Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 303
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready aromas with a little hops. Pours brilliant orange gold under a very finely bubbled 1” white foam cap. Bread and malt seasoned with kettle sugars and traces of malt spice season the palate. Medium body and medium carbonation. (233 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with some sort of coded canned on date on the bottom. Acquired a single of this fall seasonal from Capital Brewery as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are pretty nice for this one.

Poured into an Oktoberfest nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark coppery orange body with two fizzy fingers of khaki head that settles down to a thin ring. Some fine sediment visible twirling in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Fairly light, but pleasant and fit to style. Coppery & metallic, some appley yeast presence, and a firm roasty toasty nutty malt backbone.

T - Taste is a bit more grainy & husky than the nose implies, but it's well balanced. Not as much caramel / toasted malt in the flavor as I'd hoped for though. Rough & grainy, a touch medicinal, with perhaps a touch of alcohol content noticeable even for the low abv. Some fruity fermented apples / pears dominate the finish.

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation. Extremely easy drinking stuff.

Overall, an average but passable representation of the style from Capital Brewery. It wouldn't be my first choice for the style, but it's definitely very flavorful and easy to drink.

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest -----3.5/5 (1,260 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a soapy, off-white head that has nice persistence. Sweet malt and spicy hops aroma. Clear, copper color. Starts with a robust flavor; sweet malt and spicy hops. Builds into a medium grainy hoppiness. Finish is sweet malt and lingering hops.

Overall, not bad. It's a bit on the sweeter side than many, but it has a robust enough hoppiness to counteract that. (365 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -11%

On tap at Capital Brewery- 12oz poured into a plastic cup 9/2/2014.

A- Medium dark orange-brown body, one finger frothy white head with minimal retention. [3.25]

S- Sweet malt, bread, toffee, spices and noble hops. [3.25]

F- Toffee, crackery bread, noble hops. Fairly sweet with a slight bitter kick on the backend. Nothing too complicated. [3.25]

M- Thinner bodied, very refreshing and crisp, drinkable and disappears quickly. Which I assume is the purpose behind the way they made this beer. [3.25]

O- Nothing too special, it's a lighter Oktoberfest with decent flavours. Not a lot of complexity but for what it is, it's not terrible. [3.25] (648 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

From notes on 9/15/2013

Nice appearance. Golden brown and orange. Decent amount of flavor for an Oktoberfest. I’m not a big fan of Oktoberfests, but this one is decent. (171 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, grain and a hint of earthy hops.

The taste is of caramelized grain, nutty malt - sweet, but with a hint of noble hops in the finish.

It has a smooth, medium body.

A true-to-style O-fest. I will get more of this next fall! (309 characters)

Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy medium copperish with a very small bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing.

Yikes. Aroma is sickly sweet. Honey, toffee, and caramel. Slight bready malts and a touch of green apple hinting at acetaldehyde.

Not quite as cloying as the aroma would let on, but still very, very sweet. Very sugary with a slightly bitter lightly toasted taste. Minimal earthy hops flavor if you really look hard for it.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Pretty bad. Avoid. (545 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"179 13" printed on the bottom of the bottle, unsure if that's a bottled date or not.
Would be June if so, and that seems questionable for an Oktoberfest, unless it's year round. Just showed up here, wonder if the distributor is passing off last years.

Orange amber, bright clarity, lasting layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. No lacing, it was a rinsed glass. Coverage and retention are good.

Aroma is sweet with a cooked grain smell. Mushy applesauce as it warms.

Taste is mealy and gross. Limp feel with some papery wet cardboard and flaccid waterlogged grains. Telltale off flavor of DMS, cooked vegetables. Aftertaste of some toasted malt, but it doesn't redeem the harsh unpleasantness of this beer. Waste of time, avoid this drainpour... (761 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starting to see more O-Fests popping up on menus, so I might as well dive right in.

