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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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86
very good

247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short off-white head with no lace. Deep golden color is not quite transparent. I keep getting a whiff of something like banana, but can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a bit of malt in the aroma, but that's about it. Fairly sweet malt flavor with a kind of earthy sharp butterscotch flavor. Body is full, but not overbearing. The alcohol and dry finish make for a beer that works in the end. It's a bit subdued, but the flavor is solid and this is a well put together beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:09:11 | More by HappyHourHero
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a light yellow with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was faint, but what was there was a muted malty fruit overtaken by mild skunk. Mouthfeel thin and non-desctript and the flavor was bland. This all led to a finish that was short and dry.

Not impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 02:24:24 | More by kimcgolf
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden/copper color, with a nice dense white head. It kind of sticks around leaving a bit of lacing. This is really a nice looking beer, clear, golden. I'm interested. The smell is nice too. It comes out with some very nice pilsener malt graininess. Very nice graininess. And it has that brilliant lager cleanness. There's a bit of a caramelly, cakey, sticky malt, but not too much sweetness. I can also catch a whiff of some earthy hops, spicy, herbal, but not fruity and floral. Smells nice. The taste is good, too. Crisp and malty. This is what I want, noy as dark and rich as a doppelbock, but quite a bit more malty than any other lager. This is still quite refreshing. There's a nice tone of caramellized sugar, with a distinct barley graininess, with just a finish of some earthy leaves. Nice and sticky as it goes down, with great, big body, and there are no off-fermentation flavors. There's a crisp bite of carbonation. Good. I'm going to give this a good rating for drinkability. I really enjoyed it. It goes down well and I would definitely drink a few of these in a night, though at 6.2, wouldn't turn it into a session lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 23:38:25 | More by taylorhamrick
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Nitty Gritty, in Madison. I wrote some stuff down briefly and here's what I had.

Capital Maibock pours a light orange/deeper hazy yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

The smell is heavily of sweet buttery malt, which is going perfectly with my Gritty Burger.

The taste is wonderful, a heavy dose of sweet malt, followed by a nice dash of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation, appropriate light graininess for a maibock, and a planted medium body holds it all together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this with my meal, and feel I could drink it as a standalone beer just about any time of the year. It isn't too heavy, isn't too strong for a maibock, and has a wonderful blend of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 11:06:18 | More by AmberMan22
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a burnt amber orange with a 2 finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is very malty but has a good amount of hops to

taste is sweet carmel malts kinda buttery with a good amount of hops and bitterness to balance this beer out - a great lager

mouhfeel is medium body but with the full flavor and ample carbonation it works well

drinkability is good as well - if i had to drink a lager this one would be tops of the list

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:02:50 | More by jsh420
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roadhouse

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a one inch off-white head. It falls to a thin head but it retains well and also leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of spicy and herbal hops but there is also a slight malt sweetness and a bit of a nuttiness.

Taste has a malty sweetness up front followed by some herbal hops with some spiciness coming in towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth going down. Clean bitterness in the finish leaves a nice tingle in the mouth.

I haven't had too many Maibocks but this is definitely one of the better ones that I have had. Everything I've had from Capital is solid and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 04:42:32 | More by roadhouse
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 16:10:04 | More by mynie
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 04:36:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze color, decent head

Smells of caramel, grains, and wood

Malt and caramel forward in the taste, accentuated by wood, grains, and a bit of alcohol. Alcohol blends well with the flavors. No off-flavors. As it warms, caramel and a hint of honey permeate everything nicely.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation

A solid Maibock from Capital. So far I've been impressed with their German styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 17:55:57 | More by Strix
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MithosYggdrasil

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 Pack from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI on 5/03/2009, with the 12 ounce bottles being poured into a pint glass. I haven't explored this style thoroughly, but I was very impressed with this beer.

Appearance: A clear amber (and somewhat bronze) color is poured with a yellowish white head. Great head retention, as well.

Smell: Very sweet maltyness with herbal and spicy hops, as well as a fruity/citrusy smell.

Taste: It's sweet and malty, just the way I like it. The taste definitely matches up well with the smell of the beer and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately full-bodied and smooth with an easy finish.

Drinkability: Great tasting from the first sip to the last. It's not very expensive, incredibly drinkable and despite not knowing the style very well, I am definitely interested in trying many more Maibocks. I would love to drink this beer again and likely will.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 03:42:26 | More by MithosYggdrasil
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BarrelBrother

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've developed an interest in this style since going to May Fest in Chicago the last couple of years. I've always enjoyed offerings from Capital, they produce excellent styles, especially "malt monsters", like Autumnal Fire & Blonde Doppelbock. I really did enjoy their Maibock too.

