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Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery

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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 92
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is more of a peachy orange color, small white head on the top. Light fruit on the nose, some nut hints. Soft caramel malts, some nuts, hints of fruit. Touch of hop bitterness. Pretty soft and light bodied. I wouldnt necessarily put this in the oktober category, i agree with some of the other reviewers that the style is fairly ambigous. Certainly doesnt make it a bad beer. (384 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown color with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet - reminescent of honey. The flavor has a nice caramel malt sweetness. Not much hopping in this one. Body is ok, but could be a bit thicker. Drinkability is ok as well. (268 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a decent appearance. Amber with a creamy off-white head. The head hung around until half of the beer was gone with small amounts of lacing, though I must admit it took me a long time to drink it because I was too busy writing a review about my beer to drink it.
It has a malty aroma and it almost smells like there could be a little amount of rock candy in there but I doubt it. (a somewhat similar aroma)
The taste is malty and sweet. This is my third time trying it and I like it a lot more now than the first one. It has a good mouthfeel, small bubbles and a malty taste and first then it leaves a light hint of alcohol on the back of your tongue.
It is a pretty drinkable bevy. If I ever come across it again I'll probably pick up a few bottles. (771 characters)

Photo of lampkins
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In my opinion this beer should be called "Octoberfest Light" rather than a fest bier. I was expecting a lighter beer since it was produced in July/August. A malty/musty smell abounds in this brew that reminds me of a New Castle Ale. Beer had no head to speak of. The taste of the beer was a watered down Octoberfest, I could taste the malt, but this beer left something to be desired. It was ok, but I cannot see myself drinking this beer and enjoying it. (455 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big head. Deep gold color. Spot-on german malt nose. Medium mouthfeel - sweet malt charchter. A toned down Octoberfest. This beer is actually closer to what you get at Munich's Octoberfest than a traditional Octoberfest beer.

A fine German lager - could swear I was sitting under the festival tent in Bavaria. (326 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a clear amber pour with a medium white head. very clear pour. attractive colour.

Smell: somewhat malty but lightly so. mild sweetness...a little caramel and roasted malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: a simple palate yet very satisfying. cleana nd smooth mouthfeel and light, fresh body. the taste is light malt up front and then in mid sip there is a nice sweetness thats sneaks in accompanied by hints of orange peel bitterness. bitter and long lasting finish.

Drinkability: i enjoyed this beer quite a bit. not overly complex. not world class but yet it really did the trick this time around. well worth trying. (622 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (682 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of abents
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (520 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To be honest, I was always sort of disappointed with this beer. I used to live in Madison (up until 4 mos. ago) and I'd wait with baited anticipation for the octoberfest, and this beer pales compaired to that. It's drinkable, slightly fruity hop flavors, more interesting than a lager, but not as good as their oktoberfest beer. (328 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a average sized smooth and creamy ivory head when poured and it had fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was carbonated and cloudy with a golden hue. The nose consisted of malt, caramel, and fruits with a light bitter, hoppy and sour flavor to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and thin and it was medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass. (397 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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? (254 characters)

Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale amber with copper edges. What begins as a half inch thick head quickly fades to an incomplete cap with scattered islands of bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is almost all malt, with a toasted bread note and nuttiness that suggest Munich malt. I pick up on a bit of toffee as well. There's a bit of herbal hops, but they're extremely faint.

Taste: Starts out malty and slighty sweet, with toasted bread and a bit of nuttiness. Midway, a herbal hop flavor and bitterness appear to provide a bit of balance. A bit of toffee hides, showing itself now and then. Finishes well balanced and clean, along with a hint of coarse grain husks.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, with a fairly light body. There's a bit of tannic astrigency on the tail end.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what this 'Fest' bier is celebrating, nor I am sure what style it's supposed to be. I do know that it's not all that interesting. There are no obvious flaws...there's simply not much going on. (985 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (632 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.77/5  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. (606 characters)

Photo of tigerpaws
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was very surprised when pouring this beer at the darkness of it for a summer brew. Had a faint aroma to it and a nice lace as I drank it. The taste was good but once again it reminded me more of an amber than a summer. So if you are looking for a your typicalsummer brew don't pick this, but if you want a good beer try it. Didn't really know how to rate this one because it threw me off being so different, so as a summer brew I knocked it down a notch or two................CHEERS (486 characters)

Fest (Summer Fest) from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.