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Island Wheat

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Capital Brewery
Middleton, WI

Style: American Wheat

Eddie’s Rating:
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Pair With:
• Halibut
• Salads
• Salmon
Capital already brews a fantastic, classical take on the Bavarian wheat, their Klöster Weizen. But the Island wheat is their stab at the American version, and they do it with a twist: it’s brewed only with wheat harvested on Washington Island, located off the tip of Door County in Lake Michigan. A unique environment, to say the least. This little concoction pours pretty light, and only marginally cloudy. But the main aroma in the nose is yeast, with some lemon and orange zest to keep things interesting. It’s got a clean, sharp taste, with this interesting spritzy, almost soda pop-like zip at the end. A product of the Washington Island wheat, perhaps? As they say about the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop (but who would want to—yuck), the world may never know. But I do know that once you let this beer warm up a bit—not too hard to do on a hot July day—you get some definite malt in both the nose and the palate, something not too common in a wheat beer. But, hey, this’s Capital Brewery we’re talking about. Would you expect anything different?

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on July 3, 2006.
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