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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009

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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 214
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color with a dense beige head. Retention is moderate and it laces fairly well.
Baker's chocolate, toasted carmel and noble hops on the nose.
When this beer is cold, the taste is a virtual mirror image of the aroma. Chocolate up front, some subdued toasty, carmel notes finished off with a jab of prickly german hops. Quite bitter throughout
Once this warms, it opens up and becomes somewhat sweeter. The chocolate and toastedness are still there, but some faint dark fruit and a good deal of nuttiness (think: honey roasted peanuts) enter the fray. The Aftertaste lingers with powdery chocolate, touches of toffee and a faint raspberry sweetness. The aftertaste is one of the highlights of this beer.
Drink this baby near cellar temps.
Body is creamy and smooth, maybe a little on watery side. But overall, nice in the mouth.
Easy to drink. I could see this appealing to some sworn "ale-drinkers"...lots of similarities between this and a good brown ale.
Good session stuff. Capital once again does lagers proud. (1,047 characters)

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a ruby background. Nice tan head that falls relatively slow to a small one. Thin lace.

Deep roasted malt aroma, not much else.

Has a burnt, sweet, roasted malt taste. A little thin but rather decent.

Medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Moderate carbonation. Decent drinking beer.

Nothing extraordinary but a good solid brew. (346 characters)

Photo of Realale
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear walnut with red highlights. Fine beige head settles very slowly to an incomplete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Yeasty brown bread notes dominate the nose. Support is provided by a hint of herbal German hop, and slight mineral notes. Really nice stuff.

Medium light in body. Palate is slightly dusty malt, with a nice backbone of hop bitterness keeping it in check. As it warms there are hints of cocoa as well. The hops come to the fore on the surprisingly long finish where they mix with a relatively strong mineral note.

Mouthfeel is frankly ordinary. Drinkablility is very high. It's interesting and quite sessionable. If this was available in these parts it would be a regular for me for sure. (710 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick leaving a thick ring as it dissipates.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted dark grain with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes mildly dry with a lingering charred dark grain bitterness. There is a deep, rich, malty bomb. Chocolate for sure. Huge roasted flavor, and a bit of bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a solid Munich Dunkel. Good bit of roasted malt flavor.
Very nice. Well put together, and certainly a bold flavor. (553 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing me a bottle of this.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is rusty amber brown. An aggressive pour gives me a huge three fingers of light beige head. Solid retention. A thick coating of lace is left behind as well as a nice cap.

The aroma is mostly toasted malt and a touch of spice. Swirling produces a decent amount of dark fruit and nuttiness.

The flavor has a strong malt backbone with hints of dark fruit, coffee, roast nuts and spices. Actually more going on than I antcipated.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall another solid lager from Capital. They sure do love the lagers. (630 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel that becomes dark orange when backlit. The sandstone colored cap pratically oozes quality construction. It's nicely firm with an upper surface full of pits and divots that translates to a decent amount of shotgun-riddled lace as it deflates. Munich Dark looks like a delicious Munich dunkel lager. I can't ask for much more than that.

If you like beer of this style, then you're bound to like this nose. It's mega-toasted malty with plenty of earthiness that just has to be due to Munich malt. It isn't bursting with complexity, but then show me a dunkel that is. Adherence to style guidelines and plenty of power are largely responsible for the score granted.

I'm torn when it comes to the flavor. On the one hand, I'm not thrilled with either Munich dunkel lagers or Munich malt. On the other hand, I recognize how authentic this version is and how well-brewed. Now I just have to decide which one to base the flavor score on.

Munich Dark tastes like well-toasted brown bread sprinkled with spices. I would have said pumpernickel, but it isn't that dark or cocoa-like. Rye bread is also a possibility, but it isn't that spicy. There's also a musky dark fruitiness that makes the beer taste more like an ale than a lager. Lagers are supposed to be clean, not this estery (i.e. dirty). I prefer dirty. It looks like I'm going with the higher score.

