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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 128 | Display Reviews Only:
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-02-2012 04:33:03 | More by Zachtheporter
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-29-2011 17:05:02 | More by richkrull
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krome

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-20-2013 22:37:30 | More by krome
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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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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 16:16:36 | More by pmcadamis
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-12-2011 18:16:58 | More by tbeq00
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:02:19 | More by bsp77
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:17:43 | More by bonkers
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 14:53:21 | More by beerwolf77
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-08-2012 15:28:06 | More by Kunstman
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 05:31:08 | More by falloutsnow
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 03:25:36 | More by brdc
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-10-2012 14:35:52 | More by FreshmanPour77
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2005 17:02:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-26-2013 23:39:34 | More by CTJman
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 20:26:02 | More by Oxymoron
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

10-06-2013 03:31:30 | More by Hopstout
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-08-2013 02:08:55 | More by bcsbeer
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Sep 2008.

Poured in a 0.4 L glass stein. Large off white head. Well carbonated. Clear, the color of butternut squash. Aroma is of caramel, malty sweetness and earthiness. Starts with lots of malt and caramel, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Lots of bready sweetness throughout. Finishes just slightly warming and with enough hops to cut the sweetness.

Enjoyable, would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:04:56 | More by htomsirveaux
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-10-2014 21:15:22 | More by SkinniePost
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beagle75

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains and a few solitary bubbles rise in the column.

S: Grainy with modest caramel; carbon dioxide seems to disrupt the footing of both components. Mild fruit, centering on cooked sweet apples, is also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy caramel malt and very mild citric acidity. Grain and yeast esters mingle in the middle, where flavors gradually become drier. Dried hay and rustic bready malt round out the finish with minor bitterness allowed to show.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a traditional, full-flavored marzen that does not look to step outside familiar terrain. Its mid-range abv and malt-centered flavors are palate-friendly, promising to play nicely alongside savory foods, or in them as an ingredient.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:18:24 | More by beagle75
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-02-2013 08:05:33 | More by bismarksays
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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Amber, decent head at first but fades out.

Smell: Mostly sweetness.

Taste: Typical fest beer. Bready, caramel sweetness. Some toast-like notes.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, not too strong.

I've had four different Octoberfest beers this fall and haven't really been blown away by any of them. This is a decent beer, but nothing too special to distinguish it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:18:11 | More by Mdog
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-20-2013 22:39:42 | More by jgunther71
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starting to see more O-Fests popping up on menus, so I might as well dive right in.

A. Pours a mellow brass with a small white head.

S. Dry toasted grain, a bit of caramel sweetness and some mild rindish hoppiness.

T. Caramelized grain, nutty, light leafy/citric hoppy note, bready and dry in the finish.

M. Light-bodied with some heft from the carbonation.

O. An enjoyable American marzen; nothing spectacular, but dry enough with some good hop/malt balance to warrant praise.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 03:15:44 | More by Etan
Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.