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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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82
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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-15-2005 00:30:53 | More by beveragecaptain
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

09-14-2011 04:43:40 | More by WYVYRN527
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-23-2012 00:20:36 | More by Ri0
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-10-2011 02:20:34 | More by RoamingGnome
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-22-2011 00:10:56 | More by KC9LDB
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-12-2012 14:03:06 | More by wattoclone
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

09-30-2008 19:21:11 | More by shadow1961
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

(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.

06-02-2005 18:51:59 | More by Skidz
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-04-2013 02:01:05 | More by martyl1000
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-27-2012 18:18:29 | More by scootercrabb
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-04-2012 02:49:54 | More by tourdot
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-20-2013 21:30:18 | More by RobinLee
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Slynger

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-03-2012 00:25:24 | More by falconxman
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stoutman

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

12-31-2003 02:39:08 | More by stoutman
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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-24-2013 03:18:39 | More by ethanmc12
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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

08-15-2011 20:57:18 | More by steveh
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

12-13-2010 15:20:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

08-22-2013 03:38:51 | More by heytomcat
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

07-20-2005 15:17:33 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium copper with amber tones. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very faint, but I could detect slightly toasted sweet caramel and toffee. Grassy hops emerge, and there is a little lemon zest.

Taste: Lots of malts and sweetness, and there is a nice zesty bite. Caramel, toffee, and grassy hops. The lemon from the smell gives it a counterbalancing bitterness.

Drinkability: It is nothing spectacular, but I suppose I would guzzle it if the polka was loud enough.

09-24-2011 04:44:16 | More by TheQuietMan22
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

08-29-2008 23:34:12 | More by wheatyweiss
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Westuh

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-30-2014 17:40:41 | More by Westuh
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Ahh one of the best times of the year again. oktoberfests are out again, and its time to try some new ones.

poured into my ommegang chalice.

A- poured a crystal clear amber with a solid color off-white head on top. medium carbonation. the head fell relatively quickly as well.

S- munich and vienna malts smell pretty tasty, smooth with minimal hop interference. balanced and smooth, but not overly thick.

T- smooth, malty, balanced hops, nice and tasty, however not too great for an Oktoberfest. very good drinkability, but i feel like they sacrificed some of the quality for some more mass appeal for smoothness. crisp and clean.

M- actually on the light side for a body, not super thick or 'substantial' for a lager. light carbonation

D- definitely a great drinker. very tasty

08-13-2008 21:23:43 | More by Atron67
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.