The mouthfeel is also more ale-like than lager-like. It has the heft of the former and the smoothness of the latter. I don't often run across a mid-range ABV lager with this amount of mouth presence. A few more bubbles would have helped, but the carbonation isn't far from spot-on.

I was surprised to discover that of the eleven Capital offerings that I've had to date, only one has earned an overall score as high as 4.0. Of course I haven't yet had any of their most well-regarded beer. Munich Dark, along with Wisconsin Amber, is my favorite so far. A beer of this style has to be pretty good to impress me. Take that for what it's worth. (2,021 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark amber and brown hue. Very awesome bubbling and good lacing. Mineraly malts mixed with some pumpernickel. The tate is a great roasted malt. Medium bread, mor like a hint of light chocolate cake. Very mild, bitter finish. Very girsty, gainy palae, but stil very smooth. Great tap beer I bet. (307 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby brown color with an off-white heat that dissipates quickly. It has a nice, sweet malty, biscuity, and chocolatey aroma. The flavor is malty, chocolatey and biscuity. It is an easy drinking brew. A very good medium bodied beer. Another good Capital brew. (269 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital's Munich Dark pours a very deep chestnut colored body that borders on becoming deeper mahogany. It has a mild reddish cast and offers some glowing amber highlights. The initially frothy tan head stays aloft for quite a bit before relaxing into a thin creamy lid. Some initial rings of lace fade but form walls of thin, spotty and splotchy lace.

Some earthy dark malt is found in the nose with a thin thread of caramel, a sprinkle of nuttiness, a very light dusting of unsweetened cocoa, and some mild floral and spicy hops in the background. Some dark-skinned fruit punches it up a bit. Overall it's still subtle, but very pleasant, and fairly appropriate for the style.

More caramel, burnt brown sugar and cocoa appear in the flavor, but it's still restrained... as a proper dunkel should be. There's enough maltiness there to keep you interested, but not so much that it starts heading into brown ale territory. It's lightly sweet, and mainly caramelish, but more like a crisp y crust than anything sweet and gooey. The hops remain as a backdrop, and the bitterness acts as curtains - standing to the side while the malt has the stage, and then slowly closing in a non-eventful, smooth and dry finish. All that remains is some fairly dull earthy and herbal malt and hop residue.

Nicely done, it's quite "on" for the style. It has just enough low-level sugared-edge caramel maltiness and murky hops to keep it interesting but sublime. Very drinkable!!! (1,470 characters)

Photo of MJR
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with superb clarity, like most of Capital's offerings. It's light tan head starts out fairly small and fades quickly to a small, mostly complete cap.

Smell: The aroma is malty and clean with toasted Munich malt, caramel, and a hint of roasted malts. I detect a bit of a nuttiness as well. Balancing it out is a whiff of spicy, herbal hops.

Taste: Bittersweet, with lots of burnt caramel and toasted malts. Hints of nuts and chocolate fade in and out. A spicy hop bite develops quickly. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness, but it plays second fiddle to the malts. Finishes dry and clean with a sweet tinge of toffee and bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry in mouthfeel, with a light body. It could use a bit more body. Quite crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer. It's easy-going enough to make it drinkable in just about any weather, but has enough character to hold my attention. (950 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear brown-ish amber color that produced a decent tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A light nutty roastedness. A rustic feel with a light grassy corn meal dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich; rustic profile to it with a creamy nuttiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with a lightly dry, hopped background.

(D)- Truthfully, not one of my most favorite styles, but this is rather good for what it is. Fits the style well and works well as something for the early fall season next to a bonfire. Good stuff. (670 characters)

Photo of zebulon
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

Was a dark brown somewhat trasnlucent, small head slight lacing.

Malty aroma, a preview of what is to come.

Malty, slight sweet dried fruit with a bite, enough of a bite to make in interesting. Medium carbonation that went well with the taste. Taste became fuller as it warmed which I suppose makes sense.

