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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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very good

152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 282
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 282
Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of botham
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a brilliant, crystal clear amber color with a couple fingers of off-white, tight head.

aroma is sweet and malty, mainly of caramel malts, with a lightly grainy feel and a note of a nutty flavor. great Maibock nose on this one.

taste is mildly sweet and malty up front, with caramel and munich malts showing mainly, with the same distant nutty character here as well. ultra smooth palate, with notes of distant citrus and a flutter of a dark, earthy character.

mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. a medium to full bodied profile, with a smooth finish and lingering caramel malt. wonderful texture on the palate.

drinkability is great. this is an excellent Maibock, not too strong or rich, but with enough boldness and character to make a statement. another exquisite brew from Capital. cheers!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden with 2 fingers of white head and no lacing.

S - Bready, malty aroma with noble, spicy hops.

T - Bready malt with a sweet nuttiness and an herbal spicy noble hop flavor.

M - On the light side of medium and smooth.

D - A tasty Maibock.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased from Archer Liquors (Randy is a class act guy). Poured into my small weizen glass.

Big chunky white head that drops pretty quickly leaving behind a thin white collar... probably should have rinsed the glass out well before pouring. Perfectly crystal clear lite gold honey... very appealing.

Aroma is all pale malts out of the gate... pushes forward with fairly significant spicey noble aroma... and finishes with a nice touch of toasted malts.... Very clean.

Flavor is oh so smooth... creamy with just enough carbonation... big chewy malts... more pronounced toasted and very lite caramel this time around... no fruitiness to speak of.... perfect balance... just enough bitterness and (I may be imagining things) but there is something there that is reminescent of noble hops. Great mouthfeel... maybe on the plus side of heavy for the style... but what do I know.

Capital is one of my favorite breweries in the world; I've had only 5-6 of their brews, but all have been class acts... luckily I have 5 more to try/retaste tonight. Thanks again Randy for allowing me to be your first Idaho order.

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Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Clear, light amber liquid. Medium to large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Aroma was pretty mild. What I could pick up was some sweet scents, caramel and floral notes.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, and had an artificial sweetner taste/aftertaste to it. Wasn't wild about that. Other components included tea flavors, some herbal bitterness, and mild alcohol.

Medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Pretty good. Would make a nice summer beer if that artificial flavor note went away. Unfortunately, as it stands, it doesn't do a lot for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with a smooth medium head. No lacing. The smell is just lager yeast. I really get nothing else out of it. The beer is somewhat sweet and tangy up front, softer in the back. Nothing special, but pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy and relatively easy to drink. There are better Maibocks out there, but this is pleasant enough and relatively cheap to boot.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of tboom29
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of indy169
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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.

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Photo of steveh
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
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!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.