Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery
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4/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-26-2004 23:56:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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.
06-13-2011 03:29:56 | More by emerge077
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.
08-11-2003 01:01:09 | More by marc77
4.03/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-14-2005 19:28:14 | More by TastyTaste
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
08-15-2007 00:01:05 | More by botham
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
07-15-2007 02:23:46 | More by Derek
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
06-20-2003 14:45:30 | More by tavernjef
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
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
06-15-2011 16:33:14 | More by ktrillionaire
4.25/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
04-22-2004 03:09:09 | More by abents
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.
08-29-2005 20:43:34 | More by Golden2wenty1
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.
07-24-2005 01:04:23 | More by hopman333
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.
05-30-2008 02:58:41 | More by RoyalT
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.
08-05-2011 14:09:57 | More by dhannes
Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.