biermensch (64) - USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This ia a Capital brew that I initially really liked, then stopped drinking, then rediscovered. Amber is really not a bad beer, if you don't expect too much from it. Certainly more malt than hops, not a lot of other flavors, good color and carbonation, but not a Lakefront Stein Lager. The beer seems like a "safe" offering, and I wonder what Capital could produce if they put the pedal to the metal.
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Canned, Aug 2, 2010. Revisiting this beer after 7 years and in a new canned package. Pours a nice presentation in a Sam Adams glass: Light amber color, rich malty head that turns into rocky foam after well over a minute. Smell is kind of nondescript, compared to my enthusiasm back in my year of rating. Taste is malty and pretty smooth, a little lager bite here and there. Okay, so Iím no longer writing home about it. But Iím thinking they are selling a lot more of this flagship style these days, so itís moved towards more mass appeal. But Iím fine with seeing more local brew in cans.
Bottled. Aug 7, 2003. A pleasing little malty brew. Nice beery aroma when you crack the bottle. Pours like most bottled beer, with an even head that fades to a nice little lace. A roasty malt taste brings notes of caramel or molasses. Hops flavor very mild. Again, a fine representative of the style, and I hope Capital will sometime take the chance to do something a little more extreme. Original rating: 7-3-7-4-14=3.5
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich, malty aroma. Deep amber color, avg.-sized, off-white head. Excellent lace. Flavor is a little off at first sip. Could be the taste buds getting used to the brew. Could be that it needed to breath a little. Heavy malt, virtually no hop presence. A little cloying. Made my stomach grumble. Off-flavors at initial mouthfeel subside at mid-glass. Reasonably full-bodied. Not a bad representative of the style, but nowhere near the best and also not my favorite style. Decent.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I don't know how I've managed to go this long without rating this beer. It's probably the Capital beer that you see the most in the bars around here. That being said, let's rate. The beer has the expected amber color with a thick tan head. Caramel scent, like I've noticed in most ambers from Wisconsin brewers. Very malty, with more of a bready quality than I'd expected. The caramel I smelled never materialized. What did show up was a bit of bitterness. Watery. Capital Brewery can and does do much better than this.
BBB63 (6388) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber near copper hue with solid small head and some lacing. Aroma hints of toasted malt, caramel, mild fruit, wood and some spice. The initial taste was malty, but a tangy hop undertone balanced the beer and cleaned the palate. Smooth yet lively mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. A good vienna styled beer, quaffable.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on draught at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is at least as good as any amber ale I've had. Beautiful rich dark amber color, minimal head and nose of roasted hops, smooth and very, dangerously, drinkable.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 Upon first sip, gives off an ordinary-ish vienna vibe. The malts start out sweet and spry, but end up with a fiery taste of dragonfruit and a little blood (ferric). Aroma is tarnished darker malts, and a hint of your best tie getting caught in your Eureka upright vacuum cleaner, conservative yet smoking and organic. Perhaps a little bitter for style, but I won't complain. Very, very sharp on the palte. Save for the hint of iron, this is a nice, quaffable lager.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Overly malty, with a funny grainy mouthfeel. Mine was repackaged as a "Willam Brennan's".
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color of an average amber, orangey glow with a nice light frothy head that fizzles to lay around the top. Good smell of malt with a spice lightness of fresh hops. Tastes pretty good, sure had me fooled, I was expecting a watery version but it was pretty solid. Well balanced hop and malt flavors that settle into a teriffic solid pine finish with out being to strong or bitter. Good body, had nice little tingle in the mouth. The malt was pleasing. Very drinkable solid offering.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dissapointing. Sweet and malty, good carbonation. Not enough hops. Poured nice dark golden color with good head which soon evaporated, but had nice lacing. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but I won't seek it out again.