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Fest (Summer Fest) - Capital Brewery

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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 92
Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of marc77
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.

Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours an impressive, very dense, 2cm head of small bubbles. This recedes in a few minutes, leaving a ton of lacing and a 0.5cm membrane atop the beer. Body is a light, transparent orange-copper color with visible, active carbonation.

Aroma is primarily of lightly toasted malt and some faint, generic sweetness.

Taste opens with flowery, somewhat herbal hops and fades to a gentle, light maltiness with a spicy hop finish. Toasted flavors are abundant, alongside malt characters, sugars, and some hops.

Medium to medium-light bodied, not watery, gentle carbonation that makes the beer foam up a bit on the palate. Finish is dry.

This is a sort of cross between an oktoberfest and wiesen stye, or so it would seem. I find this a good late-summer lager. A welcome precursor to the Oktoberfests that would surface a few weeks after this one's release.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Cheers mug.

A) A pretty clean looking light amber. There was really no head, maybe a quarter inch. The head dissipated quickly, no lacing.

S) Mostly malt, some bread, light hops, kind of a light leafy smell.

T) Again, toasty malt, bread, a bit of sweetness and earthy tones. A very pleasant finish and aftertaste.

M) Toss up here, not light, not medium. It's a lighter medium bodied beer that is pretty crisp, not much bite. Pretty easy drinking.

O) There is nothing I really dislike here, however ther is also nothing that really stands out. It's a decent beer, and it's worth a try.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of botham
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow. Head was moderate at first, but quickly died into a thin cap, leaving a little bit of oily lacing behind. Smells very bready and malty..the sweetness is entirely apparent, but the hop character is not. I couldn't really pick up much for hops in the taste either at first, but as it warms, there is a bit of a spicy hop "bite" that comes out at the finish. Medium/soft mouthfeel..a pretty refreshing beer.

It says "Fest" right on the bottle, in very "Oktoberfest" fashion, yet it's a summer seasonal? Also, it doesn't taste anything like your typical Oktoberfest...more like a weak hefeweizen, or maybe you could even pass it off as a pale ale. Either way, it's nothing too spectacular, and not a beer worth spending a lot of time trying to figure out the style. Worth a try? I suppose, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Capital Fest Beer: This is a deep red beer, unusual for a summer beer. The taste has a fairly strong malt taste, with hops pronounced at the end. I’m a little surprised that this is a summer beer; it tastes much heavier than a refreshing Hefe Weiss.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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