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Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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Reviews by tigerpaws:
Photo of tigerpaws
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Was very surprised when pouring this beer at the darkness of it for a summer brew. Had a faint aroma to it and a nice lace as I drank it. The taste was good but once again it reminded me more of an amber than a summer. So if you are looking for a your typicalsummer brew don't pick this, but if you want a good beer try it. Didn't really know how to rate this one because it threw me off being so different, so as a summer brew I knocked it down a notch or two................CHEERS

tigerpaws, Aug 13, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: a clear amber pour with a medium white head. very clear pour. attractive colour.

Smell: somewhat malty but lightly so. mild sweetness...a little caramel and roasted malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: a simple palate yet very satisfying. cleana nd smooth mouthfeel and light, fresh body. the taste is light malt up front and then in mid sip there is a nice sweetness thats sneaks in accompanied by hints of orange peel bitterness. bitter and long lasting finish.

Drinkability: i enjoyed this beer quite a bit. not overly complex. not world class but yet it really did the trick this time around. well worth trying.

Popsinc, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +22%

Appearance - This is a radiant and thick dark orange in color with little head of course.

Smell - The rich, creamy grain is a delight to the olfactory bulb. It smells mashed and well-ground, giving off a huge aroma that has just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - This is a flavor blast of rich, creamy grain and a very mild sweetness. I can't express though how solid this grain flavor is. This is my idea of a well-made American grain-based flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied and very heavy on the tongue. It is incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth and almost requires the use of a knife and fork.

Drinkability - This is one of the smoothest "big" fest biers that I've had and certainly the best here in the US. I can't remember having this kind of high-quality grain in an American märzen before. Hats off to this kick-ass brewery for putting together this tasty lager - it is a work of art.

Comments: Thanks to my bro-in-law Dan for sending me this awesome German-style American masterpiece.

RoyalT, May 30, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

This one pours a copper/orange color with not too much head at all. The smell is of roasty caramel and hints of citrus sweetness. Nose is nice but nothing spectacular.

The first sip comes on with a very nice nutty caramel malt backbone. There are some citrusy hops that add a nice biterness and some lemon/orange zest to the taste. Overall this is quite tasty and and quite an intriguing choice for a summerfest brew...kudos to Capital for doing something different.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a nice light body and goes down smooth..an easy drinkin brew. Drinkability is good here as well. I'll be looking for this next summer as this would be a great brew to down on a hot summer day.

orbitalr0x, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

I too am completely mystified as to style on this brew, has some similarities to a Marzen...this is the summer seasonal offered in the Capital sampler packs.

Sub-amber gold. head at about 1/4 inch for a while. Malty aromas. a little nutiness. Ligher-bodied, fairly nice maple/caramel/walnut maltiness with a good but not overdone carbonation. Fairly unidimensional, lacks hop balance, and rather, the flavor fades without changing much. This is where the bubbles help a little. Pleasant, I could drink a few as a session beer but Capital does better brews.

ADR, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm orange colored clear body with a white foam that sits on top. A gentle carbonation floats to the surface.

S- This bee has a nice light toasted malt smell that is slightly dry and a pine green hop hint in the finish.

T- The taste of dry toasted malt has a soft caramel malt note in the background. The faint biscuit note comes out when it warms a bit. There is a light green piney hop note that has a faint citrus taste to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight fizz finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors but there weren't the fresh qualities that I have tasted in other fest beers.

rhoadsrage, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Tried this one at my parents house over the weekend.

Poured a nice golden color with a bit of head on it, not much though. Smell was relatively subdued with some caramel malt notes to it. Taste was sweet, malty with a bit of citrus to it. Not a very pronounced taste. Light bodied beer went down smooth. Decent tasting beer, but nothing wowed me here.

richkrull, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

(Updated this review 7/31/03...I like it considerably more than I recall. Seems hoppier too).

Throws out a golden-amber body. Thin off white head doesn't show much retention or lacing.
Subtle, yet malty aroma, with toffee/caramel being the feature. Cannabinoid, weedy hops are there too.
Sort of a hybred between a maibock and an oktoberfest (maybe?). Nutty and toasty hues along with a solid amount of caramel sweetness. Faint fruit resides in the distance. Sweet/tart apples and raisins and perhaps peaches. Hops are fairly assertive in a drying, grassy way.
Pretty good, but weird, summer quaffer.

cokes, Sep 11, 2002
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottle poured into a pint glass, purchased at the Crave Lounge off State St. here in Madison. It's a martini lounge and they had no beer on tap, so a small selection of mostly macro imports was the best I could manage. This seemed the pick of the litter.

