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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 beeronesse


4.53/5  rDev +18%
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
Photo of hopdog


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Photo of pmcadamis


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This one is a clear honey gold brew with a one finger head that looks eggshell white and fairly dense. Lots of nice lace is left on the glass.

S - Honeycomb, brown sugar, and molasses. These are not the notes that I was expecting from a beer of this style, but they are really nice nonetheless.

T - Again, much sweeter and heavier in flavor than I expected. This is pretty much an all out malt bomb! There are some orange rind bitter citrus flavors accenting the solid, but never cloying molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Liquid clove honey. This is almost Belgian in it's sweetness, but like all good Belgian beers it's tempered by some nice hops and a bit of citrus spice.

M - Full bodied and sugary, but the sugar content is held in check by a somewhat boozy finish supported by some solid hoppage.

D - Very good beer here. This stuff is sweet, but never too sweet, and it's much more complex than I was expecting. easily the best beer that I've tried from Capital Brewery, and it's second only to the outstanding Dead Guy in it's style category.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 18:31:24 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber hued lager is sitting in my pint glass. Decent level of carbonation, yet only managed a half finger of off white head that quickly faded to a very thin collar that leaves no lacings.

Sweet bready malts with some caramel, a hint of cooked corn and some grassy hops.

This is Autumnal Fire light. Thats not bad thing, its just that i already feel well acquainted with this beer despite this being my first taste. Its slightly toasty and bready with a big dose of honey like malt sweetness. Finishes in a relatively clean hop bitterness that doesnt provide much more flavour but has some grassy qualities.

Medium bodied and on the sweet side. Sweeter malts balanced by clean bittering hops but it would be nice if there was some more substantial hop flavours present as well. Smooth and somewhat creamy in feel, and there is a slight warming from the alcohol.

Im disappointed in this brew. While well made its not particularly inspired. Drinkable enough, but with its big body and pronounced sweetness, as well as alcohol content this would not be session fare. A good enough beer, just not particlarly exciting. Recommended for fans of the style, hopefully it does more for you than it did for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 18:37:20 | More by demcorhip
Photo of slyke


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

Maibock from Capital Brewery pours a golden color with an inch of white head which laces just a bit. The smell is slightly sweet caramel with a note of hop as well. Taste has a strong malt presense. Caramel sweetness with a bit of toastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating, but with a crisp finish.

Overall, this beer is a winner. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 20:01:03 | More by slyke
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly to a thin layer

S- Sweet, sugary, toasted grains, nutty, hint of citrus

T- Toasted nuts, syrup, sugar, caramel malts, wheat, faint herbal hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very sweet, creamy, dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not the best Maibock I've ever had but is still worth mentioning. It is slightly too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 23:41:41 | More by iceball585
Photo of KarlHungus


3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bronze-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, noble hops, and a hint of butter. The taste is clean, and very malty. Lots of bread, hints of toffee, and mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a little low for the style. Overall, this is a decent Miabock. I could drink it again, but there are a lot of better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 20:23:39 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of nickynick


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

Capital Maiback poured a very nice amber color, with an orange tinted head, that almost reminded me of orange soda. Smell was a little faint, but fruity and citrus. Taste was crisp, with biscuits and caramel, with hints of citrus in the back. Mouthfeel was good, as well as the drinkability. Not to much experience with this style, but I will say that I liked this beer. Another nice offering from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 13:16:19 | More by nickynick
Photo of tapman


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and golden brown. A bit light for the style. Head is smll and white.

The smell is sweet and malty. Floral and with a hint of butterscotch, Capital Maibock is lighter than other maibocks and I find that it adds to drinkability.

Caramel and candi sugar round out the taste. A bit lighter than other maibocks, I suggest wheat in in the recipe coupled with the caramel malt. Bitter, earthy malts help balance the finish.

The mouth is light and refreshing. This brew is thinner than other maibocks, which once again brings me to suspect wheat, which isn't bad considering that it's a summer beer.

I like this maibock better than others. That's fine and well, except that I hate maibocks. They are too sticky sweet and too much caramel in the taste with a poor hop balance (opinion alert: not a decree). The fact that I like this one may speak for an undesireable quality pertaining to the style of this brew. Either way, Capital is a fine brewery with a distinct "house flavor".

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 03:38:28 | More by tapman
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 21:34:07 | More by Derek
Photo of woodychandler


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 03:35:42 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Winter


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

Pours a clear amber in color with a very thick off-white head that eventually shrinks to nothing. The nose is somewhat hard to distinguish. The aroma has a malt presence to it and a unique spiciness. There's some very feint floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a sharp carbonation to it. The taste has a light malt character up front. It soon transitions into a more hoppy and spiced bitterness. Spiciness is quite pronounced toward the back. Some alcohol lingers in the finish.

