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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%


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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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:05:48 | More by JonB1958
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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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emerge077

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 23:43:17 | More by wheatyweiss
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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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with miniscule off-white head. Poor retention, no lacing.

Smell is light with some smoky characateristics blended with sweet caramel.

Taste has some nice upfront caramel notes, Followed by a suprisingly strong dryness.

The dryness lasts throught the finish, giving the perfect sweet-dry ending.

A nice easy drinking beer,very refreshing. Good to session.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 21:20:35 | More by tgbljb
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this at 3 Cellars when I realized that I'd not yet tried quite a few Capital beers. And it was pretty decent but not far above average; there's a reason there's not a lot of buzz (for good or bad) about this brewery. Still, I enjoyed it, and if my options were limited I'd be happy to have it again.

This is a good looking beer. Nice deep red color, sparkling body, and good sturdy/sticky head formation in good quantity. Aroma is some light caramel. Flavor is a little sweet (like a sweet sweat flavor, but not unpleasant) up front, followed by some not over-powerin caramel maltiness in the body, and a bit of bitterness at the finish. Nice. Mouthfeel is OK, but just a tick on the watery side. Still, nice.

This is a pretty drinkable and approachable beer that won't blow your socks off, but is nothing to sneeze at either. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 00:43:55 | More by BeerBelcher
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark brown/ruby red color hybrid. Sitting on top of the lively carbonated body is a short-lived, off-white, three-finger head of very creamy foam. This leaves a fair amoount of lace in the glass.

S: Pronounced aromas of toasted caramel malt, and toffee, with some faintly citrus-y hops, chocolate, apple, and bread.

T: Spicy caramel creams, restrained chocolate, tangy hops, toasted malt, apple, and toasted bread.

M: Peppery and spicy at first which turns creamy in the middle and suddenly turns dry and peppery (once again) during the long finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable? Heck, yeah! This one kept getting better the longer it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 23:53:57 | More by GbVDave
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, but sadly rather boring. Good, fresh malt aroma and quite a bit of foam, but this chestnut colored lager fails to impress. Perhaps it's that this my tasting of this beer is skewed after having a couple dark lagers from the European masters of the style, but that said, this brewery makes better beer. For example, the Capital Special Pilsner is fantastic (especially when fresh). Finishes just very slightly bitter and a touch dry and therefore fairly drinkable. Not a real complex dark lager and a touch "cardboard-y" meaning it hasn't held up very well in my fridge....leaky cap? Oh, well....

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:49:16 | More by marcobrau
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark amber and brown hue. Very awesome bubbling and good lacing. Mineraly malts mixed with some pumpernickel. The tate is a great roasted malt. Medium bread, mor like a hint of light chocolate cake. Very mild, bitter finish. Very girsty, gainy palae, but stil very smooth. Great tap beer I bet.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 20:36:06 | More by scruffwhor
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MillRat

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut brown with a thin light tan head that disappears quickly. Light cocoa aroma with a grassy hop note in the background. A simple straightforward dunkel with decent malt body and just enough hops to not be unbalanced. A medium-light body appropriate for the style. There is certainly nothing in this beer to quickly sate you, but it doesn't do enough that is interesting to make each fresh serving an adventure.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:46:31 | More by MillRat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brought back to the Gem State by some very understanding coworkers... this is the last Munich dark that I have left and decided to enjoy it in a flight with the other Capital lagers I've been sitting on for about 2 months now... enjoyed immensely out of my small weizen glass.

Brown as brown can be.... dark.... but still crystal clear with ruby red highlites when held up to a bright light.... short lasting lite tan chunky head that leaves great lacing the entire glass.

Aroma is better than nearly every dunkel I've ever had the chance of tasting... big toasted grains are everywhere... roasted grains... with good chocolate and slight coffee.

Crisp dark bread grains ... dark toasted biscuits that never touch burnt... chocolate and Munich malts are balanced perfectly... no hop aroma or flavor that allows me to even begin to pick a hop variety out... but there is an underlying spicyness that is evident but lite.