A. Pours a mellow brass with a small white head.

S. Dry toasted grain, a bit of caramel sweetness and some mild rindish hoppiness.

T. Caramelized grain, nutty, light leafy/citric hoppy note, bready and dry in the finish.

M. Light-bodied with some heft from the carbonation.

O. An enjoyable American marzen; nothing spectacular, but dry enough with some good hop/malt balance to warrant praise. (482 characters)

Photo of jayhass
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rustic ruby red color that is clear with a white head that fades fast.
Smell is of a nice caramel malt with some dark fruit and some nuttiness I would guess from using Ayinger Lager yeast. Bready malt with some grassy earthy hop.
Taste- Sweet malt with a bite of earthy spicy hops to balance it out. A light nuttiness with a good amount of bread and cracker. Finishes dry with a light spice and earthy note. (424 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whaddaya mean Oktoberfest season is over!? This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly buttery biscuit, orange zest, and sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of orange zest, caramel, light toast, and a bit of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice little O-Fest, nothing crazy, but an eminently drinkable autumnal brew. (483 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest pours a dark brown clear color with hints of orange. There is a profound malty backbone aroma, that had hints of a brown sugar. The taste was well carbonated, and had a strong malty taste. Easy to drink, liked the carbonation, would grab another. Overall I found this a very good Marzen, full taste and very enjoyable. (330 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber in the glass, very clear with a small off white head that falls quickly leaving little lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of lightly sweet malt and light earthy hops.

The flavor blends lightly toasted bread with lightly caramel flavored malts. Lightly earthy and somewhat spicy hops blend the elements together making a very drinkable beer. The finish comes up a touch dry which helps keep things from being too sweet.

Smooth, low carbonation, light side of medium body.

A very nice and very drinkable Oktoberfest, quafable even! The balanced mild flavoring would make this a great beer to pair with many foods. (627 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a deep clear orange amber with a one and half off-white head which reduces to a thin foam film. A bit of lacing is present. Caramel malt, some mild grassy hops, bread dough, and mild apple on the nose. Opens with a solid caramel malt presence and fruit notes including mild apple and a bit of pear. Dries up on the finish with more caramel and toffee and grassy hops. On the heavier side of light bodied, slick with a touch of syrup. Adequate carbonation. Very enjoyable marzen. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, jumbled code printed on neck.

A - Capital's Oktoberfest is a fantastic looking clear and bubbly dark caramel amber color with pumpkin orange highlights. An effervescent but short-lived off-white head popped up and went back down to a thin layer leaving no lace behind.

S - With little head, it's hard to get anything from the timid aroma without a vigorous swirl. Bready malts carry toast notes along side a sweet, caramelized hint and a crisp, mildly hoppy finish. As the beer warms, candied nuts enter the changing profile on the finish.

T - Capital's Oktoberfest has a malty sweet burst across the tongue that's reminiscent of a dense, thick-cut slice of wheat bread drizzled with caramel and honey. Gracefully changing to a dry and hoppy finish, it's not bitter, instead, lightly floral and nicely balancing.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied, this malty Oktoberfest has a crisp, dry finish from the hops, balancing out the sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

O - Oktoberfest is another damn deliciously malty lager from Capital. Toasted Vienna malt and understated, balancing hops give the beer a tasty, classic flavor that could go down by the liter. The aroma gets lost from the poor head retention, but this one makes up for it in flavor. (1,315 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains and a few solitary bubbles rise in the column.

