Wild Rice
Capital Brewery

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Herb and Spice Beer
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chugalug06 from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very light orange color. Clear, with good bubble action rising to the top. Head pours moderate with decent retention. Head color is white and foamy.

S - Very unique. Spiced and almost saison-esque... Almost skunky...

T - Almost tastes like a lager, only sightly thicker... Almost skuny, I got this brew in a trade and am beginning to question if it's past due or not... Not a drain pour, but not my favorite.

M - Very dry and reserved... Not bad carbonation, but slightly over done.

D - Eh, decent, not great. I don't find myself craving the sip by any means.

I could see this brew being outstanding on a hot summer afternoon under the sun, but not great for indoor relaxing. Thanks for the trade MattPL!

May 04, 2011
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BadBadger from New York

3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wild Rice pours into the glass a nice, some what light, copper color. There is a nice foamy head that last for a reasonable amount of time, with a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass. There is an odd smell, which I can't figure out: a first there is a whif of yeast, the a metallic aroma, and then what must be spice. The taste is very similar to the smell, with a metallic-spice, sensation. A pleasant enough mouthfeel, but sadly the metallic flavor lingers on the tongue. I can't say that I would recommend this as a first choice, if other reasonable options are available.

Feb 06, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with amber edges... which has to be the most common craft beer color in the world. The pour produced a compact crown of bone colored foam that looks no better than decent. The same can be said for the amount and quality of the lace. Actually, it looked a little better in the end.

There's a lot going on in the nose. It's toasted and earthy and nutty and herbal and fruity. That's what happens when several different malts, wild rice and several different American hops are in the house. This should be tasty stuff.

Wild Rice is sneakily complex beer. There's no doubt in my mind that wild rice is what makes it so. The earthy nuttiness of that grain, along with the toasted breadiness of Victory malt, along with the grapefruit zestiness of Cascade hops (Cluster and Willamette are present as well), adds up three-pronged deliciousness.

By the middle of the bottle, it's obvious that WR is even better than I initially gave it credit for. The yin and yang of sweetish malt and bitter hops is pure beer drinking pleasure. And the kaleidoscopic flavor profile is amazingly vivid for the ABV. Wow. Count me among the converted.

The body/mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. It has enough heft and enough smooth creaminess to get it done. The carbonation is slightly too tongue tingly, but time should take care of that. Trouble is, there isn't much time left because the glass is almost empty.

Wild Rice is excellent. It makes sense that Capital can't brew it year-round, but it's one of their better beers for sure. I would love to see it on local shelves during every season of the year. Bottom line: it isn't wild and crazy, it's just damn good.

Dec 07, 2009
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden, fluffy initial head.

Smell is faint, predominately of grains.

Taste differs subtly from a macro lager. Grains (rice?), honey, and something else I can't place.

Mouthfeel crisp, medium fullness.

I didn't see this as a Herbed/Spice, felt like a macro to me. Pleasant enough, but didn't really excite me.

Oct 27, 2009
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Tone from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, rice, and slight sweet malt. Does not really fit the category of a herb/spice beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, rice, and slight citrus.

Oct 27, 2009
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Wild Rice pours a clear deep gold body beneath a full head of creamy white froth. The head retention is excellent, and it maintains a short cap of foam throughout almost the entire glass. As might be expected, the lacing is excellent as well, and it leaves rings of lace with each sip.

The aroma offers a sweetish malt with soft notes of fruit and flowers.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and crisp with a standard, but lively, very fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor delivers a really interesting, fruity, floral and nutty character. It's drizzled with light caramel, and just lightly toasty. I can't figure out where the components are coming from except that the fruitiness has got to be at least partially from the yeast, and the nuttiness has got to be from the grain - but is it from the barley, or is it from the wild rice? It's sweetish at first, but then cut through by fruitiness. That balances across the middle, and then it's followed by floral and then nutty notes as you go into the finish. A firm bitterness backs it, balancing it in the mouth, and then rises to become quite wide in the lingering finish. It's dry, and kind of woody.

Overall, it's a really interesting beer. That alone keeps you coming back. It's intriguing! And then it's complex. But it's also sweetish, refreshingly fruity, and then dry. Superb!!! Absolutely worth seeking out!

Oct 20, 2009
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of very faint caramel. It is really airy, and there is absolutely no complexity. The taste is more prominent, and quite enjoyable. There is some light caramel, with some toasty, biscuity malt. The mouthfeel medium-light bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer. It would be a lot better if the aroma had more going on, but the rest of the beer is solid.

Sep 25, 2009
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mdwalsh from Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Straw, I would say, with a 3 finger white head. Very, but not perfectly clear with good active carbonation. I think it's supposed to be sort of a german lager. It looks like it. Head is very creamy.

S: Gives of a terribly strong BMC musty smell. Also the smell of cooked wild rice water, which is obviously what they're going for. It does lend a nice spiciness to it, but it would be better with more malt and hops to balance it out.

