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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:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single finger head with trace lacing. Head doesnt last long. Body is hazy golden with amber hues. Bread and sweet caramel, standard aroma. Mostly caramel malt in the flavor. Very light hop and burnt toast flavor. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall a little bland. Smooth and drinkable. Less hoppy than I like my ocktoberfest beers.

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I do enjoy my visits to SummerFest... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuit, mild orange peel, flowers, mild grass, and a few drops of honey and caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of the honey/caramel mixture for some added balance of sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough little marzen, something I'd kinda like to see more of in the summer months.

TMoney2591, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - light malt with some musty hops and a hint of honey.

T - rich, bready malt with some honey and herbal hops. Finishes with bread, toffee, and mild bitterness.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, some malt character with enough hops to balance. Good for what it is.

nickfl, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2003
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

bsuedekum, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
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.

tavernjef, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Certainly not an o-fest....seems to fit the bill as a Munich helles lager...has that spicy czech pils hoppiness...decent maltiness...some toasted caramel but also some breadiness to it....medium bodied....pretty crisp....nice enough but not a special creation by Capital...nice summer brew with some character but I'd reach for something different personally (hence the drinkability rating)

ZAP, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Duff27
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a seemingly thick (at first) two fingered head that gradually dissipates out. Leaves a foam ring around the glass. Minimal, but present lacing. Cloudy golden in color.

S- Bready, yeasty.

T- Slight citrus, even slighter caramel. I don't really taste too much really. Bummer...hoping to pick out a winner out of the refrigerator tonight.

M- Slightly sting on the ol' tongue. Kind of thin.

D/O- Not for me but the drinkability would be high for others I presume...so I'll come to a compromise. What's the deal with the style being their seasonal brew? I'm all for breaking the rules...just seems odd.

Duff27, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, May 30, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

cokes, Sep 12, 2002
Photo of mynie
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mediocre pour. Rust colored, but no head at all and no lacing, neithers.

Dull smell. No real Pang of marzen or bock malt. Just some light grain and the slightest hint of caramel.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, sadly. Nothing offensive; just a bunch of benign malt. There's a tiny bit of tartness in the back that's more than welcome, but it's not enough to really save ther beer. There's no intensity, no complexity.

It's hard to do a marzen without spice.

I expect more from capital. It's not that I got a bad bottle of this; it doesn't taste stale or sour. It's just bland.

mynie, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

alexgash, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of hopdog
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly cloudy golden color with a huge (4 finger) sized white head. Aromas of yeast and bready. Tastes of breadiness and honey. I didn't really get too much more out of this one.

Notes from and tasted on: 01/15/06.

hopdog, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of kmpitz2
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.

kmpitz2, Jan 03, 2005
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Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.