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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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 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 Soneast
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown/orange color with a 2 finger thick, cream colored head that dissipates fairly quickly down to a layer of creamy bubbles.

The aroma has a pretty strong yeast component to it, fresh baked bread, with some malty undertones, mostly a slight toasted grain aroma and a hint of caramel and a touch of spicy noble hops.

A light grainy flavor makes up the bulk of the flavor profile, with a touch of nuttiness and breadiness, followed by an earthiness and a mild hop presence towards the end, leaving a toasty, slightly bitter flavor on the palate.

The mouthfeel definitely felt a tad thin and watery. I felt the flavors were well done, but the overall texture of the beer leaned towards watery, which was a bit of a turn off. (740 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 GDBEERMAN
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. best by date: 12.15.10 - cutting it close with this one, but it per se brewer, it should still be good.
A: Pours a hazy golden orange body, very classic body appearance, with a nice thin white layer of white head on the top, holds for a short time. Carbonation is very lively and lacing is left in a very minimal quantities.
S: Very bland rendition of the classic Marzen aroma. A bit of a bready, barley notes.
T/M: The front is a semi-medium body that has a dry biscuit tone to it. The mouthfeel is a cream feel, but still falls short and is a bit thin and watery on the finish.
D: This was a nice one to try among the many Marzens this season, but nothing that I would get in larger quantities than a single brew. (754 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from eyncognito in a recent trade. Thanks, Ian!

The pour is an attractive amber with a dense off-white head with excellent retention. The clarity is great, and plenty of carbonation is visible

The nose is rich and malty, with a bready, doughy character with a fruity component that's raisin-like. A little plum is also noticeable. Earthy hops, with a dusty smell are also noticeable. Solid.

The palate opens with plenty of sweetness, more than I care for. Bready and sweet with sugar, brown sugar and fruit character (plums and raisins). The finish is a semi-dry, with a mild bitterness . Hop character is a bit lower than it need be, and the malt sweetness is overdone. Medium in body with high carbonation and a sweetish finish that's not the best. While I have no problems drinking this, I hoped for more from this brewery. (854 characters)

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

Pours a light copper that picks up the light well. Average foamy head.

Smells slightly fruity with a bit of toffee.

Flavor is sweet with a creamy toffee or caramel flavor. A lot of action at the front of the mouth. This beer is too sweet for me, but I give it credit for being powerful in that way.

There is a bitterness if you swallow too much foam, but that hardly happens.

Overall, one of the more disappointing Oktoberfest, on top of which is a style that I'm not a fan to start with. (500 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 falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light, meringue-like fluffy head of about 3cm. No noticeable lacing, head retention is poor, reducing to a very fine ring around the glass rather quickly. Body is very orange amber in color, transparent, not much visible carbonation.

Scent is primarily malt and perhaps some lager yeast characteristics. Not particularly complex, even for a Marzen.

Taste is primarily of sweet malt, somewhat bready, fairly simple. Aftertaste is of bread crusts. Just above average, nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with fair amounts of carbonation, very satisfying for the style. Finish is dry, a bit sticky, but nothing obscene. Enjoyed the mouthfeel most in this beer.

This is a fairly average Oktoberfest, a bit disappointing considering the brewery it's coming from. With a number of other German breweries to choose from, this one doesn't really stand out over any and distinguish itself. (908 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been on a Oktoberfest kick since there's an ass load of them coming out right now so here's another. It pours an amber orange color. Fairly clear with a decent inch of off white head. A smattering of lace is left behind. The nose is malty with a hint of spice. Maybe a touch of hops if you sniff real hard. I'm starting to realize American Oktoberfest beers don't have a huge boquet on them. The flavor is pleasant. Malt and caramel with some hop bite and mild sweet fruit that hangs in there at the end. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Yet another decent offering from Capital. Not exactly a head turner but, a easily drinkable session beer for the masses. (669 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season, prost. Pours an amber colored red with a light orange hue throughout. A soft off white head poured out pretty froathy. Soft but also with bigger bubbles. Ok lacing once the bubbles died down.

The nose is limited but there a soft malt character. Some pils notes with a light Vienna aroma. Some softer Munich malt notes but really this is more of Vienna style Oktoberfest. Some hop notes with a touch of spice and earthy note. Very clean yeast but overall limited aroma.

The taste is a bit more telling than the nose. The Vienna comes out a bit more versus the taste but so does the Munich. Some minor husky note but not really specific pils flavor. Light bready flavors with a touch of roast and sweetness. Lingers into the finish. The hops drop off a bit versus nose. Some earthy notes but really limited. The yeast is very clean again.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Would like more depth here but still good. Carbonation is light but helps with the sweetness into the finish. Overall a limited O-fest. I know my preferences are usually more of Munich style O-fest so I will try not to skew this to badly. Very nice yeast character though. (1,171 characters)

Photo of schleprock
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange brown clear hue with a nice think head poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

S: Sweet caramel malts, not much sense of hops here.

T: Toasty malt flavor, waiting for a kick that never happens.

M: Very mild carbination almost so little you think the beer is flat. Silky mouthfeel.

