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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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very good

152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 283
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber, nice frothy ivory topping floating gently on top in the ol' Bitburger pilsner glass. Crisp aroma of spice and malt. Malted and toasted biscuit bread in the quaff. Hints of summer spice of black pepper and woody resin appear during the finish.

Even with the malty start, the hops and resin kick in for a balanced finish. Well done and a solid Maibock. Put this on your spring/summer drinking list! It will be on mine.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden/amber, clear and with minimal carbonation. It had a nice two finger head that held rather steady. After I started drinking it the head left some nice clingy lacing to the sides of the stein.

It had a great malt characteristic that was augmented by hops. The scent was crisp, vibrant and refreshing.

It had a balanced malt and hop flavor on the front end. It was medium bodied. The first few drinks left behind a dry astringent alcohol-like aftertaste.

It is a very drinkable beer. It has all of the right characteristics for the Maibock style.

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Photo of Soneast
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a 2-finger thick, white, highly carbonated head that dissipates quickly to small skim of suds on the surface of the beer. A lot of bubbles present, looks to have high carbonation, almost like a soda-pop in appearance.

Pretty strong malt aroma up front with a slight toastiness to it. I pick up mostly caramel aroma with a hint of spice. No hop presence detected.

The flavor is also dominated by toasty malt flavors, with some nuttiness and grains coming through. No hop presence that I can taste, finishes fairly dry, leaving a semi-sweet grainy flavor on the palate.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is more subdued than appearances led me to believe. Not a bad beer overall and I feel it is a good representation of the style, although I would have liked a little more hop presence particularly in the finish.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. I just tried this year's batch and it's greatly improved over last years.

I talked to one of the brewers who informed me that they changed the malts from two to four row hops and it made all the difference.

Pretty, clean and golden pour with a good head that stuck around.

The nose is inviting, caramel-like, almost buttery, with faint, slightly floral hops.

Flavor is malt-loaded, slightly sweet, with faint, lovely piney/floral hops. Also detected a little vanilla and butter.

Mouth feel is great; nice balance of silky, creamy and carbonated characteristics.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, honey, and lightly fruity. Tastes of biscuit, caramel, same light fruitiness and a touch of spices.

Notes from: 04/10/07.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber hued lager is sitting in my pint glass. Decent level of carbonation, yet only managed a half finger of off white head that quickly faded to a very thin collar that leaves no lacings.

Sweet bready malts with some caramel, a hint of cooked corn and some grassy hops.

This is Autumnal Fire light. Thats not bad thing, its just that i already feel well acquainted with this beer despite this being my first taste. Its slightly toasty and bready with a big dose of honey like malt sweetness. Finishes in a relatively clean hop bitterness that doesnt provide much more flavour but has some grassy qualities.

Medium bodied and on the sweet side. Sweeter malts balanced by clean bittering hops but it would be nice if there was some more substantial hop flavours present as well. Smooth and somewhat creamy in feel, and there is a slight warming from the alcohol.

Im disappointed in this brew. While well made its not particularly inspired. Drinkable enough, but with its big body and pronounced sweetness, as well as alcohol content this would not be session fare. A good enough beer, just not particlarly exciting. Recommended for fans of the style, hopefully it does more for you than it did for me.

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Photo of slyke
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maibock from Capital Brewery pours a golden color with an inch of white head which laces just a bit. The smell is slightly sweet caramel with a note of hop as well. Taste has a strong malt presense. Caramel sweetness with a bit of toastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating, but with a crisp finish.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of iceball585
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly to a thin layer

S- Sweet, sugary, toasted grains, nutty, hint of citrus

T- Toasted nuts, syrup, sugar, caramel malts, wheat, faint herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very sweet, creamy, dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not the best Maibock I've ever had but is still worth mentioning. It is slightly too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bronze-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, noble hops, and a hint of butter. The taste is clean, and very malty. Lots of bread, hints of toffee, and mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a little low for the style. Overall, this is a decent Miabock. I could drink it again, but there are a lot of better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of nickynick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Maiback poured a very nice amber color, with an orange tinted head, that almost reminded me of orange soda. Smell was a little faint, but fruity and citrus. Taste was crisp, with biscuits and caramel, with hints of citrus in the back. Mouthfeel was good, as well as the drinkability. Not to much experience with this style, but I will say that I liked this beer. Another nice offering from Capital.

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Photo of tapman
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and golden brown. A bit light for the style. Head is smll and white.

The smell is sweet and malty. Floral and with a hint of butterscotch, Capital Maibock is lighter than other maibocks and I find that it adds to drinkability.

Caramel and candi sugar round out the taste. A bit lighter than other maibocks, I suggest wheat in in the recipe coupled with the caramel malt. Bitter, earthy malts help balance the finish.

The mouth is light and refreshing. This brew is thinner than other maibocks, which once again brings me to suspect wheat, which isn't bad considering that it's a summer beer.

I like this maibock better than others. That's fine and well, except that I hate maibocks. They are too sticky sweet and too much caramel in the taste with a poor hop balance (opinion alert: not a decree). The fact that I like this one may speak for an undesireable quality pertaining to the style of this brew. Either way, Capital is a fine brewery with a distinct "house flavor".

