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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%


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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, grain and a hint of earthy hops.

The taste is of caramelized grain, nutty malt - sweet, but with a hint of noble hops in the finish.

It has a smooth, medium body.

A true-to-style O-fest. I will get more of this next fall!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 19:35:09 | More by jwc215
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Phocion

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy medium copperish with a very small bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing.

Yikes. Aroma is sickly sweet. Honey, toffee, and caramel. Slight bready malts and a touch of green apple?

Not quite as cloying as the aroma would let on, but still very, very sweet. Very sugary with a slightly bitter lightly toasted taste. Minimal earthy hops flavor if you really look hard for it.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Pretty bad. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 18:32:56 | More by Phocion
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emerge077

Illinois

2.29/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"179 13" printed on the bottom of the bottle, unsure if that's a bottled date or not.
Would be June if so, and that seems questionable for an Oktoberfest, unless it's year round. Just showed up here, wonder if the distributor is passing off last years.

Orange amber, bright clarity, lasting layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. No lacing, it was a rinsed glass. Coverage and retention are good.

Aroma is sweet with a cooked grain smell. Mushy applesauce as it warms.

Taste is mealy and gross. Limp feel with some papery wet cardboard and flaccid waterlogged grains. Telltale off flavor of DMS, cooked vegetables. Aftertaste of some toasted malt, but it doesn't redeem the harsh unpleasantness of this beer. Waste of time, avoid this drainpour...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:51:35 | More by emerge077
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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
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jayhass

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rustic ruby red color that is clear with a white head that fades fast.
Smell is of a nice caramel malt with some dark fruit and some nuttiness I would guess from using Ayinger Lager yeast. Bready malt with some grassy earthy hop.
Taste- Sweet malt with a bite of earthy spicy hops to balance it out. A light nuttiness with a good amount of bread and cracker. Finishes dry with a light spice and earthy note.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:27:58 | More by jayhass
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Whaddaya mean Oktoberfest season is over!? This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly buttery biscuit, orange zest, and sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of orange zest, caramel, light toast, and a bit of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice little O-Fest, nothing crazy, but an eminently drinkable autumnal brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:02:56 | More by TMoney2591
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest pours a dark brown clear color with hints of orange. There is a profound malty backbone aroma, that had hints of a brown sugar. The taste was well carbonated, and had a strong malty taste. Easy to drink, liked the carbonation, would grab another. Overall I found this a very good Marzen, full taste and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 01:19:24 | More by vette2006c5r
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber in the glass, very clear with a small off white head that falls quickly leaving little lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of lightly sweet malt and light earthy hops.

The flavor blends lightly toasted bread with lightly caramel flavored malts. Lightly earthy and somewhat spicy hops blend the elements together making a very drinkable beer. The finish comes up a touch dry which helps keep things from being too sweet.

Smooth, low carbonation, light side of medium body.

A very nice and very drinkable Oktoberfest, quafable even! The balanced mild flavoring would make this a great beer to pair with many foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:46:45 | More by BlackBearForge
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass mug

Pours a deep clear orange amber with a one and half off-white head which reduces to a thin foam film. A bit of lacing is present. Caramel malt, some mild grassy hops, bread dough, and mild apple on the nose. Opens with a solid caramel malt presence and fruit notes including mild apple and a bit of pear. Dries up on the finish with more caramel and toffee and grassy hops. On the heavier side of light bodied, slick with a touch of syrup. Adequate carbonation. Very enjoyable marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:30:19 | More by chanokokoro
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.5% ABV, jumbled code printed on neck.

A - Capital's Oktoberfest is a fantastic looking clear and bubbly dark caramel amber color with pumpkin orange highlights. An effervescent but short-lived off-white head popped up and went back down to a thin layer leaving no lace behind.

S - With little head, it's hard to get anything from the timid aroma without a vigorous swirl. Bready malts carry toast notes along side a sweet, caramelized hint and a crisp, mildly hoppy finish. As the beer warms, candied nuts enter the changing profile on the finish.

