booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Reminds me a bit of a buckwheat beer I once had--a tad fruity, a tad nutty, quite complex. Dances that line between refreshing and challenging.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice orange/copper color. Very smooth mouth feel. Alot of malt sweetness with a balance of ’sweet’ noble hops. Another great brew from Capital.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Most breweries are ashamed of brewing with rice, but not so the good folks at Capital Brewery. The wild rice -- which really isn’t a rice, but rather a long grain -- adds a lightness to the brew, while thew hops add just the right amount of bitterness. A great summer beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured to a well carbonated golden color with a thin white head that has decent lasting. The aroma is very vegetabley with yeastiness and sweet caramel and some English walnut. The flavor is sweet yet still reminds me of rice, vegetables, and sweet malts. The palate is pretty appealing. Rich mouthfeel. Crisp. This is a pretty decent beer.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The commerical description is spot on to what I thought. Nice, mellow hops compliment a faint nuttiness, make a very smooth beer. A bit sweet, but nowhere near ’sugary’ joins with the slight bitterness to make it very enjoyable. It’s nothing to strange. In fact, it tastes just like a very good beer! Perhaps part brown ale and part American pale ale.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color, with a white head. Aromas of yeast, spice, corn, and grain.
Flavors are yeast, grain, corn, and is slightly fruity. Body id medium and somewhat creamy. I like this one a lot.
Thanks to hezron for including this an an extra in our trade.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear apricot. Fluffy ring of foam yields wispy lace. Toasty Munich malt nose with minerals, nuts, and herbal hops. Velvet soft, but a smidge too loose and fuzzy. Opens with a mild tang of minerals which sparks a toffeeish Munich surge. Unripe plantain and trace huskiness seemingly contribute more sogginess which obscures the pronounced hop traits. Malt shows the slightest hint of astringency shortly after the swallow, which deepens the body’s softness and rekindles the delectable hop bitterness. Lacks any serious flaw, and it’s quite polished. Despite the fuzzy carbonation, the lush malt frame continues to cling to the palate, casting notes of toffee and nuts. Finishes moderately husky as lingering toasted biscuit flavors underline the spicy hop traits. A delicious lager, and a hair shy of spectacular.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Consistent if not spectacular. A typical beer from this brewery, one of the best around if you ask me. Wild rice is a grass which could be the only reason to use this in the brewing process or perhaps the long cooking time. A distinctive nutty,woods flavor comes out in this lager. A little more full bodied than normal. Clean, crisp, well done beer.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 2005 12-oz bottle, left over from RBSG 07 grand tasting (I would like to thank the person who left this one behind), pours a clear copper amber brew with a very thin off-white film head. Aroma of multi-grain, sugared breakfast cereal, toffee, and a touch of marzipan. Taste is lightly carbonated, light to medium bodied, sweet and creamy caramel with a very light sweet hop finish. The aftertaste is complex with a good mix of sweet flowery hops and marzipan. Pretty impressive for a year old brew.