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Oktoberfest - Capital Brewery

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 318
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: 318
Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here it is in August and the Oktoberfest has already hit the shelves, along with four others that were on the same shelf. Out the those, this was the only one I haven't had. A little early if ya ask me, but oh well, here we go - Clear ambery-brownish color with a small off-white foamy head that fades, little spots of lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of herbal like hops and earthyness coming through. Taste is subdued roasted malts with some sweetness and slight tang coming through mostly, a touch of herbal qualities show up near the finish along with a balancing sweetness. Feel is a bit lighter then expected, even while drinking it in 85 degree heat, it is however, very smooth and easy for good drinkin'.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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]

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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 cokes
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored, leaning towards orange. Crystal clear with steady moderate carbonation. Thin white head recedes to virtually nothing.
Toasty and sweet malt aromas. Hops are noticed, but just faintly.
Toasted malts make themselves known off the bat, then begin to mingle with sweet, fruity malt tones. Good amount of toffee. A swift kick of spicy hops pollishes this one off.
A firm medium bodied brew. Gets a little sticky and syrupy at times, but generally full and crisp.
A pretty solid Oktoberfest all around.

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

Pours a golden copper with a thick, light-khaki head.
Smells of sweet cookie dough, caramel, spicy hops. Not overly aromatic.
Taste starts off with sweet bread and caramel malts. Light nutty toastiness follows through the palate and then the spicy hops come in. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering doughy sweetness. Medium-bodied, coats mouth nicely. One of the better Oktoberfests I’ve had this fall (but I like Autumnal Fire heaps more).

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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 Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, reddish brown in color. Pours with a respectably large yellowish head that has a decent retention, but no lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts. Roasted malts. A faint bit of grassy hops.

T & M: Much the like the aroma, a good bit of caramel and roasted malts. A bit of nuttiness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

D: Pretty much a standard Oktoberfest. Nothing spectacular, but a decent drinking beer. If you like the style, you'll like this beer.

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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 garymuchow
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with hints of orange. Complex malt aroma. Mixed hop and malt flavor that is on the light side for style. Finish is rather dry and long. Overall good but not great.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit, grains, and caramel. Upfront scent of toasted barley malt with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Subtle hints of grassy hops. A decent malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and toasty malt forward aroma with notes of biscuit, grains, and caramel. Bready malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Backing notes of grassy hops. A decent malt driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A decent take on an Oktoberfest. Solid biscuit malt flavor.

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

12 fl oz. can, with some sort of coded canned on date on the bottom. Acquired a single of this fall seasonal from Capital Brewery as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are pretty nice for this one.

Poured into an Oktoberfest nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark coppery orange body with two fizzy fingers of khaki head that settles down to a thin ring. Some fine sediment visible twirling in the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Fairly light, but pleasant and fit to style. Coppery & metallic, some appley yeast presence, and a firm roasty toasty nutty malt backbone.

T - Taste is a bit more grainy & husky than the nose implies, but it's well balanced. Not as much caramel / toasted malt in the flavor as I'd hoped for though. Rough & grainy, a touch medicinal, with perhaps a touch of alcohol content noticeable even for the low abv. Some fruity fermented apples / pears dominate the finish.

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation. Extremely easy drinking stuff.

Overall, an average but passable representation of the style from Capital Brewery. It wouldn't be my first choice for the style, but it's definitely very flavorful and easy to drink.

Capital Brewery Oktoberfest -----3.5/5

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

Clear bright orange color, good creamy head of 1/4 inch. Toasty aroma, a little brown sugar. Nice match for style, nice dominant caramel malt flavor with a hoppy clove bite peppered in. Good elements of toast. A little better mouthfeel than some. Very drinkable, open a couple and pour 'em in a big ass stein and quaff in honor of the harvest. A good kick off for Fest season for me (I'm not counting the bomber of Lagunitas)...

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark red-orange body, creamy head that fades into a thin off-white film.

Smell: Malt, slightly grassy, very toasty.

Taste: The malt is biscuity and a little sweet. The hops are very apparent, and definitely don't sit in the background, it's a hoppier Oktoberfest than my last two. The only problem is a slightly gamey, smoked meat flavor that I am not a fan of, but it is only a hint of that flavor.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable Oktoberfest, one of the better examples.

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

pours a clear copper color with a quick dissipating head a beige collar and lacing ..smell is malts grain spices and hops a little caramel and some roasted flavors ..taste is much the same its malts both sweet and roasted with some hops some spice in there...mouth feel is lighter then most OF but it had flavor..not the best OF but it held its own it was drinkable but alas forgettable also with lots of OF to choose from ..try it though

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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 vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 bsp77
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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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 budgood1
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of granger10
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.

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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 bonkers
3.8/5  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.

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