Winter Skål | Capital Brewery

Winter SkålWinter Skål
BA SCORE
3.66/5
304 Ratings
Winter SkålWinter Skål
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,292
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
304
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of beagle75
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head that collapses to a large and persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crystal malt is diluted by threads of acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide. A trace of cinnamon adds earthy spice.

T: Begins dry, with early astringency that gives way to much more sweet Munich pale malt. Green plant stems are faint into the middle, with mild acidity, where some elements of fruit punch are suggestive of estery metabolites. Astringency returns alongside over-toasted grain in the drying finish, where mild herbaceous bitterness is present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, mild astringency is less felt than tasted, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Wisconsin's Capital Brewery is generally pretty good at letting the quality of its beers establish it as a very conservative, but proficient, producer. This beer is a departure, with discordant qualities and a wildly-oscillating level of sweetness that is never able to become comfortable on the palate. It is a seasonal whose useful lifespan has elapsed.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle had been languishing in the back of my fridge, forgotten in the land of misfit beers. Out you come my child! This is your chance to shine.

Frankly, it's pretty hard to impress me with an amber lager. The pour is, however, a beautiful clear amber, with just the right amount of head. From there, though, the beer begins to live down to my expectations. Aromatically, a little grain comes through, not much spice, but overall, this is the smell of spilled beer in the basement of some random frat house. Gah. The taste is flat, watery, vaguely saisonish. And y'know, it seems to get worse as we go. The heavy carbonation doesn't help either.

Maybe I left this in the fridge too long. Best I can say is it freed up some space in the fridge.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity, almost like Juicy Fruit gum, with holiday spice aromatics

Taste: Juicy Fruit gum with holiday spice cake elements arriving by mid-palate; somewhat sweet and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well it sure is different so I will grant them kudos for creativity but I cannot say that I would care to try this again

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3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 2011 bottle

A- Inch tall white dense head. Beer is a very light ambvr color. Above average head retention and good lacing.

S- Lemon grass in the nose, very bready.

T- Bready sweet malts up front with a just a tocuh of caramel. Skunky bitterness on the tail end...I could do without that part.

M- Medium to medium-thin, adequately carbonated for the style.

D/O- Very drinkable, although just one step above a macro for me. I do not think I would have this again as I wasn't a big fan.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a standard amber in color with a one finger head that lasts impressively for nearly five entire minutes but doesn't leave much lacing at all on the sides of my glass. Smells of sweet toffee malts seasoned with cinnamon and turmeric with a dollop of herbal hops / spicing. Really nice. In flavor, there is a warm nuttiness combined with the caramel malts and your full daily recommended nutritional allowance of noble hopping. At room temperature, it presents a mild Simcoe-styled "caramelized onion garnish" on top of the mid-sip. Finishes semi-dry and crisp with a subtle powdered ginger-like spicy heat that lingers gently for a minute or so, could use a tad bit more carbonation however.

The main memorable feature I am left with is that here is a 'spiced winter' themed brew that keeps things restrained and subtle on the spicing. It does not taste like pumpkin pie spicing nor like spicy chinese takeout, as other heavily herbed/spiced winter warmers often do. So, if you prefer your spiced beer lighter on the spice factor than most, this is the easy-drinking brew for you.

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