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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 kmpitz2


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep straw color with a finger of solid ivory head. A constant cascade of bubbles is present and the beer is as clear as could be. Very nice loking brew. Nose provides notes of toasted bread and light grainyness. A very faint floral hop is there, but not obtrusive at all. I enjoy the big toastyness in this one. Flavor really echos that toastyness. Grainy notes are light to moderate, breaking up the toastyness a bit. I really enjoy the aftertaste. It really carries the toasted notes and draws me back to this one again. I think this one is a solid maibock. Feel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation of tiny bubbles. It makes the brew feel a little more thick than it really is, and I like that with the toasty/bready malt character. This one is nice. It has just enough hop to carry it through, while letting the toasty and bready malt bill carry the weight of the flavor. This one is very enjoyable. I look forward to more time in Wisconsin to have more of the beers from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:01:32 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of hopman333


4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 05:08:47 | More by hopman333
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 23:48:20 | More by WesWes
Photo of strattor


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

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice, foamy white head.

Smell is of light malt, with both sweet and bready notes. Pretty full aroma.

Taste is of malt, and is pretty sweet, but not syrupy or artificial. There is a very low hop profile, with a bready aftertaste. There is also a warm spiciness from the alcohol that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with nice carbonation. It goes down very smoothly.

I think I could probably drink a dozen of these no problem if it weren't for the ABV, which must be relatively high. Though it doesn't have a strong or distinctive flavor, it's a very smooth, easy drinking beer that I can't seem to resist.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 03:06:28 | More by strattor
Photo of Prufrock


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

bright orange, crystal clear, with an inch of white head.

aroma is slightly faint, but there's honey, apple, and yeast.

malty, smooth, and very drinkable. a nice bready, honey sweetness with a clean fresh finish. light carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel. needs a little more hop balance but it's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 02:39:20 | More by Prufrock
Photo of zjungleist


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 03:39:23 | More by zjungleist
Photo of CRJMellor


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange and amber hue with a relatively big white head that maintains some shape as it is drained.
Aroma has a deep caramel and pale malt note with some vaguely herbal and flowery hop notes.
Flavor has rich, but light malt shot with a bit of nuttiness and some spice on the hop finish. Tetnang would be my guess for hops.
Mouthfeel was solid if a bit understated but nice balance between malt, grain and some bittering.
Drinkability is very high - just ask Davo he was able to chug and entire pint before running away.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 19:28:01 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle. Capital Maibock has a clear, copper color with a large, white head. Sweet and toasty malt aroma along with spicy hops. Grainy flavor with toasted malt. Spicy hops in the finish. This isn't the most complex beer, but it very clean, with no noticable off flavor. There is some noticable alcohol flavor. Carbonation is slightly higher than average. This is one of the better beers from Capital, and it's very good on tap too.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 23:06:35 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of Bitterbill


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 20:59:36 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of jj21


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Very carbonated Maibock pours brown with a good head. Carbonation holds throughout drinking. Mild Nutty, malty nose. Nothing extraordinary here. Flavor was good- Roasted malts and a mildly hoppy finish. Clean on the pallet. Not too heavy. Easy to drink as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 19:17:46 | More by jj21
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is going to be my first microbrew from the badger state after about a dozen years of despising most Miller products. Picked this up on a road trip to Dayton, Ohio for March Madness last weekend and if you ever visit that sordid little burg, I can strongly recommend Belmont Party Supply. I only wish I had more time and carry on luggage room to exploit its riches of microbrew.
This pungent maibock pours cloudy medium brown with no head and a nose of hops, spice, and citrus with some yeast hints. The taste is layered and ringed with more hops than I expected and a tart ness at the opening of each mouthful. The malt flavor is smooth and creamy and gives way to a tasty aftertaste with lots of sediment. The beer seems authentically Teutonic in nature.
This is a nice spring brew, a compromise between the heavy strength of winter and the delicate craft of summer. This is solid, honest beer and worth a shot if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 00:38:35 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mai Bock…nope, we call this one Mind Block. This beer sure doesn’t seem very strong but a few pints usually leaves my friends and I in a rather bizarre loopy state unakin to normal inebriation. Drinking Capital’s 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 don’t really care for the taste, nor style, I keep coming back for more so something must be right here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 21:58:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of shbobdb


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what a Maibock ought be. Light and refreshing, to be sure, to be sure . . . but there is much more to this beer than that! The nose is like fresh fruit, fallen from the tree. A magical melange of fruity yeast-esters and earthy noble hops. Mmmm. Very pleasant. The taste is exatically what you'd expect from the nose with a round mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation tickling your tongue. Good beer, good times.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 19:35:47 | More by shbobdb
Photo of dirtylou


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 02:03:51 | More by dirtylou
Photo of warriorsoul


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 18:41:40 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of battlekow


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with Tyranena Fighting Finches Mai Bock, Sprecher Mai Bock, and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Looks just like the Sprecher, a faintly red-tinted amber color. Pretty much an average of the other three, this beer smells faintly of apples, and tastes pretty balanced, with a slight tilt toward sweetness with a hint of whipped cream. Upholds the Capital Brewery legacy of faithful, solid, and thoroughly unexceptional beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 04:20:06 | More by battlekow
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark golden with virtually no head or carbonation. This has beer and a couple of bubbles on top like an ill-fitting hat.