I will preface this review, by saying I love a well made dunkel... drinkable for days while still allowing multitudes of complexity to be enjoyed. This would be a staple beer if I had any access to it. Edit: This is my last bottle, and already I know I am going to miss it... it is probably the best domestic Dunkel I've had .... but that being said... if you ever make it to the Sun Valley area of Idaho, search out Trail Creek brewing and give theirs a try... fantastic too.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 09:04:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: purs a nice rich brown color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears not too fast but doesnt stay around too long, leaves a think layer of lacing
s: biscquity/bready malts mixed with hints of cocao, grassy hop bitterness towards the finish of the aroma
t: bisquity/bready malt backbone initially, followed by the hints of of grassy hops and some fruity flavors but the malt backbone really carries throughout
m: medium bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation, overall kinda creamy

overall, i really enjoyed this and will be acquiring more

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:16:01 | More by happygnome
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nickynick

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful dunkel. Great brown color. Wonderful malt flavors that aren't overpowering. Has a great creamy quality. Munich malt really shines through. Roasted character and mild sweetness, then the hops hit you in the finish. This has great drinkability, and would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 16:06:42 | More by nickynick
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botham

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a dark bronze color with amber highlights, and a finger or so of off-white head after a hard pour. no lacings here.

smells malty and yeasty, with a nutty and bready base. a light floral aroma is present as well. a musty aroma shows itself as one consumes the brew, though not taking much away from the other aromas.

tastes malty, with a fruity yeast base and a sweet finish. there is a light bite from CO2 here, though pleasant overall. a rather honest and simple flavor profile.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. a light bite from carbonation gives it some depth.

drinkability is good. this is not a heavy or rich beer, but it does bring bold flavors and character to the palate, which is more than can be said about most other lighter lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:19:26 | More by botham
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that has very good retention, but does not leave much lacing. Body is an orange tinted brown amber with red highlights.

Smell - apples, plums, dates, raisins, and a hint of caramel.

Taste - same as the smell with the addition of subtle and spicy hops. Mildly sweet taste of apples, plums, raisins, dates, and caramel all washed through with mildly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is very good beer and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 20:25:10 | More by ultralarry2006
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital's Munich Dark pours a very deep chestnut colored body that borders on becoming deeper mahogany. It has a mild reddish cast and offers some glowing amber highlights. The initially frothy tan head stays aloft for quite a bit before relaxing into a thin creamy lid. Some initial rings of lace fade but form walls of thin, spotty and splotchy lace.

Some earthy dark malt is found in the nose with a thin thread of caramel, a sprinkle of nuttiness, a very light dusting of unsweetened cocoa, and some mild floral and spicy hops in the background. Some dark-skinned fruit punches it up a bit. Overall it's still subtle, but very pleasant, and fairly appropriate for the style.

More caramel, burnt brown sugar and cocoa appear in the flavor, but it's still restrained... as a proper dunkel should be. There's enough maltiness there to keep you interested, but not so much that it starts heading into brown ale territory. It's lightly sweet, and mainly caramelish, but more like a crisp y crust than anything sweet and gooey. The hops remain as a backdrop, and the bitterness acts as curtains - standing to the side while the malt has the stage, and then slowly closing in a non-eventful, smooth and dry finish. All that remains is some fairly dull earthy and herbal malt and hop residue.

Nicely done, it's quite "on" for the style. It has just enough low-level sugared-edge caramel maltiness and murky hops to keep it interesting but sublime. Very drinkable!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 01:08:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Dark caramel that becomes dark orange when backlit. The sandstone colored cap pratically oozes quality construction. It's nicely firm with an upper surface full of pits and divots that translates to a decent amount of shotgun-riddled lace as it deflates. Munich Dark looks like a delicious Munich dunkel lager. I can't ask for much more than that.

If you like beer of this style, then you're bound to like this nose. It's mega-toasted malty with plenty of earthiness that just has to be due to Munich malt. It isn't bursting with complexity, but then show me a dunkel that is. Adherence to style guidelines and plenty of power are largely responsible for the score granted.

I'm torn when it comes to the flavor. On the one hand, I'm not thrilled with either Munich dunkel lagers or Munich malt. On the other hand, I recognize how authentic this version is and how well-brewed. Now I just have to decide which one to base the flavor score on.

Munich Dark tastes like well-toasted brown bread sprinkled with spices. I would have said pumpernickel, but it isn't that dark or cocoa-like. Rye bread is also a possibility, but it isn't that spicy. There's also a musky dark fruitiness that makes the beer taste more like an ale than a lager. Lagers are supposed to be clean, not this estery (i.e. dirty). I prefer dirty. It looks like I'm going with the higher score.