Pours a ruddy golden color with a decent snow white head. A pretty beer to look at. This is a malty beast here. The maltiest beer of this color I've ever had. The grainy/caramel malts are nicely balanced by citrusy hops to create a pretty balanced beer here. Perfect session material, so it fits nicely into its style as a fest beer. Another solid brew from the hometown boys.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of hopman333
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Wow, another solid entry by capital. I have been drinking capital for quite sometime now, and was never really impressed by the fest until this year's batch.

Wonderful aroma of Munich malt with an apple like smell. I have to wonder why so many reviews complained or said it has no head. Every time I crack one open I have to pour it extra slow do to the nice level of carbonation, I seem to get about a good two or more inches of head that linger long after pouring it. But this is the 2005 batch maybe they jacked up the carbonation this year.

It starts out malty and hoppy, nice interplay going on. Then the sweet malt hit's your t-buds, then some hop's coming into play once more before the bright lingering finish. The finish is bright but that's what keep's this beers malty sweetness in check so it is not to cloying. Wonderful balance of malt and hop's.

I emailed Kirby Nelson Capital's long time brewmaster letting him know I thought this year's batch was a little more hoppier than in the past. He assured me it was the same recipe, maybe the strain was a bit more robust this year. Im not complaining, I love hops and kirby is not the biggest hophead. So I am thouroughly delighted with this year's batch. Another fine offering from capital.

hopman333, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev 0%

12oz single, Steve's University, $1.39

appearance: pours into a Notre Dame womens soccer pint glass...super clear golden orange, 1/3" white foam, very little in the way of lacing, bubbly

smell: sweet malt, syrupy, bready...light caramel, faint grassy hops, light citrus, sweet apple

taste: smooth and sweet, bready, grain, caramel malt, light grassy hop presence, rather mild...oktoberfest is really a stretch for this one but its a decent summer seasonal

mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, May 22, 2006
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

I get more impressed by Capital each time I have one of their beers. This has a lovely amber-auburn color. I won’t comment on the head, since I poured this out of a growler. Also, because it’s from a growler, not much in the way of bubbles, but still a good fizziness. A very well malted Okto flavor leaving some stickiness, and well-matched hops. Consider how many German brewers are making Oktoberfests that look more like Heineken, and savor this one.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Capital Fest Beer: This is a deep red beer, unusual for a summer beer. The taste has a fairly strong malt taste, with hops pronounced at the end. I’m a little surprised that this is a summer beer; it tastes much heavier than a refreshing Hefe Weiss.

jackndan, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Beertracker
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Capital's Fest Beer pours up with good effervescence into a house pint that creates a lofty, but short lived white head that sits atop a bright pale-deep golden body. The slightly fruity, aromatic nose has some sweet graininess complimented by a light toastiness that's reminiscent of saltine crackers. In addition, there's just a touch of Noble hop spiciness and some alcohol presence. The flavor starts off with a sweet underlying graininess that's complimented by just a touch of spicy bitterness. The finish is slightly grainy with a light astringentcy, but otherwise very crisp. Capital's Fest Beer isn't overly complex, but a solid example of the Munich style from Kirby Nelson & crew. It's too bad the brewery has decided to retire this one in favor of a less interesting Belgian Blonde Ale. Capital needs to stick to what they do best & that's lagers!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

This beer had a average sized smooth and creamy ivory head when poured and it had fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was carbonated and cloudy with a golden hue. The nose consisted of malt, caramel, and fruits with a light bitter, hoppy and sour flavor to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and thin and it was medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.

hotstuff, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of dhannes
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Had this on tap paired with a Cajun Chicken salad, poured from a pitcher into a standard pint glass.

A=Nice amber, a tad lighter than other Märzens; head was about 1/2" but left quickly.

S=Nice mix of hops and barley.

T=Very nice; a bit lighter than other Märzens, but perfect robust taste for summer.

M=Perfect...lighter for summer; very drinkable and more of a session beer than other Märzens.

O=Will be added to my rotation as a summer beer; probably earlier in the summer, so I don't have this back to back with Oktoberfests that come out in August. If you don't like summer wheat beers, this is a great alternative.

dhannes, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -17.4%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +11%

Served on tap at Badlanders in Wind Lake WI, pinky up in a Capital snifter. Review from notes.