D: This beer is easy to drink but I'm wondering if I got a leaky bottle because it seems extremely low in carbonation and the slick mouthfeel is almost as if it's going flat. I like the beer and it's drinkable, just not sure this is what it's supposed to be but I'm willing to try it again. (584 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours with a nice Oktoberfesty copper color. There’s a good maltiness here, but also a nice snootful of German hops that doesn’t appear in most "authentic" Oktoberfests. While German Oktos are going lighter, this one is well-tuned to the American craft beer drinker. (273 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of head that had good retention. No lacing is left on the glass.

Subdued aromas of caramel malt. I do not detect any hops.

Mild flavor. The brewer was not very adventurous with this offering. Caramel malt but it is not overly sweet.

Light body with low carbonation but the overall feeling is lacking. Somewhat watery.

Easy enough drinking but overall a boring example of an Oktoberfest. (431 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 Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour into my freebie Sammy glass - capped with a nice ivory head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy raw cut of hops and resinous vine in the aroma, quaff is a bit on the thin side without a major flavor player and the body also is a bit weak. Seems to be a decent octo brew, just in need of a stronger hop finish. Good for a couple to try, but I'll stick with the local Missouri Octos in the future. (415 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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this brew. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Color is bright peach with a slight bit of copper. Not entirely transparent, though no visible haze particles. Initial head is a single finger and dies down pretty quickly into a bit of foam on top. Very mild lacing around the sides. Nose is some light, toasted malt that reminds me of a light amber ale. Some biscuit malt as well as some very mild earthy hops.

Taste is some light biscuit malt and a very mild amount of caramel and toffee. Pretty plain. There are some light earthy and floral characteristics in the background. Light creamy character. The feel is a bit light with moderate carbonation. This is a nice and simple beer without any flaws, though I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. (773 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 mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber body topped with tiny, creamy head. Some lacing, though.

The aroma is very bready - probably moreso than any beer I've tried yet. Some maltiness as well.

The taste has some yeasty notes and some maltiness, but mostly it's not there. A little sweetness comes through but overall it's just too watery.

The feel is fine, not very thick but with some body and plenty of carbonation.

It drinks fine, the alcohol doesn't make itself known. The problem is that there really isn't enough flavor to cause me to pick it up again. (536 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 pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orange-bronze with a small gray cap. Sporadic spotty lace is barely there. This one is crystal clear, and I like the color...but the head is definitely lacking.

S - Underpowered hints of carrot cake and cinnamon. Pleasant, but pretty solidly average. This has potential...it's just too weak on the nose.

T - Nice clean biscuit and carrot cake malt flavors with tons of caramel and toffee too. Impressive given the so-so appearance and uninspired nose.

M - Fresh, malty, and extremely clean. This is neutral and unoffensive in all ways. Finishes clean as a whistle, which many non beer geeks might appreciate, but I prefer an aftertaste that sticks to your teeth and lingers on for days.

D - I like a little more stank on my beers, but this is a serviceable average O-Fest that I can imagine is very popular for the casual beer drinker. I might introduce my Bud Light loving dad and brother to this easy going brew. Nothing about this one is bad...it's just underpowered and a bit boring, to be honest. (1,009 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Lovely robe--a deep, clean reddish-amber. There was almost no head, and what there was didn't last. There are a fair amount of bubbles rising.

S-Malts toasted to varying degrees, whole wheat bread, and a hint of nuttiness. There is also something faint and earthy that lingers with the alcohol. This is my last bottle from the fall, and it's past its peak for freshness, but I don't recall ever picking anything else up.

T-Toasted sweet malt and nuts. I have to admit I was going to score the taste rather low based on my initial impressions, but when I poured the rest of the bottle, it seemed to have warmed up a bit and revealed some better-pronounced characteristics. Also, the carbonation was rather high, and it hid some of the flavors, but it's dissipated rather quickly. The light aftertaste is toasty and pleasant.

M-Now that some of the carbonation is gone, this Oktoberfest is smoother, and its medium body matches up decently with its flavors. It rolls pleasantly across the palate, and passes under the uvula with a little carbonated fanfare before bidding adieu.

D-I learned my lesson. Let this stuff warm up a little more than you initially think it needs. At first, I found the stuff kind of offensive, but when I gave it some time and a chance, it wasn't too bad. It unfortunately is not ready to drink right when you open it, which is usually when my patience is short and I don't feel like waiting. After the first few sips, I actually got the hiccups. The second half of the bottle felt like another beer.

Note: I got the best deal ever on this stuff from a major retailer that recently started carrying alcohol. When I hit the checkout, it rang up as $.27 per 6-pack due to a misship (they had ordered a different variety, but received the seasonal stuff, and they were trying to get rid of it). I figured I'd help them out, and I went back and grabbed the last two off the shelf. (1,909 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nice copper color and full head made for a nice looking beer, and the aroma was malty, bready with a bit of spice. The taste of biscuity malt was nice with toasty note to it, but the hop bitterness seemed to overpower it. I think the hops kind of trampled the malt. The beer is still quite good, and seems to improve as it goes. Mouthfeel is good, and carbonation is spot on. (379 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear caramel/amber color. The head is thin and fades quickly.

S- I smell the caramel malts for sure, but other then that not much.

T- This has a sweet malt taste, slight caramel taste (not as much as I would personally want in a fest beer). There is also a slight spicy taste that is there, sort of like a pepper corn taste, which is good. But there is a slight weird funky grain taste that is mixed in there, which makes this unrefined.

M- Feels like a beer of this style should.

D- Would make a great session beer. (525 characters)

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