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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
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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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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 14:09:57 | More by dhannes
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:58:41 | More by RoyalT
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 20:43:34 | More by Golden2wenty1
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hopman333

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:04:23 | More by hopman333
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abents

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Pretty fresh tasting, just came in for the season.
Pours a golden color with a touch of red, with a nice white head and great lacing. Smells citrusy fruits and sweet carmel. Taste comes with sweet malty notes into citrus hops and slight touch of sourness bite to it. Some interesting flavors coming together here and turns into a pretty refreshing beer. Good amount of carbonation here and light mouthfeel. Drinkability is up there goes down awesome. Good beer all around for the style. I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 03:09:09 | More by abents
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bronze-copper hue, with persistent streamers of bubbles and it is capped with a moderately-lived ecru head.

S - Vague honey sweetness, earthy and floral, with faint notes of cinnamon-spice. Continental hoppiness is suggested as well.

T - The taste is quite surprising relative to the nose and look; the first sip was so over-the-top Euro lager-ish that I did a double-take. Replete with lots of mineral notes, more pale maltiness than caramel, continental earthy-floral hoppiness, slightly sweaty and metallic notes; the whole thing strikes me as quite German-esque. Really nice for the style.

M - The feel is lighter than medium-bodied, with some silky creaminess to the feel.

O - I usually don't dig this style too much, but this one is a winner

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 16:33:14 | More by ktrillionaire
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, off-white head, very little retention, great lace.

S: Spicy, grassy hops, bready malt, light caramel.

T: Spicy/grassy hops, bready malt, caramel & nut, balanced bitterness. Germanic (not another American version with too much crystal malt).

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 02:23:46 | More by Derek
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled full bottle at the Capital Brewing Seminar for distributors and establishments in Brooklyn Center. Thanks to AL for the invite.

Color is a caramel brown of lighter tone, creamy thin and light tannish head that fades to leave dripping stringy lace. Smell is a roasty malt with a touch of light fruity sweetness. Taste is pale and a bit crispy of roasted malts with a short astringency and hop bite of clean bitterness thats nicely balanced and tolerable into the finish. Medium body, finishing of mild bitterness, crisp and quite refreshing. One excellent drinker and would make for a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 14:45:30 | More by tavernjef
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botham

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. pours a clear, light amber color with a finger of off-white head that is dense and soapy looking.

malts are the first aroma noticed, followed by a sweet, vanilla like aroma that accompanies the malts (almost white cake-like). marzan might be the wrong style to call this brew. hops are non-existant in the aroma. the aroma leans towards sweet much more than bitter, which could lend to a full body and filling character. intriguing aroma.

taste is very sweet, with the same vanilla-type sweetness (this would go great with a peice of white cake). hops do not show themselves until the finish, and even then are very mild and subtle. as odd as it sounds, this is a perfect embodiment of a 'party beer'; sweet and light bodied. though the addition of any adjuncts would ruin this one quickly, the sweetness is pulled off nicely.

aftertaste is still sweet, but there is a light dryness that reminds the drinker that they are drinking a beer.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with moderate CO2 levels, and a very smooth finish.

drinkability is alright. the sweet character of this one will keep many from opening a second, but on the other hand, a few of these would make for a nice evening. another unique and intriguing beer from capital. recommended for a try. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 00:01:05 | More by botham
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 03:29:56 | More by emerge077
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marc77

California

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 01:01:09 | More by marc77
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a very inviting medium brown color,with ahuge off-white head that fades fast, after an agressive pour. Smells sweet with carmel malt, and surprisngly enough, floral hops. Taste is rich with bready malt, slightly sweet, with a satisfying amount of hops taste. Served at cellar temp, and this beer stands up to that test. Very good oktoberfest, well worth the $1.09 for a single.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 19:28:14 | More by TastyTaste
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:47:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Nofear048

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-19-2011 00:25:36 | More by Nofear048
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Ejayz

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-02-2011 02:58:29 | More by Ejayz
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-27-2012 18:18:10 | More by scootercrabb
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm confused. Why is Fest designated as an Oktoberfest? A 'summer seasonal Oktoberfest' makes no sense, especially when Capital has a beer actually called Oktoberfest that's released in the fall. Shouldn't a summer beer be a hefe, wit, APA, fruit beer, etc? Oh well, I guess the only question that matters in the end is 'is it any good?'

