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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Capital Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 305
Photo of Sixpack595
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper that picks up the light well. Average foamy head.

Smells slightly fruity with a bit of toffee.

Flavor is sweet with a creamy toffee or caramel flavor. A lot of action at the front of the mouth. This beer is too sweet for me, but I give it credit for being powerful in that way.

There is a bitterness if you swallow too much foam, but that hardly happens.

Overall, one of the more disappointing Oktoberfest, on top of which is a style that I'm not a fan to start with. (500 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: tiny bit of haze, orange-golden color, fading to light gold, the 2-finger beige head falls quickly into a thin cap, the lacing is good.

S: over-ripe apples, mellow earthy funk, caramel apples, very faint citrus note. Overall the aromas are not very strong, but pleasant.

T: lots of bread-like sweetness up front, quickly followed by the apples (over-ripe and caramel), and plenty of orchard fruit funkiness, the finish is pleasantly crisp, with just a hint of herbal hop at the end.

M: medium weight, silky, but the carbonation seems a bit much.

D: Not a classic, but a tasty rendition of an Oktoberfest. (677 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple of times this year, but wanted to write a review on it. So into an old stein my Grandfather brought back from WWII...

A - Clear, light amber color with a nice sized head that disappeared quickly.

S - Noticeable anise aroma, with definite herbal and biscuit notes. Clean and interesting...

T - Big malty backbone with a nice balance of herbal notes, hops, alcohol, and esters. Hops last long after the swallow. I would almost say this is an ale drinker's Oktoberfest.

M - Quite full bodied, with some crispness. Fine here.

D - I could celebrate with this, interesting, but not too heady, and bracing, but not so much that I couldn't drink a few of them. (681 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange brown color, a little lighter than some of the other Oktoberfests I've tried this year. decent head, mild lacing.

S: caramel sweet roasted toasty smell, a bit floral and sour as well. perhaps a bit adjunctish... not sure.

T: Toasty and warm, caramel malts up front and a bit of hops on the back end. There are some hints of fruit here, perhaps plum. Good flavor.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation, but it feels very gentle. Good body

D: This beer is very drinkable, I think it is a nice example of the style, best Oktoberfest I have had this year. (576 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with brown hues and low visibility. Very light suds cover after a brief 1/4 inch head. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Light toffees and molasses, with some raisin developments as it warms. Light metallic finish with grainy hints. A little butter and brief burst of grapefruit.

Taste: Grainy, yeasty finish upfront with peppery metallic hops. Nice malt - toffee and a little raisin - for a lighter-bodied beers. Pine, grains, raisins and a pepper burst in the finish, flavors that linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A nice rendition of the style, though a little lighter than I'd expect from a Capital beer. Easy drinking on hotter days, though without the warmer notes and depth that people might expect to find. A good, solid beer. (835 characters)

Photo of SMark
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip through Wisconsin about a month ago. Poured a good head of about 2 fingers. Lasted over 2 minutes. Clear amber coloring. Very slight lacing.

Slight malt and hop aroma.

Hops seemed to come through more than the toasted malt. Worked very well together.

Good mouthfeel as the taste was not prolonged but did last comfortably enough.

Would welcome the opportunity to drink these at a 'fest' activity but sadly not available in our area. (464 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber body topped with tiny, creamy head. Some lacing, though.

The aroma is very bready - probably moreso than any beer I've tried yet. Some maltiness as well.

The taste has some yeasty notes and some maltiness, but mostly it's not there. A little sweetness comes through but overall it's just too watery.

The feel is fine, not very thick but with some body and plenty of carbonation.

It drinks fine, the alcohol doesn't make itself known. The problem is that there really isn't enough flavor to cause me to pick it up again. (536 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this tapped for me at the Wisconsin State Fair. Very Dark amber,with full head.Carmelly thicker first taste, left a carmel sweet taste on the tongue.2nd and 3rd sips a roasted malt and molasses taste sneaks in, not boldly but distinctly. Left a cotton candy taste in my mouth when I was done (295 characters)

Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of longarm
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of nickynick
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had, this beer was the tops. It had a lot more flavor than Hofbrau Oktoberfest. I really appreciated the extra flavor, and complex character. It is balanced towards maltiness, and it had a beautiful pumpkiny orange color. Too bad it's a seasonal. (284 characters)

Photo of wardough
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (355 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt, grassy, toasty. Poured out a hue of orange with an amber overtone. Head was large with moderate lenght lending to lacing on the glass. Flavors of malt sweetness, toasty, grassy character also present. Some biscuitness apparent in finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat high carbonation, with moderate body. This helps to accentuate the biscuitiness in the finish. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not overwhelming in any aspect. One of the better Oktoberfest beers out there. (483 characters)

Photo of BeerCheese
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear, dark orange-amber capped off with a sudsy white head. Falls to a light cover and lacing.

S- Very clean nose, only a very light malt presence, no hops.

T- Clean flavors, no hops flavors are noticeable. Smooth, light bread with a light malt-sweet middle. Very low and balanced bittering. Finishes clean with only a slight bready aftertaste.

M- Mid-low MF, medium carbonation, very, very smooth.

D- A very smooth and easy drinking example. It's on the mellow side of the Octoberfest style, but it is incredibly drinkable and would be perfect pint after pint. (603 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard oktoberfest here, clean and simple. Pours a translucent amber/orange with a 1 finger head. Toasted malt aroma, yeasty, a small amount of apple. Taste is bready, toasty, malt forward, caramel and yeast, finishes clean. Mouth feel is fairly average, smooth medium body with zesty carbonation. (306 characters)

Photo of shortbus7
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice amber color with visible carbonation floating delicately to the top. No head was produced.

S: Not much here. Just a slight hop aroma.

T: Again, slight hops and malt with a grassy finish.

M: Thin and lots of carbonation on the tongue.

O: This is an okay beer. Nothing spectacular but worth trying. (314 characters)

Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (807 characters)

Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.