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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
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: 215
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of brakspear
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark reddish amber, almost black color. Off white head that had little lace. A light aroma of malt and chocolate. Some carbonation. A flavor of malt and chocolate. A good beer, but their Dopplebock is better.

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Photo of Winter
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, how I love the Munich Dunkel. Er--not a particular fan of the style, actually. It's just nice to see a beer that's labeled "dark" actually get classified into an actual style, so I got some idea what I'm in for when I open it up.

And, they kind of nailed it. It's dark ruby and smells like cereal malt, german yeast, and fruit. The worst part is the middle, which is a little too sour for the style. The best part is the end, where the yeast rubs up against the bitter malt and a lit wee bit of spicy hop and dark and ashen and refreshing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a head that soon becomes patchy. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of lightly roasted grain, some cocoa and a touch of earthy noble hops.

The taste is of sweet dark grain, bread that is similar to a light pumpernickel and a hint of cocoa. Some musty grass in the finish.

It is crisp and smooth with an appropriate light to medium body.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking traditional dark lager! Enjoyable!

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Photo of redmosquito
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. Smells of raisins. Tastes is very malty, with very little hops. Raisin appears again. Mouthfeel's pretty smooth.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Nothing super special, just a nice, easy drinking malty lager. This'll definitely make a return visit to my fridge.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, most likely from Riley's

appearance: rich mahogany, tinted amber...looks like apple cider perhaps...smally bubbly beige-tan head forms with not a whole lot of lacing

smell: very malty, sweet fruit, chewy caramel, toffee, nutty, light fruity german hops

taste: sweet and malty, quite bready, apple, slighty toasted, plum, toffee, light spicy german hop, some roasted malt, sugary sweet, woody

mouthfeel: too much carbonation, a little thin, definitely the downfall

drinkabilty: would be higher if not for the mouthfeel

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, dark copper color with a tan, foamy, long-lasting, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt. There were also earthy notes mixed with some sweet floral aromas.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with sweet caramel and toffee. It had a light bitter hop spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a pretty tasty dunkel lager. It was easy drinking and is sessionable.

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Photo of stoutman
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a slight orange hue. A very nice tan head is right on for the style - rather large and frothy.

Sweet nose, a little bit of nuts and chocolate, slightly roasty.

The head dissipates quickly. Nice chewy malts on entry, rather thick for a lager - almost silky. The finish is drying.

Plenty of chocolate flavor with decent roast. Really does a nice job of hitting the Munich dunkel style. Just a hint of a sourness(?) that I get from authentic german dunkel also.

I have tasted this with other Wisconsin dark lagers and never had it the top (and never at the bottom for that matter!) - but it sure tastes great on it's own today. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, sweet malt, very slight roasted malt, and some nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a rather smooth yet full-bodied lager - I recommend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of CheeseTurds
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Beejay
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany with red edges and even a few traces of amber at the bottom. Head was about 1 finger on an aggressive pour and became very thin, but consistant thereafter. Lacing was noted, but not a great deal.

The smell was somewhat faint, but was lightly smoky with stronger burnt coffee suggestions.

The taste was of caramel with coffee notes, malty. Left a noticable and pleasant aftertaste.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but not watery in any way. A drinkable beer, suitable more for October or March (in Minnesota).

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Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another fun unheard of brew from the beer census guys, they really hooked me up! this is loosely a german dark lager, and i think its pretty authentic. the malt is more like a brown ale with some chocolate character, more like dry cocoa, and a hint of caramel while staying dry and light on the palate. the lager yeast is evident here, it does a nice job drying up the finish and giving it a seasonally perfect crispness. im not sure why i expected this to be darker and heavier like a porter, but i am pleasantly surprised by its lightness overall. the grain captures all the darker flavors, but drinks like a blonde lager, just easy down with upbeat carbonation and a quick finish. probably one of the better american takes on this style i have come across, true to german roots but just different enough. i could drink a sixer of these no problem, and enjoy and appreciate the lower abv.

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