hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This 16 oz can was sent to me by Strykzone, my trading partner premier. The brew poured butterscotch color with a good sized white head and very little lacing. Nose of floral and grassy hops. Medium body. Flavor is dominated by the hops, and the finish shows some pepper. Decent.
Frank (3347) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a curious beer. It seems to be lightly tart and yet it’s a lager. Say what you will about Capital but they are not the kind of brewery that lets infected beers out the door and this is a summer seasonal drank in the summer so it’s not old. I am not sure how that all works but at least it is tasty. It is a cloudy orange color w/ a quickly dissipating white head that leaves behind a good, patchy bit of lace. The nose is slightly fruity--lemon zest mostly--w/ a slight lavender/baby powder kind of character. The taste here is light and very slightly tart. This strikes me as being kind of saison-like w/ lots of interesting floral notes from the yeast and whatever else spent its time eating the wort. It is medium bodied with crisp carbonation and rather refreshing. There is a slight cereal grain character here and a touch of sweetness as well. It finishes w/ a very light touch of lemon juice tartness and a touch of banana. I really don’t know what to make of this. Given the purported style, I would say this is probably infected and yet it tastes really nice. I might classify this beer as it is as a Berliner Weiss or something: mildly tart, mild flavor, crisp and refreshing. It is a good beer but seems to be that way accidentally. As a lager, this is all kinds of wrong, but as a beer I like it a lot and I chose to rate it as the latter.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
Another pick up from Steve’s, this one caught my eye as different from the normal Capital styles I am used to. A fine light session beer is drinkable. While it might not be unique it at least felt worth the $1.99 that it cost. If offered one at a picnic I wouldn’t turn it down.
Aroma / Appearance - A rose gold base is bright and cheery. Dense white head settles over time to a thin layer of dust. Rye, oranges, and wheaty feels chewy for something under 5% ABV.
Flavor / Palate - Rye and lemon glaze sweetens the tongue after just one sip. Orange peels dried until brittle transition into a wheaty finish. The background carbonation keeps it light and lively. Just a cut above average it is decent without being unique. Pick up one, see if you like, and then maybe go back for more.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can - Golden pour with a foamy white head. Nose is a bit metallic, light honey bread malt, a bit of sticky grain, and just a touch of herbal hoppiness. Taste is light graininess, real rustic, a touch of herbal hoppiness, and a long, grainy finish. Medium-thin, with medium carbonation. Decent for a pale lager...great maltiness.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma of honey and grains with a hint of dank hops. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Honey and grains with slight citrus hops. Light bodied with a thin texture. Lively carbonation and a longer than expected finish. Overall, not bad. Drinkable, but nothing to seek out.
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Single bottle from Lemon Tree. Not sure why Capital is pumping out the pale lagers. I’m really not interested in trying all of them side-by-side to see if they’re any different. This starts with oxidation under the cap. Pale yellow under a foamy head that at least clings to glass a bit. Smell in the glass is the usual pale malt, though there may be a bit more hop at work. Taste is more of the pale lagers malt, but at least it seems to be all malt, and just a slight bit more German hop at work. Not much more than a sneeze, but a decent fishing beer.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Pours a dull yellow color with some fizzy white foam on top. Nose of cereal grains, mild grass and floral hops. Sweet and grainy flavors mix with light corn syrup and straw. Light cracker malts and hints of perfume in the taste as well. Simple, but not bad. Tasting notes from 8/2014.
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly clear gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is toast, mineral, light toasty and sweet corn, biscuit, skunk, floral and grassy hops. Flavor is toast, mild sweet corn, mineral, light floral hops, a hint of fallen autumn leaves, skunk, grassiness, faint spicy hops and crisp minerality. Light body, creamy, but crisp entry, light to medium carbonation, and still creamy but much more crisp and mineral laden finish. Damn good for a Pale Lager.
TXBadger (1926) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice clear straw yellow color with white head. Cereal grains, a hint of corn, bread, and some pine hops on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little malt backbone.
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale gold. Decaying vegetal hops and adjunct. Flavor is adjunct and more vegetal hopping. Lingering metallic notes and diacetyl.