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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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karengarys

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very rich mahogany/ruby red, leaving a bit of a head which dissipates fairly quicly.

Smells super malty and dark/sweet, with a bit of floral hop.

Taste is VERY rich in roasted malt, and a bit of hops to balance. I really like this because of what it does NOT have - many oktoberfests, even the standards, have a bitter tar-like flavor that stabs the tongue. This does NOT.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is dark and sweet.

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests, and I'd recommend it to anybody.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 00:55:37 | More by karengarys
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TGINaturday

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking for a while, but I just turned 21 recently and decided to get a "Pick a 6" pack to try some new things, and one of them was this beer.

A: From the bottle to a glass, the head quickly dissipated, but it has a nice amber color.

S: Like apple and caramel. Really very nice.

T: Really good, actually. Nuances of apple and caramel, very nice for the season.

M & D: Not very carbonated (usually I like that), but smooth and easy to drink. I could see putting a few of these back and not feeling too full.

Overall, after trying the wheat beer from Capitol Brewery (didn't like it), I'm very impressed and would drink again. Might even stop by the brewery (at UW now, the brewery is a short drive away!)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 22:03:55 | More by TGINaturday
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on an amber body. Smelled very sweet, with caramel and perhaps honey dominating. Taste was along the same lines, with the caramel being fairly light, and a very, very nice sweetness as the end. Hoppiness kept to a minimum. This is typically not one of my favorite styles, and in fact, Oktober's generally are a bit depressing, as it usually mean summer's over. But I've had a few of this style and this is by far the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:41:14 | More by ibashmuck
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Reneejane

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had, this beer was the tops. It had a lot more flavor than Hofbrau Oktoberfest. I really appreciated the extra flavor, and complex character. It is balanced towards maltiness, and it had a beautiful pumpkiny orange color. Too bad it's a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 05:38:46 | More by Reneejane
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sweethome

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle to a german pils glass.

Beautiful rich copper color. The colors of fall are all in there.

Dense head is very light. Dissipates, but does not disappear.

Wow, what a nose, rich matiness of german malts - defining the style.

Smooth, yet full and rich entry. Carmel maltiness, sweet candy sugar flavors, but still staying on the right side of balance. Just enough noble hops to keep from cloying.

Full mouthfeel. Every sip is a bouquet of flavor.

One of the best domestic O'fests and up there with the best German styles for my money.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 03:31:54 | More by sweethome
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:54:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear reddish brown brew throws out a nice long lasting thin off white head. Nice bready, yeasty, malty aroma. Nice biscuit tones on the tongue as well as toasted malt. Very clean tasting. Very little to no caramel malt sweetness is noted. Some slight hop bitterness is apparant. Medium bodied and very drinkable. I'm in anticipation of some nice 50 degree autumn days to enjoy these fine O-fest beers. Another solid lager from Capital.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 20:39:35 | More by Bighuge
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark red-orange body, creamy head that fades into a thin off-white film.

Smell: Malt, slightly grassy, very toasty.

Taste: The malt is biscuity and a little sweet. The hops are very apparent, and definitely don't sit in the background, it's a hoppier Oktoberfest than my last two. The only problem is a slightly gamey, smoked meat flavor that I am not a fan of, but it is only a hint of that flavor.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable Oktoberfest, one of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 17:06:13 | More by TastyTaste
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jsh420

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bunch of marzen's came out this week - and i thought i would pick up some capital since i drank a year old bottle a month back

pours clear bright golden copper lots of life with a big pillowy 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of toasted caramel malts somewhat nutty then some hops

taste is great - rich toasted malts with just enough sweetness but plenty of earthy hops to give it that bitter finish - would have given it a 5 but i could taste too much alcohol for a 5.5 beer

mouthfeel is lively well carbonated to give it a nice crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability is good - great taste/mouthfeel make it a great fall/football beer

glad i rereviewed this beer since it taste so much better fresh

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:07:34 | More by jsh420
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With all of the marzens that are out this time of year it's a great opportunity to really compare different specimens of the same style see who comes out on top. I was introduced to this brewery at Brewfest this summer and was glad to see another good regional brewery come to town.