T - Capital's Oktoberfest has a malty sweet burst across the tongue that's reminiscent of a dense, thick-cut slice of wheat bread drizzled with caramel and honey. Gracefully changing to a dry and hoppy finish, it's not bitter, instead, lightly floral and nicely balancing.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied, this malty Oktoberfest has a crisp, dry finish from the hops, balancing out the sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

O - Oktoberfest is another damn deliciously malty lager from Capital. Toasted Vienna malt and understated, balancing hops give the beer a tasty, classic flavor that could go down by the liter. The aroma gets lost from the poor head retention, but this one makes up for it in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:54:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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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budgood1

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:23:37 | More by budgood1
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I like this beer (and most offerings from Capital) BUT do you ever think that most Capital beers taste about the same? I realize I am not a top notch beer taste tester but it seems like this was almost the same beer as their Summerfest and it wasn't much different than their Winter Skal which I had right after finishing an Oktoberfest. I guess if I really had to discriminate, this one was a little bit heavier and spicier than the Summerfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:08:28 | More by mjpolzin
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color. A 1 inch light tan head forms and slowly reduces to a nice lacing. Definite carbonation and no sediment.

The aroma is weak. There is a distinct malting presence with a somewhat caramel and burnt/hoppy component and not much else.

The taste is that roasted caramel malt with just a slight touch of earthy hops. A bit of banana and bread are also present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit high. A minimal dryness is there at the end. This has a smooth and reasonably clean compoonent.

Overall, I have had this beer on-top, from growlers and from the bottle. It is a great session beer and I although the components in and of themselves are not incredible, the beer as a whole is very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 02:48:24 | More by SykDoc
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber. Clear and bubbly. Tall just off-white head that persists.

Smell - Light. Malty with a touch of citrus.

Taste - Sweet medium roasted malt. Noticeable lemony hops in the finish. On the light side.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Crisp.

Overall - Drinkable and light, but not otherwise especially distinctive. I'd much rather something a little more flavorful than this for the descending gloom of a Wisconsin autumn.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:15:05 | More by scaliasux
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shortbus7

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:52:33 | More by shortbus7
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint:

A=Nice, rich amber with 2 finger, white foamy head.

S=Detected slight hops, nothing else.

T=A typical märzen; a bit lighter than I'd prefer, perhaps to appeal more to those wanting high drinkability.

M=Above average and light enough for a session beer.

O=There are better ones out there...way above Leinie's, but just below Point's in terms of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:21:31 | More by dhannes
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:44:16 | More by TheQuietMan22
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:43:40 | More by WYVYRN527
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:13:41 | More by manitouman84
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its Fanatsy Draft and the Oktober Fest beers are in full force. The capital brewery oktoberfest is is a good beer!!!! The appearance is a rich copper/amber. Very thin head...if any that is not lacing. The smell has some sweet maltiness to it, the tast definitely has a sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smoot and easily could be sessioned. Certainly worth a try for all those Okto fans.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:22:43 | More by WoodBrew
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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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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of bright-white frothy head. The retention here sticks around with more of a thin layer of fizzy foam that leaves back some very light looking creamy lacing. This quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit musty smelling, with a combo of raw earthy spice and what I can only describe as lager yeast character. Some softer and sticky feeling malts rounds out the back.

The taste is hop forward up front with an earthy and green bitterness. Malts and some softer citrus flavor sweeten the profile up some but hops quickly kick back in, giving this a gritty and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness to it that bites the tongue and then spreads out across the palate into a more silky and creamy feel.

Bitter and harsh feeling at times with too much of yeasty presence as well, this O-Fest really left me disappointed. Especially considering the brewery that made it. Now I did like the body on this, as it at least kept things crisp and smooth but the profiles here just needed some cleaning up. Not sure if I just got an off bottle or what. I'd be willing to give this another go sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 20:29:57 | More by Kegatron
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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.