Maibock - Capital Brewery
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Reviews by Wisconsin:
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
A - After a pouring steadily into a pint glass a white one finger head rose and faded to a lace around the glass after a minute or two. A clear, golden brown, translucent body is present along with plenty of carbonation visibly racing to the top of the beer.
S - The smell is very subdued and rather hard to pick out. Light amounts of malts first stand out. A deeper whiff brings about some sweetness, which I assume is honey, along with some hops and a slight citrus zest. Some nice smells here, but nothing overpowering or really impressive.
T - Much like the smell in that everything is very subdued and toned down. Light malts along with a nice honey sweetness play nicely together and give the beer a good balance. A light hop profile also comes in nicely and provides a smooth citrus zest. All of this combines to hide the 6.2% abv quite well.
M - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet honey and light malts up front as the beer enters your mouth. Carbonation cleanses the palate well and prepares you for the light hop profile and citrus zest that comes in to finish clean and smoothly with the carbonation.
D - A very drinkable and enjoyable Maibock that I could see myself having quite a few of in a sitting. While I would like to see something fuller, the beer is smooth and easy to drink and affordable for the quality. Most Capital beers that I would consider buying in six packs are extremely expensive, so it's nice to see a solid offering from them without having to fork over a ton.
03-01-2010 05:17:18 | More by Wisconsin
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Mai Bock nope, we call this one Mind Block. This beer sure doesnt seem very strong but a few pints usually leaves my friends and I in a rather bizarre loopy state unakin to normal inebriation. Drinking Capitals Mai Bock, for whatever reason, seems to knock me on my rear like few beers do. The predominant characteristic of this hazy orange brew is its immense sickly sweet fruit forward, slightly alcoholic nose and taste. The strong yeast presence in the beer is typically Capital and very German. Finish is fresh baked baguette and spice. Drinkability is ridiculous and even though I dont really care for the taste, nor style, I keep coming back for more so something must be right here.
03-22-2006 21:58:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to ZAP for this one of a few brews from Capital Brewery.
Pours a clear, light bronze color w/ a full finger and a half of bright white head...disappears to all but a fine coating. Decent lace, covering the side of the shaker glass and cascades quickly back into the beer.
Smells are subtle...detecting a bit of grassy notes w/ a slight malty sweetness.
Taste is enjoyable enough...I don't have much exposure to this style, so can't really compare to any particulars. A nice, buttery flavor with that same slight sweetness found in the aroma. Some fruityness in there as well...tart cherries and a hint of lemon zest in the finish.
Texture is quite thick, but again...maybe thinner than the average Maibock. The carbonation is perfect...making this one fairly quaffable and thirst quenching.
A good first impression from Capital....looking forward to trying some others.
07-31-2005 18:41:40 | More by warriorsoul
3.19/5 rDev -16.5%
Came out a golden and light copper color, respectable head on it. Grassy aroma.
Taste, not a bad spring beer, had enough punch to it without getting away from style, more caramel in the taste than most, but didn't get too heavy. A little less dry though than hoped for. Couldn't figure where all the apple and carbonation was still coming from. A little bit of spice and honey as well. Seemed more complex than most, but not necessarily better or worse.
10-08-2010 19:57:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +4.7%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a light brown clear body with a light tan creamy head that forms a film pretty quickly.
S- This smell of crystal malt and biscuit malt have a dryness to them that is nice. No hops are detected at all.
T- The biscuit malt comes through with a pronounced malty flavor that is not sweet or overly roasted. It finishes with a slight tangy flavor and a faint hop bitterness ends the taste. The hops add a nice support to the malt but there is no other hop flavors other than bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel.
D- This beer has nice crisp clean toasted malt flavors that are not complex but very fresh.
05-17-2006 22:39:36 | More by rhoadsrage
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Picked this one up at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI.
Pours a transparent copper color with a ton of head on it.
Smells like grain with some light malt undertones.
Taste is predominately malt, not a whole lot else. Slightly bitter finish as well.
Not a bad beer, medium to light body. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable I would say. I was surprised to see it was 6.2% alcohol as it is pretty light and smooth.
02-21-2011 01:09:08 | More by richkrull
3.78/5 rDev -1%
A rich gold to orange color, Spicy overtones and malty nuttiness carry into the the flavor. This nicely fits my expectations of an Oktoberfest or Mai Bock.
The label features the beautiful Capital of my home State, Wisconsin, still one of the brewing centers of the world.
