While there was celebrating at the capitol in DC today, I drank my second beer from Capitol Brewing in my state capitol of Madison: Winter Skal. (I apologize for not being able to replicate the little circle over the "a" in Skal.)
I expected a "winter beer" to be darker, but as their website says, the beer has "a warm amber hue." Personally, I thought it was orange. Skal, from what I can find on the internet, is not a style of beer, only a Scandinavian toast to good fortune and good health.
So how did they discribe this beer? "A full bodied beer with a warm amber hue showing off its rich malt heritage. Mildly bittered featuring a hop presence that compliments and rounds out the malt overtones." They say the used 4 types of malts in this brew, Brewers, Munich, Caramel and Honey. I didn't taste full-bodiness or complex flavors. I am not sure if it is an ale or a lager. (Though my money is on "ale.") For me the brew was kind of boring. It had one taste, and it was a hoppy taste.
It didn't do much for me. It was just another beer. (That is a "3" for those of you scoring at home.) It wasn't bad, but it didn't make much of an impression at all... except for the fact that it was orange.
Jim from Milwaukee