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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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TboneRN

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-02-2014 14:20:49 | More by TboneRN
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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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Profane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-21-2011 14:02:10 | More by Profane
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tipabu

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-04-2014 00:38:15 | More by tipabu
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Ejayz

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-02-2011 03:00:10 | More by Ejayz
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newbrewer_zb

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-08-2014 17:39:44 | More by newbrewer_zb
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hoosier222002

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-14-2013 13:56:31 | More by hoosier222002
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-27-2012 18:18:29 | More by scootercrabb
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-12-2011 18:16:58 | More by tbeq00
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-22-2011 00:10:56 | More by KC9LDB
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jayhass

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:27:58 | More by jayhass
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored, leaning towards orange. Crystal clear with steady moderate carbonation. Thin white head recedes to virtually nothing.
Toasty and sweet malt aromas. Hops are noticed, but just faintly.
Toasted malts make themselves known off the bat, then begin to mingle with sweet, fruity malt tones. Good amount of toffee. A swift kick of spicy hops pollishes this one off.
A firm medium bodied brew. Gets a little sticky and syrupy at times, but generally full and crisp.
A pretty solid Oktoberfest all around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2002 11:11:46 | More by cokes
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 01:19:24 | More by vette2006c5r
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stoutman

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber-brown color with a small off-white foamy head that fades with a speckled lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is a mild roasted malt with some sweetness and slight hop showing up near the finish along with a nice balance of sweetness. Pretty tasty and a good quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 02:39:08 | More by stoutman
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest pours a finger of foam over a clear honey
colored brew. Carbonation is moderate and steady, and the nose is
toasty malt, lager yeast, and a bit of spicy hops. The flavor reflects the
nose- sweetish malt balanced by a peppery, herbal hop- I'm thinking it
might be Saatz. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied, finishing semi-
dry due to the hops. There's a bit of grassyness and earthyness in the
aftertaste. Altogether, very nice. I like that Capitol hopped it just a touch
more than a lot of Ofests I've tried- it doesn't make it any less easy-drinking,
but it does make it a little more assertive. Good- get some if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 19:21:11 | More by shadow1961
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very bubbly/fizzy, orange/amber color with a foamy, tan, small head. It left no lace.

S - It had smelled grassy and of biscuity roasted malt.

T - It tasted burnt maltiness with some subtle spices. Nice smooth caramel flavors increased as it continued to warm.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. Very easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:56:51 | More by zeff80
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TenEighty

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It is a nice copper color, not cloudy at all, very little head or retention.

S: It has a nice spice smell to it, it reminds me of autumn.

T: The beer is good example of an Octoberfest/Marzen beer, nice hints of spice, as well as a nice hoppy touch.

M: This beer seems a tad more bitter than other Octoberfest/Marzen beers I have tried, a testament to its hop character. It seems to leave a sucrose feeling in my mouth.

D: I like this beer, it is a nice example of a delicious autumn beer, however, there are others in this category which exceed this beer in different categoiries.

This is my first beer report, I love this site, and I will continue to contribute my opinions on many great beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 18:28:40 | More by TenEighty
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(old review, replaced)

I had a chance to visit Capital Brewery and was invited to try out the Octoberfest, only 3 weeks old in the fermenter. I went back to try it again after the first time, a very unique experience and a very unique tasting beer this early on. Kirby was a great guide and invited many others later on to take a taste of the beer straight out of the lagering tanks.

Coming out into the glass, quite quickly (100+ barrel tanks), it pours out a light orange-yellow and sits a hazy amber brown in the glass. It's still quite young, so it hasn't quite cleared up yet and there is some yeast suspended in the beer.

Smell is quite malty, I wouldn't expect much less, and yeast is very evident. Fruity esters emerge, apples and pears, along with a light spicy aroma. Very interesting, I will definately compare this to the final product.

Taste is still malty. Bitterness comes on quite quickly, shorty after the initial maltly sweetness. Dry and yeasty on the finish still carrying on the spiciness from the hops. Brown sugar and caramel flavors also seem present.

Very smooth in the mouth, and creamy. Carbonation is light, but still coming in. Obviously this was drunk as zwickel, so it would be difficult to drink much of it, although I had my fair share. Easily consumed, and enjoyably consumed at that. A unique experience not soon to be forgotten. I will make it a point to review this year's Oktoberfest just to see how it compares to this tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2005 18:51:59 | More by Skidz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head, gone quickly. Amber/caramel color. Aroma:vegetal, herbal,spicy, earthy, pumpkins. Rich maltiness, nice sweet overtones, some tingly hops. A satisfactory Oktoberfest, very smooth and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 14:29:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, but distinctly orange body is topped by a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds very well and leaves rings of cragged, sticky lace. The delicate nose offers some nice, subtly sweet toasted malt. It's full and dextrinous in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation that's crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers a solid hop punch of bitterness amidst its lightly caramelish and toasted malt; and some background floral and spicy hops appear in the dry finish. A nicely done festbier that delivers a bit of hops as well as malt!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 23:26:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Appearance is golden straw with nice two finger head that leaves a nice lace.

Aroma is caramel grains and honey, small hop smell.

Taste is honey, grain and light floral hops. Slight huskiness on the finish. The roast of the grain lends a nice caramel sweetness that isn't cloying at all. Hops are not over done and actually lend a nice body and crispness.

A solid offering, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:34:12 | More by wheatyweiss
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a thick, light-khaki head.
Smells of sweet cookie dough, caramel, spicy hops. Not overly aromatic.
Taste starts off with sweet bread and caramel malts. Light nutty toastiness follows through the palate and then the spicy hops come in. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering doughy sweetness. Medium-bodied, coats mouth nicely. One of the better Oktoberfests I’ve had this fall (but I like Autumnal Fire heaps more).

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 17:52:41 | More by alexgash
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dirtylou

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single bought at Woodman's in Madison

appearance: pours a thick copper with a rather thick layer of bubbly white head...zero lacing

smell: rather fruity, almost like apple cider (the real stuff not the woodchuck shit). very sweet malts, very autumnal aroma

taste: fruity sweet malts, heavy on the apple, light caramel (lighter than normal), a sweet bready taste is also dominant

mouthfeel: thin body, dry finish

drinkability: i wish i had bought more than 1, good thing this stuff is abundant

all in all, this oktoberfest pushes the boundaries, definately a bit more fruit dominated than some others. I enjoyed it and will probably grab some more in the coming weeks

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 23:43:15 | More by dirtylou
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out orange-amber with a fair amount of foam. The smell hinted at the malt profile, and the brew delivered a big dollop of malty munich to the tongue. This one felt smooth in the mouth, and was quite drinkable. This is an easy drinking festbeer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 17:16:16 | More by pweis909
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dfillius

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.25 fingers of ivory colored head with great retention. Clear amber liquid. Par for the course but with better head.
S: Mostly clean bready malt with some pleasant herbal grassy hop in the background. Solid but unassuming.
T: Sweet, clean, good hop bite. Not terribly complex but very nice.
M: Rich, hearty, a bit metallic
D: Good. I would be interested in another and maybe a sixer if nothing else could be had.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:58:48 | More by dfillius
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.