Having pulled this single bottle from the $1 bin in Kansas City, it held up well as a summer treat. My hat is off to the folks in Middleton who have been doing a great job for years.
07-26-2004 04:10:12 | More by brewQ
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours golden/amber with a poor white head. The smell is sugary and grainy. The taste is light sugary fruity malts, with a tiny hint of hop bite in the aftertaste as well as a bready or yeasty taste that is faint and hard to describe. Mouthfeel is average, medium and slightly sticky. There is not a lot to say about this beer, but I enjoy it a whole lot. It's easy drinkin', clean and basic, but with a little something extra in the flavor and in the ABV. I wish I knew the ABV, I'd guess around 6.5 - 7%.
04-19-2006 03:39:23 | More by zjungleist
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Not a bad spring seasonal, but not a great one either. Pours a clear light copper color with a decent off-white head.
My experience was one of pure malt. Very sweet on the palate. Alcohol notes are there, but not intrusive. The alcohol seems to be present more due to the thinness of the beer rather than the actual potency. There is a little hop bitterness residing in the later part of the taste, lingering to the aftertaste.
The beer ended up being on the thin side for my liking. Certainly drinkable, but not remarkable. More of an session brew..no reason to pick it apart.
Worth buying if you are in the (Madison) area, otherwise, invest your time and money in more interesting beers
03-15-2002 04:07:03 | More by cokes
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
A - This one is a clear honey gold brew with a one finger head that looks eggshell white and fairly dense. Lots of nice lace is left on the glass.
S - Honeycomb, brown sugar, and molasses. These are not the notes that I was expecting from a beer of this style, but they are really nice nonetheless.
T - Again, much sweeter and heavier in flavor than I expected. This is pretty much an all out malt bomb! There are some orange rind bitter citrus flavors accenting the solid, but never cloying molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Liquid clove honey. This is almost Belgian in it's sweetness, but like all good Belgian beers it's tempered by some nice hops and a bit of citrus spice.
M - Full bodied and sugary, but the sugar content is held in check by a somewhat boozy finish supported by some solid hoppage.
D - Very good beer here. This stuff is sweet, but never too sweet, and it's much more complex than I was expecting. easily the best beer that I've tried from Capital Brewery, and it's second only to the outstanding Dead Guy in it's style category.
11-06-2008 18:31:24 | More by pmcadamis
3.78/5 rDev -1%
On-tap at the Comedy Club on State here in Madison. Better than crappy $6 long islands I suppose.
Pours a bright golden-orange with a skim of white bubbles - hard to get a good pour at a place like this. Nose a balanced mix of light floral hops and brown sugar/biscuity malt. Tastes like Blond Dopplebock Light, smooth grassy hops and sugary caramel malt. Mouthfeel is lighter than their Blonde but still substantial in the mouth. A solid bock but doesn't hold a candle to any of their other seasonal dopples.
06-06-2006 00:17:28 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.88/5 rDev +27.7%
WOW!!! What a Maibock.
Growing up in Chicago I have alway's had the oppourtunity to drink the outstanding lagers of the midwest. And this is nothing short of outstanding.
The aroma is a gentle combination of pale, Munich and caramel malts. And there is a wee bit of floral hops hiding in the mix.
The flavor starts out with a sweet cookie dough like malt character that gives way to an ever so slight hop biterness that rolls across the tounge and lingers for a while.
Carbonation and mouthfeel is spot on. It is very soft, smooth and velvety with just enough carbonation to prevent it from becoming cloying. Drinkability is ridiculous!!!! Each and every sip makes you want another.
This is exactly what a Maibock should be. The only thing that keeps this from being perfect is the lack of hop's, I think it could use a little more bitterness and flavor. They could take a pointer from their neighbor Sprecher and dry hop the Sh##@# out of it, then it would be perfect!!!
The traditional Maibocks of Germany have a suprisingly hoppy character to them unlike so many of their other bock styles. I recently had an Einbecker UR Maibock on tap at the famous Map room bar in Chi town immediately following a pint of the rare Sierra Nevada special pale ale, Hoppier than the original Sierra Nevada pale ale. The Einbecker held it's own with it's wonderful noble hop bitterness and lingering flavor. I was actually surprised.
Yet another solid entry by Capital. PROST!!!
