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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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very good

152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 282
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: 282
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pale white head that fades to a ringlet and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Biscuity malt, toffee and a touch of butterscotch

Taste: Opens with a toffee and a biscuity malt flavor that wants to head in a cloying direction but, fortunately, is sidetracked by some balancing hops; the hops don't change the character of this beer (and they shouldn't) and, after the swallow, the malty dominance returns; a bit of butterscotch and grain appears at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice Maibock indeed, with full flavor and well-disguised alcohol

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not as good as past bottles, will try again to confirm, but most recently it seems like it has changed for the worse.

Pours a fine, deep amber tone, with cascading foam rises to the top of the Pilsner glass. Foam is like whipped merengue on the surface. Yeast is poured in, clouding it up a bit.

Smells of fruity esters, banana and slight peach. Mild crackery grain.

Taste is nicely balanced, yeast adds a slight sweet fruitiness and smooths the mouthfeel. Lightly malty, very refreshing. Simplicity and tradition go a long way with this one. Seems very well balanced overall, a great springtime session lager.

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

Brilliant, unblemished tangerine with intermittent tiny bubbles rising to a several finger cap of creamy foam the color of lightly toasted meringue. The texture of the cap is somewhat marshmallow-like with sticky chunklets of lace appearing as it melts. A classic maibock look and a good one.

The nose lacks power and presence. In fact, I might have found it difficult to pick the correct style if I didn't already know. It's lightly buttered blonde malty with a disappointing hop presence. This style needs to be somewhat hoppy--or spicy--in order to impress me. So now I guess it's up to the flavor to do just that.

Actually, it's neither all that hoppy, nor all that spicy, but it is good beer. The dominant flavor is sweet, vanilla-like pale malt and lots of it. I don't enjoy the earthiness or the booziness that some maibocks have in spades. Capital Maibock is a better beer for having neither. There's isn't a great deal of complexity here, just big blonde malt flavor.

It's clear that the ABV is on the high side, although not out of line for the style. It's also clear that it's been buried quite well on the palate. No hidden depth reveals itself as the beer warms, so I'll just have to resign myself to simple, straightword and solid. I'd get bored drinking several of these, but this one is hitting the spot right now.

The mouthfeel is appropriately large due to what must be an impressive amount of malt. It's more firm and slick than it is silky smooth and is a good match for the flavor. Not too many bubbles show themselves, which is more than fine by me. I don't often rank drinkability lower than taste, but while I like and respect this beer, it isn't disappearing all that quickly.

Capital Maibock is a good version that could use at least one more facet to what is a fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Maibock lovers will probably love it. The rest of us need something more, something special to keep us coming back spring after spring.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

So many Capital bocks, and I'm not complaining... This stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light toffeee, light sweet biscuit, and a hint of sweet corn. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a kiss of buttercream and a light layer of sweetgrass. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine maibock, one that may make one look forward to the late Spring, early Summer months.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of grain, honey, caramel and spice. The malt character is hearty but still on the lighter side, despite the bready flavor. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer pound down several of throughout the course of an evening. I could see myself drinking quite a few of them if the beer were available in this area.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, effervescent milky head; pale,coppery color.Notes of vanilla, citrus, spice, nuts, cedar. Firm maltines, solid texture. Sweet, tangy, pleasant finish. A little buttery, though. Not the best maibock on the block, but still a solid citizen.

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Photo of jwc215
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours clear amber with a thin, lasting creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is mild, but there is some toasted malt that is inviting enough.

The taste is of toasted sweet caramelized bread with an earthy, subdued fruity bitter-ish balance in the warming finish.

It is creamy smooth. Carbonation level fits it very well.

This is an excellent example of the style. Sweet leaning, malty, but with balance, toasty, mildly warming and easily drinkable. A great spring offering!

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and carapils malts. It's dry with some breadlike notes. The taste is decent. It has a slightly musty flavor that goes down slow and finishes semi- sweet and a bit breadlike. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent drinking maibock. It has good malt content, but it just doesn't blow my hair back. I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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

Poured amber with a smooth medium head. No lacing. The smell is just lager yeast. I really get nothing else out of it. The beer is somewhat sweet and tangy up front, softer in the back. Nothing special, but pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy and relatively easy to drink. There are better Maibocks out there, but this is pleasant enough and relatively cheap to boot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased from Archer Liquors (Randy is a class act guy). Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big chunky white head that drops pretty quickly leaving behind a thin white collar... probably should have rinsed the glass out well before pouring. Perfectly crystal clear lite gold honey... very appealing.

Aroma is all pale malts out of the gate... pushes forward with fairly significant spicey noble aroma... and finishes with a nice touch of toasted malts.... Very clean.

