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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 RedHaze


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 00:01:23 | More by RedHaze
Photo of BeerTruth


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 23:56:57 | More by BeerTruth
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 JohnnyChicago


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:24:24 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of ADR


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spring seasonal...yeast/malty beginning that subsides but persists until finish...Medium bodied, very golden color. Just a touch of tang on the tongue and finish. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2002 10:58:04 | More by ADR
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with a minimal white head. The aroma is malty and toasty, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is spicy and hoppy, followed by a malty and toasted bread flavor. It is a good medium bodied brew. Another good one from Capital.

Sampled 3/6/04

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 15:17:49 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of strattor


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 03:06:28 | More by strattor
Photo of Kbogac


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden amber with white foam. Has some good looking carbonation going in the glass.

Aroma is light malt with a tiny bit if hop.

Taste is malt with a bit of sweetness and a little hop to balance it out. Well balanced.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Very clean taste and easy to drink. Overall probably my favorite Maibock. I look forward to it in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:27:38 | More by Kbogac
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

So many Capital bocks, and I'm not complaining... This stuff pours a clear golden-brass topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light toffeee, light sweet biscuit, and a hint of sweet corn. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a kiss of buttercream and a light layer of sweetgrass. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine maibock, one that may make one look forward to the late Spring, early Summer months.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:46:46 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours clear amber with a thin, lasting creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is mild, but there is some toasted malt that is inviting enough.

The taste is of toasted sweet caramelized bread with an earthy, subdued fruity bitter-ish balance in the warming finish.

It is creamy smooth. Carbonation level fits it very well.

This is an excellent example of the style. Sweet leaning, malty, but with balance, toasty, mildly warming and easily drinkable. A great spring offering!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 00:33:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL.

A - Medium gold amber color with a fair head that became almost nonexistant after settling.

S - Bananas Foster, bubble gum, candied sugars and candy corn. Mmmmm.

T - Candy sweetness in the front with a faint apple-cidery undertone and hints of maple syrup and brown sugar oatmeal.

M - Very smooth drinker. Lightly carbonated and slick.

D - The low carbonation makes the sips slide down smoothly, and that fact combined with the delicious taste makes this one a very easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2005 00:34:15 | More by EPseja
Photo of zjungleist


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden/amber with a poor white head. The smell is sugary and grainy. The taste is light sugary fruity malts, with a tiny hint of hop bite in the aftertaste as well as a bready or yeasty taste that is faint and hard to describe. Mouthfeel is average, medium and slightly sticky. There is not a lot to say about this beer, but I enjoy it a whole lot. It's easy drinkin', clean and basic, but with a little something extra in the flavor and in the ABV. I wish I knew the ABV, I'd guess around 6.5 - 7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 03:39:23 | More by zjungleist
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 07:38:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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 Soneast


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a 2-finger thick, white, highly carbonated head that dissipates quickly to small skim of suds on the surface of the beer. A lot of bubbles present, looks to have high carbonation, almost like a soda-pop in appearance.

Pretty strong malt aroma up front with a slight toastiness to it. I pick up mostly caramel aroma with a hint of spice. No hop presence detected.

The flavor is also dominated by toasty malt flavors, with some nuttiness and grains coming through. No hop presence that I can taste, finishes fairly dry, leaving a semi-sweet grainy flavor on the palate.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is more subdued than appearances led me to believe. Not a bad beer overall and I feel it is a good representation of the style, although I would have liked a little more hop presence particularly in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:44:25 | More by Soneast
Photo of KI9A


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

A: Nice super clear amber, puffy head.

S: Malts dominate, roasted, sweet.

T: Again, malty up front, with a slight bitterness at the back. Nothing else stands out, as it should be. Very nice.

M: Clean, fairly sharp.

D: Big. This is what I look for in a laid-back beer drinking session. Lower ABV, clean, great balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 02:11:08 | More by KI9A
Photo of dirtylou


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

Either this just came out or it is really old, but i hadnt seen it until now so I assume it has just been released for the "spring"

appearance: nice spring colors on the label, too bad its nowhere near spring! the appearance is quite impressive...sparkling clear pale amber, fluffy white head with decent lacing...very clean and quite shiny

smell: quite malty, some grassy tones, herbal hop, peppery/spicy malt, yeast character...sweet and fruity - pear, green apple, grape. slightly toasted, grain, caramel

taste: spicy german malt, peppery, warming alcohol presence, sweet yeast characteristics, grassy and herbal hops, bready feeling, slightly buttery, flowery hops, only a slight bitterness

mouthfeel: doughy, clean, medium body, slight alcohol warming

drinkability: enjoyable and drinkable, another solid one from just to the west of here off university ave

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 02:03:51 | More by dirtylou
Photo of jeffboo


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

A nice,smooth Maibock from the great Midwest. Bright orange in color with an ivory head, it smells of a sweet cookie maltiness. It is a smoooooth medium bodied beer that is so drinkable with a backround of alcohol. It is malty sweet with a long,toasty finish. The flavors remind me of cookies and cream for the adult in all of us.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 15:04:40 | More by jeffboo
Photo of redmosquito


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

Beautiful bright copper in color with a thin white head, crystal clear. Malty aroma with spicey yeast. The malt aroma is bready not quite carmelly. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet almost carmel, slight peppery yeast and warming alcohol in the finish. Good malt body and balancing bitterness. This is a fabulous example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 18:58:42 | More by redmosquito
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 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 Strix


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

Bronze color, decent head

Smells of caramel, grains, and wood

Malt and caramel forward in the taste, accentuated by wood, grains, and a bit of alcohol. Alcohol blends well with the flavors. No off-flavors. As it warms, caramel and a hint of honey permeate everything nicely.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation

A solid Maibock from Capital. So far I've been impressed with their German styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 17:55:57 | More by Strix
Photo of roadhouse


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

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a one inch off-white head. It falls to a thin head but it retains well and also leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of spicy and herbal hops but there is also a slight malt sweetness and a bit of a nuttiness.

Taste has a malty sweetness up front followed by some herbal hops with some spiciness coming in towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth going down. Clean bitterness in the finish leaves a nice tingle in the mouth.

I haven't had too many Maibocks but this is definitely one of the better ones that I have had. Everything I've had from Capital is solid and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 04:42:32 | More by roadhouse
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: dark orange, amber hue, 1 finger head, nice lacing in pint glass

S: the nose is very faint, probably my only issue, was hoping for a stronger malt aroma. light malt, earthy grain.

T: big malt body, hint of plum in middle, mild bitter finish

M: medium body, slight prick on the tongue, smooth dry finish

D: Capital brews some nice bocks. This is can be a sipper or one to have more than a few with worthy friends. The standard for me in American Maibocks, a delicious and underrepresented style.

This is worth seeking out, get some!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:54:52 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of jsulko


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

Bottle poured into a brewery supplied (w logo) shaker

Dark, orangish color. Head disappears quickly.

Taste is malty with a hint of hops.

This is my first Maibock, so I have nothing to compare for style.

Very drinkable beer, very good spring seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:55:09 | More by jsulko
Maibock from Capital Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.