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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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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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Jredner

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:47:13 | More by Jredner
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karengarys

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours very rich mahogany/ruby red, leaving a bit of a head which dissipates fairly quicly.

Smells super malty and dark/sweet, with a bit of floral hop.

Taste is VERY rich in roasted malt, and a bit of hops to balance. I really like this because of what it does NOT have - many oktoberfests, even the standards, have a bitter tar-like flavor that stabs the tongue. This does NOT.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is dark and sweet.

This is one of my favorite oktoberfests, and I'd recommend it to anybody.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 00:55:37 | More by karengarys
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longarm

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color is very nice which is usual with Capital beers. It's a little cloudy for a lager. Excellent carbonation with viscous pale head.

Aroma reminds me a lot of the Capital 1900 lighter lager. German malts, with a hint of noble hops.

Flavor is plain. It's not bad, there's just not a lot there that's exciting. Might even be a bit oxidized.

Thin mouthfeel, but has a relatively clean finish with a hint of hops spice that comes through.

Drinkability is decent on this beer, but I'm used to so much better from Capital. As mentioned before, it's not bad, it's just not impressive and maybe a bit on the light side for me when I think of an Octoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 19:39:38 | More by longarm
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 02:10:38 | More by granger10
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 01:16:06 | More by battlekow
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a clear brown color with a half inch head. The aroma is malty with just a little fruit. Light caramel flavor with lots of fruit, especially apple. The fruit flavor is a little over done. Very little hop flavor. Finish is dry. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. This beer is alright, but there is too much fruit flavor and not enough toasty malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:30:53 | More by beveragecaptain
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dirtylou

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single bought at Woodman's in Madison

appearance: pours a thick copper with a rather thick layer of bubbly white head...zero lacing

smell: rather fruity, almost like apple cider (the real stuff not the woodchuck shit). very sweet malts, very autumnal aroma

taste: fruity sweet malts, heavy on the apple, light caramel (lighter than normal), a sweet bready taste is also dominant

mouthfeel: thin body, dry finish

drinkability: i wish i had bought more than 1, good thing this stuff is abundant

all in all, this oktoberfest pushes the boundaries, definately a bit more fruit dominated than some others. I enjoyed it and will probably grab some more in the coming weeks

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 23:43:15 | More by dirtylou
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 15:17:33 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a thick, light-khaki head.
Smells of sweet cookie dough, caramel, spicy hops. Not overly aromatic.
Taste starts off with sweet bread and caramel malts. Light nutty toastiness follows through the palate and then the spicy hops come in. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering doughy sweetness. Medium-bodied, coats mouth nicely. One of the better Oktoberfests I’ve had this fall (but I like Autumnal Fire heaps more).

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 17:52:41 | More by alexgash
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be the best Oktoberfest Marzen I've had this season.

Color is a deep copper with a small (minimal) head. It has an interesting bread and cider odor. It reminds me in smell alone of the outdoors in autumn - wet leaves, chilled nights, fallen apples.

This is an excellent flavor. I really love the was it brings autumn to the tongue. It has a bready, fruity flavor that is festive and exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 03:56:43 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Amber with orange and red highlights. The beer is capped by a beige colored crown that is medium-large in size and pillowy soft. It lasts longer than most, eventually falling to a thin film, and leaves little lace. The aroma is of sweetish malt with a slight hop presence.

The flavor profile consists of toasted bread and caramel-toffee, with a mild hop bitterness. There's a modest amount of spiciness, but it doesn't make much of a positive contribution. It all collapses a bit too quickly, leading to a short, dry finish. The mouthfeel isn't bad and could be considered slightly above average as well.

Capital Oktoberfest is a decent, drinkable version of the style, but doesn't leave a lasting impression. It isn't a beer that I'm interested in drinking a second time.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 23:21:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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stoutman

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber-brown color with a small off-white foamy head that fades with a speckled lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is a mild roasted malt with some sweetness and slight hop showing up near the finish along with a nice balance of sweetness. Pretty tasty and a good quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 02:39:08 | More by stoutman
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 07:37:44 | More by Sixpack595
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This O’fest pours a nice clear orange with a thick slightly off white head. The head does stay awhile and leaves decent lacing to the end of the glass. The aroma, a bit faint is, toasted malt with a slight hint of caramel. The taste has a bit more power than the aroma but is a dead match. There is sweetness with the malt flavor present. Nice body, easy to drink, just nothing overpowering. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 14:01:09 | More by Stubbie1
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, but distinctly orange body is topped by a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds very well and leaves rings of cragged, sticky lace. The delicate nose offers some nice, subtly sweet toasted malt. It's full and dextrinous in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation that's crisp on the tongue. The flavor delivers a solid hop punch of bitterness amidst its lightly caramelish and toasted malt; and some background floral and spicy hops appear in the dry finish. A nicely done festbier that delivers a bit of hops as well as malt!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 23:26:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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chilidog

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came in a tour sample pack of which you only get one of each. What I had was half of this in a glass, the other half shared. It poured a nice clear, darker than others, amber. The head was full, fluffy and laceable. The aroma I can't say stood-out. The taste was a carmel malt balanced by a hint of bitter hop. The mouth was left crisp. Given this 6 oz. sample, I'll pick this beer up again if and when I see it. A good Octoberfest offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 06:26:12 | More by chilidog
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 03:30:24 | More by BobLuvBeer
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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

This is an amber colored beer with a small and quick to depart white head. The aroma is malty, slightly toasted. The taste of this is a well balanced caramel and grainy taste. Neither are quick to dominate. Hop bitterness is also present, but well balanced as well. This is not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 21:00:34 | More by Tballz420
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here it is in August and the Oktoberfest has already hit the shelves, along with four others that were on the same shelf. Out the those, this was the only one I haven't had. A little early if ya ask me, but oh well, here we go - Clear ambery-brownish color with a small off-white foamy head that fades, little spots of lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of herbal like hops and earthyness coming through. Taste is subdued roasted malts with some sweetness and slight tang coming through mostly, a touch of herbal qualities show up near the finish along with a balancing sweetness. Feel is a bit lighter then expected, even while drinking it in 85 degree heat, it is however, very smooth and easy for good drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 18:15:15 | More by tavernjef
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Winter

Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 04:00:45 | More by Winter
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful amber, clear of all haze, with a soft off-white head forming and lingering throughout the tasting.

The aroma has decent malt overtones, not as toasty as some of the Continental Oktoberfests, but still fairly expressive. A mild hint of hop spiciness is in the background.

The taste is malty, but more sweet that toasted or caramel flavors, these develop as the beer warms. There is also a slight tanginess in the finish. The beer seems a bit light-bodied for the style.

Overall a nice domestic Oktoberfest, but I still prefer the real thing from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 19:34:12 | More by brakspear
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head, gone quickly. Amber/caramel color. Aroma:vegetal, herbal,spicy, earthy, pumpkins. Rich maltiness, nice sweet overtones, some tingly hops. A satisfactory Oktoberfest, very smooth and easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 14:29:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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maxpower

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head. Aroma of light caremel and flowers, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, light body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, still a very good Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 06:59:01 | More by maxpower
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now we're getting somewhere. Part of the Capital "Summer Sampler", this is a really good seasonal. Dark amber with decent lace. Nice honey and nutty aroma. Tastes kind of like a Marzen with a malt flavor and light caramel finish. I will look for this one next summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 15:10:43 | More by Dogbrick
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 22:06:16 | More by ZAP
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.