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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-28-2014 03:22:40 | More by DaveMiller
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UncleFlip

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Procured during my yearly October trip to Wiscowsin. This bottle brings memories back... Just looking at the label, I remember the sunny Sunday my brother and I spent wandering Madison....from lake to lake, end to end. Quality time indeed.

Now, into the New Glarus pint glass... :)

Nice earthy dark copper to brown. Tan head starts loose, but tightens up, and disapates at a good rate.

Smeel is rich, with hints of black licorice and fresh oranges. There's spiciness here...

Flavor is woody and a bit spicy, but oddly flatter than I'd hoped. I expected a bit more sweetness and fullness. Not bad, though.

Carbonation is too assertive high on the tongue. It distracts from a liquid slightly hticker than expected.

Not the most drinkable. I'd have more than one, but not if something more interesting and consistent was around.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 05:58:18 | More by UncleFlip
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Raisin brown to purplish red in color. Off white head with medium lacing.

S: Sweet malts and roasty notes.

T: Nose is malts to be sure then the middle brings in the robust character of the body. But in style, the finish is light and easy to drink.

M: coffeeish feeling on the tongue with a watery feel in the throat.

D: Good beer to go back to back with, refreshingly light in taste but with a quality that is savory.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:46:42 | More by BasementBer
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Dark caramel, roasted nuts & a light spicing.

T: Very nutty, caramel sweetness, some breadyness, light spicing (a little woody willamette?), modest bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:12:51 | More by Derek
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is toasted malt and brown sugar. Toasted malt flavor. Some roastiness. Maybe just a little smoke. Spicy hops come in in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Good drinkability. Capital makes a number of solid offerings, and this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 04:25:20 | More by beveragecaptain
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown that reminds me of Fender's tobacco-burst design when it catches the light, albeit with more ruby hues. Low/medium viscosity, with medium visibility. Poured without a head, and very little lacing, though I suspect this had to do with the frosty glass provided by the establishment.

Aroma: Fairly clean and refreshing, with only light espresso notes. A little more chocolate malt development as it warms.

Taste: Clean, refreshing, and again light on the development. Espresso and cocoa notes from the malts, and a slightly sweet finish that develops as the beer warms. Low on the bitters.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with low carbonation. Clean, crisp coffee finish.

Drinkability: While this beer isn't light on flavor, it doesn't develop much by way of complexity. But as far as the style goes, this is a good rendition. The finish is perfect, and the flavors are balanced. I could certainly drink a lot of this, and appreciate the understated character (against more heavily engineered attempts at dark lagers).

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 15:51:16 | More by expatsteve
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mostly clear reddish brown color with a small tan head of small bubbles at first pour. Though the pour was pretty aggressive, the head didn't stick around that long. All that remained was a small ring around the glass with very few bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is some sporadic lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Some aromatic malt along with some toasty character that is likely Munich malt driven. There is a dry graininess that seems inappropriate for the style. There is a good but of CaraMunich in here to give you some fruitiness that supports the roast addition well, giving you the sensation of plums and dates. This beer is really fruity and estery for the style.

Taste: The flavor is dry and has a defined bitter presence developed from the roast and hops playing together. There is a bit of toastiness here along with a defined sweet caramel flavor. The finish has a bitter edge to it, but still leaves you with a syrupy sweet coating on your throat to linger long after drinking.

Opinion: First of all, I must mention that I am really picky about this style, and I really like them to be low-octane Bocks. This beer is still pretty low octane, but it seems like it was brewed primarily with the wrong base malt (like US 2-row). This leaves the beer dry and grainy. There is some CaraMunich and crystal malts thrown in to make the beer taste heavier, but this doesn't make up for the fact that there should have been a larger percentage of Munich malt used in the grist. It is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is an Americanized German Lager. Not as bad as Shiner Bock or the likes...but still lacking roundness.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 23:31:58 | More by SkeeterHawk
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CheeseTurds

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First impression: I love the color of this beer.

The smell is malty and rich. Really nice in my tulip glass

The mouthfeel is kinda thin but the taste is bigger. I can see why they went ahead and put "Munich" in the name- this a beer that would fit seamlessly at any German bar.

My overall impression is that this is good enough to drink in most instances and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, it isn't very daring or unique, so it's not worth going out of your way to seek out. If you stumble upon it and want a good German-style beer, pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 05:06:50 | More by CheeseTurds
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deebo

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew gives a finger of light tan/cream head that quickly breaks down into a skim layer. Reddish brown with pretty good clarity.

S-Slightly toasted malts with a backdrop of grainy cereal adjuncts lingering into a hint of alcohol.

T-Nice notes of toasted malt (mostly sweet but some light bitterness here too. A bit like an American brown but with more of a lager taste in the end as you'd expect from this type of beer.