Overall a very solid Maibock. Nothing flashy, but it doesn't have to be. Just an all-around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 19:11:05 | More by Winter
Photo of dogger6253


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is sort of dirty orange, little bit of red. There is absolutely no head, looks a lot like apple cider actually.

The nose is made up mostly of caramel and corn, very sweet. The taste is just as sweet, but with a little hop bitterness coming in, and a little honey.

Feels really flat, but medium bodied and juicy still. It's refreshing, but not filling in any way. It'd make a good session beer, but I won't have any more.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 22:33:18 | More by dogger6253
Photo of karengarys


3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like a typical beer, not a lot of foam with my slow pour, clear dark amber. Pretty good, but kind of what I expect.

Smells good and bad at the same time. Hoppy and clean with a slight musty smell I'm not liking a whole lot. It's faint, and overall not bad.

Taste matches the smell - malty, hoppy, nice character, but a bit of mustiness.

Mouthfeel is nice and fresh.

Finish is slightly bitter, but there is no ugly aftertaste.

This is not a bad offering, and if you see it available give it a try. It would be easy to drink a few. It isn't worth spending time seeking out, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 00:01:29 | More by karengarys
Photo of BeerCheese


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold bottle into my favorite beer glass. Clear dark amber with very little head. Malty sweet smell, maybe with a hint of citrus and raisins. Malty with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium/heavy body. Fairly drinkable, but nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 02:53:43 | More by BeerCheese
Photo of brdc


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

Small capped bottle, pours a clear, light golden brew with a white head.
Aroma is just too inconspicuous, some light maltiness and hoppiness, a floral hint, but not much.
Light body, with some sweet maltiness along with a very faint hoppiness, and a bit too much alcohol bite for such a light tasting beer.
Not the best example of Capital Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:21:34 | More by brdc
Photo of Atron67


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

P- 12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip, green spring twist off cap bottle

A- crystal clear golden color, reminiscent of light copper actually. big fluffy white head with decent retention which slowly fell with a decent lacing

S- light malt character, pretty biscuity, pretty much dominates the smells, slightly sweet finish on the nose, a little sad but the hops dont let things go too far

T- very smooth throughout, light malty flavor, more of the biscuity charachter. nice clean finish, delicate almost, not much sweetness but the bitterness is really light as well.

M- pretty crisp body, strong carbonation, clean finish

D- pretty good, blonde is better and they are released together however so ill prolly go with that when looking for a good session lager

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 02:32:04 | More by Atron67
Photo of ibashmuck


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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a light amber, with a medium head. Smell was not very strong at all, faint sweetness. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly bitter. A very nice mix...right between a bitter ale and a malty bock. Mine seemed a bit too carbonated, not terribly so, but just a tad too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 17:14:44 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of SiphonKing


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer. Pours with an amber color topped wtih a tannish head. Carbonation bubbles cascade to the top of the surface. Aromas of malt hit the nose. Tastes of biscuity, bready malts and a slight hop presence coast the pallate. A delicious beer that hits the German style on target while reminding us that spring is just around the corner.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:58:01 | More by SiphonKing
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish amber w/light lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, soft spice, and rye w/slightly sweet malt. Taste is sour/bitter rye, sour cherry, toast, and light hops throughout. There is also a bit of tart grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with a moderate body and nice carbonation. This brew is smooth and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 07:50:02 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of uwmgdman


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately sweet and slightly malty with a hint of spicy hop. The flavor is malty and sweet with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel. The hop bitterness is medium-low and finish leave a bit of toasted malt on the palate. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a tasty, malty, sweet beer with a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 05:04:56 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of malcontent


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish-gold brew with just the smallest amount of head even after a "hard" pour. C'mon, I wanna be transported to Germany, not Germantown, WI.

Doesn't smell bad but far too biscuity for a bock of any kind. Mild nutty sweetness creeps in with a distant hop aroma falling in at the end.

Much stronger on the taste. Caramel sweetness is completely controlled by the noble hop finish. In fact, hops make themselves known throughout and not just on the conclusion. This is exactly what I want in a Maibock.

Good balance of body and bubbles. Despite the inauspicious beginning, I find this to be a worthy competitor with any of it's transatlantic cohorts. A solid offering for bock lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 17:28:45 | More by malcontent
Photo of scruffwhor


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 01:17:45 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bockfest 2008 plastic 1liter mug

Can't say much about appearance as it was a plastic cloudy mug. Nice big fluffy head with beautiful lace. Color appeaed to be a nice medium amber.

Nose was light hops and toasted malts. Big malt whiff that may have to do with the mug shape.

Flavor was malty, caramel toasted malt. Sweet honey, lemony hops. Big malt taste, but at the same time, light for a Bock. Perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel was good, oily but not overly so. Crisp carbonation with an alcohol warming hit on the finish with more piney hops.

Like this beer, I think for the price I will pick up some bottles of this seasonal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 16:08:56 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:14:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.