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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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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: 305
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 WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its Fanatsy Draft and the Oktober Fest beers are in full force. The capital brewery oktoberfest is is a good beer!!!! The appearance is a rich copper/amber. Very thin head...if any that is not lacing. The smell has some sweet maltiness to it, the tast definitely has a sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smoot and easily could be sessioned. Certainly worth a try for all those Okto fans. (385 characters)

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 steveh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (1,985 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (1,225 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (536 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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (773 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 TGINaturday
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking for a while, but I just turned 21 recently and decided to get a "Pick a 6" pack to try some new things, and one of them was this beer.

A: From the bottle to a glass, the head quickly dissipated, but it has a nice amber color.

S: Like apple and caramel. Really very nice.

T: Really good, actually. Nuances of apple and caramel, very nice for the season.

M & D: Not very carbonated (usually I like that), but smooth and easy to drink. I could see putting a few of these back and not feeling too full.

Overall, after trying the wheat beer from Capitol Brewery (didn't like it), I'm very impressed and would drink again. Might even stop by the brewery (at UW now, the brewery is a short drive away!) (719 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: tiny bit of haze, orange-golden color, fading to light gold, the 2-finger beige head falls quickly into a thin cap, the lacing is good.

S: over-ripe apples, mellow earthy funk, caramel apples, very faint citrus note. Overall the aromas are not very strong, but pleasant.

T: lots of bread-like sweetness up front, quickly followed by the apples (over-ripe and caramel), and plenty of orchard fruit funkiness, the finish is pleasantly crisp, with just a hint of herbal hop at the end.

M: medium weight, silky, but the carbonation seems a bit much.

D: Not a classic, but a tasty rendition of an Oktoberfest. (677 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With all of the marzens that are out this time of year it's a great opportunity to really compare different specimens of the same style see who comes out on top. I was introduced to this brewery at Brewfest this summer and was glad to see another good regional brewery come to town.

This bier is a medium copper color and is crystal clear. It has very little carbonation and the head vanishes quickly. The aroma and taste are nicely malted, sweet, and uncomplicated. They have a great flavor indicative to the style without a bunch of other notes thrown, just straight yummy goodness. Very smooth with the right amount of flavor lingering. A MUST repeat. (656 characters)

Photo of schleprock
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, reddish brown in color. Pours with a respectably large yellowish head that has a decent retention, but no lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts. Roasted malts. A faint bit of grassy hops.

T & M: Much the like the aroma, a good bit of caramel and roasted malts. A bit of nuttiness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Pretty much a standard Oktoberfest. Nothing spectacular, but a decent drinking beer. If you like the style, you'll like this beer. (483 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 EwaldEichstaett
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange brown color, a little lighter than some of the other Oktoberfests I've tried this year. decent head, mild lacing.

S: caramel sweet roasted toasty smell, a bit floral and sour as well. perhaps a bit adjunctish... not sure.

T: Toasty and warm, caramel malts up front and a bit of hops on the back end. There are some hints of fruit here, perhaps plum. Good flavor.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation, but it feels very gentle. Good body

D: This beer is very drinkable, I think it is a nice example of the style, best Oktoberfest I have had this year. (576 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 bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with some frothy head at first but falls back too quickly.

Smell: Toast, caramel, cherry and metallic hops.

Taste: Nice complex malts with biscuit, caramel and cherry interwoven together. Has a nice spicy hoppiness as counterbalance, which continues long after each sip.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, crisp and dry finish. Great feel for a Marzen.

Drinkability: One of the better Marzens out there, although style wise it leans a little closer to a bitter Vienna. More than solid Autumn brew. (597 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle to a german pils glass.

Beautiful rich copper color. The colors of fall are all in there.

Dense head is very light. Dissipates, but does not disappear.

Wow, what a nose, rich matiness of german malts - defining the style.

Smooth, yet full and rich entry. Carmel maltiness, sweet candy sugar flavors, but still staying on the right side of balance. Just enough noble hops to keep from cloying.

Full mouthfeel. Every sip is a bouquet of flavor.

One of the best domestic O'fests and up there with the best German styles for my money. (563 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 bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some head appeared with the pour, but it's quieted down. good o-fest color (lots-o-vienna malts, i bet)

full and toasty bouquet fills out even more with a faint fruitiness and a nice herbal hop scent. man, i love vienna aromas. a little husk, a little dried fruit/raisin

toastycaramel flavors up front and a tasteful hop prickle at the finish. good carbonation tailed with this bitterness to provide some texture to a very quaffable and slick brew. the hop flavor contribution is very nice: balanced yet assertive, and tasty overall (534 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (464 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 crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The final Oktoberfest I will down this season.

Pours the classic amber color.

Smell is a bit sweeter than most but hops are also present.

Taste has a nice hoppiness to it, along with nutty, sweet malts.

Overall it is another solid Oktoberfest Beer, somewhere in the middle of the pack. (289 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,171 characters)

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