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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 269 | Reviews: 152
Photo of jjayjaye
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger off white head a that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing observed. The smell is a sweet pineapple, cherry and vanilla malt. Light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated yet singular. The flavor mirrors the smell, but without a lot of body it kinda sits out there. It's an unceremonious version of a celebration.

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

Thanks to nchrist13 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a nice fluffy one finger off-white head that stays quite well. A bit of stickiness, spotty here and there. Smell is a very light sweet caramel malt with a hint of light citrus fruit odors. Taste is very much of the same. Light sweet caramel notes with a nice mild hop bite towards the end. Aftertaste is a sweet biscuity malt flavor. Very light and smooth mouthfeel, perfect for this style. Capital seems to master the bock styles for sure. Look forward to trying more from Capital Brewery.

Photo of tboom29
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the green, unassuming bottle with the capital on it. Looks like an old beer my Grandpa would buy, but I like the bottle anyway.
Not much head at all, a little disappointing. Does have a clear golden color.

A big, malt presence in the nose, followed by a light hoppiness. Biscuity.

The first taste confirms the nose. Surprisingly rich and malty up front. Some biscuit notes again, followed by a malty sweetness, with hints of blueberry. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy.

This is a very full, refreshing beer. I can see drinking several of these. Would be very nice with something off the grill in the summer, say grilled sausage and peppers.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got dragged to a martini bar that clearly did not give a wit about beer, but they had this on tap. I was underwhelmed by the beer, but that might be because of the place (dirty glass).

It poured a light dull brown in a pub glass with large dirty looking bubbles. Smell was lightly malty. Flavor was a bit of caramel, but generally very mild and bland. Mouthfeel was fine, but I can't say I feel moved to strongly recommend this beer.

Photo of indy169
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A spring release I've grown to look forward to, the Maibock is a great sessionable bock. The color is a reddish amber and offers a lightly creamy head with good lacing. Smell is good with no discerning characteristics of offense. Taste is malty and sweet, but hinting a bit at higher alcohol. A decent brew, but I'd prefer a traditional Bavarian bock style.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012:
Not as good as past bottles, will try again to confirm, but most recently it seems like it has changed for the worse.

2007:
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.

Photo of steveh
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition of one of my favorite styles from my favorite micro. Not sure why this year's offering shines this year - mood, previous string of brews consumed, just the need for a good, precision lager? Whatever - this batch is deelightful!

Poured a deep gold with a billowy white head that settles quickly, aroma of bready malt and light noble hops in great harmony -- slight pepperiness from alcohol.

Wrap all of the aroma characteristics into the flavor and add a slight, sweet nuttiness, a medium-light body with a soft mouth-feel, a dry finish and you have one of the best beer experiences outside Munich itself.

Agreed - here's to Kirby's fine art!

Photo of Beertracker
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Capital's Maibock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This seasonal bock pours up with ample carbonation that creates a cascading creamish white head that prominently sits atop a slightly hazy, deeply golden-sunset orange body. The aromatic nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich toasted maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked European sweetbread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, hop spiciness, and alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted maltiness that is marked by some spicy bitterness. The medium full-bodied finish is very creamy and gently smooth with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital reminds me of a slightly bigger Einbecker Mai-ur-Bock comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Courtesy of the FlingBison, Thanks bro! this is a nice one. The liquid in a cloudy pale brown, with nice carbonation. The head is tan and a thick & smooth 2 fingers, it fades leaving some lace.

The smell is of bitter hops over a big malt base. Yep, Maibock! Schwinggg!

The taste is good, a big and bold malt well balanced by a great hopy mix. The finish is slightly thrown my a syrupy or honey taste that linger just a hair too long.

The mouthfeel as good, good carbonation, a nice full body. Very nice through out.

The drinkability is great, I could session this baby day in and day out. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a nice beer with a mediocre nose and pretty copper color which leaves light lacing around the glass. The taste is all malt with a slight bit of hops in the finish. Very lager-y, crisp, clean and pretty drinkable. There is good mouthfeel, very appropriate to style.