Flavor is oh so smooth... creamy with just enough carbonation... big chewy malts... more pronounced toasted and very lite caramel this time around... no fruitiness to speak of.... perfect balance... just enough bitterness and (I may be imagining things) but there is something there that is reminescent of noble hops. Great mouthfeel... maybe on the plus side of heavy for the style... but what do I know.

Capital is one of my favorite breweries in the world; I've had only 5-6 of their brews, but all have been class acts... luckily I have 5 more to try/retaste tonight. Thanks again Randy for allowing me to be your first Idaho order.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Mostly cloudy amber color - does not look like a maibock Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Starts sweet, brown sugar that is balanced with the hops, malty finish. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Tigard, Or.

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

(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.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a fine ring around the glass.

The smell is a malty smell that's actually pretty strong and inviting.

The taste is full of malty goodness with some grainy notes and just the smallest smidgeon of hop bitterness that lasts right through to the finish and...Wow, it kind of surprised me. Here, I have this average looking brew in my glass with absolutely NO foam and the flavour is an absolute delight! I admit, I've had little to no experience with a Maibock but if *this* one is typical, I think I rather like the style! And boy...is this baby drinkable...I wish I had some more!

Bottom line: Dang this is a great tasting brew! I recommend it!

Thanks to bditty187 for this sample!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re rate. I've fallen in love with this beer this spring and noticed I only gave it an average rating last year. And at $10 a 12 pack, this is one of the better beer values around.

This is a perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head though. A slight and bubbly collar is apparant and lacing is adequate. Deep malty tones on the nose. Very nice. This just smells bavarian. The body of this beer is damn near full. Feels great in the mouth. The carbonation is just right. The taste is big and malty. I love it. Bready. Doughy. A meal in a bottle. Thick munich malts lay down a fabulous foundation. Hops don't impart much in the bitterness or flavor. Just there for balancing I'm sure. Love this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bread on the nose. Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a ½” dense white head. Rich malt and well developed melanoidins give it full flavors. Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a stingy amount of head. Nice to see some real head retention on a lager. Th aroma is a light piney hop with some sugary malts. The firssip is a dry, sweet malt. Reminding me of sweet bread and other malted grains like wheat are noticed in the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is acidic, yet dry. Pretty good maibock brewed in America.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no visible date poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A - Very well carbonated. Light orange amber color with a two finger, off-white, smooth, dense head. Good lacing.

S - A delicious malty smell, slightly sweet, on the nose. Every-so-slightly toasted with a light level of hop crispness. No aromas in this beer were strong enough to have nuances to them. All very general smells unfortunately.

T - The malty sweetness is slightly toasty but almost instantly overwhelmed by a light level of hops that results in a slightly dry and bitter finish.

M - Effervescent, light, and crisp with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

D - Nice and light with a dry crispness to the finish. An easy drinking spring beer that's of good quality. Nothing amazing, but good.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 review....

Still get a good hit of heat....nice malty tones but soft compared to the blonde DB...scores remain the same..(like the song remains the same)..much like a Blonde DB light....better than most for sure..

The 2003 version is even better....awesome sweet vanilla malt...very malty and tasty...low on the hops...one of my favorite maibocks..

Boy you can smell the alcohol in this one...a white fizzy head sits atop a clear, clean, apricot colored beer....some maltiness on the nose...strong malt backbone dominates this beer with a very slight spicy hop finish...I like the flavor profile of this one...very heavy malt with notes of vanilla...maybe not the most complex beer in the world, but an excellent maibock I'd stack up there with the top dozen or so I've tried..

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orangy glow with a huge creamy white head, two fingers high and settled slowly to retain a solid haze of bubbles and some large curtains of lace and some spots. Smell is soft of yeast, breadlike dough with hop notes lingering in the back and sweet malt notes as well. Taste is smooth and mild with a small sweet tang and easy bitterness, quite nice. The malt really comes through as it warms which is a nice feature. Feel is a solid medium/light body with a lightly measurable creamyness, an oily sense as well and has a slight zestyness in the finishing hold. One dynamite beer, drinkable stuff for sure, I'd have another in a pinch.

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

On tap at the brewery.

Maibocks a curious breed. They're usually fairly intense, ABV-wise, but they aren't allowed the alcohol obfuscating hop profiles that so many strong beers enjoy. And since Capital, along with a lot other bock brewers, adheres to that damn Reinheitsgebot, it's not like these guys go too many tricks they can employ to make you forget you're drinking something strong. It's all up to the malt, and oftentimes things get far too sweet far too quickly, or else the front tastes like butter caramel and the back taste like socks and fire.

This, my friends, is a well made maibock. Pours caramel orange with a nice head. Smells very sweet, but not cloyingly so, and this sweetness is cut into by a firm but drinkable alcoholic bitterness.

Tastes of zippy bock malt, heavy floral esters with a complicated candy middle of toffee and caramel, ends with very light european hops and more bitter alcohol.

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