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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 317
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

2014 GABF Gold Medal (German-Style Marzen)
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 317
Photo of sweethome
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 oz. bottle to a german pils glass.

Beautiful rich copper color. The colors of fall are all in there.

Dense head is very light. Dissipates, but does not disappear.

Wow, what a nose, rich matiness of german malts - defining the style.

Smooth, yet full and rich entry. Carmel maltiness, sweet candy sugar flavors, but still staying on the right side of balance. Just enough noble hops to keep from cloying.

Full mouthfeel. Every sip is a bouquet of flavor.

One of the best domestic O'fests and up there with the best German styles for my money.

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

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, and sweet malt. Overall, a decent oktoberfest with a good blend.

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Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

some head appeared with the pour, but it's quieted down. good o-fest color (lots-o-vienna malts, i bet)

full and toasty bouquet fills out even more with a faint fruitiness and a nice herbal hop scent. man, i love vienna aromas. a little husk, a little dried fruit/raisin

toastycaramel flavors up front and a tasteful hop prickle at the finish. good carbonation tailed with this bitterness to provide some texture to a very quaffable and slick brew. the hop flavor contribution is very nice: balanced yet assertive, and tasty overall

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Photo of dfillius
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.25 fingers of ivory colored head with great retention. Clear amber liquid. Par for the course but with better head.
S: Mostly clean bready malt with some pleasant herbal grassy hop in the background. Solid but unassuming.
T: Sweet, clean, good hop bite. Not terribly complex but very nice.
M: Rich, hearty, a bit metallic
D: Good. I would be interested in another and maybe a sixer if nothing else could be had.

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Photo of Soneast
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown/orange color with a 2 finger thick, cream colored head that dissipates fairly quickly down to a layer of creamy bubbles.

The aroma has a pretty strong yeast component to it, fresh baked bread, with some malty undertones, mostly a slight toasted grain aroma and a hint of caramel and a touch of spicy noble hops.

A light grainy flavor makes up the bulk of the flavor profile, with a touch of nuttiness and breadiness, followed by an earthiness and a mild hop presence towards the end, leaving a toasty, slightly bitter flavor on the palate.

The mouthfeel definitely felt a tad thin and watery. I felt the flavors were well done, but the overall texture of the beer leaned towards watery, which was a bit of a turn off.

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Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The final Oktoberfest I will down this season.

Pours the classic amber color.

Smell is a bit sweeter than most but hops are also present.

Taste has a nice hoppiness to it, along with nutty, sweet malts.

Overall it is another solid Oktoberfest Beer, somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/29/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra, eyncognito. The beer is transparent amber with a one finger beige head and decent retention.

The nose has a substantial amount of toasted and bready notes. Hops are almost nonexistent in those, imparting a faint earthiness. No alcohol is noticeable. This is really focused on rich toasted malt.

The flavor opens up with toasted biscuity malt, and that continues throughout. Sweetness and bitterness are both at a low moderate level. A touch of alcohol is noticeable.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonaton and a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The bier is a beautiful copper color, translucent in spite of a chilly haze that blankets the glass. A finger of head, white in color, has left patches of lace behind.

S: The aroma is very sweet, almost to sweet. Bready grains have a grape and green apple scent that doesn't come across as particularly robust.

T: The oktoberfestbier is quite husky, loaded with treacly malts. The result is a creamed corn flavor that is almost too sugary to get through (I'll get through it though because I'm a trooper). A sweet raisin flavor, lighter than in Belgian style ales, runs rampant. A toasted element runs throughout, adding some depth to the sweetness. Bittering hops appear midway through but don't last for long. A little too sweet for my likes.

M: The malts have a fruity dryness that is too sweet at times. This one could really work if that aspect were toned down a bit.

D: The low alcohol is a big redeeming factor. There are other O-fests that I'd take first, but it were the only thing left in the fridge I wouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from eyncognito in a recent trade. Thanks, Ian!

