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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear brown-ish amber color that produced a decent tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A light nutty roastedness. A rustic feel with a light grassy corn meal dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich; rustic profile to it with a creamy nuttiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with a lightly dry, hopped background.

(D)- Truthfully, not one of my most favorite styles, but this is rather good for what it is. Fits the style well and works well as something for the early fall season next to a bonfire. Good stuff.

Photo of deereless
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

Photo of Strix
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.

Photo of WJVII
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a clear dark amber when held to the light has a great red hue. There was a 1 finger off white head that settled to a thin cap. The aroma is a spicy with some dark malt notes and a slight molasses hint. The taste is malty upfront with some dried fruit in the back, plums, raisins, and burnt caramel. The brew is a little thin and the light carbonation could be a little stronger. This is an OK brew, but not really a bold dark lager as I like.

Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice lookin rocky froth you have there (any plans to abandon it soon? apparently not) and a great browncopper hue as well

ooh nice hops to the nose: how nose-ble of you (double puns don't work so well...appealing noble hop nose. sorry everyone). a little munich malt in for good measure as well. smells like europe! (note: i think that's a fair indication of beernerdery. i imagine that to anyone else "smells like europe" is a reference to perfume/cologne or BO--at least not beer)

this brew takes the classic approach to european lager style. mild bready tones in the flavor, and slight raisinishness from the munich. the hops contribute decent flavor but proceed through the finish with an odd character--perhaps i'm just not used to that hop's bittering

tasty brew. here's to subtlety!

Photo of zebulon
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

Was a dark brown somewhat trasnlucent, small head slight lacing.

Malty aroma, a preview of what is to come.

Malty, slight sweet dried fruit with a bite, enough of a bite to make in interesting. Medium carbonation that went well with the taste. Taste became fuller as it warmed which I suppose makes sense.

Pleasent on the tongue, and very easy going down. I was thinking I could drink alot of these.

Photo of russpowell
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...

Photo of Duff27
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark ruby red. One fingered head, somewhat retaining. Almost nonexistent lacing.

S- Caramel malts.

T- Burnt, caramel malt...can't find any hops.

M- Medium carbination, slightly creamy?

D/O- Not impressed overall. Don't know that I'd want anymore than one of these even though I'd call it a session brew.

Photo of Sallerj
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark red-black beer with a mild coffee ground and grape aroma. It's light bodied and fizzy with coffee, cherry, and cola, with a nice hint of hops at the end. It goes down very easy, which might be the best thing for a dark lager. It doesn't have anything to bring me back, though.

Photo of drizzam
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.

Photo of vishneda
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pils glass.

This beer is everything a Munich Dark should be, matching the quality of the best imported versions I've had with the freshness of a local offering. The presentation is perfect and the all-important lager drinkability is on target. The mix of coffee/chocolate/munich malt in the flavor is delicately offset by the sharp hop edge.

The nose could be a little stronger and the carbonation is a little higher than I expected -- I think that may be why my impression only improved as the beer warmed / rested. Overall great beer that will serve well as a good sessionable/easy drinking brew.

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a ruby background. Nice tan head that falls relatively slow to a small one. Thin lace.

Deep roasted malt aroma, not much else.

Has a burnt, sweet, roasted malt taste. A little thin but rather decent.

Medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Moderate carbonation. Decent drinking beer.

Nothing extraordinary but a good solid brew.

Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stoptime
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of storksonm
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Soneast
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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?

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of CHL
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CheeseTurds
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!

Photo of Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.