T: You know, I hate to say it, because I like Capital and the idea of a Wild Rice beer is great, but this tastes a lot like an American Adjunt Lager with the water that's left over from cooking wild rice poured in. Which I think is exactly what they're going for, but I think they could have done better.

M Light, fluffy, like an adjunct beer should be but somehow, creamier. Here I think the wild rice shines. It has the same flavor affect and color affect as white rice, but adds MORE body instead.

D: I really don't like the smell, but otherwise, very drinkable.

Sep 25, 2009
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KI9A from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ultra clear yellow, looks just like any macro lager.

S: None. Seriously, maybe just a whiff of grain.

T: Grainy, sweet malts, some honey. Slight taste of a hop or two at the back.

M: Light, very crisp. Refreshing as heck.

D: Decent on the "D". This thing REALLY tastes like a Kolsch to me, not like the "herbed/spiced beer" as titled on BA. I need to visit their website and research this beer. If it's there, I'd buy it.

Sep 13, 2009
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tatoodkelt from Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a haul a buddy brought when he visited from Chicago.

Consumed 8/28/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Clear gold with a half finger spongy white head that settled to a super thin skim for the remainder of the glass. Pretty active carbination.

S- Light fruit almost like cherries, and maybe it was my imagination leading me because of the label but I swear I got a wiff of steamed white rice.

T- Again with the light fruit, sweet malt, pretty crisp.

M- Light body. Creamier than I expected, you hardly notice the carbination.

D- Pretty easy to drink, perfect for something refreshing since I was working on the truck in the heat.

Aug 28, 2009
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Florida9 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow-amber in color with virtually no head, not even a surface coating.

S: Bread. Light yeast, some grains and a little alcohol.

T: Grains and brown rice. A faint nuttiness and maybe even some cream. Some minimal hops on the ass end. Very short finish.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

D: Not much more going on here than an adjunct lager. Simplistic and while it does offer some benefits over your typical macro, there simply isn't much flavor or aroma. Really, about an average a beer as you can get.

Aug 28, 2009
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with a clear amber. Almost comes off as a rye to me as there is a pronounced bite on the mouth from flavor. Still though, it doesnt completely detract from the experience. Just puts it in a realm of not a session ale, but not overly obnoxious that it isn't slightly easy to drink. A cask conditioning of this might be very interesting I think.

Aug 10, 2009
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date.

A - Brilliant clear gold! Fantastic color topped by a thin white head with little lacing and not much retention. Sadly, it was great til the head disappeared.

S - I was hoping that this wasn't the case, but it smells like the name. Lots of rice, wet straw, grains, and a light noble hop finish that gives it a good crisp, clean aroma.

T - I can't say I've ever had a beer that tastes like this. Wet straw and rice with a sweet light malt body and interesting blueberries. A tiny touch of hops dries out the finish slightly balancing it pretty well.

M - Smooth and light, Wild Rice is a crisp and refreshing summer lager.

D - Replace your BMC's with this. Enough flavor for a beer geek to suck on for a session brew and not "extreme" enough for a BMC-only drinker to think it's too potent.

Jul 14, 2009
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blackearth from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, bright golden body with a thin white head. Aroma of white pepper, cooked wild rice and hops. Light bodied with light malt and wild rice flavors lead to a faint hop finish. This is a great picnic beer if you need something lighter. It was very good drank from the bottle as well.

Jul 13, 2009
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botham from New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours a rich golden yellow color with a half finger of white head that has poor retention and leaves no lacings.

Aroma is of pale and Munich malts, along with a floral hop base and a touch of bready malt/yeast. Reminiscent of a pale lager in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a touch of honey and a solid crispness. Very fresh on the palate. In a nutshell, this is the beer that all the macro lagers should aspire to be! All the characteristics of a light lager, just dialed up in freshness and intensity to create a very drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly effervescent on the palate, with a crisp and satisfying finish.

Drinkablility is good. Mild and crisp in the palate with just enough character and presence. A solid lager.

Jul 03, 2009
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Pauly2X from Wisconsin

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

A- Bright straw yellow, one finger head.

S- The nose is very clean, faint spicy hop aroma.

T- The faint grainy maltyness quickly takes a backseat to a very interesting earthy spicyness completely unlike the kind that you associate with a hop flavor. On the back end things ratchet back down to finish relatively smooth and clean.

M- Very light, quite thin.

D- I just wouldn't go out of my way for it.

It's like Budweiser but, with flavor

Jun 25, 2009
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twleve ounce bottle into a pils glass.

Pours a medium straw with a smallish active head that dissipates to a light film. Laces slightly, but not heavily.

Aroma is of light malt. Malt is crackery and has an almost roasted nut aroma to it. Floral and fruity flavors from the hops as well as from the rice I would imagine. Malt has a good backbone and is present to the level of a helles or maibock.