Aroma is light, with a light caramel sweetness and perhaps some butter notes. Very gentle though.

Flavor is where this one gets interesting. Rich mouthfell surrounds toasty malts with a nice sweetness, an easy hop ending that compliments the rest of the flavor. Honey and pear/apple fruits. Quite pleasant and easy to drink. I think this is one of the best Capital Brewery offerings I've had!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 00:47:02 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of redmosquito


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

Beautiful bright copper in color with a thin white head, crystal clear. Malty aroma with spicey yeast. The malt aroma is bready not quite carmelly. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet almost carmel, slight peppery yeast and warming alcohol in the finish. Good malt body and balancing bitterness. This is a fabulous example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 18:58:42 | More by redmosquito
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

A - Medium gold amber color with a fair head that became almost nonexistant after settling.

S - Bananas Foster, bubble gum, candied sugars and candy corn. Mmmmm.

T - Candy sweetness in the front with a faint apple-cidery undertone and hints of maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal.

M - Very smooth drinker. Lightly carbonated and slick.

D - The low carbonation makes the sips slide down smoothly, and that fact combined with the delicious taste makes this one a very easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2005 00:34:15 | More by EPseja
Photo of TastyTaste


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is spot-on for a maibock, a light brown, crystal clear color with a small creamy white head. Smell is big and malty, but not overpowering, this may be served too cold (there's a blizzard outside, of course it's too cold). Taste is at first sweet maltiness, slightly grassy, not overdone or cloying, just delicious. Hops are no where on my radar. Mouthfeel is slick, but a little too thin. Good, but there are better maibock's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 22:57:16 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of brewQ


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 04:10:12 | More by brewQ
Photo of BeerBuilder


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

Pours to a copper color with a minimal white head. The aroma is malty and toasty, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, followed by a malty and toasted bread flavor. It is a good medium bodied brew. Another good one from Capital.

Sampled 3/6/04

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 15:17:49 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of RedBaron


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich and golden; nice head; nothing extraordinary
Smell: Pleasant clove, flowery (nice hop aroma), and faintly medicinal;
Taste: malty sweet, with a decent bittering character in the finish; residual malt sugars lingered nicely.
Mouthfeel: hearty, yet quaffable. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability: A steady, well-made brew from the good folks at Capital; A good beer to enjoy in a late spring evening after cutting the grass.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 02:01:43 | More by RedBaron
Photo of budgood1


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this maibock pours out a clear copper colour with a half inch dirty white head leaving traces of lace. non-descript aroma...stiff pale malts with a whiff of some euro style hops. very nice. tastes great...lots of pale maltiness providing a nice backbone. spicy alcohol mingles with some bitter and perceptible tasty hops. full bodied and satisfying. rounded mouthfeel leads to a finish best described as toasty and perfectly bittered. pretty dry for the style as some maibocks can be sugary sweet in the end. lingering grainy/grassy aftertaste. this is a nice maibock. very drinkable and tasty.

again...cheers to zap and whoever else had a hand in getting this fine wisconsin maibock into my glass!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 22:39:46 | More by budgood1
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: An oval label with a light lime background containing a picture of a domed building which sits a front a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label complete with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Poured with a nice wholesome creamy looking head that is off-white with a yellow tinge to it. The body is a beautifully clear orange-amber with gem-like coppery refractions when held to the light. Nice carbonation in the body.

Nose: Lovely lightly sweet breaded malts, a toasted warming Teutonic aroma that has a little hop in the finish. Perfectly adequate and very inviting I have to say.

Taste: Lots of the nose in tastes, which is great. The breaded malts start the Maibock, lightly sweet with a warm toasted character they build strongly into the middle. A release of alcohol assists in developing the beers presence and helps to act as a base for the nice delicate hop feel in the latter third. The light hop is soon replaced by more sweet malts in the finish which leave a light cloying sweet feel in the back of the mouth once the beer is swallowed, but not a bad one, it is as if the beer wants to remind you how good it was. A solid Maibock.

Mouthfeel: A definitive above average feel to this beer, it really does have the filling sensation of eating freshly baked bread straight from the oven. Warm and fluffy at times it fills the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer, given its filling character and mouthfeel, but the tastes are so similar to the addictive habit of nibbling on freshly baked bread that it’s difficult to put this one down for good until the Glass is empty, which is exactly what happened to me.

Overall: A beautiful, nicely balanced, if rather sweet finishing, Maibock. I would certainly buy this Spring offering if I had the chance. It’s a difficult beer to put down on the table, but an easy one to put down your throat, if you get my meaning. Very nice!

A Spring Thanks to BigHuge for this Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 04:00:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.