The mouthfeel is also more ale-like than lager-like. It has the heft of the former and the smoothness of the latter. I don't often run across a mid-range ABV lager with this amount of mouth presence. A few more bubbles would have helped, but the carbonation isn't far from spot-on.

I was surprised to discover that of the eleven Capital offerings that I've had to date, only one has earned an overall score as high as 4.0. Of course I haven't yet had any of their most well-regarded beer. Munich Dark, along with Wisconsin Amber, is my favorite so far. A beer of this style has to be pretty good to impress me. Take that for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 13:12:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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hylton44

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth film of almost microscopic bubbles in the tannish yellow seems to almost promise the smooth, full body that will follow. Ditto, the cloudy, very dark brown, red/brown hue. Promise is kept, as a wash of slightly sugary malt, bannana, and clove pushes a wave of sweet alcoholic vapors up into my nasal cavities. "Noble hops." I swear to God, I was thinking this after my first draught, and before I looked up the description of "Munich Dunkel Lager," which confirmed that they are often a compoment of this style, Quite a lot of similarities between pub ales & brown ales I've had. I would not have believed a lager could be so complex! Capital beer! (heh heh)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 04:46:01 | More by hylton44
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good lager from Capital, why am i not surprised? Thanks to raider for this one.

Appearance
A nice looking brown lager, much like a brown ale in appearance. Thin tan coloured head formed on a fairly vigorous pour. Low level of carbonation present, barely manages to leave a collar of thin, fine, intricate lacings.

Aroma
Hint of milk chocolate, biscuity malts, and a hint of demerara. Rounded out by the pleasant grassy hop bitterness.

Taste
Big biscuit malt backbone in this lager, with a pleasing hint of milk chocolate as well as dark fruits and berries. Black cherry, blackberry, concorde grape, and prune are all present in the mix. Almost bock like in this regard. Grassy and tea like hops balance out the rich malts.

Mouthfeel
A richly malted medium bodied lager with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, rich malts give way to a mildly astringent slightly bitter hop finish. Low level of carbonation allows for the rich malts and tasty hops to dominate as they should.

Drinkability
Quite drinkable and refreshing. Yes another excellent lager from Capital, which is certainly under rated in my opinion on this site. Complex, yet approachable, ill definately be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 00:02:32 | More by demcorhip
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shivtim

Georgia

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average brew. Pours a clear red with some brown, and a foamy tan head. Nose is mostly roasted malts, but with some hints of sweetness. Taste is bitter hops, some malts, and a slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is ok, if thin. Drinkability is average.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 01:02:34 | More by shivtim
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malcontent

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent chesnust brown with a small amount of head but very nice lacing.

Mellow malt sweetness laced with hearty grain scents. Roasted accents come through as well.

Pleasing breadiness at first with those good cereal lager qualities. However, the aftertaste develops an offputting bitterness that doesn't seem to be coming from hops. Isn't bad by any stretch but is my least favorite Capital offering thus far.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel. If you dig the taste this could easily be an all-nighter.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 07:52:46 | More by malcontent
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SMark

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany coloring with slight head which quickly dissipates. Traces of lacing.

Roasted malt gives off a clean and pleasant aroma.

Taste follows characteristics of smell but to a slightly lesser degree.

Good mouthfeel characterizing a beer that is very harmonious. Lasts long enough in the mouth to savor until the next sip.

Very good drinkability combining all the ingredients necessary. Do not disappoint and serve this beer too cold as I did with my first one. It really opens up when served at 50 degrees or warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:45:00 | More by SMark
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with a hints of red. Has a nice sized frothy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet with raisin, craisins, and brown sugar.

Flavor seems based on a nice smooth, creamy caramel. Nice, toasty malts with dark fruits and sugars sweetening it up just a little bit.

Mouthful is creamy, a bit foamy at times. Very light, though.

Quite quaffable. Really picks up as you drink more.

I'm not completely sold on the combination of flavors. Sadly, I drank it too fast to find my complaint. I guess it wasn't so bad afterall. I'll need another and another to find out my problem, and I'm sure by then I'd have to admit I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 21:49:24 | More by terrabyte
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.