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Maibock - Capital Brewery


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very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 00:33:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:46:46 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of benfranklin


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's the end of May and I may be finishing the last of this year's production, but this particular bottle of Capital's Maibock still satisfies. The malt and the lingering hops and yeastiness still make for a worthy treat. Maybe I'll catch one of these earlier next year. (Excuse me, while I finish 'er off....)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 21:46:59 | More by benfranklin
Photo of Nordura


3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This really is a nice, malty spring beer with a small alcohol kick to it. Perfect after coming out of this last Winter. A slight grainy smell, not overly impressive. Creamy and carbonated, and a sweet finish? I do just also get a hint of the hops on this one. All-in-all a recommended spring seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:34:42 | More by Nordura
Photo of guityler83


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden carmel colored, crystal clear, full finger of head that falls quickly.

S: Sweet toffee, carmel, almost an apple like charecter

T: Rich malt forward profile. carmel, toffee and toast. sweet in the finish

M: a bit of hot alcohol, dry finish, moderate carb'd.

O: A solid maibock that would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 01:51:48 | More by guityler83
Photo of TheSSG


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, fizzy head that is surprisingly persistent. Sweet malt behind floral hops. Brilliant dark gold hue. A nice sweet malt (reminiscent of alcohol's sweetness) with floral hop bitterness which peaks to a low-medium bitterness. Then it cascades down with a MONUMENTAL malt finish with floral hops peaking through as it goes.

I LOVE this bier! Perfectly balanced. A Maibock to compete with the best of Germany. Nice, medium hops balanced off STUNNING maltiness. The way these two elements play amongst each other is just wonderful to experience on your tongue.
I eagerly await the coming of Maibock season just for this one (And Lakefront's "Big Easy").

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:26:52 | More by TheSSG
Photo of BrownAleMale


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Brewery poured into a Capital Brewery Pint glass.

Appearance- A golden color with reddish brown tint with very little white head.

Smell- Fresh bread and a slight woody and piney hop smell.

Taste- Bunches of malt perfect and I do mean perfectly balanced with a very light piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation with a scary smoothness.

Overall- The lightness and breadiness with complementing hops and perfect carbonation make this my favorite maibock.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 04:27:16 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of pschul4


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium dark golden color with a little bit of white head that disipates quickly

S- Lots of sweet malt. Little too sweet for my liking but not obnoxiously sweet

T- Again very sweet. Some hay or something along those lines to mitigate the sweetness but its light

M- Really smooth for a spring seasonal. Doesnt come across as light as I'd like for something to drink when it's warm out

O- Definitely above average but nothing mindblowing. Some bitterness would make this amazing

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:13:04 | More by pschul4
Photo of Kbogac


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden amber with white foam. Has some good looking carbonation going in the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a tiny bit if hop.

Taste is malt with a bit of sweetness and a little hop to balance it out. Well balanced.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Very clean taste and easy to drink. Overall probably my favorite Maibock. I look forward to it in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:27:38 | More by Kbogac
Photo of mattfungus


4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When winter starts coming to an end and I want something that isnt thick syrup black and bitter and I start craving something refreshing this is my favorite beer.

This beer tastes like spring. It is refreshing and malty and is the perfect potion to take overhopped beers out of your pallete.

I savor this one and in fact one of the greatest tragedies for me was when I set a six pack down on a wet floor to put on my coat. When I picked it back up the cardboard was wet and all six bottles hit the cement floor. I coulda cried.

Malt, malt, malt with just a hint of hops.

Like the spring wind blowing through young budding aspen trees this maibock makes me want to bring back maydances and maypoles.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:55:42 | More by mattfungus
Photo of falloutsnow


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A modest pour produces a decent 2cm head of dirty white foam that's very creamy in appearance and texture. Dissipates over a few minutes to be a ring around the glass, but no lacing. Body is yellow-gold in color, transparent, with some visible carbonation.

Malt sweetness dominates in the nose, but there's also the presence of floral, somewhat herbal, hops. Fairly straightforward, and not totally differentiated from other German lagers, but I like what it does.

Taste is heavily sweet, a little syrupy and with mild honey-like flavors. Nothing cloying, standard German style, but nothing to truly be excited about, either.

Fairly full-bodied, fairly chewy, but carbonation is moderately intense enough to blend well with this. A little too sweet and sticky in the finish, ending dryly.

This was a good beer, above average, but it didn't completely change my perceptions, either. With a lack of available maibocks, this is a satisfying spring beer and one I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:56:17 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of pweis909


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me in a great deal, (75 cents a bottle), but I don't think that colors my judgement - it's as nice as any maibock I've ever had.

It's appearance is on the gold side of orange. The first bottle I tried was completely uncarbonated, but it was an anomaly. The rest of the 6 pack yielded a 5/8th inch head that gradally receded to a thin white foam and left lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty, bready, and the taste delivers more of the same and leans towards a pleasant, not cloying sweetness. I've never really detected hop aroma in maibocks, but the beer is bittered sufficiently to bittered to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. There is a slight soapy taste (not off-putting, but that is the best descriptor I have) that I often find in beers with a munich malt presence (e.g., Octoberfest).

The beer seems full bodied, but still delivers a sufficient crispness in the finish that keeps it in balance.

