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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 305
Photo of pphunkdelux
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is ok, a little light in color for an Oktoberfest. Small head with no retention.

The smell was ok, a malty caramel smell that wasn't very present.

The taste is great, sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good, thick and not too carbonated.

Because of the low carbonation i would probably be able to drink a few of these in a sitting. (427 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt, grassy, toasty. Poured out a hue of orange with an amber overtone. Head was large with moderate lenght lending to lacing on the glass. Flavors of malt sweetness, toasty, grassy character also present. Some biscuitness apparent in finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat high carbonation, with moderate body. This helps to accentuate the biscuitiness in the finish. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not overwhelming in any aspect. One of the better Oktoberfest beers out there. (483 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to florida9 for this one. I poured from a bottle to sa perfect pint glass, clear copper pour with a sticky 2 inch white head. Lots of bready malt on the nose. The flavor is bready, and sweet with a lingering bitterness. Full in body and well carbonated. A typical marzen, very enjoyable. (294 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now we're getting somewhere. Part of the Capital "Summer Sampler", this is a really good seasonal. Dark amber with decent lace. Nice honey and nutty aroma. Tastes kind of like a Marzen with a malt flavor and light caramel finish. I will look for this one next summer. (267 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head. Aroma of light caremel and flowers, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, light body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, still a very good Oktoberfest. (206 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple of times this year, but wanted to write a review on it. So into an old stein my Grandfather brought back from WWII...

A - Clear, light amber color with a nice sized head that disappeared quickly.

S - Noticeable anise aroma, with definite herbal and biscuit notes. Clean and interesting...

T - Big malty backbone with a nice balance of herbal notes, hops, alcohol, and esters. Hops last long after the swallow. I would almost say this is an ale drinker's Oktoberfest.

M - Quite full bodied, with some crispness. Fine here.

D - I could celebrate with this, interesting, but not too heady, and bracing, but not so much that I couldn't drink a few of them. (681 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came in a tour sample pack of which you only get one of each. What I had was half of this in a glass, the other half shared. It poured a nice clear, darker than others, amber. The head was full, fluffy and laceable. The aroma I can't say stood-out. The taste was a carmel malt balanced by a hint of bitter hop. The mouth was left crisp. Given this 6 oz. sample, I'll pick this beer up again if and when I see it. A good Octoberfest offering. (453 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this tapped for me at the Wisconsin State Fair. Very Dark amber,with full head.Carmelly thicker first taste, left a carmel sweet taste on the tongue.2nd and 3rd sips a roasted malt and molasses taste sneaks in, not boldly but distinctly. Left a cotton candy taste in my mouth when I was done (295 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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'. (727 characters)

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of malcontent
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  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. (733 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 marcobrau
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

capital oktoberfest. 2010 is printed lightly on the neck of the bottle.

a 3.5 light apricot amber, one finger nearly white head collapses to a cap. the bubbles look to be about medium size, fizzy at first but the smaller ones cluster firmly to form the cap. about halfway through the cap is gone and there is essentially no lace.

s 3.75-4 fresh bright malt (both pale and caramel) and some grassy hops. kind of reminds me of gordon biersch o'fest, which i liked, but without the unmasked alc.

t 3.5-3.75 as the nose suggested, there isn't much toastiness in this one. instead the counterbalance to the malt is provided by bittering noble hops. i wish they could have managed some authentic toasted bread flavor, but this is still a pretty enjoyable beer. boy, though, the hop bitterness does linger a bit more than i'd like in an oktoberfest. and the flavor seems to have a little unrestrained alcohol going on.

m 3.5 about medium-light body and vigorous carbonation. could use more residual malt presence.

d 3.5 had the hacker o'fest earlier today, and i think i will probably ultimately prefer that one to capital's offering. yet is this one worth trying? absolutely, particularly if you want a hoppy take on the style. (1,228 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a half finger head.

S- Toasted malt and dark caramel.

T- The malt sweetness on the take comes and goes quickly and is soon replaced by a nutty dryness in the middle. The finish is smooth and pleasing.

M- Smooth and slightly rich, a touch fizzy.

D- The character of the nutty dryness takes away just a little.

This is a good (not great) domestic oktoberfest, grab some this fall. (403 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 svraines
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (702 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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with orange and red highlights. The beer is capped by a beige colored crown that is medium-large in size and pillowy soft. It lasts longer than most, eventually falling to a thin film, and leaves little lace. The aroma is of sweetish malt with a slight hop presence.

The flavor profile consists of toasted bread and caramel-toffee, with a mild hop bitterness. There's a modest amount of spiciness, but it doesn't make much of a positive contribution. It all collapses a bit too quickly, leading to a short, dry finish. The mouthfeel isn't bad and could be considered slightly above average as well.

Capital Oktoberfest is a decent, drinkable version of the style, but doesn't leave a lasting impression. It isn't a beer that I'm interested in drinking a second time. (774 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 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)

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