This bier is a medium copper color and is crystal clear. It has very little carbonation and the head vanishes quickly. The aroma and taste are nicely malted, sweet, and uncomplicated. They have a great flavor indicative to the style without a bunch of other notes thrown, just straight yummy goodness. Very smooth with the right amount of flavor lingering. A MUST repeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:17:13 | More by DesMoinesMike
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be the best Oktoberfest Marzen I've had this season.

Color is a deep copper with a small (minimal) head. It has an interesting bread and cider odor. It reminds me in smell alone of the outdoors in autumn - wet leaves, chilled nights, fallen apples.

This is an excellent flavor. I really love the was it brings autumn to the tongue. It has a bready, fruity flavor that is festive and exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 03:56:43 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good head and a deep amber with only a few bubbles.The aroma is a sweet, inviing malty grain. The taste is even more sweet. Grainy, very light and offsetting hops. Just great, sessionable, malt bomb. Wodl have given drinkability a "5", but it was just a little too sweet to be exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 20:53:17 | More by scruffwhor
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JonB1958

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six of this on the way to a family outing in Wisconsin. I love the style, so I thought I'd try something new. I'm glad I did.

It pours a nice electric copper like most of these Oktoberfests do. The aroma might be the best I've experienced...right up there with Paulaner. It gets back in your sinuses and into your tastebuds before your first sip.

The flavor is pretty good, if a little less malty than I like, but there are still those caramel flavors present that start and finish nicely.

Very smooth and easy to drink. I'm buying more of this when I can.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:11:06 | More by JonB1958
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a clear copper tone with a nice three inch head. It had very little activity.

A well balanced smell of malt and hops.

A well balanced taste of dry malt, hops and alcohol finish. It was light bodied and smooth.

Very drinkable and refreshing. It went well with my dinner of brats and asparagus.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 23:51:29 | More by Rennpferd
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some head appeared with the pour, but it's quieted down. good o-fest color (lots-o-vienna malts, i bet)

full and toasty bouquet fills out even more with a faint fruitiness and a nice herbal hop scent. man, i love vienna aromas. a little husk, a little dried fruit/raisin

toastycaramel flavors up front and a tasteful hop prickle at the finish. good carbonation tailed with this bitterness to provide some texture to a very quaffable and slick brew. the hop flavor contribution is very nice: balanced yet assertive, and tasty overall

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:03:50 | More by bruachan
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botham

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into an imperial nonic glass. pours a crystal clear, brilliant amber color with a finger of off-white frothy head that dissiaptes slowly and throughout consumption.

smells malty (caramel), with a subtle hop aroma, among a few spices, notably pumpkin and a dash of coriander. a good mix for an oktoberfest.

tastes malty up front, with a notable amount of CO2. bready yeast is apparent as well, lending more to a mild abbey tripel than an oktoberfest. alcohol presence is distant, but noticable. finishes on a dry hop note. there is a good balance of flavors and aromas here, somewhat unique for the style.

aftertaste semi-dry, and of lingering malt flavor. very pleasant.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and very smooth in character. the CO2 here adds a bit of bite, but doesn't deter from the rest of the brew.

drinkability is great. oktoberfests can be filling and rich, but this one sneaks in under the radar with bold flavors and a rather simple profile to allow for high drinkability and loads of character. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 00:51:29 | More by botham
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear amber in color with average off white head that didn't last long. Nice citrusy aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy with a slight alcohol warming as it went down. Great tasting beer. Medium/heavy body with average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:42:44 | More by BeerCheese
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange brown color, a little lighter than some of the other Oktoberfests I've tried this year. decent head, mild lacing.

S: caramel sweet roasted toasty smell, a bit floral and sour as well. perhaps a bit adjunctish... not sure.

