Abbatacola’s Craft Beer Review: Island Wheat, Wisconsin Amber & Flemish Sour Ale

By Matt Abbatacola–

(CBS) Hello beer buddies. I hope all is well. Keep sending me beer suggestions and your stories and pictures of your beer adventures.

Here are three more beers for you to try. The first two come as a suggestion via my pal, Jason Ferrari.

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As a reminder, here are the criteria that go into the review.

Capital Brewery’s Island Wheat — $$


This is an American Pale Wheat Ale and has a 4.2% ABV. You guys know my love for wheat beers, and Capital’s wheat ale is delicious and everything a wheat beer should be.

It has a clear golden body with a small white head and medium carbonation. It has a sweet wheat and yeasty aroma. It’s very mild with a light mouthfeel. It’s a very drinkable beer, very tasty. I could drink one after another on a hot summer day.

Overall score: 8

Capital Brewery’s Wisconsin Amber American Lager — $$


This amber lager has a 5.2% ABV. It has a clear amber color with medium carbonation and a small white head that dissipates quickly. There’s minimal lacing and sweet mild malty notes in the aroma.

It’s slightly malty with caramel notes and is smooth and crisp. There’s a minimal mouthfeel and a mild malty aftertaste. This is a tasty lager.

Overall score: 7

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale — $$


This unique sour ale has a 5.5% ABV and pours with a dark opaque body — reddish-brown in color. It has a big off-white almost-light tan head with medium carbonation.

The aroma is slightly sweet but tart. There’s mouth-watering tartness to it. It starts mildly sweet with a medium mouthfeel with malty notes but quickly turns sour with a sourness that tingles the jawline.

This is a sour ale unlike any other sour beer I have had before. Give it try. I found this bottle at Mariano’s in the non-refrigerated beer aisle.

Overall score: 7

Let me know what you think and keep sending me beer suggestions. Next month, I will plan a trip to a local brewer — send some ideas and I’ll get the details out there for everyone.

Matt Abbatacola is a producer, host and update anchor at 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MattAbbatacola and email him at

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