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Maibock - Capital Brewery

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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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A modest pour produces a decent 2cm head of dirty white foam that's very creamy in appearance and texture. Dissipates over a few minutes to be a ring around the glass, but no lacing. Body is yellow-gold in color, transparent, with some visible carbonation.

Malt sweetness dominates in the nose, but there's also the presence of floral, somewhat herbal, hops. Fairly straightforward, and not totally differentiated from other German lagers, but I like what it does.

Taste is heavily sweet, a little syrupy and with mild honey-like flavors. Nothing cloying, standard German style, but nothing to truly be excited about, either.

Fairly full-bodied, fairly chewy, but carbonation is moderately intense enough to blend well with this. A little too sweet and sticky in the finish, ending dryly.

This was a good beer, above average, but it didn't completely change my perceptions, either. With a lack of available maibocks, this is a satisfying spring beer and one I'll go back to.

Photo of pweis909
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me in a great deal, (75 cents a bottle), but I don't think that colors my judgement - it's as nice as any maibock I've ever had.

It's appearance is on the gold side of orange. The first bottle I tried was completely uncarbonated, but it was an anomaly. The rest of the 6 pack yielded a 5/8th inch head that gradally receded to a thin white foam and left lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty, bready, and the taste delivers more of the same and leans towards a pleasant, not cloying sweetness. I've never really detected hop aroma in maibocks, but the beer is bittered sufficiently to bittered to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. There is a slight soapy taste (not off-putting, but that is the best descriptor I have) that I often find in beers with a munich malt presence (e.g., Octoberfest).

The beer seems full bodied, but still delivers a sufficient crispness in the finish that keeps it in balance.

Note regarding hops: I think the need for hop presence of maibocks might be overinterpretted by many reviewers. These beers should not have a resounding hop presence; they may be slightly more bitter than other lagers, but they are also slightly more sweet than them. Balance is key, and aroma hops to the degree found in American ale styles seems out of place. I don't care what Rogue and the BA powers that be say, but Dead Guy is NOT a Maibock.

Photo of BasementBer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber to light brown in color. Large bubbles in the head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Not much going in the aroma, but plenty of fresh grain smell.

T: Slightly bitter in the nose and malty sweet with a caramel finish.

M: Stays fizzy throughout but the lack of hopping keeps it from lingering.

D: Nice, I do appreciate the refreshing lightness but a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of MrGraybeard
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler at about 45 degrees. Clear, reddish brew with a fairly modest but persistent head. The aroma blends caramel with touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel is creamy, like a lot of Capital brews. Malt presents itself nicely with a well-balanced hop backdrop. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

Maibock is about the best thing Capital is offering outside of their limited edition (and expensive) Blonde Dopplebock and Autumnal Fire brews. I would rate it superior to Sierra Nevada's Glissade, a similar seasonal beer.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is a nice orangish color when you pour it; quite interesting. Mouthfeel is nothing special; some carbonation. Tastes somewhat bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, goes down smooth. I bought a six pack recently and have had one a few different times with dinner. With it being a seasonal, I may buy one more six pack before spring winds down or I will just move onto the summer beers that Capital is soon to come out with.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dhannes
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at a local restaurant in a glass (can't recall if it was a pint glass or not).

A=Reddish golden, very appealing.

S=Hop smell, IIRC.

T=Very nice...hops, plus spiciness.


D=Not one for chugging, but good with a nice meal or by itself.

Will add more thoughts with next sampling.

Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI.

Pours a transparent copper color with a ton of head on it.

Smells like grain with some light malt undertones.

Taste is predominately malt, not a whole lot else. Slightly bitter finish as well.

Not a bad beer, medium to light body. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable I would say. I was surprised to see it was 6.2% alcohol as it is pretty light and smooth.

Photo of jsulko
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came out a golden and light copper color, respectable head on it. Grassy aroma.

Taste, not a bad spring beer, had enough punch to it without getting away from style, more caramel in the taste than most, but didn't get too heavy. A little less dry though than hoped for. Couldn't figure where all the apple and carbonation was still coming from. A little bit of spice and honey as well. Seemed more complex than most, but not necessarily better or worse.

