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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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82
good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +10.8%

richkrull, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazed orange and copper colour with a thin fine head. sparse lace. lightly malted aroma...touches of munich and some spicy hops. taste is a crisp and clean. light crystal like maltiness with a snappy hop finish. straight forward and one dimensional, no depth or layered character. crisp lager body and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. quite boring and uninspired. drinkability is ok...would be easy to put a few down but this o-fest doesn't fire me up to actually want to.

overall a lackluster attempt at a popular lager style by a brewery that i thought has a solid reputation for brewing solid lager beers. i'm surprised that this is %5.5 ABV. drinks much lighter than that. wouldn't revisit this. good thing i have only one bottle.

budgood1, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -10%

On tap at Capital Brewery- 12oz poured into a plastic cup 9/2/2014.

A- Medium dark orange-brown body, one finger frothy white head with minimal retention. [3.25]

S- Sweet malt, bread, toffee, spices and noble hops. [3.25]

F- Toffee, crackery bread, noble hops. Fairly sweet with a slight bitter kick on the backend. Nothing too complicated. [3.25]

M- Thinner bodied, very refreshing and crisp, drinkable and disappears quickly. Which I assume is the purpose behind the way they made this beer. [3.25]

O- Nothing too special, it's a lighter Oktoberfest with decent flavours. Not a lot of complexity but for what it is, it's not terrible. [3.25]

Stevedore, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

granger10, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of pmcadamis
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

pmcadamis, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +10.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jgunther71, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

jzlyo, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +10.8%

CraigTravor, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with some frothy head at first but falls back too quickly.

Smell: Toast, caramel, cherry and metallic hops.

Taste: Nice complex malts with biscuit, caramel and cherry interwoven together. Has a nice spicy hoppiness as counterbalance, which continues long after each sip.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, crisp and dry finish. Great feel for a Marzen.

Drinkability: One of the better Marzens out there, although style wise it leans a little closer to a bitter Vienna. More than solid Autumn brew.

bsp77, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of CTJman
3.25/5  rDev -10%

CTJman, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to florida9 for this one. I poured from a bottle to sa perfect pint glass, clear copper pour with a sticky 2 inch white head. Lots of bready malt on the nose. The flavor is bready, and sweet with a lingering bitterness. Full in body and well carbonated. A typical marzen, very enjoyable.

bonkers, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Kunstman, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Canada_Dan, Feb 10, 2014
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.

beerwolf77, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of falloutsnow
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light, meringue-like fluffy head of about 3cm. No noticeable lacing, head retention is poor, reducing to a very fine ring around the glass rather quickly. Body is very orange amber in color, transparent, not much visible carbonation.

Scent is primarily malt and perhaps some lager yeast characteristics. Not particularly complex, even for a Marzen.

Taste is primarily of sweet malt, somewhat bready, fairly simple. Aftertaste is of bread crusts. Just above average, nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with fair amounts of carbonation, very satisfying for the style. Finish is dry, a bit sticky, but nothing obscene. Enjoyed the mouthfeel most in this beer.

This is a fairly average Oktoberfest, a bit disappointing considering the brewery it's coming from. With a number of other German breweries to choose from, this one doesn't really stand out over any and distinguish itself.

falloutsnow, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks SkyDoc for this one.

Reddish brown in color, it has a decent white head that does not hold very well.

Aroma is a bit too delicate, but this could be just mer; I like more "in your face" aromas. It still shows toasted malts, which open to a relatively light beer, predominantly malty but with some intervening hops. Clean, reasonably tasty, but nothing special.

brdc, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Hopstout, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +10.8%

FreshmanPour77, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, reddish amber brew into a Berghoff tumbler leaving almost no head of macro looking foam. Thin and disappointing.

Sweet malts, some spice, and fall fruits apple/pear make up the aroma.

Pretty mild with a quick bitterness that overwhelms the sweet malts. There is some brown sugar and a bit of caramel in here.

Feels creamy and smooth enough my second pint brings the odd sensation that it’s going to cause stomach problems later.

It’s easy to drink but it might not be a good idea to drink too much.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bcsbeer, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Big_Dave, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season, prost. Pours an amber colored red with a light orange hue throughout. A soft off white head poured out pretty froathy. Soft but also with bigger bubbles. Ok lacing once the bubbles died down.

The nose is limited but there a soft malt character. Some pils notes with a light Vienna aroma. Some softer Munich malt notes but really this is more of Vienna style Oktoberfest. Some hop notes with a touch of spice and earthy note. Very clean yeast but overall limited aroma.

The taste is a bit more telling than the nose. The Vienna comes out a bit more versus the taste but so does the Munich. Some minor husky note but not really specific pils flavor. Light bready flavors with a touch of roast and sweetness. Lingers into the finish. The hops drop off a bit versus nose. Some earthy notes but really limited. The yeast is very clean again.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Would like more depth here but still good. Carbonation is light but helps with the sweetness into the finish. Overall a limited O-fest. I know my preferences are usually more of Munich style O-fest so I will try not to skew this to badly. Very nice yeast character though.

Oxymoron, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +10.8%

bismarksays, Jan 02, 2013
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.