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap & thought it had an awesome, herbal aroma & flavour, unfortunately, there was a little sourness from the tap line. The bottled version isn't as hoppy, but it's in prime condition.

A: Bronse with a slightly off-white head, some retention, touch of lace.

S: Herbal, floral bready & a hint of spice & toffee.

T: Bready malt with a little toffee, good floral & herbaceous hops, balanced bitterness, alcohol is subtle. This one's actually bordering on a 4.5, so I was a little generous on the aroma (I think a fresh tap would really make it).

M: Solid moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish. Very few new-world versions are done this well. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: Very drinkable.

I think this is the best Maibock I've had outside of Germany.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My pour produced nothing more than some white wisps that quickly dissipated to nothingness. The color was a deep orangish- gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a malty sweetness that was in keeping with the style. The mouthfeel was full and almost creamy with a malty sweetness and even a little heat on the tongue. The finish continued to have a lingering sweetness. It was a bit too sweet for my tastes and not as drinkable as some of Capital's other beers.

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Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with a very thick off-white head that eventually shrinks to nothing. The nose is somewhat hard to distinguish. The aroma has a malt presence to it and a unique spiciness. There's some very feint floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a sharp carbonation to it. The taste has a light malt character up front. It soon transitions into a more hoppy and spiced bitterness. Spiciness is quite pronounced toward the back. Some alcohol lingers in the finish.

Overall a very solid Maibock. Nothing flashy, but it doesn't have to be. Just an all-around good beer.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is sort of dirty orange, little bit of red. There is absolutely no head, looks a lot like apple cider actually.

The nose is made up mostly of caramel and corn, very sweet. The taste is just as sweet, but with a little hop bitterness coming in, and a little honey.

Feels really flat, but medium bodied and juicy still. It's refreshing, but not filling in any way. It'd make a good session beer, but I won't have any more.

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Photo of karengarys
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like a typical beer, not a lot of foam with my slow pour, clear dark amber. Pretty good, but kind of what I expect.

Smells good and bad at the same time. Hoppy and clean with a slight musty smell I'm not liking a whole lot. It's faint, and overall not bad.

Taste matches the smell - malty, hoppy, nice character, but a bit of mustiness.

Mouthfeel is nice and fresh.

Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no ugly aftertaste.

This is not a bad offering, and if you see it available give it a try. It would be easy to drink a few. It isn't worth spending time seeking out, though.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brdc
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, pours a clear, light golden brew with a white head.
Aroma is just too inconspicuous, some light maltiness and hoppiness, a floral hint, but not much.
Light body, with some sweet maltiness along with a very faint hoppiness, and a bit too much alcohol bite for such a light tasting beer.
Not the best example of Capital Brewery.

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Photo of Atron67
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip, green spring twist off cap bottle

A- crystal clear golden color, reminiscent of light copper actually. big fluffy white head with decent retention which slowly fell with a decent lacing

S- light malt character, pretty biscuity, pretty much dominates the smells, slightly sweet finish on the nose, a little sad but the hops dont let things go too far

T- very smooth throughout, light malty flavor, more of the biscuity charachter. nice clean finish, delicate almost, not much sweetness but the bitterness is really light as well.

M- pretty crisp body, strong carbonation, clean finish

D- pretty good, blonde is better and they are released together however so ill prolly go with that when looking for a good session lager

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a light amber, with a medium head. Smell was not very strong at all, faint sweetness. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly bitter. A very nice mix...right between a bitter ale and a malty bock. Mine seemed a bit too carbonated, not terribly so, but just a tad too much.

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer. Pours with an amber color topped wtih a tannish head. Carbonation bubbles cascade to the top of the surface. Aromas of malt hit the nose. Tastes of biscuity, bready malts and a slight hop presence coast the pallate. A delicious beer that hits the German style on target while reminding us that spring is just around the corner.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish amber w/light lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, soft spice, and rye w/slightly sweet malt. Taste is sour/bitter rye, sour cherry, toast, and light hops throughout. There is also a bit of tart grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with a moderate body and nice carbonation. This brew is smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately sweet and slightly malty with a hint of spicy hop. The flavor is malty and sweet with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel. The hop bitterness is medium-low and finish leave a bit of toasted malt on the palate. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a tasty, malty, sweet beer with a nice finish.

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Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish-gold brew with just the smallest amount of head even after a "hard" pour. C'mon, I wanna be transported to Germany, not Germantown, WI.

Doesn't smell bad but far too biscuity for a bock of any kind. Mild nutty sweetness creeps in with a distant hop aroma falling in at the end.

Much stronger on the taste. Caramel sweetness is completely controlled by the noble hop finish. In fact, hops make themselves known throughout and not just on the conclusion. This is exactly what I want in a Maibock.

Good balance of body and bubbles. Despite the inauspicious beginning, I find this to be a worthy competitor with any of it's transatlantic cohorts. A solid offering for bock lovers.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.