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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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82
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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

BrownAleMale, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Winter
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Winter, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Jredner, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Ri0, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

chilidog, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of ethanmc12
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ethanmc12, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

RoamingGnome, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

beveragecaptain, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +10.5%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a stein.

A: Clear copper/orange hue with an off-white head that quickly settles to a thin surface froth. Carbonation is subtle, and lacing is decent.

S: A bit turned off at first. Caramel malt and toasty grain up front, with a slight metallic tinge in the background. Grassy hops are noticeable behind everything else.

T: Caramel and toasted grains up front, along with some fruity, spicy notes. Hops dry out the finish, with a pleasant, floral aftertaste.

Notes: Slightly thin and moderate in body. This beer is solid, and quite drinkable. However, it's not quite what I look for in the style. Decent, and at least worth a try.

WYVYRN527, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mrn1ceguy, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

martyl1000, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ruckus232, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of RobinLee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

RobinLee, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

suckaj, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +10.5%

scootercrabb, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MidwestBA, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of shadow1961
3.93/5  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.

shadow1961, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Skidz
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(old review, replaced)

I had a chance to visit Capital Brewery and was invited to try out the Octoberfest, only 3 weeks old in the fermenter. I went back to try it again after the first time, a very unique experience and a very unique tasting beer this early on. Kirby was a great guide and invited many others later on to take a taste of the beer straight out of the lagering tanks.

Coming out into the glass, quite quickly (100+ barrel tanks), it pours out a light orange-yellow and sits a hazy amber brown in the glass. It's still quite young, so it hasn't quite cleared up yet and there is some yeast suspended in the beer.

Smell is quite malty, I wouldn't expect much less, and yeast is very evident. Fruity esters emerge, apples and pears, along with a light spicy aroma. Very interesting, I will definately compare this to the final product.

Taste is still malty. Bitterness comes on quite quickly, shorty after the initial maltly sweetness. Dry and yeasty on the finish still carrying on the spiciness from the hops. Brown sugar and caramel flavors also seem present.

Very smooth in the mouth, and creamy. Carbonation is light, but still coming in. Obviously this was drunk as zwickel, so it would be difficult to drink much of it, although I had my fair share. Easily consumed, and enjoyably consumed at that. A unique experience not soon to be forgotten. I will make it a point to review this year's Oktoberfest just to see how it compares to this tasting.

Skidz, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of falconxman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

falconxman, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Westuh
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Westuh, Jan 30, 2014
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.