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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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82
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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of Phocion
2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy medium copperish with a very small bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing.

Yikes. Aroma is sickly sweet. Honey, toffee, and caramel. Slight bready malts and a touch of green apple hinting at acetaldehyde.

Not quite as cloying as the aroma would let on, but still very, very sweet. Very sugary with a slightly bitter lightly toasted taste. Minimal earthy hops flavor if you really look hard for it.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Pretty bad. Avoid.

Photo of heytomcat
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of emerge077
2.29/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"179 13" printed on the bottom of the bottle, unsure if that's a bottled date or not.
Would be June if so, and that seems questionable for an Oktoberfest, unless it's year round. Just showed up here, wonder if the distributor is passing off last years.

Orange amber, bright clarity, lasting layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. No lacing, it was a rinsed glass. Coverage and retention are good.

Aroma is sweet with a cooked grain smell. Mushy applesauce as it warms.

Taste is mealy and gross. Limp feel with some papery wet cardboard and flaccid waterlogged grains. Telltale off flavor of DMS, cooked vegetables. Aftertaste of some toasted malt, but it doesn't redeem the harsh unpleasantness of this beer. Waste of time, avoid this drainpour...

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Winter
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Capital seems to have dropped the ball on this one. Either that or I had a bad bottle. Amber in color with an off-white head that retreats quickly. Light aroma consisted of some sweet malt and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel teeters between thin and medium-bodied. Taste is extremely bland for an Oktoberfest. Everything about the caramel, biscuit and malt flavors are muted and watered down. Very disappointing.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Auburn color, minimal quick fading head. Sweat, citrus aroma. Almost caramel, but not as overpowering. Mildly bitter, with a heavy feel on the palate. Toasted malt finish, which trails off to a metallic aftertaste. Disappointing bier. Not true to the style. Acidic bitterness lingers well after finish.
Brown bottle. No Fresh date.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of bright-white frothy head. The retention here sticks around with more of a thin layer of fizzy foam that leaves back some very light looking creamy lacing. This quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit musty smelling, with a combo of raw earthy spice and what I can only describe as lager yeast character. Some softer and sticky feeling malts rounds out the back.

The taste is hop forward up front with an earthy and green bitterness. Malts and some softer citrus flavor sweeten the profile up some but hops quickly kick back in, giving this a gritty and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness to it that bites the tongue and then spreads out across the palate into a more silky and creamy feel.

Bitter and harsh feeling at times with too much of yeasty presence as well, this O-Fest really left me disappointed. Especially considering the brewery that made it. Now I did like the body on this, as it at least kept things crisp and smooth but the profiles here just needed some cleaning up. Not sure if I just got an off bottle or what. I'd be willing to give this another go sometime down the road.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Four Firkins. Bottle code 2338 translates to bottled on Aug 11, 2008. Appears a clear orange with a short white head.

Man, I thought these guys could do no wrong with the lagers, but this baby is sub-par. The aroma reminds me more of a strong Euro lager for the unpleasant lager tang smell. The flavor is a bit better and at least finishes with a pleasant, subtle hop bitter, but for the most part the malts come on too strong and hot. The end result is unpleasant and I hope whatever's going on with this beer gets fixed.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with hints of orange. Complex malt aroma. Mixed hop and malt flavor that is on the light side for style. Finish is rather dry and long. Overall good but not great.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.