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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


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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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Sep 2008.

Poured in a 0.4 L glass stein. Large off white head. Well carbonated. Clear, the color of butternut squash. Aroma is of caramel, malty sweetness and earthiness. Starts with lots of malt and caramel, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Lots of bready sweetness throughout. Finishes just slightly warming and with enough hops to cut the sweetness.

Enjoyable, would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:04:56 | More by htomsirveaux
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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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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 03:23:05 | More by Wisconsin
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 05:13:08 | More by Wetpaperbag
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 21:20:02 | More by tempest
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abrand

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Beer pours a light amber color with virtually no head. It really doesn't give off that much aromas. Really have to get a good sniff to notice some caramel and hints of fruits. I taste caramel and breads initially, but after a few sips I notice plenty of spices. This would not be described as a full-flavored octo, which makes it fairly drinkable. Mouthfeel is relatively thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 04:45:41 | More by abrand
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A-Pours a clear amber gold with a thin white head and some lacing. A bit pale for the style.

S-A light biscuit malt nose with an interesting tang behind.

T-A nice sweet malt in the front with a light sourness in the finish. A nice bit of graininess as well. Tasty.

M-Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D-Tasty and sessionable, this is a nice drinkable beer.

HV

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:12:05 | More by sholland119
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pphunkdelux

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is ok, a little light in color for an Oktoberfest. Small head with no retention.

The smell was ok, a malty caramel smell that wasn't very present.

The taste is great, sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good, thick and not too carbonated.

Because of the low carbonation i would probably be able to drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 05:09:17 | More by pphunkdelux
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear amber body with a good carbonation supporting a thin film of off-white head that soon pulls to a ring of foam.

S- The smell of light dry caramel malt has a nice fresh malt quality about it followed by a soft pine hop hint at the finish.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor has some Munich malt notes with a soft twang to follow. There is a light nougat hint then a slightly sulfury noble hop finish. The sulfur note lingers for just a moment.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp texture to this beer.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors with a few off notes like the twang hint and the nougat that both start to grow as the beer warms a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 21:18:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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Slynger

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey-amber with a nice cap of soft light beige.

The aroma is a touch sweet and bready, with some light musty and fruity hops.

The flavor is mostly tangy bready malt with a touch of sweet toastedness. Hops have a bit of lemony fuitiness with some light musty spiciness. Nice medium body, very smooth and clean with soft supple carbonation.

A decent Oktoberfest a bit different than normal.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 05:10:34 | More by Slynger
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear amber in color with average off white head that didn't last long. Nice citrusy aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy with a slight alcohol warming as it went down. Great tasting beer. Medium/heavy body with average carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:42:44 | More by BeerCheese
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 16:16:36 | More by pmcadamis
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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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Vancer

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:17:09 | More by Vancer
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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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wardough

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful Madison day!
A: Nice light copper color. Light lacing.
S: Light caramel flavors with a slight hop aroma giving some slight citrus flavor.
T: Bready, malty.
M: This beer is perfectly carbonated making it just slide through the mouth. Awesome.
D: This is a great fall time beer and worthy of the Octoberfest title.
A great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:09:31 | More by wardough
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morimech

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:11:26 | More by morimech
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a clear copper tone with a nice three inch head. It had very little activity.

A well balanced smell of malt and hops.

A well balanced taste of dry malt, hops and alcohol finish. It was light bodied and smooth.

Very drinkable and refreshing. It went well with my dinner of brats and asparagus.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 23:51:29 | More by Rennpferd
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nickynick

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital Oktoberfest poured a light amber, very orange looking color. Small head. Smell was strong of hops, and bit of malt. Taste was sweet caramel and malt upfront followed by a mild hop bite. It became sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel was ok, bit light for what I like in a O-fest. Drinkability is very good, easy to drink a few. Overall a pretty good O-fest from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 19:15:16 | More by nickynick
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 23:10:55 | More by nsmartell
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 03:25:36 | More by brdc
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a half finger head.

S- Toasted malt and dark caramel.

T- The malt sweetness on the take comes and goes quickly and is soon replaced by a nutty dryness in the middle. The finish is smooth and pleasing.

M- Smooth and slightly rich, a touch fizzy.

D- The character of the nutty dryness takes away just a little.

This is a good (not great) domestic oktoberfest, grab some this fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 18:24:37 | More by Pauly2X
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JonB1958

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six of this on the way to a family outing in Wisconsin. I love the style, so I thought I'd try something new. I'm glad I did.

It pours a nice electric copper like most of these Oktoberfests do. The aroma might be the best I've experienced...right up there with Paulaner. It gets back in your sinuses and into your tastebuds before your first sip.

The flavor is pretty good, if a little less malty than I like, but there are still those caramel flavors present that start and finish nicely.

Very smooth and easy to drink. I'm buying more of this when I can.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:11:06 | More by JonB1958
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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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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on an amber body. Smelled very sweet, with caramel and perhaps honey dominating. Taste was along the same lines, with the caramel being fairly light, and a very, very nice sweetness as the end. Hoppiness kept to a minimum. This is typically not one of my favorite styles, and in fact, Oktober's generally are a bit depressing, as it usually mean summer's over. But I've had a few of this style and this is by far the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:41:14 | More by ibashmuck
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.