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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

Capital DarkCapital Dark

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BA SCORE
84
good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy brown color with reddish edges. The head is two-fingers in height, creamy, light tan in color, and recededs quickly into a solid cap which covers the liquid nicely. The aroma of caramel, malt, and more caramel. It is rather simple, but very strong and pleasing. The taste is a lot like the aroma, although the caramel taste is a little less intense than the overall malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonationl. Overall, this is a very good brew. It is very sessionable, and definaitely something I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 21:00:20 | More by KarlHungus
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deeper reddish burnt sienna color with a thin tanish head that lasts about 35 seconds. Simple laces. Aroma is quite biscuity and roasty. A shortbread and toffee-like sense to the initial flavor. Nice roasted and somewhat smokey malt flavors with a very well done balancing hop that doesn't call atention to itself. Some sense of thinness in the mouthfeel, but a pleasing finish and a growing sense of dark chocolate on further sips. One of the better Dunkels I've run across, this beer is also a decent candidate for a darker session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 12:34:16 | More by ADR
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:25:07 | More by sweemzander
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is semi-sweet, darker malt with slight roast. Light overall, but pleasing.
Very attractive beer. Full rich head, dark amber, brown and reddish, and clear.
Bitterness from malt, semi-rich quality with strong malt quality and roast presence.
Smoothness with a lager quality of an easy drinker (maybe 'cuz it's on the thinner side) and a lager crispness.
Nice beer for style. Richness prevents from being a session beer. I liked the contrast of lager ease and ale richness.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 16:07:07 | More by garymuchow
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown, translucent, light-tan head that reached a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some lace. The noses does nothing for me, oddly hollow… is it suppose to smell like this? Anyway… the palate is lovely with toasty malt, roasted nuts, dry caramel hints and soft floral hops, faint bitterness too. Very tasty! The mouthfeel is thin but not watery… not a big negative but a flaw nevertheless. The finish is abrupt with only faint lingering sweetness... dry too. If you want a dark session brew then Munich Dark is the way to go. I’d drink it again… and maybe next time the nose will jive with me. Regardless, try one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 12:51:43 | More by bditty187
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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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bashiba

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red with a very light head.

The smell has a light cedary and caramel nose with hints of chocolate, very light.

The flavor has a very light malty flavor with some nice hints of grain, bread, and a touch of oaky cedar.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin and watery.

Very average, light with not much going on, even for a session lager a bit on the boring side.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:35:01 | More by bashiba
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JDV

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:56:56 | More by JDV
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marc77

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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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budgood1

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear, rust red colour. a thin fizzy head appears which leaves little, if any lace. very pleasant malted aromas of caramel and chocolate, with a soft floral hoppiness that really sets the stage for a great dark lager experience. plenty of sweet maltiness in the flavor department, caramel and chocolate flavors swirl and stir on the palate. barely any hops to be noticed. quite sturdy in body, even for a dark lager. finishes sweet and smooth and slides right on down. easy drinking and extremely tasty. should be drank a little on the warm side for the full taste experience. a great example of the style. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 21:17:57 | More by budgood1
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle!
Clear russet, topped with a diminishing, antique white foam. Good head retention, holding at least a thick collar throughout, leaving fleeting splotches of lace clinging to the glass. Smooth, lightly roasty malt and caramel aroma, nice and clean. A hint of chocolate and grassy, floral hops. The flavor opens with an oh-so-smooth, delicious lagery maltiness. Caramel, with a bit of roasty chocolate. Soft cereal grain. My guess is this is all munich malt, with perhaps the exception of the heavily roasted grains. Fairly light bodied. Active, fine bubbled carbonation pushes the beer urgently across the tastebuds. Very clean, some grassy hops add a bit of flavor, moving into a conservative, floral tinted finish. The malt dominates easily, caramel lingering long into the aftertaste. You could just keep this beer flowing for me, thanks.
Not intensely complex, as is the case with many lagers, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in refinement and definition. Very easy drinking, flavorful, and delicious. Quite refined and authentic, just as good as the imported stuff from Bavaria's capitol. This one's a gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 08:54:28 | More by UnionMade
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "00114A10356" stamped on bottle's bottom
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Capital's Dark is altogether fairly forgettable, blending a modest brown and dark malt sweetness with subdued European hops for a dark, though bland, lager with few distinguishing marks such as toasted nuts or chocolate. One that I will probably not seek out again.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan, fairly dense and small bubbles, which have a fairly froth-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it collapses to a modest cap of foam atop the beer. Lacing is excellent, with substantial blotches and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown in color when out of the light, amber-brown with strong red hues when in. Carbonation through the transparent body, noticeable but modest.

Aroma is of crackers made from slightly toasted and roasted grains. Not much in the way of toasted nuts, cocoa, overall rather bland and unassuming. Least impressive aroma from a Munich Dunkel Lager I've had yet.

Major flavors in the beer are dark and brown malt sweetness, with mildly bitter hops in the background. Tasting opens with brown malt sweetness combined with a bit of mineral character. Mid-palate takes the sweetness and adds a modest hop bitterness to the background, while the back of the palate picks up European hop bitterness with a small contribution from dark malt sweetness. Aftertaste is satisfying: of modest cocoa and bitter European hops, creating an effect of bitter, European-style chocolates.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with a bit of wateriness noticeable around the edges. Carbonation is medium to medium-high, creating a fairly prickly mouthfeel at first, before the beer fizzes up on the palate to become more flowing and creamy. Finish is semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:42:04 | More by falloutsnow
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, trace head, no lacing.

S: mild malt, toffee, and whiff of roasted nuts

T: sweet caramel/toffee, malt middle, mild bitter finish

M: light/medium body, slight tongue prick, above average carbonation

D: Not my favorite Capital, nor the best Dunkel. There are much better out there; that being said I could easily down a 6 pack of this...average.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:21:06 | More by BeerLover99
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 21:28:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Wildman

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 07:56:33 | More by Wildman
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jsh420

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 1 finger off white semi tan head that left spotted lacing

smell - not very complex i pick up some caramel malt little fruit

taste - the nose might not be all that but the flavor is better - roasted grains dark fruit malt some chocolate

mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation

overall this is an ok dark lager but not worth a repeat buy

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:09:44 | More by jsh420
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 20:00:25 | More by Oxymoron
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Duff27

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:39:07 | More by Duff27
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer in the body. A gorgeous mahogany or dark cherry color that is perfectly clear. The head is fairly small and tan in color. There is no retention. Minimal lace effect and even that is short lived. The nose gives off some roasted notes and a bit of malt. The taste is of toasted malt and there are some subtle hints of nut, spicy hops, and caramel that drift in later. Smooth and creamy body keeps this from feeling too thin and watery. It is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 19:51:57 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and soapy, leaving a thick ring as it dissipates.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted dark grain with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes mildly dry with a lingering charred dark grain bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a decent Munich Dunkel. Good bit of roasted malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:44:35 | More by Blakaeris
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing me a bottle of this.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is rusty amber brown. An aggressive pour gives me a huge three fingers of light beige head. Solid retention. A thick coating of lace is left behind as well as a nice cap.

The aroma is mostly toasted malt and a touch of spice. Swirling produces a decent amount of dark fruit and nuttiness.

The flavor has a strong malt backbone with hints of dark fruit, coffee, roast nuts and spices. Actually more going on than I antcipated.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall another solid lager from Capital. They sure do love the lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:47:19 | More by beerwolf77
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.