Pleasent on the tongue, and very easy going down. I was thinking I could drink alot of these. (430 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a quickly receding head that leaves a moderate lace.

Aroma is molasses and dark candied sugar, roasted apples and peaches come to the nose.

Flavor is of malty fruit, very nice raisin and plum notes. Bready sweet roll and raisin cinnamon toast. Hops are there to balance the sweetness. Sweet roasted nuts and buttered pancakes with maple syrup. Slightly smokey peaty roll in there. The smoke is faint but it's there.

Mouthfeel is medium on body and finishes midly sweet with a slight oiliness.

Good beer, very flavorful. (547 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To bad you don't see more Munich Dunkles out there. Pours a darker brown color with a darker amber hue through out. Great clarity and a soft white head with good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is soft overall but a nice malt backing. The Munich malt is not as distinct as I would like for style but its there. Some bready notes with a light toasty aroma. A minor roast character on the back end but blends well. The yeast comes out a bit for style. Some esters, plums and figs. A light pineapple note as well but limited. Some chalky notes that are boarder line metallic but ok.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more. The Munich notes come out a bit more versus the noses but still limited. The bready notes are there but more blended with a toast and light chocolate/coco thing. Some minor astringency, very light, but would like less. Great lingering sweetness but not over the top. A light earthy hop note but blends well with the yeast. The yeast is a bit much again. Plum notes mix with a light citrus/apricot that is just a touch much.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a bit more depth there but overall a very nice beer. Would like a bit more Munich notes and a cleaner yeast but very easy to drink. (1,243 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with a hints of red. Has a nice sized frothy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet with raisin, craisins, and brown sugar.

Flavor seems based on a nice smooth, creamy caramel. Nice, toasty malts with dark fruits and sugars sweetening it up just a little bit.

Mouthful is creamy, a bit foamy at times. Very light, though.

Quite quaffable. Really picks up as you drink more.

I'm not completely sold on the combination of flavors. Sadly, I drank it too fast to find my complaint. I guess it wasn't so bad afterall. I'll need another and another to find out my problem, and I'm sure by then I'd have to admit I don't know. (659 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital dark is, well, a clear oak mahogany as I pour the bottle into my Corsendonk tulip. A gentle tan head pops up and then nestles down for the afternoon nap.

Subtle hints of caramel within the malt for the aroma and the quaff. Just a hint of banana in the finish adds to the enjoyment of this fresh brew, along with some dark fruit like plum and raison. Very crisp and dry finish, plenty of hop balance in this malt first brew.

Darn fine brew, tasty and "sessionable", as the 5+ % not really kicking in for a bottle or two. I'd have no problem picking up a sixer this winter. (581 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich chestnut with orange trim topped with two soda-like fingers of slightly tan froth that fade fast, leaving almost no lacing. Good, malty aromas--hazelnut, fruit, and caramel, as with the taste. Good, solid malt heft that is a good representative of the style. Somewhat sweet through no shortage of caramel, this could use a bit of a bite, to me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and disappointing. On the whole, a pretty decent beer, not outstanding but not one to turn aside.

Worth a go. (488 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brought back to the Gem State by some very understanding coworkers... this is the last Munich dark that I have left and decided to enjoy it in a flight with the other Capital lagers I've been sitting on for about 2 months now... enjoyed immensely out of my small weizen glass.

Brown as brown can be.... dark.... but still crystal clear with ruby red highlites when held up to a bright light.... short lasting lite tan chunky head that leaves great lacing the entire glass.

Aroma is better than nearly every dunkel I've ever had the chance of tasting... big toasted grains are everywhere... roasted grains... with good chocolate and slight coffee.

Crisp dark bread grains ... dark toasted biscuits that never touch burnt... chocolate and Munich malts are balanced perfectly... no hop aroma or flavor that allows me to even begin to pick a hop variety out... but there is an underlying spicyness that is evident but lite.

