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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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82
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Shy5

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-05-2013 00:54:47 | More by Shy5
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dillon_1005

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-16-2013 20:45:11 | More by dillon_1005
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-20-2013 22:39:42 | More by jgunther71
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DersOne

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-25-2013 17:17:16 | More by DersOne
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instinct2

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-03-2013 20:58:20 | More by instinct2
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-27-2013 20:31:44 | More by harpus
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-30-2012 15:11:37 | More by wakajawaka76
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malcontent

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately the color of a turning leaf, Capital Oktoberfest is a deep red, with an impressive head that diminishes to nice lacing. Good looking brew.

Malt with caramel sweetness but a surprising hop character as well. The sweet smell is actually almost an overripe one in nature, corn-syrup almost.

More subdued (thankfully) than many of this style. Malt is the leading trait but it doesn’t dominate the palate as there is a refreshing hop bitterness to end with a trace of (this time controlled) sweetness. Very good.

Despite darker qualities it is still a relatively light feeling beer with just the right water/carbonation balance. A nice tongue-puckering effect at the end, which for a hop-head, is a plus.

Gotta admit, I don’t like the Oktoberfest genre but this particular entry is fairly tasty. Not something I’d drink all the time but I could absolutely see myself getting a six-er or two every fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 00:54:41 | More by malcontent
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-08-2013 02:08:55 | More by bcsbeer
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JimGlonke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-30-2012 16:54:52 | More by JimGlonke
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Radiosox

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-25-2013 01:51:14 | More by Radiosox
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-10-2014 21:15:22 | More by SkinniePost
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-13-2012 19:09:15 | More by imperialking
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here it is in August and the Oktoberfest has already hit the shelves, along with four others that were on the same shelf. Out the those, this was the only one I haven't had. A little early if ya ask me, but oh well, here we go - Clear ambery-brownish color with a small off-white foamy head that fades, little spots of lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of herbal like hops and earthyness coming through. Taste is subdued roasted malts with some sweetness and slight tang coming through mostly, a touch of herbal qualities show up near the finish along with a balancing sweetness. Feel is a bit lighter then expected, even while drinking it in 85 degree heat, it is however, very smooth and easy for good drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 18:15:15 | More by tavernjef
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BiereBlanche

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear, dark orange-amber capped off with a sudsy white head. Falls to a light cover and lacing.

S- Very clean nose, only a very light malt presence, no hops.

T- Clean flavors, no hops flavors are noticeable. Smooth, light bread with a light malt-sweet middle. Very low and balanced bittering. Finishes clean with only a slight bready aftertaste.

M- Mid-low MF, medium carbonation, very, very smooth.

D- A very smooth and easy drinking example. It's on the mellow side of the Octoberfest style, but it is incredibly drinkable and would be perfect pint after pint.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:02:52 | More by BiereBlanche
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear amber body with a good carbonation supporting a thin film of off-white head that soon pulls to a ring of foam.

S- The smell of light dry caramel malt has a nice fresh malt quality about it followed by a soft pine hop hint at the finish.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor has some Munich malt notes with a soft twang to follow. There is a light nougat hint then a slightly sulfury noble hop finish. The sulfur note lingers for just a moment.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp texture to this beer.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors with a few off notes like the twang hint and the nougat that both start to grow as the beer warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 21:18:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking amber (almost red) fest beer. The carbonation is fine and a good amount of foam is generated with the pour; as the head falls, just a few little bits of foam stick to the sides. A few sips in and all that remains of the once voluminous head is a fine collar of bubbles. There's lots of malt and a nutty character in the aroma. As time goes on I notice a slight vegetal note which is a bit unappealing. However, this is pleasant tasting light bodied beer with light caramel flavors accented by some nuttiness and a slightly sweet, but crisp finish.The mouthfeel is smooth and enhances the drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 02:49:19 | More by marcobrau
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:30:19 | More by chanokokoro
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, and sweet malt. Overall, a decent oktoberfest with a good blend.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 03:03:57 | More by Tone
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beagle75

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:18:24 | More by beagle75
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svraines

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass to a nice white head and red-orange color. Great clarity. Aroma is not as malty as some and not very pronounced, especially when it is still cold. Good complexity to the flavors with a hint of alcohol. You really have to let this one warm up a bit for the full flavor to develop, if you can resist. The best part is the lingering malt flavor in your mouth drawing you back for another swallow. Pretty average flavor if not for the finish. A lot of carbonation deters from the mouthfeel and drinkability for me. A lot of the taste is lost when you drink a second, but it gives a good warming feel from the alcohol so it might be better saved for the falling temperatures to come.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 17:04:36 | More by svraines
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This O’fest pours a nice clear orange with a thick slightly off white head. The head does stay awhile and leaves decent lacing to the end of the glass. The aroma, a bit faint is, toasted malt with a slight hint of caramel. The taste has a bit more power than the aroma but is a dead match. There is sweetness with the malt flavor present. Nice body, easy to drink, just nothing overpowering. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 14:01:09 | More by Stubbie1
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber, clear of all haze, with a soft off-white head forming and lingering throughout the tasting.

The aroma has decent malt overtones, not as toasty as some of the Continental Oktoberfests, but still fairly expressive. A mild hint of hop spiciness is in the background.

The taste is malty, but more sweet that toasted or caramel flavors, these develop as the beer warms. There is also a slight tanginess in the finish. The beer seems a bit light-bodied for the style.

Overall a nice domestic Oktoberfest, but I still prefer the real thing from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 19:34:12 | More by brakspear
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 02:48:24 | More by SykDoc
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its Fanatsy Draft and the Oktober Fest beers are in full force. The capital brewery oktoberfest is is a good beer!!!! The appearance is a rich copper/amber. Very thin head...if any that is not lacing. The smell has some sweet maltiness to it, the tast definitely has a sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smoot and easily could be sessioned. Certainly worth a try for all those Okto fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:22:43 | More by WoodBrew
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.