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Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 77
Photo of wakajawaka76
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of crossovert
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can tell you this is not the time I'm usually divulging into this style, but hey it IS the Capital Brewery summer seasonal, yes summer. It comes in a 12 oz twist-off bottle (still don't know why Capital doesn't have the pry-off).

It pours into my mug a decent light amber/caramel/golden color with a foamy, white head that dissipated pretty luckily leaving no lace.

The smell is like a lot of American Oktos, malty with a sense of almost cola in the scent but with a distinctly more German flair. The malts are malty and springy.

The taste has a boat load of saltine cracker like grain with some nuttiness but not a ton. The hops leave a leveling bitterness which works nicely. It is a bit lighter and waterier than most in a way, but in a good way. The hops seem different here than in most oktoberfest beers.

Overall this is a good depiction of the style, slightly altered.

Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating.

Beer pours a nice dark gold. Just a skimming of foam. Hardly any lacing.

The aroma consists of some pine/hop and a bit of apple cider.

The taste is crisp and somewhat light. I get a bit of fruit (apple again) and some malt sweetness. Not as much hop bite as I thought I would taste given the hops in the aroma. Beer sweetens even more as you work your way through the glass. Still decent tasting.

Mouthfeel as noted is crisp. Drinakablity is good. Nice session type beer. This beer is not overly complex, but it is good. May be a great step-up beer for someone working into craft beers. A big thanks to my Dad for the sample!

Photo of Skidz
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden yellow and sits dark amber in the glass. A little white head sits on top and fades to the sides, leaving nearly nothing at all.

Smells is sweet and malty. Fruity esters (apple, pear) bring up the front. Some mild diacetyl and caramely, sugary sweetness there as well.

Initially sweet in the mouth with light apples. Lightly spicy and still maltly, but brings in some mild citric flavors. Leaves your mouth with good bitterness and apple skin flavors.

Smooth and refreshing with tart bitterness. Clean and pleasant carbonation. A nice summertime brew, easy drinking and tasty too.

Photo of steveh
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to re-review this beer for this year as I picked up a 2011 six pack and my impressions (or perception) seem different from my 2010 notes (reattached as well).

A -- Clear, deep gold to near orange with a sudsy, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- DMS at first whiff with some light spicy hops and bready malts. Actually pretty nice for a lager.

T -- Light toasty and bready malts up front with a dry, spicy finish. Some nuttiness in the aftertaste. Not quite a Märzen, and not quite a Wies'n Fest style, sort of in between, but very tasty and flavorful.

M -- light-medium to medium body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel. A bit heavy for a Summer beer, and still not quite the same as the original incarnation from years ago.

O -- Overall a good drinker, very satisfying in flavor, but just a little heavy for a Summer quencher to my palate. In its first version this beer was very light gold and was a dead ringer for the Wies'n Fest style beers from Munich; very bready, lightly hopped, sweet start to dry finish.

2010 Review
***

Okay, just to make this clear to the reviews -- this beer hasn't been brewed in a few years and Capital resurrected it for their Summer Seasonal (which it was in its first incarnation).

Those of you reviewing in 2009 had some ooold brew.

A -- Deep, clear golden with a thick, off-white head that settles to a very persistent cap.

S -- Not much to this one, very "fresh" aroma, nothing off.

T -- Light, bready malts up front with some vaguely citrus and bitter hops in the middle and a husky, grainy finish with bready malts in the aftertaste. The huskiness of this beer honestly makes me think it was over-sparged.

M -- Light medium body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel -- maybe slightly sharp in the finish.

D -- Very drinkable, goes down smooth and satisfying. Although, this version of the beer doesn't strike me as authentically Bavarian as the original; it seems a little less than rich on the malt side and the hops are a little too harsh. Nonetheless, it's a very easy drinking brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, 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 light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, honey, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and citrus up front. Then some breadiness comes in from the lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent lighter representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great golden-amber color, sweet malty aroma ,nice white whispy head and lacing, medium body, malty and beer for summer, almost like a maibock there is a strange sour flavor, it's kind of nice, another great beer by this brewer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium caramel color. Sweet and toasty in the mouth with some tea, bisquit and toffee flavors as well as roasted malt and mocha flavors. Tea and shortbread flavors linger on the finish. I'd consider this as more of a Fall Fest than a Summer fest however?

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a mostly clear golden orange color with a whitish head. Sweet malt aroma with a little caramel. The flavor is very malty, with some apple fruitiness. Hops give a nice flavor in the finish, although I would like if it were a little more bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. An above average beer.

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of BIF 2.5.
Pours an orange copper color with a short white head that soon fades into a fizzy lace. Nose is rather sweet and fruity with notes of freshly sliced peaches. Moderate in body with a lively and zesty mouthfeel. Taste begins with sweet malts along with a bit of toffee followed by a tangy tart (slightly sour) peach flavor. An interesting brew that seems to be a hybrid of several different styles. Whatever it is, the important thing is that it’s enjoyable. Thanks to marc77 for the sample!

Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mellow gold with a small, off-white head. Nose is marzen-esque malts: carrot cake, cooked veggies, rum pudding. Vegetal hop backing with a hint of spice. Tasty, sweet malts up front. Slightly rummy, with caramelized fruits and veggies. Gets a little whiskeyish and cookie-like before some herbal, spicy hops deliver us from maltiness. Medium-bodied, sticky feel, that's light on the carbonation. Pretty drinkable, even for its sweetness.

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a color that lands somewhere between brown and gold. Light head formation, a 1-2mm white frothy head that breaks down quickly with light lacing. Very clear, little carbonation.

S - A silky malty profile. Sweet and bright, caramel and toffee - lightly roasted, nutty. Very good fall/fest feel.

T - Starts off with a fairly monotone malt note, caramel and sweet. Mid-stream gets more nutty, good balance mid-stream, but still malt forward. hopping is appropriately restrained. Finishes with a nutty note.

M - Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate, but not a overwhelming characteristic. Very clean finish.

D - Easy drinking - smooth malty flavors fit right in with the marzen style. ABV is sessionable.

If the weather was colder, I'd probably rate it higher. Good choice out of the expert brewery of lagers.

Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of keytown
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber color, somewhat cloudy with very little head.

S - The aroma is very subtle. Sweet hints of caramel & some fruit, nothing overpowering here.

T - Similar to the smell, subtle caramel hints. Slight bready maltiness & some hints of fruit.

M - Light to medium bodied smooth finish

D - Very drinkable beer, good light summer beer.

Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a copper amber color and formed an amazing off white foamy head that left some nice lace. An aroma of hops and spices like clove. It had a taste of hops, caramel and clove. Almost reminded more of a specilty or brown ale style. That's what makes there non-description of this beer confusing. I am not sure what it's trying to be. Not a bad beer though.

Photo of shand
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.