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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 194
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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Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

12-20-2009 20:35:19 | More by Vancer
Photo of kimcgolf


3.23/5  rDev -12.7%

A nice simple dark beer, though not a lot to it. Poured from the bottle to a dark chocolate brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a faint caramel toffee as was the flavor of this medium bodied. Finish was smooth and medium duration, but again left no distinguishing mark. Kind of just ho-hum.

12-13-2009 03:15:44 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of stoptime


4.33/5  rDev +17%

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a good head. Wonderful lacing.

Aroma: The aroma really blossoms as it sits a couple minutes. Deep and malty, hints of raisin.

Flavor: Very malt forward beer with subtle hop balance. Raisin and plum fruitiness balance a pleasant bitterness. Lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied beer. Goes down easy and before you know it, you're ready for the next sip.

We had the pleasure of meeting head brewer Kirby Nelson at Steve's Liqours, where he was promoting some winter beers and offering tastings. He's a fantastically nice fellow, and a Zappa fan (he names all their fermenters after Zappa songs - pics coming). Having studied with a German lager master, this beer definitely plays to Kirby's strong points. Highly recommended.

11-28-2009 17:13:12 | More by stoptime
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

11-15-2009 23:14:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Oxymoron


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-05-2009 20:00:25 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Tone


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

09-09-2009 03:36:03 | More by Tone
Photo of storksonm


4.33/5  rDev +17%

Friday my local store got the six-packs in stock and I couldn't wait to try it. Very nice dark amber appearance. Smelled very much like munich malt with hints of coffee. Tasted mostly like the munich malt. very smooth, dry. This could easily find its way back in my fridge. Its a knockout dark lager from one of my fav. local breweries.

08-17-2009 05:01:59 | More by storksonm
Photo of Soneast


4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

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?

08-02-2009 01:20:40 | More by Soneast
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: Pours a brownish, ice tea coloe with a one finger head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: Brown bread with undertones of cocoa and caramel

Taste: Brown bread, up front, followed by a bitter lager twang that dominates mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread, cocoa and caramel flavors move to prominence and provide and nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stab at a style that few craft brewers attempt; well-balanced

Thanks, kmadison, for the opportunity

06-25-2009 20:17:37 | More by brentk56
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

A smooth, easily drinkable, dark amber, not particularly heady yet still attractive, highly carbonated, moderately malty, lightly roasty, and slightly bready dark lager, perfect for those muggy nights of summer. This is not one to sip, but to quaff, perhaps from mugs at a table of all your best friends under an umbrella near the sea by tiki-torchlight, or perhaps with your darling as you attempt to make her laugh because you love the sound, like the wind chimes on your grandmother's front porch.

This is not a complex beer, but what flavor it has is well-done. It is no Burgerbrau dark, but it is very well made for an American representation of an age-old style that hails from when beer was meant to be drunk in vast quantities because it was safer and more fun than water. Prosit!

03-31-2009 02:36:39 | More by khiasmus
Photo of CHL


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

First, I should say that I don't think I'm a big fan of Dunkel. I like Anglo-American style stouts and porter, but this dark lager didn't hit my mouth well. I prefer bitterness in the toasted malt itself rather than from the sharp hop finish.

That said, this beer has a beautiful color. Reddish dark amber, with a marvelously puffy tan head.

I think it tastes better as it warms to room temperature; the malt is tasty and bready. Vaguely sweet, but not too extreme in any direction flavor-wise. This malt balances out nicely as it warms. Extremely drinkable brew, just not one I would seek out.

03-27-2009 18:41:33 | More by CHL
Photo of CheeseTurds


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

02-14-2009 05:06:50 | More by CheeseTurds
Photo of Gehrig


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

01-19-2009 01:32:30 | More by Gehrig
Photo of hopdog


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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

01-18-2009 01:32:57 | More by hopdog
Photo of zeff80


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

01-14-2009 01:59:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of benudell


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Great tasting beer from Capital Brewery. Good malt flavor comes through without being sweet. Pours a very light head with a rim of head holding on to the glass. Bitterness is very balanced and in the background. Very drinkable lager! Clean tasting and pretty smooth.

12-18-2008 00:22:51 | More by benudell
Photo of JDV


3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

11-16-2008 20:56:56 | More by JDV
Photo of KI9A


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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!!

10-10-2008 00:54:25 | More by KI9A
Photo of ThirstyBird


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured deep red/brown in color. half inch of tan head that falls away to a skim coat.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with a hint of coconut

Tastes pretty much as is smalls. Sweet and malty with slight fruitiness. A bit dry on the finish. Not complex of course but a tasty brew indeed.

Mouthfeel is Medium in body, the beer isn't as smooth as I'd like as far as the carbonation goes. The Dark German lagers that I've had are smoother.

Overall an easy drinking dark lager. Would definitely drink again though wouldn't go too far out of my way to purchase.

10-01-2008 03:59:54 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of Rennpferd


4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

It poured a dark molasses with a stark white two finger head that left lacing behind as it broke-down.

A nice mellow smell of roasted malt.

A nice up front taste of roasted malt which is followed up by a nice lite hop finish. Mellow and balanced. It was lite bodied but not watery.

It was nice, very tasty. Refreshing. I could drink this all night.

09-23-2008 00:19:37 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of JonB1958


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

A very nice dark lager, which, IMHO, there are not nearly enough.

Pours a beautiful dark amberish with a great head on it that hangs around a long time and laces nicely. The aroma is fairly innocuous, but the flavor is subtle and delicious: Smooth would be a word I'd use to describe this to those afraid of dark lagers. It leaves a nice sweet aftertaste that doesn't conflict with the original drinking.

You could easily pound back several of these before you realized you'd done so. A great beer for a cool fall day.

09-01-2008 20:05:48 | More by JonB1958
Photo of Slynger


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

07-29-2008 23:20:53 | More by Slynger
Photo of emerge077


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours with a huge foamy head, that settles slowly. Dark coppery brown. Reddish tint. Visible carbonation.

Smells malty, bready with no sweetness, a nutty cola note also.

Clean, a little bland, mild toasted malt and very vague hop bitterness. Hint of diacetyl, but no sweet character at all. Moderate carbonation, it's sort of lively, but the dull flavors don't have much to add to the equation. Utilitarian, no flaws, just sort of "there". I enjoyed it a little more when it was very cold.

07-19-2008 01:48:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-11-2008 23:43:17 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-30-2008 22:12:51 | More by Derek
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