the glass. There is a thick head of light tan foam that last and turns rocky after a bit.

S- This beer has a sulfury noble hop smell and as it warms there is a soft note of Munich malt that comes through.

T- The taste of lightly toasted malt with a slight dry honey malt hint is smooth with a bigger biscuit malt taste mix in the flavor. There is a slight tartness before the dry bitter hop note at the finish. As it warms there is a hint of a watery taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is made a bit more full while the head lasts.

D- This beer is very clean and has some nice flavors but the tartness is a bit off and breaks up the balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of beveritt
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 happygnome
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Winter Skål from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 48.4% out of 100 with 304 ratings
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