A: Very nice deep golden hue, poured with a light fluffy head and lacing was quite good.
S: Hmmm, sweet buttery cream, some toffee with a hint of spice overtones like nutmeg. Very nice.
T: Very impressive. I've had other examples of this style and this one impressed. Not overly sweet but plenty of nuttiness which I really liked. I love it when a domestic brewery does a great job on a classic German style.
M: Very smooth, silky in fact. Clean finish and no overtones of an excessive alcohol presence.
D: Oh, quite drinkable indeed. Smooth. I really was impressed by this beer. An excellent domestic Maibock from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 03:48:18 | More by BarrelBrother
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storksonm

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

A nice Maibock a golden color and the head was a bit short lived, very clear beer. The smell and the taste are kind of the same kind of a musty kind of smell and taste which is fitting to a miabock. Also very nice sweet aftertaste. I think that the mouthfeel is great in this beer I wish that the head would have stayed around awhile longer but the mouthfeel was indeed smooth. But with all the maibocks coming out it is definitely spring in wisconsin. And I can't wait to try more.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:14:52 | More by storksonm
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden. Off-white short-lived head.

Smell - Sweet malt dominates. Maybe a hint of spice or nuttiness.

Taste - Medium-strong sweet toasted malt. Kind of a nutty flavor. Finishes with medium hops. Seems well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - Nice beer for the long transition between Winter and Spring in Wisconsin. Not so rich as some high malt beers, but enough alcohol to keep you warm.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:38:26 | More by scaliasux
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:30:56 | More by brentk56
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gford217

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber with a small creamy white head that stays on as a collar and leaves a bit lacing.

Aroma is dominated by light toasted malts with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. There are some earthy hops in the background as well.

The taste is a tad sweeter than the nose with the malts having a more caramel flavor. The toasted character is a bit less than in the aroma. The hops are there in the finish, though very subtle.

The mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation but still leaves a very clean, crisp finish.

This is a very good maibock and I have yet to be let down by a Capital brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 20:01:17 | More by gford217
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small, quickly fading white head. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble hops. Has a good flavor of malt with pepper and grassy notes. Just enough hops flavors to keep me interested. Some cloying sweetness on the finish is the only fault I can find in this Maibock. Bitterness is low. Is a bit overcarbonated and harsh on the tongue. At 6.2% ABV the drinkability is hurt a bit. Very good example of the style overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 23:12:54 | More by morimech
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Strong sweet malt with light floral hop notes.

T- Sweet malt with smooth bready notes. A very light toasted character comes through at midpoint. Toward the end there's a light alcohol dryness coupled with a subdued noble hop note for a nice balanced finish.

M- Smooth and rich with just enough cabonation to keep it from being too heavy.

D- The six-pack went by pretty fast.

One hell of a Maibock, highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:44:02 | More by Pauly2X
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold with quickly fading white head.

Aroma of malts, biscuit, and honey, and earthy notes.

The taste is a dead on match with the aroma. Malts, biscuit, berry, honey, lemon, and some spice.

Medium bodied, a bit dry, and lightly carbonated.

An easy drinking maibock from the folks at Capital.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 00:47:15 | More by Monkeyknife
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Thanby

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden honey color with lots of carbonation, and a thin white head. Smells like a roasted barley malt blended with honey, and a dash of lemon and hops to round out an enticing nose. First taste is a mellow, rounded malt with some Belgian-esque yeast and honey. Comes to a fairly quick finish where the late hops and citrus bittering linger to round out the experience. Light and balanced the whole way through, but far from the watery-ness you find in some of the more delicate brews gone wrong. Overall a wonderful bock that makes me wish I had purchased more.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:33:18 | More by Thanby
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KI9A

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice super clear amber, puffy head.

S: Malts dominate, roasted, sweet.

T: Again, malty up front, with a slight bitterness at the back. Nothing else stands out, as it should be. Very nice.

M: Clean, fairly sharp.

D: Big. This is what I look for in a laid-back beer drinking session. Lower ABV, clean, great balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:11:08 | More by KI9A
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Vancer

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 21:19:42 | More by Vancer
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 18:49:13 | More by Rennpferd
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:44:25 | More by Soneast
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beeronesse

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:30:21 | More by beeronesse
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:31:47 | More by hopdog
Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.