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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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86
very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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 Rennpferd
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with ruby highlights, with a butter coloured head that forms a nice creamy layer.

Smell is biscuity, caramelly. Light earthy hops, with a fruity smell evident as well.

Taste
Fruity, lightly bready, biscuit, popcorn.

M-Medium-to-high carbonation

Great example of the style. Not overpowering, but a great combination of delicate flavours.

Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Tiburon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of drewface
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BrianD
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 jsh420
4.23/5  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

Photo of MithosYggdrasil
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of TheSSG
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, fizzy head that is surprisingly persistent. Sweet malt behind floral hops. Brilliant dark gold hue. A nice sweet malt (reminiscent of alcohol's sweetness) with floral hop bitterness which peaks to a low-medium bitterness. Then it cascades down with a MONUMENTAL malt finish with floral hops peaking through as it goes.

I LOVE this bier! Perfectly balanced. A Maibock to compete with the best of Germany. Nice, medium hops balanced off STUNNING maltiness. The way these two elements play amongst each other is just wonderful to experience on your tongue.
I eagerly await the coming of Maibock season just for this one (And Lakefront's "Big Easy").

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orangy glow with a huge creamy white head, two fingers high and settled slowly to retain a solid haze of bubbles and some large curtains of lace and some spots. Smell is soft of yeast, breadlike dough with hop notes lingering in the back and sweet malt notes as well. Taste is smooth and mild with a small sweet tang and easy bitterness, quite nice. The malt really comes through as it warms which is a nice feature. Feel is a solid medium/light body with a lightly measurable creamyness, an oily sense as well and has a slight zestyness in the finishing hold. One dynamite beer, drinkable stuff for sure, I'd have another in a pinch.

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 uwmgdman
4.15/5  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.

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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 taylorhamrick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.