The pour is an attractive amber with a dense off-white head with excellent retention. The clarity is great, and plenty of carbonation is visible

The nose is rich and malty, with a bready, doughy character with a fruity component that's raisin-like. A little plum is also noticeable. Earthy hops, with a dusty smell are also noticeable. Solid.

The palate opens with plenty of sweetness, more than I care for. Bready and sweet with sugar, brown sugar and fruit character (plums and raisins). The finish is a semi-dry, with a mild bitterness . Hop character is a bit lower than it need be, and the malt sweetness is overdone. Medium in body with high carbonation and a sweetish finish that's not the best. While I have no problems drinking this, I hoped for more from this brewery.

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Photo of beerwolf77
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bunch of marzen's came out this week - and i thought i would pick up some capital since i drank a year old bottle a month back

pours clear bright golden copper lots of life with a big pillowy 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of toasted caramel malts somewhat nutty then some hops

taste is great - rich toasted malts with just enough sweetness but plenty of earthy hops to give it that bitter finish - would have given it a 5 but i could taste too much alcohol for a 5.5 beer

mouthfeel is lively well carbonated to give it a nice crisp finish for a medium body beer

drinkability is good - great taste/mouthfeel make it a great fall/football beer

glad i rereviewed this beer since it taste so much better fresh

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Photo of fosterific
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know, I should have finished this long before February, but I just love all of those winter brews. Nice pour. A light amber color with some decent carbonation and a small off white head that hung around longer than expected.
The smell is fairly subtle with just a slight aroma of malt and hops, but mostly I can detect the alcohol.
It has a light malty, well balanced flavor. Nothing less should be expected from a Capital lager. The mouth feel was a little watery for me but still good. A well done oktoberfest that is easy to drink.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very bubbly/fizzy, orange/amber color with a foamy, tan, small head. It left no lace.

S - It had smelled grassy and of biscuity roasted malt.

T - It tasted burnt maltiness with some subtle spices. Nice smooth caramel flavors increased as it continued to warm.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. Very easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of tempest
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Four Firkins. Bottle code 2338 translates to bottled on Aug 11, 2008. Appears a clear orange with a short white head.

Man, I thought these guys could do no wrong with the lagers, but this baby is sub-par. The aroma reminds me more of a strong Euro lager for the unpleasant lager tang smell. The flavor is a bit better and at least finishes with a pleasant, subtle hop bitter, but for the most part the malts come on too strong and hot. The end result is unpleasant and I hope whatever's going on with this beer gets fixed.

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Photo of abrand
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Beer pours a light amber color with virtually no head. It really doesn't give off that much aromas. Really have to get a good sniff to notice some caramel and hints of fruits. I taste caramel and breads initially, but after a few sips I notice plenty of spices. This would not be described as a full-flavored octo, which makes it fairly drinkable. Mouthfeel is relatively thin.

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Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber gold with a thin white head and some lacing. A bit pale for the style.

S-A light biscuit malt nose with an interesting tang behind.

T-A nice sweet malt in the front with a light sourness in the finish. A nice bit of graininess as well. Tasty.

M-Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D-Tasty and sessionable, this is a nice drinkable beer.


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Photo of pphunkdelux
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is ok, a little light in color for an Oktoberfest. Small head with no retention.

The smell was ok, a malty caramel smell that wasn't very present.

The taste is great, sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good, thick and not too carbonated.

Because of the low carbonation i would probably be able to drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear amber body with a good carbonation supporting a thin film of off-white head that soon pulls to a ring of foam.

S- The smell of light dry caramel malt has a nice fresh malt quality about it followed by a soft pine hop hint at the finish.

T- The dry lightly toasted malt flavor has some Munich malt notes with a soft twang to follow. There is a light nougat hint then a slightly sulfury noble hop finish. The sulfur note lingers for just a moment.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp texture to this beer.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors with a few off notes like the twang hint and the nougat that both start to grow as the beer warms a bit.

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Photo of Slynger
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.