T: Toasty and warm, caramel malts up front and a bit of hops on the back end. There are some hints of fruit here, perhaps plum. Good flavor.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation, but it feels very gentle. Good body

D: This beer is very drinkable, I think it is a nice example of the style, best Oktoberfest I have had this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:32:01 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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wardough

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful Madison day!
A: Nice light copper color. Light lacing.
S: Light caramel flavors with a slight hop aroma giving some slight citrus flavor.
T: Bready, malty.
M: This beer is perfectly carbonated making it just slide through the mouth. Awesome.
D: This is a great fall time beer and worthy of the Octoberfest title.
A great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:09:31 | More by wardough
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nickynick

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital Oktoberfest poured a light amber, very orange looking color. Small head. Smell was strong of hops, and bit of malt. Taste was sweet caramel and malt upfront followed by a mild hop bite. It became sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel was ok, bit light for what I like in a O-fest. Drinkability is very good, easy to drink a few. Overall a pretty good O-fest from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 19:15:16 | More by nickynick
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with some frothy head at first but falls back too quickly.

Smell: Toast, caramel, cherry and metallic hops.

Taste: Nice complex malts with biscuit, caramel and cherry interwoven together. Has a nice spicy hoppiness as counterbalance, which continues long after each sip.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, crisp and dry finish. Great feel for a Marzen.

Drinkability: One of the better Marzens out there, although style wise it leans a little closer to a bitter Vienna. More than solid Autumn brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:02:19 | More by bsp77
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright orange color, good creamy head of 1/4 inch. Toasty aroma, a little brown sugar. Nice match for style, nice dominant caramel malt flavor with a hoppy clove bite peppered in. Good elements of toast. A little better mouthfeel than some. Very drinkable, open a couple and pour 'em in a big ass stein and quaff in honor of the harvest. A good kick off for Fest season for me (I'm not counting the bomber of Lagunitas)...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 08:03:41 | More by ADR
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SMark

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip through Wisconsin about a month ago. Poured a good head of about 2 fingers. Lasted over 2 minutes. Clear amber coloring. Very slight lacing.

Slight malt and hop aroma.

Hops seemed to come through more than the toasted malt. Worked very well together.

Good mouthfeel as the taste was not prolonged but did last comfortably enough.

Would welcome the opportunity to drink these at a 'fest' activity but sadly not available in our area.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 21:45:09 | More by SMark
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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2011 update for Cap's Oktoberfest.

A -- Clear, deep amber-orange with a creamy, light tan head the settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Spicy hops up front, yeasty, sweet breadiness in the follow through.

T -- Sweet breadiness up front that folds into a good grainy-biscuit character. A mild spicy bitterness in the aftertaste that balances well. Malt luscious and very easy-drinking.

M -- Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- A very clean and flavorful, well-constructed lager from the Midwest King of Lagers. As with most Ami-Oktos, I just wish there was more of a big toasted bread character as a fresh Bavarian Okto will have. What makes this a winner is that brewmaster Kirby doesn't try to overcompensate with a big roasted character as do many U.S. micros.

Previous review:
2009 bottling, just in at the local -- surprised I've never reviewed this in the past. My favorite all time micro -- but I can be objective when it comes to beer... especially my fave style.

A -- Bright, clear, amber-orange color with a thick, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- I can smell "beeriness" at arm's length from the pour; aroma is pretty thin and mild spicy hops with a bready backbone come out with a swirl.

T -- Mildly sweet, nutty maltiness up front with some bready maltiness in the middle and a dry, spicy hop finish. Toasty breadiness in the aftertaste. Great balance all around. A little edit here -- there's some vague diacetyl in the background as the beer warms. Not distracting, but unexpected.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light medium body.

D -- Finally! A very nice Okto this year. It seems like this could be the first American / German style crossover. There's some nice nuttiness, as in an Ami, with some good breadiness, as in a German -- not much of that rich maltiness from German Amber Märzens, but there's a great malt character that makes up for any loss.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-31-2009 18:06:54

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:57:18 | More by steveh
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 19:35:09 | More by jwc215
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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.