M-Medium carbonation and body. Finishs pretty crisp, just a hint of bitterness.

D-A nice beer to drink with a bit more malt character than a standard lager.

O-A solid beer that I wouldn't mind having more of. I prefer this as an alternative beer to have in the summer when I'm craving some toasted malt character with good drinkability when I need a break from drinking the standard warm weather styles.

10-10-13-found a bottle of this that was sitting in the cellar since the 4/12 review. A beer that is definitely different fresh. After 1.5 years it has taken on a pretty strong raisin type flavor. Finish is long and moderately bitter. Still drinkable but now tastes like a hybrid dunkel/dubbel. It's not bad-just kind of odd. Growing on me as I finish it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:16:54 | More by deebo
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 00:44:48 | More by TastyTaste
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, decent head with some lacing.

Smells of dark malts, dark fruits, and earth. The slightest lingering grain note.

Warm bread, malt, cocoa, earthiness, and dark fruits in the taste.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

An easy drinking flavorful lager. Not world class, but I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:10:33 | More by Strix
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 21:22:23 | More by Bighuge
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maxpower

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 14:08:58 | More by maxpower
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a clear brown/ruby color topped with a foamy one finger off-white head. The head receded to a thin cap after a few minutes, leaving some spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts abound in the nose.

T & M - A roasted malt backbone finishes with a very minute hop bitterness at the back end. This brew has a thinnish mouthfeel with a bit of a coarse texture from the carbonation. Finishes dry and fairly clean.

D - This isn't a bad brew, and the low ABV definitely lends to its sessionability. I probably won't make it a mainstay in my fridge but it was certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:05:43 | More by drizzam
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 17:57:59 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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KI9A

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Agressive pour into tulip glass, fast fade head, some small lacing. Deep copper color.

S: Not much at all. Slight malts.

T: Nice! Nuts, toasty malt, sweet caramel. A hint of hops.

M: Just right carbonation, not the "dirty" taste of some dunkels.

D: I can see this a session beer. So close to Michelob Dunkel, I had to do a side by side, and wow, almost a twin!

Another decent beer from my home state!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 00:54:25 | More by KI9A
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger+ of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit & toasty malt & some metallic hops as this warms

T: T: Brown bread, plums & pears & a touch of licorice. A slight touch of Bartlett pear mingles with brown bread, dryness, a touch apples & leafy hops once this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry with a touch of brown bread, & persimmons; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly restrained carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a good shot at the style & by far the best of the 3 Capital brews sent here to Oklahoma recently...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:28:55 | More by russpowell
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marc77

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 19:07:43 | More by marc77
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 16:36:24 | More by tavernjef
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deereless

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown in color, thin layer of light head, quite clear - 3.50, S: Initial whiff has a strong cacao and powered chocolate milk mix though the nose fades relatively quickly, faint fudge and candied dates, some roasted grains, no real hops that I can perceive - 3.00, T: Medium roasted malt on the palate, soft coffee, noticeable earthy hop bite - likely one of the nobles, a bready sweetness is present along with some chocolates - 3.75, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: All around a very drinkable beer - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:20:28 | More by deereless
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Slynger

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dark pours a deep, clear, amber-bronze, with a lid of fine dirty white fuzz.

The nose is a touch sweet with caramel and a few dark fruits. Dark toasted malts balance and some earthy, musty, lightly spicy hops.

Flavor is crisp and dry darkly toasted bready with hints of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Musty, spicy hops provide a pretty decent bitterness. Light-medium in body with a crisp, fuzzy, lightly sharp carbonation.

I can't recall having many Munich Dunkel's but this one has some nice attributes. A better than decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 23:20:53 | More by Slynger
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 21:32:45 | More by Tballz420
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BeerAngel

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 20:59:50 | More by BeerAngel
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date, 5.4% ABV.

A - Dark, deep amber brown with a good bone two-finger head. Superb retention with a nice collar of lace. The foam stayed til the last sip too!

S - The aroma has mild toasted malts with a bigger hop nose than anything. A touch of light citrus with the floral aroma. A low caramel sweetness behind the hops. An unimpressive start.

T - The hops are once again more prominent. The water posses a mineral aspect to it I'm not particularly fond of in this beer. Low malt flavor and a touch of sweetness with the hop finish of floral and grassy flavor.

M - It feels creamy and smooth with a nice level of carbonation to give the finish a crisp feel that compliments the dryness. A good feeling dark.

D - A decently rounded beer that really lacks panache. It's ok overall and would be a fine six-pack to purchase but I find it a mediocre tasting beer. Good drinkability steers this beer towards a session dark.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:14:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:32:57 | More by hopdog
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.