Flavor is malt with a sweet but crackery snap. Malt keeps itslef smooth throught the middle and finish. Hops are very good and bittering is even. The fruity and floral notes from the rice almost give a noble hop flavor. The floral flavors remind me of the smell of lilacs and grassiness. The sweet fruit notes from the rice are interseting, giving the beer a nice snap of flavor. Finishes dry, with chamomile and huskey grain and dry fruityness.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is nice. There is a nice bit of stick on the lips.

Very complex in flavor, definately a nice session beer.

Jun 15, 2009
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jsh420 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear golden with a 2 finger white head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell - is faint but i pick up some fruit and light bready malts

taste is a nice balance of fruit flavor with a little spice to it - bitter hops - and sweet grains

mouthfeel is a heavy light body with just the right amount of carbonation

drinkability is good - a full flavored light beer for summer

May 30, 2009
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ALESwhatCURESya from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very clear goldish-peach body with thin, but lasting head that left decent lace. Good amount of carbonation.

S-Slightly fruity and malty, but very difficult to pull anything substantial from the nose.

T-Fruity start with a spreading of hop bitterness. A sweet biscuity malt backbone finishes with a sugary swallow. Good balance of flavor. Seems like it could be an ale/lager hybrid.

M-Crisp and full-bodied. Bit dry at end, but refreshing.

D-I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Very easy to drink and holds lots of flavor.

Dec 27, 2007
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Winter from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden in color with a bleached white head that remained about a 1/4" on the surface. Nice light bready, malty aroma. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Taste starts out with a pleasant malty front. Rice graininess and a touch of sweetness midway. Very mild hop bitterness emerges toward the back. A slight nuttiness detected in the finish also. Pretty clean, crisp and refreshing lager.

Apr 28, 2006
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blast from the past that is back in my hands thanks to Cokes..

One of the first micros I tried in the early to mid 90's...it went away and now it is back..thankfully...

I view this as a lager/pilsner using wild rice...the nose is spicy and inviting...great smell....taste is lightly spicy, bready and nutty...body is on the light side of medium..extremly drinkable as this bottle is just about gone before I can really describe all it's subtle qualities..

Just got another sixer and the crispness is great...very thirst quenching and tasting...would make a great beer for a summer picnic...

Aug 15, 2005
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dirtylou from New York

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

on tap at echo tap and grill on west main in madison (note to self, do not return to this place)

served entirely too cold, hurt my freaking mouth

appearance: a clear gold/orange appearance, lacing white head

smell: powerful grassy/hay aroma, faint fruit smells (apple, pear), and of course rice. I had to let this thing defrost for a second to get some better aromas

taste: rice taste comes up front, kind of a spice kick to it that I was not expecting.

mouthfeel: crisp, medium/light feel

drinkability: definately a session

something just didnt click for me with this thing...probably just not my bag

Aug 09, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden. Thin cap of white foam. Retention is aveage and lace is moderate. Nice herbal nose. Backdrop of pils like maltiness. Nice lager properties first and foremost on the buds. Smooth bready malt tones with a little cracker to boot. Wild rice seems to add a little zip to the flavor. A nutty and earthy zippiness. Hops are present with a noteable bitterness. Yet this is very quenching and drinkable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer goes down smooth. Not surprising coming from this brewery.

I don't often get a chance to review a new Capital brew so I must thank cokes for this opportunity.

Aug 05, 2005
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battlekow from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark gold, with a smooth, creamy, white head. Smells sweet and bready, almost like cake. Definitely smells a little like wild rice, especially as it warms. Taste is sweet and malty. I assume that this is a lager with some rice added, but the beer isn't listed on the brewer's website. It sure tastes just like an all-malt lager. I don't get the spice that other people mention. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and full. This would be a really great beer to drink on a hot summer day, maybe the best one I've come across. It reminds me of cake icing, just a little too sweet to consume in large amounts.

Jul 27, 2005
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light to medium gold color with a suspended brightness to it. Stark white puffy froth reaches about a half inch before quickly settling down to a good skim and collar. Lacing coats the glass in drifts of shelvingly layered small sheets.

Measurable bready aroma of pale wild rice and dry grassy starches.

Wonderful taster with a well-disposed length to its character. Lightly bready, mostly on the back end, crisp and entirely lager-like in the front and middle with a general lightened sweetness of bread grains and white toast. Receptively sweet with malt bringing a slight fruity balance of apple/pear/banana. Tiny flavorings of wild rice make a jump, then turns right into a big grassy spice very late in the finish and holds there for a brisk stay on the palate. Love the longevity of its flavors. It just won't let go.

Feel is favorably carbonated and clean with a brief crispness and well balanced natural malt profile bringing the body to a solid medium perfection. Creamy but crispifingly satisfying all around.

Appeasingly drinkable; perpetually downable, and very likable. A exemplary nice beer from Capital. Hope this becomes more widely available.

Thanks to jeffboo for the WI hook-up!

Jun 15, 2005
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 31 ratings