I will preface this review, by saying I love a well made dunkel... drinkable for days while still allowing multitudes of complexity to be enjoyed. This would be a staple beer if I had any access to it. Edit: This is my last bottle, and already I know I am going to miss it... it is probably the best domestic Dunkel I've had .... but that being said... if you ever make it to the Sun Valley area of Idaho, search out Trail Creek brewing and give theirs a try... fantastic too. (1,405 characters)

Photo of hylton44
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth film of almost microscopic bubbles in the tannish yellow seems to almost promise the smooth, full body that will follow. Ditto, the cloudy, very dark brown, red/brown hue. Promise is kept, as a wash of slightly sugary malt, bannana, and clove pushes a wave of sweet alcoholic vapors up into my nasal cavities. "Noble hops." I swear to God, I was thinking this after my first draught, and before I looked up the description of "Munich Dunkel Lager," which confirmed that they are often a compoment of this style, Quite a lot of similarities between pub ales & brown ales I've had. I would not have believed a lager could be so complex! Capital beer! (heh heh) (665 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deeper reddish burnt sienna color with a thin tanish head that lasts about 35 seconds. Simple laces. Aroma is quite biscuity and roasty. A shortbread and toffee-like sense to the initial flavor. Nice roasted and somewhat smokey malt flavors with a very well done balancing hop that doesn't call atention to itself. Some sense of thinness in the mouthfeel, but a pleasing finish and a growing sense of dark chocolate on further sips. One of the better Dunkels I've run across, this beer is also a decent candidate for a darker session brew. (541 characters)

Photo of ccs
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one, it was very malty and had a strong roasted flavor to it. It's a nice chocolate brown with a light head that's off white. The smell was unremarkable, giving more of the lager aroma than any hops or malts. Mouthfeel is full, but you know that it's not a stout or something that demands to be chewed. I'd drink a few more of these. (If I had them, and sadly, I don't. :( ) (387 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good lager from Capital, why am i not surprised? Thanks to raider for this one.

Appearance
A nice looking brown lager, much like a brown ale in appearance. Thin tan coloured head formed on a fairly vigorous pour. Low level of carbonation present, barely manages to leave a collar of thin, fine, intricate lacings.

Aroma
Hint of milk chocolate, biscuity malts, and a hint of demerara. Rounded out by the pleasant grassy hop bitterness.

Taste
Big biscuit malt backbone in this lager, with a pleasing hint of milk chocolate as well as dark fruits and berries. Black cherry, blackberry, concorde grape, and prune are all present in the mix. Almost bock like in this regard. Grassy and tea like hops balance out the rich malts.

Mouthfeel
A richly malted medium bodied lager with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, rich malts give way to a mildly astringent slightly bitter hop finish. Low level of carbonation allows for the rich malts and tasty hops to dominate as they should.

Drinkability
Quite drinkable and refreshing. Yes another excellent lager from Capital, which is certainly under rated in my opinion on this site. Complex, yet approachable, ill definately be drinking this one again. (1,231 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with miniscule off-white head. Poor retention, no lacing.

Smell is light with some smoky characateristics blended with sweet caramel.

Taste has some nice upfront caramel notes, Followed by a suprisingly strong dryness.

The dryness lasts throught the finish, giving the perfect sweet-dry ending.

A nice easy drinking beer,very refreshing. Good to session. (385 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer in the body. A gorgeous mahogany or dark cherry color that is perfectly clear. The head is fairly small and tan in color. There is no retention. Minimal lace effect and even that is short lived. The nose gives off some roasted notes and a bit of malt. The taste is of toasted malt and there are some subtle hints of nut, spicy hops, and caramel that drift in later. Smooth and creamy body keeps this from feeling too thin and watery. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. (494 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in colour with a slightly sweet aroma. Flavors are an interplay between sweet malts and bready/cracker-like malts. A nice clean finish from a slightly sweet beer is a remarkable thing. In the back of my mind, I tend to think of dunkels as "mistake beers"... as in:" I tried to make a lager, but used the wrong grains". However, this one tastes "right" somehow. Well done! (382 characters)

Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.