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Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery

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83
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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 shand
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.

shand, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

steveh, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
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

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2011
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 BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/light amber body, trace head, very little lacing

S: malt, sweet biscuit, hint of honey, perhaps dash of pine

T: sweet biscuity front, firm earthy malt, light pine crisp finish

M: med body, big carbonation, prickly tongue, semi-dry finish

O: Odd making an Octoberfest/Marzen beer for
a Summer release? This beer is a little too heavy for
Summer BBQ/session. Decent enough and fine gateway
brew option.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, May 30, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Admittedly i really dislike this style.

A: Very clear beer, obviously lagered to its full length leaving this one practically see through. Bone white head.

S: Moldy grain husk smell. Almost as if using a septic system near pasture. Not good.

T: Starts with potential and drops off in a hurry in the middle. I guess grain is what i taste but honestly I dont taste much.

M: Leaves a dryness on the tongue, but the flatness of taste and abrupt ending doesnt carry any flavor over the mouth in any experiential sort of way. Particularly because the abv is over 5 you wouldnt know.

D: I could see drinking this at oktoberfest for hours...and getting drunk.

BasementBer, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 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 katan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

katan, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

crossovert, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really didn't care for this beer, and I typically like Oktoberfest style beers. Color is slightly dark, not as dark as your typical Oktoberfest beers though. The main complaint I have with this beer is the taste. It just wasn't good. Very bitter after taste, poor flavor all around. I had this at the Capital Brewery and no one in my group cared for this beer.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of JonB1958
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had just been thinking how nice an Oktoberfest beer would be on a cool summer night when I saw this at Binny's, so I picked up a six pack.

The color is just what you'd expect: A clear copper color, with a tan head that doesn't hang around too long. Thin but noticeable lacing.

Great aroma: Sweet, bready, biscuit, and caramel. But the taste is a little disappointing: Too thin, with a much lower malt profile that the aroma would have you believe. The hop profile is a little higher than I prefer in this style, too, and finishes with a surprisingly bitter after taste.

I could (and will) drink a few of these in a sitting, but it's not even average for this style. Too bad.

JonB1958, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of keytown
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

keytown, Jun 15, 2010
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 Beertracker
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

Beertracker, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of keoki182
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an exceptional marzen. Being of German heritage, Oktoberfest is a wonderful time to let my inner beer-lover out. It pours a nice gold with a decent offwhite head. It smells wonderfully malty and tastes the same. This is a really smooth beer with no aftertaste. Bold flavor, no aftertaste? Sweet.

keoki182, Jul 02, 2008
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 Homerbag
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan/straw color with foamy two finger head.
Has some sweet malt and citruisy hop arouma.
It has a sweet caramal and malt flavors to it, definately not "malty" subtle spice hop in the after taste.
Proper carbonation, leaves the tounge some what dry.
A decent beer if you are thirsty. I was trying to figure out why this is called a O'fest/Marzen. It's a good beer, just not a good O'fest.

Homerbag, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Capitol Brewery's Fest (Märzen Oktoberfest Lager) pours a good two fingers
of rocky foma over a slightly cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is sprightly, and
the nose is toasty barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet barley
malt up front balanced by a nice snappy herbal hop. The aftertaste is a bit of grain,
the hop in the finish fading quickly. the mothfeel is round, yet crisp due to the
carbonation. A nice solid brew, right about where it should be for this style.

shadow1961, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of botham
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!

botham, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

objectivemonkey, Jul 21, 2007
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 Atron67
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this at around 60 degrees in a pint glass

A- Relatively large white head that left medium lacing, poured a clear golden
S- pretty malty, little sweet characteristics
T- pretty clean smooth flavor, maltiness, light hops,
M- medium/light carbonation with a medium body.
D- pretty high drinkability, smooth clean, although not exactly bursting with any spectacular flavors, it does go down smooth with a solid flavor

Atron67, Jul 14, 2007
Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.