Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Clear, bright amber-y color, huge head, tapioca-like, effervescent and slow to crumble down. Aroma: nice! Uplifting, arousing, soft, and sweet, immediate notes of spices, but stonger impressions of fruits, peach, apricot, etc., and yeasty, too, like an oddly spiced fruity bread. No, I mean it! Big with the malt, and delicious. Now, to taste...
Lusciously fills the mouth, sweetly greets the tongue, hapily floods the palate, very smooth, very tasty. Thick and substantial, a warm and rewarding brew. I'd forgotten how good this is, and I need to head out and restock before it goes away again.
I tried it last year and thought, :"eh, I don't like "winter lagers"...now, I don't know what I was thinking then, this is just about perfect. Gets spicier and fruitier, without going too far, lush malts continue. Body and finish are both around medium, but the tasty flavor is what shines brightest.
With any luck, this will be my spring beer this season... valpoaj (744) - 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! Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Cereal-malt aroma, with a UK hop/ale thing going. Clear, tawny gold with a formidable, long-lasting white head. Great label, only appearance ding was for the twistoff. Mellow, malty swig. Implied diacetyl -- like a Bohemian Pilsener done right. Sweetish, mildly bittered, very lightly briny, a little tangy. Mouthy. Just damn enjoyable. Look, I don’t like lagers much -- I’m an ale man -- don’t like bock, don’t like pils, don’t like anything much but schwarzbier. I’ve had a lot of different beers - I just want to go on record as saying that the Capital guys are the best in the business when it comes to lagers. This is top-notch, without being pretentious. Capital guys - stick this feather in your cap. I’m going back for a sixpack. Cousin_Larry (895) - - MAR 13, 2016
Pours a little flat but has nice golden amber color. Flavor is malty and creamy with just a hint of hops - really well balanced. Nice work Capital. Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
A deceptivly pale beer for the malty punch that it packs. Like allmost everything Capital makes it is brewed very well and speaks of good quality ingredients and techniques. Light caramel and a good alcohol punch make it a fine winter beer, but it is somwhat lager like and I am not sure if the English Strong Ale catagory is a good standard to judge this fine beer by.
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Copper color with a small head. Malt and caramel aroma. Flavor of malt, caramel, hops and some bitterness. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Very caramelly for being light on the mouth. Smooth, nicely carbonated. Creamy, lasting head. A little bit of smoke in the aroma. Burnt amber. Nice, toffeeish aftertaste. Thanks, David P.! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma of fresh cut grass, florals, caramel, and light toastiness. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and mild hops. Easy drinker and probably the best Vienna I have sampled. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a amber color just okay head and small lacing. Aroma was very doughy and sweet caramel. Flavor was much the same, but still a good balance to the sweetness. Thought it was going to be to sweet from the aroma.
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a dark amber color, with nice off-white head. Very rich and malty, caramel and toasty flavors. Just a little pine on the finish to add just the right amount of bitterness for a cold Wisconsin winter evening.