While in Wisconsin, we hit up the Capital Brewery, and picked up some beers to take home and try. Among them was this dark lager (5.4%) - from the bottle: "A German-style beer from a traditional Wisconsin lager brewery. Some things shouldn't change."
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a good head. Wonderful lacing.
Aroma: The aroma really blossoms as it sits a couple minutes. Deep and malty, hints of raisin.
Flavor: Very malt forward beer with subtle hop balance. Raisin and plum fruitiness balance a pleasant bitterness. Lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied beer. Goes down easy and before you know it, you're ready for the next sip.
We had the pleasure of meeting head brewer Kirby Nelson at Steve's Liqours, where he was promoting some winter beers and offering tastings. He's a fantastically nice fellow, and a Zappa fan (he names all their fermenters after Zappa songs - pics coming). Having studied with a German lager master, this beer definitely plays to Kirby's strong points. Highly recommended.
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