Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 213
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: 213
Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: The pour gives a nice 1.5" light khaki head that slowly recedes to leave a lasting, thick coating of carbonation on top. The beer is a clear, dark-medium brown in color. Moderate lacing is left behind as the glass is emptied.

smell: Sweet toasted grain aromas are found first. There is a hint of cocoa and notes of dried, dark fruits with just a touch of marzipan cookie. Decent noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the high range, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Similar to the aroma, with nutty toasted malts upfront, lightly sweet. Some hints of wood and a slight metallic hint. Just a touch of noble hop flavor and a light bitterness. Finishes a little dry with some hints of roast. Well balanced and tasty.

drinkability: A great dunkel, very drinkable

taken from the fridge of dirtylou (854 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light-roast coffee brown/amber body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Nice lacing. Soft, sweetish malt aroma with hints of spicy nuts, cocoa, plums and diet cola. Malt flavors up front; lightly sweet in a fruit cake way. Notes of tobacco, lightly-roasted coffee, plums, and caramel mix together. The light-roasted coffee gets more bitter toward the finish. Finish, however, is mostly soapy-sweet malts with a light veggie-twang and some spicy hop notes in the background. Medium-bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Very nice. Makes me want to try more beers in this style. (578 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, light chocolate, roast and some caramel. Tastes of toasted malts, light roast, and light chocolate. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas.

Notes from: 4/10/07 (276 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 1 finger off white semi tan head that left spotted lacing

smell - not very complex i pick up some caramel malt little fruit

taste - the nose might not be all that but the flavor is better - roasted grains dark fruit malt some chocolate

mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation

overall this is an ok dark lager but not worth a repeat buy (381 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 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 garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is semi-sweet, darker malt with slight roast. Light overall, but pleasing.
Very attractive beer. Full rich head, dark amber, brown and reddish, and clear.
Bitterness from malt, semi-rich quality with strong malt quality and roast presence.
Smoothness with a lager quality of an easy drinker (maybe 'cuz it's on the thinner side) and a lager crispness.
Nice beer for style. Richness prevents from being a session beer. I liked the contrast of lager ease and ale richness. (480 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark brown/ruby red color hybrid. Sitting on top of the lively carbonated body is a short-lived, off-white, three-finger head of very creamy foam. This leaves a fair amoount of lace in the glass.

S: Pronounced aromas of toasted caramel malt, and toffee, with some faintly citrus-y hops, chocolate, apple, and bread.

T: Spicy caramel creams, restrained chocolate, tangy hops, toasted malt, apple, and toasted bread.

M: Peppery and spicy at first which turns creamy in the middle and suddenly turns dry and peppery (once again) during the long finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable? Heck, yeah! This one kept getting better the longer it warmed. (748 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 BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, trace head, no lacing.

S: mild malt, toffee, and whiff of roasted nuts

T: sweet caramel/toffee, malt middle, mild bitter finish

M: light/medium body, slight tongue prick, above average carbonation

D: Not my favorite Capital, nor the best Dunkel. There are much better out there; that being said I could easily down a 6 pack of this...average. (361 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown, translucent, light-tan head that reached a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some lace. The noses does nothing for me, oddly hollow… is it suppose to smell like this? Anyway… the palate is lovely with toasty malt, roasted nuts, dry caramel hints and soft floral hops, faint bitterness too. Very tasty! The mouthfeel is thin but not watery… not a big negative but a flaw nevertheless. The finish is abrupt with only faint lingering sweetness... dry too. If you want a dark session brew then Munich Dark is the way to go. I’d drink it again… and maybe next time the nose will jive with me. Regardless, try one. (632 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy off-white head of about a 1/2", sitting atop a really dark iced tea looking body. Smell is very sweet with malt, like brown sugar, but less rich and more syrupy than a dopplebock. Taste is rich and fairly dry, good chocolate, and grassy malts, but also spicy with a nice hop bite. Well rounded with good carbonation for the style. (342 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle in trade from milwaukeeclassic. Thanks!

Pours a clear maroon pour with a quick fading beige head. Smell is sweet toasty bready tart malt. Taste is thin with some metal and pumpernickel like breadiness. Appropriate balancing bitterness, a touch sweet though overall, and lightly yeasty. A medium to thin body and a touch high carbonation. Drinkable, but average. (369 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red with a very light head.

The smell has a light cedary and caramel nose with hints of chocolate, very light.

The flavor has a very light malty flavor with some nice hints of grain, bread, and a touch of oaky cedar.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin and watery.