It certainly looks like an Oktoberfest to these eyes; all burnished autumn gold and bronze like a Wisconsin forest in late October. The creamydense head is a fetching shade of lightly toasted ecru and is great color match for the beer beneath. The fact that very little lace adheres to the glass is disappointing.

The nose needs to be stronger, but maybe I just need to be more patient and wait for the aroma-blocking cap to recede a little further. It's primarily toasted caramel and toffee malty with an overripe apple fruitiness and an appealing light spiciness. Bolder would be better.

Wonderful flavor. Biscuit sweet caramel malt and fruity hops add up to something more than the sum of their parts. Hops make more of a statement on the palate than they did in the nose and are present in a greater quantity than one usually sees in an O-fest. Still though, the flavor profile is a study in balance. The body is a tick or two bigger than medium and the carbonation is generous without being overly energetic.

I don't care how Fest is designated, it's a winner no matter what style one cares to assign. I do believe that it's my favorite of all the Capital beers that I've had so far. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 23:56:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear light golden amber, decent starting head to thin film, nice carbonation, not so much lacing. The aroma is a bit subdued, but a nice hopping gives it a fruity zest, a bit Noble spiciness perhaps, some caramels. I'd love to give it a higher score, if I could just smell it.

In the taste it definitely feels like a Fest beer, a bit of spicy hops and citrus, mild bittering, and then some nicely toasted malts with a caramel tendency, a very mild bittering sustained throughout with a drying finish, pretty clean. The mouth is pretty medium, about right for the style and feel, good carbonation, smooth and clean.

This is quite a refreshing beer, good for summer for sure, kind of like a Marzen that hints at APA or something, either way though its another solid beer from the 'Sconnies.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 23:25:23 | More by objectivemonkey
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with an off-white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and floral notes. Smells like an authentic German marzen.

T - Sweet caramel malt upon first sip backed up with a slightly grassy bitterness, even a little floral-like touch.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty solid oktoberfest. Capital always does a good job with lagers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:41:44 | More by zeff80
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was baffled by the style with this one. The name suggested Oktoberfest, but it's not, and it nearly tastes like a pale ale, but it's not. What are we festing, anyway?
Appearance: bright, light peachy hue, with a modest, though sizzling off-white head.
Lively aromatics! Zesty, fruity, peachy, citrusy, and very tasty!
Light hops, but warm, happy, friendly flavor.
Tangy taste, decent texture. Medium body, sweet, long finish.
Very much enjoyed! Tasted like a pale ale, but lacked the body and hoppiness. How'd they do this with a lager? Quite enjoyable! Whatever the occasion is, I'll happily toss back a Fest in celebration!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 19:46:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer departs the bottle a light brown color with orange highlites or an orange color with brown highlites. The head is nowhere to be found on this beer. The nose is very sweet caramel, almost a honey sweet. The flavor is nice. Lots of caramel sweetness. The feel is a bit more than moderate and very smooth. As I've said before, I'n not a lager fan, but Capital does a good job with them. Nice beer.

Thanks to orbitalr0x for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 02:38:07 | More by kmpitz2
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 22:37:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 20:38:04 | More by Beertracker
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shand

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This one pours a nice amber color, with a nice head, nice lacing, nice retention, all around good looking. The smell is pretty simple, grainy malts and not too much else. The taste is quite a bit better, I don't get any of the graininess from the nose, just a nice, smooth, and very drinkable maltiness. The mouthfeel is good, and the drinkability is excellent. Just a nice, drinkable Marzen, which is all I'd want from the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 06:05:40 | More by shand
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a really nice hazy golden with a medium white head. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet and bready. Taste begins with a grainy malt flavor. It moves to being slightly fruity and slightly bready. An herbal, spicy hop flavor comes towards the finish. Finishes clean. This is a really soft beer and the mouthfeel is quite enticing. I could drink quite a few of these quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 02:05:26 | More by granger10
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Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.