Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/29/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra, eyncognito. The beer is transparent amber with a one finger beige head and decent retention.

The nose has a substantial amount of toasted and bready notes. Hops are almost nonexistent in those, imparting a faint earthiness. No alcohol is noticeable. This is really focused on rich toasted malt.

The flavor opens up with toasted biscuity malt, and that continues throughout. Sweetness and bitterness are both at a low moderate level. A touch of alcohol is noticeable.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonaton and a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bunch of marzen's came out this week - and i thought i would pick up some capital since i drank a year old bottle a month back

pours clear bright golden copper lots of life with a big pillowy 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of toasted caramel malts somewhat nutty then some hops

taste is great - rich toasted malts with just enough sweetness but plenty of earthy hops to give it that bitter finish - would have given it a 5 but i could taste too much alcohol for a 5.5 beer

mouthfeel is lively well carbonated to give it a nice crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability is good - great taste/mouthfeel make it a great fall/football beer

glad i rereviewed this beer since it taste so much better fresh

Photo of fosterific
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of pphunkdelux
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Slynger
3.56/5  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.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of TenEighty
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of wardough
4.03/5  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!

Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.