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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 pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest pours a finger of foam over a clear honey
colored brew. Carbonation is moderate and steady, and the nose is
toasty malt, lager yeast, and a bit of spicy hops. The flavor reflects the
nose- sweetish malt balanced by a peppery, herbal hop- I'm thinking it
might be Saatz. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied, finishing semi-
dry due to the hops. There's a bit of grassyness and earthyness in the
aftertaste. Altogether, very nice. I like that Capitol hopped it just a touch
more than a lot of Ofests I've tried- it doesn't make it any less easy-drinking,
but it does make it a little more assertive. Good- get some if you can.

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Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour into my freebie Sammy glass - capped with a nice ivory head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy raw cut of hops and resinous vine in the aroma, quaff is a bit on the thin side without a major flavor player and the body also is a bit weak. Seems to be a decent octo brew, just in need of a stronger hop finish. Good for a couple to try, but I'll stick with the local Missouri Octos in the future.

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

A: It is a nice copper color, not cloudy at all, very little head or retention.

S: It has a nice spice smell to it, it reminds me of autumn.

T: The beer is good example of an Octoberfest/Marzen beer, nice hints of spice, as well as a nice hoppy touch.

M: This beer seems a tad more bitter than other Octoberfest/Marzen beers I have tried, a testament to its hop character. It seems to leave a sucrose feeling in my mouth.

D: I like this beer, it is a nice example of a delicious autumn beer, however, there are others in this category which exceed this beer in different categoiries.

This is my first beer report, I love this site, and I will continue to contribute my opinions on many great beers.

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Photo of wardough
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of head that had good retention. No lacing is left on the glass.

Subdued aromas of caramel malt. I do not detect any hops.

Mild flavor. The brewer was not very adventurous with this offering. Caramel malt but it is not overly sweet.

Light body with low carbonation but the overall feeling is lacking. Somewhat watery.

Easy enough drinking but overall a boring example of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of nickynick
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer while wrapping up at the end of work. From the standard 12-oz bottle to a regular old water glass.

Appearance: Light copper with a small off-white head.

Smell: Caramel malts and something else I couldn't quite place.

Taste: Sweet caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and soapy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable Oktoberfest; not the best out there, but still a decent oktoberfest. I normally don't like Capital brews, but this may be the best one I've tried yet.

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Photo of brdc
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a half finger head.

S- Toasted malt and dark caramel.

T- The malt sweetness on the take comes and goes quickly and is soon replaced by a nutty dryness in the middle. The finish is smooth and pleasing.

M- Smooth and slightly rich, a touch fizzy.

D- The character of the nutty dryness takes away just a little.

This is a good (not great) domestic oktoberfest, grab some this fall.

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Photo of JonB1958
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six of this on the way to a family outing in Wisconsin. I love the style, so I thought I'd try something new. I'm glad I did.

It pours a nice electric copper like most of these Oktoberfests do. The aroma might be the best I've experienced...right up there with Paulaner. It gets back in your sinuses and into your tastebuds before your first sip.

The flavor is pretty good, if a little less malty than I like, but there are still those caramel flavors present that start and finish nicely.

Very smooth and easy to drink. I'm buying more of this when I can.

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

Poured into a standard pint.

Appearance is golden straw with nice two finger head that leaves a nice lace.

Aroma is caramel grains and honey, small hop smell.

Taste is honey, grain and light floral hops. Slight huskiness on the finish. The roast of the grain lends a nice caramel sweetness that isn't cloying at all. Hops are not over done and actually lend a nice body and crispness.

A solid offering, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Atron67
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh one of the best times of the year again. oktoberfests are out again, and its time to try some new ones.

poured into my ommegang chalice.

A- poured a crystal clear amber with a solid color off-white head on top. medium carbonation. the head fell relatively quickly as well.

S- munich and vienna malts smell pretty tasty, smooth with minimal hop interference. balanced and smooth, but not overly thick.

T- smooth, malty, balanced hops, nice and tasty, however not too great for an Oktoberfest. very good drinkability, but i feel like they sacrificed some of the quality for some more mass appeal for smoothness. crisp and clean.

M- actually on the light side for a body, not super thick or 'substantial' for a lager. light carbonation

D- definitely a great drinker. very tasty

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

I found this in the fridge at the Fromagination in Madison.

A: Copper with an off-white head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, grainy malt and a light spicing.

T: Caramel, grainy breadyness, a little toast & biscuity malt, nice spicing, balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a little residual sugar like a true marzen.

D: Very approachable, though I'm not personally fond of the residual sweetness.