Arrives with a slim cap of white foam that sticks around and laces generously in drippy arc patterns. Color is a hazy orange gold.

Sweet and malty aroma, a little bit bready with apple and pear notes.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, but with a lightly bitter aftertaste that dries it out before it becomes too sweet. Dominant bready notes, soft and supple feel. Some fruity yeast elements add a bit of complexity. ABV is hidden, and it's a pleasant drink with food. Apparently a top seller at the bar I had it at.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of zjbordeau
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zjbordeau, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.6% ABV, 0970 on neck.

A - Brilliantly clear and golden amber with a low but well-retained white head. Nice wisps of lace on the glass as well.

S - Deep Märzen malts and caramel notes with a nice rich crispness to it that's smooth. A tiny bit of citrus/ floral hops in there too.

T - Crisp floral and citrus-like hops come over the top of the nicely balanced malty background. Lightly toasted Märzen and caramel.

M - Crisp and sharp carbonation but medium bodied regardless. Smooth feel even if it's just a bit slick.

D - A good all-around brew from Capital, one hell of a lager brewery! A drinkable late summer/early fall beer. Solid flavor and nice crispness.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Pours a pale amber with copper edges. What begins as a half inch thick head quickly fades to an incomplete cap with scattered islands of bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is almost all malt, with a toasted bread note and nuttiness that suggest Munich malt. I pick up on a bit of toffee as well. There's a bit of herbal hops, but they're extremely faint.

Taste: Starts out malty and slighty sweet, with toasted bread and a bit of nuttiness. Midway, a herbal hop flavor and bitterness appear to provide a bit of balance. A bit of toffee hides, showing itself now and then. Finishes well balanced and clean, along with a hint of coarse grain husks.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, with a fairly light body. There's a bit of tannic astrigency on the tail end.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what this 'Fest' bier is celebrating, nor I am sure what style it's supposed to be. I do know that it's not all that interesting. There are no obvious flaws...there's simply not much going on.

MJR, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -16%

Appearance - Light amber. Clear and bubbly. Short white, fizzy, quickly dissipating head.

Smell - Mild to moderate lightly toasted malt.

Taste - Mild toasted malt with a hint of mild spiciness. Dry finish. Slightly watery.

Mouthfeel - Medium and smooth.

Overall - Not quite the hint of Oktoberfest I was hoping for. Inoffensive, but not real distinctive.

scaliasux, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Slyjoker87
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Amber / light amber with a great amount of head and nice lacing.

S - Spicy and grassy hops with a light carmel scent

T - Spicy grassy hops, bread malt, and perhaps a mild hint of nuttiness and caramel

M - Smooth and moderate in carbonation

O - Good flavor that is easily drinkable and light enough not to be overly demanding

Slyjoker87, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

found this one in the back of the fridge but still pretty decent so will go ahead and review it and and maybe update it next summer when it rolls out again

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice ochre color with about a finger of head that faded rather quickly, but settled to a nice ring that stuck around

S-some faint carmel malt and a little grain type smell

T-decent taste may have lost a little hops in the last couple months but has some nice carmel malts but I still have some grain so maybe you could say it has a carmel corn taste followed with a little spiced hop at the end

M-fairly light bodied but carbonation is good

O-good easy drinking beer worth a try again when it comes out again next summer

tvv375ia, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of marc77
4.03/5  rDev +11%

Pellucid tawny orange hue. Lanky, but steadfast head manages sparse lace. The aroma is dominated by softly grainy and toasty Munich, along with perhaps decoction derived mellow notes of caramelized, sugary and pseudo buttery fig. Hop nose is initially spicy, but then diminishes into a agreeably subtle herbal presence. Very well rounded. The flavor is a seemly extension of the aroma, with a firm Munich malt backbone complemented by a judicious combination of toffeeish caramel and sweetly herbal, perhaps Hersbrucker derived hop flavor. Hop bitterness is integral, serving to offset residual sweetness and preclude any cloying malt character. Candyish fruit augments as the beer breathes, but plateaus at an appropriate level as to not overshadow the simple Munich malt foundation. The mouthfeel is lean and lightly dextrinous, and although that facilitates easy quaffability, it also falls a notch short of matching the malt backbone. Finishes tepidly savory, with a suggestion of buttery, salt sprinkled biscuit. Fest is a unique brew reminescent of a helles / bock hybrid. Another well crafted Capital brew.

marc77, Aug 11, 2003
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Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.