Note regarding hops: I think the need for hop presence of maibocks might be overinterpretted by many reviewers. These beers should not have a resounding hop presence; they may be slightly more bitter than other lagers, but they are also slightly more sweet than them. Balance is key, and aroma hops to the degree found in American ale styles seems out of place. I don't care what Rogue and the BA powers that be say, but Dead Guy is NOT a Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:12:50 | More by pweis909
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber to light brown in color. Large bubbles in the head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Not much going in the aroma, but plenty of fresh grain smell.

T: Slightly bitter in the nose and malty sweet with a caramel finish.

M: Stays fizzy throughout but the lack of hopping keeps it from lingering.

D: Nice, I do appreciate the refreshing lightness but a bit on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 20:08:36 | More by BasementBer
Photo of MrGraybeard


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler at about 45 degrees. Clear, reddish brew with a fairly modest but persistent head. The aroma blends caramel with touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel is creamy, like a lot of Capital brews. Malt presents itself nicely with a well-balanced hop backdrop. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

Maibock is about the best thing Capital is offering outside of their limited edition (and expensive) Blonde Dopplebock and Autumnal Fire brews. I would rate it superior to Sierra Nevada's Glissade, a similar seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 06:13:05 | More by MrGraybeard
Photo of mjpolzin


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is a nice orangish color when you pour it; quite interesting. Mouthfeel is nothing special; some carbonation. Tastes somewhat bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, goes down smooth. I bought a six pack recently and have had one a few different times with dinner. With it being a seasonal, I may buy one more six pack before spring winds down or I will just move onto the summer beers that Capital is soon to come out with.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:12:50 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of JohnnyChicago


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a pale honey with a decent sized head.

S: Sticky sweetness from the malts arise along with a hop twinge atypical for the style.

T: Hops are present here as well. There is also the traditional Helles flavours: musty sweetness, a bit of sourness and a touch of spice in the finish.

D: Easy drinking and refreshing seasonal. Alcohol is hidden and flavours blend well.

Overall: It won't blow you away, but Capital has made a nice little seasonal in an underused style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:24:24 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of dhannes


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at a local restaurant in a glass (can't recall if it was a pint glass or not).

A=Reddish golden, very appealing.

S=Hop smell, IIRC.

T=Very nice...hops, plus spiciness.


D=Not one for chugging, but good with a nice meal or by itself.

Will add more thoughts with next sampling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 17:49:09 | More by dhannes
Photo of richkrull


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:09:08 | More by richkrull
Photo of jsulko


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a brewery supplied (w logo) shaker

Dark, orangish color. Head disappears quickly.

Taste is malty with a hint of hops.

This is my first Maibock, so I have nothing to compare for style.

Very drinkable beer, very good spring seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:55:09 | More by jsulko
Photo of BeerLover99


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange, amber hue, 1 finger head, nice lacing in pint glass

S: the nose is very faint, probably my only issue, was hoping for a stronger malt aroma. light malt, earthy grain.

T: big malt body, hint of plum in middle, mild bitter finish

M: medium body, slight prick on the tongue, smooth dry finish

D: Capital brews some nice bocks. This is can be a sipper or one to have more than a few with worthy friends. The standard for me in American Maibocks, a delicious and underrepresented style.

This is worth seeking out, get some!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:54:52 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:57:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light copper with a quick dissipating head some clinging lacing...smell is malts toast a little toffee and hops..taste follows the same lots of very good toasty and caramel malts then some noble hops..some earthy taste and some spices ..its a medium mouth feel and easy to drink..try this one

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 21:35:29 | More by gatornation
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent carbonation reinforces an excellent (read "sexy") head that in turn leaves some sharp lacing. an excellent roasted gold color, too. excellent!

such a pilsy-smelling fantasy! with luscious, meadowy noble hops and a whiff of toasty vienna malts

restrainedly sweet of ample pils malts and tactfully deepened with some bready malt. simple, but not too simple, and balanced. touch of lemony hop

quite frankly, this is april in a glass: i wanna drink it by the lake but i'm not cherishing refreshment in a beer just yet. has the appeal of something more quaffable than the more robust brews i've been drinking all winter yet still doesn't threaten tastelessness

i hate to say it but i enjoyed this less the minute i tasted their "blonde" doppelbock. but this is certainly the finer of the two, any puzzling similarities aside. this is going to be my best rating in some time

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 23:03:48 | More by bruachan
Photo of dbtoe


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass
This beer was a little sweet for my taste. Still it was very drinkable and I'd take one any day if offered one. Probably not going to get another until next year that is.
Look is a dark gold with a small head that reduced down fast to a thin cap.
Smell is very mild I had to take a pretty good sniff to get much of anything. Mostly some toasted malt.
Taste was mainly malt and a lot of sweetness. A nice bitterness at the end smoothed out the sweetness and it finished cleanly. Good carbonation helps a lot as well.
A very drinkable beer however I could tell it was a higher ABV beer but it wasn't boozy.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 21:32:04 | More by dbtoe
Photo of evanackerman


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a lovely light copper, head is minimal.

Aroma is bready with a bit of fruit, very nice.

Taste is dominated by malt with an appropriately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light viscosity, just right for the style.

Drinkability is quite high.

Overall, another quality lager from the brewery in a sea of American Ales, nice to have this to go to every spring to break from the stouts and porters of winter. Give it a try if you have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:23:36 | More by evanackerman
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Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.