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light copper with a quick dissipating head some clinging lacing...smell is malts toast a little toffee and hops..taste follows the same lots of very good toasty and caramel malts then some noble hops..some earthy taste and some spices ..its a medium mouth feel and easy to drink..try this one

Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent carbonation reinforces an excellent (read "sexy") head that in turn leaves some sharp lacing. an excellent roasted gold color, too. excellent!

such a pilsy-smelling fantasy! with luscious, meadowy noble hops and a whiff of toasty vienna malts

restrainedly sweet of ample pils malts and tactfully deepened with some bready malt. simple, but not too simple, and balanced. touch of lemony hop

quite frankly, this is april in a glass: i wanna drink it by the lake but i'm not cherishing refreshment in a beer just yet. has the appeal of something more quaffable than the more robust brews i've been drinking all winter yet still doesn't threaten tastelessness

i hate to say it but i enjoyed this less the minute i tasted their "blonde" doppelbock. but this is certainly the finer of the two, any puzzling similarities aside. this is going to be my best rating in some time

Photo of dbtoe
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass
This beer was a little sweet for my taste. Still it was very drinkable and I'd take one any day if offered one. Probably not going to get another until next year that is.
Look is a dark gold with a small head that reduced down fast to a thin cap.
Smell is very mild I had to take a pretty good sniff to get much of anything. Mostly some toasted malt.
Taste was mainly malt and a lot of sweetness. A nice bitterness at the end smoothed out the sweetness and it finished cleanly. Good carbonation helps a lot as well.
A very drinkable beer however I could tell it was a higher ABV beer but it wasn't boozy.

Photo of evanackerman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a lovely light copper, head is minimal.

Aroma is bready with a bit of fruit, very nice.

Taste is dominated by malt with an appropriately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light viscosity, just right for the style.

Drinkability is quite high.

Overall, another quality lager from the brewery in a sea of American Ales, nice to have this to go to every spring to break from the stouts and porters of winter. Give it a try if you have a chance.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After a pouring steadily into a pint glass a white one finger head rose and faded to a lace around the glass after a minute or two. A clear, golden brown, translucent body is present along with plenty of carbonation visibly racing to the top of the beer.

S - The smell is very subdued and rather hard to pick out. Light amounts of malts first stand out. A deeper whiff brings about some sweetness, which I assume is honey, along with some hops and a slight citrus zest. Some nice smells here, but nothing overpowering or really impressive.

T - Much like the smell in that everything is very subdued and toned down. Light malts along with a nice honey sweetness play nicely together and give the beer a good balance. A light hop profile also comes in nicely and provides a smooth citrus zest. All of this combines to hide the 6.2% abv quite well.

M - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet honey and light malts up front as the beer enters your mouth. Carbonation cleanses the palate well and prepares you for the light hop profile and citrus zest that comes in to finish clean and smoothly with the carbonation.

D - A very drinkable and enjoyable Maibock that I could see myself having quite a few of in a sitting. While I would like to see something fuller, the beer is smooth and easy to drink and affordable for the quality. Most Capital beers that I would consider buying in six packs are extremely expensive, so it's nice to see a solid offering from them without having to fork over a ton.

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.

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 HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short off-white head with no lace. Deep golden color is not quite transparent. I keep getting a whiff of something like banana, but can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe a bit of malt in the aroma, but that's about it. Fairly sweet malt flavor with a kind of earthy sharp butterscotch flavor. Body is full, but not overbearing. The alcohol and dry finish make for a beer that works in the end. It's a bit subdued, but the flavor is solid and this is a well put together beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a light yellow with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was faint, but what was there was a muted malty fruit overtaken by mild skunk. Mouthfeel thin and non-desctript and the flavor was bland. This all led to a finish that was short and dry.

Not impressed with this one.

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 AmberMan22
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Nitty Gritty, in Madison. I wrote some stuff down briefly and here's what I had.

Capital Maibock pours a light orange/deeper hazy yellow, with a thick frothy head. Lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

The smell is heavily of sweet buttery malt, which is going perfectly with my Gritty Burger.

The taste is wonderful, a heavy dose of sweet malt, followed by a nice dash of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation, appropriate light graininess for a maibock, and a planted medium body holds it all together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this with my meal, and feel I could drink it as a standalone beer just about any time of the year. It isn't too heavy, isn't too strong for a maibock, and has a wonderful blend of flavor.

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 roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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.

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