05-03-2006 05:08:47 | More by hopman333
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
Its brilliant orange-amber body and frothy white head make for a beautiful appearance. The head retention is excellent, and it delivers some very nice lacing throughout the glass. Rich malt leaps out at you in the aroma, clean and fresh. It's full bodied, creamy and smooth - luscious in the mouth. The flavor delivers rich, soft malt that's very mildly toasty with a touch of vanilla and a mild note of spicy alcohol. An underlying bitterness balances extremely well, keeping the softly sweet malt from building on the palate. Very nice! And although it's alcohol content will keep you from drinking more than just a few, you'll probably want to!
06-03-2003 20:04:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
12oz single, Riley's
Either this just came out or it is really old, but i hadnt seen it until now so I assume it has just been released for the "spring"
appearance: nice spring colors on the label, too bad its nowhere near spring! the appearance is quite impressive...sparkling clear pale amber, fluffy white head with decent lacing...very clean and quite shiny
smell: quite malty, some grassy tones, herbal hop, peppery/spicy malt, yeast character...sweet and fruity - pear, green apple, grape. slightly toasted, grain, caramel
taste: spicy german malt, peppery, warming alcohol presence, sweet yeast characteristics, grassy and herbal hops, bready feeling, slightly buttery, flowery hops, only a slight bitterness
mouthfeel: doughy, clean, medium body, slight alcohol warming
drinkability: enjoyable and drinkable, another solid one from just to the west of here off university ave
02-05-2006 02:03:51 | More by dirtylou
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured from a cold bottle into my favorite beer glass. Clear dark amber with very little head. Malty sweet smell, maybe with a hint of citrus and raisins. Malty with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium/heavy body. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special here.
04-20-2008 02:53:43 | More by BeerCheese
3.35/5 rDev -12.3%
Another fine Wisconsin German beer. Dark malts just right, sweet & lip-smacking. Nice to just stick your nose in and inhale (bocks and amber lagers can be some of the most 'beery' smelling beers, I've found). A fine, though not exceptional, example of the style. You'd be well advised to buy this when in season, or in one of Capital's "brewery tour" 8-packs.
These guys have shown they can do very good beers that stick to style, and their uniform label design suggests they want to get placed in the store with the mega beers. Hope they decide to go wild and do something special!
11-19-2003 20:40:53 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Capital Maibock: Ah, spring, and these beers really help to welcome in the season. Good looking brassy beer, not a whole lot of head, but what there was clinged. It smelled fine. The taste was very malty and smooth, creamy smooth, easy to sip and enjoy. Technically, this beer was not that sweet, more of a cracker malt, but very enjoyable. I did like this beer, and I do like this style.
03-14-2003 18:00:22 | More by jackndan
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Clear, gold in hue with some coppery-amber influences; the color is perfect. White head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable; it took a few moments before the bubbles faded noticeably to a spare collar. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. No matter, this is a pleasant looking brew.
The nose is potent, for a Maibock. I love the loud grainy, malty-caramel, cereal aromas. Mixed in for good measure is a note or two of alcohol. At the back are some earthy hops with a flowery/fruity hint. While the nose doesnt say much it says all the right things. This beer smells exactly like Maibock should. I am enticed; I cant wait to take a sip.
Delicious. I love Maibocks. I love this Maibock. I have drunk my share of six-packs this spring. This is my last bottle, saved for a review (of course I might go buy more!). It is malty throughout with plenty of caramel cereal and grainy flavors. At times it comes off a tickle hot but not raw; I dont mind it at all. It is earthy, fruity, and flowery at times, especially at the back, near the finish. While simply constructed it is clearly well made. I really like compact but flowing nature of this beer. Tasty. Everything I want in the style is here.
The mouthfeel is a tad bigger than medium in body, moderately low carbonation but the mouthfeel is very natural and relaxing. I like the fruity sweet aftertaste with just a tickle of alcohol burn, oh yeah very nice.
My god is this beer is easy to drink. I could kill a keg myself. Yikes! I have been a fan of Capital for some time but finding fresh products in Council Bluffs, IA was tricky. Not any more. Even at $10 a six-pack I cant say no to this lovely beer. Wow. Highly recommended.
05-12-2006 15:07:54 | More by bditty187
2.85/5 rDev -25.4%
Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Alright, another blond, bland Maibock! Not. Geez, Im getting tired of these things. They have no depth or character. Just sugary, sweet malt with a little bit of hops. This one is especially bland with a light finish of honey. Maybe it was the overwhelming presence of these beers as the Brewfest and this one was later on, but this one is just not interesting, at all.
08-06-2006 18:50:35 | More by CharlesDarwin
Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.