Very average, light with not much going on, even for a session lager a bit on the boring side. (384 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Capital Dark pours a dark brownish color with a small lacing head. There is a malty and yeasty aroma. The taste is much of the same, good yeasty flavors, with a good solid malty backbone. Good body, nice flavors, a bit on the watery side. Overall its a nice dunkel watery, but enjoyable. (287 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear, rust red colour. a thin fizzy head appears which leaves little, if any lace. very pleasant malted aromas of caramel and chocolate, with a soft floral hoppiness that really sets the stage for a great dark lager experience. plenty of sweet maltiness in the flavor department, caramel and chocolate flavors swirl and stir on the palate. barely any hops to be noticed. quite sturdy in body, even for a dark lager. finishes sweet and smooth and slides right on down. easy drinking and extremely tasty. should be drank a little on the warm side for the full taste experience. a great example of the style. highly recommended. (638 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze / light brown hue w/ brilliant clarity indicative of ample lagering. Light beige head settles readily into a thin, dense layer. (The head of their other brews seem to settle quickly as well) Decent lace is left. Mellow chocolate malt upfront in aroma, w/ secondary notes of rich, toasty Munich and dark caramel malt. As the beer warms and breathes, a pleasant, light nuttiness emerges. Virtually non existant Hersbrucker hop nose. The initial flavor profile essentially mirrors the aroma, with chocolate notes and sweetness provided by caramel malt. Mild hop and roasted grain derived bitterness surface mid palate and counters caramel sweetness well, facilitating overall balance and drinkabilty to this brew. A bit too light in body and correspondingly light in mouthfeel. Roasted grain and chocolate combine for a bittersweet, dry finish. Munich Dark possesses all the characters of an outstanding Dunkel, but falls short bodywise. All around it remains an enjoyable and well crafted lager. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Soneast
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to amber color, with a half-inch thick, watery, off-white colored head, that recedes quite rapidly to a bubbly ring.

Aroma consists of a sweet munich malt character with a hint of chocolate and some caramel, possibly a bit of bready yeastiness in the background.

A pretty rich malt sweetness, but not at all cloying, just a complex munich malt character, with some brown sugars and a admirable spicy hop finish with a nice balancing bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A fairly complex offering, with quite a bit of character. And fairly drinkable, both in texture and ABV. A great offering from Capital, it seems to have a creamier mouthfeel and more character both in texture and complexity than the Munich Dark of old, although maybe my mind is just playing tricks on me and they are both actually the same thing lol? (875 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle!
Clear russet, topped with a diminishing, antique white foam. Good head retention, holding at least a thick collar throughout, leaving fleeting splotches of lace clinging to the glass. Smooth, lightly roasty malt and caramel aroma, nice and clean. A hint of chocolate and grassy, floral hops. The flavor opens with an oh-so-smooth, delicious lagery maltiness. Caramel, with a bit of roasty chocolate. Soft cereal grain. My guess is this is all munich malt, with perhaps the exception of the heavily roasted grains. Fairly light bodied. Active, fine bubbled carbonation pushes the beer urgently across the tastebuds. Very clean, some grassy hops add a bit of flavor, moving into a conservative, floral tinted finish. The malt dominates easily, caramel lingering long into the aftertaste. You could just keep this beer flowing for me, thanks.
Not intensely complex, as is the case with many lagers, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in refinement and definition. Very easy drinking, flavorful, and delicious. Quite refined and authentic, just as good as the imported stuff from Bavaria's capitol. This one's a gem. (1,158 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 WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a transparent yet darker reddish-brown in color with a single finger of fizzy cream colored head that dissipates down to a collar in about two minutes, no lacing. Smells of medium levels of dark roasted malt character with a prune / fig garnish on top. Tastes mostly malty, but maintains strict levels of dryness throughout with a strong level of carbonation on a lighter body. I've had better and I've had worse than this one for the style. (471 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in the glass, held up to the light and it is blood red. Nice off white head.

S: Light hop aroma, something sharp in there, but I can't put my finger on it. The malt is subdued, but present.

T: That is a deep, rich, malty bomb. Lovely. Huge roasted flavor, and a bit of bitterness. Very nice.

M: Medium to thick bodied, carbonation is good.

D: Very nice. Well put together, and certainly a bold flavor. (415 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 falloutsnow
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "00114A10356" stamped on bottle's bottom
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Capital's Dark is altogether fairly forgettable, blending a modest brown and dark malt sweetness with subdued European hops for a dark, though bland, lager with few distinguishing marks such as toasted nuts or chocolate. One that I will probably not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan, fairly dense and small bubbles, which have a fairly froth-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it collapses to a modest cap of foam atop the beer. Lacing is excellent, with substantial blotches and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown in color when out of the light, amber-brown with strong red hues when in. Carbonation through the transparent body, noticeable but modest.

Aroma is of crackers made from slightly toasted and roasted grains. Not much in the way of toasted nuts, cocoa, overall rather bland and unassuming. Least impressive aroma from a Munich Dunkel Lager I've had yet.

Major flavors in the beer are dark and brown malt sweetness, with mildly bitter hops in the background. Tasting opens with brown malt sweetness combined with a bit of mineral character. Mid-palate takes the sweetness and adds a modest hop bitterness to the background, while the back of the palate picks up European hop bitterness with a small contribution from dark malt sweetness. Aftertaste is satisfying: of modest cocoa and bitter European hops, creating an effect of bitter, European-style chocolates.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with a bit of wateriness noticeable around the edges. Carbonation is medium to medium-high, creating a fairly prickly mouthfeel at first, before the beer fizzes up on the palate to become more flowing and creamy. Finish is semi-dry. (1,826 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fully transparent copper with a thin creamy beige head and cherry red hues. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, and German hops. Toasty, medium, smooth body. Slightly powdery. Very authentic. Taste matches aroma with the clear addition of plum. Sessionable. (275 characters)

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