S: Grainy with modest caramel; carbon dioxide seems to disrupt the footing of both components. Mild fruit, centering on cooked sweet apples, is also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy caramel malt and very mild citric acidity. Grain and yeast esters mingle in the middle, where flavors gradually become drier. Dried hay and rustic bready malt round out the finish with minor bitterness allowed to show.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a traditional, full-flavored marzen that does not look to step outside familiar terrain. Its mid-range abv and malt-centered flavors are palate-friendly, promising to play nicely alongside savory foods, or in them as an ingredient. (974 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazed orange and copper colour with a thin fine head. sparse lace. lightly malted aroma...touches of munich and some spicy hops. taste is a crisp and clean. light crystal like maltiness with a snappy hop finish. straight forward and one dimensional, no depth or layered character. crisp lager body and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. quite boring and uninspired. drinkability is ok...would be easy to put a few down but this o-fest doesn't fire me up to actually want to.

overall a lackluster attempt at a popular lager style by a brewery that i thought has a solid reputation for brewing solid lager beers. i'm surprised that this is %5.5 ABV. drinks much lighter than that. wouldn't revisit this. good thing i have only one bottle. (752 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I like this beer (and most offerings from Capital) BUT do you ever think that most Capital beers taste about the same? I realize I am not a top notch beer taste tester but it seems like this was almost the same beer as their Summerfest and it wasn't much different than their Winter Skal which I had right after finishing an Oktoberfest. I guess if I really had to discriminate, this one was a little bit heavier and spicier than the Summerfest. (454 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color. A 1 inch light tan head forms and slowly reduces to a nice lacing. Definite carbonation and no sediment.

The aroma is weak. There is a distinct malting presence with a somewhat caramel and burnt/hoppy component and not much else.

The taste is that roasted caramel malt with just a slight touch of earthy hops. A bit of banana and bread are also present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit high. A minimal dryness is there at the end. This has a smooth and reasonably clean compoonent.

Overall, I have had this beer on-top, from growlers and from the bottle. It is a great session beer and I although the components in and of themselves are not incredible, the beer as a whole is very good. (781 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber. Clear and bubbly. Tall just off-white head that persists.

Smell - Light. Malty with a touch of citrus.

Taste - Sweet medium roasted malt. Noticeable lemony hops in the finish. On the light side.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Crisp.

Overall - Drinkable and light, but not otherwise especially distinctive. I'd much rather something a little more flavorful than this for the descending gloom of a Wisconsin autumn. (438 characters)

Photo of shortbus7
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice amber color with visible carbonation floating delicately to the top. No head was produced.

S: Not much here. Just a slight hop aroma.

T: Again, slight hops and malt with a grassy finish.

M: Thin and lots of carbonation on the tongue.

O: This is an okay beer. Nothing spectacular but worth trying. (314 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint:

A=Nice, rich amber with 2 finger, white foamy head.

S=Detected slight hops, nothing else.

T=A typical märzen; a bit lighter than I'd prefer, perhaps to appeal more to those wanting high drinkability.

M=Above average and light enough for a session beer.

O=There are better ones out there...way above Leinie's, but just below Point's in terms of flavor. (396 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium copper with amber tones. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very faint, but I could detect slightly toasted sweet caramel and toffee. Grassy hops emerge, and there is a little lemon zest.

Taste: Lots of malts and sweetness, and there is a nice zesty bite. Caramel, toffee, and grassy hops. The lemon from the smell gives it a counterbalancing bitterness.

Drinkability: It is nothing spectacular, but I suppose I would guzzle it if the polka was loud enough. (595 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a stein.

A: Clear copper/orange hue with an off-white head that quickly settles to a thin surface froth. Carbonation is subtle, and lacing is decent.

S: A bit turned off at first. Caramel malt and toasty grain up front, with a slight metallic tinge in the background. Grassy hops are noticeable behind everything else.

T: Caramel and toasted grains up front, along with some fruity, spicy notes. Hops dry out the finish, with a pleasant, floral aftertaste.

Notes: Slightly thin and moderate in body. This beer is solid, and quite drinkable. However, it's not quite what I look for in the style. Decent, and at least worth a try. (677 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard oktoberfest here, clean and simple. Pours a translucent amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Toasted malt aroma, yeasty, a small amount of apple. Taste is bready, toasty, malt forward, caramel and yeast, finishes clean. Mouth feel is fairly average, smooth medium body with zesty carbonation. (306 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.