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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
Brewed by:
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bread on the nose. Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a ½” dense white head. Rich malt and well developed melanoidins give it full flavors. Full body and medium carbonation.

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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 jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of MithosYggdrasil
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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").

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 KFBR392
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a transparent body. Finger of head which settled in and lingered lightly which drinking. Low active carbonation.

Smell: sweet toffee and caramel jump on the front. Clean profile of grass and some tropical fruit hops shine on the body. Fresh baked bread lingers thoughout. Sweetness of hops and malts shine on the finish.

Taste: touches of caramel on the front get replaced by a balanced hop body pretty quickly. Amber malts shine on the body with some bready notes as well. Finish is clean leaving you grabbing for more.

Mouthfeel: crazy drinkable especially for a decently high abv. Carbonation is lower but fits so well.

Overall: by far the best beer I've had from Capital. Well balanced, highly drinkable, fantastic offering.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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

2005 review....

Still get a good hit of heat....nice malty tones but soft compared to the blonde DB...scores remain the same..(like the song remains the same)..much like a Blonde DB light....better than most for sure..

The 2003 version is even better....awesome sweet vanilla malt...very malty and tasty...low on the hops...one of my favorite maibocks..

Boy you can smell the alcohol in this one...a white fizzy head sits atop a clear, clean, apricot colored beer....some maltiness on the nose...strong malt backbone dominates this beer with a very slight spicy hop finish...I like the flavor profile of this one...very heavy malt with notes of vanilla...maybe not the most complex beer in the world, but an excellent maibock I'd stack up there with the top dozen or so I've tried..

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Photo of Thanby
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SiphonKing
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium dark straw color with a white head that leaves rather quickly leaving a lace behind. The sweet smell of citrus spills out the top of the glass. Hops are medium to light in aroma. Floavor is great I really like this brew better than the last one I had. This medium bodied brew is great the taste and the hops and the smooth finish make for a great beer. A big thanks to Jeffboo for this great offering.


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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Capital Maibock has a clear, copper color with a large, white head. Sweet and toasty malt aroma along with spicy hops. Grainy flavor with toasted malt. Spicy hops in the finish. This isn't the most complex beer, but it very clean, with no noticable off flavor. There is some noticable alcohol flavor. Carbonation is slightly higher than average. This is one of the better beers from Capital, and it's very good on tap too.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this more enjoyable than most others that have reviewed this, but this is a highly drinkable beer. Aroma is a little light, mostly of malt and rather sweet. Almost a corn like quality, although I'm not accussing the brewer of anything. Brilliant amber color with a medium head that settles rather quickly. Really nice flavor of pleasing malt, alcohol notes and a very clean presence. Slight bitterness twoards the finish leaving a long but not necessarily dry finish. Soft and fluffy, with a medium body and adequate carbonation. Could be a session beer but with that much alcohol it would be a short session. I like this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Plain green label with the Wisconsin Capital. Medium shiny clear orange color. Off white head that doesn't last long. Alcohol noticable on the nose. Toasted malt flavors start the flavors, alcohol brings some heat and thin the body too. Toasted and sweet carmel malt flavors. Alchohol brings a thin light body to it. Almost syrupy at the finish. Definite warming quality to it. A pretty good beer and one of the few I have in the style.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a pale honey with a decent sized head.

S: Sticky sweetness from the malts arise along with a hop twinge atypical for the style.

T: Hops are present here as well. There is also the traditional Helles flavours: musty sweetness, a bit of sourness and a touch of spice in the finish.

D: Easy drinking and refreshing seasonal. Alcohol is hidden and flavours blend well.

Overall: It won't blow you away, but Capital has made a nice little seasonal in an underused style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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