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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Capital Brewery visit their website
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: 303
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 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 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 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 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 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 nsmartell
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer while wrapping up at the end of work. From the standard 12-oz bottle to a regular old water glass.

Appearance: Light copper with a small off-white head.

Smell: Caramel malts and something else I couldn't quite place.

Taste: Sweet caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and soapy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable Oktoberfest; not the best out there, but still a decent oktoberfest. I normally don't like Capital brews, but this may be the best one I've tried yet. (489 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whaddaya mean Oktoberfest season is over!? This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly buttery biscuit, orange zest, and sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of orange zest, caramel, light toast, and a bit of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice little O-Fest, nothing crazy, but an eminently drinkable autumnal brew. (483 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-amber, almost no head or lacing. Smells appley and malty, much less musty than other Oktoberfests I've had. Tastes similar to the smell, though mustier, and the mustiness in this case is particularly unpleasant. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Like the rest of Capital's beers (with the notable exception of their bocks), solid but unspectacular. (371 characters)

Photo of fosterific
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know, I should have finished this long before February, but I just love all of those winter brews. Nice pour. A light amber color with some decent carbonation and a small off white head that hung around longer than expected.
The smell is fairly subtle with just a slight aroma of malt and hops, but mostly I can detect the alcohol.
It has a light malty, well balanced flavor. Nothing less should be expected from a Capital lager. The mouth feel was a little watery for me but still good. A well done oktoberfest that is easy to drink. (538 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A) Clean copper color. A quarter inch of head at best. No retention and no lacing.

S) Malt and some sweetness. Smells like caramel to me. It smells fine, I just didn't pick up much else with my sniffer.

T) Nice malt character, with sweetness. Pretty similar to the nose. The finish is earthy, slight grass, fairly smooth.

M) A medium/light body with moderate carbonation. Decent finish and a decent aftertaste.

O) A pretty solid Marzen offering. It's worth an Autumn tasting. (525 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, reddish amber brew into a Berghoff tumbler leaving almost no head of macro looking foam. Thin and disappointing.

Sweet malts, some spice, and fall fruits apple/pear make up the aroma.

Pretty mild with a quick bitterness that overwhelms the sweet malts. There is some brown sugar and a bit of caramel in here.

Feels creamy and smooth enough my second pint brings the odd sensation that it’s going to cause stomach problems later.

It’s easy to drink but it might not be a good idea to drink too much. (528 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet aroma. Fruit (grape dominates) and caramel malt. Orange with little head. Malty fore followed by a grape heavy middle and finish. Fruit smoothness lingers int he aftertaste. This beer has a fantastic aftertaste. It tastes better 5 seconds after you swallow than it does in your mouth (289 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper color with a quick dissipating head a beige collar and lacing ..smell is malts grain spices and hops a little caramel and some roasted flavors ..taste is much the same its malts both sweet and roasted with some hops some spice in there...mouth feel is lighter then most OF but it had flavor..not the best OF but it held its own it was drinkable but alas forgettable also with lots of OF to choose from ..try it though (438 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an almost fiery color to it. Lighter than I'd expect. Aroma of spices and sweet breads. Taste doesn't have the sweetness I was looking for. Lots of malts but they're rather dry. Hops don't really seem to play a factor in this beer. A bit heavy for an Oktoberfest. However, this beer was well attenuated and had a nice smoothness to it despite the thickness. A decent offering from Capital but definitely not their best. (433 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in the fridge at the Fromagination in Madison.

A: Copper with an off-white head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, grainy malt and a light spicing.

T: Caramel, grainy breadyness, a little toast & biscuity malt, nice spicing, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a little residual sugar like a true marzen.

D: Very approachable, though I'm not personally fond of the residual sweetness.

It's a good new-world brew, but I prefer the malt & hops in the fatherland. (514 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a soapy, off-white head that has nice persistence. Sweet malt and spicy hops aroma. Clear, copper color. Starts with a robust flavor; sweet malt and spicy hops. Builds into a medium grainy hoppiness. Finish is sweet malt and lingering hops.

Overall, not bad. It's a bit on the sweeter side than many, but it has a robust enough hoppiness to counteract that. (365 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks SkyDoc for this one.

Reddish brown in color, it has a decent white head that does not hold very well.

Aroma is a bit too delicate, but this could be just mer; I like more "in your face" aromas. It still shows toasted malts, which open to a relatively light beer, predominantly malty but with some intervening hops. Clean, reasonably tasty, but nothing special. (370 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, decent head at first but fades out.

Smell: Mostly sweetness.

Taste: Typical fest beer. Bready, caramel sweetness. Some toast-like notes.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, not too strong.

I've had four different Octoberfest beers this fall and haven't really been blown away by any of them. This is a decent beer, but nothing too special to distinguish it. (374 characters)

Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a one finger head that dissipates very quickly. The color is a rich amber color.

S - Grains, malts and some unidentified sweetness is also present.

T - There is a sweetness that is present in this beer along with the smooth grains and malts.

M - This beer is pretty smooth overall. There is something that stands out in this beer that I cannot determine. Its somewhat sweet and smooth towards the middle.

D - The beer is pretty smooth and rather easy to drink. I could have a few in a sitting. (509 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The bier is a beautiful copper color, translucent in spite of a chilly haze that blankets the glass. A finger of head, white in color, has left patches of lace behind.

S: The aroma is very sweet, almost to sweet. Bready grains have a grape and green apple scent that doesn't come across as particularly robust.

T: The oktoberfestbier is quite husky, loaded with treacly malts. The result is a creamed corn flavor that is almost too sugary to get through (I'll get through it though because I'm a trooper). A sweet raisin flavor, lighter than in Belgian style ales, runs rampant. A toasted element runs throughout, adding some depth to the sweetness. Bittering hops appear midway through but don't last for long. A little too sweet for my likes.

M: The malts have a fruity dryness that is too sweet at times. This one could really work if that aspect were toned down a bit.

D: The low alcohol is a big redeeming factor. There are other O-fests that I'd take first, but it were the only thing left in the fridge I wouldn't be disappointed. (1,089 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard oktoberfest here, clean and simple. Pours a translucent amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Toasted malt aroma, yeasty, a small amount of apple. Taste is bready, toasty, malt forward, caramel and yeast, finishes clean. Mouth feel is fairly average, smooth medium body with zesty carbonation. (306 characters)

Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a slightly dark, clear copper color. There was a creamy, just off-white head that was slow to fade and left some soapy lacing.

It was hard to get much on the aroma of this one. The smell was very sweet and malty, with a hint of yeasty bread that started to come through as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but with a hefty amount of carbonation.

The taste was also a little thin. It started sweet, with toasted malts and caramel and there was just enough of a hops bite at the finish to balance it. I got a lingering bread aftertaste.

From past years, I remember this being a better beer. This year's offering seems a little thin and vaguely watery.

Still, very good beer. Highly drinkable and worth buying more. (807 characters)

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