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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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: 140 | Hads: 318
Photo of Phocion
2.14/5  rDev -41%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

10/20/2015

Standard pint glass

A: A light caramel color. Small white head. Lots of bubbles streaming.

S: Very bready smell. Caramel tones behind it.

T: Caramel right up front. Finishes with bread and malt. Hops are present.

M: Very light-bodied, including for the style. Very wet. Carbonation notable.

O: An alright take on the style. I'm not complaining but am far from impressed. Very meh.

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Photo of Winter
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of tempest
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/3/02-Orange color with a little white lace..pretty clear and clean looking..excellent toasty nose....medium-to-fuller bodied for an Octoberfest...nice malt sweetness...toasted malt flavored....with just a slight hint of hops to balance the sweetness....A very nice Octoberfest...well done beer by an excellent brewery..

re-rate 10/26/02..dropped some scores slightly..bodies feels thinner than I first thought...also some alcohol on the nose in spots....tasty, and very good but not as good as my early scores..

re-rate 9/10/04..not one of my favorite Capital brews...not that it is bad or anything but it seems to fall short of the other O-fests I've had this year (Summit, Sprecher, and SA to some extent)...tastes almost like an ale...a cloudy look....nice malty flavor but almost a bit thin in comparison to the others...worth a 6-pack a year but that's it.

re-rate 9/6/05-Same cloudy appearance..almost a sour candy apple type finish...one of their worst products and one of the worst o-fests I've had...average is being kind

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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]

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Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of schleprock
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.