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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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Photo of longarm
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark amber capped with a thick froth that lingers only briefly, yet leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma dominated by sweet toasted malts and not much else, but it doesn't need much else.

Flavor is somewhat out of balance and lacking complexity. Also has a somewhat astringent finish from a little too much roasted malt. I notice some esters in this too that are more characteristic of ales than lagers.

Mouthfeel is thin and doesn't live up to the expectations set-up by the hefty aroma.

This is an OK beer, but not a session brew. For a dark lager, it goes down rather easily, but still I can't drink more than one at a time.

longarm, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of redmosquito
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nicely carbonated auburn brown colored beer with an off white head. Malty aroma with an estery yeast finish which is almost bock-like. The flavor is nice, roasted malt to toasted bread, with solid bitterness. The beer is creamy smooth and then finishes clean with a little astringency on the tongue. This beer is versatile, I could enjoy it with lunch, at a tailgate, or at the bar.

redmosquito, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a clear reddish/brown pour with a weak, smallish off-white head.

Smell: light & malty. a subtle touch of molasses. mild candy sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: nice, light roasted malts up front. a smooth & light mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. mid-sip more of the dark sweetness pokes its head out and then fades somewhat quickly. flavours hang around quite nicely and offer a bitter-sweet finish.

Drinkability: a slightly above average beer. very subtle and adequate for an "easy drinker".

Popsinc, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good dunkel. A deep, brownish amber color, a roasty aroma that accentuates the creamy and sweet taste; has a nice malt overtone as a good lager should have, with fruitiness. The flavor is just gorgeous with the sweet finish balanced by a generous helping of bittering hops.

stoutman, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good pour of this dark mahogany lager offers a nice tan head that maintains and laces well. The aroma of sweet malt and spice please the nose. The taste backs it up with hints of caramel. A smooth easy drink though a little lite or watery mouthfeel. A good choice for a meal companion on the dark side.

chilidog, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good enjoyable Dunkel and I would have rated it higher had it had more umph to it. It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was carbonated and clear with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was moderately malty and also had notes of caramel to it. The flavor was malty, and sweet with a smooth, somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. The lacing was fair.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

garymuchow, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark clear reddish brown in color with a small white head doesn't last, with not much in lacing. Bready and nutty aromas, starts sweet and bready with some caramel and nutty flavors, medium bodied, with a nice rounded mouthfeel, finishes smooth and sweet.

maxpower, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottled beforehand, and it didn't really impress me. But fresh from the tap, it's a different story. I can now taste a decent dark roast taste, and that's in the middle of an evening with several Oktoberfests on tap. I think I almost an allergic reaction from the hop nose, though actual hop bitterness is not pronouced. One to seek out fresh.

DrunkMcDermott, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark colored copper/brown beer. On the top is a small tan colored head. The aroma is caramel malts. That goes for the taste as well, caramel is the dominant flavor of this beer. There isnt much contrast to the malty flavor. Slightly bitter tones show through. An alright drink.

Tballz420, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

MJR, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of brakspear
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Munich Dark is a beer brewed in the dunkel style. A very nice domestic interpretation of the style. The beer pours a deep brown with reddish tints a nice soft white head forms leaving nice lacing as it reduces. The aroma is a slight sweet maltiness, no real toasted malt aromas or hop notes. The taste is mild, clean and slightly malty, some rich undertones from the darked malts are noted, but they are smooth, not biting. Likewise, the hop bitterness is only noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, but nonetheless this is a very nice beer.

brakspear, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brew by Capital...but not exceptional. The colour is a deep dark brown with redish undertones. The crown initially was a light tan and limited, leaving only a very minor glass ring.
Carbonation was limited and the body was medium.
The taste was of dark bakers chocolate, bittersweet with a definite end rewarding the hops.
The nose was mildly grassy.
Pleasing.

Shiloh, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark but translucent brown color with a massive dense off-white head. It has a strong grassy and sweet earthy grain smell along with roasted malt. The taste consists of chocolate and roasted malts with light hops and a lightly sweet burnt cocoa finish. This is a light to medium bodied brew and finishes a little sweet. Not bad, but not great. Thanks to budgood1 nonetheless! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

BeerBuilder, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deeply orangy/red color with an overall brownish tone, thin tannish head that fades leaving a thin haze and very fine stringy lace in small areas of coverage. Smell is soft and light of dark fruits, plum, banana, some nuttyness and creamy maltyness with a touch of light spice. Very subtle in approach on the nose, a bit to light though. Taste is more subtleties of dark fruits, banana, plum, raisin, a touch of sweetness and maltyness, but far to thin and shortly visited, weakened hops near the finish slightly. Feel is thin and lighter medium body, again, it doesn't have any staying power what so ever, just a short memory of what could be. It still makes for good easy drinking. This a short stay in Munich, barely overnite.

tavernjef, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep, dark, figgy brown color, showing a cherry red around the sides, with a firm, creamy, well-retained head.
Aroma: soft and quiet, but sweet and quite delightful, flavorful, with notes of spices, nuts, cocoa, plums, dark fruits. It's power, though,is small, it's stay brief.
Great, brilliant buzz of hops on the palate, which sizzles, then fades. Unfortunately, the body is not strong enough to match up the the sweet, delicious, plummy flavors in the taste, that continues on. Far too thin. In this brew, the flavor's all up front, and leaves me wanting.
For a dark lager, though, this leads the pack! Fruity, plummy flavor is well-received, but they've got to back it up!

feloniousmonk, May 18, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

AtLagerHeads, May 14, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

bditty187, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

ADR, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

budgood1, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a cream-colored head. Aroma consisted of caramel, chocolate malt and had a feint floral hoppiness to it. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Rich malty middle. Roasted malt flavors shine through at the start of the finish. Slight smokey nuttiness introduces itself also at this point. Hop bitterness pops up in the end. A fine offering from Capital.

Winter, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is now called Munich Dark on the label, and it does show the characteristics of a Dunkel. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Dark brown color with a medium foamy head. Rich and malty with slight bitterness on the back end. Not too shabby.

Dogbrick, Oct 30, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear dark ruby. A thin creamy brown head sits on top and doesn't leave much for a lace. Big Huge bready and biscuity tones on the nose. These bread and biscuit tones show up in the taste as well. Pretty nice. There's a bit of a roasted aspect, but not much. A sweet, almost bock-like, malt taste provides the backdrop for the bready, biscuity tones to work. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. About medium-full body. This could work nicely as a dark session brew. While Capital does a lot of other brews that I enjoy more, this one is enjoyable as well.

Bighuge, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

marc77, Sep 23, 2002
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.