Photo of hero27
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Somewhat hazy amber color..a few lonely particles floating about. Off-white head of froth.
Plenty of Munich pale malts in the flavor. Bready with a caramel backing. Not sure of the ABV of this one, but I can definitely pick up some of the alcohol through the flavor..not overwhelming by any means, but there. Medium-bodied with a good dose of hops in the finish.

A very solid maibock.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Alright, another blond, bland Maibock! Not. Geez, I’m getting tired of these things. They have no depth or character. Just sugary, sweet malt with a little bit of hops. This one is especially bland with a light finish of honey. Maybe it was the overwhelming presence of these beers as the Brewfest and this one was later on, but this one is just not interesting, at all.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a point, pours a clear light golden with a decent head shrinking to nothing, and little lacing to speak of. Aroma is a sweet bready malt with hints of vanilla and nuts. Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malts, like caramel, and a tingly mouth of flowery hops with nuts, staying tingly though the end with a twinge of hop bitterness, but mostly syrupy sweet. Mouth is pretty smooth, but well carbonated, and overall its a pretty darn good drink. Basically, one that I'd like to see in another mixer 6'er.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Comedy Club on State here in Madison. Better than crappy $6 long islands I suppose.

Pours a bright golden-orange with a skim of white bubbles - hard to get a good pour at a place like this. Nose a balanced mix of light floral hops and brown sugar/biscuity malt. Tastes like Blond Dopplebock Light, smooth grassy hops and sugary caramel malt. Mouthfeel is lighter than their Blonde but still substantial in the mouth. A solid bock but doesn't hold a candle to any of their other seasonal dopples.

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

Pours a clear orangey copper, with a half inch head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a substantial amount of lace.

Smell; biscuits and caramel malts are the main players here, but there's also some grains and a bit of a floral presence.

Taste; those biscuits and caramel malts are in the fore in the flavor, like it was in the nose. It's a bit grainy and earthy, with some floral and fruity notes. There's a bit of a spiciness in the finish that mixes well with a touch of some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and so very drinkable.

The clerk that I bought this from said it tasted like NB Fat Tire. I have to disagree, I thought it was a lot better.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, gold in hue with some coppery-amber influences; the color is perfect. White head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable; it took a few moments before the bubbles faded noticeably to a spare collar. Sadly, there was no subsequent lacing. No matter, this is a pleasant looking brew.

The nose is potent, for a Maibock. I love the loud grainy, malty-caramel, cereal aromas. Mixed in for good measure is a note or two of alcohol. At the back are some earthy hops with a flowery/fruity hint. While the nose doesn’t say much it says all the right things. This beer smells exactly like Maibock should. I am enticed; I can’t wait to take a sip.

Delicious. I love Maibocks. I love this Maibock. I have drunk my share of six-packs this spring. This is my last bottle, saved for a review (of course I might go buy more!). It is malty throughout with plenty of caramel cereal and grainy flavors. At times it comes off a tickle hot but not raw; I don’t mind it at all. It is earthy, fruity, and flowery at times, especially at the back, near the finish. While simply constructed it is clearly well made. I really like compact but flowing nature of this beer. Tasty. Everything I want in the style is here.

The mouthfeel is a tad bigger than medium in body, moderately low carbonation but the mouthfeel is very natural and relaxing. I like the fruity sweet aftertaste with just a tickle of alcohol burn, oh yeah… very nice.

My god is this beer is easy to drink. I could kill a keg myself. Yikes! I have been a fan of Capital for some time but finding fresh products in Council Bluffs, IA was tricky. Not any more. Even at $10 a six-pack I can’t say no to this lovely beer. Wow. Highly recommended.

Photo of longarm
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber beer topped with light, thin and quickly fading carbonation.

Sweet german malts and a very light dose of alcohol nips at the nose.

Rich, sweet and full-flavored malt hits the front on the palate while a light dose of bitterness measures itself across the entire sip to balance things-out. A mildly caramel but not cloying sweetness mixes with alcohol to generate a well-rounded finish. Full-bodied mouthfeel without heaviness.

Exceptionally drinkable beer that seems to taste better as it ages towards the end of the cycle of its release each year. Recommend buying it early, but saving it in the fridge for a month or two.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of hopman333
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
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!!!

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of strattor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.