davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Gourgoeous copper color. Nice malty, caramel aroma that is very sturdy and appealing. Medium carbonation and a spritzy head that fades fast. Nice malty back bone, with some very subtle spice notes. Little if any hops, but that seems appropriate in this beer. It's nice having a winter beer that's not all cloves, spices and hops for a change. Nicely done, by a great brewery. bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2003
An excellent, fairly mild spice flavor, much less imposing than the other winter beers I've had, and probably my favorite of the bunch. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Continuing my tour of Capital and Schell, thanks again to Duane. This one is orange with slight ruby edges and a small head. Aroma of big fruit, some spice, caramel malt, and a sweet berry component. I even sensed black pepper and a first aroma trait for me.....CANTELOUPE! Marvelous aroma. Tastes caramel malty, fruity, spicy, black peppery, with a cabernet/finish. I love the aroma, I love the taste, and I love this beer. drpimento (3568) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Nice creamy head. Roasty & malty flavor with some alcohol, warming; mouth filling- the head is resilient- has a nice dark brownish amber color. Bittersweet, raisiny flavors - tasty! GemalzteGerste (33) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Aroma-grainy malts. Pleasant, but not overwhelming. Appearance - A lovely dark amber hue. Taste - A bready malt with maybe a hint of nut, followed by a noticeable but not strong hop finish. Palate - A fuller, smooth bodied lager. Carbonation is pleasant and not over done. Overall - A great seasonal from Capital. It’s similar to Capital Amber but fuller bodied and more complex tasting. I’ll be more than willing to drink this through the cold Wisconsin winter.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Pretty copper hue, with a nice white head, it’s crystal clear. Nice balanced aroma, malty (sweet and nutty), some floral hops, and a crisp and spicey yeast aroma. Good malt flavor upfront, bready then nutty, with mild bitterness. It finishes clean with a sparkling carbonation and a caramel aftertaste. This beer won’t make me excitied for winter as Capital claims, but it may help the time pass more easily. User37895 (3042) - - FEB 4, 2007
Poured a fairly clear amber color, very slight chill haze, steady stream of mini carbonation bubbles continually rising to the surface. Aroma was toasted caramel and bread. The flavor was excellent, top notch within style, sweet caramel and light nuts finishing with a nice toasted bite (maybe some hops magnifying the bite?). Really quite drinkable at this level of sweetness. Mouthfeel was moderate to slightly sticky, ample carbonation tingling the tongue. These finer vienna lagers are perhaps some of the most under-rated beers out there. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice effervesence and a creamy white-tan head. Nose is malt and yeast. Nice mouthfeel, the flavor profile is malt and yeast with a nice hops finish. A very, smooth, satisfying brew. A good companion to sardines or smoked salmon on soda crackers. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 3/18/11. Spending a few days in the TN mountains with some friends, and one of them brought a sixer of this. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick 2-finger beige head. Light lace left behind. Nose is bready with light yeast, sugar. Faint floral hops noted as well.
Good crisp mouth, that mellows to a moderate fullness. Toasted caramel, toast, light juicy hops. Finish is bready and full. This is a pretty good lager here. Not one of my favorite styles, but a good representation. I’m continually impressed with Capital. Keep it up. valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle - educated guess suggests about a 45-48F pour, so I would have liked it to start off a bit colder, but actually worked nicely. Pour is a dark amber and has a thin off-white head that lasts pretty nicely. Aroma is full and sweet - heavy malt with some roasty character, light spice, hint of hops, bit of brown sugar. Flavor is similarly very malt forward, but with a good balance between the sweet and roasted feel. Hints of brown sugar, spice and a slight caramel note keep this one very enjoyable. Palate is a bit high on the carbonation for the style, but not bad. This one really surprised me in a good way - an easy drinker that is a very good rendition of the style - would drink this one frequently!