It's a good new-world brew, but I prefer the malt & hops in the fatherland.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Lovely robe--a deep, clean reddish-amber. There was almost no head, and what there was didn't last. There are a fair amount of bubbles rising.

S-Malts toasted to varying degrees, whole wheat bread, and a hint of nuttiness. There is also something faint and earthy that lingers with the alcohol. This is my last bottle from the fall, and it's past its peak for freshness, but I don't recall ever picking anything else up.

T-Toasted sweet malt and nuts. I have to admit I was going to score the taste rather low based on my initial impressions, but when I poured the rest of the bottle, it seemed to have warmed up a bit and revealed some better-pronounced characteristics. Also, the carbonation was rather high, and it hid some of the flavors, but it's dissipated rather quickly. The light aftertaste is toasty and pleasant.

M-Now that some of the carbonation is gone, this Oktoberfest is smoother, and its medium body matches up decently with its flavors. It rolls pleasantly across the palate, and passes under the uvula with a little carbonated fanfare before bidding adieu.

D-I learned my lesson. Let this stuff warm up a little more than you initially think it needs. At first, I found the stuff kind of offensive, but when I gave it some time and a chance, it wasn't too bad. It unfortunately is not ready to drink right when you open it, which is usually when my patience is short and I don't feel like waiting. After the first few sips, I actually got the hiccups. The second half of the bottle felt like another beer.

Note: I got the best deal ever on this stuff from a major retailer that recently started carrying alcohol. When I hit the checkout, it rang up as $.27 per 6-pack due to a misship (they had ordered a different variety, but received the seasonal stuff, and they were trying to get rid of it). I figured I'd help them out, and I went back and grabbed the last two off the shelf.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking amber (almost red) fest beer. The carbonation is fine and a good amount of foam is generated with the pour; as the head falls, just a few little bits of foam stick to the sides. A few sips in and all that remains of the once voluminous head is a fine collar of bubbles. There's lots of malt and a nutty character in the aroma. As time goes on I notice a slight vegetal note which is a bit unappealing. However, this is pleasant tasting light bodied beer with light caramel flavors accented by some nuttiness and a slightly sweet, but crisp finish.The mouthfeel is smooth and enhances the drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good head and a deep amber with only a few bubbles.The aroma is a sweet, inviing malty grain. The taste is even more sweet. Grainy, very light and offsetting hops. Just great, sessionable, malt bomb. Wodl have given drinkability a "5", but it was just a little too sweet to be exceptional.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This one is deep copper in color with a light island of head and a full ring around the top. Clarity is fantastic and there are just a small number of bubbles in the beer. This is a solid looker. The aroma is toasty with a dough sweetness that is accented with honey sweetness. I could use a little less of the sweetnes and more boldness in the toasted and dough character. The first sip brings mild toast with some caramel sweetness. This fades to a very mild spicy hop finish that just hints at bitter on the side of my tongue. The brew is moderate with a moderate carbonation. It has good body and more carbonation than I expected from the weak head off the pour. Overall impressions of this one are positive. This is a brew I could easily sit and consume all night. Very solid.

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Photo of svraines
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass to a nice white head and red-orange color. Great clarity. Aroma is not as malty as some and not very pronounced, especially when it is still cold. Good complexity to the flavors with a hint of alcohol. You really have to let this one warm up a bit for the full flavor to develop, if you can resist. The best part is the lingering malt flavor in your mouth drawing you back for another swallow. Pretty average flavor if not for the finish. A lot of carbonation deters from the mouthfeel and drinkability for me. A lot of the taste is lost when you drink a second, but it gives a good warming feel from the alcohol so it might be better saved for the falling temperatures to come.

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into an imperial nonic glass. pours a crystal clear, brilliant amber color with a finger of off-white frothy head that dissiaptes slowly and throughout consumption.

smells malty (caramel), with a subtle hop aroma, among a few spices, notably pumpkin and a dash of coriander. a good mix for an oktoberfest.

tastes malty up front, with a notable amount of CO2. bready yeast is apparent as well, lending more to a mild abbey tripel than an oktoberfest. alcohol presence is distant, but noticable. finishes on a dry hop note. there is a good balance of flavors and aromas here, somewhat unique for the style.

aftertaste semi-dry, and of lingering malt flavor. very pleasant.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and very smooth in character. the CO2 here adds a bit of bite, but doesn't deter from the rest of the brew.

drinkability is great. oktoberfests can be filling and rich, but this one sneaks in under the radar with bold flavors and a rather simple profile to allow for high drinkability and loads of character. cheers!

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